Uncategorized

Chapter 11: White Hats and Worms

(Lizzie)

via GIPHY
“We just learned the name of the victim from the car explosion three nights ago, outside of Cyber Tech. The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Casey Moore – a part-time college student attending Tri-C Community College. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the explosion……”

via GIPHY
Feigning tears is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. But I couldn’t risk Lucille finding out that Casey was actually still alive.

“You poor, poor thing,” Lucille said, rubbing my shoulders. “This must be so hard for you. I know you two were close and I can’t even imagine your pain. But always remember, I’m here for you and I won’t leave your side while you’re grieving.”

“That’s….that’s so great…of you,” I said, sniffing.

“That’s what buddies are for.” She stood up and started walking toward the kitchen. “You just stay where you are. I’ll get some yummy chicken broth for you. And after you finish that, you can have a small square of 100% dark chocolate for dessert.”

“You’re too kind, Lucille.” If I have to eat any more of this crap I’m going to be sick, I thought.

I checked my cell phone, looking for another message from Robert. Our escape plan was in the works. Robert had friends he knew – people who weren’t entirely legit – working on this around the clock. 

In the mean time, Casey – who was actually alive and well – took up residence at Cyber Tech. Everyone felt it was for the best that she stay there. Removing her from the facility would be way too risky. They couldn’t chance someone from The Clinic would see her.

***

(Casey)

Robert looked exhausted. He’d been on the phone, nonstop, with friends – the White Hatters – a group of people who contracted themselves out to test computer networks and make sure they’re secure. I’d been watching him work for three days straight on this plan, trying to help me and Lizzie. All the while he and his team worked, I felt helpless. This was way out of my area of expertise.

“Great! Thanks, man,” Robert said. “I owe you.” Robert hung up the phone and swung around in his chair.

via GIPHY
“We found an entry point,” Robert said. “The Clinic has fallen a tad behind times with their network security.”

“Well, yeah,” I began, “They’ve been a little busy with killing people.”

Robert chuckled. “A few of their employees enjoy checking their personal email while at work and The Clinic’s operating system hasn’t been updated in months.”

“Sorry?” I gave up pretending I understood anything he was saying hours ago.

“It means we can install a virus into their Intranet and take their whole network down.”

“A computer virus? How will you install it?” I asked. My head felt like it was spinning. I was barely a cell phone person. This whole computer thing was way over my head. “Are you going to use one of those jump drive thingies?”

“Wow.” Robert shook his head. “You are behind the times.” He took his glasses off and rubbed his eyes. “My friends have been profiling some of the emails that a few of The Clinic’s employees have received.”

“Really? How?”

“Don’t ask,” Robert said. “A few of the employees often download attachments to their work computers. Nothing serious. Usually just photos of their kids and pets. We found those same employees social media accounts and copied some of their images off of it. The next step is to clone a few email accounts from people they receive emails from on a regular basis and send those photos as attachments. The worm will be embedded within the attachment.”

“The worm?” We went from computer viruses to slimy bugs. How did that happen?

via GIPHY
“Worm is the type of virus we’re going to install. Once installed, it replicates very quickly. This worm will be encoded to disable The Clinic’s entire network and everything connected to the network – such as that tracker you’re wearing on your wrist. We’ll be able to disable it and take it off.”

“Awesome! How soon?”

To be continued

How to Turn Off Auto Image-Cropping on Your WordPress Website

Picking the right WordPress theme/template for your website can be overwhelming. In order to command any kind of following, the website has to accommodate your business needs as well as be user friendly and visually appealing. 

Lately, I’ve been using a lot of memes for my featured images on my personal website. The problem was that the WordPress theme was auto-cropping my featured images so that when you saw their thumbnails on my landing page, the captions were cut off.

If you look at the example above you’ll see that the text on all three images is cut off.  This does not look pretty or professional and quite frankly, it was driving me nuts.

After much Internet searching, I figured out how to go into the theme and stop it from cropping the featured image. Fair warning! This will only work for self-hosted WordPress websites. It will NOT work for the free version of WordPress.

Here is what you do:

From your WordPress dashboard, select “Appearance.”

Then select “Editor.”

Once inside of the Editor, look for Theme functions (functions.php) on the right side of the screen and select it.

Once you’re in the next screen you’re going to scroll through and look for a line that reads just like the highlighted one below.

