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text 2016-07-03 05:10
Some questions and answers (not 50), and I'm sorry in advance.


5. Would you rather be attacked by bears or bees?


This question...

Have you every played the actual game of 'would you rather' in mixed company? Oh, no?


Really, it's very traumatizing.


The rule is that if you play the game, you have to answer. And everyone goes around asking a 'would you rather question' and everyone answers.


And it's all fun and games when they ask:



Would you rather have a time machine that only goes back in time or a time machine that only goes forward in time?


Hahahaha. Fun!


But then there's this one person that asks:


WYR watch your parents having sex 1,000 times, or join in once.


And at that moment, you quit the game because...obviously these are not the people that you thought them to be and you have made a mental note never to invite them over again but then you think, "WHY AM I STILL THINKING ABOUT THIS QUESTION?" And you realize that you want a do over  of that last question - you want your answer back about that time machine thing. You would go back...back in time! Not forward! Going forward is pointless! You need to go back far enough to punch this guy in the face who thought that would be a cool question.


Or back far enough to not have started the game in the first place.


Actually, back far enough that you never made any friends ever, far enough back to alter your personality to not be social at all and therefore never be in a situation where you would learn to play this game and get asked such a disgusting question. Because beyond the dementedness*, you've already decided that you're immaculately conceived** and your parents never even slept in the same bed.


So. I'm not answering this question about the bears and bees.




9. Have you ever peed in the woods?




This question only serves to remind me of the one reason that I'm envious of men - their ability to pee anywhere. Anytime they feel the urge, they can just let it fly in any old secluded area - they were born free, as free as the wind blows. And I just can't understand the unfairness of it all.



24. Are you lazy?


I actively try to prevent and avoid all mail*** that would come by post so that I would not have to walk across the street to my mailbox...you can draw your own conclusions from that.


39. First concert?


Fittingly, I think my first concert was an outdoor one before the 4th of July where our local symphony played. The finale being the 1812 Overture -- complete with actual, legitimate cannon fire. That is a sound that you do not forget.




26. How many languages can you speak? Well, obviously I do not command my own language very well. I just make words up because I can't recall more apt ones. Also, my husband despairs that he's never going to get me to pronounce crayons correctly, and now my poor children call them 'crowns' too.


**  28. Are you stubborn?  Sometimes you gotta hang onto something that you firmly believe for your own sanity. And in all seriousness, I'm not sure that a little stubbornness isn't good for us.


*** 27. Do you have any magazine subscriptions? I'm allergic to mail.



Incidentally, Bookloving Writer was the first person I saw on my dash with zee questions. Thanks for the fun! :)


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text 2015-11-22 16:35
Stupid cover idea...

Cover Issue


I don't know why publishers/cover designers think if they put an eye on the cover, it would make the book much more appealing. And not just any eye, but one big CREEPY shadowed eye staring straight at your soul




This is wrong, I mean just look at it!




And you know what? The cover was NOT traumatizing enough, but they felt the "need" to add it to the spine. Like WHY?



Now how am I going to enjoy looking at my shelf with these devil's eyes tracing my EVERY move? Just How?


My shelves whould be like:



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text 2015-09-12 04:07

Readers block.  Is there such a thing?  I think so, because I am experiencing it.  No matter how hard I try or how far I search, the books that keep me interested are far and few between.  Why?  Is it me?  Is it the choices I have to pick from?  I have my favorites and I strive to find more books like what I know I like, but I can't seem to find many of them. (I have to say, the last books I loved were Maris Black's KAGE 1 & 2).  I love m/m.  I used to be an avid fan of m/f historical romances.  In fact, it's all I read for years.  But my horizons have been broadened since then. I know what I like now, but I can't seem to very often find what I desire in a m/m romance.

When I first began reading the m/m romance genre I couldn't get enough.  It seemed like the books that hooked me and had me forever addicted to this genre were numerous and I devoured them.  I would read for hours at a time.  Several of my fave authors either hardly ever release books anymore or write mostly m/f now.

