Wednesday, January 25, 2017

READER and WRITER GIFT IDEAS

              My birthday is next week! I celebrate it every year with a longtime friend whose birthday is four days before mine. We love the Melting Pot restaurant and started a tradition of celebrating our birthdays there a while ago. This year we will be doing that dinner with two other people who have birthdays a few days before and after ours. A quadruplet party!

The youngest of us is Maya a soon to be eighteen-year-old who LOVES books, especially mine. As I was searching for reader-related gifts for her, I came across some fun gifts for any reader or writer and thought I'd share them here.

Buying gifts is a struggle for most people. Writers and readers seem easy. A gift card to a bookstore, and while that's awesome, it's nice to get unique and/or quirky gifts too. So here are some I came across on Amazon that I thought were too cute not to mention. A gift for oneself is never a bad idea too.

Our dream life.


I love this!

How all readers feel. 


Haha! It's not a bad addiction.

Pretty!

For me, this would be best with coffee versus tea. 


For the Wizard of Oz fan. So cute!

Because books have more emotions than most humans. LOL

 I need this!


 So pretty. I love it!

 Alice in Wonderland fans, these bookends are for you!

This is my favorite! So true!
Here it is blown up.

Aren't these fantastic? I want them all! Amazon is the best!

Happy gifting!





Tuesday, January 10, 2017

OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS!

I love when competitions like this come around. Makes me want to submit that short story I have on hand for opportunities like this.

Oh wait! I don't have a short story. I started one but it went on and on until it became a long story.

Tomorrow's agenda:
         Read about short stories and how to end them before they turn into a novel.

Check it out writers!

http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2017/01/10/opportunities-for-writers-january-and-february-2017/





Thursday, December 22, 2016

BEFORE AND AFTER

Look at me keeping my word about posting on my blah, blah, blog. lol. I just love saying that. You can say it in so many different ways. 

For example:

In a deep, burly voice like the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk.

 "Blah, blah, blog!"


             Or


In an annoyed, lazy tone, like the person is rolling his/her eyes.

  "Blah, blah, blog."OrIn a peppy voice, like a cheerleader.



















"Blah, blah, blog!"

            Or

            In my preferred tone, with a higher note at the end as if I were answering a question. "What's the name of your blog?"

            "Blah, blah, blog."


It mostly depends on my mood, though, which is another reason why I like the name so much.

But enough of that.

              


As I said in my last post, I have before and after pics of my newly renovated home. I used to do interior decorating part-time, so I like to think I know what I’m doing.

              

But as with writing and art, it comes down to personal taste and the subjectivity of the reader or viewer.

             


The pics below will show before and after shots (as close as can be or just of same room). I’m only posting a few rooms and the backyard renovations too. If you want to boost my decorating skill ego, feel free to tell me how amazing the after pics are. Lol. But for real.

             


And now for the big reveal …  drum roll … 

             

Kitchen before 
 

Kitchen after




Family room before









After













Before living room, dining, and entry
 

After living room, and dining room turned my office (cause who needs formal dining when you have a large breakfast room by the tv? lol), and entry


  
 

 


And for my favorite part of the house besides the kitchen ... 

Before boring, small pool area and sad backyard

 

 





After pool reno, extended patio and screen, outdoor fire pit area and much needed landscaping.

 
 
 


So, that's what's been keeping me busy for so long. It was never ending, and as you can see from pics dated, brown, and boring. Now it's fresh and new. I didn't post the bedrooms, bathrooms, or bonus room because they're always a bit of a mess. lol. But those are all new too.

Now that the renovation part of my life is over--Finally! Praise the Lord!--I have been writing more and very happy.

My current projects are revisions on two completed novels and getting one I wrote about five years ago (light sci-fi meets historical fantasy) ready to post here and possibly self-pub. Gulp. I was told the mash-up of the two genres would make it hard to find a home in the traditional world. Instead of leaving it on a shelf, FOREVER, I decided to find it a home myself. Woot! Woot!

Now, I'm off to deliver a Christmas gift and pick up a few more. In case you didn't know, "Santa's coming."
santa's coming