Archive | March 2014

Does Anyone Else Hate Bishop?

Spent yesterday sick, which is always not fun. Though I did get to spend some time with hubby watching TV, and that’s always nice. We caught up on NCIS, which I admit I’ve been avoiding lately. Why? because I HATE the new character Bishop. The woman is a  Mary Sue – she can do EVERYTHING, is smarter than EVERYONE (including Tim and Ducky), EVERYONE loves her, and she even talks back to Gibbs and gets away with it, not to mention she is perfect, tiny, blonde, and quirky. She grew up with three brothers in Georgia so she’s super tough, and she just happened to be the TOP agent in the whole world when it came to the terrorist they were chasing.  Oh, and did I mention she is also a genius? She’s like a Barbie wannabe – kind of like Barbie’s little sister Skipper, only twice as annoying.

And since she’s shown up in episode 9 most semblance to real procedure has also gone out the window. For instance in one episode they had Gibbs investigating his ex-wife. Um, conflict of interest much? No way that would happen. And that bit of reality the show USED to have was one thing I admired about the show, however it seems it fled with Ziva, and we now have episode after episode of Skipper making stupid mistakes that always turn out for the better, infiltrating every corner of the office (she was even in the men’s room), being cutesy and blonde and never using a chair. Meanwhile they have been ignoring some very awesome story possibilities.

Anyway, so we finally watched the last three weeks’ worth, and *gasp* the writers FINALLY managed to find some of those awesome story ideas I mentioned. For instance Tim’s girlfriend was paralyzed from the waist down in episode 12, and they FINALLY did something with it in episode 17.  Yeah, it took five episodes for them to remember it. (prior to this the only mention of her has been when they were going after that terrorist and Tim wonders if he should let his girlfriend know because he is worried they will fail to catch the guy and she will be disappointed. Really???) And Tony finally got an episode where he wasn’t a complete buffoon whose only purpose is a cheap laugh, which he had devolved into the minute Bishop showed up.

But have these two good episodes in a sea of bad ones renew my faith in the show? Not really. I dread the next episode because I’m waiting for the shoe to drop again and have our screens shoved full of more nonsensical, quirky, Mary Sue crap. i understand that after eleven seasons the core cast is getting older, and they’re looking to add youth into the mix and draw a new audience, but I hope they remember the audience who got them this far.

Am the only who feels this way?

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More Habi Makeover Fun

I shared some of Clucky’s great habitats the other day, so I thought it was only fair to share my other pet, Quickness the turtle.

If you don’t know what Habi Makeover is, it is a fun program that allows us to use the old Superpoke Pets Lite files to create and decorate new habitats. It’s the only online game I participate in, though right now we don’t get points or coins or anything for playing with one another’s pets like we did on the old SPP website, instead the fun is just in the decorating, and that’s fine with me, because that was the part I enjoyed. Well, decorating and looking at other people’s habitats. And with the new beta version it is easier than ever to decorate said habitats.

Okay, enough of a recruitment speech. Here are Quickness’ habitats. Though he is mostly a boy, he has, on occasion, had to be a girl. It’s good for him.

Habi Makeover Habitat Fun

I’ve mentioned habi maekover before (okay, so it was in 2012, sue me). What is it? The short answer is it is a continuation of the old Superpoke Pets game that has a fun community. And thanks to the newest upgrade in the standalone habi makeover program, it’s getting easier and easier to make habitats. In fact, you don’t even need the old spp files now, so even if you never played Superpoke Pets you can still join and adopt a pet.

One of these days I am going to make a “how to” video or two, but in the meantime there’s lots of info on the habi makeover wiki.

So now that you kind of get what it is (think Pet City or Bitty Pets but cuter) I’m going to randomly share some of Clucky’s habitats with you. Yay!

And because there are so many, I think I’ll save Quickness (my other pet) for another day.

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Taking Time

We have a storm coming in so I am just going to schedule this post as we’ll probably lose internet later. I could post it now but I don’t want it competing with my blog tour posts on Facebook.

Speaking of the blog tour it’s going good. Not sure if there’s been a sales boost from it or not. So far I’ve mostly been on familiar blogs, so their readers no doubt are used to me. This week will see the blogs with different audiences (yes, I braved up and actually contacted people I didn’t know!) so cross your fingers.

Talking about the blog tour, I have seen a lot of posts/sites/twitter tips/etc. lately about organizing. Most of them are about to do lists/organizational documents that take longer to organize that the projects take to do, and while I’m not going to start that any time soon, they did have one good point about organizing your time.

Do what you say you’ll do when you say you’ll do it.

And to me that means that starting in May I am taking Thursday and Friday off to work on other projects, just like my email signature and my websites claim I am supposed to. Is this going to piss people off? Probably. But my bad attitude is that if they’re in that much of a hurry there are other cover artists out there. I can recommend two, in fact.

Why May? Because I am going to be MIA for April. There are a lot of other things I need to do, so I won’t be taking any projects for the month. I need to get that posted soon, not that most people bother with the website, anyway, but for those that do the info will be there.

Not that this post says anything worth saying, but I am ending it now anyway. I have to get some stuff done on Facebook and then it’s time to work until the net goes down.

Have a good one, all!

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The Pina Colada Song

Hello, hello. Missed another day, ha ha! See what I mean about the daily commitment? Went to the doc, got my hair dyed, blah, blah, boring. Plotted some about fixing people up, which might be an interesting topic, but I am sworn to secrecy, so instead I am rambling.

The stupid Pina Colada song is in my head at the moment because I got some of the Pina Colada soda stream mix – which is pretty good by the way. If you have somewhere been under a rock since 1970-whatever, here are the lyrics – http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rupertholmes/escapethepiacoladasong.html .

I used to listen to a soft rock station as a kid (weird, I know) which played a lot of 70s’ music, including this one. I hate to be a downer, or a spoil sport, but I never found the premise – that both he and his “lady” were going behind one another’s backs to find someone to cheat with/leave the other for – cute or funny. I mean, seriously? They’re obviously living together, and she advertises in the paper looking for a new guy and he – self confessed as being “tired of his lady” – answers the add. In the end I don’t think either one has a right to point any fingers because they’re both in the wrong, but to me rather than being a cutsey thing that proves they are together for a reason (they answered one another’s adds to cheat, awwwww) I find it a bit disgusting. Just break up and move on if you’re that bored, or grow up and try to save the relationship.

Am I reading too much into what’s meant to be a cutesy song? Probably. But that’s what happens when you listen to this stuff as an analytical eight year old. Then again, I could give a rant about Lips of an Angel, but maybe I’ll save that for another day.

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Listening to – Deep Blue Something – Home (the whole album!)

Photography: Akard Cemetery

Felt pretty crappy yesterday, as you may have guessed from the blog, so I didn’t get much done. I did get some photos from November uploaded, so I guess I’ll share those with you.

They’re from Akard Cemetery, which is near Fairplay. It’s well kept, and across the road from a house.  It’s actually quite crowded with stones, many of them closer together than usual, with a good mix of mid to late 1800s clear up to modern sites (Roger, who used to live next door to my Father-in-Law is buried there). Half of it is on top of a hill (mostly newer stones) and very windy, and the older portion is down at the bottom. For the most part it had a good atmosphere but towards the trees at the back, near the bottom corner, there’s are two spots that are creepy. In the first there aren’t really any tombstones , just a few purposely placed rocks and remnants of tombstones – or what I took to be remnants. They may have actually been just rocks, too.  But the second, and creepiest, has actual stones sort of higelty pigelty. If I recall they were mostly babies and children, whose stones I usually have an affinity for, but I can’t remember for certain and it’s been a few months. I don’t know any history on the place, but for what it’s worth it was a nice cemetery to photograph. I just wish we’d gone earlier in the day – you can see by the photos that we went towards sundown and so got a lot of shadows. Luckily most of the stones faced west so we could still get a clear image of the faces.

And with that here’s some photos and now I have to suck it up and get some work done.

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There’s more on my Flickr as usual – http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandora_6666/sets/72157642832885915/

A Saturday in Springfield

See? if I’d planned to do a post a day I already blew it. So what was I so busy with yesterday? After four hours of sleep we got up and headed to the Springfield “Safe and Sound Saturday” held at the expo center. There were tables of all kinds of things; storm shelters, insurance, lots of martial arts schools, and of course, our ham radio club.

ham booth 1

ham booth 2

Had a good time. We did a lot of chatting and a lot of walking around. it was my first outing since the pneumonia, and I got a bit winded but I’m better than I was. A week ago I couldn’t have even made it there from the parking garage a couple blocks away.

After that we ran some errands in Springfield, and stopped at Andy’s for some frozen custard

andy's frozen custard

I wish they had a smaller size than this. I never finish it all and about half goes to waste because hubby doesn’t like the same things I do.

Played with my cell camera at Hy-vee. They always have such pretty flowers.

And then on the way home we stopped at the Sac River Bike Trail park…  I got some good photos of clouds and a weird “cemetery”.  I call it that because though the gate *says* it is a cemetery there are no grave markers. I did a quick google search, but couldn’t find any info on it (pat that there is also another one on the grounds somewhere), so I guess it’s something I need a local for. I did find a nice list of all the cemeteries in Greene County which hubby and I may use to do some future photography.

After walking all over there, I was annoyingly exhausted (so frustrating) and by the time we got home I ended up laying down and just passed out. So much for getting anything else done. 😦 But, I did have a good time, which is what matters.

I am going to leave you with some MORE photos (lucky you) – these are from the Sac River Trail Park.

Have a good one.

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I’ve Forgotten the Point – Look, a Flower

I see I haven’t posted here since October. Wow. I really miss blogging – I mean REAL blogging as opposed to the author blog. Sure, it’s fun sometimes, I get to write vampire short stories and post writer related things, but geeze. I do have other interests. I remember waaaaay back on MySpace when I first started toying with the idea of trying to publish. A fellow blogger had already written a book and was taking the plunge. Among the comments on his blog was one from another writer about which sites and newsletter he needed to subscribe to in order to “keep his finger on the pulse of the industry”. The advice went on to surround himself with writers, join writer websites, live and breathe writer things. I thought “I don’t want to do that! I have too many varied interests to limit myself like this.” Yeah? Well ask me about the pulse of the industry. I can tell you. Ask me what kind of book covers sell which kind of books. I can tell you. Ask me what KDP Select has done to undermine ebook sales. I can tell you. Guess who I mostly talk to? Writers. Guess what websites I am subscribed to? Writer websites. Guess what newsletters I read?

You get the point. (And yet I am still not a multi-million book selling author. How unfair is that?)

I like writing. I REALLY like writing, and I’d like to do more of it. But I like other things too. I like to have other conversations. I want to write other blog posts. Somehow, I just never have time. I’ve been toying with trying to do a post a day, even if it’s just a photo or a comment, but I usually fail at those because invariably a day comes when I don’t have time, and once you miss it, it makes it so much easier to keep missing it.

(to illustrate my time point, I’m now on day 2 of working on this blog post! Geeze!)

So what’s the point of this post, you wonder. If it helps, I’m asking myself the same question. I probably had something in mind when I started it, but I’ve now forgotten it. Blame it on the fever.

So, here’s a random flower photo

Lily

Lily

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