it could happen

think about it FAST

my list too

my list too


free advice: the gift for the writer in your life

“What do you want for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Diwali*/Yule?”
…An agent, book auction and five-figure deal?

...there are plenty of other gifts for the writer in your life, and for you as the writer in someone else's life.

DO THIS: Buy their book, preferably from your local indie bookstore, but here at Brevity we also understand the desire to never leave the house again. Fortunately, Powell's also ships. Double points: buy two and give one as a present to someone else, or leave it in a Little Free Library. Already own it? Review their book online!


we can't speak, we're too afraid... BOOM

free gift: coloring pages!

We love to color... maybe you do too. Great before bed...

Harvest Pumpkin Coloring Page by Homeschool Encouragement
Sunflowers Coloring Page by Valentina Harper
Fall Coloring Page by Alisa Burke
Fall Turkey Printable by U Create
Fall Tree Pattern by U Create
Leaves Texture Coloring Page by Rejjie
Feather Printable by Coloring Pages for Adults
Fall Tree Coloring Page by Abstract Doodles

Leaves and Acorns Coloring Page

———-> Get your Dog Coloring Page here <———
———-> Get your Otter Coloring Page here <———


sundog - my god it's beautiful!

web emergency #StopTheFCC

Blog Tip | Wednesday Word

Blog Tip: WTF - I know you thought this says What the F*CK - but it is really "What's this For?" - gotcha!  Grab a few unique folders for yourself (or make your own) so you can giggle when you use them... BOOM!


free gift: monthly FREE ebook!

WHAT? A free ebook each month!

Free e-book!

cover image
Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behavior
Giovanni Della Casa
144 pages | 4 halftones | ©2013

E-book Free!  click below  (about e-books)
ISBN: 9780226011028

Cloth List Price $15.00 ISBN: 9780226010977 June 2013
Paper List Price $12.00 ISBN: 9780226212197 October 2014

“Galateo holds an important place in the long and rich history of etiquette books.”—Judith Martin, New York Times Book Review

Get this e-book free!



Take up a new sport... knife tossing sounds dangerous yet handy... HOW do you do it? 

p.s. If you practice should take about a month to learn and a lifetime to master. BOOM TIP

free gift: Puerto Rico Relief "Almost Like Praying"

You can get “Almost Like Praying” on iTunes
Donate to the Hispanic Federation for Puerto Rico relief.


free gift: Transient

Transient from Dustin Farrell ( on Vimeo.

free gift: you won't like it

What if the best holiday gift you can give someone is to pry their phone from their hands and forcibly delete both Twitter and Facebook?
(Hey, social media is probably just a passing fad anyway.) 

...countless journalists have deleted their accounts, removed the apps from their phone, or simply walked away from the world of social media.


who needs normal - not me!

we don't mess with living trees - we prefer to make funny trees!

aha! Salvator Mundi

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud with US President Donald Trump during a state visit in March 2017 (photo by The White House/Flickr)





















New WSJ Report Claims Saudi Crown Prince Is Real Buyer of $450.3M Leonardo

A day after the New York Times identified the buyer of “Salvator Mundi” as an obscure Saudi prince, the Wall Street Journal claims he was merely serving as a proxy for the country’s crown prince. SOURCE

Benjamin Sutton writes ...if MBS was indeed the buyer, his decision to loan it to the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi makes sense within the context of Saudi Arabia’s rapprochement with the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE). 

we posted earlier: MONEY MONEY MONEY 

Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud  - richer than god

free gift: poetry by j matthew waters


Sign up for his emails so you can read a poem by jdub everyday... BIG LOVE... Boom

is this art or nature?

Pamukkale, Denizli, Turkey
both... BOOM


BOOM TIP: online you

Reclaim Your Reputation Online
Most people whine when they don’t like what a Google search reveals about them.
Then they either do nothing or they make stupid threats in comments.
That’s for losers.
If you don’t like what the internet says about you, then flood it with positive messages. Tell your story. Promote YOU or your company. Reveal your vision. Give something to the world.
If a top Google search result for your name reveals something bad, then flood the net with good stuff.
You don’t need me to do this for you. You can blog. You can post videos and podcasts. You can make profiles on various social networking sites and tell the world about yourself instead of letting others define you.
Set up a google alert with your name - check yourself out!

Wednesday Word

Ok, there is more than one word... but this matters more... BOOM


ouch. i hurt myself laughing

webcams and naked people?

maybe ornaments too?
Smile, you’re on hidden webcam Airbnb TV!

BRIEFLY: The rules apply to hosts spying on guests as well as guests spying on hosts, be it through nanny cams, cams hidden in smoke alarms, cams tucked into USB power plugs, cams hiding in lightbulbs, cams hanging out in alarm clocks, in wall clocks, in hooks to hang your clothes (for those who get turned on by viewing garment labels…?), in Teddy bears, in air fresheners, in picture frames, in wall outlets, and, good Lord, where can’t they put these things?