When you find it, delete “true” and replace it with “false,” just like the example below.

Then click “Update File,” located at the bottom of the screen.  After completing these steps the thumbnail featured images that were once cut off will now look like this:

If you have any questions about this, please let me know in the comments.  Join us on Friday as we begin Chapter 9 of our fiction event. So far in our story we have a death investigator, two meddling aunts, the dark web, and something known as Jānna.

Pilcrow & Dagger is now accepting submissions for its Nov/Dec issue. The theme for this issue is “The Box.” What’s in your box? Secret love letters? Dirty pictures? A severed head? Get your short stories, essays, poems, and recipes in by October 15, 2017. 

 

Chapter 4: Seventh Circle of Hell

I hoisted one heavy box up the pull-down ladder and into the attic. Even for this time of year the attic was hot and stuffy. A nice change from chilly temps downstairs. Before I brought more boxes up, I thought I should look around for the box of Christmas decorations Grandma wanted me to schlep down. At first glance the attic looked neatly organized but when you took a closer look it was more of a warehouse. Boxes stacked on boxes, floor to roof, rows in front of rows. The the idea of spending the day searching for the decoration box made my head swim. If it wasn’t in the first wall of boxes, then it was in the next, or the next. Not hours of searching, we’re talking days. The aunties had put the boxes from my room at the base of the ladder making it an acrobatic feat to get down; I managed and went in search for Grandma.

“Um, Grandma, that box of decorations you want… where is it?”

“In the attic, silly,” she said rummaging through the top drawer of the antique secretary which stood in the corner.

“Grandma,” I sighed, “there are a thousand boxes in the attic. Can you be a little more specific?”

“Louisa Jane, don’t exaggerate. There most certainly are not a thousand boxes. My last count was two hundred and eighty-three. Phooey!” she slammed the drawer shut and started into the second drawer.

“Okay, of the two hundred and eighty-three boxes where might the decoration box be?

She closed the drawer and moved to the desk and began her search anew. “Christmas is when Santa comes. Santa lives in the North Pole. So, the Christmas decorations are on the north side of the house. Oh, I give up!”

“What are you looking for, Grandma?”

She straightened up and put her hands on her hips. “What dear?”

“What are you looking for, Grandma?”

“I can’t remember now. No matter, it’ll come to me.” I left her standing in the living room scratching her head and ascended into my seventh circle of hell.

The north side of the house had a wall of boxes that was four across and four high and, mercifully, only two deep. Still, moving and searching through thirty-two boxes was daunting. Not one of the boxes was labeled and I decided that I just might do Grandma and the Aunties a huge favor and label them. Eventually, someone and some point is going to have to go through all of it.

Starting on the top left I searched and labeled and replaced. Most of the stuff was old children’s toys and clothes. The toys were certainly collectors’ items and wouldn’t pass the safety standards for today’s children’s’ toys. I made a mental note to ask about them. Maybe Grandma and the aunts would be willing to part with them, sell them, and put aside the proceeds for future use. The Christmas decorations were not just one box; there were five of them. And all five were the last boxes I went through.

Once the boxes, and I were freed from the attic, it was another staircase down to get them all into the living room. I was happy to be done with that chore, happy that I was able to help Grandma, and angry that I had forgotten to put on my fitbit. I’m sure I completed my entire week’s scheduled workouts.

“Oh good!” Grandma beamed at the boxes. “Thank you dear. Now, let’s get started and cheer this place up.”

“Grandma, I was going to take a nap. I have to work tonight so…”

“Oh please, you can nap at work. The dead people won’t care. Now, where did I put the tape?” Grandma resumed her search through the drawers. I slipped out and went back to my room. I needed a little shut-eye. Believe it or not, the dead people do care.

To be continued….

 

 

How to Embed a Document on a Website or Blog – Part Two

Last week, I worked through the steps of embedding a PDF document into your FREE WordPress blog. While those same steps will also work for the paid version of WordPress, users who have self-hosted WordPress sites also have another option – free plugins. There are several different plugins available for FREE that will automatically embed a PDF document into your site. I picked one at random and found I liked it. Feel free to try out the many other plugins available.

From your WordPress site go to the toolbar on the left side of the screen and select Plugins → Add New.

In the search bar, located at the top, right side of the screen, type in “PDF Embedder.” This will bring up a bunch of different plugins you can try out. I picked “PDF Embedder” – the first option on the left side of the screen because it was compatible with my version of WordPress.

