Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tuesday Twosome: When It Is Hot Outside

The latest edition of Tuesday Twosome is here. Someone asked me, last week, why it was Tuesday TWOsome when there were multiple questions (as in... more than two). Here is the official explanation. The short version... Tuesday Twosome is composed of several two-choice questions, or questions that require two answers.
And, to make things even more confusing, Tuesday Twosome can be played any day of the week :-)

Now... with no further ado... here are this week's questions:

When It Is Hot Outside:
Two refreshing drinks:
iced tea, lightly sweetened with a squeeze of lemon or lime; fresh squeezed fruit-ade (lemonade, limeade, orange-ade)

Two places that are always cool (home, mall, work, etc.): home--- not cold, but we always keep it comfortable, especially with our ceiling fans. At night, our room is cold and we like it that way... gives us a good excuse to cuddle ;-)/ work... nope, not in the least. And, since basically we split our time between home and work these days, there you go.

Two ways you keep cool: I love to take a shower when I'm hot... especially when I've come in from work. And, boy do I need it then. Another way I keep cool is by stripping off all my clothes and go running naked through the house (nah... just kidding!!) Actually, the other way I stay cool is by sitting under the ceiling fan in my recliner and working on our review site.

Two items of clothing/shoes that are a must (tank tops, shorts, etc.) for play or home: shorts and t-shirts; for work: jeans and tennis shoes (chips fly and hurt)

Two places you’d go on vacation to to get away from the heat: If I could go anywhere, I'd go to Prince Edward Island, because I'm a long time fan of Anne of Green Gables (Signet Classics), (high of 78) or Scotland... today's high in Edinburgh is supposed to be 64.5. Both of those beat the upper 90's we've been having!

Come and join us by leaving a comment here.

Monday, July 30, 2007

A New Contest

For all you book-lovin' people out there, my friend Gay is having an awesome giveaway on her site.

Lottery is Patricia Wood's debut novel and, from everything I hear, is sure to be a smash hit. And, Gay is giving away an autographed copy of
Lottery. Not only that... but since Patricia and Gay are friends, the book will be personally ascribed to the winner.

I have a special shelf for my autographed books and it would be wonderful to see Lottery next to the others.

If you have a blog, why not use this opportunity to tell other people about Gay's contest? Then, go tell her you did and that I told you so :-). (pssssssss.... if you do and I win, I'll let you come and read the book... how's that for enticement????)

Sunday, July 29, 2007

What Book Are You?

I've stolen this (shameful, I know) from my good friend, Jill. I've tried to read it before. I guess I need to give it another shot.

You're Siddhartha!

by Hermann Hesse

You simply don't know what to believe, but you're willing to try
anything once. Western values, Eastern values, hedonism and minimalism, you've spent
some time in every camp. But you still don't have any idea what camp you belong in.
This makes you an individualist of the highest order, but also really lonely. It's
time to chill out under a tree. And realize that at least you believe in

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Let me know what you get when you take the test :-)

Friday, July 27, 2007

Susan and Janet Have Done It Again

Everytime I think those twins at 5 Minutes for Mom cannot possibly outdo themselves, they come up with yet another awesome contest. Believe it or not, now they are giving away an Insignia® 37″ Flat-Panel LCD HDTV, courtesy of Best Buy.

The TV in our den is on its last legs and we've been looking around for a new one. With having to put new tires on equipment, though, and a new pool liner in, we just keep thinking happy thoughts about our old TV and hoping it will last a little longer. So, it would be great to win this tremendous prize. And, to enter is as easy as falling off the top of a TV. Just take yourself over to 5 Minutes for Mom and let Susan and Janice know you are entering. Then, tell all your friends about it. It's that easy.

So... go, enter, and (even though I love you all dearly) I hope I win!

Friday's Feast 153

Welcome to the latest installment of Friday's Feast, wherein you get to (hopefully) enjoy tidbits of information from my life. Please play along... it's a lot of fun!