What to do if you detect an undisclosed camera

  1. Take photos of the device for evidence
  2. Take photos of your accommodation so you can prove that you haven’t trashed the place: some hosts have reportedly made such false accusations.
  3. Get your clothes on and get out of there
  4. Report it to police. You want to stop that stream before other people get swept up in it.
  5. If you’re in an Airbnb rental, report it to Airbnb, along with your evidence, before it happens to another victim.

doing it right New Orleans Style

Those "assholes watching movies" really know how to live right! They are celebrating Sean's birthday in New Orleans! Go look at their tweets! @AssholeMovies

free gift: newsy newsletter from Jane Friedman

Free Newsletter

Jane offers three different types of e-mail newsletter:
AMAZING! Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers.

politics on facebook

this is Tuesday's Terrific Thought


free gift: how to give stuff away

5 ways to declutter your life and give your stuff away for free:

Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on goods and services they don’t absolutely need - WHAT?  ... so consider targeted donations. Whatever your category of item, there is a group who could use it. 

For an exhaustive list of places to donate your stuff, check out Miss Minimalist’s Where to Donate Your Stuff: 101 Places Your Clutter Can Do Good


Does your town freecycle?

Start a new freecycling group for your local community. It only takes a minute!

Locally: we really like TRASH NOTHING LINK 


your free gift: White House Baby Congrats

your baby might be a kid by the time you get the greeting!
(U.S. citizens only)

Free Congratulatory Greetings from the White House. 

The President and First Lady will send a card to you for the birth of your new baby, or some other occasion, officially from the White House with their signatures! 

Send a birth announcement or your baby’s name,  address and birth date to:

The White House
Attn:  Greetings Office
Washington, D.C.  20502-0039

Make sure to also include:
1. Name of honoree(s). (The Baby’s Name)
2. Address of honoree(s).
3. Form of address (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss).
4. Date (month, day, year) of birth, birthday, wedding, or anniversary.
5. Requestor’s name and daytime phone number.

You can also send it by FAX: 202-395-1232

Please note: email requests will not be honored.

You can also try to submit it online HERE (which is just a Contact page). Type “Greetings request” in the message box. Give the required details for the greeting.  However, you will probably have better luck if you do it by regular mail.
This is a wonderful addition to your child’s baby book, and a great keepsake. The president will also send a congratulatory greeting for other special occasions in addition to welcoming your new baby.
Please note that the White House Greetings Office is currently swamped and it may take several months for your Presidential greeting to arrive for the birth of your new baby. This free service is for US citizens only.


we skip all the shopping stuff this time of year... we do this blog instead... and write poetry...BOOM

and we look for stuff to give you the chills... (kidding)   BOOM!


free gift: bedtime story

i give

check out last December's poetry on this blog - all month in 2016 - BOOM!
December poetry (44) 

here it is... the twelfth month

all month we are going to give you gifts... blog (FREE) gifts!   BOOM


Manifesto Soundtrack

we love her... BOOM

this MIGHT hurt




pain in the abdomen and especially in the stomach; a bellyache


"... unfortunately I awoke this morning with collywobbles, and had to take a small dose of laudanum with the usual consequences of dry throat, intoxicated legs, partial madness and total imbecility..." — Robert Louis Stevenson, Vailima Letters, 1890-1894

About the Word:

Etymologist believe that collywobbles most likely has its origin in cholera morbus, the Latin term for the disease cholera (the symptoms of which include severe gastrointestinal disturbance).
How would cholera morbus have shifted into collywobbles? By folk etymology – a process in which speakers make an unfamiliar term sound more familiar. In this case, the transformation was probably influenced by the words colic and wobble.

more power?

Should we be working to stop Google and Facebook from becoming even more powerful?

If it’s clear that Facebook and Google can’t manage what they already control, why let those corporations own more? America’s antitrust enforcers can impose such a rule almost immediately.
For one thing, there is no doubt these corporations qualify for antitrust regulation. Facebook, for instance, has 77% of mobile social networking traffic in the United States, with just over half of all American adults using Facebook every day.
Nearly all new online advertising spending goes to just Facebook and Google, and those two companies refer over half of all traffic to news websites. In all, Facebook has some 2 billion users around the world.



this thing ::: Seeking the meaning of mind
Haus- Rucker-Co, Mind Expander, 1967 Haus- Rucker-Co's experiment brought new perspectives on the fusion/separation between the body and the space.

go home (kidding)

like homey stuff? This blog about Home is where we put our best design stuff... BOOM


dancing their vision

Why they’re dancing at the world’s northernmost medieval cathedral


BOOM has a folder of crazy stuff

which you will be seeing SLOWLY all next month... some of it will make sense, or maybe not.

A preview:

we are gif-crazy... you do know that, right?   BOOM!

please believe me!

please believe me!

Practice with me!

Practice with me!

let's NOT get CRAZY

let's NOT get CRAZY