“What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?”

The song currently stuck in my head is “Say Something” by A Great Big World. The other day I was listening to this song and realized how much it symbolized Lola’s and Stephane’s relationship in “Reign”.

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’ll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere, I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

Say something, I’m giving up on you
And I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
And anywhere, I would have followed you
Oh, oh, oh, oh say something, I’m giving up on you

I love “Reign”, though I still have to finish watching it (currently rewatching Downton Abbey with my daughter). I actually almost started crying when I realized the correlation between the song on Lola’s relationship with Stephane. This song is powerful in so many ways.


This post is inspired by 365 Days of Writing Prompts from The Daily Post.


A Book You Loved and One You Didn’t

The 30-Day Writing Challenge asks “A Book You Loved and One You Didn’t”.

A story I enjoyed (and the one that made me read) was “Her Royal Destiny” by Carol Maxwell Eady.  It’s a historical romance regarding Queen Katherine Parr who outlived King Henry VIII.  I read this tale when I was in middle school.  It caused me to become absorbed in in the life of Henry VIII and I imagine myself somewhat of an authority on his spouses.


The novel I didn’t care for was a more recent read called “Baltimore Blues” by Laura Lippman.  So terribly penned, I couldn’t give a damn for any of the characters.  I’m astonished that the author turned out twelve books for the series.  I pray she delved more into the construction of her characters in her recent books and devoted less time on the “fine art of rowing”.


Spirit Animal

Talk Tuesday!

If you had a “spirit animal” that wasn’t an animal, what would yours be? (Pretty sure mine’s a burrito in case anyone asks, but no one is and I could be totally wrong). And what would you think some of your fellow bloggers’ “spirit animals (that aren’t animals)” are?


Privately, I believe my real spirit animal is a tiger.  But, what would it be if it wasn’t an animal?  A novel?  But which novel?  The ones that come to mind are Mercedes Lackey’s Last Herald Mage trilogy.  They could be my spirit animal in non-animal form.


Supposing that we desired to have fun with this, it could be Dr. Pepper or even wine.  Why not?  I enjoy both.




Or a stuffed animal?  The stuffed bunny my daughter gifted me so I’d have something to snuggle with when I sleep.  (Can I tell you a secret?  I snuggle with that bunny every night.  It’s a wonderful cuddler!)


Too many options to choose from and I’m afraid I am not acquainted with my fellow bloggers well enough to predict theirs.  But I am looking forward to their posts to see what they consider their “animals”.


Bucket List

My daughter bought me this wonderful book called “500 Writing Prompts” for Mother’s Day.  So far I haven’t used it, but decided I would start today.  One of the prompts is: Name the top ten things on your bucket list.  In the process of doing this, I managed to find a really cool website.  Check it out:  Bucketlist

From what I can tell, the use of the term “Bucket List” as a list of things you want to do before you die originated with the 2007 movie “The Bucket List” starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.


I’ve never really thought about what my personal bucket list would contain, but thought I would give it a shot now.  Here is a list of the top ten things on my bucket list:

  1. I would love to go to the U.K. before I die.  It’s a very expensive trip, so it’s not as easy as it sounds.
  2. Own a house.  I know this sounds like something that most people can do, but my finances are not the best in the world and I have never owned my own house.
  3. Have a book published and have it be a bestseller.  Let’s face it, we are all writers here, so I’m sure everyone has this on their bucket list if they haven’t already achieved it.
  4. I would love to go on a road trip across the country where it’s not about the destination, but about the journey to get there.  One where I wouldn’t have to worry about how long the trip takes or about how much it costs.
  5. Take a cooking class.  I know how to make the basics, but I would like to learn how to make new things.
  6. Go skydiving.  I probably will have a heart attack during it, but I wouldn’t mind trying it at least once in my life.
  7. Learn how to write Gallifreyan.  (For those who don’t know, this is the language of the Time Lords from Doctor Who.)
  8. Would like to see both my kids be successful in whatever they want to do.
  9. Attend San Diego Comic Con at least one time.  (It’s expensive to go there.)
  10. Meet David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and John Barrowman.

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