Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I almost forgot. Today is Wednesday and, courtesy of Bone, here is:
Three Word Wednesday.
Each week, I (Bone) will post three (or more) random words. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write something using all of those words. It can be a few lines, a story, a poem, anything. This is a writing exercise. It doesn't have to be perfect. The idea is to let your mind wander and write what it will. I'll also attempt to write something using the same three words.
Leave a comment if you participate.
This week's words are:
Jennifer lay the small tile down on the floor and sat back on her haunches. With a sigh, she looked over the mosaic taking shape. Swirls of beige, rose and blue outlined in bits of silver. Surely this would suffice in lieu of payment to him. A one of a kind mosaic floor courtesy of Jennifer Rhodes. The days nobody contacted her for a commission were scarce as the proverbial hens' teeth. A chill passed through her, though, at the memory of the darkness in his eyes. She sent up a quiet prayer that this was all he would demand.
And, I picked up this meme from Renee.
Look at the list of books below.
* Bold the ones you’ve read
* Italicize the ones you want to read
* Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.
* If you are reading this, tag, you’re it!
**If there are any books on this list that I didn't italicize and you think I should read, let me know in comments! Also, what other books do you think belong on this list and why?
1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)---does it count if I've seen the movie???
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMavrier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)
Monday, February 26, 2007
here to find out who your own fairy is.
Bekah and Anthony gave me this book for Christmas and I’ve really been enjoying it. Some of the stories I was familiar with, but a lot of them I’m not.
A warning to you all: if you are taken to Tir Nan Og, do not eat or drink anything the wee folk give you. Otherwise, you will stay there forever.
A special thanks to Selina Fenech for the lovely avatar above.
Here is a good site for all things fae… including helpful information on the care and feeding of fairies. Check it out, have fun, and remember…. Believe in fairies.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Speaking of Our 2 Peas in a Pod, she's offering a free pair of earrings the month of February with a purchase. You have to be on her mailing list to qualify, but it's not difficult to sign up for it.
AND... just because it's Sunday and I don't want to think... here's an interesting blog entry:
Last week my boss was talking to someone about ethics among Japanese schoolgirls. He was quite interested by the whole thing, so he started telling my friend Junior about it, and he began yelling:
"Get out!.. Wow! Don't tell me you're into Japanese schoolgirls too!"
But then when my boss got to the part about the ethics, Junior ran away all of a sudden. And the next day, Junior's father told me that the reason Junior was so freaked out was because he used to write a lot about ethics. On weekends Junior can be quite demented like that, but he kinda loves me...
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Speaking of debut novels, my good friend, Marianne suggested today that I settle with one of the many half-written novels I have and FINISH ONE. Probably a good idea before I got starting something new. So, since my desktop is fried and I don’t know if I’ll be able to retrieve any of either of the half-finished ones, I’ll leave it up to a vote: Which novel should I finish first?
Lizzie (working title): [Scottish historical, 18th century] Lizzie Baillie has fallen in love with Duncan Graham. Unknown to her, he is a member of the Montrose clan, who burned her family home, Castlecary, in 1645, during the Civil War. Ever since that date, the Baillies have considered the Montrose clan, and all its members, as enemies.
Fiona’s Dream: [contemporary] Following the death of her fiancé and parents, Fiona returns to her hometown and begins an antique business with her business partner. Fiona has dreamed of utilizing the oldest house in town as a combination tea room/antique store that would also be suitable for receptions, parties, etc. Unfortunately, a murder in the house may put the end to not only Fiona’s dream, but her freedom.
Okay… everybody vote: Lizzie or Fiona?
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
“Each week, I [Bone] will post three (or more) random words. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write something using all of those words. It can be a few lines, a story, a poem, anything. This is a writing exercise. It doesn't have to be perfect. The idea is to let your mind wander and write what it will. I'll also attempt to write something using the same three words.
Be sure to leave a comment if you participate.
