NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place the whole month of November. Have you been thinking about writing your family history? Maybe a memoir? OH OH! What about a historical fiction? MGC, and other branches across MCPL, have the space for you to come write-in, in addition to resources that can jump start your success. But what does success look like during NaNoWriMo?
The goal is to write 50,000 words during the whole month of November. But don’t panic!
October is once again upon us, and it brings with it our annual entrance into the world of ghosts and ghouls. To get into the spirit of Halloween, I have been looking at the films that I have seen that feature the dearly departed who ended up sticking around. Everyone should see a good ghost story this time of year, but people often have a different opinion about what makes a good, scary story. The thrills and chills that we expect from these tales can come in several forms, and the most popular these days seems to be the Horror genre.
So …did anyone happen to catch the premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? It enjoyed a lot of promotional time in the media recently, and those efforts appear to have paid off. The show follows, well, the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a top-secret government agency that deals with superheroes such as Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America.
I’m sure when you read the title, there were some thoughts that flash through your mind, and I’m sure that they may be quite varied from another person’s reaction. While I do not watch absolutely everything, I consider myself an anime enthusiast. I’ve watched my fair share of movies and TV series, and I’d like to share with you some fun trivia about anime as well as some of my favorites in case you are interested in trying out this genre of animation.
Look at the writing example above. Beginning with a ‘c’ and ending ‘r’ or ‘n’ and a count of five minims, the word could be: copper, coffin, captain, castle, or cotton. Can you think of other possibilities?
When reading modern text, we generally identify whole words at a glance. Look at this sentence:
The human mind deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe wouthit any porbelm.
Ordering Microfilm from the Family History Library
Ever wish you could visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to look at microfilm?? Well, you don’t have to travel that far! You can order the film from Familysearch.org and have it sent to any participating library or Family History Center.
Halloween season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with scary stories. One of my favorite children’s story collections is Ask the Bones. It contains short but scary tales from around the world, like the one about a man who sells his soul to be the best fiddle player in the world, and another about a disembodied head that’s been cursed by demons and forced to reveal secrets.
The most recent film I saw at the theatre was Man of Steel. This latest celluloid incarnation of the famed comic book character was pretty good – lots of action, a great villain to act as foil to Superman’s overgrown boy scout character – but it was missing something. While the movie had plenty of action sequences, they seemed repetitive. Like all movie action sequences are getting to be. There’s no realism any more. It’s just a bunch of computer generated fast-paced stew on the screen. "Screen Stew" is what I like to call it.
Your ancestor may have been a medical professional. If so, usually there is an indication of their occupation on census records, in county histories, city directories, or passed down by their descendants. MGC has several sources that show physicians from earlier times.
Do you love all things Halloween? If you answered yes, I’m sure you also love a good scary book, as well. I’m no stranger to this genre, and if I had to guess, you’re not either. Please don’t be fooled, I’ll read just about anything. But when it comes to this in particular, my spider sense tingles.
There are so many authors that come out with books tailored to this genre every year. It would be impossible for me to list all of them, let alone my favorites. Here are a choice few that are very popular with good reason: