One Book I Wish Was a Movie or Series…with @meganslayer

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The topic is what book I’d like to see made into a movie. Honestly, this one is hard because most of the books I love have already been made into movies. Field of Dreams (Shoeless Joe), Lisey’s Story, A Time to Kill, To Kill a Mockingbird, and so many more.

But upon having a longer think (I’ve been to Pooh Corners), I thought of a couple books that would be good, but probably tear-jerkers as movies. One would be Dewey, the library cat. First off, I love orange cats. Second, I love libraries and this book has both.

Then there is Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz. This book reads like it could easily be made into a movie. I could see it on Lifetime or Hallmark, save for the harder tinge to the topics. It really feels like it’s written where I live, which is probably how it should be as this is the wife of my state senator and she lives a few towns over. No joke.

If I could pick two of my own that I would make into movies, it would be Runaway Royal and My Favorite Mistake. I love these stories and can see them as moving images. 🙂

https://www.amazon.com/Runaway-Royal-Wendi-Zwaduk/dp/1839439645/

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…

She’s always known who she wanted. Now she needs to find the strength to make him see they’re more than a mistake.

Molly Neff creates promotional art for companies with confidence and her working partner is sex on legs. Austin Dean is sexy, smart and everything she’s wanted in a man since the moment they met. They’ve slept together a couple of times, but things haven’t worked out between them. When another woman enters the picture, can Molly convince Austin they belong together or will the relationship end up scrapped for a better idea?

As much as he likes working with Molly, Austin wants more out of life than creating advertising campaigns for others. He wants to be the star. Molly has always been his good luck charm—with her brains and charisma, she helps him make his dream come true. But his starring role comes with complications. He’s always sort of known he loved Molly, but another woman wants his attention. Will he choose Molly and a simple life with her or the bright lights of fame?

What about you? What books do you want to see made into movies? Maybe you can trip my memory and make me remember the third book I was thinking of.

One Task I Wish I Never Had to Do Again with @meganslayer

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This week’s post concerns something I never want to do again. A task. The very idea that it’s a task says it’s not something like saying goodbye to someone I love or getting my feelings hurt.

I can’t think of just one thing I don’t want to do again, but I can name a couple.

Laundry. Not the act of actually putting them in the washer, but I’m good at forgetting to put them in the dryer, then taking them out once they’re in said dryer. I get busy doing other things and forget. Oh and folding laundry. I know I have to do it and I prefer folded clothes, but I hate actually folding them.

Washing dishes. I like clean dishes and I prefer them to be actually clean, not with specks of food on them. The act of loading and unloading the dishwasher isn’t fun. I’d take it any day over sink washing, that’s true.

Dragging the garbage cans to the road. They’re heavy. They’re noisy. They smell. Garbage day inevitably falls on a rainy day or during a windy/rainy night. In the morning, I get the fantastic job of cleaning up what the wind blew over…Yuck. I don’t like doing it.

Now I can hear you saying, these are first world problems. They are. I am thankful I have clothes to wear and a means to wash them in my home. I’m thankful to have a home. I’m thankful to have food to put on said dishes and the dishwasher to wash them in, as well as a sink. I’m thankful to have garbage men that come to pick up the trash and I’m in a position where I can throw some things away. I have a good life. I just wish I didn’t have to do laundry, the dishes or drag out those cans again.

What about you? What do you wish you didn’t have to do?

My Bad Habits with @MeganSlayer

My bad habits…. hehe. Remembering to do this post. That’s one. But I know you want to play along. So here’s the link:

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for August 11, 2021

This week’s topic is my bad habits. As you can see, since it’s two days after the post should be done, my bad habit is namely procrastination. I actually like to be on time. I’m a stickler for it, but if there’s something I know I can slack on… I’ll do it. Why? I’m a mom. I overbook myself.

What about you? What’s your bad habit?

Meet My Pets! with @meganslayer #pets #critters #cats #dogs

I have always had a zoo. Seriously. I don’t have just one animal. I’ve had only one once. Once we added the dog, we haven’t looked back. There’s always at least two.

Right now, I have the Jellybean babies, otherwise known as Charlie and Roger. They’re the Jellybean babies, a take on the Jellybean twins, from M*A*S*H because they’re super poopers. I know, you didn’t need to know that. Oh well. They’re also known as the littles because I can’t name them the babies when I already have ‘the baby’.

