Monday, January 23, 2017

Movies I Won’t Be Watching

While watching the game that won’t be mentioned (grumble, grumble…I hate the Patriots…grumble, grumble), there were a couple of movie previews that made me go…WHA?

The first one was of CHiPS.

I loved that series. I grew up with that series. I lived in the land of CHiPS. Now it’s a comedy. A comedy! Really? Gosh, can’t people think up new stuff anymore? Which leads me to the other movie preview I saw during that horrible, horrible game.

Kong: Skull Island.

Have there not been enough King Kong movies? Create a dang new monster, will you? Like the killer stink bug or something.

Because stink bugs…. UGH! I hate those things!

And yes, I did find one in my house last week. Why do you ask? J

So… What movie do you refuse to watch that’s coming out this year?

Happy Monday and Go Falcons! (**sniff, sniff**)


Friday, January 20, 2017

An Anniversary, an Interview, and a Synopsis

Forty-one years ago today I joined the U.S. Army. Boy, was I young or what? FYI: I was young. 18 years old. Found this picture that was taken during basic training. That crooked hat cracks me up!

And to think a little over two and half years later I met Hubby. Wouldn't have happened if I hadn't joined. Well, re-enlisted. Met him during my second tour.

Yesterday Abbie Roads posted an interview she did with me (Author on the Couch). You can read it here Go on over and comment and you’ll be in the running for an e-copy of Blind Temptation. I don’t know when the name will be drawn. Probably Monday. Yeah, Monday sounds good. J

Yesterday I also submitted Ghostly Interlude to my editor at Lyrical Press. Now I need to write a synopsis! Gosh, it’s been like forever since I last wrote one. I had PLANNED to write it during my little writing break, but you can see how that went. Haha!

So it looks like that’s what I’ll be doing today. Just another day to cut into my WIP. Of course, my WIP is also suffering because I’ve been hosting the Sizzle and Sass page all week. Facebook will kill time faster than anything. I swear!

I probably shouldn’t have made my goal to write 3000 words this week. I should have seen what was coming.

What else came? Books I promised to judge. And I can’t take credit for reading these books on Goodreads (or here) until after the contest winners have been announced. That’s not so bad, really, because I’ll eventually get credit. It’s just that I’ll be doing a little more reading than I thought. And reading has been a problem lately.

Sometimes I think my brain is out to get me. Or would that be my muse? Whatever it is, every time I start to read, my mind keeps going back to my WIP. How I can fix it. How I can make it better. What this character could do. So on and so on. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to re-read paragraphs. It’s very annoying.

So… Do you think I should just stop working on my WIP while I get my reading assignments finished? I don’t know if I can do that. And I don’t think stopping will get my mind to stop wandering over there. And truthfully, I’m glad my mind IS wandering over there. I was afraid it wouldn’t. I was afraid this story wasn’t working. I’m not feeling that fear so much anymore. But I sure am feeling the frustration when I can’t find the time to work on my WIP. Arrrgh!

Have a great Friday and hopefully I’ll see you over at Abbie’s!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday Reads and my Curse is BROKEN!

That’s right. My curse is broken! Monday the Penguins game was on NBCSN (much to my surprise—I don’t get the paper anymore, so I don’t notice when games are on TV). I asked my daughter if I was allowed to watch it with her. She said I was good. The Capitals were on a long winning streak, so she wouldn’t blame me if the Penguins didn’t break that.

But they did. They broke the Capitals win streak. And I WATCHED it. Yay! But man, what a messy game that was. And very nerve wracking. 

Here’s what I read the past week:

Dates read: January 4-11
Title: “Wicked Ride”
Year of publication: 2015
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: The Realm Enforcers #1
# of Pages: 278
Paper or plastic: Paper
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Book: Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.
Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayheim. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…
My thoughts: When I first saw this new series, I took one look at the bike on the cover and said “no.” I’m not into motorcycle club stories (even though I am reading one such series, but they’re vampires). Then I found out the characters were the witches from the Dark Protector series. Well, then. Sold! I still think Ms. Zanetti’s heroes can be a little too alpha, but I’m getting used to it. Lots of sexy romance makes all the difference. I look forward to reading the rest of this series and have them on my wish list.

So… Have you ever felt cursed? Did it finally resolve itself?

Happy Reading!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Shopping and Selling

I was shopping in Walmart the other day and got stopped by a young girl. I knew she was selling something, just not what at the time, but I obliged and answered her questions (because apparently I didn’t have anything else better to do!).

Young Girl: What provider do you have for your TV?

Me: Time Warner.

YG: How long have you been with them?

Me: Twenty years (actually, it’s been longer, but I went by how long we’ve lived in our current home).

YG: Wow. How many televisions do you have?

Me: Three.

YG: You have one DVR?

Me: No. Three.

YG: Three? How about your phone?

Me: Yes, and internet.

This is when I noticed the little sign on the table behind her: DirectTV.

YG: Would you be—

Me: No. I’m not switching providers. So forget it.

YG: May I ask why?

Me: I don’t want satellite TV.

YG: Because you think you’ll lose the signal during bad weather?

Me: Because I KNOW I’ll lose the signal during bad weather.

She tried to tell me their system is better now. I counter attacked that I didn’t believe her, since many restaurants have DirectTV and lose their signal during a storm. She said they probably have the old equipment.

Probably? Yeah, right. I walked away while she thanked me for my time. Sometimes I’m glad to be stubborn.

Did you watch any of the football games? Talk about stressful. So glad to see Seattle and Dallas gone! Yay for the Steelers!! But man, that was just tooooo close!

I’m hosting Sizzle and Sass on Facebook this week. If you’re there, please say hi! I could use the likes and comments. It gets kind of lonely at times.

So… How do you watch your TV? Do you think someone could sell you to change?

Happy Monday!


Friday, January 13, 2017

It Can’t Be Me…Can It?

After the last couple of days, I’m starting to develop a complex. It’s gotten so bad even my daughter threatened me.

What’s happening? you ask.

Well… you see… I have yet to WATCH the Penguins win a game this season.

Not just in person, but on TV, too.

On Wednesday their game was on NBCSN (which is usually the only way I can see them play). I was all excited until they started losing. And losing badly. Ah, but Daughter was going to her friend’s house on Thursday (they have the NHL package) and Hubby was teaching. I was finally able to go with her. The Penguins haven’t lost two games in a row since last year. I was finally going to see them win!

Okay, so now they’ve lost two games in a row since 90 games ago. NINETY. GAMES.

I’d hate to think I was the cause of the Penguins losing, but Daughter told me that if we don’t break this cycle (and I have tickets to three upcoming games: 1 in Columbus, 2 in Pittsburgh), that I wouldn’t be allowed (ALLOWED!) to watch them play for the Stanley Cup.

Man, that would just suck. But I’d certainly HATE to be the reason they lost. Not that that’s possible. Right?


So… Are you the superstitious type? I’d like to say I’m not, but I’m a sports fan. There’s always superstition about!

Happy Friday the Thirteenth! Is this a good luck day or what? Hahahahaha!