Describe a toy you remember from your childhood. The toy I remember most clearly is a little terry cloth-bodied doll I named "Cathy" after the neighbor girl who gave her to me. Cathy (the doll, not the neighbor) had a plastic face. Cathy was my best friend for a long time... I told her secrets and cuddled with her while I slept. She fell out of the car one day somewhere and I remember crying myself to sleep for several weeks afterward.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how observant are you? How about a minus 3?! Seriously, I'm one of the least observant people you will ever meet. Bob took me to the Gulf one weekend for my birthday. I was in the bathroom putting on my make-up when he called and asked me to bring him a cup of coffee. I thought this was a little strange, because normally he gets his own coffee, but (being the wonderful wife I am) I want to the coffeepot, poured him a cup and took it to him. He looked at me and said, "Judy, I didn't really want a cup of coffee." I know the look on my face must have shown total bewilderment, because he took the cup from me, sat it on the table beside him, grabbed my hand, and took me back to the coffeepot. There... sitting on TOP of the coffeepot... was my birthday present all wrapped up in beautiful paper. Uh... when did that get there????

Where would you rather be at this very moment? I can't think of a single place I would rather be than where I am right now... sitting in our den with my husband.

Main Course
When was the last time you learned something new? I learn something new every day. That's something I use the Internet for a lot... to discover and learn new things. I believe it helps keep my mind fresh (now if I could just learn to be a little more observant...lol)

Fill in the blank: I have ____________ but I haven’t ____________.
I have some exciting news to share but I havent' decided when to share it yet. Stay tuned for more information. ;-)

If you decide to play, leave a message here. You'll be glad you did... all sorts of wonderful people will come visit you.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Because I'm Brain Dead...

... at 4 AM, I'm swiping this from Alice, who (btw) is one of our reviewers at LASR. Swing by and read about some of the books she likes.


It’s very simple. When this is passed on to you, copy the whole thing, skim the list and put a * star beside those that you like. (Check out especially the * starred ones.)

Add the next number (1. 2. 3. 4. 5., etc.) and write your own blogging tip for other bloggers. Try to make your tip general.

After that, tag 10 other people. Link love some friends!

Just think- if 10 people start this, the 10 people pass it onto another 10 people, you have 100 links already!

1. Look, read, and learn. **
- http://www.neonscent.com/

2. Be, EXCELLENT to each other. ***
- http://www.bushmackel.com/

3. Don’t let money change ya! *
- http://www.therandomforest.info/

4. Always reply to your comments. *******
- http://chattiekat.com/

5. Link liberally — it keeps you and your friends afloat in the Sea of Technorati. ***
- http://chipsquips.com/"

6. Don’t give up - persistence is fertile. **
- http://www.velcro-city.co.uk/

7. Give link credit where credit is due. *****
- http://www.sfsignal.com/

8. Pictures say a thousand words and can usually add to any post. ***
- http://scifichick.com/

9. Visit all the bloggers that leave comments for you - it's nice to know who is reading! ***
- http://stephaniesbooks.blogspot.com/

10. Make a blogger template unique: change the background colour, or add a background picture to your header. *
- http://chris-book-a-rama.blogspot.com/

11. Write positively even if the situation is seemingly negative -- spread joy and not gloom. You can do it!
- http://www.aliceteh.com/

12. When you find something that interests you, write about it. Sharing yourself with others is one of the best things about blogging.
- http://jhthomas.blogspot.com/


Now... ten people I want to link with [rubbing hands gleefully together]. Okay, here goes: Kailani, Lianne, Marianne, Jill, Rachel, Mert, Margie, Renee, Karen (it will give her something to do while she's blogging blogging all night!!!), and you!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Special Message

We interrupt this day to bring you a special message. Go here and check out one of the coolest ideas online today. Mauro, from Portugal, is trying to read one million love messages. Here... go let him tell you all about it. I've included my love note.

Tired Tuesday

I'm getting a late start to my day. And, it's all this woman's fault! I stayed up way too late last night finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7). So... today I'll pay the price. No worries, though. We don't have a very rough day ahead of us.

We have to take the work truck in to get the A/C fixed. Kinda funny story. We took it in several weeks ago to find out what was wrong. The compressor had gone out and our mechanic told us he could get us a used/rebuilt compressor, but in his experience it wasn't uncommon for a rebuilt one to blow out again after about three days and it was back to the beginning. So, he recommended getting a new compressor. More money, more reliability. Hey, this is his business.. he knows what he's talking about, right?

He orders the compressor... puts it in. Heaven! Instead of working in 98 degree heat and then climbing into a 110 degree truck to drive home, we can get into a comfortable truck to drive home. Everyone is happy.

Three days later... the compressor blows out. Go figure.

We're taking it back today to go back to the beginning.

Then... we have to take all our saws to get fixed. In the tree business, saws are a little important and we need to get some links taken out of the chains. They are getting stretched.

