Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Seriously?

I'm human. I don't even mind having to prove it. But when the word verifications start insulting me, it's all a little too much.

Today, as I checked through my blog roll, the word verification on one of the blogs was "hyper". Hmmm. Okay, mildy insulted, but I can live with it. Several blogs later, I get "unredy". One letter off from "unready". I'm getting close to finishing up my wip. Unready? Darn.

Move along a few blogs and a few nonsensical words, and I get "vizzelize". Normally I'd probably skip right over this, but now I'm looking for it. So, am I not visualizing enough in my wip? Should I be visualizing my success? What in the world am I supposed to be visualizing? Hoping for a hint in another blog, I trek onwards...

... I get nothing sensible for a few blogs. I'm lulled - it's been my vivid imagination at work again. Nothing to worry about. 

Right. Final blog I visit tonight? The word is... "unhot". Thanks. A bunch. Just what I needed.

So, have your word verifications been haunting you???

On another note (a much less insulting one), I've been blessed again with a few blog awards! You folks are the absolute greatest :)

L. Diane Wolfe at Spunk on a Stick and Arlee Bird at Tossing it Out both awarded me the springy Sunshine Award. We all need a little sunshine in our lives & this is just the ticket! Thank you :)

Roxy Haynie over at A Woman's Write also awarded my the Honest Scrap Award. Thank you Roxy!

I'll save the others for another post!

Today, I'll pass these along to some bloggers I've met recently. Select whichever award you prefer. Remember these are always No Pressure awards - do with them as you will! I hope you get time to check out some of these links. I know you'll feel welcome :)

Wayne over at Bo's Cafe Life - great cartoons!!
Julie over at The Climb
Karen Musings over at Musings of a Novelista
Lisa Rusczyk
Layinda at Layinda's Blog
Lindsey Brooks at Dangerous With a Pen

More next time. Enjoy the blogs that are new to you. And watch out for those insulting word verifications!!!

78 comments:

  1. Ha! Uh, yes. Word ver. is apparently out to get you, good lady. This is sad. It reeks of conspiracy. But congrats on the awards! :)

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  2. Thanks Simon!

    When I popped over to mention I was giving an award to one of the folks listed above the word was "cowsw". Definitely a conspiracy!

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  3. Ha! I had a weird one the other day, but can't remember it. Just remember it was eerily similar to what the blog post was about in general. Sometimes when I see certain ones I revert back to my 5th grade snickering self...

    *prookv* nope, not insulting, not even close to a word...

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  4. Tara - sometimes they can be pretty bizarre!! And yes, 10 year olds have the silliest sense of humour around :)

    Glad you didn't get insulted on my blog!

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  5. Hey there, I stumbled upon your blog via Roxy's, and I just wanted to thank you for making me laugh about those word verifications. Some of them are too funny! I've had a few weird ones, including my personal favorite, "barfus". How pleasant. Anyway, great blog you have here!

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  6. Hi Shelley - welcome!!

    Thanks - I hope you pop back again. "Barfus" may be my new favourite! Harkens back to that 10 year old humour Tara spoke about :)

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  7. Ha Ha Ha. That's so funny...not that the cyberworld thinks your unhot...I'm sure your perfectly lovely...but that you assigned meaning to it. I'm already starting to anticipate what word is about to pop up when I depress enter. LOL :)

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  8. You poor thing. That's a rough blogging day. LOL

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  9. DL - hopefully nothing insulting popped up!

    Perhaps I'm taking it a little too personally?? :)

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  10. Kristi - it sure was!! I'm a little nervous about visiting anyone else who posts tonight!

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  11. Hehe, maybe I should psychoanalyze you :-)

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  12. Livia - Yikes! There's a scary thought :)

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  13. LOL, Jemi! Subliminal messages from cyberspace, no fair! The blogging gods better be nicer tomorrow. And just so you know, nothing about your energy or voice is "unhot!"

    ((hugs)) Nicole

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  14. Nicole - Yes - I feel very put-upon today :) Thanks for the vote of confidence - badly needed today :) Tomorrow's a new day!

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  15. Congrats... I want to own boots like in that award.