When choosing a plugin, make sure it’s compatible with your version of WordPress.  Plugins that are untested for your specific version of WordPress will either not work properly or they could cause your website to crash.

Once you find “PDF Embedder,” – or whatever plugin you choose to go with, click on “Install Now.” When it’s finished installing, select “Activate.”

Then open the blog post you want your PDF document to be in and select “Add Media.”  Upload your PDF document into WordPress. If you don’t know how to do that, follow the steps from last week’s blog. Otherwise, browse through your media library and then insert it into your post.

After you do this, you’ll see a weird, scrambled-looking mess on your screen just like the one above that’s highlighted in blue.  Don’t panic! That’s only what you see. Your audience, however, will see the image below. ↓

How to Watermark Your Word Document

Click on the preview button, located at the top right side of your screen, you will see what your audience will see when they visit your website. Hover over the image and a toolbar will appear on the bottom of the document that will allow your audience to scroll up and down through the pages and also zoom in. This particular plugin does not allow your audience to download or print the document. However, I believe there is a paid version that will. Do your homework and find a plugin that best suits your needs.

And that’s all there is to it! As always if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments!

 

The deadline for the October issue is only one day away! Get your submissions in for our “What Lies Beneath,” issue by Wednesday, August 30, 2017!

Join us on Thursday, August 31, 2017 as we begin our round robin story that will center around the Nov/Dec theme “The Box.” Tune into our blog on Monday and Thursday to find out what’s in our box. 

Beginning September 1, 2017, submissions for the Nov/Dec issue will open. As stated previously, the theme is “The Box.” Tell us what’s in your box! A holiday gift? Secret love letters? A body part? Get your submissions in by October 15, 2017!

The Pretty Way to Embed a PDF Document on Your Website or Blog – Part 1

Yesterday, I went through the steps on how to watermark documents in an effort to deter online thieves from stealing them. If you missed that post you can read it here. Today, I’m going to walk through the steps on how to embed a PDF document in a website or blog. The platform I use is WordPress.

Free WordPress

Today, I’ll work through the steps for embedding a PDF document in the Free version of WordPress (WordPress.com). This will also work for self-hosted WordPress sites (WordPress.org) but for self-hosted WordPress sites there is a better option. I’ll work through those steps on Tuesday, August 29th.

After saving the PDF document, you’ll need to upload it to your WordPress blog. Login to your blog/website and select “Add New Post.” Once inside the new post you can upload the PDF document by clicking on “Add Media.”

Then select “Upload File.”  

Find the PDF document you want to open. Select it and then click on “Open,” located on the lower right hand corner.

Then select “Insert into Post,” located in the lower right hand corner of the screen.

Once you do that you’ll see the title of your PDF document will appear hyperlinked inside your blog. It will look similar to the one below:

How to Watermark Your Word Document

Technically, you could leave it just like this. But, it doesn’t look pretty and I believe all things on social media sites should look pretty. I recommend using a photograph as a cover for document. This is where authors who have a cover for their work-in-progress can make use of it.

Upload a photo into WordPress using the same steps we just did for uploading the PDF link. The image you select can be anything: a vacation photo from your own collection or one from a site like Pixabay or Pexels that has free to use photos that are both royalty free and free for commercial use. Try finding a photo with an image that relates to the content in your document. But if you can’t, don’t stress over it because following the same steps I demonstrated in the “How to Make Meme for Free” post, you’re going to put a title over the image. The photo below is an example.

Once you have a photo, insert it into the blog post and then select “Add Media” again. Find the PDF document and highlight it like the picture below.  DO NOT insert the PDF document into the post!

Look for its URL link located on the right side of the screen.

Copy the URL. Go back into your blog post and click on the image you’re going to use as the cover. When you click on it, a small toolbox should appear over the top of the image.

Click on the pencil inside of the toolbox. This will allow you to edit the photo.

Look near the bottom of the box for “Link To” and click on the down arrow.

Select Custom URL and in the box below, delete the current link and paste the link for your PDF file in it. Then scroll down and look for “Open Link in New Tab.” 

Make sure this box is checked so that when people click on the image a new tab will open up in the browser, allowing your readers to keep one window open to your web page. Anytime you place a link inside of your blog, you should select this option. The last thing you want is to take people away from your blog or website. Having the link open in a new tab allows people to tab back over to your site rather than hitting the back button on the browser.