This week's words are:
Here I go:
The ink smudged as my tears dropped on the letter he left. Even after fifteen years, the words had the power to make me cry. Why do I continue to do it to myself? Why do I keep his letters, along with the wilted roses, in the drawer… only to pull them out yearly to weep anew? My husband tells me I should move on…get on with life. But, how can I turn my back on the sixteen year old boy who spent his first paycheck on roses for his mother, who wrote her a letter telling her how much he appreciated her, who was the victim of a drunk driver on his first night out with the car? Yes, they may make me cry every year, but they are tears of joy for the time we had as well as sorrow for the time we’ve missed out on.
If you decide to play along, leave a comment here and let Bone know you’re playing.
For more contests, jump over to Fresh Fiction. Periodically they send out links to authors’ contests that have a lot of great prizes.
Check out Tami Dee’s site and let her know how you say “hello” in your part of the world. She’s sponsoring a “Greetings from Around the World” Drawing this month. She also has two other contests to have fun with.
My friend, Allie, is hosting a great give-away. Just visit her website and sign her guestbook for a chance to win some yummy Lindt chocolates and a copy of James Patterson’s Honeymoon (I almost didn’t post this one, cause I want that prize… lol… but I decided that wouldn’t be the right thing to do!)
If anyone else is running (or know of) a contest I haven’t included here… let me know and I’ll be more than glad to add it in. Y’all have a good day now, y’hear?
Sunday, February 18, 2007
As you all know, reading is very near and dear to my heart. I would go as far as saying that reading is essential. So, I’m proud to participate in The Camel Book Drive. Check at Camel Bookmobile Wish List for a list of books they want. You can also donate from your own library (lightly used, please). Also, check here to find other ways you can help.
We’ve been having computer problems… and now our computer is telling us very unhappy things. Like… for some reason we can’t open Windows. I don’t know a lot about computers, but I DO know that can’t be a good thing. And… I’ve done a very bad thing. Actually, I’ve not done it… and that’s the problem. The “it” I’ve not done? I’ve not backed up ANY of my stories. Zilch. And I even know better. Go ahead… everyone tell me what a ditz I am. From now on, I’m planning on burning my stories on CD AND printing a hard-copy. We’re taking our computer to the doctor tomorrow to see if he can retrieve everything from my document file (all my pictures are there as well and, no, they aren’t all backed up. Some of them are, though, but not all.)
Fifty lashes to Judy with a wet noodle.
I’ve been trying to write a story based on Friday’s prompt from Timeless Tales. I think I started three different versions and deleted every one. The modern day equivalent of wadded up pieces of paper lying all around on the floor. I like prompts. They fuel my imagination. As a matter of fact, many of the short stories I’ve had published have been written as a response to prompts. Oh, well. I’m not giving up yet. I still intend to have SOMETHING written based on that prompt!
What fuels your imagination?
Saturday, February 17, 2007
I found this new quiz at Mert’s and thought I would give it a try. It’s… interesting. Some of the things are right on the money. Some… well, I’ll let you try to figure out which are which.
|Judy took the free ColorQuiz.com personality test!|
"Intense, vital, and animated, taking a delight in ..."
Need to go do yesterday's prompt from my writing group now. See ya!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
I do have a problem I was hoping the new blogger would fix, but apparently it hasn't. On my computer... for some reason, all of a sudden, my sidebar starts WAY down. You have to scroll all the way down past the posts to see it. Does it show up that way on everyone's computer? And.... is there some blogger/computer guru out there who can help me fix it? EDIT: I updated my template... and that seemed to help the problem. Now I have another problem... I have to go and redo my blogrolls and such. New Blogger "says" they saved my old template, so I should be able to go cut and paste... right?
Great. I've just gotten a message that the page cannot connect to Blogger.com. I guess my internet has gone down. I'm opening a new tab, as we speak to see if it's a blogger problem or an internet problem. I'm guessing an internet problem because it's taking forever to connect. I guess I need to get up and go reset the modem. Sigh. Bob has spoiled me with this laptop. I can sit in my recliner and do all my typing.... sigh. Oh, well.... let me go see if I can fix the problem.
Problem solved! Yea.... I'm such a problem-solving babe. Now, all I need to do is face the problem in my WIP.... characters can throw such surprises at you, can't they?
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
And now, all, I'm going to bed. It's been a long day!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
To make your own heart, go here.
I hope your day brings you lots of love and happiness.
I received my Valentine Goodies from Lisa today! Thanks, Lisa. What a wonderful job of spoiling me you did.
