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Monday, December 30, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 17- A Photo of Your Family

This week's challenge is to share a photo of your family. Sorry, no pictures.

Well, I don't have a family of my own-husband, kids, and pets.  I could have shared a photo of me, my parents, and my brother. However, I don't have an up to date family portrait.  In place of that, I am using the below family tree snapshot.



I would love to share a family photo, but to show respect for my parents, I won't share their pictures online. They have been stunned by how much information you can find out about yourself and others on the Internet. Sure, I could have asked, but I already know the answer. Therefore, I know for a fact that they would not appreciate their pictures ANYWHERE online.  They are private people and have no interest in the social media craze.

Next week, I will continue on with the 30 Week Blog Challenge.  Until next time.



Monday, December 23, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 16- A Favorite Food

This week's challenge is to write about a favorite food.  Um this is going to be hard because I can only pick one.

Well, my all time favorite food is pizza.  I think that there will be a time when I am not going to be able to eat as much pizza as I do now.  The nice thing about pizza is that you can make it in so many ways.  There are the classic pizzas like pepperoni pizza and plain boring cheese pizzas.  However, you CAN get creative.

I discovered this when I was little when my family and I use to go a place called Pizza Inn. It was buffet style and you could get any pizza you wanted. They had cheeseburger pizza, dessert pizzas including chocolate chip, and so much more.  I also found out that you could put pineapples and ham on a pizza.  So there you have it, a very simple food but versatile.  Pizza can also be healthy and unhealthy.


Is that picture making you hungry?  Me too and it is too early for pizza.  Until next time.

Monday, December 16, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 15-Celebrity Crush

This week's 30 Week Blog Challenge prompt is "celebrity crushes".  The lady in charge of the 30 Week Blog Challenge is Marie from Mom Gets Real.

Celebrity crush?  Well, I currently don’t have one.  However, I had several celebrity crushes over the years.   I can’t believe I’m sharing this on the blog, but here goes nothing. I may get a few LOLs and eye rolls, but here goes nothing.


Al B. Sure


My first celebrity crush happened when I was about 10.  I had a crush on R&B singer Al B. Sure.  I know a lot of readers especially the younger readers are shaking their heads right now.  I think that the 30 and over crowd will have a better understanding what I’m talking about.

He was popular during the late 80's and early 90's.  He is best known for song such as "Nite and Day", "Off On Your Own Girl", Rescue Me", and others.  About five years ago he appeared with his son on the short lived singing competition show MTV's Rock the Cradle.  The following year, he was on another reality show.  Still feel lost, just Google him.

Anyway, I was crushing on him at a time when his popularity was fading.  I liked his music, particularly his 1988 album.  I know that I was a bit young for his music particularly his 1992 album, because it was the first time I EVER saw  Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics on anything. 

The crazy thing about this crush is the unrealisticness of the crash.  Al is old enough to be my uncle or parent and I could be his niece and little sister in the least.  The crush went on for awhile and then I moved on.

I also liked Usher in middle and high school.  It was something about these guys that made the ladies swoon. Here in this pic, Usher has a nice smile and dimples.  
Usher


Then I took a break from celebrity crushing.  A  few years ago, I liked Eyal Podell for minute.  I don’t think he’s well known.  

Eyal Podell

He was in a TV movie called Pizza My Heart, a couple episodes of The Game, and a short lived TV show called Defying Gravity.   I found a lot of You Tube clips for him.

Robin Thicke

Last but not least, Robin Thicke.  My brother saw some earlier pictures of him online with long hair and a beard, and of course he had to poke fun at him.  I’m not into guys with long hair and beards.  The crush didn’t last, but I still listen to his music of course. I felt kinda funny crushing on a married guy. 

My crushes have always been on older guys who are totally out of my league-celebrity or not, and probably wouldn’t give me the time of day.  And ladies and gentlemen, that’s why it’s called a crush.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Writing Life and Other Happenings



This blog is suppose to be about my writing life or-my so called writing life.  I feel like I should be giving advice on how to be a better writer. My focus has been writing online, the ups and downs of writing, and everything else in between.  Lately, I have been talking about everything else.

First and foremost, I have good news.  My application was FINALLY approved to be a consumer report guide writer at Knoji on Monday.  They offer assignments that pay $50-$200.  That sounds a whole lot better than the $4 per product review I was being paid between April and June.  However, when I checked the assignment board, there were no assignments. On Tuesday, a few assignments were posted and I grabbed one. These assignments go fast, so consumer guide writers have to check regularly and act fast.

The acceptance brightened up my day.  I have been feeling down lately and the weather here hasn't helped. It has been cloudy and rainy for a few days, but the sun finally came out yesterday.

I have been searching high and low for a day job for some time; and to be honest, it gets really depressing.  I regularly check job boards such as Indeed, Monster, Careerbuilder, etc.  I have even had an employment consultant to help me.  I have sent out a thousand resumes literally.  However I only get a few bites, lots of rejections, and negative feedback.

I'm not looking for a pity party, I am looking for a resolution. Since the summer, my writing career has hit a snag.  I barely had steady work since June, and a few special writing projects in September.  I felt unproductive within the last few months. I have been seeking out new places to write but I was either rejected or  haven't received a response.  I signed up for sites like Textbroker and Content Authority, but I didn't find a project that interest me.  I read an article on Monster that said if you apply for any and everything, you will receive more rejections and negative feedback.  I didn't use to do this, but I felt that others were viewing me as picky and didn't want to work.

