Tale Weaver #121 25.05.17: Reverse/Naughty Fairy Tales

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Earlier in the tale weaving saga, Michael encouraged us to write bedtime stories for adults. I’m revisiting that prompt, with a wink and a nod, and thinking concepts like: an evil fairy godmother; family/personal revenge (Big Bad Wolf vs the Riding Hoods); Snow White as seductress or kept woman taking advantage of the dwarves’ affection; a reversal of fortunes in a previously happy ever after story; Rapunzel gets a hair cut. I think you get the idea.

If your naughtiness strays into adult material, please include an opening statement telling the reader the material is of that nature.

So play with the idea of weaving a new version of an old fairy tale, turn the genre upside, write from the villain’s perspective or add a bit of spice.

Please create a link (ping back) to this page. Tags: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie; Tale Weaver; fairy tale. Mr. Naughty also know as Mr. Linky, awaits…

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Three Line Tales, Week 69

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Welcome to Week 69 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 69: Lego heads photo by Carson Arias via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #22

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FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017

WEEK #22


I would like to give a hearty welcome to all flash fiction aficionados. Welcome to the new Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner Home Site.

Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner is a weekly writing challenge designed for both the flash fiction newbie and the more experienced writer. It is the desire of this challenge to allow writers the opportunity to clear the cobwebs from a more tedious and involved project. Becoming a part of a new and growing writer’s community might be just what the doctor ordered to rejuvenate your writing juices.


Your Photo Prompt for Week #22 – 2017

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The challenge for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner will open early Wednesday morning, May 24th. Allow the prompt to take you anywhere you want to go! (Limit your stories to 200 words.)

This challenge is open until 11:00 pm Friday…

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Macro Moments Challenge #38: Catkins

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Congratulations to Nora of  https://norasphotos4u.wordpress.com/ for submitting the winning entry to Challenge #37.  I love her capture of a drop of water with a surprise starburst; “Water” being the theme of the challenge https://norasphotos4u.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/macro-moments-week-37-topic-water/   Please pay Nora a visit to view more of her work.

Nora, as our winner, you get to choose the theme for the next challenge.  You can contact me via my email address, listed on the “Contact Me!” page, on this blog to let me know what you have chosen.

The winner of our last challenge, Nicole Pottier of  https://photopoeme.wordpress.com/ has chosen an interesting theme for this challenge, “Catkins”.  I must admit that I wasn’t sure what Catkins were so, of course, I googled the word.  Here is a link to a description https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catkin  I also didn’t see any Catkins among the beautiful flora here on Maui, Hawaii, where I am vacationing, so I am posting a photo which I found…

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Mortgage Refinance Loans

Within recent decades mortgage loans have become an everyday occurrence, spreading over all the groups of the society. The necessity and importance of mortgage loans are doubtless, therefore everyone who wants to take advantage of mortgage should gain a complete understanding of its types, relevant terminology, benefits and such options as mortgage refinance.

Choosing a certain type of mortgage it is important to know to which extent interest rates depend on the value of real estate and what mortgage loan rates evolve from. In general, all mortgages can be divided into secured and unsecured ones. The main types of mortgage are the adjustable or variable rate mortgage and the fixed mortgage. Adjustable rate mortgage allows to change the interest rate within certain periods of time. The intervals depend on a fixed financial index, with the payment rising in accordance with the interest rates. In case the latter are low, this type of mortgage loan gives 100% benefit.

As to the fixed rate mortgages, it is the most widespread type of mortgage loan, while the interest rate doesn’t change during the whole term of loan. Being the oldest type of mortgage, it is especially popular among householders. Other types of mortgage include balloon mortgage, two-step mortgage, jumbo mortgage and hybrid mortgage. Actually the type of mortgage is determined by the mortgage loan program of a certain mortgage loan company.

If the client is going to take out a new loan which permits to compensate the current mortgage, he or she can use the option called a refinance mortgage loan. Having a low interest rate, the refinance mortgage loan is a good choice for those who want to pay back the whole debt in a short term. In addition, a refinance mortgage loan is an ideal opportunity to pay off the debts for those who are no more able to fix their mortgage loan.

Refinance is basically performed using a second mortgage loan which has both incontestable benefits and some significant disadvantages that should also be taken into consideration. Thus, in case the second mortgage loan is not compensated for, the client just loses the property. So, before deciding on mortgage refinance one should determine the affordable interest rate. On the other hand, the interest rates of the second mortgage loans are usually fixed so that borrowers could save their money. Besides that, mortgage insurance isn’t required, if mortgage payments are performed in two steps – a first mortgage loan and a second mortgage loan.

Mortgage refinance can be very helpful and effective for borrowers if they are aware of some mortgage tips. Above all, while seeking a convenient type of mortgage loan one should take into account his/her current financial situation. Whatever refinance mortgage loan is chosen – with fixed interest rates or with variable interest rates – one has to study all the connected data to prevent mistakes which may lead to the loss of real estate. It is also important to find appropriate mortgage loan rates and interest rates among a great variety of mortgage loan companies and lenders. Here, the Internet can be a useful tool for picking the best type of mortgage refinance possible.