Then click “Update.” After this step is complete, when your readers click on the image it will take them to the PDF file. Click on the image below to see my PDF document.

On Tuesday, I’ll show self-hosted WordPress users a super-spiffy way to embed a PDF document into their website.

That’s all for this week. As always, if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments!

The deadline for the October issue is only a few days away! The theme for the October issue is “What Lies Beneath.” Tell us what’s hiding under your feet! Be quick about it because the deadline for this issue is August 30, 2017.

Join us on August 31st for a round robin writing event. A. Marie will kick off this event by beginning a story that is tied to our Nov/Dec issue’s theme – “The Box.” Find out what’s in our box beginning August 31st!

How to Watermark a Document Using Microsoft Word

This discussion will help anyone who wants to share excerpts from their novels, deleted scenes, bonus material or short stories on their website or blog. Today I will show you how to watermark a document in Microsoft Word to deter other individuals from plagiarizing your work. Please keep in mind that nothing you share on the Internet is truly safe. And if someone really wants to steal your work, a watermark isn’t going to stop them.

On that note, please remember that the people most likely to have their work stolen are the Stephen Kings and J.K Rowlings of the world. Unknown writers are not likely to have their work stolen.

If you would like to create a watermark – as a form of some added protection – to a document that you’d like to post to your blog or website, today’s topic is for you.

Here is how to watermark a document using Word.

Open your document in Word:

Next, select “Design,” from the top of the screen. ***Update*** If you are using Word for Mac you might not have a “Design” option on your screen. If this is the case, click on “Insert” and look for the watermark option in the drop-down menu.

And then click on “Watermark,” located on the upper right side of the screen.

You can choose one of the watermark options available OR you can click on “Custom Watermark,” and make your own, which is what I did.

In the image above, you’ll see a few different options for watermark. One option is a picture watermark. The other option is a text watermark. If you want a picture watermark, select “Select Picture.”

Find a picture on your computer you want to use and select it. Make sure that “Washout” – on the right side of the box – is checked. Then click “Apply.” This is what my document looked like when I inserted Pilcrow & Dagger’s logo:

If you want to adjust where the image/text appears on your document, place your cursor at the top of the page – where a header would appear – and double click. When you do this a box should appear around the watermark.

You’ll be able to use the squares surrounding your image to adjust the image size, direction and position. These same steps apply for both images as well as a custom text watermark like the one below:

Once you have positioned your watermark where you like it, go to “File,”, “Save As,” and then select PDF to save your document.

If you’re not familiar with using PDF files – they save documents like an image – limiting the ability of other people to edit the file. However, please be aware that PDF files can easily be converted back to a Word document for editing. 

Now you have your watermarked document. The next thing you’ll need to do is embed it on your website or blog.  Tomorrow, I’ll take you through the steps for doing just that.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the material I covered today, please let me know in the comments!

Pilcrow & Dagger is currently accepting submissions for its October issue. The theme for this issue is “What Lies Beneath?” What’s under your kitchen sink? Your coffee table? Your area rug?” The deadline for this submission is August 30th! Get your poems, essays and short stories in today! 

Beginning September 1st, we will open submissions for our Nov/December issue. The theme for this issue is “The Box.” What’s in your box? A gift? Secret love letters? A body part? Please tell us! We’re dying to know! The deadline for this issue is October 15, 2017!

 

How to Make a Meme – Part 2

I know I promised I’d write about watermarks and how to make them, but as it turns out, there are some issues with my previous post on memes I need to address. If you haven’t seen it yet you can read it here. Shortly after I published that post, someone commented on it.

via GIPHY

Which made me really happy because – as any blogger knows – if you go too long without a comment or a “like” on your blog, you begin to wonder if anyone is reading.

via GIPHY

Unfortunately, the person commenting had some problems getting the steps I provided to work for him. So, I went back through those steps trying to see if I skipped anything….and it turns out, I did.

via GIPHY

First, PIXLR does provide an app called Autodesk. The features I wrote about last week will NOT work with the app. You have to be in the full website which brings me to my next missed step. When you pull up PIXLR you will see this screen:

 

Make sure you select “PIXLR Editor” on the left. The features I wrote about are not available in PIXLR Express. 

