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This Is the End!

Of January at any rate.

My year has been meh so far, not that I’m complaining since meh is a far cry better than drama laden!

It is also the end of the current Ultimate Blog Boost challenge. I’ve had a lot of fun doing it, as I always do, and I’ve discovered some new and interesting things.

I’ve also discovered that my followers seem to enjoy books and book reviews as much as I do :), so I will continue posting them in order to help ME keep active in my own blog.

This will probably be the last Blog Boost Challenge I do on the SVM & TB fanfic site though. There isn’t a lot out there about The Southern Vampire Mysteries or True Blood since both have ended their runs much to the fans relief since both seemed to be written for the writers or actors instead of the fanbase shrug.

I never read the final book or the coda and I haven’t watched since season 4. Yeah, that’s how much I disagreed with what was happening with my favorite couple.

The next blog challenge will most likely be over at This ‘n That instead so I can promote it.

I haven’t locked myself into a niche over there so I can post a wider variety of things without alienating my hard won followers.

I am also going to try to get my brother’s wordpress off the ground as well but that will require input from him sigh.  It will get there, hopefully before I’m old and gray.

I’m also helping over at Story’s by Lilly Gray. WARNING:  The stories over on Lilly’s site are NOT mainstream! They do have triggers, contain BDSM and abuse in some cases so it is not for everyone! Please, if you do not enjoy those types of stories don’t go there because you will not like it!

I will continue posting Eric and Sookie related things here though, at least as long as they keep hitting my inbox or can be found on the net and I will continue with the other great things I have going on here including the recipes, book reviews, story spotlights and other things we all find interest in with our favorite couple

Ohhhhhhhh, I didn’t include Natsgirl in my updates post earlier!  Silly me :D. I forgot to add her to my alerts over on ffn. She’s got a totally awesome story going, Swimming To the Light, which I am betaing for her.

Summary:  What happens after DEA? Follow Eric & Sookie as they find each other again.

My thoughts:  Forget about the Coda! It does NOT exist! Things at the end of DEA were not as they seemed, they were worse! Follow Eric, Sookie, Felipe and other major players as Natsgirl makes things right!

She’s also helping me with a story I’ve had in my log since shortly after DItF was published so hopefully I’ll have something for you of my own later this year.

What else is there?  Hmmmm….

You can find me on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Stumbleupon. (If any of the links don’t work go to the Follow Me Page in the toolbar and follow from there.)

That’s it for now. Have a wonderful February and I hope the rest of your year goes swimmingly!

New Story

It’s not done yet but it was for Gyllene’s HEA Challenge  which finished last night.

I didn’t place but that’s okay, I had fun writing it any way :).

So, go enjoy Healing Lessons

Share Your World Week 33

First off I have a question for my followers:  Would you prefer I leave this site as strictly for Southern Vampire Mysteries and True Blood related stuff or would you be okay with me posting my other than story, reviews and recipe posts here.  I have had a follower comment on my posting interests other than SVM and TB here and she suggested that I separate the two.  I don’t have an issue separating them but I would like to know how my other readers feel about it before I make a final decision.

So, here’s my Share Your World for this week:

Do you believe in ghosts? 

I do

Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility:  If you could play any sport professionally what would it be?  Or if you can’t picture yourself playing sports, what is your favorite sport?

I haven’t watched or participated in sports in a very long time but I used to love baseball/softball and I do enjoy the feeling of being at a sporting event as opposed to watching it on the television.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself?

I love the way my hair curls and waves when it’s longer but for ease of maintenance I prefer short hair.

If you were on an small island, who would you want to be with? And where is it?  How big is it?

This one’s a bit more difficult than usual for me.  I love my alone time so it would have to be someone who respects the fact that the older I get the more I’m prone to being a loner.

My current favorite is Alexander Skarsgard (sorry for the lack of punctuation on the last name…foreign languages aren’t really that friendly with English keyboards).

My all time favorites are Sean Connery for his accent, Johnny Depp because he’s Johnny Depp and I’ve crushed on him for forever and Peter De Luise because I love his work.