    Oh, and I'm with you on the word verification...they drive me crazy...but sadly, I think my site has them.

    ann

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  16. Ann Elle - Thanks! I have black & white checkered rubber boots! Love them. Wish I had some sunny yellow ones, though :)

    I think most of them do. I'm not sure how to change it - or if it's better just to leave them be. They entertain me at least!

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  17. Thanks for the award, Jemi! :)

    Now I'm wondering what my word will be for this comment? Hmmm...

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  18. Karen - you're so welcome!!

    Good luck - I'm crossing my fingers... :)

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  19. Yeah, those word verifications can be pretty goofy sometimes! Congrats on your awards!

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  20. haha on the word verifications. I didn't even notice them today.

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  21. Stephanie - thanks! And they certainly have been a little nutty tonight :)

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  22. Ruthann - lucky you! I wish I hadn't been paying attention :)

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  23. Word verification is EVIL! And sometimes freaking hilarious. But mostly evil.

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  24. Anissa - I'm voting it's evil tonight :)

    Maybe tomorrow I'll get something a little more pleasant!

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  25. Congrats on the awards. I get nonsense words that sound like they could be real words for the captchas.

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  26. Gotta love those word ver. crazy. I always get excited when I get a real word... lame I know ;o) Congrats on the awards!

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  27. I happen to love the word verification, Jemi. Call me insecure, but I feel like they are an IQ test of sorts. It makes me so happy when I pass! Especially when I get words which resemble Finnish caligraphy or ancient Ogham script, and I keep shifting my gaze from the screen to my fingers on the keyboard. I watch the little processing wheel whirr, saying a silent prayer that this time I won't be rejected. Do you think word verification is run by a literary agent? That would actually explain a lot.

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  28. LOL! That is too dang funny! By the time I read them all I was laughing out loud.

    Congrats on your awards Jemi. Clearly, we think YOU are the absolute greatest! :-)

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  29. Congratulations on the awards, well deserved. And thanks for some great new links to check out.

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  30. I've had a few words relate exactly what I was feel so I can totally relate.
    Also, congratulations on your awards. A lovely week to you my dear.

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  31. I can't tell you how many times I've thought about posting on word ver! I get the funniest words and I always want to know what other people are getting. You are so funny!

    Michele
    SouthernCityMysteries

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  32. Medeia - they definitely are odd sometimes!!!

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  33. Erica - you're not the only one - I like the real words too. Well, usually :)

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  34. Roxy - that's priceless! Maybe they're testing our abilities. Yikes - maybe I'm not passing! At this point, it wouldn't surprise me at all :)

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  35. Shannon - thanks so much - you're a sweetie!

    Glad I could entertain with my insults :)

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  36. Mason - thanks Mason! Hope you enjoying meeting some of my friends :)

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  37. Thanks Simone. I've had other odd ones too - and they often seem to match my mood. Hmmm.

    Enjoy the week as well!

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  38. Thanks Michele!

    Glad to know I'm not the only one word verification is affecting!! :)

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  39. But you have to admit sometimes word verif. makes you chuckle.

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  40. I absolutely hate word verification because it always takes me two tries, livejournal seems especially hard!

    The only place I like it is on Diana Peterfreund's blog, where she has it set to words from her novels. It always makes my day when I get Poe (my fave character). Yes, it doesn't take much to make me happy :)

    Congrats on the awards.

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  41. JW - it certainly does! At least when I'm not under attack :)

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  42. Alexa - it does take me longer to type nonsense words!

    I didn't realize you could do that. I'll have to check out Diana's blog. Sounds like fun!

    It doesn't take much for me either, so this sounds great! Thanks :)

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  43. Woo-hoo!

    And I'm hyper too, so it's okay.

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  44. Thanks Diane - glad I'm not alone!! :)

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  45. I'm not fond of word verifications, although I see the need for them sometimes. The plus is that they often make me laugh because they will pop up and be totally relevant to the post itself.

    Helen
    Straight From Hel

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  46. Congratulations on all of your awards, much deserved. And thanks for the honor of your bestowing one on me! Being slightly technically challenged, I have no idea how to select one. Do I just tell you ?

    fxherdrit. :)

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  47. Haha @ unhot! Thanks so much for the award. :)

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  48. Oh, my heck, I can't stop laughing! I've never paid much attention to my word verifications, certainly not to see if they're insulting me! Yikes!