The question then becomes, does the website work differently for someone who is using a Mac vs. Windows? I have high hopes that one morning I’ll wake up and discover that my iPad has turned into a Mac overnight, but until that day comes, I’m stuck with Windows. I did try to load the website using my iPad only to get the dreaded error message: This website requires Adobe Flash in order to work – which anyone with an iPad knows, Adobe Flash won’t work on it.

via GIPHY

Since I didn’t find any other missed steps, I’m now left asking for your help. Has anyone reading this been able to follow the steps in the previous blog – with a Mac -and had success with it? If so, please tell me what you did to make it work.

Pilcrow & Dagger is now accepting submissions for the October issue. The theme is, “What Lies Beneath?” What’s under your bed? What’s in your cellar? What’s under that strange mound in your backyard? Tell us all about! The clock is ticking! The deadline for this issue is August 30, 2017!

How to Make a Meme for Free

On my personal website, I set up a Zazzle store. It was one of many ideas I had to monetize my blog. The problem was that I didn’t have anything to sell. Nothing dazzling to put on one of the many products Zazzle sells that anyone would want to buy. But then it happened, there was a flash of light, I walked straight into a door, fell over, and I had an epiphany. Why not put a meme on a coffee cup or tee shirt and try selling that? How hard could it be? After all, a meme is just a photograph with a large, clever caption written over it. And, there are plenty of websites out there such as memegenerator.net and imgur.com that will make the meme for you. All you have to do is upload the photo. They also provide photos for people to use but to be clear – if you aren’t the photographer you do NOT own the rights to the photo and can NOT sell it.

Well, here’s the thing. When you use one of your own photos in the free meme-making websites, they automatically place their watermark on the image.  If you upload that image and try putting it on a coffee cup or tee-shirt, companies like Zazzle will flag it for copyright issues, preventing you from selling it on their sites.

That being said, I figured out a way to make a meme that could be placed on a product All that’s needed is a photo and photo-editing software.

Photos are easy – if you’re like me you have thousands of them on your computer and you’re wondering why you photographed the same pencil 27 times. The photo-editing software is also easy to come by and it’s FREE. I’m sure there are a number of websites available but my personal choice is pixlr.com.

(Any of the following screenshots can be enlarged by double-clicking on the image.)

Select “open image from computer” and find the image you want to turn into a meme.

I found this little guy on pexels.com. Pexels is one of a handful of websites that has royalty free and free for commercial use photos with no attribution required.

Once the photo has been uploaded, move your cursor over the letter “A” located in the toolbar on the left side of the screen. Then place your cursor over the photo where you want the text to go and left click on the mouse. When you do, a text box will pop up on the screen just like the one below.

Next, place your cursor on the down arrow and then scroll down to the font, Impact. This the most common font used when making memes. The text box will also let you change the color of the font. Double-click on the “Color” box located in the lower, right corner and select the font you want. I always choose white which has the hexidecimal code of #ffffff.

After that font has been selected, turn your caps lock on – assuming you want the text to be in all caps. Typically the captions on memes are written in all caps but it’s not necessarily a requirement. Then start typing.

Generally the font is set to a default size, to change the size there are a couple of options. The first is to change the font size with in the text box. It’s located on the lower left side. However, sometimes even after you max out the size of the font within the text box, you may decide you need the font to be even larger.

To make the font even larger, you’ll need to rasterize the layer.

Then you’ll need to use the free transform tool to increase the size of the font.

When you select free transform, a blue box will appear around the text.

Now all you need to do is place your cursor on one of the corner boxes and while holding down the shift key, drag it out until you get the size that you want. You can also use the free transform tool to move the entire text box around so you can place the text anywhere on the photo.

***If you want to have two lines of text, one on top of the photo and one on the bottom, you will need two text boxes. To get the second text box, click on the “A” and then tap anywhere on the screen to get an additional text box to pop up.***

At this point you could call it done, but I like to take one more step. In order to make sure the font can be read, I like to place a black border around it.

To place a black border around the letters, you’ll need to turn your attention to the far right side of the screen.

Double-click on the small folder that has a star sticking out of its right side. It’s circled in yellow in the photo above.

Another box will pop up with options of Drop Shadow, Inner shadow, Bevel, Outer Glow and Inner Glow. Select Outer Glow and then double-click on the words “Outer Glow”.

When you double-click on Outer Glow, another box pops up.