Also, it looks like the books I desire to read are not what is "popular" anymore.  I want the angst.  I want to cry because one m/c is cold and heartless (or so it seems), only to find out he is afraid to show his feelings, and has realistic reasons for feeling that way.  I want my other m/c to cry about it and get angry.  I want that 'harlequin' feel that seems to be lost to me.  Only I want it in m/m.

I love one m/c to be smaller and a bit effeminant while the other is big, dominant, Alpha.  And the top.  Am I old fashioned?  Not really.  I just know what my kinks are.

I also love BDSM when it's done well and with intelligence.  I don't want an author to write BDSM just because it's popluar but because he/she understands that world and how it makes the participants feel.  I want emotions, angst, misunderstandings (again, done well and with a heavy dose of realism).  Don't give me PWP with too much sex.  But DO give me sex.  And enough with the insta-love.  Give me depth, show me how they fall in love.  Don't just TELL me they do.  I want their conversations, their insecurities.  The tender moments only true lovers experience.  Give me a love story I want to come back to.  Characters that pull my heart strings and make me believe in love.  I want to hate that the book is coming to an end.  Curse the fact that I have to wait for a sequel.  I just want that FEELING.  I've missed it so badly.

So please, I welcome suggestions and recommendations.  (I also LOVE sci-fi m/m romance.)

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text 2015-06-12 05:07
A Shelfie story

Once upon a time, two very different book lovers fell in love. Made a home. Filled it with books. Had kids. Kids destroyed said home. The lovers had to do something to organize their chaos. They thought instead of having his and her bookshelves in the living room, they'd combine them for all their hardbacks to be on display. They felt this was good and right. A real show of solidarity.


This was a good idea in theory. Let's not segregate! Let our loves sit side by side cozily. Let's alphabetize!


They began - taking down and dusting every single book they owned from every corner of the house.





Aha, finished. Magnifico! But all too late they realized that when you alphabetize, it's a pain in the arse when you buy a new book. Nay, impossible. (Michael Crichton is SOL for the foreseeable future)


But they didn't stop there. Also, on that brilliant weekend of love and togetherness, when the lovers thought it was a good idea to redo all the bookshelves in the house, which basically took an entire Sunday.  They decided, 'movies? we don't need movies! Let's use the DVD shelf to display paperbacks and relegate all our DVDs to moving boxes!'.




A brilliant idea in theory proved to be problematic for two reasons. First, all those movies packed in boxes to make way for a more sophisticated display had now made a permanent home exactly...





...two feet from said shelves. It is also was later found to be hugely annoying when the girl book lover wanted a Jurassic Park watch weekend and had to dig through boxes to find her movies. (Well, boy book lover did that for her, so she shouldn't complain)


And also, it looks so chic.



But another worry quickly presented itself to girl book lover on that fateful Sunday that the shelving re-org occurred...which she didn't realize was happening until she looked closer after lugging stacks of books from one room to the other...








The shelving priority was quite skewed! Which suddenly went from alphabetical to genre oriented by boy book lover who was in charge of dusting and placing. And while girl book lover likes a good thrill every once in awhile, these shelves were missing a fair amount of representation of the color pink. When asked where the other genre would go...







...she found that the only place left was the white bookshelf....located in her closet.




The moral of the story is to leave your books, leave your movies and grill a burger on a Sunday instead.


 Thanks to Paul Read or Dead for the shelfie inspiration.

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text 2015-05-30 20:21

Thanks to Whiskey's post...I'm adding my 2 cents. :)



Of all the romances I read, roughly 65% of them are historical romances. For loads of reasons...




...one of them being attire.


What sounds like a boring, mundane thing to love becomes a many faceted opportunity in a romance. Delicate shifts, laced corsets, beautifully embroidered over-skirts, bonnets, starched cravats, fawn breeches, and shiny Hessian's. Nothing quite compares to Regency dress.


The care, workmanship and pride in the wrappings of each character (and the delicious joy of the unwrapping) make historical romances special.


The trappings of clothing serve another purpose too - like the layers of an onion, most times the readers get to intimately observe the hero and heroine peel back the layers of themselves - their humor, fears, vulnerabilities and wit - finding what's underneath all the superficial is so much more satisfying than a quick strip - literally and figuratively. 



A favorite historical of mine that knows how important these things are:







 The rest of the series is pretty good too :)







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