    And congrats on the awards. :)

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  49. Congrats on the awards, Jemi!

    I've received some interesting word verifications too. 'Course I can't remember any of them at this moment. But I'm convinced they aren't random, and someone at Google is getting their jollies at my expense. Paranoid? Who,
    me? :)

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  50. I'm like you, Jemi. I always pay attention to word verification too. Have no idea why? However, if you're writing fantasy it's not a bad place to discover new names! Just a thought...

    All the best finishing your MS :)

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  51. Helen - it is odd how many of the 'words' are relevant - or at least I can twist them to be relevant :)

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  52. Layinda - you're most welcome.

    Sorry, I forgot to post the regular rules for the awards!! Just select whichever you like and post it on your blog for all to admire :)

    If you'd like to pass it along, just name them and link to their blogs. I usually try to pop over to their blogs to let them know they have an award.

    Honest Scrap does have an extra rule (I ignored it because I've already done it, plus I don't mind breaking rules!). You're supposed to list up to 10 honest things about yourself. It's fun. You could click on the award label of my blog to see what kinds of things I listed if you like. It's maybe in Nov or Dec of last year.

    Hope that helps :)

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  53. You're welcome Lisa!

    Yup, that's pretty much how I felt when I read it!

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  54. Thanks Elana - it was pretty funny watching them come up!! :)

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  55. VR - I'll join you on the paranoia wagon! Especially after these words!!!

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  56. Thanks Wendy!

    I've actually used one of the word verifications (with one spelling change) for a word in my Steampunk :)

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  57. Hi Jemi -- It appeared to me you don't have nearly enough awards, so I'm passing on another one. :)

    Drop by http://patriciastoltey.blogspot.com whenever you have time.

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  58. lol :) I'm not gonna lie! I've used some of the word verification nonsense words in my own work. Like last names and cool sounding words.

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  59. Thanks Patricia! I'll pop on over. :) You're a sweetie!

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  60. Sara - I have too!! Some of the words have sparked ideas for new inventions for the Steampunk I'm working on :)

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  61. I thought I was the only one who paid attention to those verifying words. Alone in the house one night, I got "thead" which my brain immediately unscrambled. I turned the computer off.

    Word people.

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  62. I hate that stupid wrd vrifik8shun. Half the time I can't read it. I've learned to copy my comments so if I lose it while trying to submit I can paste it and try again.

    Stephen Tremp

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  63. Congrats, Jemi. And sorry about your word verification subliminal messages. Don't believe them for a second. They are patently untrue!

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  64. Anne - lol :) I would have done the same thing!! There should probably be a few restrictions on what words can be made :)

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  65. Stephen - I've done the same things. Having the letters r and n together drives me batty. I have to retry it every time!!

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  66. Thanks Cat! I hope they're untrue - cause even though my weeks been nutty-busy again, it's been a lot better than the words implied :)

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  67. Oh my word, you're funny! Haha! Very cute. And congrats on your awards!

    Today's word verification? Gunth

    Not sure what that means, but it feels kind of like an insult.

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  68. Thanks Carol :)

    Gunth - makes a good insult for sure. Maybe I'll snitch it for my Steampunk!

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  69. I love it when word ver. comes up with something creative, especially when I can't! Too often, I fear. How does WEEDUNK work for something of no consequence?

    Here's to the award queen! Congrats and keep having fun.

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  70. SotE - Strangely, word verification can be quite fun! I like Weedunk! Doesn't mstch this novel, but maybe the next one!!

    Thanks so much :)

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  71. Sometimes those words do make me laugh. The funniest ones are the ones I get on facebook when I post a link.
    I'm sure you deserve all those wonderful awards.

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  72. Thanks Susan :)

    I haven't joined Facebook yet. Just no time to add something else to my schedule!

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  73. I found an idea for a book in one word verification suggestion. A play on words that kept me amused for ages.

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  74. Elaine - gotta love the writer's brain! We're always looking for angles :)

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