Wed Words: Halloween Edition

We love Halloween in our family. We’re big dorks and love to come up with awesome costumes. I can’t give a specific favorite Halloween or a special Halloween moment. I remember going around my aunt and uncle’s subdivision with my cousin Erik three or four times before the two hour trick-or-treating time was up. I remember trick or treating in the snow one year and in 80 degree weather the next (Pure Michigan!), and I remember the one time some high school asshats stole my bag and the neighbors took pity on me and gave me a new bag and filled me up. :) Halloween is awesome.

And now… Pictures! In absolutely no chronological order.

I’m pretty sure this was kindergarten. :)

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Shark Boy and Lava Girl… These were homemade.

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Nephew #1 as Elmo

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Racer X

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Cutest R2D2 ever!

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Indiana Jones :)

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Nephew #2 as Elmo

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The year Doodlebutt (7 at the time) wanted to be The Fonz and grew his hair out for it. :)

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My ex roommate and I made these costumes for our high school teachers. I think it was the year after we graduated. :)

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Happy Halloween Week!

Bronwyn Green | Kris Norris | Gwendolyn Cease | Jessica Jarman


Wed Words : Fictive Crushes

Edit: So apparently I got this week’s topic wrongish. I thought we were only talking about fictional crushes in books. But as you’ll see, I was the only one who did that. LOL so yeah, I could’ve made this way easier if I included tv and movie crushes. Oh well…

It’s almost Wednesday which means I’m once again sitting here with my iPad treating to figure out what to type to fit this week’s topic for Wednesday Words. I don’t know why these are so damn hard for me! :)

This week we’re supposed to be talking about crushes we have on fictional characters. So of course I’ve drawn a total blank. LOL Don’t get me wrong, I fall in love with characters all the time, I’m just having a hard time thinking of who those characters are.

“Jace” from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Yeah, he can be kind of a selfish dick, but I admit, I love the kid. Plus I loooooved Jamie Bower’s portrayal of him in the City of Bones movie.

“Ron Weasley” from Harry Potter – I heart Ron. I loved him when I read the books and loved him even more when Rupert Grint brought him to life.

“Alcide” from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris – I loved Alcide before I fell in love with Joe Manganiello. I tend to love the warm blooded shape shifters. :)

“Peeta Melark” from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I’ve always been Team Peeta! Gale just sort of annoyed me. LOL

“Graf” from American Vampire by Jenny Trout – I thought Graf was awesome. He’s a vampire who is totally ok with being one instead of the tortured soul so many paranormal writers have made vamps.

“Augustus Waters” from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Oh, Gus! I love him so much, it’s ridiculous. So many great quotes from him in the book and he’s just so damn easy to fall in love with!

“Devin” from Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen – I love to write quirky kid characters into stories and Devin was a great example of that. Devin was a kid I would love to know and hang out with because she’s just so cool. I loved everything about the little girl.

“Bear” from Donut Days by Lara Zielin – A big bad biker who knits… What’s not to love?

That’s all I can think of. I’m sure once this posts I’ll think of a ton more. LOL

Do you have a Book Boyfriend/Girlfriend or a character you just adore?

Bronwyn Green | Jessica Jarman | Kayleigh Jones | Jenny Trout | Gwendolyn Cease | Kris Norris


Wed Words: Favorite Songs

It’s time for another round of My Favorite Things! This week we’re sharing favorite songs and as usual, I struggled with making my list. I LOVE music. I always have music in my head. I can’t tell you who my favorite artist is or what my favorite type of music is… I just like music. So here are a few of my favorite random songs.

There you have it! :) Have a look and see what songs the girls have chosen as their favorites.

Bronwyn | Jessica | Kris | Jenny | Kayleigh | Gwendolyn


Wed Words – Happy

Apologies for being absent for a few weeks. Things around here haven’t been so great. In fact, I’m currently on a two week medical leave from work because things with my depression have been so bad. Which is funny considering I’m supposed to write this week about what makes me happy. That’s a really hard thing to ask of someone who is in a double depression. But, I’ll do my best.