The island would be moderately sized so we could each have some place to go and be alone when we needed it but it would be tropical so we could enjoy the sight of each others naked bodies 😀 without having to deal with all that clothing business.  There wouldn’t have to be any sex involved but I DO enjoy looking at a handsome man :),

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Believe it or not I’m grateful that the company I’ve worked for for 25 years acknowledged me and my contributions to the company.  It’s nice to be recognized once in a while.

Next week I’m on vacation!  WOOT!  I have no plans other than to spend a good deal of it in a vegetative state, help my brother with his business and more vegetating!

Ohhhhhhhh, next Saturday is August 30!  FanExpo here I come!

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Share Your World: Week 30

List 2 things you have to be happy about.

I’m alive and well, have a roof over my head, a job and am planning on going to Fan Expo on August 30:  lots to be happy about.

List at least 2 things in nature that you find most beautiful.

The day after a spring rain and sunset in the country.

Show us 2 of your favorite photographs. Explain why they are your favorite.   If you are not a photographer (serious or otherwise), think of a two favorite scenes in your life and tell us about them.

Sushi

Sushi

This was the first time I took a picture of food :).  It turned out pretty good although I am NOT a photographer by any stretch of the imagination.

PHOTO22  Sorry about the quality.  It was just a cheapo digital camera which has since been replaced.

This is my son sharing a plate of spaghetti with one of our budgies, not that you can tell, lol.

List 2 of your best personality traits.

Giving, sometimes to a fault and to my detriment a lot of the time.

I am funny, despite the fact my boyfriend says I have no sense of humour :D.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful to be alive and I’m looking forward to the holiday next Monday AND Bluesfest the following weekend!

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10 Amazing Life Lessons #4

The Imagination Is Powerful

 

 

Yes, imagination IS powerful.

If it weren’t for imagination we wouldn’t have books and stories.  We wouldn’t have games and our children wouldn’t be able to amuse themselves for five minutes in the backseat without driving Mom and Dad totally bonkers by saying, “Are we there yet?” every five seconds during a five hour road trip!

Would any of us have been able to get through even a ten minute car ride if we’d had to put up with THAT ^^^^ since our children learned how to talk?  No?  Didn’t think so

Yes, we have Gameboys, PSPs, books, dinky cars, paper and pens and all manner of things to help keep our little sponges from absorbing Dad’s swear words as he makes a wrong turn or rant as some idiot driver cuts him off or mom’s incessant rattling off of the grocery list in her head since she either didn’t think to borrow the sponges pen and paper to write down the list or forgot the darned thing on the counter during the mad dash to get everyone into their snowsuits and the rest of the winter gear and out the door so she could be there when the doors opened so she could avoid the rush of the elderly who just meander down the aisles then stand in the middle of said aisle to gossip with someone they haven’t seen since last Saturday.

Poking fun at myself aside we wouldn’t have some very awesome authors, incredible games or even the ability to write if someone with an imagination hadn’t thought those things up in the first place then had the stick-to-itiveness to get them out in the market.

We wouldn’t have medicines and vaccines, computers, electricity without the imagination of their inventors and then of those who improved upon the original through the years so yes, imagination is powerful, not to mention necessary in today’s world and for the future.

A Bit About Me

It seems I’ve been flooding your in boxes, Twitter feeds and time lines with posts and most of you know very little about me so I thought I would tell you about myself.

I’m a forty something year old  mom of twin just turned adult males.  One now has his G2 driver’s license and is enjoying the freedom of being able to go where and when he wants to and needs to share some of his motivation since I don’t seem to have very much most days.

The other is my free spirit baby. Doesn’t have a care in the world, hasn’t met a girl he doesn’t like (welllll, there was this one but she’s a story all on her own) and looks like his dad but has my mouth and appreciation for sarcasm.

Okay, so sitting here and staring at the screen isn’t getting anything written.  Apparently I don’t think there’s too much about myself that’s interesting.

As you may be able to figure out I write fan fiction for Southern Vampire Mysteries and True Blood (No, I’m NOT going to rant about how badly they are both sucking right now).  I have plenty of awesome ideas for stories but they don’t seem to be getting written since my muse seems to have taken an extra long hiatus and hasn’t even sent a post card to let me know when she’ll be back!.

I suck at music trivia, truly I do.  Maybe once in thirty guesses will I even get a partial answer!  I do have a well rounded knowledge of trivia in general though.  I love to learn, even (especially?) if it’s a little known fact about something.

My reasoning behind my sucking at  music trivia is really quite simple.  To me music is simply background noise.  I know what I like but I couldn’t care less about why Bif Naked wrote a particular song or who the two different lead singers of AC/DC were!

Yes, I know to a lot of you what I just wrote is blasphemy, lol, but when I chose to listen to music it’s because I generally want to listen without all the idle (read useless) chatter, trivia, etc. that some people will inflict upon me if I happen to listen to it when they are in the room

For the record, I suck at Jeopardy as well, lol.

Favorite television programmes:  we don’t have cable TV so my selections are at least a couple of years old and, in most cases, much older than that.  LOVE MASH!  Hands down all time favorite show!

DIY programs.
Cooking shows.
I did enjoy the first four season of True Blood.

Favorite books/authors.  This would be a HUGE list if I listed single books so we’ll go by series for the most part.

Karen and With Love From Karen by Marie Killillea
I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward (just put on my favs list very recently)
North and South Trilogy by John Jakes
Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery (fav is Rilla of Ingleside)
House of Night series by P. C. and Kristin Cast

Favorite Comedians:  Jeff Foxworthy and Jeff Duham.

 

 

Night Beach Scene – Loy Catong Festival

Beautiful

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Taken during the Loy Catong festival in Thailand

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10 Amazing Life Lessons #3

Focus on the Present

Focusing on the present is harder than it sounds.

There are times when we get stuck reliving moments in our past that defined, or redefined, who we are.

It’s harder to get out of your head when those moments are ones you would rather forget but they defined you to such a degree that you will forever remember them at least a little bit.

But we can’t live in the past.  To do so would negate all the teaching we have during our life to let the past remain in the past, a part of history.

Yes, those moments were necessary to bring you to who and what you are today but  they aren’t everything you are; they are but a drop in the bucket that is your life.

Live for today and all your tomorrows.  We cannot make a decent future if we continue to dwell on, and repeat, our past.

Remember it, learn from it, but focus on the here and now because here, in this moment, is where you are supposed to be and no amount of complaining or deal making is going to change that one little fact.

You can change your hair color.  You can change your clothes but you cannot change this moment in time.

The decisions you make today can change your tomorrow but even that is at least slightly constant in that it will not arrive one second, one minute, one hour sooner than it is supposed to.

Share Your World week 27

If you were the architect of one existing building, which building would you select?

I’ve never particularly paid attention to architecture but I will show you the UGLIEST sculpture I’ve ever seen, and we have some beautiful sculptures locally.sculpture

This sits outside the former court house in downtown and has done so for the last 34 years and it’s even uglier now than it was when they erected it.  The only changes have been that they closed off the two ends so people wouldn’t try to get inside it.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

Right now I would say my favorite quote is the one I’m working on for the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

10 life lessons

 

What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?

I LOVE purple and all shades of it!  Then again teal and aqua do wonders for me as well.

What is something you learned in the last week?

I learned I cannot watch a trainee work without feeling like my brain will implode.

Actually, I started a new challenge and I’m learning quite a bit about myself through it.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for old connections renewed :).

Thanks to share-your-world2 for this great challenge and to UBC-banner3 for helping me get my mojo going so I can hopefully get out of this funk.

 

WOW!

I was just checking my stats page and WOW!  Just…wow!

My average viewings has increased by more than 100% over the last week and I’m already up by 23 views for the Month of July over last year and it’s only the 12th!

Last month was down by nearly half but I was in the middle of posting The Other Road Home at the time so my readership was up at the middle of the story.

I just wanted to say think you to everyone who has stuck with me and to all the new viewers but most especially to the organizers/motivators at Ultimate Blog Challenge and to Cee at Share Your World.  They have both given me the motivation I need in order to hopefully get myself out of my funk and well on the way to writing stories again.

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