Fictional Characters I’d love to Meet and Why…with @meganslayer

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I had to think long and hard on this one. Not that I haven’t read books with cool characters, but off the top of my head, there aren’t any I can think of that I’d want to meet. Nothing comes to mind.

Well, I tell a lie. I can think of people from books that I’d like to meet.

George Harrison and Ringo Starr of the Beatles comes to mind. I’ve read books by them lately that have intrigued me. Plus, there’s Dolly Parton. She just seems awesome. Michael J Fox and Stevie Nicks are two more. I guess I have a thing for Hollywood royalty and music royalty. I’d like to meet these people because they seem pretty darn awesome. It would be rather hard since George Harrison is dead, but that happens.

What about you? Who do you want to meet? I’d love to know.

Going Outdoors with @Meganslayer #outdoors #camping #rvlife #outside

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It’s rather amusing to me that this week’s topic is going outside and activities to do outside. Why is it funny? Because of my outside activities, I managed to find a TICK walking up my arm last night. GROSS!! I don’t care if they’re all part of god’s wonderful world or any of that. GROSS, GROSS, GROSS!!

So what thing was I doing outside that caused the tick to stroll on me? I was on a walk. I’d taken the dog to the metropark for a walk while the tot went for a run. The pup didn’t go into the tall grass or roll in it, but we were outside. I love to take her to the metropark because it’s a nice, wide, gravel (limestone) path where you go can walk or run or jog or bike and it’s quiet. You can see deer and skunks and other critters. It’s quite relaxing–except when you come home with a stowaway.

It’s possible the tick came from my own yard, though. My dog likes to go out there and lie in the grass under the maple tree, so it’s altogether possible that’s where she got it. It’s possible it just decided to jump on me when I was out there sitting on the rocking chair in the shade with her. I love to move my wooden rocking chair out to the yard and sit under the tree while the dog watches traffic and the neighbors.

So being in the yard and going on walks are high on my list of outdoor activities. I like doing 5k races – I walk fast – and watching the tot run his cross country races. I enjoy going in the RV, but I don’t like just sitting when we get there. I’m not the hanging out around the campfire kind of girl. I want to be doing something – going for a hike, walking the beach, exploring the area…not just plopping down with a drink and sitting.

I used to like baseball and still enjoy going to a baseball game – when I can. I love football and enjoy going to the football games, too. I can play baseball, but I’ve never been good at football.

What about you? What are your favorite things to do outside?

Creative Outlets and Me! with @meganslayer #creative #arts #photos

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This week’s topic is creative outlets I enjoy. What a toughie!

When it comes to my tot, I’m a rather private person. I decided a long time ago that I would discuss tot as just that. Tot. One thing I’ve also loved, but never been all that good at was photography. I took a photography class back in college and have a wonderful SLR camera. I love it. Actually, I love taking photos, but I like the instant gratification or realization (depending on how you look at it) with digital photography. You can find out if the photo you’ve tried to take turned out well, didn’t turn out, if the composition is messed up or if the focus is off. I’m not one for taking photos then using filters. That’s not my style, but I will fiddle with the slow-mo function on my phone. But as the pandemic and last year unfurled, I realized I still loved photography. I love taking photos of Tot. Actually, of Tot, the dogs, the cats, flowers…you name it. I like trying to capture the animals yawning, too. That’s fun.

This one is a favorite because I love how he looks so deep in thought.
This one is a favorite because I caught her mid-yawn. I call it her ‘do it or I’ll holler’ face.

I’d post photos I’ve taken of Tot, but that’s not my style. I did take his senior photos and graduation ones. I like how they’ve turned out. I also rather liked the photos I’ve taken of our flowers, too. 🙂

What about you? What’s your creative outlet? Besides writing? Maybe it is writing. I don’t know, but I’d love to know.

If I Won the Lottery with @meganslayer #lottery #winning

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If I were to win the lottery, it would be a miracle because I don’t play the lottery. But! If I did, I know exactly where the money would go. Plus, I’ve sort of already thought this one out, so it’s going to be a quick list.

  1. For the tot to go to college – if I can help that way, then I will.
  2. To pay off the debts we have – I mean, why have debts if we can pay them off?
  3. Give money to the APL – there are critters I can help without having a cat menagerie at my house, so there we go.
  4. The library – why not? That’s where I learned my love of reading, books and that smell of old books!

What about you? How would you spend it?

Friday Five with @meganslayer #writingprompt #writing #fridayfive

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Here are this week’s words: Hell, railroad, chief, abridge, past. Let’s see how this goes!

The road to hell had to be not a road, but a railroad. Willie swore up and down the scariest way to get to hell had to be a railroad in the dark. It never ended and always led not only to the future, but the past. He’d never be able to forget the mistakes he’d made as a teen, but why forget when those mistakes taught him lessons? He continued along the darkened railway line with his flashlight as his only source of illumination. This was how scary movies started. A man alone in the railroad tracks in the dark. How much longer until the batteries in his flashlight gave out? He had no idea. But he was sure if he kept looking, he could abridge the search for Molly. His chief purpose was to find her. He couldn’t go home until he did.

“Molly?”

Cover? Blurb? Why Do You Buy Books? with @meganslayer #romance #reading #books

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Books I chose based on the cover… Wow. Okay. I have to admit I’m a cover girl. I will buy books based on the cover. I’ve never bought one just on the title, but the cover… Here we go.

I picked up Photography by Ringo Starr because there were photos of the Beatles in there that I hadn’t seen.

I’ve bought more than a few Calvin and Hobbes books…title might have had something to do with it.

The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd – her look is captivating.

And this one. There used to be a model that was on a bunch of HQN books and I’d buy them for him, knowing full well I’d find some great reads. I did, by the way. But I can’t find the covers with him on them. Of course. But this guy works just as well. Texas Outlaws: Cole by Kimberly Raye.

What about you? Do you buy for the cover or the blurb? Something else?

Binge-Worthy TV with @meganslayer #tv #bingeworthy #shows

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I like to think I’m not a binge watcher, but I am. I forget I have things on, though, while I’m writing and sort of binge, sort of listen, sort of ignore.

What do I listen/watch/ignore?

The initial go-to is M*A*S*H. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068098/ I’m a sucker for that show. But I’ve said that before.

We have a ton of apps on the TV, but I like to go old school and watch DVDs from time to time, too. Of those, I binge Night Court. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086770/ I confess. I had a crush on Judge Harry and when I was a kid, I wanted to marry him. Or for him to marry Christine. Shrugs.

Another on DVD that I turn to is Are You Being Served? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068040/ I found this one on PBS years ago (I was in high school) and loved it. If you don’t know about it, here’s the general description: The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.

It’s a goofy show and very dated now, but that’s okay. I can handle the dated-ness right now.

Some of the more current stuff I binge is science-y (it’s a word) based and shows where I can learn something. I stumbled on Unearthed https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5917372/ a few years ago and loved it because they deconstruct buildings and places to talk not only about how they were made, but why. I like history and if I can learn about why something happened, the better.

I also like Mysteries of the Abandoned. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6823138/ Again, it’s got history in it and why the place is now abandoned, but also why it was made in the first place. If you’ve never heard of the show, here are the details: Scattered around the world are long-forgotten engineering marvels, decaying cities and empty factories that once stood on the cutting edge of design and construction. Today they are discarded, dangerous, and some of them are even deadly. “Mysteries of the Abandoned” reveals why these engineering triumphs were built and how they were left to crumble. 

Finally, the most current show I’ve binged is Genius. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5673782/ I started with the Albert Einstein season (season 1) because it intrigued me. I knew nothing about Einstein other than he had physics information that I still don’t understand. But I was initially snagged by the Aretha Franklin season. I haven’t watched her season, yet, as I’m trying to watch them in order–Einstein, Picasso, Aretha Franklin. I think what I like the most about this show is that they don’t put the people on a pedestal, but the don’t tear them down, either. They show them flawed and all. Here’s the general description: The life stories of history’s greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.