Then... it's back to the job site we've been on since... I don't know.. forever, maybe???? I'm ready for that job to be over. And.. we have a pile more work lined up, so I'm not sure when we'll be going back to the shore, but it won't be any time soon. But... that's okay. Work is good.

Hey, my good friend and writing buddy, Allie Boniface, has some exciting news. Her very first novel, One Night in Boston, is available. Check it out here. I remember this book during its writing and can't wait to get my copy. Rush out and buy it.. or enter the contest on her site and win a free download of her book along with a bunch of other goodies. I'm entering... I'm so in to contests (y'all didn't know that, did you?)


Hey, I read a quote yesterday that I really liked. I wanted to share it with y'all and get your reactions.

Plotting...would take out all the fun. ...writing a book was like finding a brilliantly colored string in the grass and following it to see where it might lead. Sometimes the string broke and left you with nothing. But sometimes-- if you were lucky, if you were brave, if you persevered-- it brought you to a treasure. And the treasure was never the money you got for the book; the treasure was the book.
-- Stephen King in Lisey's Story

Your thoughts?

Monday, July 23, 2007

Unconscious Muttering

It's been a long time since I've played this game, so here for your viewing pleasure is the latest installment of
Stolen, uh, borrowed, directly from the people who know, here are the rules:

Free association is described as a "psychonanalytic procedure in which a person is encouraged to give free rein to his or her thoughts and feelings, verbalizing whatever comes into the mind without monitoring its content." Over time, this technique is supposed to help bring forth repressed thoughts and feelings that the person can then work through to gain a better sense of self.

That's an admirable goal, but for the purposes of this excercise, we're just hoping to have a little fun with the technique. Each week I'll post ten words to which you can respond to with the first thing that comes to mind.

"Rules are, there are no rules." There are no right or wrong answers. Don't limit yourself to one word responses; just say everything that pops into your head. AND you don't have to have your words up on Sunday. Take all week if you want! Read the FAQ for more information.

Let me know if you decide to play along. You can get the words and the code here. With no further ado, here is my entry:

  1. Deputy :: Dawg

  2. Name :: Place

  3. Arrested :: Development

  4. Trade :: School

  5. Old :: Times

  6. Fingerprint :: Expert

  7. Dwarf :: Snow White

  8. Newspaper :: Dirty ink on my fingers

  9. Gabriel :: Angel

  10. Certificate :: of Madness

Sunday, July 22, 2007

I Would Like to Thank.....

...no, not the Academy this time, but my dear friend, Marianne Arkins for awarding me with The Power of Schmooze" award.

Here, direct from the source is what this award is all about:
Schmoozing as defined by Dictonary.com is the ability “to converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection.” When it comes to blogging, schmoozing is your ticket to making new friends, getting yourself noticed and building a reputation. Some bloggers are gifted with the ability to effectively schmooze and others not so much.

I have to say I'm truly honored, not only by the award, but for what Marianne said about me.

I have really enjoyed my time blogging. In the past couple of years, I've made some wonderful new friends from all over the world. I would like to pass this award on to a few of them.

The first blogger that comes to mind who really epitomizes the spirit of schmoozing is Kailani of An Island Life. She spends her time working on building community through networking, contests, swaps, and awards. She sponsored a Valentine's Day Goody Swap" and the Bloggy Hoss Awards. These are only two of the things she has done to help bring the blogging community closer together.

The next recipient I met through the Valentine's Day Goody Swap". Jill was my "draw" for the Swap this year and we have really become good friends during the past six months. As a matter of fact, we have plans to meet up in Savannah in the not TOO distant future, and I can't wait. She's one of the best about following up on comments and visiting. She is richly deserves this award.

Thank you both, ladies, for making my blogging experience more fun!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Friday's Feast 152

It's time again for a new installment of Friday's Feast, wherein our illustrious chef asks five new questions for our enjoyment and enlightenment.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how much do enjoy watching sports on television? Uh... I would have to say, maybe 0? Unless the Braves are in the World Series. One year, when they were in the playoffs (see what a fan I am? I can't even tell you the year nor who they were playing... but I'm sure someone out there will fill me in... it WAS in the early '90's), there was one game that lasted an LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time. It got to be so bad I didn't care WHO won... my thoughts, "someone get a run so I can go to bed! I don't care who or what team... just get the run!"

