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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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Monday, March 30, 2015

Music Monday

Music makes me happy, keeps me positive for the most part. So carrying on the theme from last week, I'm starting Monday Music for a while...

This week's song is a hymn actually. I'm not an overly religious person. Not anymore at least, but I believe in God and I can appreciate a beautifully sung song.

Actress Dixie Carter sings How Great Thou Art in an episode of Designing Women. (wish that would come out in full on DVD)

Anyway, for your enjoyment, Dixie Carter...

Have a great week!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Not so Elementary, My Dear Watson...

As you know, I'm a huge fan of the BBC's show, Sherlock...

Being the fan girl that I can sometimes be, I thought it might be a good exercise to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original works to 1) just have the originals under my belt, 2) use the opportunity to read some real books in regards to my goal, and 3) see how the show's creators, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffatt, have used the originals for their show.

I found a free Kindle version as the original works are now out of copyright and began reading. Unfortunately, I picked one of the longer tales and struggled through about a third of it before giving up.

The I had the bright idea to search for an audio version of it, and I did subsequently find one through Audiovox. Sadly, the narrator, a man from South Carolina, couldn't keep his characters or his accents straight and gave up on that, thinking I needed an audio book read by someone British--even if he didn't do characters.

Audible had several versions and I finally purchased one and began listening...

Of course, I've now listened to what seem to be the two longest of ACD's Sherlock Holmes works and I've got to say this--boring...

Hopefully, the shorter stories will be a little more exciting.

Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? Have you read the original works? Are you a fan of any of the subsequent movies, films, or TV shows?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter...

Happy birthday, sweetheart, love you bunches!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ode to JOY...

Almost five years ago, my sister-in-law made us watch this really quirky, over-the-top, ridiculous TV show one night when we were out visiting. I really had no interest in it what-so-ever, but I watched. And as I did, something in the episode spoke to me and I was hooked.

The show is called Glee and last Friday,  the last two episodes of Glee aired...I cried pretty much throughout the finale.

The show itself was about acceptance--whether black, or Jewish, or gay or whatever you are or aren't--in the Glee club you were accepted.

The show was also about finding your joy through song. I can't sing and I can't play an instrument, but I love music. I forget sometimes, but the show reminded me. And it reminded me of music I had loved as child and as young adult.  It introduced me to songs that I would never have heard otherwise.

In July of 2013, the Glee family and the fandom lost its joy. Cory Monteith, one of the male leads, died of an accidental overdose of a toxic combination of drugs and alcohol. It was a blow to his cast mates, his co-star, Lea Michelle (as Rachel, above) being his girlfriend, the crew, I'm sure, the show, and of course the fans.  As you can imagine, the show was never the same without out Cory's particular brand of magic.

My joy has been missing for a bit. I miss it and I want it back, though I'm at a loss right now as to how to do that. Maybe through music...

For the next few posts, I'm gonna revisit the music from Glee. In the lead up to the finale last week, someone online did a top twenty best songs from the show. They of course got it all wrong. Even most of commenters thought so as well. So I'm going to to my own TOP XX. Not sure how many there are going to be at this point, so bear with me for a few days as we--okay I--revisit my favorite Glee no particular order, but starting in season one.

Even though the Glee club lost at the big competition, the all agreed they still came away winners because of what they learned...

To thank their teacher Mr. Shuester,  they serenaded him with To Sir, With Love--the title song of the 1967 British film of the same name.

The Glee club's mantra through the whole series, was Don't Stop is one of their several Don't Stop Believing covers....

I need to take that to heart!

Have a great week.

Friday, March 20, 2015

My drawer runneth over!



My sock stash was getting a bit low. You know, they stretch out, the elastic around the ankles goes wonky.

When Sonshine was here in February, the family, sans me, went to the store to buy fixins for dinner and they asked me if I wanted anything. I asked for socks. Just a three pack to tide me over. They came back with flowers, but no socks. DD said there was nothing good. She's the sock fashionista in the family. But she said she had a ton of socks she never wears and would bring them to me.

Well, she finally remembered and I now have enough socks to last me quite some time!!!

What about you? Do you have thing for socks?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Good bye, sweet Rayna...

