Blogdom November 2014

BlogdomOh boy, do I have loads to share from my Blogdom (my personal realm of the Blogosphere)!

You may want to bookmark this and come back to it a few times. Good stuff here.

(November 2014)

Book Reviews

-From Green Wizard Publishing, Saved By The Bell: A Review of The Night Porter

-From Should Be Reading, “A. D. 30” by Ted Dekker

-From Jane Dougherty Writes via Tricia Drammeh, The Séance

-From The Masquerade Crew, “Couldn’t stop reading” All Is Silence by @RobertLSlater #dystopia #review

-From On Starships and Dragonwings, Pennyroyal Academy by M. A. Larson ARC {4 Stars}

-From Jennifer Swiger, Keeper VS. Reaper by Jennifer Malone Wright

-From Book Passion for Life, Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige

-From bibliobeth, THE MARTIAN – ANDY WEIR

-From Shelf-Awareness, Maximum Shelf: The Room

Interviews

-From The Wizard’s Cauldron, Sheer Fear: Crime fiction’s Geoffrey West is Back – Around the Cauldron!

-From Authors to Watch, Interview with M.J. Schiller

-From Literary Rambles, KIMBERLEY GRIFFITHS LITTLE INTERVIEW AND FORBIDDEN GIVEAWAY

-From JeanzBookReadNReview, BLOG TOUR – BECOMING BEAUTY BY SARAH E. BOUCHER

-From READING ADDICTION VIRTUAL BOOK TOURS, Possession by @annie_oldham #giveaway

Book Trailers & Other Book Videos

-From Alex J. Cavanaugh (shared), The Tree of Life (part of a playlist)

-From Glenn Kleier, The Knowledge of Good & Evil – Book Trailer

-From Eerdmans Publishing, Book Trailer for CRAZY by Linda Vigen Phillips

-From Martina Boone, Compulsion by Martina Boone

-From William Powers, New Slow City Book Trailer

Short Stories & Excerpts & Poems

-From 4covert2overt, Arcadia (The Wonderlust Chronicles #1) by Hope Christine

Writing

-From IWSG, DRESSING—AND UNDRESSING—YOUR CHARACTERS by Best Selling Author, Ruth Harris

-From Live Write Thrive, The March of the Adjectives

-From Creative Writing with the Crimson League, How to make time to write when there is no time

-From Live Write Thrive, How Small Projects Can Keep You Rolling in the Dry Spells

Blogging

-From Alex J. Cavanaugh, Have Authors Killed Blogging?…(plus other stuff)

-From Divahound Blog, Three Reasons Why Having a Blog is Important for Your Small Business

Marketing

-From Book Marketing Buzz Blog, 57 Twitter & Social Media Tools For Authors

-From Contemporary Books, The IndieView interviews our book reviewer

-From Alana Munro, Top Tips to Market your Ebook Online – Making the Most of your Amazon Free Days

-From She Writes, PRODUCT PLACEMENT IN BOOKS–WHAT DO YOU THINK?

News

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, Amazon: Time To Sell!

-From TIME via Shelf Awareness, Amazon’s Dispute With Hachette Might Finally Be Hurting Its Sales

-From Shelf Awareness, Amazon Now Controls ‘.book’ Domain Name Extension

-From Digital Book World, Hachette and Amazon Bury the Hatchet

-From The New York Times, With ‘High Maintenance,’ Vimeo Invests in Original Content

-From Marilynn Dawson via LinkedIn, Ok authors, GO CHECK YOUR AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE! They’ve added a new feature

Movie Reviews, Trailers, & More

-From The Armchair Squid, Family Movie Night: E.T.

-From The Geek Twins, Support Female Sci-Fi Film THE HADES PIT

-From Derrick Ferguson, JOHN WICK

Entertainment

-From USA Gymnastics, Simone Biles – Floor – 2014 World Championships – Event Finals

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, Text Me When You Die

-From Smorgasbord, The Afternoon Video – Random acts of kindness by man for animals.

-From A Cup of Jo, Six stretches for people who sit at desks

-From Tynga’s Reviews, Soapboxing: Inspiration or Theft

By including links to these articles, reviews, interviews, etc…I am not endorsing the opinions of these bloggers and writers, but am simply sharing the highlights of my blog reading experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

Blogdom September 2014

BlogdomOh boy, do I have loads to share from my Blogdom (my personal realm of the Blogosphere)!

You may want to bookmark this and come back to it a few times. Good stuff here.

(September 2014)

Book Reviews

-From Blogging for a Good Book, Good Book, by David Plotz

-From bibliobeth, BANNED BOOKS #2 – THE EARTH, MY BUTT AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS…

-From Nothing But Book Reviews, ROAD TO REBELLION By George Hamilton

-From Shelf-Awareness, YA Review: Afterworlds

-From 4covert2overt, THE FIRST BOOK OF MIMI by Daniel Aldouby

-From Hungry Monster’s review via Goodreads, Dandelion Project

-From JeanzBookReadNReview, PROMO / REVIEW – THE LEGACY – LEGACY SERIES BY MELISSA DELPORT

-From Tynga’s Reviews, The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

-From On Starships and Dragonwings, Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress eARC {4 Stars}

-From Authors to Watch, Book Review: The Astral Ordinance (Book 1)

-From Bookaholics, The winner’s curse – Review

Interviews

-From Alana Munro, Author Interview – Ladies I Know Why Your Single

-From The Wizard’s Cauldron, 100th interview special edition: Star US chickliterati, Katie Oliver

-From Live to Read, My Year of Epic Rock: Q&A

-From Quanie Talks Writing, Feature Friday! Interview with Author Rochelle Campbell!

-From Literary Rambles, STEFANIE GAITHER INTERVIEW AND FALLS THE SHADOW

-From JeanzBookReadNReview, THE OTHER LAMB BY KATIE YOUNG

-From The Wizard’s Cauldron, Kimono My House, Senor! Rebecca Raisin talks Billie Jones

Book Trailers & Other Book Videos

-From La Belle Créole, The Cuban Countess who Captivated Havana, Madrid and Paris

-From James Ryan Daley, Jesus Jackson: The Trailer

-From KnoxworX multimedia, Dark Moon book trailer, Maggie Tideswell

-From LiquidRaw, Mandi’s Miracle – Trailer

-From Abrams Books, Brian Froud’s Faeries’ Tales

Short Stories & Excerpts & Poems

-From Bea Cannon, The Dance – A short story

-From BooksGoSocial, The Inlooker

Writing

-From Live Write Thrive, Nailing Your Novel’s Genre in Your Opening Scene

-From Quanie Talks Writing, Why You Should Never Pay an Editor or Book Cover Designer Upfront

-From IWSG, Qualities of a Good Critique Partner

Blogging

-From Writers Block Admin Services, How to Protect your WordPress Website from Attack

Marketing

-From Badreadhead Media, Tough Love For Authors — Stop Whining And Do The Work!

-From Facebook via Amy Lynn Andrews: News Feed FYI: Click-baiting

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, When Pitching Online Media

-From The Masquerade Crew, Networking, Marketing and Patience. Mistakes Were Made, a guest post by @JayHamlet

-From Alliance of Independent Authors, How To Distribute & Sell More Ebooks (Video-Distribution)

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, Could Authors Just Write And Be Left Alone?