* My Doodlebutt – I love my niece and nephews all so much that I can’t put it into words. But the youngest one, aka Doodlebutt, is kind of in his own special category. Maybe it’s because he’s almost 8 and still likes a good snuggle, or because he hasn’t grown out of Aunt Kellie being on the Cool list… But there’s just something about the kid that makes me grin. Yeah, he can annoy me at times, but generally he makes me giggle like a nut. He’s uber creative and makes up the craziest stories. He just wants to be listened to, and so I do my best to do that for him as much as I can. He’s the baby and his bigger sibs aren’t always so appreciative of his crazy creative spirit, so I give him as much love as I can, and he gives it right back.

* Knitting – I used to knit every day. Now, my hands wouldn’t really let me do that, but I really do enjoy a good knit session with friends. When Bronwyn and Jenny started knitting this year I was SO happy! I don’t get to knit with them nearly enough due to the fact we all live an hour apart, but when we do, it’s great. And I’ve been trying to make an effort to find time to knit with my local peeps more too. I’m working on a sweater that I cannot wait to wear! It’s the first sweater I’ve knit for myself. :)

* Medication – Okay, medication doesn’t make me happy, but it helps make it easier for me to be happy despite this annoying disorder.

* My Mom – My mom is kind of amazing. She puts up with me and never gives up on me even when I’m on the crazy train. I love her long time.

* Coffee – I’m not exactly an emotional eater, but I do tend to use coffee as a reward. Had a rough home visit? You deserve a trip to Starbucks! I know, it’s not great to reward with food/drink, but coffee really is a comfort to me and so is sitting in a coffee shop.

* Great Books – I love to get lost in a good book. I stayed up til 3:30 this morning reading Jenny’s The Bride before I couldn’t stay awake any longer. :) Books always make me want to write too.

* Fall – Fall is my favorite season. I love the color changes, being able to wear jeans and socks, not being sweaty all the time… It’s bliss. Of course, tomorrow it’s going to be in the mid 70’s here, geesh.

* Friends – I have some pretty amazing friends. The kind who stick around even when I’m not myself and know that I’ll eventually get back.

* Movies – I would go see a movie every day if I could. They kind of fall into the same category as books and music… Great escapes. I saw This Is Where I Leave You last weekend and it was SO good! Great movies make me want to write as well.

* Backstreet Boys – You saw this one coming, right? I love them, they make me happy, I’m not planning on giving them up anytime soon. My first concert was 16 years ago last week. :)

* Blog Comments – Okay, this is a shameless plea… I KNOW people read this blog because I get notifications that the posts have been viewed and I have followers. But for some reason only a handful of you take time to respond. If you’re one of those people… I LOVE you! Seriously. Writing a blog that no one bothers to comment on is depressing. It’s like talking and feeling like no one is listening. Just take a minute to respond, please? It really isn’t that hard and I don’t have one of those damn password things that you have to type in order to post. :) Even if you just say hi, it’s awesome.

So there you have it… What makes YOU happy? Let me know and then see what my girls have to say.

Kris Norris | Bronwyn Green | Jessica Jarman | Gwendolyn Cease


Wednesday Words: Cover Judging

Ahh the book cover… I’m not going to lie, I judge books by their covers, I really do. I know there are books out there that I’d probably love that I’ve passed on because I didn’t like the cover and therefore never bothered picking it up.

Anything that looks like this…

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I totally wouldn’t bother picking up. No offense to the writers, because they could be awesome books… I’m just picky when it comes to covers.

So here are some of my favorites in no particular order.

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Okay so this one isn’t so much the cover as it is the fact that it’s all about frogs and the illustrations inside are brilliant. The cover is lovely, but the inside is wonderful. Next time you’re in a bookstore, look this one up. :)

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I love the cover of this book. Simple yet with so much detail too. I can’t even remember what the book was about but I remember liking it and the cover totally stayed with me. It was actually the first book I thought of when I saw this week’s topic.

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Another simple design that has stuck with me. With or without text, this image will always relate to this book.

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Do you see a pattern here? I really like simple covers. I love the covers of this trilogy.

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Sarah’s covers are always gorgeous.

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I love this book, love the cover, love the illustrations throughout.

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This is a perfect example of a great cover. I LOVE Chris Moore, but based on the original covers of his older books, I totally wouldn’t have picked him up. I saw this though and it pulled me in.

But this is the original cover… I never would’ve read the blurb on this.
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And it looks like this is the new one… Not really digging this one either.
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I’m glad to have discovered him though because his writing is amazing!

