Sunday, December 16, 2012

These Little Shoes

Hello everyone!  I know I know I have been away from the blog for over a month now and I sincerely apologize for it.  I have been in the middle of finishing up some writing projects and developing some new ideas.  Stay tuned for more details.

A few weeks ago, I wrote some reviews for some children's clothing retailers including The Children's Place,  77 Kids, and The Children's Place Canada.  And these really cute shoes gave me something to think about.  A picture of these purple shoes became a wallpaper on my computer. My brother asked if these were my dream shoes. I said "no."  (These aren't the original shoes, but you get the idea).

Note: I like to keep my personal life out of the online world as much as possible.  So I am careful not to share too much information or something I will regret or get in trouble for later. Therefore, I will only share certain aspects of  my personal life. The shoes inspired this post.

Next year, I will be turning 30.  Because I am getting closer to being 30, I am starting to contemplate my future.  You know things like, will I ever find that special someone?  Will I ever get married and have children?  (Will I name my child after a book character?)  A friend of my who is younger calls reaching 30 a mid life crisis for women.  Well, I am not sure about that, but I know that your thinking begins to change.

I remember back when I was in my early 20's, I could care less about dating and getting married. I didn't understand what all the hype was all about. However about four years ago, all of that changed. My cousins, peers, and some friends were getting engaged and married. In one year I was going to a wedding every time I turned around. Another issue I was having was when I was in college, I developed a crush on my professor.  I had crushes before but at that time, it felt wrong.  It felt wrong because I was a 20 something dreaming about someone who was totally out of my league.  It felt high schoolish. And the whole time I kept reminding myself of the obvious factors.  The crush ran its course and ended. After that, I was tired of living in a fantasy world.

Another issue I know I will have to face if I get married is rather or not to have children.  I am undecided on the subject.  I LOVE children and they love me back.  I am pretty good with them.  Raising children in today's world is hard work.  Because of that factor alone, many people have decided not to have children.  Case and point I have friends who have said that they don't want to have children. Then I know some who do want children.  For those who don't want to have children, I can understand their concerns.

My heart goes out to those who want to have children but can't.  It's a shame how the shooter took the lives of those innocent children in Newtown, CT.  He's a coward simply put.  He took innocently lives because he's unhappy.  My heart goes out to those parents.

I would love to have children someday.  I have a teenage brother.  As teenagers have their ups and downs.  When experiencing these downs, I would think, "okay I can see why people don't want children."  No matter what generation you grew up in, being a teen had its own challenges.  Raising children has its ups and downs.
But then there are moments like these.

Yes, I know the picture is not right side up.  When children look at you with their big eyes and smile at you, it just warms your heart.  I love the little girl in the first picture.  Looks like she is anticipating something.  Maybe she is hoping for someone to pick her up.

Whatever my future holds, I can't wait to see what happens.  Have a good day everyone.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Missing In Action......

Good afternoon everyone!  I realized that I haven't posted anything since October 25.  Things have been pretty busy around here.  For those of you read the blog regularly noticed that I have been talking more about shopping than writing.  My writing these days has been focused on writing consumer reports and product reviews for Knoji.  I discovered in Word 2010, you can download a book manuscript template.  I downloaded it and saved it on my USB drive.  Now if I can just come up with a compelling story.

Last Sunday, I did some unexpected shopping.  I went to the mall with some friends.  These days, I am happy with going to a mall once or twice a year.  Anyway  Charlotte Russe had Camisoles on sale for $5.  So what did I do? I bought five of them. Camisoles come in handy especially for tops that are cut too low.  I am not a big fan of Charlotte Russe clothing because everything fits tight on me and everything I bought from them doesn't last long.  I made an exception for camisoles.

Also, I made a visit over to Barnes N Noble.  I browsed the YA/Teen Fiction section.  I use to feel awkward browsing there due to the fact that I will be 30 next year.  It's kind of like, how do you know when it is time to stop watching MTV or the Disney channel.  (I don't watch the Disney channel, but I know some adults who do).  Anyway, it is nice to know that some adults do read YA fiction.

I am proud of myself for not buying a book.  I don't have room to store them unless I buy some plastic containers and put them under the bed.  I am still considering buying a Nook. 
And my brother was like, "Why?"

I found it fascinating to see the B&N parking lot packed on a Sunday night. 
And my brother said as we parked the car, "Is it Avid Book Readers Night?"  
I didn't buy a book because I had three books I need to finish reading and
 I didn't see anything that I really wanted. 

Also, I decided not to buy any books until next year when Sarah Dessen's 
and Susane Colasanit's new books come out. 
But I did come out of Wal-Mart with a bag, it never fails.  

In other news, two roughly two weeks ago, I went on a road trip to Tyler, Texas.
I visited the Rose Garden which is a major tourist attraction there.

Yes, that's me with the roses.  Shocked?  Not what you were expecting?

I'm not the world's best photographer but at least my thumb wasn't in the way.  Maybe I should learn how to use Photo Shop. 

It is business as usual around here. 
 I am still crawling through Lauren Conrad's LA Candy. 

In B&N,  I noticed that Lauren has started a new series called Fame Game.  
I believe that it is a spin off of her LA Candy series. 
I don't it will be something I will be interested in reading. 
I have been trying to catch up with emails and phone calls all week.  
I still have people I need to write in which I have not heard from in a while.  

I received my check in the mail this week. 
It is nice to know that the long hours I spend on this computer is finally paying off.
That is all for today. I wish that I had more exciting or interesting news to tell you.  

Have a good day everyone.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Places to Shop: Smiley Cookie, 80's Purple, and Metro Style

Good afternoon, and welcome back to a bonus edition of Places to Shop.  Since I was gone last week, I didn't get to post last week's edition of Places to Shop.  So you all will get a second helping this week.

So here it goes.....

I could really go for some chocolate right now. :)

When I was writing the review this company, my brother walks over to my computer and says, "80's Purple?  Do they sell Prince jackets?"  While I didn't see any "Prince Jackets", they sell tops, bottoms, sweaters, sweatshirts, etc. for men and women.  I pretty sure that what Prince wears is probably custom made.

Well that is it for this week's edition of Places to Shop.  Remember to obtain your coupon code, just follow the link to the full review and coupon codes.  For more coupons and savings, head over to  Happy shopping. :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Places To Shop:Reve Boutique, The Nerds, and Perry Ellis

Hello everyone and welcome back to this week's edition of Places to Shop. I am sorry that I have been away from the blog for a while.  I have been away because I took a road trip last week.  I decided to unplug and leave the laptop at home.  Besides, I did not have room to pack it anyway. So here it goes.

Reve Boutique is an online retailer which was launched by celebrity stylist Meital B.  This online boutique sells high quality tops, bottoms, handbags, accessories, and more.

I never thought that there would be a store called The Nerds.  It's true, there is an online store called The Nerds which carries all of your favorite electronics and accessories.

Perry Ellis also known as Cubavera is a retailer which sells men's shirts. They also offer a small selection of shirts for women.  Perry Ellis/Cubavera has physical stores located throughout the United States and an international location in Mexico.

That is all for this edition of Places to Shop.  Happy shopping! :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Places to Shop: Trends Bazar, Spoil Me Fashion, Prime Runway.

Good afternoon, and welcome to this week's edition of Places to Shop.  So I am off to a slow start today.  Temps have dropped down to the 50's. Which meant that yesterday, I had no choice but to move all of my summer clothes to the back of the closet.  It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I would much rather be warm and cozy under a blanket, but as a freelance writer, I can't afford to do so all day.  I had a few emails to send out today, a few calls to make,  mail to put in the mail box, and household chores to take care of, but now let's get down business.

Prime Runway

Prime Runway is an online retailer based in Milan, Italy.  Here you can find all of your favorite designer clothes and accessories for less.

Spoil Me Fashion

Spoil Me Fashion is an online jewelry retailer.  Here you can find rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.

(I think that this ring is really cute).

Trends Bazar

Last but not least, Trends Bazar is a lot like Prime Runway. They sell designer clothes and accessories at lower prices  than department stores and boutiques.  

Well, that's all for this week's edition of Places to Shop.  Remember happy shopping! :)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hello October

It has been a busy week around here. On Tuesday, I had an interview for a senior living marketing associate job at a local company.  I have also been busy with my online writing.  I am slowly crossing things off my to do list.  I do have one daunting task that I need to cross off my list, and that is moving my summer clothes to the back of the closet. I hate doing this because it takes forever and I have a small closet. Therefore, I have to do this time twice a year.  It has been in the 70's and 80's during the day and the low 60's at night. So I may can put this off for another week or so.  Eventually, I am going to have to pull out the sweaters.  Other than the closet switching, I love fall.  It is my favorite season because it is not too hot or cold, I love seeing the fall colors, and Greenville's yearly Fall For Greenville.  It is a big festival where everyone in the Upstate gathers to enjoy food, music, and good times with friends and family.

Fall also means new TV shows.  I am not a big TV watcher, but I do watch my share of TV from time to time.  I started watching The Mindy Project staring Mindy Kaling.  Mindy played the role of Kelly from The Office.  I watched two episodes on iTunes and I have not formed an opinion of the show yet.  I am the kind of person who tries to give things a chance.  Mindy Project has some of the quirkiness of The Office and a cloned version of Kelly.  Okay, so I may have a slight opinion.  Anyway, will I continue to  tune in each week?  Will it be worth watching? It's kind of early to tell.

I use to watch that show Outsourced, and it didn't last but one season.  It wasn't funny.  One of the characters creeped me out, and I often wondered how the Indian community felt about the show.

I also finished two books on my reading list. They were library books, so I had to finish them first. I read Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg.  It was a nice story and it took a while for the story to develop.  The one thing I appreciated about this book is that the author did not use foul language and explicit scenes.  I personally do not believe that these elements are necessary to make a good story.  Many may disagree or agree with me , but I think that stories loaded with four letter words and sex scenes take away from the story.  For instance, I read an ebook called You Can't Run From the Heat by independent author Qiana Williams.  It started out as a great story, but sadly I had to abandon it.  There were WAY too much foul language and WAY TOO EXPLICIT scenes.  I thought that it took away from the book.  Those who know me well know that I LOVE to read and rarely abandon a book.  If I have to abandon a book, it is for a good reason.

I also read The Story of Us by Deb Caletti.  I am not a big Caletti fan, but I do read her books often.  The story was about a girl named Cricket who is struggling to handle change.  Unfortunately, I was bored with the story, but what got me through was the characters.  Caletti always creates memorable characters in her novels.

So I guess that wraps up my update for the week.  Have a good weekend everyone.  

Friday, September 28, 2012

Places to Shop: Moshi, Pink Basis, and Pure Collection

Good morning everyone!  I am up bright and early to give you a second helping of Places to Shop. Today's featured stores are Moshi, Pink Basis, and Pure Collection.

I normally review clothing retailers, but the other day, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone  and review Moshi.  If you have never heard of Moshi, it is an online retailer which sells accessories for your iPad, iPod, iPhone, and other tech gadgets.  I didn't see anything for my iPod which is four years old and is probably considered a dinosaur in today's fast moving technology world.

Pure Collection is a retailer based in Europe which specializes in all things cashmere.  I always liked the way cashmere feels-really really soft.  

Pink Basis has a lot of bright, bold, and colorful clothing and accessories.  Here is a purse that is guaranteed to bring a smile on someone's face.  

That's all for this week.  As always happy shopping! 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Places to Shop: Pottery Barn, Abbey Dawn, and Dress N Impress.

Good evening everyone, and welcome to another edition of Places to Shop.  Today's featured retailers are Pottery Barn, Abbey Dawn, and Dress N Impress.

Dress N Impress

Dress N Impress is an online retailer based in Europe which sell designer clothing for men and women.  Dress N Impress offers customers a convenient way to shop without having to deal with heavy traffic and crowded stores.

When you click on the green "Reveal Promo Code," you can get up to 50% off your next purchase.

Abbey Dawn

Our next featured company is Abbey Dawn.  In case you have never heard of Abbey Dawm, it is a clothing line developed by singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne.  This clothing line is dedicated to young girls who are not afraid to stand out from the crowd.  Avril's clothing line is very rocker chic.  

Interested in shopping here?  You can get Abbey Dawn's current promotion by clicking on the View Deal page link within the review on Knoji.

Pottery Barn

Last but not least is Pottery Barn.  Pottery Barn is U.S. based home decor retailer which sale home furnishings and home decor items.  There is likely a Pottery Barn in your town or city, or at least near by.  Be sure to get their current promotions when you visit the review at  

I personally like this office setup.  I wish my partial office space looked like this.  Well, that's all for this edition of Places to Shop.  Good night everyone, and happy shopping!  :)  

Friday, September 21, 2012

And my to do list keeps growing.....

It has been busy around here.  With fall fast approaching, it will be time for me to move all of my summer clothes to the back of the closet.  On Sunday, I got sick of not being able to close my closet door.  So I re-stacked purses, repositioned shoe boxes, and refolded blankets.  I have one blanket that takes up a lot of space. I only pull it out on extremely cold nights, but that doesn't happen around here too often.  Anyway, I also found an old alarm clock and my Toshiba laptop that doesn't work anymore.  I know I should recycle it somewhere, I just need to find out where.

I have been doing my online writing this week as usual.  It appears that  the editorial staff is behind on approving product reviews.  I posed this question in the forums, another writer said that she is waiting for on approval of her work. I think editorial must be swamped this week. So I probably won't be able to post my new feature Places to Shop this week.

In the midst of taking care of the daily house work, I am crawling through my 2012 Reading List.  I have five books lined up to read and or review.

Two of the books were checked out from the library.  They were due back today, but I had to call yesterday to renew them.  Right now, I am reading Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg and I am almost finished.  Next up, will be The Story of Us by Deb Caletti.  It's a long book, so I better get to it before October 5.

I have also been reading Lauren Conrad's LA Candy, but I abandoned it for now even though I am half way through the book.  I also started reading Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren back in the summer. I have had this book in my possession since June, and have not completed it.  Celeste, if you are reading this I hope to get back to this book very soon.

On a final note, I am baffled by the fact of the amount  of laundry that keeps piling up.  I am practically washing and folding every day. Does anyone experience this?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Places to Shop: J Crew, Cultural Elements, Crate and Barrel, and Urban Outfitters

For the past few weeks, I have been sharing links within blog posts to all of the online retailers I have written reviews for.  So I decided that they deserved their own special feature on the blog.  Each week I will feature a list of places to shop and their coupon codes for each store's promotions.  You can get your coupon code by clicking the green "View Deal Page" button.

J Crew

Urban Outfitters

Cultural Elements

Crate and Barrel

Happy shopping!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

I'm Not A Purse Addict....I Promise

It's not always easy to live on a budget these days especially with the rise of gas prices...... again.  Yes, I am aware of the gas prices despite the fact that I don't even own a car.  At any rate, yestrday I was at Goodwill  to visit their Job Connections.  Well, Job Connections was closed, so I browsed around the Goodwill store.  I found not one but two purses.  The first purse, a bright orange one caught my attention.  As I kept looking around, I found a black Kate Spade purse for $5.00!  I couldn't believe it.  The orange one was $3.50.  I spent a total of $8.50.   You can't even buy a good quality purse in the store for that much.  I only found a purse that was fairly cheap at Charlotte Russe a few years ago.  Sadly, I had to throw it away because it started peeling.  These new purses are sturdy and made of good materials so I should be keeping them for a while.

I'm not the world's best photographer but you get the idea.  What else has been going on?  I have been hard at on more product and service reviews.  When you click on a link you like, be sure to take advantage of the company's coupons, promotions, and current offers.

  1. Coach
  2. Anna Scholz
  3. Clothing Candy
  4. Gifts

While writing my review for Clothing Candy, I could not believe the prices.  What is Clothing Candy? is an online clothing retailer located in Singapore which sells clothing and prom dresses.  As I was browsing the site this bag caught my attention:

light Green PU Leather Bag $21.50

And I liked this bright red one, I can pack of few book in there.

Bright Watermelon Red Bag $21.50

So there you have it. Like what you see. Just head over to Clothing Candy and take a look around. And they accept PayPal.  I hope that you didn't get the wrong idea.  I'm not a purse addict even though I own a few purses and handbags.  I do like a good bag.  My major requirement is that it must be roomy and I can hold all my stuff.  I have a cute Chanel purse that is so small I can't fit my wallet in there. It is more of a special occasiion purse more than anything.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone.

Monday, August 27, 2012

And IT's Monday.......

Good afternoon everyone!  Things have been busy around here.  Over the weekend, I finished two product reviews.  I am also done with my Baby-Sitters Club flashback.  There is no way I could read the entire series.  I had no idea that Stacey was fired in Stay vs. The BSC.  Maybe that's how Abby came in the picture?  Anyway, I started thinking what would these characters be doing as adults.

I think Claudia would a model, artist, or maybe a fashion designer.  She did make her own jewelry.  I think that Jesse would be a ballerina, Kristy a president or CEO of some company, Mallory would be a bestselling children's author, and I'm not sure what Mary-Anne, Dawn, Abby, and any other characters I may have missed would be.

I recall becoming bored with BSC books by the time 8th grade came around.  What drove me crazy was that from the time they hit 8th grade, they were frozen in time stuck in the same school and same town.  I kept wondering when were they ever going to high school.

As I try to move back into "adult proper" books, I decided to listen to Mona Simpson's My Hollywood.  When I started listening, I have dozed off a few times.  This is the problem with audiobooks.  If I get too relaxed, I will fall asleep. It is almost like sitting in the front of TV.  With audiobooks, I would have to go back and listen to previous chapters to connect the dots as far as what's going on.   I have three books which  still need to be read.

Back to School is in full swing here in my home town.  My mom is back at work at the pre-school she teaches at.  The school buses come through the neighborhood in the afternoon like clockwork every day.  School supply sales are all over the place.  I remember three years ago when I graduated college and when Back to School came around, I felt awkward.  I knew that I didn't need to go out in buy pens, pencils, and notebooks anymore; but somehow I would be browsing  the stationary aisles at Wal-Mart or Staples.  As a writer, I need to keep the basic essentials on hand like printer paper and ink.

And speaking of ink, I thought that I was running out of ink last week.  The printer lights were blinking and blank and faded pages were coming out.  What made this ordeal frustrating was that the ink is fairly new.  So   when I took out the cardriage, I found a sticker still stuck to it.  Just think....I almost spent $15.00 for more ink.

Pretty soon it is going to be fall.  Where did the summer go?  Where did half of the year go?  Before long we will be pulling out sweaters and coats.  Maybe South Carolina will see some snow this year.  Wishful thinking.

Here is what I have been working on.  And be sure to take advantage of the coupon codes.  When you click on the link to open the article, you will find an orange "Get Current Promotion Code."

  1. The Stationary Studio
  2. Bath and Body Works
  3. Build-A-Bear Workshop
  4. Baby Gift Station

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Writer At Work

Hi everyone, I wanted to pop in and say hello since I haven't posted in a while.  What have I have been up to?  As I have mentioned before, I have been focusing my time on product reviews for and writing assignments that are worth my time. Last week I reviewed Purse Boutique, Ann Taylor, and American Eagle.  It has been an interesting experience.

It usually takes me at least two days to complete a review.  I have to research the site's page rank on Google  Page Rank and Alexa.  I also have to find out how many Twitter followers or Facebook likes the company has.  I am finding that many companies are getting on the Pinterest wagon.  Does anyone use Tumblr?  It reminds me of Twitter to some degree.

I also write company snapshots.  Today, I took an assignment for Candy Crate.  I visited the site and they sell bulk amount of candy.  This is an awesome place for candy lover, but the downside is that too much candy is bad for your health and your teeth.

Last week, I visited a small Books -A-Million in North Carolina.  I most say that I am EXTREMELY proud of myself for not buying anything.  No pens, bookmarks, notebooks, journals, or books.  I walked out of the store empty handed.  Part of the reason is this particular location did not have a good selection of books. Most of the books I have seen were books I have already owned, checked out from the library, or books I was not interested in reading.

And now I am hitting that awkward brain pause.  I hate this when this happens when talking on the phone.  And that is partly why I welcome texting and emailing.

Another reason why I didn't buy any more books is the fact that I have three books waiting to be read.  I have been listening to some audiobooks from the Baby-Sitter's Club series by Ann M. Martin.  I don't blame  you if you are rolling your eyes at your computer screen (me).  Here I am a grown woman who will be 30 next year (listening) reading  BSC books.  It has been a nice trip down memory lane.  If you grew up reading     about Stacey, Kristy, Mary-Anne, Dawn, and Claudia then you will know what I am talking about.

These books were written back in the 1980's and 90's.  It reminded me of a time when parents didn't have to worry what their children were doing online, especially social networks.  There was a time when children played outside, people actually talked on the phone, etc.  There was a method of communication called "letter writing."   I have to wonder if the series was set in this day and age, what would it be like?  Would we see these beloved characters carrying on conversations via text messaging, email, and social media.  Would their parents allow them have Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc?

The way we communicate these days is very different from 20 years ago.  All of this hi-tech communication baffles my parents. To be more specific, they are baffled by the fact that some of my friends prefer texting and communicating on the computer (email, Facebook, etc.) They prefer face to face communicating.  Sometimes, I have to wonder and ask myself if technology is making me lazy.

What do I mean?  Well, most of the time I find it easier to type up a quick email or send a text. When I called people, I always felt like I always called people at a bad time or talked to their voicemails more than them.  So when I heard about Facebook, although apprehensive I joined. I found it convenient, and an easier way to keep up with everyone.  Sadly though, this was the one way I knew who was getting married, dating, and having babies.  However, convenience came to an end.  What do you think?  Do you think technology is making us lazy.

Here are the latest product and services reviews which have been published this year.

You can take advantage on each store's promotions by clicking on the orange "GET THIS COUPON" button.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Coupons: Textbookx

It's that time of year again and students are headed back to school.  Many students across America will be headed off to college.  One of the biggest expenses is buying textbooks.  Today, I would like to share a coupon with you.

 Textbookx is an ideal destination for students who want to purchase new, used, or rent textbooks.  You can get free shipping on retail order over $49.  Just use to coupon code by clicking here. 

Busy Bee....

Hello readers, I'm back!  When I signed in this morning, I noticed that I have 1029 pageviews and counting.  What?  How did that happen?

I started this blog back in March.  I promised myself that I would keep up with blogging and not abandon it.  Well, so far I have kept my promise for the most part.  Three years ago, I started a blog Book Club of One, but abandoned it after three months or so.

I plan to remain active with this blog.  I have noticed that some of my popular posts included the Flashback Fridays videos and a post about Susane Colasanti's novel Keep Holding On.  I hope that I can keep things fresh and not bore y'all to death.  So I am looking for new ideas to make that possible. So please leave a comment here.

I'm amazed that I hit the 1,000 mark so soon.  As far as I know, I have only one fan.  (If you're reading this you know who you are).   This tells me that people are stopping by to read periodicly or on a regular basis. 

Within the last few weeks, I have been trying to focus on writing again.  I would love to actually write and finish a novel one day, but that goal is a work in progress.  Meanwhile, I am still creating web content and product reviews.  So here is what I have been working on this week. 

Barnes and Noble Site Review FAQ (Shipping, Returns, and Pricing)
Biography of Jessica Bird
YA Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
YA Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

The story about Jessia Bird was going to be publshe somewee else, but I missed the deadline, oops.  So I decided to publish it  on Knoji.  I had no idea who she was.  She also writes paranormal romance fction under the name JR Ward.  The other nght, the had a camrcial for her latest novels.   I don't know anythng about her books and she is totally outside of my reading realm.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dude, Where's My Stuff

Today's post was inspired by something I read earlier this weekend.  I read that last year, over 8,000 laptops, smart phones, and USB sticks were left behind at seven major airports around the world.  Really.....I can't imagine leaving my computer around at an airport, but I guess if you are in a hurry, you are bound to leave something behind.  When I was in college, I left my purse in the library and thankfully I noticed right away and it was still there.  I was hauling a heavy back pack then.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Getting Down To Writing

For the last few months, I have done little writing.  I knew that I needed to get down to business and start back writing.  I had drafts of articles and book reviews that were unfinished months ago. So after cleaning out my USB stick and organizing files, I decided that it was time to edit, polish, and publish online.  Today I edited an article about Patricia Polacco and a book review of Stay by Deb Caletti.  You can find the following on

I have been focusing my time on writng company snapshots.  Unfortunately they have not been published yet. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

I'm Back!

I have been away from the blog for over a month now.  I have been trying to catch up on writing projects.  In addition to writing web content, product reviews, and book reviews for the several sites I write for, I started writing company snapshots for  There are pretty easy assignments where I answer eight questions about a particular site. 


At the beginning of the month, I went out of town and left my laptop at home.  This was great because I wasn't constantly checking email, blogs, or social media.  I went to the computer room at the hotel once to check my mail for an important message related to an interview I was going to go to the following week.

Last week, another opportunity to "unplug"  came when I lost my laptop charger at home.  It sounds strange I know, but it's nowhere to be found in my home. Therefore, I had to buy a new one from the manufacturer.   I had to wait four business days including the weekend for my new charger.  So I was away from the computer for a week. 

 A Bookstore Is A Dangerous Place For Me

Last Thursday, I went job hunting.  I stopped for lunch at the mall's food court.   After I finished eating, I stopped at Books-A-Million.  I didn't plan to buy anything but just look around.  But then, I couldn't resist.  I searched through books and found something to read.  I decided to buy and read Lauren Conrad's LA Candy series.  I have already read Sweet Little Lies two years ago, but I wanted to read LA Candy the first book in the series; and Sugar and Spice.  I know that some may consider her books or similar ones not to be quality reading material and probably would not be taken seriously in a literature class. However, it is a quick summer read along with its light and fluffiness.  This series makes me wonder if reality shows are really reality. 

I'm not big on reality shows and there are very few shows that I can tolerate.  I can handle shows like House Hunters and House Hunters International and Travel channel shows.  I am sorry if that makes me sound boring. I did watch The Hills from time to time, so the book reminds of the show.

I told a friend a while back that it may be time to invest in a eReader like a Nook or Kindle.  This is because since I don't have a bookshelf, I am running out of space to store books.  This is why I had no business buy books Thursday, but I could not resist.  And I bought pens, and I didn't need to buy them neither.  I NEED SELF CONTROL!

It was nice to see all of YA author Sarah Dessen's new paperbacks in person. I especially like the cover for This Lullaby because it's purple.  All of the shiny new covers look brighter and say: RRAD ME PLEASE!

Time With Family

My relatives from Texas came to visit the other week.  It was wonderful to see them because we don't get to see them often because of the distance.  We showed them around town and had ourselves a good time.

On a closing note, my heart goes out to those in Aurora, Colorado who lost friends and loved ones in the Dark Knight premeire movie theater  shooting. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Follow Me On Bloglovin

Hello social butterflies!  On a whim, I just signed up for Bloglovin.  This should be safe and not as controversal as Facebook or any other social site.  So if you are on there, feel free to follow the blog on Bloglovin.

Friday, June 8, 2012

What I'm Reading

I haven't written anything here since last Wednesday, and it feels so long time ago.  Last Friday about this time I was attending my brother's graduation party.  It turned out to be a success.  The crowd didn't start coming in until almost an hour later.  We had a slide show, commentaries,  a guitar performaance, and dancing.  My friend Celeste from Crazy Beautiful Unique blog and her husband Jacob gave us a swing dance performance. 

After the party was over, I left with aching feet and a ton of stuff to take back home. The fridge is loaded down with party food and cake.  We could use some help eatting it.

My temp job at the local college ended yesterday. I felt sort of sad leaving the office one last time, but I left feeling more confident to walk back into the job market.  So now, I need to update and print out some new resumes.  I have already emailed a few.  I received two calls already.  One of them is for a sales job and the other company called to see if I was still interested in their receptionist posstion.  So this gives me hope that I won't be sitting at home for a long period of time again.

So now I have time to write and read books.  I ordered two new books from Barnes N Nobles. I am currently reading Susane Colasanti's Keep Holding On and Waterfall from the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren

I'm running out of room to store my books. I guess I have no choice to switch to digital. Should I invest in a Nook or Kindle?  I already have to PC version of both on my computer.

I am on chapter six of Keep Holding On, and it is heartbreaking.  The novel is about a girl named Noelle who is constantly bullied.  The kids make fun of her lunches and the fact that she is poor.  There is one scene were someone writes something about her on the bathroom wall. There is another scene in the cafeteria where someone throws mashed potatoes at her, and a faculty member stands there and does nothing.

You would think that Noelle would get some relief at home, but she doesn't.  She is mistreated by her mother. Noelle's mom barely keeps food in the house for them, and she even cleans out Noelle's savings account.  She claimed it was for rent.  If that's the case, why didn't she just ask?

To make matters worse, Noelle has an emotionally distant boyfriend who doesn't want to be seen with her. Which brings me to something one of my co-workers said, "Of all of the psychology classes I've taken, I haven't figured out why some women date losers."  In Noelle's, she needs feel loved and wanted since she doesn't get it at home.

I would like to dedicate this book to anyone who has been bullied.   This one is for you.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Flashback Fridays: The Early Edition-Graduation Theme Song

Hi everyone, I know it's Wednesday, but I decided to go ahead and post the Flashback Friday video of the week since the next few days will be busy.  Tomorrow holds a special place in my heart because ten years ago on May 31, 2002, I graduated from high school.  I remembered when we all lined up , and I was constantly checking my cap.  Various members of the football team roared behind me in line.  As we began to march out as the music played, I was waving to the crowd like Miss America. 

Our graduation  theme song was "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion. This is also the song from Titanic. What was your graduation song? Feel free to leave a comment. This will probably be the last post for the week. Enjoy!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lookout Weekend...and Shakespeare in the Park

I normally have pretty quiet weekends.  Friday, I received part of my marketplace order from Barnes N Nobles.  I wish that the whole order would have came together.  I ordered a total of four books, and I have only received 2 out of 2.   This is because the books are being shipped from four different authorized dealers from four different locations.  This explains everything. 

I am stepping out of my reading range and decided to purchase The 30-Second Commute by Stephanie Dickison.  I thought that I should be reading more books that will help me in my writing.  However, this is not a how to be a writer book.  As stated front and center on the cover, this book is a non fiction comedy about writing and working from home.  It is truly a comedy.  I most say that various parts of this book will make you chuckle.   When I opened the book, I noticed right away that the author used song titles as chapter titles.  If this book came with an actual soundtrack, those are the songs you will hear.  When looking through some of those titles, I felt a bit embarassed.  Why?  Because if someone was to walk in my room and randomly pick up this book, and flip over to the soundtrack page, they would say, "she's seriously reading this?"  Maybe they would say, "what was this author thinking?"

Other than the soundtrack selection, it's a really good book; and I can't put it down.  Yesterday afternoon, I was all settled in and started reading.  My brother and I got an invite to go hangout downtown.  We loaded into the car and left.

Downtown Greenville and Falls Parks is popular hangout destination in my neck of the woods.  Here you will find families spending time together eatting ice cream from Marvel Slab or Spill the Beans.  You will see a lot of people walking their dogs of various breeds.  Our group ventured into the park and people watched.  I saw countless dogs pass by, people on bikes. and carrying picnic baskets.  Suddenly Shakespeare in the Park appears.  It wasn't the actual play, but they were just practicing. 

I didn't understand what was going on.  To some I know its sad, but I am not a fan of Shakespeare or British literature. I'm not sure if it was because it was shoved in my face in school.  I tried to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austein on my own, but I was totally lost. I tried listening to it on audio, but that didn't help neither.  Atleast I gave it a chance.

So back to the play, people were making fun of them and getting bored.  I have been to one of these events.  It was Romeo and Julliet.  The play was butchered and after awhile we got bored and went to get ice cream.  I do realize that some would be offended by this gesture. 

Curious about Spakespeare in the Park?  Here's an example. And the reason why it seems butchered is because they try to put a modern spin on the plays.

I apologize for the super long entry today, but this is probably the only time I will get to post this week.  I am also sorry for missing Flashback Fridays.  What else is happening? My office is considering an office theme song.  We aren't like The Office I promise.  We actually get work done.  Here's our canidate. 

Have a good day everyone.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


While things have been slow for the last two weeks at work since its summer semester, I am gearing up to do some writing.  I am currently working a bio piece on Patricia Polacco for Helium.  I have been looking for some fun assignments to build up my enthusiasm.

I thought it would be a good idea to bring my lap top to write during my down time.  I am also anxiously awaiting some books I ordered from Barnes N Nobles.  I have written here before about my discovery of Barnes N Nobles Marketplace.  This is a great way to shop especially if you don't want to pay full price for books.  Seriously, why pay full price if you don't have to.  Hopefully it will be outside my door by the time I can home or by tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Where I Would Like To Be

With summer approaching many are making plans for vacation. I would like to go to the beach at some pont.  The last time I was at the beach was two years ago around September.

For now, this will have to do.  This is not one of my own photos, because I am a bad photographer.
I hope to have more newsworthy things to share soon.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I Should Be Writing.......

Last night when I came home from work, I decided that I would pin myself down to write.  Well, I started off with great intentions.  I pulled out some notes and my yellow legal pads.  Like alwasys, I got distracted.  I had three legal pads sitting in front of me.  Two of them had scribblings for two different book reviews and the other has names of people to invite to my brother's graduation party.  I put away two of my legal pads and then I decided to focus on just one legal pad.  A few minutes later, I booted up the computer; and sometimes this is a big mistake.  I was distracted by email, checking on incoming freelance writing earnings, and I downloaded the May audio issue of The Writer from the National Library Services.  I started listening to it, and well nothing was done by the time I was finished with laundry, and it was time to go to bed.

Maybe I will do better today.

Friday, May 4, 2012

First Week of Work

Good afternoon everyone! I meant to write this morning but I kept dozing off.  Thankfully today is my day off and the last of finals for students.  Yesterday, as soon as I arrived in the office I put my purse away and started working.  I deliveried eight tests to one building before 11:00.  I spent an hour or so preparing new testing envelopments.  I took a 30 minute lunch break and after I was finished I was back to running back and forth delivering tests. 

I lost count of how many trips I made.  Several instructors were popping out into the hallway as they saw me coming around the corner with envelopes and a clipboard in hand. 

Instructor: "Do you have a test for me?"
Me: "What's your name?"
Instructor: (They stated their name).
Me: "No....sorry, maybe in another hour or so.".

This went on all afternoon.  I made my last delivery for the afternoon before 5:00.  In addition to test deliveries, I was sent to pick up a singing Elvis dog from one of the faculty/staff members.  Yes, you read that correctly.  If I had a picture I would post it here.  This puppy sings one of Elvis's songs.  My supervisor is an Elvis fan.

When I went to work Monday morning, I called myself dressing office appropriate.  I wore a skirt and a top.  As I looked around at the staff and work-study students, I immediately felt out of place.  Everyone else was dressed in pants, shirts, and flip flops. Later on, my supervisor looked at me and kindly said, "Please dress causal and were sneakers for the rest of the week."  So I did, and I need to go shopping.   I don't like shopping for pants.  Shirts are eaiser to shop for.  Shoes are another story entirely because of my foot size.

This weekend, I hope to get some writing done before my work week starts all over again. Blog posts maybe scarce for the next five weeks, but I will try to post at least once a week or so.  Have a great weekend everyone.

Monday, April 30, 2012

As Written: Robin Thicke

Last night on Centric, I discovered a show called As Written.  This week's episode featured one of my favorite artist, Robin Thicke.  It didn't come on until 11:00 so I decided to stay up. I know I know, I should have been in the bed.  I couldn't go to sleep anyway.  He mostly talked his career thus far and inspiration of his latest album, Love After War.  I learned a few interesting facts about him.  I didn't know that his mother Gloria Loring song the theme song for the TV show Facts of Life.  Of course, I knew that Alan Thicke from the 80's sitcom Growing Pains is his dad.  I didn't finish watching it because I was interupted by my brother.  Maybe they will rerun it. 

In case you don't know who Robin Thicke is, this clip show help.  This is the one of the first songs I heard by him about six years ago. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Getting Out of the House

As I get closer to Monday, I am having mixed emotions.  I am excited to be headed to work, but I still feel anxious.  What will my first day be like?  What will my workmates be like?  As shallow as it may seem, what am I going to wear?  I have tops and skirts which will be office appropriate.  Since I will be doing tests deliveries for Student Disability Services, I am going to need to wear comfortable shoes. 

This sort of reminds of the first day of school.  One year, I could not go to sleep the night before.  It was nice to meet new teachers and classmates, eventhough some of them I knew since elementary school.  Even in college, the first day of class was interesting.  I had one instructor who introduced himself and gave his bio which included his travels around the world.

During back to school season, I looked foward to buying school supplies. That may sound strange to some of you, but I guess this makes me a nerd.

Speaking of getting out of the house, I was reading Kelly James-Enger's blog: Dollars and Deadlines.  Yesterday's tip for writers was to get out of the house.  She suggested that writers change up their work space and work at the library or a coffee shop.  For me this is a problem.  For starters I live in the rural and I don't drive due to my vission impairment.  I am about ten minutes driving distance from the library, but its not close enough to walk.  Starbucks, Spill the Beans, Coffee Underground are in downtown Greenville.  So for now, I will have to do the best I can.

This is a great tip because you can to actually interact with people, observe your surroundings, and easedrop on conversations.  There was this one time I was eatting at Zaxby's and an adult (I'm not sure if it was the young person's mother or aunt) was telling them not to befriend strangers on Facebook.  A few years ago, a little boy was like, "Stephanie Myers is awesome!"  The adult sitting with this kid grumbled about Twilight.

The downside of working from home as a writer is you stuck in front of the computer pretty much all day.  Sure you can make phone calls and send emails and text messages.  Yeah, there is social networking sites like Facebook.  Its not the same as actually talking to someone.  In my case, I am reading words off a screen most of the time.  Since I deactivated my Facebook account, I have no idea what's going on.  Has technology made us lazy?   I have noticed that I am doing more texting than actually talking on the phone.  I welcomed texting, emailing, and social networking because I don't have to chase people down on the phone. I always felt like I was calling people at a bad time.  Its just a thought.

I have some writing that needs to get done, but I am barely getting anything done.  Atleast I can't blame Facebook since I am on hiatus. I have two more articles I would like to post on Knoji formerly known as Factoidz.  I have been focusing my energy on this site for some time now.  Knoji is one of a handful of writing sites worth writing for.  You can choose your topics to write about or pick assignments from their product reviews and articles.  The good thing about Knoji is that you are paid every month no matter what.  If you write for Suite 101, you have to earn $5 and at Helium it's $25 in order to receive payment. If its $0.60 or $60, you will be paid monthly. When you publish an article, you will receive an upfront payment. The ammount varies and this is left up to the editors. In addition, you will generate revenue for your articles.  I have found that product reviews are worth writing, because they tend to get the most traffic.  If you enjoy writing and looking for ways to pick up extra cash, visit and sign up at Knoji.  You won't make big bucks over night but its worth a try.

I think some time away from the house and the computer will do me some good.

As for Flashback Fridays I will leave with Duckie from Pretty Pink and his version of Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness."  You are probably thinking what?  Don't worry, I provided visual aid. Last year, Kanye West and Jay Z put their own spin on this song simply titled "Otis." 

Have a good weekend everyone.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What Season Is it Again? Writer Vs. the Nay Sayers

It may be April, but the temperatures outside are saying other wise.  Yesterday it was in the 50's in my neck of the woods. I was freezing in the house and I was tempted to pull out my sweatshirt.  But I didn't.  I have all of my sweaters folded up nicely and I am not pulling them back until October or November.  Besides I didn't feel like a bunch of sweaters falling out of my closet.  So I pulled out a blanket.  I heard on the news yesterday, that some parts of the country received snow.  Hmmmm.

This weather makes me want to sleep and be lazy. It's a good thing I'm heading out of the house and off to work next week.  Its a six week tempoary job where I will be in an office a few days a week.  Instead of the birds chirping and the ocassional car driving by my window, I will hear phones, computers (other than my own), students, etc. etc. 

Ebooks are really taking off. I have been thinking about writing an ebook.  Actually, I was thinking about doing about doing a quick read as an experiment to see how well I would do.  I have been writing non fiction web content for almost two years now. So I want to return to fiction. 

I have been having writer's block. I haven't been proud of the fiction I've written. I think the real problem is that I am lacking confidence. I have been dreaming of writing a book for ten years now. I would start something and abandon the story when it would hit a wall. 

I had this idea that I would go to school and become a journalist.  The closet I got to studying journalism is when I took a class in college.  I had a high school teacher who once said that I didn't have wants it takes to be a writer.  When I find myself in a writer's rut, these words creep into my head.  For the last ten years, I have been trying to prove her wrong.

Fast foward years later, here I am.  I write for several websites and I have a blog.  Some of these web content sites, you can simply sign up. On the other hand, you have to prove yourself before you are hired to write for other sites.   Yeah, anybody can start a blog, but these are just small steps but I am doing it and I am a writer. So I may not become a famous best seller author or a literary heavyweight in the literary world, but I am happy to reach this point.  I would like to have at least one book, even if critics says it stinks.

Question: How do I go about designing a professional looking cover for an ebook?

Friday, April 20, 2012

What's Going On?

For the last few days it has been in the 60's here in South Carolina....atleast in my neck of the woods.  It doesn't quite feel like spring, but I am not complaining because it will be in the 80's and 90's in another month or so.  When summer is in full force, we are going to be complaining about it being too hot, and running into gas stations, McDonald's etc. for something to drink like juices, sodas, or smoothies.  A strawberry and bananna smoothie sounds good right now, or maybe a frape.  Once, I had a medium sized frape at night. Big mistake, it took me several hours to go to sleep. 

The biggest problem I encountered this week was my new cell phone.  I upgraded to a LG Extravert.  Oh man, its an extravert all right.  I brought it home and put it on the charger.  Nothing happns.  The next day I noticed that I only had two batteries and the phone never charged.  So I decided to see if the phone would charge through my computer.  I plugged it in and it started charging.  But here's the catch; it still won't charge.  When it charges in the computer, the phone screen says BATTERY CHARGING, but when I take it off the charger the phone goes dead.  The only way I can use my phone is if it is hooked up to the computer.  That's not helping me.  There is no way I am hauling my laptop around just to be able to use my phone.

Customer service said that it could be the phone itself or the battery.  I really like this phone, but if it is going to give me this much trouble, I need to get something else or use my old phone.

For the first time in awhile I decided to watch The Office last night. I haven't been watching this season since Steve Carell better known as Michael Scott left.  I read some reviews last year and people were pulling away from the show.  Last night, as I clicked over to the show, I felt totally lost.  It appears that Ryan and Kelly broke up, there is this lady with a British accent working there now, and Jim and Pam try to fix Kelly up with their pediatrician.  I just felt lost.

It's still a mystery why I started watching the show. It all started four years ago when some friends told me that I needed to check out The Office. So I did...and I was like what is wrong with these people?  Does any work actually get done?  Week after week, I kept watching. There were a lot of haha moments and then there were a lot more say what moments.  I guess I liked the quirkiness of it all. I use to work in an office where a lot of stuff happened. But work got done because it had to.  In one of the rooms in the office, there was a TV. Each afternoon people would go in and watch soap operas.  If the room was in use, they would go online and read the recaps for the day.  This was when all the soap operas were still on the air.  It appears that there are at least four currently on the air.

So, for those of you who are Michael Scott fans and in honor of Flashback Fridays, I'm giving you the best of Michael Scott.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Friday, April 13, 2012

You're Naming Your Baby What?

I came across an article about the hottest baby names of 2012, and parents are naming their children after Hunger Games characters.  Yes, you read that correctly....Hunger Games characters.  I find it hard to imagine naming a child Katniss or Rue.  Can you imagine saying Katniss, stop hitting your brother! Or Rue, please pick up your toys.  Is Rue a girl or boy name?  I've never read Hunger Games, so I have no idea. For some of you who has read the books, this may sound like a wierd question.

Also parents naming their bundles of joy after celeb and other inspirations of Hollywood such as:
  • Blue
  • Blythe
  • Cyrus
  • Ivy
  • Adele
  • Estelle
  • Grayson
There are a few names I would consider, but some sound odd.  If I was to have children....or even get to have children, I would probably name my kids after book characters. Here are some examples.
  • Auden - Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  • Rhiannon- Take Me There by  Susane Colasanti
  • Haley- Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
  • Indigo Summer- Indigo Summer by Monica Mckayhan
I would probably get a few eye rolls on the last one, but you get the idea. My cousin named her son Bryce and my former professor named his daughter Julianna. Both names are different. I would have a harder time coming up with boy names than girls.  So parents, don't be afraid to be different.

Flashback Friday is Back!

I'm back with Flashback Friday.  Since I am having my "say what" moments, I thought I would share this video. I know, I know, why do I keep pulling things from the 80's?  Have you heard of the "Safety Dance"?  The song doesn't make sense and the video puts the icing on the cake. It looks like a renaisance fair gone wrong....that's how it looks to me.

Have a good weekend everyone.