What about you? What do you watch? Maybe you could give me some suggestions.

Last Meal? with @meganslayer #challenge #food #yummy

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I’ve had some upheaval in my life of late and this prompt hits a little too close to home, so I’m going to modify it a little. What was the last thing I ate?

I chose to go this route partially because it’s a joke in my family that I can’t remember what I had to eat last night, but I can tell you the words to a song from 40 years ago. It’s true. I knew the words to a song by Bread (remember them? Yeah, used to listen to them with my dad. Not a favorite band or tune, but hey, whatever, I remembered it – Baby I’m-a Want You, if you cared to know). Anyway, I can tell you that, but can I remember what I had for supper? Nope.

So, I wracked my brain for this topic. What did I have for supper last night? Well….

I had leftovers. We’d made tacos the night before and there was enough for two burritos, so I had one. Not very sexy, but it is what it is. I even had a pink lemonade with it. Would it be what I’d choose for a last meal? No, but it worked for that last meal I had. 🙂

What about you? I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with.

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Runaway Royal by Wendi Zwaduk

Contemporary Romance

Royalty Romance

M/F, Masturbation

Novel

From Totally Bound Publishing

Will this runaway royal ever find her place…and true love?

All Princess Catherine Zara of Lysianna wants to do is attend college like everyone else her age. So she’s a royal and requires a security guard to move about in public, but if she goes to university, she doesn’t have to marry the man chosen for her. He’s not her true love, so why torture herself? All she has to do to get her life started is to run away to the US…

And then she meets Luke.

Luke Cobb wants to survive college with a degree in studio art and guarantees that he can show his paintings in the local galleries. All he needs is the right break to get his work mainstream and the right woman to stoke his dormant muse. When he meets Zara, he’s smitten and his creativity sparks.

Except, she’s a princess and he’s a commoner, which could be a big problem…

General Release Date: 30th March 2021

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My Theme Song with @meganslayer #music #themesong #rock

My theme song? Wow. Talk about a loaded question. So, I’ve thought long and hard about this one. Honestly, the one I keep coming back to has to be Dark Horse by George Harrison. (And yes, I know this song is older than I am). I know he meant for the dark horse to be the winner, but (as you can do with songs) I’ve interpreted it for me as the one people don’t see coming and discount without reason. I’ve been discounted a long time. My mother (for one) likes to remind me she won’t read my stuff because it’s ‘those kind’ of books. My grandmother reminded me not to eat because ‘a moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips’. Oh and I’m compared to my brother because he’s the quiet one and so correct, while I’m the ‘blue-haired freak’ of the family. (Yeah, that was passed around at a family reunion. Nice people, ‘eh?). I’m still here and I’m still trying, so yeah, Dark Horse would be my song.

I’d have to say the honorable mention for my theme song would have to be Like It’s a Bad Thing by Gary Allan.

“I don’t know about you
But I was put here to live and love
So what if I don’t do it
Like everybody else does

They say I’m out on the edge
I’m too willing to risk
Every bone, every breath
They say all I am is a crazy dream
Like it’s a bad thing”

What about you? What’s your theme song? I’d love to know. Might even add it to my play list. 🙂

Gifts for Book Lovers that Aren’t Books! with @meganslayer #books #gifts

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It’s funny this should be the topic this week as I’ve been doing things for my local Friends of the Library group concerning membership.

So my number one gift for a book lover that’s not a book would be a membership in the Friends of the Library group. You are supporting the library, books and many times getting to take part in/plan/attend the book sale, which means books!

There are also the mugs that look like the old check out cards at the library, book themed socks, book tumblers for coffee, shirts with book quotes, book artwork… I’ve seen a book weight for holding your book open to the page you’re reading.

This sort of conflicts me. I can see the use in that if I’m using a book that I need to keep open, say a text book, then this is a fabulous idea. But if it’s almost any other book, it makes me cringe. I’m the kid who doesn’t like to crease the spine and gets a little queasy when I see people fold the front of the book over…. ::::shudder::::….

So those are the gifts I think of right away. I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with!