If you could completely memorize any one work of fiction, which one would you pick? Oh, wow.... I don't guess it would be fair to say "my first bestseller," huh? No, I didn't think so. I think...this book:

What is your favorite breakfast food? I like pretty much anything for breakfast. Sometimes not even breakfast food. Cold pizza is pretty good for breakfast. And then, sometimes, we eat breakfast for supper. Let's see.. my favorite breakfast food... do I have to choose just one??? I like grits. (yeah, I'm from the south) I like bacon and sausage. I like toast. I like eggs. I like them together. I like pancakes, but normally only when we have breakfast for supper because they are too sweet for me in the morning. Sheesh.. who would think answering a question like this would be so hard?

Main Course
Name something fun you can do for less than $10.00. All kinds of things. Go fishing (well, unless you have to go out and buy the equipment first... that can run it on up there); take a walk in the park with someone you love (free); go by Starbucks for a frapuccino; go to the library and pick out your favorite books that LASR has reviewed; bloghop. I know how to have fun and save money :-)

How long does it usually take you to fall asleep? Normally less than fifteen minutes. Last night, however, I was up until three this morning reading this book. Thank God for Friday Feast, since my brain isn't working today.

If you want to play, leave a comment here.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

What a Day It Has Been

... what a rare mood I'm in... but it's not the feeling of being in love. I AM, but that's not the kind of day I've had. It's been a killer of a day. We've decided to expand our business a bit and have gotten into selling wood. The wood we sold today wasn't from trees we cut down, but we WILL be grinding the stumps. And, because of this, I've had a song going through my brain the last TWO DAYS. So, I thought I would share the pleasure with you.

On another note... Michael at Slightly Mordant is having a contest with four (yes, FOUR) really neat prizes. Just hop yourself on over there, read his rules, figure out the quote, and you have a chance :-) What are you still doing here??? Go... and tell him I sent you.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Thoughts on Tuesday

As you know, I'm the co-owner of a review blog, The Long and Short of It, wherein we review short stories and novels. All of these fall into the categories of romance or women's fiction. If you didn't know about LASR, please check it out.

But, getting you to know about the site is not the primary reason I'm talking about it today. Our policy is we only give positive reviews. There are enough review sites out there that can be pretty snarky. We don't want to be one of those. On the other side, our reviews are all honest. How can we give only positive reviews and still be positive, you ask? Easy. If we don't like a book or a story, we don't review it. It's that simple.

We've had some wonderful stories come across our desk from authors or publishing houses asking us to review them. However, we've also had some requests recently that have made us sit back and say... how on earth did this get published? And, for the most part, it's not the writing. (Okay, we've had some where the story didn't work for one reviewer, but then another reviewer read it and loved it. It's the nature of fiction. Not everyone will like everything.)

In the past few days, I've read (or started reading) two novels. The stories were okay. One was better than okay. However, there were problems. Problems that could have been fixed easily. Problems that should have been fixed easily. Problems that, if the novel had gone through basic copyediting would have been fixed.

And, unfortunately, no matter how good the writing is, how much research the author has obviously gone through, LASR cannot, and will not, in good conscience recommend a book with so many errors in it. People I'm talking about things like comma splices, using a semicolon where a comma would be indicated, putting commas where they shouldn't be and leaving them out where they are needed. Basic punctuation skills. Or misspelled words that would have shown up had a basic spell check been run. I'm not talking about words like "there/their." Spell check won't catch those. I'm talking about "riefly" instead of "briefly."

And, I was going, "Why didn't the copy editor of this particular publishing house catch these?" Then I thought, "Why didn't the author of this particular novel catch these?" Copy editing is a very important job and every short story, every novel should go through an intensive copy editing procedure. And, sure, even with good copy editing, things are going to slip through. I'm reading another novel for review right now (from another publishing house) and have found three typos/punctuation problems. I've seen them in print books (even, gasp, NORA'S books!) It happens. But, there's a huge difference between three in seventy-two pages and twenty in twelve pages.

So... I'm posing the question. Who is to blame? Is it the author's responsibility, the copy editor's, the publishing house or some combination? I want to know what you think.

And, this doesn't have to do with THESE particular kinds of problems, but for another take on responsibility in writing, go here, scroll down to Randy Ingermanson's response to the question of plot inconsistencies.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Monday Madness

It's time again for Monday Madness. I almost didn't do it... I've had allergy problems all weekend long and my brain isn't working quite right. But, then I read this at Kailani's and the original article here, so I thought maybe I would go ahead with it after all. Besides, I'd be interested to see what y'all have to say about all this.

1. Do you feel that children these days are disciplined enough? I think that it depends entirely on the family, however I have to say in too many cases I see situations where the child seems to be completely in charge of the household. I was a preschool teacher and it was amazing what you see in family dynamics when you work that closely with children and their parents.