Meet the baby. His given name is Captain America, but he was the baby of the family and it sort of stuck. He comes to Cap or the Baby. He’s weird. He acts like Lucifer from Cinderella and that’s his usual expression. He reminds me of the monster and the machine critter from the Muppets.

Then there’s Vader. He thinks he’s a dog. Yep. He does. He’s not, but he thinks he is. He plays fetch, watches traffic and follows the tot like a dog. He’s weird, too.

And my pup, my heart, my shadow….Agent Peggy Carter. If you have a Cap, you need a Peggy. Just sayin’.

How about you? Who are your pets? These aren’t even all of mine, but the blog just isn’t big enough for everyone. Lol!

Friday Five with @meganslayer #writing #stories

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This week’s words are: extreme, heel, whisper, latest, clerk

I’m going to go back to #findmolly and see where the words take me.

Willie stared at the photo on his phone. Molly. He couldn’t get her out of his mind. Not that he wanted to. He loved her. He also couldn’t get the words ‘he got her’ out of his mind. What did her sister mean? “Who would take Molly?” he whispered.

Dennis, his former partner on the force, strode up to him. “So, I talked to the clerk for the parks service. The latest is that this pool has been closed for a month. I don’t know who would want to break in here, but there’s nothing to be had. It’s been empty. Even the racoons don’t want anything to do with it.”

“I see.” Willie scrubbed the back of his hand across his mouth. “Why would someone do something so extreme as to leave Nikki here and in such bad shape? How is she?” he asked. “They won’t let me see her.”

“The bruises are nasty and she’s got a concussion, but they’re keeping you away because they’re worried you’re the target,” Dennis said. “You haven’t given up looking for Molly and it’s been almost a year. She’s gone. She doesn’t want you and she’s not coming back. Get that through your head and move on.” Dennis turned on his heel and walked away.

Willie gritted his teeth. Now he remembered why he’d chosen not to be partnered with Dennis–the man quit too easily and wouldn’t chase leads. Now he wondered what in the name of God Dennis knew. He’d been too quick to dismiss this case and too quick to decide Molly was gone. What did he know? Was he the ‘he’ Nikki referred to?

Damn it.

A TV Show/Movie/Book that could be about me with @meganslayer #book #movie

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This week’s blog post concerns a TV Show/Movie/Book that could be about me.

Oh boy… I’m rather at a loss. I don’t watch much television that’s not true crime. I have no desires to commit a crime and I have no desire to do someone a mischief, so I’m pretty sure true crime shows aren’t going to be the story of my life. I love the show M*A*S*H, too, but I’m not a doctor and I’m not that fast at one-liners. Then again, I don’t have a personal writer to write my lines. All I’ve got is me. Lol. I don’t watch reality TV because I can’t stand the jerky camera angles and I hate watching the car races when they use the drone video because it makes me nauseous.

As for the movies I watch, I’m not going to be an Avenger any time soon and I’m not a member of the A-Team, so those don’t apply. Oh and I won’t turn into cartoon character, so Disney movies are out, too.

Books…I’d rather write them, then try to figure out which one seems the most like me, so that’s sort of a non-starter.

I guess the closest I could come to a book/tv show or movie being sort of, kind of about me would be parts of Are You Being Served? I’m good at being dingy when I’m not trying to be and I try to help, but it doesn’t always work out. I hated working at the five-n-dime I worked at back in the day because customer services wasn’t my thing. I won’t lie. I hated being yelled at when someone didn’t get what they wanted–lottery tickets that weren’t winners, products that weren’t in stock or products that weren’t what they expected them to be. I can say I did have an experience where a child aimed his toy/plastic gun at me when I was ringing out his mother’s purchases when I ran the register and I told the kid not to aim at people. Instead of the mother telling the child not to aim at people, she chewed me out for reprimanding her son. Mrs. Slocum, a character from AYBS? has a similar thing happen, but it’s a water pistol and she does get shot in the face. Not fun, but it happens.

What about you? What book/show/movie would personify your life?

Five Items I Can’t Live Without with @meganslayer #items #life

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This week’s post concerns Five Items I Can’t Live Without. In some ways this is easy. In others, it’s hard. Are we talking items as in VERY generic? Or five things around the house? So I’m going to answer this a couple ways.

Here’s the generic list:

  1. Clothes – I’m not a nudist and haven’t been since I was two.
  2. Socks – I hate having cold feet.
  3. My fitness watch – I appreciate knowing how far I’ve gone and that I’ve met my goals.
  4. My otter bracelet – the tot had an otter toy and there’s a long story with it, but suffice it to say, the bracelet reminds me of tot
  5. my wedding ring – it’s just part of me.

