Working on a Goal: To Make 50 Squidoo Lenses

Here’s what I’ve accomplished so far. The Squidoo website has an honor called becoming a Giant Squid. To apply you have to have 50 quality lenses (mini-websites on Squidoo). I don’t want to make just 50 lenses as some may be discounted as lacking in quality is some way. Maybe my goal should be to make 60 lenses, then 10 could be knocked off and I’d still qualify. The other part of the equation is having high-traffic lenses. Mine are pretty new and some are specialized topics that may not draw much traffic.  We’ll see how it goes.

  • 100 Things I’m Grateful For
  • A Pet Badger
  • An Old-Fashioned Christmas
  • An Old-Fashioned Halloween
  • An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
  • Bertha McGhee
  • Book Oddities
  • Celtic Music
  • Children Remembering World War II
  • Clyde Martin’s Family History
  • Collecting Aprons
  • Cynthia Ross – Kansas Author
  • eHow Article Writing
  • eHow Dolly Visits Central Florida
  • Fabulous Florida
  • Feedsack Dresses
  • Gail Lee Martin – A Lensography
  • Getting Older
  • I Love Books and Libraries
  • It’s Turkey Day
  • Keep Track of a Child at Disney or Other Theme Parks
  • Lake Cottage
  • Make the Money Last
  • Meet the Author: C.J. Garriott
  • Octogenarian Self-Publishes Memoirs
  • Promoting a Self-Published Book
  • Self-Publishing with Blurb
  • Shannon Marie Hyle (Martin): A Tribute
  • Solivita Gift Shop
  • Sugar Valley Lakes
  • Teterville, Kansas
  • The Flint Hills of Kansas
  • Turn an eHow Article into a Squidoo Lens
  • Tyro, Kansas
  • Unique Christmas Trees
  • Walking Off Thanksgiving Calories
  • Write Family Memories for Our Echo
  • Writers at 80 and 90
  • Books I Could Put Down

    Often when readers recommend a book, they say, “I couldn’t put it down.” I love it when I find a book like that. That’s what reading is all about, finding a book that you don’t even want to close for meals or sleeping. Staying up past bedtime immersed in a great book is a wonderful experience.

    Unfortunately sometimes I bog down in a book. For some reason it doesn’t meet my expectations. I hate to give up on a book once I’ve started it. It lays by my reading chair sometimes for weeks. Somehow it seems reproachful with it’s bookmark permanently stuck at the halfway point. I feel guilty that I’m not enjoying it and postpone reading anything else. I’ll dip into it now and then, hoping it will capture my fancy and get some zip going in its plot. Eventually I’ll pick up another book, but keep the rejected book at hand. Who knows, maybe I’ll be in just the right mood for it another day.

    Since I review books for Amazon, I like to be able to say good things about a book. An author worked long and hard to write it and a publishing house thought it worthy of putting into print.  As a librarian, I prided myself on finding good books for my library patrons to read.  Several reviewers saying a book was uninteresting meant my library didn’t buy it. Deep down, I believe that for every book there is a reader, even many readers. A mis-match between the book and the reader results in someone not liking a book. Another reader might find it fits them perfectly.

    With that said, I’m not pointing out these books as hopeless. Maybe they would be just right for you. Unfortunately for me these books were ones that I could put down and not pick up again. I feel sad about them, but I’m going to put them all away and start a new book that might engage my interests. HopefullyI’ll read late into the night relishing the story  as each page turns and words flow past creating pictures in my mind.

    Books I Could Put Down:

    • Waiting for Lila by Billie Green
    • Rainbow’s End by Irene Hannon
    • Don’t Bend Over in the Garden, Granny, You Know Them Taters Got Eyes by Lewis Grizzard
    • Coming Undone by Susan Anderson
    • Creature Cozies by various authors
    • Without Pity by Ann Rule
    • What Am I Doing Here by Bruce Chatwin
    • A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle