Don’t Monkey With Laura #FridayRecommends

Friday Recommends

Free stuff? Yes, please!

Sometimes I make li’l pictures or badges to go with my posts. I usually make those with PicMonkey. It tries to tell you it isn’t free, but it is. I used it free for a long time, then I subscribed to the Premium or Pro or whatever for the extra fonts and graphics, then they raised the price and I went back to using it for free.

It’s great for more than web page pics, though: You can use it to edit photos, or to design letterhead or business cards or infographics. I’m even thinking about how to use it to help Charlie design a quilt.

If you decide to use PicMonkey, subscribe to their newsletter. They have All The Free Things! Besides, they write funny newsletters. Very jazzy.

And Laura Michaels? She has possibly the ugliest web site since I coded my own in Notepad, but it’s filled with goodies. Be sure to look through each page to the end to be certain you find all the treats. I mean, you wouldn’t expect to find a link to customizing your computer with open-source software on a page about food allergies, but it’s there.

She has a fabulous page of Writer’s Resources, as well as articles on writing, programming, and open source software linked from various pages.

I heart Laura!

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about someone looking for something free.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Don’t Monkey With Laura #FridayRecommends

  1. Ally Bean

    February 22, 2019 at 8:32am

    Oh my gosh that is an ugly old-fashioned looking website. I remember when they all looked like that.

    I use Canva when I make my images for the blog. I get their newsletter but I have to admit that I don’t read it. I’ve not tried PicMonkey, but you’re the second blogger who has mentioned it.

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      Marian Allen

      February 22, 2019 at 9:25am

      I tried Canva, but it’s too hard to sort the free stuff from the paid stuff, and I’m not paying for the kind of throw-away graphics I need. I’m just that cheap. PicMonkey has a lot more potential power than I need, but it’s easy to knock out something quick and simple, too.

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      • Ally Bean

        February 22, 2019 at 12:50pm

        I’ve never paid a cent there. All the free stuff comes up together in a clump on my browser. Whatever works, eh?

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          Marian Allen

          February 22, 2019 at 1:27pm

          Just checked it out. It has changed SO MUCH since the last time I was there! Thank you for sending me back. I likes it A LOT.

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          • Ally Bean

            February 22, 2019 at 2:53pm

            Yay I’m glad. As long as it’s free, it’s good!

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