#7Fav (Insert Category)

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There’s been a recent trend going around on social media with the #7Fav(insert category) here. I fell into the trap and here are my list of #7Fav(insert category)

#7FavMovies
Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon
Beavis & Butthead Do America
Toy Story
The Bourne Identity
The Avengers
Batman Begins
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

#7FavTVShows
Supernatural
Pokemon
DBZ
Parks and Rec
Scrubs
Psych

#7FavWrestlers
The Undertaker
Shawn Michaels
Sasha Banks
The New Day (Freebird Rule)
Triple H
Chris Jericho
Rey Mysterio

#7FavSongs
Duran Duran’s “Electric Barbarella”
KT Tunstall’s “Madame Trudeaux”
Raspberries “Go All The Way
The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”
Fleetwood Mac’s “Sister of the Moon”
Styx’s “Too Much Time on My Hands’
The Rolling Stones “Sympathy For the Devil”

#7FavCereals
Honey Nut Cheerios
Frosted Mini Wheats
Frosted Flakes
Raisin Bran
Cheerio’s
Wheaties
Lucky Charms

#7FavKnots (stole from Marc Bernardin)
Figure 8
Monkey’s Fist
Spanish Bowline
Diamond Hitch
Versatackle
Alpine Butterfly
Landing

#7FavDogs
My dog Pystol
My dog Jewell
My friend Tina’s dog Yogi
My friend Dawn’s dog
My sister’s dog
My sister’s other dog
Every other one

Update from Alman

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Hello there writing and fight fans, this is trusty Al Stover. You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted anything in the past few weeks. There was some personal stuff going on, not to serious but I had to find myself and work on some things. Speaking of work, I recently started a new Sports blog dubbed “The Fighter’s Circle.” It’s where I’ll have a lot of MMA-related content and posts, which I’ll still try and post onto here.

http://fighterscircle.sportsblog.com/

I’ve also been working on some Pokemon-related things. I wrote a few fictional pieces before Christmas and entered them into a writing content. More on that later. My mom also bought me “Pokemon Omega Ruby” so I’ll hopefully have some Poke Posts up here as well.

I just wanted to thank you all for a great year and taking the time to look at, like and comment on my blog. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas – or a great holiday – and I hope you have a great New Year.

Blog name changes

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This morning I decided to rename my main blogs – From The Desk of Mr. Stover is now just Mr. Stover’s Desk and From the Blue Corner is now Stover’s Sports Desk.

This came about for a couple of different reasons. One, I felt the names were too long and I wanted to shorten them. The other – and this mostly relates to the Stover’s Sports Desk – is because I wanted to go with a title that encompassed more sports.

From the Blue Corner started mainly as a combat sports blog where I’d dump articles and columns I wrote onto the page. Since then I’ve added different types of posts and have expanded my topics to include all sports. This comes from working at the Cheney Free Press and writing about different sports.

While the titles of both blogs have changed, everything else will remain the same. Thank you and have a great day. – Al

Cleaning out Fansided drawer – The Living Daylights

I recently took a position as Editor for The Living Daylights, a boxing blog for Fansided. Similar to my gig on Cage Pages, this focuses on writing articles, generating content and trying to get eyes on the site. I’ll admit the first month was a grind, mostly due to sharing the space with the former editor. Now I’m in control and trying to implement some changes.

Anyways, here are some of what I would consider my better articles from August.

Scotty Cardle ready for more gold

Marianne Marston fights for first title

Yvonne Caples returns to boxing

Charmaine Tweet teaches Veronica Rothenhausler a lesson

Boxer Jodie Esquibel wins at Invicta FC 8

Jillian Lybarger impresses in boxing debut

Melissa McMorrow speaks after fight

Marco Huck could break record

Anthony Joshua fights for title

Churning out story ideas at the Sherman

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Note: This was an assignment for the Poynter News U Course I am taking. 

Prior to going to the courthouse for what I like to affectionately refer to as “Court Day” I decided to have lunch at the Sherman Inn, which lies in the eastern area of Wolf Point.

On the way to my seat, I noticed a group of six older people at a table with half-eaten plates of food. To my right were three men sitting at a table near the window. They wore checkered coats as they spent their day working outside.

Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded” played through the speakers as I took my seat. I carefully placed my phone on the glass tabletop that covered the black tablecloth. After I ordered my food, the song switched to Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” while one of the men at the table blew his nose into what I hoped was his napkin.

The decor seemed to reflect the relaxing atmosphere. Scattered all over the walls were different kinds of paintings and sculptures. Near the table with the old folks was an unlit fireplace.

As I waited for my food, a mother and her daughter sat at the table behind me. While I was finishing my lunch, one of the servers came from the back and talked to the mother. Although I couldn’t quite make out what she was saying, I noticed one of them – presumably the mother – had a drawl.

What kind of story ideas could we have here.

  1. First there are the personal profiles. The older people – were they at the Sherman on a lunch break? Is this where they meet?

What about the men near the window. Are they there on lunch? Do they work outside all day? Is their health at risk because of the weather getting colder.

Then there is mother and child. Is she from around here? Is she a new person in town? Why is she here?

There is also the hotel and its workers. Besides the whole 20/20-esque “Let’s shine a V-Light on the beds and expose the hotel” stories, there could be some interesting feature pieces. What kind of interesting things have they seen from guests?

The hotel also has a casino area. What kind of people gamble in the hotel? Is it mostly guests? Is it just one type of crowd that gambles in the hotel casino.

Other bars in Wolf Point have casinos. How does that influence their business?

There are also other businesses in downtown Wolf Point. We usually do not cover them unless it is related to an event or an anniversary they are celebrating. Still, I think there could be some stories about the people who work there. The dual identity is always a fascinating story. One person might be one thing during the day and another thing at night.

The local laundry mat could be not only a listening post, but also a way to gather stories. Who goes in? Is it just the poorer folks, or do wealthy people also wash their closes in publish washers?