Okay, your turn… Tell me the covers you like! Are you picky? :)

And check out what the girls enjoy when it comes to covers!

Bronwyn Green ~ Leigh Jones ~ Jessica Jarman ~ Kris Norris ~ Gwendolyn Cease


Wednesday Words: Zodiac

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Hello again my fair readers!

I can’t believe that it’s time for our weekly post again already. I also can’t believe that I’m working on mine before dark. LOL This week’s topic is “What’s your sign – does it fit?” I’m kind of tempted to just post the above graphic and say, “Yep.” LOL I’m SUCH a typical Cancer there isn’t a whole lot more I can say. When I read a description about what a Cancer is supposed to be like, it’s usually me to a T.

Moody? Yep. Passionate? Yep. Forgives but doesn’t forget? Absolutely. Home body? Yuh huh. Easily hurt? Yep. Struggles letting go? Story of my life. :) Quiet? Definitely. Intuitive? Oh yeah.

My best friend Shawn says that I’m scary because of how intuitive I can be sometimes. I’ll admit, there are times when I feel like my intuition is a little more than intuition… like, I sometimes can just know that someone I love is having a bad day even if they’re states away and I haven’t spoken to them. But most of the time I just pay attention. I’m huge on details, I notice things that other people don’t. I’ll notice by the way someone types a text message that they’re in a shitty mood just because their typical way of responding has changed.

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That little doozy right there? I can’t tell you how true it is. It generally takes a lot to get me mad and even more to make me lose my temper. But when I do get mad and do lose my temper, you better watch out. I’m the ultimate Mama Bear and if someone is hurting a person that I love, you better watch out. :)

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So yeah… that’s me! :)

Jenny Trout | Bronwyn Green | Kris Norris | Jessica Jarman | Gwendolyn Cease


Wednesday Words: James Lipton Edition

I almost forgot to blog this week! It’s already been a long week around here. I had a bat in my bedroom last night and in the process of catching it I hurt my back. Something is pinched and causing all sorts of pain and also my pointer fingers keep going numb. So now I’m in my grandpa’s old room using the Craftmatic bed (it’s not helping much) and I’m barricaded in here so if we have another visitor it can’t get to me. Ugh.

Anywho… This week we get to play like we’re famous actors being interviewed by James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio.

What’s your favorite word?
Love.

What’s your least favorite word?
Hate.

What turns you on?
A good laugh.

What turns you off?
Lying, backstabbing, abusive, assholes who pretend they’re great people but they aren’t. How’s that for specific?

What sound do you love?
Laughter.

What sound do you hate?
The sound that flying rodent bastards make.

What’s your favorite curse word?
Fuck.

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Mama.

What profession would you not like to do?
My current one which shall not be named because it gets tracked online when it’s mentioned. LOL

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
We’ll done, you.

Dog or cat person?
Both, but I love my kitties a whole lot and technically the dogs don’t belong to me and are my fur siblings.

Coffee or tea?
Coffee. Tea tastes like dirty water to me. Although I do like chai tea.

Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars. But I grew up watching reruns of Star Trek and I love the new movies. We’re a big Star Wars family though.

Buffy, Angel, or Firefly
I’ve never seen Firefly (yes, I know… The horror!), so that’s out. Buffy and Angel are kind of tied though. They kinda go together, ya know?

Pirate or ninja?
LMAO… Uh, ninja? Yeah, I’ll take the hot ninja from the last Wolverine movie. :p

Morning or night person?
Night, totally. I struggle with insomnia so mornings usually suck.

Procrastinator or get things done early?
Gee, let me give you a hint… I’m typing this at 11:52 pm Tuesday night. :)

Introvert or extrovert?
Mostly introvert. I used to be more outgoing but when I get uber stressed (I.e. The last 5.5 years in my job), my anxiety kicks in and I go inward.

What do you like best about writing?
I get to be mostly in control. My characters sometimes like to take over and make huge plot changes, but for the most part I’m in charge and that’s cool since in real life I feel out of control a lot.

What do you like least?
Second guessing my talent, comparing myself to others, feeling like there are so many “rules” to follow that the fun of writing gets sucked out.

That’s all folks! Check out what Kris, Bron, Leigh, and Jess have to say this week at the links below. Also, don’t forget to look at my previous cover reveal post! :D

Kris Norris

Bronwyn Green

Leigh Jones

Jessica Jarman


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