-From Matthew Kadish, Author Marketing 101: The Verdict On Kindle Unlimited

-From Erica Verrillo, List of Online Reviewers Who Accept Self-Published Books

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, Online Media Opportunities & Resources To Promote Books

News

-From publicknowledge.org, Net Neutrality

Movie Reviews, Trailers, & More

-From The Ferguson Theater, THE IDOLMAKER

-From MOVIECLIPS Trailers, Plastic Official US Release Trailer #1 (2014)

-From TED, Jill Shargaa: Please, please, people. Let’s put the ‘awe’ back in ‘awesome’

-From hollywoodstreams, ‘Seventh Son’ Trailer

-From The Armchair Squid, Family Movie Night: The Muppets Take Manhattan

Entertainment

-From The Middlest Sister, Well Well Well

-From The Reporter and the Girl, 5 Remarkable Date Ideas for Couples in (or Approaching) a Rut

-From Cupcakes and Cashmere, How The 5 Love Languages Changed My Relationship

-From e-Tinkerbell, Back to school!!!

-From historywithatwist, Denmark’s Secret Army

-From SoulPancake, Share a Cup of Success | The Success Series

By including links to these articles, reviews, interviews, etc…I am not endorsing the opinions of these bloggers and writers, but am simply sharing the highlights of my blog reading experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

Blogdom July, 2014

BlogdomOh boy, do I have loads to share from my Blogdom (my personal realm of the Blogosphere)!

You may want to bookmark this and come back to it a few times. Good stuff here.

Book Reviews

-From JeanzBookReadNReview, CAN I TELL YOU ABOUT AUTISM BY JUDE WELTON

-From Fiona’s Book Reviews, Blog Tour – Prismatic

-From Anneque G. Malchien, Jim Butcher’s Storm Front (Dresden Files Book 1)

-From Fiona’s Book Reviews, Blog Tour/ Review – When Alice Met Danny

-From bibliobeth, THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO (CHAOS WALKING #1) – PATRICK NESS

-From Blogging for a Good Book, Tankborn, by Karen Sandler

-From Authors to Watch, Ty the Bull: Book Review

-From On Starships and Dragonwings, Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne ARC {4 Stars}

Interviews

-From Patti Roberts, Author interview with Barbara Morgenroth – RENTED

-From Fiona’s Book Reviews, Blog Tour/ Review/Interview – Essence by Ela Lourenco

-From Literary Rambles, LIVIA BLACKBURNE INTERVIEW AND MIDNIGHT THIEF

Book Trailers & Other Book Videos

-From Random House Publishing Group, David Mitchell Answers Fan Questions – 1 of 10

-From Hachette Book Group, THE BETRAYERS by David Bezmozgis

-From HarperBooks, The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

-From Quirk Books, William Shakespeare’s The Jed Doth Return: The Book Trailer

-From Benoit Denizet-Lewis, Travels With Casey Trailer

-From Chronicle Books, FLASHLIGHT By Lizi Boyd – Animated Trailer

Short Stories & Excerpts & Poems

-From BooksGoSocial, Sports Day

-From BooksGoSocial, Gape

 

Writing

-From Live Write Thrive, What It Takes to Be an Authorpreneur

-From SHEWRITES via BROOKE WARNER , 5 REASONS TO WAIT AND SLOW DOWN WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLISHING YOUR BOOK

-From Laura Pepper Wu, The Write Lifestyle (new, improved, and combined website)

-From Bestseller Labs, 10 Key Questions That Can Determine Your Success As A Writer

-From Creative Writing with the Crimson League, AUTHORS: Is “Showing” versus “Telling” Truly Either-Or?

-From ALLi, Which Version of the English Language Do You Use?

-From Live Write Thrive, Mastering the Passing of Time in Novel Scenes

-From Insecure Writer’s Support Group, Nine Great Tools and Programs to Help You Edit

Blogging

-From Insecure Writers Support Group, 7 Ways to Grow Your Blog

-From Meghan Ward, 10 Reasons to Start Blogging

-From On Starships and Dragonwings, Making Memes Interesting {Tips & Tricks}

Marketing

-From Insecure Writers Support Group, Where to Find Royalty Free Music

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, 35 Websites For Those In Book Publishing

-From MorgEn Bailey’s Writing Blog, Guest Post: The Rules for Your Self-Published Book-Cover by Lorraine Jenkin

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, Digging for Gold: Researching Awards for Your Book

News

-From Mashable, What Europe’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Means for Google (and You)

-From THE BOOKSELLER, Amazon-backed award turned down by Ahlberg

-From Legacy.com via Shelf Awareness, Helen Peterson Ditlow (obituary)

Movie Reviews, Trailers, & More

-From MOVIECLIPS Trailers, Hector and the Search For Happiness Official UK Trailer (2014)

-From MOVIECLIPS Trailers, Beyond The Lights Official Trailer #1 (2014)

-From Alex J. Cavanaugh, Dawn of the Apes Movie Review (and a bunch of other cool stuff)

-From The Armchair Squid, A Bloggers’ Film Society

-From MOVIECLIPS Trailers, Laggies Official Trailer- Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz

-From MOVIECLIPS Trailers, Get On Up International Trailer #1 (2014) – Chadwick Boseman

Entertainment

-From Quanie Talks Writing, Does Color Matter?

-From Edgar Mueller, The Crevasse – Making of 3D Street Art

-From Made with Code, Made with Code – Ebony

-From Always, Always #LikeAGirl

-From BBC.com via Anneque G. Malchien, Authors dress up as their favourite characters

-From A Curious Gal, “That’s my Mommy, Barb”

-From GoPro, Grizzly Eats My GoPro (it’s an ad, but it’s cute)

-From HISHE, How Godzilla Should Have Ended (thought the movie was awesome, but this is funny)

-From Alt-J, Left Hand Free (Official Audio) [I know nothing about this, but like the sound for now]

-From Janet Givens, The Richness of Cross Cultural Experience – Ten Lessons One Learns

-From Ngaire Elder, Curious Characters … Comic Collectors!

By including links to these articles, reviews, interviews, etc…I am not endorsing the opinions of these bloggers and writers, but am simply sharing the highlights of my blog reading experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

Blogdom June 2014- Vacation

BlogdomOh boy, do I have loads to share from my Blogdom (my personal realm of the Blogosphere)!

You may want to bookmark this and come back to it a few times. Good stuff here

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So, this is a bit out of the ordinary considering that it’s not a Wednesday. I left my regular blog posting schedule behind to enjoy a much needed vacation, but then suddenly remembered that I’d forgotten about a bunch links I’d wanted to share. This list is a bit short and not exactly up to date, but I thought it was still worth sharing. I hope you enjoy it.

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Book Reviews

-From Blogging for a Good Book, The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud

-From Brenda Perlin, The Briton and the Dane: Birthright

-From The Masquerade Crew, …Through a Tangled Wood, Fairy Tale Anthology…

-From bibliobeth, TALKING ABOUT LONGBOURN BY JO BAKER WITH CHRISSI

-From Shelf-Awareness, Children’s Review: The Glass Sentence

-From Blogging for a Good Book, The Bear Went Over the Mountain, by William Kotzwinkle

-From bibliobeth, BETH AND CHRISSI DO KID-LIT 2014 – MAY READ – PETER PAN BY J.M. BARRIE

-From Bookaholics book club, The giver – Review

-From Author Alliance, …Patricia D. Eddy reviews The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

Interviews

-From 4covert2overt, Interview with Author CANDY O’DONNELL

-From The Eye-Dancers, Author Interview with Sonya Solomonovich

-From Writer’s Revolution, Allen Renfro Interview Part 1

-From The Wizard’s Cauldron, Romantic Suspense with Georgia Rose – Around the Cauldron

Book Trailers & Other Book Videos

-From Harlequin Books, The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

-From SourcebooksInc, The Girl Who Never Was

-From David Scott Kessler via Shelf-Awareness, Allen Crawford’s “Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself” (not sure if I’m interested in this book, but the trailer is stunning)

Short Stories & Excerpts & Poems

-From Fiona, Book Blitz – Take Care, Sara

-From 300 Stories, HOW QUEER, THE PINK ELEPHANT THOUGHT

Writing

-From Indie Hero, The Indie Author Manifesto

-From Jeanettethewriter, How Do You Write?