Since Thanksgiving week, I have been having problems with my Internet connection.  It's crazy how we become so dependent on technology.  There were times when I felt anxious wondering if I missed an important email or missed a post from my favorite blogs.  That kind of sounds frivolous I know.  It was back up and running again Sunday afternoon, and within a few hours, I was caught up on most things. I even sent out a ton of resumes.

Last week, I decided to donate some books to the Anderson County Library's used bookstore.  The main branch has a used bookstore which sells books, CD's, and DVD's.  I figured that if I tried to sell to a used bookstore, I wouldn't get much for them.  Once, I tried to sell my clothes to a place called the Fashion Shack which sells used clothes or brand new clothes that stores can't sell. They wanted to give me a $1.50. I politely  told the clerk that I will take them back home.

The library staff was happy to receive the books.  I donated the following:

  • 3 Willows by Ann Brashares
  • Indigo Summer by Monica McKayhan
  • Friends Like Us by Lauren Fox
  • L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
  • Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad
  • Sugar and Spice by Lauren Conrad
  • When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
I gave away books? Yes, I did and I know that it is shocking.  Some of the stories weren't what I expected. For instance, I wasn't that impressed with 3 Willows. I guess because the characters were much younger than the girls of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, and their story lines weren't very interesting. I read the book twice, but became bored afterwards.  

I was annoyed by the characters in the L.A. Candy series.  You knew right away that Madison was a back stabbing two faced friend.  I felt that the series was a fictionalized version of The Hills.  Why did Jane put up with Jesse? 

Oh and here is one more.  In Friends Like Us by Lauren Fox, I was saddened by the fact how Willa slept with her best friend Jane's fiance.  I just can't imagine doing that a friend or anyone.  It just ruined the story for me.  There were funny moments in the book, but still I was disappointed that a friendship was ruined. I know that's life, get over it.  But still.....



I could go on and on about what I disliked about these books but that will take forever. I hope that the books will find a good home.

I finished my very first consumer report today. I turned it this morning, and when I checked my email this afternoon, an editor emails me and asked for a revision.  I only had to fix two parts and clean up some errors.  Other than that, they said that it was good.  I am happy to be writing and working again.






Monday, December 9, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 14-Things You Love

This week’s prompt asks us to write about something you love.  Well, there are lots of things I love.
First and foremost, I love my family.  They have supported and put up with me through thick and thin.



I also love books.  I have three library cards for three different counties.  This fact alone might label me as card hoarder or book nerd or whatever, but I live between three different counties, so it is helpful to have a card for each county.  If you need further proof, check out my Goodreads list.  I have a stack of books under my desk.  I recently donated some books that I wasn't fond of to the library's used bookstore.

Hopefully, someone will enjoy them more than I did.

I occasionally check out books from the library, and I purchase books a few times a year.  My brother is baffled by this.  I am the only avid reader in my household.  I also enjoy audiobooks.

Another thing that I love is sweets.  I like chocolate, jollyranchers, cheesecake, etc.  Lately I have been feeling the need to cut back on these things. I figured that I am getting too old to be consuming so much sugar.  So instead of picking up a doughnut or some other sugary pastry at the gas station when I purchase coffee, I have turned to trail mix.  Trail mix is wonderful and I love it.

Another that I love is music.  I have 181 and counting songs from different genres on my iPod and that is probably nothing compared to hardcore music lovers out there.  I also have a small stack of CD's stored away.

I love to travel when I have the opportunity. I love going to the beach.  I like to walk in the sand and watch the waves in the ocean.  I like to discover new places and interesting sights.  I am proud to say that I have been to two foreign countries-Mexico and Canada.  When I took geography five years ago, my professor asked us talk about where we've traveled, I felt bad.  I felt bad because many of my classmates visited Europe, Asia, and other interesting places.  I was so fascinated by my professor because he has been all over the world to places like Turkey and Norway, and he even lived in Japan for a year.  To me that is pretty cool.

I also love babies.  They are so cute and adorable.  I love holding them and watching them moving their hands and feet.  I love the way babies look at me with curious eyes. I think that I am very interesting to look at to children.

What do you love?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 13- Something You Want to Buy

Due to Internet issues, I almost missed this week's 30 Week Blog Challenge.

This week’s challenge is to talk about something you want to buy.  Well, there are several things I want to buy.  Some are realistic and unrealistic.



For some time, I have been wanting to buy an eReader.  I have been a heavy reader  since graduating from college and it would be nice to have all of my books in one place.  Besides, I am running out of space to store the books I own.  I only own 27 books, but I have to store them under my desk because I do not have the space to have a bookshelf.  I am not sure if I should get an iPad, Nook, and some other tablet.


I also would like to purchase the remaining songs on my iTunes wish list.  I also wish to buy some of the books on my Goodreads  to-read list.  I have at least 58 books on the list, but I plan to check some of them out from the library.



I also want to buy an iPod touch or a newer iPod nano.  My current iPod works just fine.  Right now, I can’t find the charger for it.  I had my current iPod for five years, and it is doing great.  The only downside is that I wish it had more storage.  My current iPod only has 4GB.

There are the unrealistic things I wish to buy like a Fiat or Mini.  Why?  Buying a car is unrealistic for me because I can’t drive.  Due to my vision impairment, I am unable to drive in most states including South Carolina.





I personally think that the Fiat is cuter than the Mini, but they are both cute.

I had this crazy idea that I was going to be buying a plane ticket and planning a trip to London next summer. However it didn't work out.  Maybe it wasn't the right time, but hopefully soon.  

Monday, November 25, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 12: Something I Bought Recently

This week's challenge is to write about something I bought recently.  Um....this is a true challenge because I haven't bought anything lately but your usual boring stuff like coffee and trail mix from the gas station, personal items, and food.  I haven't been shopping
a while.

A month ago, I purchased Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and All I Need by Susane Colasanti from Barnes & Noble.  Over the weekend, my mom bought me a pair of Coach sneakers.  (I know, I know I am suppose to be talking about things I bought).

I recently downloaded some songs from iTunes.  I purchased the following songs:

  • Funky Beat by Whodini
  • Escape (I Need A Break) by Whodini
  • Rock It by Herbie Hancock
Other than that, I haven't bought anything extraordinary.  If I go shopping this weekend, I will post an update. I wanted this post to be interesting.  Maybe to some readers it will be.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Friday Round Up: Ramblings


This is one of the reasons why I love fall-the colors of the leaves.  However, in my neck of the woods, I have not seen a lot of these vibrant colors.  I saw this picture online, and I thought I would save it.

It has been a nice quiet week for me. I have been drinking coffee a lot more this week.  I'm a seasonal coffee drinker.  Which means that I drink more coffee when it is cold outside or when I have to get up extremely early and need a boost to wake me up.  Today, when I bought coffee from the gas station, I didn't see punkin spice.  I know that it is a seasonal thing, and maybe it was so popular, they ran out.

In writing news, I decided to start applying for article and blog writing jobs instead of data entry.  I thought data entry would be relatively easy, however when someone responds they want me to type word images. (I personally do not like those things).  I have been wandering around the Internet looking for writing work. When I Google "best writing sites for writers to make money" or something similar, I get a list of places I   have applied or already wrote for.

Back in the summer, I applied for a few sites including All Writing.  I finally received an email yesterday. Unfortunately, it was a rejection.  Rejection letters no longer bother me. I just read them and file them away.
Rejection is the name of the game.

I have also been checking in at Smashwoords to see how my short stories are doing.  Since I stopped offering them for free, no one has been downloading them despite offering them for cheap-0.99-$1.99. Maybe I should just make them free again.

Next Friday is Black Friday, and personally it is not something I get too excited about. There is nothing exciting about pushing and shoving to get something, being in tight spaces, and the possibility of being trampled.  One time, I was trying to navigate through Wal-Mart.  It was so bad, I had to go to the grocery section for relief.  In this case, I would rather shop online.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Monday, November 18, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 11-Nicknames You Have and Why

This week's topic is to write about nicknames.  Oh really?  Let's see.......

Over the years, I have been called all sorts of names. There have always been variations of my name: Trish, Trisha, Tresha, Latrisha, etc.  What gets me is that even on my prescriptions my name gets spelled wrong.

When I was little, my parents use to call me Precious.  Also, my grandparents use to call me Trisha Anne.  A few other relatives would call me Trisha Baby.  Then my uncle still calls me Patti Patti.  I don't  know how all of this got started.  I was listening to an Alexander O'Neal song one day and he was singing about a girl named Patti Patti. (I know younger readers are saying who or what). Just look him up on your favorite music service). Okay, so maybe that's where that came  from.

When I got to high school, people had fun with my last name.  My last name is Byrd.  My freshman year, I owned a pair of yellow jeans.  And well, I got called Big Bird.  And....when birds would fly over the school, e.g. The bus stop.... people would make bird noises.

So there you have it...
.nicknames people use to call me.

Note: I wish that this was a more livelier post, but I am under the weather this week.



Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Friday Round Up




Last weekend, I went to the gym with my brother.  I wasn't able to workout, although I should have been on a treadmill.  Anyway, I got bored even though I bought a book with me to keep me company. Since the gym was located in a shopping center, I decided to go for a walk.  I discovered a bookstore, but not just any bookstore, but a used book store.

The name of this amazing place is Mr. K's Used Books, Music, and More.  They sell books, CD's, and DVD's at half price.  Ronni from Anywhere Is writes about a store called Half Price Books in Illinois. Well, we don't have a Half Price Books here in the South, but I guess Mr. K's is close enough. Bookstores are a dangerous place for me. I didn't buy anything, but looked at a few books. I saw a dictionary for $3. You can sell and trade books, music, and movies.  I have a few books that I might sell or trade that I am not too fond of.

Buying books is somewhat of a luxury or special treat which happens at least twice a year.  If I had money to spare that day, I would have come out with some new books.

In other news, looks like winter is coming early.  We are having our first major cold snap of the season.  IT WAS COLD Tuesday night when I left the house. I had to bring out my boots and reach in the back of the closet to get my heavy wool coat.  But it is supposed to get back up to the 60's by the weekend.

These days, my time spent on the Internet has been spent previously.  I'm not too proud of that.  However, besides looking up new books to read, playing games, and checking my mail expecting something to be there, I have been in search of new places to write.

I found a site called iWriter. It is similar to Content Authorty and Textbroker.  So I will give it try. Also I decided to bid for more jobs on Odesk.  I thought that I was applying for a Word document formatting project, but the client wrote back and they want to me to do image typing,  (This is not what I applied for).  It feels like my so called writing careers are at a crossroads or even in a crisis.

I decided to revisit Suite101.com. I was a contributing  writer for them back in 2010-2011.  In November 2011, I lost my writing position.  For awhile, I continued to earn royalties until they revamped the site.  Now, if you want to join, all you have to do is sign up.  Easy, you just sign up and set up your account.  When I was working for them, you had to put in an application, and the application process was not easy. While it's nice to be back, it just feels........ different.



Monday, November 11, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge-Week 10: A Photo of Yourself Taken Over 10 Years Ago

Last week, I took a break from the blog challenge to have time to search for pictures.  This week's challenge is to share a picture from over ten years ago.  This morning, I decided to edit this post, although eight people have viewed it.