Change “Hardness” to 3 and “Size” to 5. If the “Color” box isn’t already black, double-click on it to open the color wheel.

If you want the letters to have a black outline type in six zeros (000000) in the box with the hashtag next to it. Or you can just look for black in the color wheel. I find it’s faster to enter the hexidecimal code into the box than it is to fight the color wheel but that’s just me.

Once you’ve completed this step, you’ll have a finished meme ready to save to your computer.

This is my final product and in case you’re wondering, I borrowed the caption from one of my favorite movies, “Home.” Also, if you’re wondering about the black outline – this is one of my first memes and I did not use it for this caption because I didn’t feel it was necessary but on most of the memes I’ve created, I have used a black outline to make the font easier to read.

Also, I created my own personal watermarks on this photo – one connecting the photo to my blog and the other giving credit to pexels.com – the website where I found the photo of the raccoon. Technically no attribution is required but I still like giving credit to the website where I found it.

My next blog post will be on how to create a watermark so you can protect your personal photos when using them on your websites.

Calling all writers! We are now accepting submissions for the October issue.  The theme is “What Lies Beneath?” Shadows under an old porch? A strange burial mound? A sandbox? Tell us your stories! The deadline for this issue is August 30, 2017!

 

 

 

 

The July issue

I spend a great deal of time critiquing other people’s work.  Sometimes I do this for money but most often I do it so that they’ll, in turn, critique my work and help me make it better.  I help them, they help me.  Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

The fact is, I really enjoy critiquing works and the whole feeling that I have something worthwhile to contribute to the story they’re writing.  As I’m not naturally a confident person, this feeling is born from experience rather than innate self-worth.  Others have judged my critiques to be worthwhile and sought them out, sometimes paying me for my “expertise” but most often asking for my assistance on my favorite critiquing website (Scribophile).  Like I wrote, it’s gratifying to be part of an author’s journey in any capacity, but most especially when they invite you into the circle like that.  It’s even more gratifying to feel worthy of being a part of an author’s journey.  I’ve worked hard to get to this point as a writer.  I’m not sure I’m expressing this well, but I hope the point comes across.

The darker side of this critiquing, though, is that I rarely read for pleasure anymore, and when I do I find myself critiquing the work automatically.  Still, those times come when I just don’t want to think about how a story is written and just want to enjoy it.  Tonight was just such a night, and lo and behold a new Pilcrow and Dagger had just come out.  I was behind on my issues anyway, so I took the opportunity to get current.  And what a joy that was!  Not just because it was Pilcrow and Dagger, but because the stories were a real treat to read.  And I was only tempted a dozen times to email the authors and make suggestions!!!  That’s a joke for those who don’t critique a lot of works.  It really does affect how you read for fun.

I’m just a little ways into Conspiracy Theories (aka the July issue) and am looking forward to more rewarding stories.  When I get another chance to read for pleasure.  Which reminds me of the motto I often use here:

Life is short.  Read fast.

Independence Day

We wish everyone a very happy Independence Day! It’s a BIG DEAL at our house because it is also Little Man’s birthday. We do cake and cookouts, fun and fireworks, pictures and presents. This year we are also hooking up the plumbing and gas to our kitchen after being without water and gas in the kitchen for 16 and a half weeks for the renovation. Just in time for me to make Little Man’s cake. And GOD! I have wanted to cook actual food for weeks and I am twitching!

It’s difficult to find the time during the whole beach/lake/park/cookout/fireworks festivities to sit down and write something. But consider note cards or in lieu of that, texts or emails or making a note on your phone for any ideas or inspirations that come up. Photos too can capture that moment and you can write about it later (whenever that is). For me, because it is Little Man’s birthday I have so many things that inspire me and drive me to write on this day. You can do it too.

For those not in the USA, happy 4th of July to you too! Be it midsummer in the northern hemisphere or mid winter in the southern hemisphere, enjoy your Tuesday! And have a piece for cake to help celebrate Little Man’s birthday. Take a picture, send it in. He’ll get a kick out of knowing people all over the world celebrated with him.

Don’t forget, we are accepting submissions for a few more days to our August/September issue. The theme is “That’s Gonna Leave a Mark.” Any memories of unfortunate accidents or events? The girl or guy who dumped you at the prom? That missing finger from the fireworks? Any pranks that have gone way wrong? Let us know!!

%d bloggers like this: