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Hi, I’m Gabby! (2019)

Hello! I am Gabriela Wels, but you can call me Gabby.  This blog, unlike my other one (Diary of a Nerdy Bookworm), is for anything I am in the mood to share, like pictures I’ve taken or stories I am/have written.

I tried NaNoWriMo last year, and did not complete all 20,000 words that I shot for. But I am fine with that. You can check out my posts on NaNoWriMo 🙂

About me:

I have a dog (a Shih-Tzu)

I love Subway and Chick-fil-a

My favorite colors are dark green and purple

I love fuzzy creatures (except tarantulas…. 😝🐙) <– I know that’s an octopus… 😛

No sauerkraut, hot dogs, or 100% cocoa chocolate either!



2018 is the first time I am doing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and I am trying for 20,000 words.

About me:

I don’t like hot sauce or pickles but I love tacos, chocolate chips, and Chick-fil-a.

I love dogs and cats and practically any furry thing, and worms, but I don’t like reptiles.

I have a Shih-Tzu.  She is black and white and very adorable.

That’s all for now! Adios!

How to Write a CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE Story

HOW TO WRITE A “CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE” (CYOA) STORY

CYOAs (AKA Choose Your Destiny) are “story games;” the reader is presented with different options he/she can choose on each page. Some options lead to good things, some to bad, and some….

These stories give a refreshingly different style of reading and the option combinations feel endless!!


Please note: this method is untested by me as of yet. Hopefully I’ll test it soon, but wanted to share the idea with you all in the meantime.


          TO BEGIN: Set up the story with a page or two You get to choose how it begins, but after that, it is an adventure for you too! 🙂

ROUND 1:

  1. Hand your beginning to friends A and B. 
  2. A note on continuations (“cont” for short): in the end, they should be no more than ⅘ a page. Why no more than that? So you can write the reader’s options on the other ⅕.
  3. A and B will EACH write a cont.
  4. There are now two conts.

ROUND 2:

  1. A receives B’s new cont. B receive A’s new cont. You receive both new conts. 
  2. Everyone writes a second cont for each cont they received. One cont will be an ending to the story.
  3. There are now four conts. Each cont (except the ending) must have two new conts, a total of 6 new conts.

ROUND 3:

  1. Therefore, A receives your and B’s cont. B receives your and A’s cont. You receive A and B’s cont. 
  2. Everyone writes a second cont for each cont they received. ONE cont will be an end to the story.
  3. There are now SIX conts. Each cont (except the ending) must have two new conts, a total of 10 new conts.

ROUND 4:

  1. Two people receive two conts; 1 person receives 1 cont. Everyone writes a second cont for each cont they received. ONE cont will be an end to the story.
  2. There are now 10 conts. Each cont (except the ending) must have two new conts, a total of 18 new conts.

ROUND 5:

  1. (At this point, you may want to add people to the writing group)
  2. Two people receive 3 conts; one person receives 4 conts.
  3. Everyone writes a second cont for each cont they received. ONE cont will be an end to the story.
  4. There are now 18 conts. Each cont (except the ending) must have two new conts, a total of 36 new conts.

You get the idea? Each “round,” one cont (or if you want, more than one!) is an ending, and the other conts each receive two new conts. Try to divide the writing load as evenly as possible. The load will feel lighter if you remember: the conts are supposed to be NO MORE than ⅘ a page. So, technically, they can be as short as 1 paragraph! ….also, adding more writers to the group will also probably help. 🙂

FINAL NOTES:

          t’s important to keep in mind: you don’t have to take the story too far. CYOAs can be as short or long as you want them, just remember to keep them interesting!  DON’T FORGET TO WRITE IN PRESENT TENSE (“Wow,” you say. The lights go out. The wind blows. Your friend gasps. etc)!!!!!! This is important to help the reader feel that they are in the story at that moment.

In case you were wondering why I didn’t tell you how to write a CYOA all by yourself (without others)… would you want to write 36 continuations to a story ALL BY YOURSELF?! (If you do, I sincerely wish you great success.) Also, these instructions are for new writers/writers who are too busy with schooling to write ALL the continuations all by themselves.

What a writing adventure, right?

         So, how did yours turn out? I can’t wait to show you what my friends and I come up with!

Cheers!

Cinco de Mayo🌎

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the day that 2,000 Mexicans in Puebla, Mexico fought off the 6,000 invading French. The Mexicans, thanks to a warning from General Ignacio Zaragoza, had taken shelter behind a barricade that allowed them to shoot without being shot (for the most part).