 

Theme For Your Baby Shower

It is always a great joy to have someone added to your family, especially if it is a cute little baby. And how else would you celebrate the joy of having one? Plan the most fun and unique baby shower you’ll ever have. Preparing for a baby shower should be fun and exciting. You can be as creative as you want. Go simple or go real extravagant. As long as you will make your party special and unforgettable, you can go ahead and experiment on the different themes you can have.

You can go traditional or get a little creative and make your baby shower a lot more unique. You can spice up the party with different themes that can either be serious, adorable or humorous.

Below are some popular themes ideas that would surely be a hit in any baby showers.

Color themes

The usual color themes for girls are pink and blue for the boys. These are simple themes that can be just as fun as other themes. Decorate your venue with your chosen color theme. In putting up colored ribbons, intertwine them with a white ribbon too. This would give the room an elegant look. If you are unsure whether your baby would be a boy or a girl, settle for neutral colors like green or yellow.

Baby bottles theme

You can have a baby bottle as your centerpiece in this particular theme. Use them as cute containers for game prizes. You can make fun of them too by using baby bottles as cups or mugs.

Teddy bear theme

Everyone loves these cuddly teddies. They are perfect for decorations. You don’t have to buy teddy bears though to fill up the room. Old but presentable ones will do. It would be memorable to have the guest of honor’s favorite teddy as a centerpiece.

Diaper theme

Begin with sending cute diaper cut- out invitation. Guests should bring their own diaper gifts with a particular size. This way, you can save on diapers even up to three months!

Nursery rhyme theme

It’s a good idea to make nursery rhymes as theme for your party. You can make use of famous character like Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, or the famous Mother Goose. Pictures could be nice as decorations but it would really look nice if you have some kind of a replica. You can also add on some of the line to your invitations.

Themes for twins

Remember the famous Noah’s ark story? All animals are paired in two’s when lodging the ark. It’s the perfect theme for expectant mothers of twins. Don’t forget to note in your invitation that you will be having twins, this way; guests will have to bring two gifts of either the same kind or two different ones.

Fairytale Themes

There are thousand of fairytale characters that have been a tradition throughout baby shower parties. Cinderella and Snow White are the most common ones for girl. Peter Pan is the most suitable character for boys. This kind of theme can be made interesting with colorful decorations and creates a fantasy- like atmosphere.

Having a theme in your baby shower can add a little more coordination in the things you need to prepare. A theme would dictate which kind of food you need to prepare, the look of the invitations and how you would decorate your chosen venue. With a theme, you would have to be groping in the dark on how you would create that perfect baby shower.

Choosing Embroidery Thread

Selecting the right type of threads for any embroidery work is important because the color and texture of the design, and eventually the look of the final product depend on the material and type of thread used. There’s a wide variety of embroidery thread to choose from, so take your time to decide what type or combination should be best for the design you have in mind. More importantly, thread selections should be based on Sewability, Seam Performance and Appearance, Availability and Cost.

Types:

1. Rayon: This type of thread has a great sheen, and so the best looking embroidery designs are stitched with it. Rayon threads can range from combinations of two or more colors twisted together thereby forming a single strand, to one solid color strand. They are widely available, mostly in standard 40 wt. and 30 wt. Even though Rayon is the most popular type, it’s not very sturdy because of its thinness.

2. Polyester: Polyester thread is more durable than Rayon but it is not as attractive. However, this type of embroidery thread hardly shrinks or fades, and if combined with Rayon, the effect they provide is nearly indistinguishable. It is also cheaper than Rayon thread.

3. Cotton: Cotton thread allows for a wide range of tension adjustments because of its texture. It has a nice sheen, is quite sturdy (though finer threads above 50 wt. are not), and typically used for machine embroidery.

4. Silk: Silk embroidery thread hardly breaks and has its own unique, and probably the best sheen. Threads come in various sizes but their availability is low so they are mostly used for luxury fabrics.

5. Metallic Thread: This type of thread has a core wrapped with a metal foil which may be coated with silver alloy, and color is added to this foil with a polyester film which may also be applied as an undercoating. Metallic thread is one of the most durable available on the market.

6. Mylar Thread: Plies of film are combined into a layer, cut into slices to create Mylar threads. They are durable but may break under high-speed sewing. One unique color feature is holographic hue, which picks up and reflects light or color from other surrounding objects. This really enhances the color and design of the embroidery.

7. Special-effect: Like the name suggests, this type of thread can be used to create different design effects, such as crewel-like effect. Some of the special effect threads change colors under sunlight, or may glow in the dark.

Quality Evaluation:

1. Tensile Strength: The tensile strength of an embroidery thread can be tested by sawing a suspended strand with another strand back and forth until the first strand breaks. The faster it breaks, the lower the strength and quality of that particular thread type.

2. Elongation: A good thread must have the right amount of stretch. Take a piece of the thread and stretch it till it breaks. The strand should neither break too quickly nor stretch for too long.

3. Sheen: The luster and quality of the sheen can be tested by studying the color and design of a finished embroidery product.