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2015 Reading Challenge

I've pledged to read 26 books via the official Goodreads challenge. The rest of my 3 million words will more than likely come via proofreading jobs and fan fiction. Everything will be listed on the other side of the blog and you can view the details and numbers here.

2015 Goals

  • do more crafts
  • self-publish a book
  • research degree programs
  • work on the yards
  • ramp up my proofreading business
  • clean up/clean out the house
  • get healthy and well
  • write 2500 words a week
  • read 3 million words
  • reach the 120lb. mark


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Special Delivery from London via Germany

Look what I got!!!!!! Fan girl swoon moment, let me tell you--

 Sherlock Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Mycroft Holmes played by Mark Gatiss.

I have a dear friend named Janie Crouch--we're online writing buddies. But we're also Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch fan girls. We seem to be the only two in our shared circle of friends and I can't tell how fun it is to gush over the show, the characters, and fan fiction.

Recently, Janie moved to Germany as her husband got transferred there for his job... And since she was so close to London when the Sherlocked convention took place, she was lucky enough to be able to go.

She graciously sent me the autographed production stills of these two since she actually had her picture taken with them both. (I'm sooo jealous.)

They have been suitably framed and are hanging and spare nails in the dining corner of the kitchen for the time being...

(not the best a bad angle {I'm short!}and with not so great lighting)

As a way of thanking Janie, I'm sharing the fact that Janie has a new book out--Untraceable from Harlequin. So if you read romantic suspense, take a chance and buy her book.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Music Monday

So there's this piece of classical music that brings a smile to my face every time I hear it. Part of that smile come from the fact that I recognize a piece of classical music by "sound" which is rare enough for me. But part of it is that I recognize it from a particularly amusing bit of television. The musical piece? The Thieving Magpie by Gioachino Rossini.

We're revisiting the BBC's Sherlock--the episode (The Reichenbach Fall) in which Jim Moriarty (the Professor from the original stories) breaks into the display of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London... The actor, Andrew Scott, wasn't instructed to dance while he was doing his bit, but he did and it's brilliant. So for your viewing and or listening pleasure...

If you just want to listen to the music, choose this video...

If you want to watch the scene of Sherlock in its entirety with music and dialogue and the awesome Andrew Scott, choose this video...

Friday, May 15, 2015

TGIF Again...

Seems like it was just Friday, which is a good thing I suppose. Time wooshing by. No--wait--at my age, that's not really such a good thing.

But I've been busy. I hadn't planned on working on my craft (writing) this year, but I find myself in the middle of a six-month writer program and two online classes. It's not a bad thing, but along with writing and working and reading, not to mention taking care of the hubster, the dog, and the house, my time gets chewed up rather quickly.

But it is in fact Friday, although I have no idea what I'm going to this weekend aside from the usual writing, laundry, and grocery shopping.

Anyway, hope you have a super weekend.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The first soundtrack I ever owned...

My mom might remember, but I'll bet the rest of you will never guess. I might not have thought of it myself except last week while I listened to's classical station via iTunes, I heard a song that immediately brought a smile to my face and the memories to my mind. And now I'll never forget!

Not only was it the first soundtrack I ever owned--and a vinyl record even, but the movie was the first movie I remember seeing ever, but specifically at a drive-in theater!

Are you just dying to know...?

The song--which I immediately started singing along with was A Spoonful of Sugar. Amazing how some things just stick with you. And for your listening pleasure:

Have a super week.

Friday, May 8, 2015

TGIF Friends

And tomorrow is writers group excited about seeing my writer peeps.

Have a super weekend.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Luckiest Generation...?

Of a sort anyway...I was born in '68, was a kidlet in the 70s and a teen for most of the 80s. I definitely remember recording songs off the radio, I got my first VCR as a birthday/graduation present in 1986, and I remember watching Saturday morning cartoons with my mom.

I definitely love technology most of the time, but there's something to be said for simpler times.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Music Monday

Decisions, decisions... I had a tough time choosing a song for today, but finally decided on Brooks & Dunn. I've enjoyed their music for close to twenty years now and was sad when I learned they were going solo. They'd started off that way, dontcha know, but someone suggested they pair up and they did and the rest is country music history.

I saw them in concert once and it was fabulous. I wish I knew where my images were... Anyway, for your musical enjoyment today...


Ain't Nothing 'Bout You

Have a great week!

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Best Show You Never Watched

Many moons ago, there was this show on ABC--it was called Sports Night. It was intelligent and funny. Unfortunately, it didn't last too long (two seasons), either because it was ahead of its time or because people thought it was a another sports show, when in fact it was a half-hour dramedy about the people who put on a sports show. There's no doubt it boosted the careers of Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman, and Joshua Malina. It also starred Robert Guillaume of Benson and Soap fame.

 (Available on Netflix!)

Our whole family loved the show, including the kids who were tweens and teens at the time it came across our radar. We'd watched it so many times all of us had lines of dialogue memorized and used to quip them at one another. A few still linger in my mind to this day.

If  you're ever in need of something to watch, give Sports Night a try. And let me know what you think of it.

You've been watching Sports Night on CSC, so stick around...
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fan Girl Alert

Ten years ago, on this day, the final episode of one of my favorite TV shows, JAG, aired.

I have a group of friend who met because of their love of the show. Of course, we've grown and changed and moved onto other shows, but our friendships have remained. JAG was my first foray into fandom. I love being a fan girl!