Rayna has only been a part of our lives for fourteen months, but she's become a full-fledged member. But when we agreed to give her a home, it was with the caveat that she was DD's dog in name if not in deed--mostly I cared for her. But the deal was when DD moved out, the dog went with her.

Well, she moved out in November but her living arrangements being what they were at the time, DH and I agreed to keep her until DD and her roommate were able to move into a two-bedroom apartment. Moving weekend has finally arrived, but Rayna was in for a surprise--instead of going to live with DD, she gets to live back with her daddy, the young man from whom we originally took her.

They were both quite excited, and I'm pleased as punch for the both of them, if not a little sad for myself.

These pictures are from a previous post about Rayna...

It was a little quiet that first morning, not having the tick, tick, tick of her nails on the flooring or the jingle of the bells hanging from the back door knob when she wanted to go out.

Several people have said I can finally get a cat, and while that's true, I still want to wait a bit. In the mean time, I guess I ought to get started on cleaning my floors!

Friday, March 13, 2015

It's raining again...

I'm not complaining, though I was a bit saddened to see more rain. We need the moisture desperately.

On the other hand, temperatures have risen enough so that I no longer need to crank on the electric blanket at night or have the space heater running.

And on the best hand, it's Friday.

So enjoy your weekend. See you Monday!
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Checking Out E-Books Online!

So-- I can now check out e-books from my local library. How about that?

There's a special website/application called OverDive that facilitates the overseeing of the files I guess and as long as your local library has a copy of the book and you have a library card, you can check out e-books and read them on various devices. All with the power of the Internet. You may not even have to leave your home!

I can read them on my PC or on my iPad in my  Kindle app.

My friend Nancy told me about it a few months ago, but I had trouble figuring things out. But Amazon has a tutorial that got me sorted and now I'm waiting for the notification that an e-copy of the book I want is available.

I'm well on my way to reaching that 26-book goal now!

Have you heard of this? Used it? What are your thoughts?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Outlander is back....and available

Back in September, I posted about the book/tv series Outlander. At the time, I was only able to view the first three episodes of it. I borrowed the book and read through all 600+ pages in a matter of days.

I've been waiting patiently for the series to appear on DVD via Netflix since then and the first two discs arrived in my mail last Friday.

I rewatched the first three eps and proceeded eagerly through the next five. Sunday ended up rainy so no lawn mowing. What better way to spend and dreary drippy day than watching a visually stunning tv show. The actors are pretty too.

Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser.

I have to say they couldn't have arrived at a better time as all my other shows have wound to a close and I needed something new to tease and teach the muse.

So it's the epic tale of a woman sucked two hundred years into the past through standing stones in Scotland while on her second honeymoon following the close of WWII. She must learn to navigate life in the Scottish Highlands in the 18th century while being suspected of being an English spy.

Hope your weekend was as relaxing and enjoyable as mine!

Friday, March 6, 2015

What a difference a day makes...

Yesterday morning, 6:20am...

 Today, 5:40am...

Whatever your weather, enjoy the weekend.

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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 Mar 2015

  • The Edinburgh Problem by snorklepie
  • Of Shoes and Ships and Mobile Phones by sc010f
  • Tea by Marmosette
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 35 by serpentynka
  • Countdown by missilemuse
  • The Right Question by RetardedCookie
  • The Pillars of Hercules by orphan_account
  • The Burden of Atlas orphan_account
  • The Spot of Art by sc010f
  • We Wear This Mask by ImpishTubist
  • Time Yet by sc010f
  • What's in a Name by steptostars
  • Lay Down by sc010f
  • Business Time by sc010f
  • And Yet You Proved Me Wrong by treez_r_green
  • Learn to Wear Each Other Well by sinuous_curve
  • Let Me Take You For a Ride by voxangelus
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 34 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 33 by serpentynka
  • Finally by Meredydd
  • Right Hand Man by SilentAuror
  • Pistachio by Marmosette
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 32 by serpentynka
  • Learn to Wear Each Other Well by sinuous_curve
  • Unrepentant by squire
  • The Trouble With "Greg: by wendymarlowe
  • The Holiday Cycle, ch. 2 by flawedamethyst
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 31 by serpentynka
  • And Stand There at the Edge of My Affection by coloredink
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 30 by serpentynka
  • You Bring the Rain by orphan_account
  • At Least There's the Football by sheffiesharpe
  • At Least There's the Football by sheffiesharpe
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 29 by serpentynka
  • Interview with Wendy Marlowe by May_Shepard
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 28 by serpentynka
  • Sherlock's Soldier!John Kink is Getting Out of Hand by wendymarlowe
  • Just Another Day by mia6363
  • When a Fantastic Plan Comes Together by mia6363
  • Nobody Told Him by mia6363
  • The Long Way Home by mia6363
  • Forever Dom by Lavender Daye
  • Same Time Next Week by mia6363
  • Told in Texts by et_cetera55
  • The Bruce Partington Conspiracy by marysutherland
  • Five Times Lestrade Gave Comfort by lucybun
  • The Speech by mia6363
  • Another Man by trillsabells
  • How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sherlock by trillsabells
  • Learn to Wear Each Other Well by sinuous_curve
  • Bulletproof by mia6363
  • Someone Like You by orphan_account
  • Out of the Ashes, chs. 1-8 by wendymarlowe
  • The Key by 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 27 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 26 by serpentynka
  • Two Solitudes by Like Cheese for Mice
  • So Quite a New Thing by forthegenuine
  • Happy Fucking Christmas by gloria_scott
  • Bacause You're Worth It by wastingyourgum
  • Love Letters by aislingdoheanta
  • Jealous Guy by marysutherland
  • You Cannot Libel the Dead by marysutherland
  • Perseverance by marysutherland
  • MISex by marysutherland
  • Persuasion by second_skin
  • Virtually Perfect by Random_Nexus
  • Ex Libris by saki101
  • Seat Assignmnt: Open by saki101
  • We're Sorry for Any Inconvenience by saki101
  • The Kidnapping of Gerg Lestrade by Marmosette
  • First Words by irisbluefic
  • Bonheurs Enfantins, Trop Vite Oubliés Effacés by fyria_yiries
  • A Brother to Relieve by heartofstanding
  • Proportional Response by babydrache
  • Sedation by phoeliac
  • The Sensation of Falling Just as You Hit Sleep by greywash
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 25 by serpentynka
  • Iris by slashscribe
  • Ashes Rubble and the Debris by sc010f
  • This Doesn't Feel Like Falling by Dark3Star
  • Through the Clouds by mazarin21b
  • We Are All Together Alone by Mildredandbobbin
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 24 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 23 by serpentynka
  • Enchantress' Destiny by Beth Caudill
  • As We Are, As We Were by CreativeWords
  • Take My Breath Away by Quesarasara
  • The Wedding Present by Bold_as_Brass
  • A Very Delicate Mission by SarahT
  • All the Lonely People by pir8fancier
  • A World More Full of Weeping by Eva
  • Kill Switch by todesfuge

Read in Feb 2015

  • It's Going to Take A Lot to Drag Me Away From You by therestisdetail
  • Proxy by CherryBlossomTide
  • Be Here Now by todesfuge
  • Fic Challenge (16 fics) by Various Authors
  • A Helping Hand by misanthropy
  • Ends by insane_pyro_fic
  • When I Stop by lindentreeisle
  • Gravitational Resonance by ivywatcher
  • How Mycroft Stopped Worrying About Sherlock by jupiter_ash
  • Yet Again the World Sets In by thinkpink20
  • Sonata Form by cj_ludd18
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 22 by serpentynka
  • Father Christmas by azriona
  • The Seat of Reason by thesardine
  • You Didn't Ask by Raspberry_Blond
  • In the Space of a Breath by Mice
  • An Interesting Puzzle by awanderingbird
  • One Photograph by thatautumn
  • Ministry of Blogging by cleo_2010
  • Family, Genu, Species by abundantlyqueer
  • Silenced by abundantlyqueer
  • The Date by wendymarlowe
  • Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh (audio)
  • Why Would I Need You by burnteggshells
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 21 by serpentynka
  • Corpus Hominus by mycapeisplaid
  • Without a Clue by naughtyspirit
  • Coda by SilentAuror
  • Battle Scars II by Char Simser
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 20 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 19 by serpentynka
  • Firebird by vulgarweed
  • Legwork by yonwords
  • The Sexual Awakening of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson by suitesamba
  • Scales of Justice by Ngaio Marsh (audio)
  • Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh (audio)
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries & Other Stories by John Taylor (audio)
  • Thrilling Stories of the Railway by Victor L. Whitechurch
  • Red Apples by naughtyspirit
  • Seven Times a Night in Baker Street by achray
  • Best Assignment Ever by wendymarlowe
  • A Week in the Country by chainsaw_poet
  • How to Miss a Train by suchaprettyface
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 18 by serpentynka
  • Unwasted by patternofdefiance
  • Comme de Enfants by Eliane
  • Life Toward the Light Will Dissolve by DoubleNegative
  • Gravity by thegingerbatch
  • The Holiday Cycle, ch. 1 by flawedamythyst
  • The Apology, ch. 3 by wendymarlowe
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 17 by serpentynka
  • A Satisfactory Arrangement by SilentAuror
  • Regarding the Flatshare A by OpalJade
  • A LIfe of Crime by chasingriver
  • Did You Say Tuesday? by chasingriver
  • Pillow Talk by chasingriver
  • Cough by chasingriver
  • Cambridge Weekend by chasingriver
  • Proposal by chasingriver
  • Double-decker by chasingriver
  • Kidnapped by randomly_rusted
  • The Specter at the Feast by gothikmaus
  • The Case of the Unexpected Guest by thirdbird
  • Undercover Heat, ch. 1 by Lavender Daye
  • Trespassing Heart (partial) by Mary Hicks
  • What John Doesn't Know Won't Hurt Him by blueink3
  • The Apology, ch. 2 by wendymarlowe
  • The DI and the Spy 2 by chasingriver
  • The DI and the Spy by chasingriver
  • I'm Pretty Sure This Changes Shit by cwb
  • A Reliable Man (series) by randomly_rusted
  • Protection Detail by randomly_rusted
  • An Education by randomly_rusted
  • Denigrating, Pejorative, Dissapproving by kirstenlouise
  • Cranes by chasingriver
  • Birthdays Are Tricky by peg22
  • An Ordinary Man by gothikmaus
  • A Reasonable Solution by gothikmaus
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 16 by serpentynka
  • The Apology, ch. 1 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 64 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 63 by wendymarlowe
  • Not Your Average Threesome by thirdbird
  • What Would John Do? by Solorosan
  • Watching the Northern Lights by Solorosan
  • Babysitting by Solorosan
  • Dear John, ch. 62 by wendymarlowe
  • Nobel 2014 by Solorosan
  • All Mobiles Should Be Turned Off... by Solorosan
  • Back to Black by gothikmaus
  • Ad Libitum by thegingerbatch
  • Slow by thegingerbatch
  • Stardust by thegingerbatch
  • Fitting by thegingerbatch
  • Dear John, ch. 61 by wendymarlowe
  • I Don't Love You and I Always Will by thegingerbatch
  • Ducks in a Row by kirstenlouise
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 15 by serpentynka
  • Dear John, ch. 60 by wendymarlowe
  • Rodeo Justice, chs. 1-3 by Robin Perini
  • The Yellow Poppies by SilentAuror
  • Dear John, ch. 59 by wendymarlowe
  • Battle Scars II, chs, 1 & 2 by Char Simser
  • An Ocean Between by Impish Tubist
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 14 by serpentynka
  • Dear John: In response to your last by MissyTheLeast
  • Dear John, ch. 58 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 57 by wendymarlowe
  • Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel
  • Dear John, ch. 56 by wendymarlowe
  • Strength in Numbers by kate1521
  • Tooth Decay... by Michelle Ray
  • Dear John, ch. 55 by wendymarlowe
  • The Outcast Highlander by R.L. Syme
  • The Norwood Love Builders by flawedamythyst
  • My Blogger's New Girlfriend by missilemuse
  • Secret Santa by azriona
  • Triage by Morgan_Stuart
  • Grabbing a Cuppa by methylviolet10b
  • The Sum of One Bond by Helicidae
  • All That's Made by hitslikehammers
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 13 by serpentynka
  • Dear John, ch. 54 by wendymarlowe