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or: I read because I love to, but I write because I have to.

My birthday is rapidly nearing, and I'm considering begging for a paid account. I'm happy with my journal, but I see people with all these massive amounts of icons, picture hosting, and voiceposts... I'm such a jealous chica. The only problem is, I know once I upgrade, I'll never want to go back.

Is it worth it? I do fairly well here, or so I like to tell myself. Does having a paid account really make any difference?

I would like to hear from anyone who has one. Is it good? For those of you who upgraded from free accounts - is it truly all that astoundingly better? I can't decide.

Anyway, I've also been creating an Amazon Wishlist. This was mainly to help Josh, but any of you who for some reason feel like gifting me on my birthday, please feel free to look it up. Name: Reiki Doula ; Email: Yajolimyr@yahoo.com . I was probably the last person in the world to start cruising Amazon. I warn you - my wishlist quickly got extensive. I'm going wild on that thing. Books are a drug passion.

Also, I've been feeling that urge to work on my writing more. I used to write poetry, back in my angsty teenage years. Of course, I reveled in ripping each stanza from the very ethers of my soul, but I never really read up on any other poets. You can guess my mad poetry skill level.

Eventually I realized the error of my ways and began looking at the works of well-known poets - I fell in love with Rumi (you think?) & Hafiz, had a drunken affair with Sylvia Plath, checked out what that Maya Angelou thing was all about, and peeked in on James Dillet Freeman after I found my spiritual home at Unity. But I still realize that I need much more poetry reading if my poetry is ever to come to life again.

This has been on my brain a lot. I had a long, self-imposed writer's block. When I had Eden, I wrote a poem that was actually published, The Girl in the Picture (note: the online version totally messed up the structure). My midwife asks every time I see her if I've written any more poems, especially since I had Ivy. I feel guilty that I haven't. Then when I started thinking about picking it all up, suddenly everyone on my f-list was posting poetry.

Universal Nudge?

I want to start again.

So if any of you have great poets or books of poetry that need to be checked out, please suggest them here and I will either find them at my library or add them to my wishlist. In the future, I may create a poetry or writing filter, so be thinking if you might want on that. I need to do more reading first, and take care of a few other priorities, but this is definitely going on my goal list.



May. 18th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
I love the icons and customization options of a paid account PLUS the ease of use of the Seamus client (see seamus ... it's golden. No lost posts, very easy to customize and look at things before you publish... I recommend it. I haven't tried the voice post yet but give me time.

Don't ask me about books. I need the same 12 step program you do. Two suggestions: the library, and half.com can save you alot of bread!

It's also totally acceptable to put a blurb about your Amazon wish list on your user info... :)

May. 18th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
Seamus - I saw that mentioned the other day and googled, but was overwhelmed by tech speak. I'll need to figure out what that is.

Half.com - twice today I've seen you mention that. I need to look! I don't ever order online, because we have no credit cards, but Josh's mom may let us if we throw some money in the account. Hence, Amazon. Love the used, cheap options.

I shall put a blurb - as soon as I figure out how to link to it! Ha ha. that's why I didn't link it in the post. I'm such a dork.
May. 18th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
I think half.com might accept paypal... which you can pay directly from a checking account... or a debit card... no credit card necessary...

You know what? On the Seamus, don't read anything, just download the free version and then play with it. You can create a post, hit the button that says Preview and see what it looks like. It makes it super easy to link in photos and links to other pages, and you look super intelligent and the software is doing all the work. Ha!

Alos, I use ImageShack for loading my jpg's and they even have a super cool fast upload thing now. I can't rem if I paid for that or not. (I use ImageShack so much I eventually donated money to them regardless.) and the pics they say they don't allow - well I've only had one or two up and 'disappear'. Ahem.

As far as Amazon Gift Lists, you could just mention it discreetly in your User Info with a little jpg of a gift... let me know if I can help with the html.

May. 18th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
I think half.com might accept paypal... which you can pay directly from a checking account... or a debit card... no credit card necessary...

That's cool. I screwed up my credit so badly a few years back, that I can't get a checking account. I'm on my mom's. :( She's less cool about some things than Josh's mom (and he's on hers), so we'll just use her debit card when/if we order anything. As long as we put the $$ in the bank first, she doesn't care.

With the Seamus thing, I don't know, I do all that stuff just with the free account and I don't have any problems.

As for imageshack - that's cool if it's fast, but I wonder if it would still be fast on dial-up. Dial-up sucks. I've been trying to download a Grateful Dead show for 3 hours now, and it's still estimating 2 more hours (it will be more). *sigh*

With the Amazon Wishlist, I'd love to link it to my profile. But I don't know where on Amazon to find the link! I need to poke around and see how to figure it out - without actually linking into my account. :P Thanks for your help!
May. 18th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oh well if you have never had an LJ entry you sweated twenty minutes over up and disappear, then you may not need Seamus! It happened to me bunches of times. I started writing my entries into Yahoo Compose instead of using the LJ deal.

Dial up is dial up no matter what. :sorry:

Tell me your wish list name again (or email) and I will go look up the html for you later.

;) M
May. 19th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
Oh well if you have never had an LJ entry you sweated twenty minutes over up and disappear, then you may not need Seamus!

LOL! Well, it happened once, when my dial-up died just as I submitted. I usually draft it in Word first, though, cause sometimes it takes me a while (read: weeks) to finish posts. I've actually slacked off. I need to start doing that again.
May. 18th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
OK here is the long ugly URL for your wish list from a plain old amazon page - (me not being logged in) so this is generic.. but it points to you
( 4 pages!?) LOL

May. 19th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
Hey, I said extensive. LOL! I'm such a book whore. And I doubt I'm done yet.

Thanks for that link! It does indeed point to me. I've realized my problem - my computer automatically logs me in when Amazon opens, so every time I tried to check for the generic list, it would say, "Hi, Reiki Doula!" And have my personal page. I thought I was using the link into my account. So long as you're seeing it differently, it's all kosher. Thanks for your help!
May. 19th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
No I have to sign out of my amazon account, too, and then ask at the gift center for YOUR wish list. And this is the URL of your gift list. (wihtout having someone accidentally log in to either my or your amazon account)