I Am Not The Suitcase Killer

Don’t you just love getting emails telling us we’ve been mentioned? These alerts (which you set up) provide updates on the latest and most relevant mentions on the web.They come from many sources like Google, TalkWalker, Stumbleupon, or other analytic feeds.

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It’s exciting to see these alerts come across my feed or into my inbox. My words are getting noticed, my blog read and perhaps shared.

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know my stories lean toward the dark side. I’m unashamedly addicted to crime fiction, but even I was surprised when I received this Google Alert, yesterday.

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I imagine those of you familiar with my writings raised a brow at the title of this little nugget. It certainly caught my attention, but in spite of what my husband implies about my potential, I do not know 365 ways to kill him, and I’ve never harmed a flea – ok, maybe a flea.

It just goes to show you, the things you read on the web are not always what they seem, and I swear to you –  I am not the “Suitcase Killer.

 

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Looking Back at 2016

2016My mother once told me, the older you get, the faster time flies. She was right. The time between October 1st and the New Year gets shorter every year. It’s as if I blinked and we’re on the precipice of Valentine’s Day.

This is my first real post since taking a medical leave just after Thanksgiving. I owe big thanks to all my Cow Pasture Contributors and guest authors for helping to keep the conversations going while I was away. I hope you enjoyed their excellent posts.

I’m not at a hundred percent, but I’m getting there. In the meantime, I thought the best way to get back into the groove was to take a look back at 2016 in the Cow Pasture.

For the last couple of years, WordPress did a great job sending out an annual year-end review for WordPress bloggers. However, this year, they decided against it. So, I decided to do my own.

Mine isn’t as artistic as the one offered by WordPress, but it was definitely enlightening.

The Numbers:

In 2016, there were 167 posts published; growing the total archive of this blog to 480 posts. The most popular day for posting- Friday and the most popular time – 9:00 am.

Traffic to the Cow Pasture almost doubled with 10,086 views; 5,543 visitors. My longest streak was in the month of April when I participated in the A-Z Blogging Challenge – posting daily for 30 straight days. The busiest month of the year was July with 2062 views.

The most popular post was Dark Cloud Hovering, with the most views in one day, 341 and a whopping total 977 views. This post continues to be very popular with more than 1742 views on Stumbleupon. The post receiving the most comments: My Top Twenty Websites for Writers – 56 comments and 196 views.

How did they find Me? The top referring sites in 2016 were:

Reaching the World – One Word at a Time.

The Cow Pasture Chronicles reached more than 100 Countries and regions.
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To all my readers, Thank you, and, particularly, those who took the time to comment, interact, and share. Feedback is the lifeblood of the blogging community. I encourage each of you when you read something helpful, inspirational, or thought-provoking- speak up, say something, comment and even debate. Communication, after all, is what brings us together.

Here’s to an even bigger and better year for all of us.

I’d love to hear your comments. Talk to me. Tell me your story and look for me on Facebook at SheilaMGood,  PinterestBloglovinTwitter@sheilamgood, Contently, and Instagram. You can follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

 

What’s Your IP Address?

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One thing is for sure, when you’re in the midst of a long-term recovery, you will get bored out of your mind. Top these circumstances with 2-3 days of snow and ice – someone is going to break the rules. Did I mention – me? To say I’ve been stretching the doctor’s instructions bit is an understatement.facebookhomescreenimage
Pardon my digression; the squirrels are playing havoc with my brain.

Back to the point of this post. Do you know your IP address IP (Internet protocol)? It is a unique number for your computer and links to all of your online activity.

It’s how a Macy’s ad, with the very thing you’re shopping for, just happens to show up on Facebook or other sites you might visit. It’s how Google and other search engines track what you like – through algorithms and your IP address. And, it’s how hackers find us – not that we’ve heard much about hacking lately?

More to the point, it’s why a suspect’s computer is confiscated and turned over for a forensics examination, following a crime.  “Your honor, may I present Exhibit C into evidence. This will show that the defendant completed a search on, how to choke someone, undetectable, poisons, how to break a person’s neck, and how to get away with murder, no less than 200 times.”

You get the idea, but why do you care? Well, knowing one’s IPA is also helpful when determining if your computer or the information within has been compromised. For example, in 2005 my identity was stolen online. The culprits were tracked through an IPA to Amsterdam – a mega site for stolen identities. And just today, I attempted to sign in to Facebook. A message appeared:

“Your account has been locked due to a suspicious login attempt.”  They provided the time, IPA, and location (Charlotte) of the incident. “Was this you? “They asked.

I wasn’t certain, but it prompted me to investigate. I got things straightened out, not that being locked out of Facebook was of concern – it wasn’t, but that’s a subject for another day.

If you want to find out more on the topic, as well as your own IP Address, check out these resources:

  1. IP 101: The Basics of IP Addresses
  2. What is my IP Address.com
  3. How a Hacker Might Exploit Your IP Address
  4. Computer Evidence Recovery
  5. Internet Defamation

I’d love to hear your comments. Talk to me. Tell me your story and look for me on Facebook at SheilaMGood,  PinterestBloglovinTwitter@sheilamgood, Contently, and Instagram. You can follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

A Curated List of Creative Writing Competitions, Contests and Awards

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Thanks to the Almond Press for this comprehensive list of writing competitions and contest. Start 2017 off right by checking these out and making a submission. This is a list of international and local creative writing competitions, contests, and awards. Opportunities for experienced and aspiring writers to get published.

To see the complete lists, with dates, submission guidelines, deadline, prizes, and word count, click the link below.

Source: A Curated List of Creative Writing Competitions, Contests and Awards.

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Contest Update

Start off the New Year right- check out this Book Cover contest!

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To remind everyone, the contest, sponsored by High Impact Book Covers and Allison Maruska, is halfway done!

To review, both have generously contributing a set of prizes to the contest.

-First place:   A custom book cover design (print and web ready) valued at $499 USD. Within 3 days, you receive the first draft. Each book cover has a unique, premium design. See below for examples from his portfolio.

-Second place:  A custom ebook cover design (web only) valued at $299. Within 3 days, you receive the first draft. Each book cover has a unique, premium design. See below for examples from his portfolio.

-Third place:  A pre-made ebook cover design valued between $50-$160. Every High Impact Premade Book Cover Design is unique and will only be sold one time.

-Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth place: All four of Allison Maruska’s books: The Fourth Descendant, Project Renovatio, Project Liberatio

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