Some yummy Jelly Belly jelly beans and chocolate, along with a special chocolate fondue set for two that Bob and I will indulge in Valentine's night.
I hope everyone has the happiest of days... I love you all.
Anyway, tomorrow is Valentine's Day and I have got to go shopping this evening after we get finished with work. Also, I have to do some shopping for this month's mini-swap. I know WHAT to get, now it's just a matter of picking it up and getting it in the mail by Thursday. I need to pick up something for Bob and Mama.... everyone else is getting... well, I won't tell, because Bekah reads the blog and I don't want to spoil anything (Hi, Bekah!!)
I hope everyone has a happy Tuesday. We're expecting rain today, so I'm hoping we get a lot done before it gets here! We have two jobs to finish in a town about 20 miles away... and one tentatively scheduled here in town for tomorrow. It might have to be put off until Thursday. Oh, well... Bob goes stir-crazy when he doesn't have something to do, so busy is good.
How about you? How do you feel when there's nothing to do?
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Let's play Dictionary: Impossible.
Writers, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to take out your dictionary and flip through it, then stop on any page at random. Write down the first word you see. Repeat until you have a list of ten words.
Level 1: Create at least three novel titles using only the words on your list (a, an, the, and other simple words can be added for style.) You have five minutes to complete this level.
1. The Inland Nuncio
2. Gauntlet Walk
3. The Flighty Reamer
Level 2: Create a story premise for the titles you've created from your list. If you get caught on this level, PBW will disavow any knowledge of you.
1. “The Inland Nuncio” – Giovanni D’Alvere, special envoy for Pope Innocent XII, finds danger and intrigue as he travels inland on a secret mission to help rescue the pope’s nephew.
2. “Gauntlet Walk” – Florianna and her secret love, Rudolpho, find romance along the famous Gauntlet Walk, but not before facing numerous challenges to their desire to be together.
3. “The Flighty Reamer”-- The Reamers, an outcast race on the planet Rapicacious, finds themselves challenged when one of their own, R’dacik, turns his back on all they hold sacred.
Level 3: Write an opening line for the title/story premises you've created. Should you decide to continue on with the mission, you have exactly thirty minutes to complete this level.
1. A loud pounding on the door drug Giovanni back from the first good night’s sleep he’d had in weeks. Disentangling himself from the arms of his current mistress, Eileene, he stumbled to the door, silently cursing whoever it was who disturbed his sleep.
2. “Shhh. Do you want to wake up the whole neighborhood?” Florianna hissed out the window.
3. The fabric of the universe began to tear.
Level 4: Write the story to go with one of your opening lines, premises and titles. You may take as much time as you need, but remember that any idea may self-destruct in as little as ten seconds.
Level 5: Write the stories to go with all of them, and you win Dictionary: Impossible.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Get your own valentinr
I found out about this Valentine Mailbox over at Local Girl's blog and it sounded like fun. And, speaking of Local Girl, she's a "Share the Love Blog Award Finalist." Go here for the final voting. You have until February 13. And, while you are there, check out some of the other nominees. I have been reading some of the blogs nominated in the "humor" category and I have to admit, my side is hurting because I've been laughing so hard. Check them out...
you'll be glad you did. Especially Antique Mommy and BooMama. I tell you... it's going to be hard to pick between those two!
I had a strange dream last night. Ashley came to me... all upset because she couldn't find her marriage certificate. And, I had to help her find it right now! I tried and tried to explain to her that she wasn't married, so she didn't HAVE a marriage certificate, but she would not be convinced. And, of course, I thought of how to use that in a story! I have the feeling it will show up in one sooner or later.
What about you? Have you had any dreams that you use in stories? Or, if you aren't a writer, have you had any dreams you think would make a good story... feel free to share! I always like getting new ideas.
Now... I have a couple of ideas I already need to work on, so let me go and get started. Have a great Saturday!
Friday, February 09, 2007
Man Bites Dog. No joke. It really happened.
Now, for even more bizarre things (like my life) here is today's Friday's Feast.
