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text 2018-09-12 11:30
Facts About Me: All Time Favourite Reads

MM has become my favourite genre in recent years. I happen to read it more than MF fiction, but I started with MF fiction, so this edition is all about the MF favourites that kickstarted my love of reading.

 

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Awakened By Blood, Marie Treanor

No. of Books: 3

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance

 

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Dark/Carpathian, Christine Feehan

No. of Books: 29

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance

 

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Cornelius Quaint Chronicles, Darren Craske

No. of Books: 5

Genre: Historical, Crime, Mystery

 

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Amelia Peabody, author

No. of Books: 19

Genre: Historical, Mystery, Crime

 

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Ramses, the Damned, Anne Rice

No. of Books: 2

Genre: Historical, Paranormal

 

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The Colorado Kid, Stephen King

Genre: Historical, Crime, Mystery

 

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Tremontaine, Ellen Kushner

No. of Seasons: 3

Genre: Historical, Steampunk-ish, Mystery, Family-Saga

 

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The Caster Chronicles, Kami Garcia

No. of Books: 4

Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Paranormal

 

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Elders and Welders Chronicles, Margaret Foxe

No. of Books: 3

Genre: Historical, Steampunk, Mystery

 

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Chadash Chronicles, David G. Johnson

No. of Books: 4

Genre: Historical, Alt. World, Magic

 

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Vinyl Tiger, Dave Di Vito

Genre: Contemporary, Saga, Autobiographical

 

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Mythos Christos, Edwin Herbert

No. of Books: 1 (so far)

Genre: Historical/Contemporary, Split-Time, Mystery, Adventure

 

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The Devil's Prayer, Luke Gracias

Genre: Historical/Contemporary, Mystery, Split-Time

 

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text 2018-09-11 11:05
OT: 40 Questions and Answers

1. Is trust a big issue for you?
Yes
2. What is the last beverage you had?
Since tap water and mineral water probably don’t count, I’ll say tea.
3. Do you own a pair of skinny jeans?
Haha. No.
4. Do you think you’ll change in the next three months?
Yes.
5. Who do you feel most comfortable talking to?
My sister.
6. The last time you felt broken?
Sadly enough almost all the time.
7. Are you in a good mood?
At the moment yes, at least in an ok mood.
8. Are your eyes the same color as your dad’s?
My dad is dead, but yes. 
9. Is your current hair color your natural hair color?
Yes, but I’m considering dyeing it blue or green.
10. What was the last thing that made you laugh?
My children’s antics. 
11. Do you really truly miss someone right now?
Yes, my maternal grand parents, my dad and my aunt.
12. Are you one of those people who never drinks soda?
Yes.
13. Do you ever write in pencil anymore?
In the past years, not for a long time, but actually this past year, I’ve been making some notes about my children and my nieces in a very cute calendar.
14. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes.
15. Who did you last call?
My mother.
16. Did you hug/kiss one of your parents today?
No. I don’t get along with my mother.
17. Who was the last person to call you?
Probably my sister.
18. Ever use a bow and arrow?
Yes.
19. Last time you had a portrait taken by a photographer?
When my sister graduated from high school. I didn’t want to be in the photos and looked grumpy in them.
20. Is Christmas stressful?
Yes.
21. Have you ever had a pierogi?
Yes. I hope that’s the correct spelling. I found these questions on Tumblr.
22. Favorite type of fruit pie?
I mostly have apple pie so I’ll pick that.
23. Occupations you wanted to be as a kid.
Archaeologist, astronaut (lol).
24. Do you believe in ghosts?
I’m not sure.
25. Ever had a déja vu feeling?
Yes, many times.
26. Do you take a vitamin every day?
Yes. Vitamin B12. I had a deficiency and nearly died.
27. Have you ever taken dancing lessons?
Yes, classical ballet. Not seriously, just simple dancing for small children. But I did get to play the king in Sleeping Beauty at the end of term.
28. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse having?
I’ve been thinking about that a lot. It’s hard to guess at an unlikely future, unfortunately, but maybe an archivist, librarian, teacher, architect or engineer.
29. Can you curl your tongue?
Yes.
30. Have you ever won a spelling bee?
We don’t have them but I might have won if we did. When we had spelling tests I usually aced them. Not that I want to boast about it. School was really bad for me. Like in a really good Swedish song: ’real life killed me on the school bus’. It was like that except I never went on a school bus. For me it should be in the school yard or in the class room.
31. Do you study better with or without music? 
Without.
32. Have you ever been in love?
Yes.
33. Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea. 
34. Tea or coffee?
Tea.
35. Can you swim well?
I used to but I haven’t done it in a long time. They say those skills don’t last.
36. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Of course.
37. Are you patient?
Yes.
38. Have you ever won a contest?
Yes, an art contest in high school.
39. Black or green olives?
Black.
40. Do you want to get married?
Yes, if I could find ’Mr Right’.