-From Creative Writing with the Crimson League, Two Ways to Introduce Flashbacks: That Emphasize Very Different Things

Blogging

-From IWSG, What is Good Online Author Etiquette When it Comes to Blogging, Twitter, Comments, etc.?

-From Brummet’s Conscious Blog, Tips for Guest Blogging

Marketing

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, All The Dirt That’s Fit To Print

News

-From ALLi, Smashwords Commended by ALLi’s Author Service Award 2014

-From The Bookseller, Amazon steps up pressure on Hachette US

-From Digital Book World, The Real Reason Enhanced Ebooks Haven’t Taken Off …

-From The New York Times, Allan Folsom, Whose First Novel Sold for $2 Million, Dies at 72

-From The New York Times, Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86

Movie Reviews, Trailers, & More

-From A PLATFORM OF SORTS, GODZILLA: A VERY GIRLY REVIEW

-From Alex J. Cavanaugh, Godzilla Movie Review plus other stuff

-From hollywoodstreams, ‘Big Hero 6’ Trailer

-From hollywoodstreams, ‘Kill the Messenger’ Trailer

-From MOVIECLIPS Trailers, Annie Official Trailer #2 (2014) – Jamie Foxx…

-From Jack Flacco, Friday Tradition

-From Derrick Ferguson, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

Entertainment

-From HuffPost Books, 16 Hilarious Negative Amazon Reviews For Classic Books

-From 4covert2overt, A chat with a Reader ; Mary I met through her review of THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS

-From The Masquerade Crew, Author Interviews: Why We HATE Them

-From Alex J. Cavanaugh, Heroes of PHENOMENA! (scroll down or enjoy whole post)

-From Concert Hotels, THE WORLD’S GREATEST SINGERS (music fans may get angry)

-From The Colbert Report, Amazon vs. Hachette (content advisory)

-From Anneque G. Malchien, Have the Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (6 Top Dystopian Wastelands)

-From M.L. SWIFT, Cracking the WIP!

By including links to these articles, reviews, interviews, etc…I am not endorsing the opinions of these bloggers and writers, but am simply sharing the highlights of my blog reading experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

Blogdom Apr. 23-May 21, ’14

BlogdomOh boy, do I have loads to share from my Blogdom (my personal realm of the Blogosphere)!

You may want to bookmark this and come back to it a few times. Good stuff here.

(Apr.23-May 21, 2014)

Book Reviews

-From Tynga’s Reviews, Peacemaker by Marianne De Pierres

-From On Starships and Dragonwings, In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo

-From Blogging for a Good Book, The light, by D. J. MacHale

-From MyBookAddictionReviews, COMETS by Clive Algar

-From BIBLIOBETH, DANGEROUS GIRLS – ABIGAIL HAAS

-From BIBLIOBETH, BETH AND CHRISSI DO KID-LIT … THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW BY C.S. LEWIS

-From Blogging for a Good Book, Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky, by Connie Lapallo

-From Blogging for a Good Book, Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal

-From Fiona’s Book Reviews, Miracle Man by William R. Leibowitz

-From BIBLIOBETH, THE ROSIE PROJECT – GRAEME SIMSION

-From Authors to Watch, Few Are Chosen: Book Review

-From The Hungry Monster Book Review, Under the Amoral Bridge by Gary Ballard

– From Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy…, ARC Review: Renegade by Debra Driza (& Happy Mother’s Day)

-From Jemima Pett, Blog Tour & Giveaway: Four Fiends by Nikki Bennett

– From The New York Times, Kai Bird’s ‘The Good Spy’ Portrays Robert Ames

Interviews

– From Paranormal Reads, Interview with Author Lavinia Urban

-From Brummet’s Conscious Blog, Christopher L. Hedges

– From Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy…, Renegade by Debra Driza

– From Christian Book Review Blog, The Short Life of Moths by Sharon Bernash Smith

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, Interview with AudioFile Publisher Michele Cobb

Book Trailers

-From Chronicle Books, THE FALCONER – By Elizabeth May – Welcome to Edinburgh!

