Friday, September 25, 2015

Funny Friday Photos: Bumping Belugas and Grinning Guinea Pigs

Now that I have your attention, I'll say:

Happy Friday!

I've finished with reverse outlining Through the Fairy Ring, and have started cleaning up notes and rewriting the parts that need rewritten. I feel better about the ending. I was worried, but reading it in context with the rest of the book, it actually seems like a pretty good one.

Oh! This weekend is my birthday weekend, and for fun I marked down Finding Meara. It's free on Barnes and Noble, i-tunes and Kobo, and only .99 on Amazon. I wanted to go free there, but they wouldn't let me. I'm hoping maybe the bots will notice it free on the other channels, and then mark it down. Anyway, if you want to check out the book, this might be the weekend/week to do so.

Last week's funniest photo was:

Here's some new photos for you!

It took me a moment.

I found this on Pinterest, but couldn't trace it back to the original posting, so I'm hoping it's okay to have shared it.

More like a slug, actually.

It's important to have fun at work.


I may have shared this before, but it's so cute it doesn't hurt to share again.

All righty! I hope you all have a great, fun, relaxing weekend.

My favorite is Grinny Pig. The pun is so perfect.

What's your favorite?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Funny Friday Photos: Sexy Pugs

Happy early Friday!

I actually finished the post early, so I decided to go ahead and publish it, instead of waiting for Friday.

This week I found my new musical obsession! This really is me:

Boy 1 started cello lessons last week, and Boy 2 started piano lessons this week. I searched for cello music in Spotify to try to show Boy 1 how beautiful the cello is and what it sounds like. I found all that and more in a cello group (are two people a group?) called 2CELLOS. Has anyone heard of them?

If you haven't, watch the video below, to the end. It was hard to choose a video to introduce them to you, because I like so many (Celloverse!). Several of the songs I put on my Adven/Realm playlist in Spotify, because they feel like the Realm to me. I shared the one below (Trooper Overture) because it clearly shows the connection of classical instruments with rock music, and that's how I see the connection between the Realm and Adven.

They play a cover of Michael Jackson's They Don't Care About Us, and the push and pull of the music matches the theme of Through the Fairy Ring, where Hazel is caught between Fairy and Pixie politics. The inspiration for the story came from the last presidential race, after all.

The last is Benedictus which reminds me of a specific scene in Through the Fairy Ring between Hazel and her children. So, I hope you enjoy the video. If you get lured away, be sure to come back and tell me what you think!

Last week's winner for funniest video was (overwhelmingly):

On to the new photos!

Just covering all bases.

That is truly animal cruelty!!

A scene from a bad horror film!

Just looking at it makes me uncomfortable.

She becomes middle-aged Barbie.


The sexy pug wins it for me. He reminds me of a student I had a few years ago. He wore polo shirts like that and he thought he was all that and more. The pug's smug expression matches his perfectly.

What's your favorite?
Did you like the 2CELLOS?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Esmay's Sacrifice: An Adven/Realm Tale

Here it is, the first story of the Adven/Realm short stories. Click on the image, and it should take you to Wattpad, where you can read the entire tale. Thanks again to Suzi Retzlaff for being the first, and thanks to Kathy Schwab and Liane McIlwaine for not letting her be the last by playing Build-A-Story with me as well.  Be on the lookout for the next Adven/Realm Tale very soon!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Funny Friday Photos: Friendly Smiles

Here it is, Friday again. This week was over before I even realized it'd started!

I hope you all had a wonderful week. My week began with feeding giraffes at the Colorado Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO. I can't think of any cooler way to begin a week. It was so fun. Those tongues are long, though! Kind of freaky when they're reaching toward you, trying to get the lettuce. One kept licking my arm.

The first draft of the short story for Suzi Weiland-Retzlaff is completed. I just need to make it pretty now, so I should make the deadline of Monday. Be on the look-out for the link!

I lost about four days of the week to visiting my in-laws (which is why we were in Colorado), so I'm finally getting back to editing, too.

Last week's favorite photo was:

Thanks a bunch to Suzi, Joe, Veronica, David and Lexa for your continued visits and comments. :)

Here's this week's photos:

Um, eew?

We all have someone to fangirl over.

I'd say he did it.


Boy 2 adores pugs and begged me to include this photo.

My favorite is the cat making the dog smile, but I really like the puddle of evil, too.

What's your favorite?
Did you do anything unusual this past week?

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Funny Friday Photos: Extreme Childproofing

Happy Friday!

Yes, this was me tonight. The top picture is when I was at my mother's house with the boys right after school. The second is from when we got home until bedtime. I have a headache. Homework is from the devil, designed to destroy a family's center and balance, I swear. And, while there are no excuses for my lack of patience, I am a human being, too. Yeesh.

Okay, so let's get down to business. Thank you to Joe, Veronica, David, LG, Cindy, Suzi and Lexa for commenting last week and being so supportive! You're the best!

I owe Suzi a little extra thanks, because she's willing to try out my crazy Build-A-Story idea. I'm hoping that, after I write her story, others will be willing to give it a try.

The way it works is a person chooses one from each category, and then I write a story around it. I wrote short stories (including the ones that were published) by picking random cards of a character type, a verb, and a setting, and it was really fun and challenging. I thought this might be a way to continue writing while I'm editing, and have some fun with everyone at the same time. I'll post here with the link when I put the stories up on Wattpad, if you want to see how they turn out.

If you'd like to play the game, comment your choices below and I'll start a list. I am hoping to do one a week, if they stay flash-fiction size. If the story grows beyond 1000 words, it might take a little longer. If no one else wants to play, then I'll just draw my own details, so there will still be stories written.

Rude library got the most mentions, so I'm naming it the winner for last week!

On to the new photos:

Today I actually had to double-check "pick" because it just didn't look right.
And notice, they mispelled easy. Do you think that was planned?

Maybe that's actually the opening to the American Wizard School like Hogwarts.

Because I'm so gullible I don't usually like pranks, but this really does seem funny.


My favorite is the goat with tennis balls on its head. Something about it just is funny.

Do you have a favorite?


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