I had a picture of myself from 2003-2004.  It was a very small picture. It was me in my early 20's. After high school, I put on a lot of weight. As I look back on that picture, I had to stop and think, was I that big.  I think that the challenge called for one photo, not multiples.  I will throw in a bonus one and take away the bad one.





This one is from around 1987 or 1988. I didn't see a date stamp on the back of the photo.  I was about four or five years old. I was standing in front of my mom's car.   I feel a bit self conscious about posting pictures especially online due to picture predators.  We no longer have the car or live in the neighborhood where the picture was taken. So I figured that in this case it should be okay. But you still have to be cautious.

Here's another one from 1996. I was 13 years old at Disney World with my little brother. He was three years old at the time.  Now he is a grown man in his 20's now. Where did the time go?


This was actually fun. My hair has changed through the years and I have lost and gained weight; but somehow I still look the same. I am still recognizable to most people.  As I look back the hair from when I was 10 to roughly 15, no wonder I got made fun of at time.


Monday, November 4, 2013

I Need Motivation

I am in serious need of motivation.  Lately, writing work has been scarce and it is getting worse.  I have been bidding for jobs on Odesk. I thought was getting data entry work but instead the client wanted me to sign up for ad clicking site.  Another client wanted me to type those "checking to see if you are human" images.  Y'all know what I am talking about.

I started writing for Examiner, and posted a total of six articles.  I haven't earned a lot from them. There is no work for me at Knoji. I remember about this time last year, I was busy typing away on my computer from morning to night working on product reviews.  This year, it is a different story. Today, I actually played Mall World.  That's got to change, stat!

I use to bring in roughly $100 a month. It didn't pay bills of course, but it helped with gas/transportation costs.  Now I can see why my writing career isn't always taken seriously. Content writing isn't always the way to go.  I know I need to pull myself together and attempt to rewrite my novel.  Again, I need motivation.  My short story collection over on Smashwords hasn't done so well in terms of sales.  When I offered them for free, downloads increased.  I'm a newbie and I understand that it is going to take a while to get noticed.  I'm a writer because I enjoy it, not to make money.  In reality, we need to make a living.

Yesterday, I went to the mall with some friends. I visited the Apple store and played around with the iPods, iPhones, and iMac.  I think Apple products are cool even though they are expensive.  I would love to own a new iPod, but the sticker price........I really need to be motivated to purchase a newer shinier version when I have a five year old iPod that works just fine.  I could use more storage.

I also went to Forever 21.  I shopped around for a bit, but I could ignore my aching feet because of my shoes.  (I should have packed flats).  My friends were surprised that I didn't buy anything.  For one thing my feet were killing me, so I just wanted to take my shoes off or sit down somewhere.  I saw a few cute things, but I put them back.  I also saw a handbag that looked sturdy and useful, but the thought came across my mine, "Is this bag going to peel and be tossed in the trash in six months?" That's why I stopped buying purses at Charlotte Russe or stayed away from cheap quality bags.

As my search for a day job continues, it is becoming increasingly discouraging.  Sometimes I feel like what is the point of going to the interview to get turned down in a few days.  I have sent out so many resumes and filled out hundreds of applications and getting nowhere.  I have expanded my search out of state.  The results are all the same.  I know I can't give up, and but sometimes I want to.  

There you have it folks, I need motivation. Overall, I am a positive person and sometimes overly optimistic. However, human nature kicks in.

Monday, October 28, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 9-Pet Peeves

What are my pet peeves?  This week's challenge should have been called Things That Annoy Me.  I'm feeling annoyed as I write this entry, so I am pretty fired up right now.

Take a deep breathe............

Once, my uncle stated "this one (meaning me) never complains."  Well, I may not complain out loud, but I do complain to myself in my head.


  • One of the things that annoy me is a dirty bathroom, especially public restrooms.  Public restrooms are the worse because people leave paper towels and tissue everywhere.  What's even more disgusting is when people do not flush the toilet.         
  • Once during a rest stop en route to visit my grandparents, we stopped at a gas station somewhere in North Carolina.  It was so DISGUSTING, I turned around and walked out.  
  • Another pet peeve of mine is when people walk out of the restroom without washing their hands. Enough said.
  • As a visually impaired person, I have to be extra careful not to trip over things.  I have enough vision to see large objects.  It gets on my nerves when shoes are left in the middle of the hallway, or when objects, big and small are left in the middle of a pathway.  
  • Another pet peeve of mine is when people feel the need to blast their stereos so loud that people can hear it.  People blast their stereos SO LOUD, it rattles windows and you can hear every lyric.
  • It is also annoying when people talk loudly on their phones, especially in buildings.  For instance, when I was college it drove me CRAZY when people would talk on their phone loudly in the hallways while classes were going on.  Seriously people, we don't need to hear the details of your conversation.  Take it outside, the stairwell, or your car.
  • Another pet peeve of mine is when people share WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION on social media sites, particularly Facebook.  I'm not anti-social media, but I wish that people would use caution and common sense.  I have seen where people have posted their phone number and full street address.  Seriously?  People are you asking for trouble?  It also worries me when people feel the need to post all of their movies: "I'm hanging out at the Carolina Ale House," or "I'm at a Luke Bryan concert," or "I'm hanging out with (insert names here) at (insert place)."  I hope and pray that these people don't have stalkers.
  • Books that are too predictable.
  • Obsessive cursing in books, music, TV shows, and movies. I like to call this a case of limited vocabulary.
  • Empty cups in the refrigerator.
  • Empty boxes and containers in cabinets.  For instance, there have been many times when I have reached my hand in a box of Pop Tarts, cookies, etc., expecting something, but I found nothing. If the box is empty, just throw it away, the trash can is only a few steps away.
  • When people talk during a movie.
  • My family still has a landline.  Whenever the answering machine comes on it says: "please leave a message after the tone."  It annoys me when people don't leave an actual message. Instead they will say "hello, may I speak to (insert name here)."  Hello people, no one is answering the phone. If  it was up to me, the landline would be gone. Has technology made us this lazy?
  • Lately, I have developed a new pet peeve. Sometimes when I call people, they don't answer the phone. A few minutes later, they will text. If I wanted to text you, I would have texted from the beginning.
  • Another pet peeve is when people ask me annoying questions like: What do you do everyday? Or Do you watch TV?  I don't have a "real job"  so I am at home everyday.  People think that I am sitting around watching TV and playing on the computer all day.  What they don't know or see is that I am doing housework, searching for a day job, searching for new freelance gigs, managing my blogs, etc.  Most of the time, I don't turn on the TV until 5 or 6 to watch the news.
  • Another pet peeve is when people treat as if I am mentally challenged and clueless about what's going on in the world around me. Maybe this is slightly my fault because I am soft spoken and don't always speak up.  For instance, people think that I can't do anything for myself like dress myself.  I'm just visually impaired. Also people think that I have to be babysat all the time. I'm 30! There have been times when someone says, "where's your mom"? Even on my last temp job.  My mom doesn't need to follow me to work.  
There you have it, my pet peeves and the things that annoy me.






Friday, October 25, 2013

The Friday Roundup

I thought that I would not have much to write about this week until I got on the computer this morning. My morning routine includes checking my mail and checking for updates from my favorite blogs. On Fridays, I always head over to Sarah Dessen's blog.  Each Friday she posts the The Friday Five.  After today, The Friday Five will cease.  WHAT?  I might as well borrow a line from Kevin Hart and say, let me explain.

Today's entry was titled The Final Five and read differently from other entries.  As I began to read through the entry without looking at the title, I had this knowing feeling that this was a goodbye.  Sniffles, no Friday Five, what will I do for entertainment on Fridays? I know that this was a hard decision.

She said that it has become harder to keep up with blogging.  After all, in addition to writing books, she has a family to take care of.  I can totally understand where she is coming from. The biggest difference between Sarah and I is that I am not married and don't have children.  I should have ALL the time in the world. People think that I have loads of free time because I don't have a "real job" or much of a social life. My life is less hectic than my friends and acquaintances.  In reality, I can't spend all my time typing away on the computer. There is something called real life going on outside.  And in real life, household chores like laundry, dishes, etc. need to be done.

I write for two blogs, this one and my book review blog: YA Books Etc.  Last year, I had the bright idea to start a a third blog, Hidden Fashionista.  I had it all set up on Wordpress, but sadly it never launched.  In reality, I can only handle two blogs.  I have two book reviews I need to write and post to the book review blog, but I haven't got around to it.

At one point, I was MIA from this blog because of what was happening in real life and business was booming at Knoji.  I use to have the Flashback Fridays but after a few entries, I ran out of ideas.  The two most popular entries were The Carltion Dance and Spandau Ballet's True.  Then I had the Places to Shop series which sadly ended. First I thought it was going to move to the new non existant blog, and I was so busy with writing product reviews, I forgot about it.

I started reading Sarah Dessen's blog back in 2006.  I enjoyed keeping up with the latest happenings in her life like when new books were coming out or when she had her daughter Sasha Clementine.  Her blog inspired me to start my own blog. She use to post three times a week and then it went down to once a week. During the early years of following her blog, I use to stop at my college library or computer lab to read the blog. At one point, I use to read it on my phone. (This is before the surge in Smartphones). You are probably thinking seriously? I have been a faithful reader for seven years. So it is going to be hard to not see new entries every Friday. She said that she will post occasionally.  I suppose she could hire someone to write posts for her, but it wouldn't be the same

This makes me sad but I understand. It gets to a point where you have to take a hard look at your life and decide what's important and not so important.  I remember a few years ago, I use to play games on Facebook when I was bored, but I stopped when I started getting writing gigs.

Also another tug-a-war is the constant connection to the technology world.  I have been in an on again off again relationship with Facebook. I have a  Twitter account that I am barely active on, a LinkedIn account that I forget about, and Google+.  I use social media for personal and mainly for business use. (Although, my freelance writing business is not always taken seriously).

With that said, I have to wonder if technology has made us lazy in our communication. Are we forgetting how to communicate with each other?  I miss the days of writing and receiving letters and talking on the phone. Now, it seems like all people want to do is text and chit chat on social media. Don't get me wrong, texting and social media are great.  However, thoughts can get misunderstood through these form of communications.

I embrace other forms of communication through technology because I get tired of talking to voicemail on people's phone.  My parents disagree with solely communicating through texting and social media. They text when it is necessary and have zero interest in social media.  They might ask, "have you talked to (insert name here)" and I typically respond, "well, I or (inset person) texted.  Texting is not talking, and I have to agree it is not the same.  I hate constantly calling someone and they don't return my calls.  I feel like I am chasing them down. So that is why I have embraced other forms of communications.

When I was younger, I use to constantly call people until my number was blocked by a person from my past. Also, a few years ago, I had someone who finally told me, "I prefer emails and texts......I'm sure you understand."  From that moment on, I decided that I was not going to embarrass myself for a third time.  Now, when I meet people and exchange contact info, I ask them if they prefer email, text, or phone calls. And I respect their wishes.

Wow, I wasn't expecting to talk about communication. I think that this song sums it up.  Has communication let us down?

This song has been in heavy rotation on my iPod and has already hit the Top 25 Most Played list.



In other news, I signed up for eCopywriters.com and Words of Worth. They offer upfront pay. So hopefully I can get back to work soon. I just have to write some samples for them.

Also, I finished Susane Colasanti's ALL I NEED. I read mixed reviews about it and I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out.  I was so intrigued by the story, I finished it in a week. I read about 50 pages a night, so I forgot about TV.  I'm not obsessed with TV and there aren't many good shows on anymore.

I am starting to give up on New Girl. It annoys me that Winston doesn't have a real storyline. He just exists or pushed to the background. Winston, how long are you going to put up with that? NBC's Parenthood and Scandal have an interesting storyline.  Here's the problem.  They come on the same night and at the same time.  I have been alternating from week to week.  I'm not sure what to say about the Mindy Project these days.

Sometimes, I would rather cut the TV off and just read.  I often wonder if I could do without cable.  I mean you can watch your favorite shows online anyway. I think that it was a fortune cookie that said, "you don't know what you can do without unless you try".  I don't put a lot of stock into fortune cookies, but it makes a valid point.

This entry is super long.  Thank you for baring with me.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Monday, October 21, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 8- Cravings

Cravings?  I crave sweets including a lot junk food.  It's sad I know and I should be eating healthier choices.

Lately I have been craving chocolate. However, there wasn't any chocolate in the house. Plus I have been cutting back on buying candy because I need to make healthier choices.  A few months ago, I went on a cleanse diet and I had to give up everything in order to lose 13 pounds.  If I eat junk food in full force I will pack the pounds back on. I found some chocolate protein bars in the pantry. I decided to try one and they are good.  I thought that protein bars would taste like chalk or really dry.

It's funny how books make me crave food.  For instance, when I read ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen, I craved onion rings and Rice Krispies Treats.  I remember being eager to go to Burger King to get onion rings and they were good.

Also when I read TAKE ME THERE by Susane Colasanti, I craved cupcakes.  Right now I could go for a cupcake loaded with icing.



I also like smoothies and have been wanting one for a long time. I usually get them from McDonald's. I'm not a big fan of McDonald's food, but I love their smoothies and coffee. To me it is cheaper than going to Starbucks.  My brother refuses to go to McDonald's now because of an experiment he heard about.


This time of year I crave coffee. I love flavored coffee. I can't find drink coffee without creamer or milk.  I also like the mocha flavored coffee and frappe from McDonald's.  When I was in high school, I would only drink cappuccino or hot chocolate. But now I drink coffee. One of my former classmates was surprised when I told him that I drink coffee now. When I was in college, I had to stop at the cafeteria to pick up a cappuccino or coffee to get going in the morning, especially when it was cold.

However, I do crave healthy foods like yogurt and a nice fruit salad.  My aunt makes a fruit salad to serve with breakfast.  It was wonderful. When I visited her one weekend, by the second day, I would just eat turkey bacon and fruit salad.

One of my biggest cravings is potato chips.  I can eat them all day if I could. Just the other week, I had to put them away in the cabinet to stop eating them.  I have discovered a healthier substitute for chips-veggie chips, and they are AWESOME.

Another thing I have to stay away from are sodas. If I have access to them, I will drink them.  I also crave egg  rolls or spring rolls from time to time.`


Friday, October 18, 2013

The Friday Round Up


  1. There is one thing that I enjoy and that is shopping for books.  Last week, I received a payment for a batch of articles I wrote.  Money has been tight lately so I haven't been able to go shopping for books.  So far this year, I have purchased four books.  And that's pretty good.  So after putting the money where it needs to go, I headed over to Bn.com.  I finally purchased ALL I NEED by Susane Colasanti and ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins.  I decided to pay the extra $5 for expedited delivery.  I have been waiting since Friday and it finally arrived Wednesday afternoon.  The thing about shopping online is waiting for the package.  I  tracked the package all day Wednesday.  I saw the UPS truck coming up the hill.  However, there was no doorbell ringing and nothing on the porch.  I turned the computer back on the to track the package again. It said that it was delivered. I thought, great, I am going to have to call customer service.  Then I scrolled further down the screen.  It said that it was delivered at the garage.  The garage, seriously?  To calm myself down, I decided to go for a walk.  I walked around to the garage, and behind a flower pot, there was my package.  If it wasn't for online tracking, I would probably never found it.  
  2. Speaking of books, my Goodreads to read list keeps growing. I have also created genre lists such as historical fiction, African American, and biographies. Hey, I have seen other Goodreads members do this. I have to pull myself away from this site because it can take up your time.  It reminds me of 2009 when Facebook was new and shiny for me and exciting. I use to play games like Cafe World and Mall World, reading updates, and checking out friends' page.  I remember seeing friends of friends' profiles and asking myself, what's your story?  But now the excitement has cooled off, and now days I just peek in to see what's happening on social media and log out.  
  3. Although I am glad that I allowed myself a small splurge, I sometimes get that I'm spending like a teenager feeling.  After ordering the books, I headed over to iTunes to buy new tunes for the iPod.  I only get to buy music every blue moon. I haven't purchased a CD since 2008.  YIKES!
  4. On a more serious note, I am sure that everybody heard about the cyber bullying case in Florida.  It breaks my heart to hear that a 12 year old girl's life was cut short because of the thoughtlessness and cruelty of others.  The most disturbing thing about all of this is that one of the girls said that didn't care about Sedwick killing herself in a Facebook post.  These girls should be punished.  I have to ask that classic question: Where were the parents?  I am going to step on my soap box and say this to parents around the world: If you allow social media in the home, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE monitor your son or daughter's online activities.  I feel like Sedwick's death could have been prevented. Yeah I know, easy for me to say.  And some may say, well that's why you shouldn't be on Facebook. To me that's a blanket statement. Actually, cyber bullying can take place on other social media sites like Twitter, through texting, blogging, emails, etc.  So you can't put all the blame on Facebook.  People blame technology for a lot of stuff.  This is my long standing stance on social media and technology as a whole: It can be a useful tool and a dangerous tool, it's how you choose to use it.  I also think that sometimes some adults including  some children are not mature enough to handle social media and technology.
  5. In line with #4, it is National Buylling Prevention Month.  Young Adult author Susane Colasanti wrote a novel called KEEP HOLDING ON which takes a serious look into the realities of bullying. The novel is about a girl named Noelle who is relentlessly bullied at school. You would think going home would be a safe haven for her, but it isn't.  Noelle is horribly neglected by her mother.  Reading this book broke my heart and some scenes were hard to read.  However, it opened my eyes to a broader spectrum of this issue. I like to read stories with a powerful and positive message and books that educate and open our minds to the world around us.  I want to be able to write a book as powerful one day. It's up to me to make that happen.  If you or someone you know is being bullied, there is hope. It may not look like it, but there is hope. You can visit the Keep Holding On page on Susane Colasanti's site. Here you will find plenty of resources, websites, and numbers where you can reach out for help.  If you see something that isn't right, do not be afraid to speak up.  It's hard I know, but the worse thing you can do is to sit back and do nothing.  
  6. As I was checking my email this morning, I noticed an email from Smashwords. I received a review notification from a reader.  I was nervous about reading it.  What do readers really think of my writing?  The reviewer just wrote "nice" for Big Brother, Little Sister: A Short Story.  It is nice to know that someone read it. I had to offer the story for free for a limited time just to get someone to read it.  I know that I won't become an overnight success story.  It took years for me to know who all of my favorite authors were.  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The 30 Second Commute: Pros and Cons

Last year, I purchased a copy of The 30 SECOND COMMUTE: A NON FICTION COMEDDY ABOUT WRITING AND WORKING FROM HOME by Stephanie Dickison last year. I decided to read the book again.



I have never heard of Stephanie Dickison until I started reading The Writer magazine about three years ago. She had a column by the same title.  I found it informative and funny at times. I decided to check out the book. This book is different from the few writing/how to/non fiction I have read. Frankly, I think that sometimes these books are boring.

I can blame this is on my reading tastes. I am not ashamed to say that I read way too much fiction and prefer it over non fiction. However, I feel like I should be reading more intellectual books.  Stephanie Dickison's book is different because she walks you through her life as a writer instead of: if you want to do (insert goal here), you should be doing, this, this, and this.  Last night I was reading a chapter where she talks about the pros and cons of working from home.  She made her personal lists of pros and cons.  Well, I felt inspired to write my own version.

Pros and Cons of Working From Home

Pros

  • You don't have to sit in traffic.
  • No annoying work mates
  • No dress code
  • No one will look at your lunch strangely. (Once, on a temp job, I would take a frozen BBQ sandwich. One of my co-workers looked at me and the sandwich and said, "What is that?")
  • Set your own schedule
  • Save money on gas
  • Complete silence
  • You can take as many breaks as you want.
Cons
  • Occasional sick of being in the house
  • Trying to explain to people "what do you do everyday?" (I don't like that question).
  • If you still have a land line, the constant ringing of the phone, and when people can't leave a coherent message on the answering machine.  Instead of leaving a message, they will say: "Hello" or "May I speak to (insert name here)."  Has texting and social media made us too lazy to leave a voicemail?  (I better quit while I'm ahead. This is another topic for another blog post somewhere).
These are just a few of my pros and cons of working from home.  If you work from home, or thinking about it, what would be your pro/con list for working from home?

Monday, October 14, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 7- Meaning Behind My Blog Name

What is the meaning behind my blog name?  I started this blog a year ago in order to get back into blogging and sharpen my writing skills.

In 2009, I started a book review blog, but I abandoned it after a few months.  When I saw my friend's blog, I decided to give blogging another try.

I named this blog My So Called Writing Life because I am at a place where being a writer is still a work in progress.  I am taken seriously by some and not taken seriously by others.

My writing journey started when I was a little girl.  I use to draw pictures and write stories with them and called them books. I have gone through lots of paper, crayons, and pencils.  I also developed a love for reading.  I looked forward to creative writing assignments in school.  They were fun because I could make up stuff.

In the 8th grade, I won an award for an essay I wrote for English.  I have always been told that I am a good writer and should pursue it.

Up until the tenth or eleventh grade, I wanted to be a travel agent.  Then I decided that maybe I should consider majoring in journalism in college.  I started researching colleges and careers.  I also went out for the yearbook staff, newspaper staff, and even video journalism staff.  (About once a month, the staff would put on a news show).  Unfortunately I was consistently turned down.  However, I did have the opportunity to take a journalism class. It was quite interesting.

My life changed during my junior and senior year. I am a BIG DREAMER and a too optimistic at times. People probably think I live in a fantasy world where everything works out perfectly and everything is just wonderful.  I had this teacher who said, "You don't have what it takes to be a writer."  She often told me that I was being unrealistic about my goals and dreams.  And sadly, that stuck with me and even went home crying.

I decided to go to a local community college instead of a four year school, and major in liberal arts.  When I didn't do well on papers, I would think, maybe she was right.  I took a journalism class and enjoyed it. My instructor was impressed. This refueled my desire to write.