So here’s the list of stuff that’s not really stuff, but I still can’t live without it.

  1. My dog
  2. The cats
  3. Tot
  4. Dh
  5. My house

So there we go. What about you? How would you answer this one?

Friday Five with @meganslayer #writing #shortstory #supershort #prompt #findmolly #suspensestory

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It’s easy, fun and a little challenging, too. This week’s words are: green, tumble, meet, parking, concept

I’m going to get back to #findmolly this week, so here we go!

His stomach churned. The green slime on the floor of the pool smelled of death. His stomach wasn’t churning, no, it’s gone straight to tumble. It wasn’t Molly on the floor. It was Nikki, her best friend.

Where in the hell was she? He stood and fumbled with his phone, then called 911. Someone had to help him. Mostly, they needed to help Nikki. He watched the parking lot for the EMS vehicle. He wanted to be able to meet, warn and give them the story when the cops arrived as well. When he saw the flashing lights, he turned his attention back to Nikki.

“Honey? Are you okay?” He knew she wasn’t, but he had to be soothing. “Nikki?”

“Everything. Hurts.” She didn’t open her eyes and barely moved as she groaned again. “He got her.”

“Who?” He waved to the EMS, then focused on Nikki. “Who got her?” He wanted to shake her, but he had to be calm. “Nik?”

The paramedics muscled him out the way and one of the cops approached. “We need to take your story,” the cop said. “What happened and why are you out here?” The cop, Frank Miller, tipped his head. “Willy, you’re not even on the job any longer. What are you doing?”

Not on the job. What a concept. He’d forgotten about being removed from the case. Hell, he was one of the suspects in Molly’s disappearance. Always look at the spouse. But his cop instincts took over. He had to help. He had to find her.

“You need to go to the cruiser and have a seat. McMillian will talk to you.” Miller shook his head. “We’ll get to the bottom of this.”

“Yeah.” Before or after they found Molly? And who had Molly? What did Nikki mean?

Damn it.

My Favorite Holiday with @meganslayer #hallooween #holidays #garfield

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This week’s post concerns my Favorite Holiday (and a recipe).

My favorite holiday is Halloween. I don’t have any great recipes to go along with Halloween because I’m not much of a cook. Why Halloween? I hate being scared. I hate being startled. That said, I do like the inventiveness of the holiday. I love seeing how others decorate their space for the holiday. I like seeing the different displays and the interpretations. My tot loves to decorate our house for the event and even created his own sculpture to use outside. It’s pretty cool. I don’t have pictures of his work because he gets protective of it.

But why Halloween? I remember being a kid and watching Garfield’s Halloween Special. I can’t find the imdb link, but here’s the link to it on google, in case you’ve never seen it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garfield%27s_Halloween_Adventure

This show scared the living hell out of me, but I still wanted to watch it. There’s a creepy old guy who tells a ghost story, ghosty pirates that show up and it gets scary. Now, being five when the show came on TV, I was scared. But I loved it – because I could turn it off. You can’t turn off a haunted house.

The other reason Halloween is my favorite holiday is something that Garfield says… “Halloween’s my kind of a holiday. It’s not like those other stupid holidays. I don’t get pine needles in my paws, there’s no dumb bunnies, no fireworks, no relatives, just candy. Boom, you go out and get candy. It’s as simple as that. Simple, that’s me.”

Maybe that sounds greedy. Maybe it sounds miserly. I’m not wild about crowds and I don’t like being hugged. I like fireworks, but it scares the hell out of my dogs. Plus, I like candy.

What about you? What’s your favorite holiday and do YOU have a recipe? I can’t cook, but maybe I can make your recipe. It’s possible. 🙂

Best Autobiography with @meganslayer ~ Just as I Am by Cicely Tyson #books

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This week’s post concerns the best autobiography or biography. I rather looked forward to this post because I just read a book that was darn fantastic. Just as I Am by Cicely Tyson, her autobiography. First off, I didn’t know much about her, but the photo on the front captivated me. Then I read it and wow. This woman lived and she was so cool. The book reads like a conversation between friends, too. I recommend it.

And I know there may not be as many Beatles fans here, but The Beatles by Bob Spitz is pretty darn comprehensive for a biography. It’s long, but recommended because it’s in-depth. I loved it.

What books do you recommend? I’m all ears…or in this case, eyes. 🙂