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text 2018-09-05 11:30
Facts About Me: Cancer

You know those cancer memes that people share? The ones that are all “only X-amount of people will share this and I know who they are. Only the ones who care will repost/share”? Yeah, those ones. I HATE them. With a passion.

I have unfriended and even blocked people for this. I HAD cancer myself, and have lost 4 family members, and 3 of my mother's best friends to it, so anyone who sends that rot my way is getting blackballed so hard! No PM's, no tag's, no posting to my profile. If I see it, it's the last time they see me on FB! I lay it out for all of them, no matter how close we are - instead of posting this crap that no one wants to see, go and DONATE to an actual cancer charity, give blood, hold a fundraiser, ask for donations, hold a coffee morning. DO something that will actually help!

And, in case you didn't notice...I'm passionate. Ranty, some might say ;) But, when I believe in something and when I want to fight for something, I go all out. I don't believe in half-assing anything that you really care about.

 

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text 2018-08-29 11:30
Facts About Me: Regrets

My amazing FB-friend Ben asked on his page once; what is it that you wished you HAD done that you didn't? What do you regret NOT doing?

The question was an amazing moment of self-discovery for me. It made me think about things that I hadn't thought about of a while.

Me? I wish I'd been more outgoing. I've always been an introvert, despite everyone claiming I was the glue that held my group of friends together all throughout school. I never knew that was who I was, that they thought *I* was the confident, crazy, unpredictable one. I wish I'd known that was who I used to be, so that I could have enjoyed it and properly experienced it, instead of always wishing I was the other person in our group - the one with all the attention and the boyfriends, the good looks, the popularity. I wish I had been more confident in myself and hadn't been so scared to let myself be the centre of attention. I was about 25 before I really looked at myself and turned into who I am, the one who can say "I have zero f*cks to give for what anyone thinks about me", "I am who I am and I love me". I wish I could have been that person before the cancer, before I lost my mobility and my social life. Now, I make the best of what I've got in case I lose it, and I am better for the change, but I'd still like to not be so afraid of putting myself out there and saying "here I am!"

 

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text 2018-08-22 11:30
Facts About Me: Writing Habits

I've had a lot of people tell me, over the years, that my writing schedule is unrealistic. They give a lot of reasons, but I know what works for me and what doesn't. So, here's a list of my do's and don't's for myself:

 

Do's

  • write for as long as I have the inspiration
  • make time for writing, when I'm in the mood, rather than watching the TV
  • make a cover before I start writing
  • have my start, at the least, planned out

 

Don't

  • write if I'm not feeling it
  • force a story when it's not working
  • plan the story from A-B, every inch, before I start writing
  • let distractions get in the way - no music, TV, background noise

 

I'm not a planner, at all. I'm a pantser and it works for me. I've written an entire book in 8 days, I've written a book in one month, and I've got some stories that have been works in progress for years. It's all a matter of having the time to get it done, being uninterrupted, and having the inspiration to get from start to finish.

So often, I've had the amazing flow of inspiration to write a book, but I've had to put it aside to meet other deadlines. Or, while writing a book that I'm 100% into, I'll get the inspiration for another book, which totally takes my mind away, distracting me. And that's all it takes to get a book from partway done to sitting untouched for months on end.

There have been times where I've written a book so quickly - in a matter of days or weeks - and I get to the halfway point, when I suddenly burn out. I lack the inspiration to keep going, I know the ending perfectly (which ruins the flow, for me) or I have another deadline interrupt, and suddenly I have a half completed book that gets abandoned and left for months, maybe even years, without being completed.

 

Here are a couple of in-the-works projects:

 

 

You may notice that some of these books are part of a series. That's my curse: I often get 1 or 2 books in a series flooded out of me, but then I get distracted, redirected, or busy, and it all comes crashing down.

 

Either way, I love being able to take my time with a story, to get it right and to work on the story until I'm happy with it. It's why I don't work to a deadline, word count limit, or give myself time limits. I like my story to speak for itself. To tell me how it's going to work, and when it's going to end.

 

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