Appetizer - Have you been sick yet this winter? If so, what did you come down with? Knock on wood, we've not really been what one might call
"sick" this winter. A couple of winters ago, Bob had pneumonia, I had the flu and then a severe respiratory infection, but this year all I've been bothered with is
allergies (which have come a couple of months early 'cause we have had really bizarre weather.
Soup - What colors dominate your closet? While we work, I wear blue jeans and various tops. For my dressy clothes though (when I get the
chance to wear them) it's black all the way. I'll have to dress up one day and show y'all that I really can look like a girl and not just a
Salad - How would you describe your personal "comfort zone"? I'm not really sure what this question means. As far as personal space, it's
probably closer than most people. I felt very comfortable in Brazil, where the personal zones are very close... I think that's the same for most Latin countries. As far
as things I feel comfortable doing... as long as Bob is with me, I'm fine :-) Now.... I do NOT like talking in front of an audience. When I have to talk, my brain
disconnects from my lips. That's one reason I'm a writer... I think my fingers and brain are directly connected. When I write, sometimes I don't know what I'm going
to write until it shows up on the screen in front of me. I guess it's a good thing I'm a fairly fast typer, huh?
Main Course - On which reality show would you really like to be a contestant? None of them. I'd rather get my fifteen minutes of fame through my
writing. I don't watch them, either.
Dessert - Which holiday would you consider to be your favorite? Christmas, without a doubt. Just read back at all my posts before Christmas and
you will see that ;-)
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Just wanted to show you some of what we've been doing. This was the first load we took to the dump. We've emptied the truck twice since then and will have a triple ton of chips tomorrow after I grind the stumps (we figure there are probably about 40 stumps). Is it any wonder I'm tired?
I'm hoping to get some writing done this weekend. My writing group posts a prompt every Friday, so I'm planning on doing it this week (my group doesn't believe it, though... I've been terrible!) I have some short stories out, but not any in this month...so I have to get on the stick. I've heard of one writer who makes it a point of keeping 20 stories out at any one time. As soon as he hears from one (either pro or con), he sends out another (or, that one to another market). The last I heard, he was doing well.
I'll be glad when the weather decides to settle down...I'm miserable with allergies: sinuses and cough. But, today I'm feeling better, so that's an improvement.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
the "antiquing" was stripped away, we discovered the desk was made of several different grains of wood so, instead of just varnishing it, we decided to paint it black. Here is my new "office." Enjoy the way it looks now... I have the feeling that it won't be long before it's as cluttered as our other workspace!!!
We are hoping to get a bookshelf built for the area just to the left of the desk. That will take my research/writing books off the desk and give me more room to .... hmmmm... work.
I was thinking earlier about blogging. Several (probably way too many) blogs I visit on a daily basis. There are still others I pop in on at least once a week. People get to be like old friends you want to catch up with. I wondered why I enjoy bloghopping so much and I came to this conclusion:
I'm a fairly social person. DH, on the other hand, is pretty much a loner, reclusive to an extent. Even though I'm social, I don't really like to go out on my own... I enjoy being with my husband. Blogging kinda fills the social aspect of my life. I get to visit with friends, share what's going on in my life, and be a part of "community" ... all without leaving the comfort of my home. How cool can that be? It's a win-win situation. I can enjoy my friends AND hang out with my husband... all at the same time.
How 'bout you? What about blogging appeals to you?
Friday, February 02, 2007
5 Minutes for Mom is also the sponsor of the upcoming Ultimate Blog Party next month. Go and check out the beautiful necklace, enter the contest, and while you are there congratulate Janice on her exciting news.
And... you are all invited to a Tupperware Party. I am hosting this Online Party to tell you about all of the great products Tupperware has to offer to simplify your kitchen, home, and life! Click here to start shopping at my Tupperware Online Party. The party will only last until February 16. If you have any questions, please let me know. Or you may visit my Tupperware Consultant's Web site, Rebecca Walker. I hope you check it out if you've been thinking about getting some Tupperware. Now would be a great time! Personally, I'm planning on redoing my pantry and can't wait to get my little hands on some of the modular mates!!!
I'll post before and after photos... cause otherwise you might not believe it!
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Bekah took a personality test and posted it on her MySpace and I thought it would be fun to do the same
thing here. I took the long version of the Jung/Enneagram Pesonality Test.
Here are my results:
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the total population.
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