2. What are your thoughts about the "time out chair?" It CAN be useful, depending on how it is used. One of its best uses is giving parents a time to cool down! :-) I have to tell you about this, though.. it made me smile. I had a student who was put in "time out" while out of the playground. One of his friends got up on the bench next to him. C. looked at his friend and said, "Go away. This is my time out!"

3. When YOU were a child, what form of discipline did your parents use most often? My grandmother was the one who took care of us while my mom was at work. And, she was of the old time variety. We had peach trees in our backyard and if we needed it, we had to go out and cut a switch and bring it back to her. Heaven help you if you brought back the wrong size switch (and believe me.. we knew what she wanted!) If we TRIED to get by with that (one either too small or too big to be effective), she would take us out to the tree, cut her own switch and then switch our legs back to the house. We only did that once. :-) Switching was effective. It stung but left no lasting damage. The important part of the lesson, though, was that we always knew WHY we were being switched. It wasn't arbitrary. There was always a cause and effect. We did this.. so we got switched. (Now, in the winter when we wore long pants... it was a paddle on our butts.)

4. Did your parents have to constantly remind you of the guidelines they set for you, or did they just have to LOOK at you as a "gentle" reminder? Oh... the look. That's all it took. There was none of this "I'm telling you for the last time..." stuff. The first time WAS the last time!

5. What are your thoughts about screaming kids in public places? First, it's not the kids' fault. The parents are to blame for not being prepared or putting the child in a situation they can't handle. If a child is overtired or overstimulated, they are going to act out. Small children do not have the internal discipline or skills to handle things like that. If parents want to take their children out to dinner in a restauarant, they should do it early enough that the kids aren't overtired. Either than, or make sure they get a nap beforehand. Either way, if a child starts screaming in a public place, they should be removed. That's only common courtesy for the rest of the public.

6. What do you feel is the BIGGEST mistake parents make when it comes to disciplining children? Inconsistency... first and foremost. What is a child to do when they do something on Monday and the parents are fine with it, maybe even thing it's funny... but they do the same thing on Wednesday and they are yelled out or punished for it. That's not fair, because then the kids don't know what is correct behavior. Not when "correct behavior" is dependant upon the whim of the parent.

If you want to play along, let me know and also leave a comment at Monday Madness

Have a happy Monday.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

And We Have a Winner!

Drum roll, please. The winner of this quarter's BAFABW is my good friend, Gay Walker. Gay, email me your book of choice and I'll get it right out to you! And.. congratulations.

I want to thank all of you who made this contest so much fun. You all gave me some wonderful suggestions for new reads, and I've already started taking advantage of them :-).

Yesterday and today have been very lazy days, in one sense, but very busy days in others. I've been trying to whittle down my TBR list of books for LASR and have three more to go. The one I did yesterday was awesome. The review's not up yet, but suffice it to say I had to force myself at the end of each chapter to get up and get some "housewifely" things accomplished. And... those things HAD to be done. I promise you this, though, you've never seen me clean as fast as I did. I was sooo ready to get back to the story!

I have a bad tendency when I get a book I really enjoy to let everything else take the proverbial trip in a handbasket. And, since we stay so busy with our business, it leaves little time to take care of the regular, run-of-the-mill household chores. Let's not even get started on things like reorganzing the pantry and linen closets! So... I had decided yesterday it was the pantry's turn. Rewarding myself with a new chapter in an exciting book after each shelf was completed turned out the be the way to go. I was able to finish a book I enjoyed (and needed to read for LASR) AND have a freshly organized pantry as well. Not bad for a Saturday's work, huh?

What organizational tips do you have to make household chores go faster?

BAFABW is Back

THIS IS A STICKY NOTE! This post will remain on top until Sunday, July 15. Please scroll down for current posts. Thank you.

... and I nearly missed it! If you aren't familiar with Buy A Friend a Book Week, it's a great opportunity to promote reading and build good karma by buying a friend a book. For the long version, go here.

What with being SO busy getting ready for vacation last week and then BEING on vacation this week, I was about to let one of my favorite events get right away from me. SOOOOO.. better late than never, right? And, because I'm such a sweet, wonderful blogfriend, I'm going to take it upon myself to extend BAFABW for an additional week (also, because with BAFABW coming on a holiday week, a lot of people are away and I want everyone to get a chance to play).