-From Abrams Books, The Monkey Goes Bananas

-From Abrams Books, Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy

– From Hachette Book Group, THE STRING DIARIES by Stephen Lloyd Jones

– From torforge, The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston

Short Stories & Excerpts & Poems

-From countingducks, A Surprising Meal And A Moment of Terror

-From Tricia Drammeh, Loved No More

Writing

-From Insecure Writer’s Support Group, X is for X-FACTOR

-From adoptingjames, So You Wanna Write Part 8: Knowing When to Stop

-From Creative Writing with the Crimson League, 4 Reasons Authors Shouldn’t Edit While they Write

-From Green Wizard Publishing, Handling Negative Reviews

-From Live Write Thrive, Theme—What’s at the Heart of Your Story

-From Craig Lumen, How to create unforgettable characters: the Protagonist (screenplays)

-From The Wizard’s Cauldron, Top children’s Author Ngaire Elder Talks Audiobooks

-From Tricia Drammeh, The Plague of Independent Publishers (publishing)

Marketing

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, Good Girls Don’t Get Media Coverage

-From Alana Munro, Promoting your blog with Google+

-From Buffer, The Social Media Frequency Guide: How Often to Post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn And More (not just for Buffer users)

-From ALLi, Penguin’s Author Solutions Still The Worst Self-Publishing Choice (publishing)

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, Can You Find Someone To Sell Your Book To Out Of These 600+ Groups?

News

-From WordPress.tv, Introducing WordPress 3.9 “Smith”

-From Digital Book World, Goodreads Launches Add Amazon Books Feature

-From Shelf Awareness, First California Bookstore Day a Rousing Success

Movie Reviews, Trailers, & More

-From Derrick Ferguson, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

-From SHANNON A THOMPSON, My Interview with David Congalton, writer of “Authors Anonymous”

-From Derrick Ferguson, BRICK MANSIONS

-From hollywoodstreams, ‘The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz’

-From Sunset Boulevard, A Master of Music: 8 Great Scores From Henry Mancini

-From hollywoodstreams, ‘The Giver’ Trailer (the comments are worth perusing)

-From ScreenRant, ‘Gotham’ Behind-the-Scenes Trailer: There Will Be Light (TV)

-From Jack Flacco, Kara (from Dragonheart)

-From AOL Originals via inspirationenergy, That’s Racist with Mike Epps | Sneak Peek

-From MOVIECLIPS Trailers, The Hundred-Foot Journey Official Trailer #1 (2014)

-From MOVIECLIPS Trailers, Wish I Was Here Official Trailer #1 (2014)

Entertainment

-From Godvine, These Hilarious Grannies Are About to Fly Away With It!

-From INTERESTINGLITERATURE, The First Gothic Novel

-From etinkerbell, Love Game

-From The Fashion Medley, Geo Challenge

-From THE TOP 10 OF ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING!!!, BEST TAKE ONE (TEAR-OFF) PAPER STREET FLYERS

-From inspirationenergy, Mom 2.0 Summit

-From papergong, Please Use This Song

-From Gary Turk, Look Up

-From Alana Munro, Guest Post: 5 Ways to Develop Positive Thoughts

-From Tricia Drammeh, Top Ten Things We Shouldn’t Say to Our Children

-From papergong, I Feel Good

-From A Stairway to Fashion, for a good cause – shopbob and born free africa charity project

By including links to these articles, reviews, interviews, etc…I am not endorsing the opinions of these bloggers and writers, but am simply sharing the highlights of my blog reading experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords