Sunday, November 19, 2017


During National Novel Writing Month I like to update my word count on the official website throughout daily writing time. Yesterday I entered the wrong number and didn’t notice until later, when I found this:

Do you think I could write fifty thousand words between November 18 and the thirtieth?


I don’t think so. But believe me, some folks I’ve met could.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Impulse Buy

On a normal day I find it quite easy to ignore advertisements online. Then Facebook showed an ad for this dress. I couldn’t resist, and hope the outfit doesn't look too much like a costume.
I Do Need Some New Clothes...
I ordered the dress a size larger than is hopefully (!) needed because I’ll likely need to have it altered for length, anyway, since I’m quite petite. And so I decided to go bigger in case the sizing runs small. Too many times I’ve ordered clothing online and found the fit snug (even shoes!).

The garment also comes in blue, purple, and green in place of the orange. Do you think I made the right choice?


Friday, November 17, 2017

Bogart’s, Here I Come

My newest favorite rock band Palaye Royale is currently in France. Meanwhile, the other day they announced 2018 US tour dates. On March 29th they are coming to Bogart’s, a venue in Cincinnati, Ohio.

I’m so stoked.

I thought they would be headlining, but instead Pop Evil (whom I saw open for Avenged Sevenfold) is the headlining act. That’s okay, I plan to haunt PR’s merchandising table after their set concludes.

Cleveland, Fort Wayne, and Even Detroit Aren't That Far
Hmmm... Road Trip, Anyone?
Is it creepy for a middle aged woman to want to hang out with guys in their late twenties?

Update: Twenty-five minutes, three reboots, one headache, and an anxiety attack later I have my e-ticket to see Palaye Royale open for Pop Evil. Geez. I think I preferred standing in the snow to receive a proper paper ticket to fumbling with all this stupid tech. I can't even print the darn thing out and will have to take my partner's smart phone to the show.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Comma Comma Comma Comma Comma Chameleon

Sorry about the bad pun for those of you familiar with the music of Boy George. And thanks to whoever created this meme.

Do you prefer the Oxford or standard comma?


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Introducing My Favorite OC

Nearing the mid point of National Novel Writing Month is always a bit of a big deal to us participating novelists. As I type I’m planning to attend a gathering at the lavish new city library (actually a day early on Tuesday, November 14th). I look forward to seeing what all the hype is about!

In the meantime, our great municipal liaisons are making the effort to keep us all motivated. And in honor of the midway party, one of these kind ladies asked for a brief introduction to our favorite original character. So, I decided to share here, as well.

Nickolas Sean Angelus Gravan is half Greek, half Irish, and one thousand percent rockstar aspiring werewolf. He sings me to sleep with the voice of Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode and haunts my dreams.

Nick Gravan, Rocker Extraordinaire
Lead Guitarist & Backing Vocalist of BloodMoon
Would you like to meet him?


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jezebel Vs. the Devil Duck

My writing buddy Jezebel is not the most inspiring when it comes to telling story. But the other day I just had to laugh when she started bounding around on the guest bed to get attention. I managed to grab my camera and capture some of her antics.

The Mighty Huntress
These are both stills from video taken. Below is her prey.

The Devil Duck
Sorry the video could not be directly embedded but the size was too large and I didn’t want to trim anything. Worse, the soundtrack is bad. I didn’t realize my partner’s video from down the hall was competing with my Metallica album. ~shakes head~ If you take time to click and watch, I hope you enjoy.

What’s your favorite distraction from the task at hand?


Monday, November 13, 2017

Positive Sparks Monday - A Word From the Wise

David Bowie was a great musician and also quite the philosopher. I like many of his numerous quotes from over the years. This one just speaks to the spirit of the day.

“I've never responded well to entrenched negative thinking.” – David Bowie

Thanks to Brainy Quote for this. And to the lovely Annie of McGuffy's Reader for starting the sparks idea. Let's all try to bring a little positive energy into the world!

What's your favorite David Bowie stage persona?