I normally do two things during this time. One, I literally buy a friend a book. So far this year, Lianne and Marianne have been surprised with a book for no good reason. Who will be the lucky recipient this time? That would be telling! So.... until it happens, you'll have to wait. Two, I have a contest. And, this time is no exception. All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post. I'm asking you do one thing special this time. In your comment, tell me what you think my next "must read" book should be and why. That's it. One name will be randomly drawn and will receive their choice of book (up to a $20 value) from Amazon. For my international readers, I'll send you a $20 gift certificate from Amazon.

Now.. get busy commenting. I'm looking forward to getting some great ideas for summer reads!

Also, go by Karen's and Marianne's sites to enter their contests.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday's Feast

Happy Friday the 13th. And, welcome to a new addition of Friday's Feast. Pull up a chair and dig in! Friday's Feast is a meme of five questions cooked up by the chef each and every week. Enjoy!

What is your favorite fruit? My favorite fruit is actually one I haven't eaten in a long time, because I've not found it here. When I lived in Brazil, I was introduced to maracuj√°. Those of you who know me well may recognize the word (minus the accent) as part of my email address. If anyone knows where I can get the golden passionfruit here, please let me know.

Who is someone you consider as a great role model? My mom was my greatest role model when I was a young mom. She raised two girls on a very limited income and did a great job. Whenever we had a few extra dollars, instead of going to the movies or something like that, she would invest in board games. Those we could enjoy more evenings than just one. I tried to be the kind of mom to my kids that my mom was to me.

If you were to spend one night anywhere within an hour of your home, where would you choose? Probably Waycross, just because it's within an hour and only an hour away from Savannah. Then I could go the next morning to visit my friend, Margie.

Main Course
Name something you do too often. Eat. 'Nuff said.

Fill in the blank: I really like ___________ because ____________.
I really like Friday's Feast because I meet really neat people.

If you decide to play along this week, leave a comment here and prepare for company. :-)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Tag-Team Thursday

Hi, everyone. Welcome to the inaugural issue of "Tag-team Thursday," in which I have to give in to people get to participate in memes that friends have tagged me for (and, yes, I know that sentence ends in a prepositions...only now it doesn't because I've put on this parenthetical phrase). And... because I'm tired, with no further ado.... here ya go!

Margaret tagged me to post eight fabulous things about Hubby and me.

1 Our birthdays are exactly two weeks apart.
2 Because of this, we are both Aries.
3 Even though Aries are supposed to be hot-tempered, we've never had an argument.
4 We own our business.
5 We work together every day... all day.
6 When we aren't working, we're usually going to our place in Florida.
7 We enjoy the same kinds of things: boating, fishing, road trips
8 We're each other's best friend, and that says a lot.

I'm tagging Jill and Lianne, because she's NEVER been tagged. Of course, she's a new blogger, but still... and, people, go and say hi to her.


I was ALSO tagged this week by Jill to do the "Four Things About Me" meme.

JC Penney
Teacher at private school
Preschool Teacher

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (with Gene Wilder)
Wizard of Oz

Tifton, GA
Alagoas, Maceio, Brazil
Wake Forest, NC
Port Leoti, Morocco, Africa

Anything with chocolate
Big Mac with extra sauce (I didn't say I ATE it all the time)
Oyster Po' Boy from The Grill in Apalachicola

Eastpoint, FL
Raleigh, NC
Apalachicola, FL
in bed

Lianne... isn't she the luckiest thing? Two tags :-)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

This Could Be...

the contest of the year. Did you want to get an IPhone, but didn't want to (a)face the crowd or (b)spend the money? I have to admit, I'm in that last category! I'd rather save my money for books and prizes for my contests!

Well... now I have the chance to win a free iphone! No.. really! Check the date... it's not April 1. This is NO joke.

One of the key elements of internet marketing is giving away freebies. We've all seen them in stores. They give away samples. They give away free pens. You name it, it's been given away (heck, even blogs give away books!) Well, as a way of promoting his new project, Bunkers Paradise, where you can find some great reviews on golf equipment as well as a host of other things to improve your golf game, he's giving away a free iphone.

And.. you can do enter too. All you have to do is follow a few simple rules and tell about a few sites, like PinkDeals.net which is provides a free online coupon for many stores on the Internet. I've checked the site out and there are some good deals there.

Here are the rules for the contest, blatantly stolen from his own site:

All you have to do to enter this contest is post about this contest in your blog or write about it somewhere on your website. Here are the linking rules:

Write a short blurb on your blog using the following links:

Link to MrGaryLee.com using “internet marketing” & this Post using “free iphone“
Linke to BunkersParadise.com (my new project) using the anchor text “Golf Equipment“
Link to PinkDeals.net using the anchor text “free online coupon“

Now... I'm off to let him know I'm in the contest and then I have to get ready for work. Have a great Tuesday.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Tuesday Twosome

After a long, hard, hot day working my brain is mush. So... I present to you this meme meme courtesy of Tuesday Twosome. Yes, I know it's still Monday, but I wanted to get a head start. So, sue me :-)

1. How many memes do you do weekly and what are they? It depends on the week. I normally try to do Friday's Feast. Some of the other memes I do irregularly include Monday Madness,Thursday Threesome,Unconscious Mutterings, Blog Fodder and Randomness.

2. How do you find new memes and do you share them with other internet bloggers? I either Google for them, or I steal them from other bloggers :-) And, of course I share... isn't that what blogging is all about?

3. What are the two main reasons you do memes? One of the reasons I do memes is that after working all day, or doing edits, it seems like my creativity is, let's say, limited. A meme gives me something to start from... a writing prompt, if you will. AND, if you like writing prompts, check out Bone and his "Three Word Wednesday."

4.If you can recall, what are the two funniest meme questions you have ever answered? I can hardly recall what I wrote on my blog YESTERDAY! So, sorry.. no fantastic answer for this question, I'm afraid.

5.Do other peoples’ answers influence your answers and your thoughts of that person? I don't normally read other people's answers on the weekly memes until after I have done my own, so for that part of the question the answer is "no." Do their answers influence my thoughts of that person? Of course, but that's not a bad thing. Every post I read from every blogger goes to letting me know more about that person. And, I think that's what blogging is all about. Getting to know one another and creating community.

If you want to play along, leave a comment at this week's Tuesday Twosome.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

A Contest from Kailani

Don't forget to go to Kailani's and vote in the Bloggy Hoss Contest, if you haven't already.

And, speaking of Kailani, did you know she has a new blog, in addition to An Island Life? Her new blog is An Island Review. To celebrate this new and special review blog, she is giving away something really super cool. And, all you have to do to win is go to here, leave a comment telling her why you want to win the bling, and post about her contest on your blog.

What is the pretty, you ask? Well, ask no more... here it is:

But hurry. The contest ends July 13.

And... just because I know you are dying to find out... here's just HOW addicted to this thing called "blogging" I am:

61%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

Mingle2 - Online Dating

Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Voting Has Started

Go here to cast your vote in the Bloggy Hoss Award. It may be possible for you to cast a vote every day, so give it a try. AND.... this post will show you the awesome button the winner gets to post on their site. Is that super cool or what?

Okay... enough with the pimping for today. I need to save some enthusiasm for the rest of the contest, 'cause believe me... I will be reminding you!


We returned home from our vacation yesterday, My friend, Lianne, asked how long the drive home was. My response: "If we leave here and drive directly home, it's a three and a half hour trip. We can sometimes make it in as little as six or seven."

What can I say? We like to see new things and find new ways to go. Now, if there's an emergency or we HAVE to be somewhere at a certain time or for a special event, we can do it. But, it's not what we prefer. Traveling that way reminds me of when I was a kid and I would travel with my grandparents to see my cousins. My grandfather was the type of driver who just wanted to get there. He wouldn't stop for anything except to eat and get gas. Eons ago, when I was a kid, there weren't fast food places on every corner (yeah.. I know... and we didn't have computers either! or cable TV! You know... the dark ages???) If we had a long trip, we packed sandwiches. Anyway, I digress. The deal was... if you needed to potty... you do it when we stop for gas. Period. If you missed that window or opportunity (or, as was much more likely, you had to go AGAIN before the car needed gas) you were up the proverbial creek. So... traveling with a man who not only doesn't mind frequent potty stops, but also who likes to stop just to look at something interesting in a small town, is a treat!

Speaking of interesting things. If you are ever in Pelham, Georgia, and want to know how far you are from... say, Casablanca, the citizens have made it easy for you.

We went through towns with interesting names: Cotton and Sale City, to name a couple.(Sorry, Cotton, I know you are a real location, but the Internet didn't want to cooperate). I wanted to go to Climax, because of this, but Bob said we needed to actually try to go somewhat in the direction of home. And, we also managed to miss Two Egg, Florida. Bob doesn't know it yet, but our next trip down to the coast is going to be routed through there! I have to get pictures to share with y'all.