Tonight those of us who live in the DFW area are getting together to hang out, eat dinner, and watch the last episode all over again.

Several years ago, our whole Texas contingent, plus a couple of extras took a weekend trip to Port Aransas and visited the USS Lexington. Some scenes from JAG's pilot episode were filmed aboard her. We had a blast.

Yes, I'm there in the front, in orange, weighing thirty pounds more than I do now.

Have a great Wednesday.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Music Monday

Today, in honor of the Sherlock convention that happened in London over the weekend and the Unlocked: The Unofficial Sherlock PJ Party that took place online, I'm sharing two things today...

First, the theme to the BBC's Sherlock...

Second, one of the few (the only?) pop culture songs to feature in any episode of the show: Oh, What a Night, by The Four Seasons.


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  • DH = my husband
  • my Brown Eyed Girl = my oldest daughter
  • DD = my Darling Daughter (the younger one)
  • Sonshine or Marching Band Boy = my son
  • NT = the North Texas chapter of RWA
  • RWA = Romance Writers of America

Read in May 2015

  • Caring is Not an Advantage by flubber2kool
  • Breakthrough by stardust_made
  • Check by alafaye
  • Proper Care of a Wounded Detective by billiethepoet
  • Safer by saki101
  • Finally by Meredydd
  • Well Met By Moonlight by kedgeree
  • Fear is the Enemy by monkiainen
  • Inconvenient, Necessary by brighteyed_jill
  • Anytime by SilentAuror
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 53 by serpentynka
  • Bedtime Stoies by unovis
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 52 by serpentynka
  • In Pursuit of a Cleaner Kitchen by wendymarlowe
  • Against the Rest of the World by SilentAuror
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 51 by serpentynka
  • Mixed Messages by OpalJade
  • The Dead Letters by cwb
  • Is This About the Dead Polar Bear by cwb
  • You're Like the Black Hole of Love by cwb
  • Is That What Boyfriends Do? by cwb
  • Wait. What Romantic Relationship by cwb
  • The Very Unlikely Exitense of a Fightless Bird in a Tuxedo by cwb
  • Not Today Nor Yet Tomorrow by cwb
  • Little Wee by cwb
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 50 by serpentynka
  • Oasis by mydwynter
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 49 by serpentynka
  • Story Time - A Study in Fan Fiction by Fraeulein_IreneAdler
  • Where Else Would I Be by cwb
  • When Harry Met Sally by destinationtoast
  • May Your Hert Purr Like a Bumblebee by destinationtoast
  • Where Else Would I Be by cwb
  • A House Divided Against Itself by destinationtoast
  • Not Against the Rules by destinationtoast
  • They're All That's Left You by destinationtoast
  • Boundless by destinationtoast
  • Prelude to Hen Night by destinationtoast
  • Saying Yes by destinationtoast
  • The Sound of Settling by destinationtoast
  • Disregard the Danger by destinationtoast
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 48 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 47 by serpentynka
  • The Outcast HIghlander by R.L. Syme
  • Undercover Heat by Lavender Daye
  • As a Matter of Fact by OpalJade
  • M for Marriage by RonaSargent
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 46 by serpentynka
  • The Bigger Picture by msgeneivieve

Read in Apr 2015

  • Belstaff by Eligh
  • The Succinct Bucket List by OpalJade
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 45 by serpentynka
  • And They Say Take Me Home by Lothriel84
  • Little Light by Lothriel84
  • Covert/Overt by Elfbert
  • Worship by Elfbert
  • Haunted by Elfbert
  • The Sum of our Failings by wintergrey
  • Small Interruptions by Elfbert
  • Steamy by Elfbert
  • Two Up by Elfbert
  • Michelin Star by Elfbert
  • Countdown by Elfbert
  • Monster in the Bed by Elfbert
  • Impact by Elfbert
  • It Isn't Strange Until You Think About It by ivyblossom
  • The Adventures of the Dying Detective's Husband, ch. 1 & 2 by OpalJade
  • Five Conversations With John... by chellefic
  • Polaris by PipMer
  • Wherein Thee is a Case, Several Mysteries... by parsnips
  • A Winter Walk by cathedral_carver
  • The Sea in a Chasm by orphan_account
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 44 by serpentynka
  • Rebels of Texas: Quincy by Linda Warren
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 43 by serpentynka
  • The Least of All Possible Mistakes by rageprufrock
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 42 by serpentynka
  • Best Served Hot by VizardMask
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 41 by serpentynka
  • Saying I Love You Shouldn't Be So Hard by LikeATeddyBear
  • The White Lotuses by SilentAuror
  • The Progress of Sherlock Holmes by ivyblossom
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 40 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 39 by serpentynka
  • Revenge Averted by SwissMarg
  • Shiver Me Timbers by msgenevieve
  • Growing Pains by ImpishTubist
  • I've Forgotten the Steps But I Remember the Dance by stardust_made
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 38 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 37 by serpentynka
  • Outside the Box by stardust_made
  • I Know the Steps But I Don't Know the Dance by stardust_made
  • On Your Plate by stardust_made
  • A Taylor-Made Love by Kary Rader
  • Bad Influence by azriona
  • Breakthrough by stardust_made
  • Not Nice by Mildredandbobbin
  • The Fundamental Things Apply by raina_at
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 36 by serpentynka