Surprisingly, the United States celebrates this holiday more than the Mexicans do. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is not even a Mexican federal holiday! So, why do Americans celebrate it? During the U.S. Civil War, Mexican-Americans used the day as inspiration to fight. They raised the morale through parades, speeches, feasts, and of course- bull fights. Today, mainly in Mexican-American groups, Cinco de Mayo remembers the culture and the historic past of Mexico.

Sources and more information:

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo-video

https://youtu.be/6zdgvc29iyc

Emmet Cahill’s Blessings of Music

How are you all today? I decided to post on…

Irish Tenor Emmet Cahill’s Blessings of Music.

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I made this poster when I went to see him in concert this year. He seemed to like it and signed the copy I brought for myself. 🙂

So, who is Emmet? He is (obviously 🙂 ) a singer. He lives in Mullingar County, Ireland. Ever since he was really young, Emmet has been surrounded by music and can play guitar and piano. He sings opera, Broadway, and of course, classical Irish music. Emmet first hit the limelight with the music group Celtic Thunder, and has released two solo CD albums- Emmet Cahill’s Ireland and Blessings of Music (the most recent).

Blessings of Music is being performed now on tour until the end of May, 2019. Songs include:

  • Gaelic Blessing/May the Road Rise to Meet You
  • Danny Boy
  • You Raise Me Up
  • Moon River
  • and several more.

Emmet’s accompanist is Seamus Brett. Seamus has all the songs memorized and you can just tell he is so comfortable with performing. Both Emmet and Seamus are very friendly and ready to take a selfie with you. If you can make it to one of Emmet’s concerts, you should. It is so much fun. (For the request melody, make sure there is at least one light-hearted song. At the performance I went to, people requested Music of the Night, Kindred Spirits, and The Clouds’ Veil. 😛 Seamus insisted we needed more happy music so Emmet sang My Irish Molly too. 😀 )

Here is Emmet’s website: https://www.emmetcahill.com/

 

Coins to Look For

Notes on some coins to keep an eye out for when you get change. Scroll below for some pictures. 🙂

Quarters

  • 2004 Wisconsin State Quarter
    • Look to see if corn has five leaves
  • Washington Quarters
    • 90% silver during 1932-1964
  • 1965 and older may have more silver than the newer ones
  • New York Quarter
    • Two George Washingtons on the obverse (heads) side and two images of the Statue of Liberty on the reverse side
  • Minnesota Quarter
    • In one version of this coin, an extra evergreen tree is floating in the air. Other versions have additional trees in different parts of the landscape.
  • On Kansas quarter it says “In God We Rust”

Dimes

  • 1965 and older may have more silver than the newer ones
  • 1982 dimes with no mint-mark
  • Mercury dimes (1916-1945)
  • Roosevelt dimes (90% silver during 1946-1964)

Nickels

  • 1942-1945 Silver nickel
    • Made of 35% silver because nickel was needed for the war
  • Buffalo nickel
    • Has a buffalo on it
    • 2005 bison/buffalo nickel may look like a spear is in the animal
  • 1964 nickel with misspelled motto
    • “E Pluridus Unum” instead of “E Pluribus Unum”

Pennies

  • Double die pennies (look for offset words)
  • 1943 steel penny
    • It looks like a dime at first glance because it is silver-colored, so look twice!
  • 1943 copper penny
    • Even rare than 1943 steel penny
  • Wheat pennies
  • Indian Head pennies
  • Lincoln with an extra ear-lobe

Half-Dollars

  • Some half-dollars made in 1966 and 1972 at the Denver Mint and in 1982 and 1989 at the Philadelphia Mint lack the initials “FG” (the initials of the designer)
  • Walking Liberty half dollars
    • 1916-1947
  • Franklin half dollars
    • Have Benjamin Franklin on them instead of JFK
    • 1948-1963
  • Kennedy half dollars
    • 90% silver in 1964

Dollars

  • For nearly 60 years, the motto “In God We Trust” has been required on US coins. But in 2007, the Mint started making a series of dollar coins to honor deceased US presidents and imprinted the date, mint mark and motto along the rim instead of the front or back. What to look for: An error on some coins with images of George Washington or John Adams (both issued in 2007) eliminated the lettering on the rim. ­
  • Morgan silver dollars
    • 1878-1921
  • Peace dollars  
    • 1921-1935
  • Silver Eagles
    • 1986 to date
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Peace dollar

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Silver Eagles

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Morgan silver dollar

                                

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Walking Liberty half dollar
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Mercury dime

Websites where I got my info:

  • Coins The Fun Times Guide
  • mashables
  • The Bottom Line Inc.