Anyway, we're back home. I have a bit of laundry to do and a lot of yard work to catch up on, a short story to do last edits on AND a novella to do last edits on before they are submitted on Monday. Keep your fingers crossed... nah, don't do that. It's awful hard to vote with crossed fingers!

Friday, July 06, 2007

I Would Like to Thank the Academy

Or, at least Kailani of An Island Life. She is sponsoring a most awesome contest: The Bloggy Hoss Election. And, thanks to unnamed and unknown persons in the blogosphere, I was nominated under the category "Brainiest." Yeah, I know... I'm shaking my head too! You can go here to see the proof, though!

Voting for the Bloggy Hoss Award will start tomorrow, July 7, and will continue until Tuesday, July 10. Am I shamefully going to pimp my blog and say please vote for me? You bet your bippy I am (and how many of you remember where THAT classic is from?) Not only am I going to ask you to vote for me, I'm going to ask you to ask your readers to come vote for me! I'm nothing if not shameless. Just ask my friend, Marianne, who has shared with the whole world that I chat while I'm naked under my pajamas!

Seriously, folks, I am deeply honored to be in such distinguished company and am humbled by the thought that people thought enough of my blog to nominate me. Thank you all... whoever you are.

Now... don't forget... voting starts tomorrow! :-)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Oh, the Shame of It ALL

Online Dating

Mingle2 - Online Dating


What Kind of Cult Movie are you?

You are a cheesy children's movie. You love holidays (especially Christmas),are still young at heart.
Take this quiz!

Quizilla |

| Make A Quiz | More Quizzes | Grab Code

AND, to add insult to injury, I never get really cool "Google search keywords." I was talking to my friend, Marianne about it yesterday and when I told her some of the search words I was found under, she actually yawned!!!!

I'm a ROMANCE writer, for Pete's sake (I wonder who the original Pete was and what good that comment does for his sake). I even have a "romance writer picture" picked out for my book when it gets pubhised. See:

So, Marianne and I decided we needed to spice up my site. We did some brainstorming and came up with some ideas.

So, to further the cause of spiciness, I wanted to share with you over the next week or so some stories of my life. Let's see if we can get this rating up a bit while still remaining family-friendly. And, I want to see what kind of hits I get from Google after them. :-) Sneaky, I know.

As most of you know, I lived three years in Brazil teaching English. Now, (to state an obvious fact) I am American... and southern American to boot (not to be confused with Southern American... wait, I guess that would actually be South American, wouldn't it? Okay... never mind).

Anyway... in case you DON'T know. American English is not the only English spoken in the world. It's been said that America and England are "two nations separated by a common language." This was brought home to me in a significant way on my first day of teaching English at Cultura Inglesa, a British language school, in Maceio, Alagoas.

I was teaching a class in Intermediate children. They were eight- ten years old and had taken English about four years. One of the boys came up to me and said, "Teacher, can I borrow a rubber?" You would be proud of me. I kept my cool... knowing in my mind this child did NOT just ask me for a condom in the middle of class. BUT... I was blank. What DID he want, if not a condom? So, I asked, "What do you need it for?" Very matter-of-factly he said, "I need to rub out a mistake on my paper." A big sigh of relief. An eraser I could handle! That was the first... but by no means the last... incident of learning first-hand the differences between American and British English.

I'll be sharing more over the next week or so, so stay tuned in.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Greetings from Florida

We're on vacation at our place on the coast and having a wonderfully relaxing time. We've been out fishing several times and have enjoyed some afternoon summer showers.

While we were out fishing today, we came upon an unusual (for me) sight. Our boat was surrounded by hundreds of jellyfish. I wish I'd had my camera, but we don't take it on the boat (and if you could see my book you'd understand why! It's in the oven now trying to dry out...lol). It looked like we were floating in a sea of softballs! Soft, gelitanious(is that a word?), floaty softballs. It was interesting to see them. Apparently those are not the stingy kind, but I didn't take any chances. I also didn't feel the need to bring any home and try to cook them.... although the website I linked to said they were edible, I didn't feel the need to find out.

We also saw about four large stingrays swimming off to the side of our boat. They were awesome. They looked to be about 18" apart from wingtip to wingtip.

A whole lot of fishing was done, but not a lot of catching... and no "keepers." The final score was 7 hardhead catfish, 4 ladyfish, and 2 speckled trout(too small to keep, darn it!)

Now... off to do some errands, cause even at the shore there are things to do, places to go and people to see....