In 2005, I took a correspondence course from the Institute of Children's Literature.  I enjoyed it because I rediscovered the joy of writing. However, I found out that having a good sounding story wasn't enough. I needed to work on structure, showing not telling, and other elements. I also learned that it was important to read.  I needed to read not only for leisure, but to see how stories are arranged and developed.

Before I finished the course, I started sending one of my stories to magazines for publications.  They were rejected. When those reject letters came in the mail, that little voice crept in: "you don't have what it takes." I stopped putting myself out there.  On top of all of that, I entered a poem in a Poetry.com contest. Sadly, I was scammed.  Again, I thought maybe my teacher from high school was right.

After graduating college, I discovered a site called Suite 101 which is an online magazine. I visited that site every day. I read articles and bios from contributors, and I pictured myself there.  I applied to be a contributing writer many times and I was constantly turned down. I discovered I needed samples.  In 2010, I started writing for content mills like Yahoo Voices, Blogcritics, etc. to build my resume and portfolio.  In December 2010, I applied to Suite 101 again, and I was FINALLY hired.  I felt like a real writer and on top of the world.

Then reality struck.  Despite turning out articles, I earned very money for my work because it greatly depended on revenue share.  I sought out other sites.  Many said I was crazy for writing for pennies. I was a beginner and was excited to be published and to see my by line.

I worked for Suite for a year, and I was suddenly let go. One of the editors called my work superficial.  Also, the editors were tired of editing my work or requesting edits from me (typos, spelling, and grammatical errors).  I remember crying in front of my computer. I felt lost and had to find another site to write for.  Again, that voice comes back, "you don't have what it takes."

I found another site that paid me decently for assignments, and things were going well until this summer.  I am at a point in my writing life where taking on projects under $10 is not worth my time.  I am beyond the glitter, bright lights and excitement of seeing my by line.  I have seen other freelancers go beyond content milling and moved on to writing books.

I decided to make a goal for myself. In five years, I want to have a book published even if it doesn't make the NYT bestseller's list or is popular.  I also want to move beyond writing for content mills and take on meaningful and well paying projects.

After high school, I wanted to write a book. I would start a story, but it went nowhere. I worried about how long a chapter was supposed to be.  I took the course from ICL thinking that it would help me get published. Many thought that the school would help me get a book deal.  Actually, they give you the tools you need to help you get that book deal.  It doesn't just land in your lap, you have to work for it.

In 2006, I set out to write a novel.  Sadly, I have abandoned the novel several times.  I guess I had a tight hold on my characters.  Another issue with the novel is that I have a physically challenged character as my protagonist.  She is just an everyday girl trying to work through obstacles like everybody else, and by the way she is visually impaired. That may not translate well for readers.  Usually when physically challenged characters are presented in movies and books, they are seen as heroes or someone to feel sorry for.  I definitely don't want my character to be felt sorry for.

I took this the first chapter of the story to a writer's group three years ago, and they loved it.  They were like this is great, we don't see this in books everybody.  And they were right. As an avid reader, I see what's popular. Honestly, I'm sick of the paranormal, vampires, and similar stuff that's taking up the shelves.  People have different tastes and that's their decision and I highly respect that.

I wrote about eight chapters of the novel and I had to start all over again when my thumb drive stopped working. It is unfinished and shelved.  I have only shared my unfinished novel with a few people. Some thought it was a good idea, some thought it wasn't.  "Nobody wants to hear that."  To me this is a problem. There are a lot of issues happening everyday that some do not care to hear about. Case and point, the interracial family in the Cheerios commercial.  To me this is normal, no big deal. However, on the other hand, here it is 2013, and some people don't want to see it or hear about it.

I wish I could have joined the writer's group. Maybe they would have pushed me to finish it.  In 2011, I signed up for Smashwords, which is an independent ebook publisher.  Recently, I decided to stop listening to self doubt, negative speech from the pass, and write something.  It is time to silence, "you don't have what it takes," and say "Yes I do, watch me."

In September, I published a collection of short stories and a children's short story.  It's going along slowly. Since I am a newbie, I had to offer the ebook for free download for a limited time so that people will take a chance and read it.  I don't want to give away my hard work for free, but sometimes, that's what you have to do.

My blog explores the ups and downs of the writing life and other interesting events or other things that are happening outside and away from the computer.  I felt inspired when reading my favorite authors' blogs because they don't bore their readers with writing issues, but they talk about pop culture, current events, etc.

One of the things I miss about the writers' community at Suite 101 is the support. Sure, we grumbled about how much we were earning, but more importantly we supported each other.  We supported each other's social media fan pages, checked out books, etc.  We believed in each other when everybody else out there thought that we are crazy for chasing this dream.

My aim is to offer inspiration and a good laugh every once in awhile.  I am also constantly looking for ways to be taken more seriously and continue to build credibility as a writer.

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Friday Round Up


  1. I feel like I am trying to come down with a cold.  I hate getting colds because I constantly have to carry tissues around and when I blow my nose, I sound like an elephant.  I have been getting that dryness in my throat all week, so I decided to nip this in the bud and took some Day Quil.  I think it is working so far.  Sleeping in a sweatshirt helps sometimes too. 
  2. I mentioned last week that I did some work for a writing project.  My client (I have to get use to saying that) emailed and said that he was missing an article.  Um, how did that happened.  I sent all four Word documents to him again.  Anyway, he asked me to send an invoice via Pay Pal.  I have never sent an invoice before and was clueless to say the least. So I emailed my "client" and asked how to do this. Should I be embarrassed?  I guess this is what happens when you learn the ropes of the freelance life as you go.
  3. I have been trying to find more writing gigs because I don't know if the above mentioned writing project will be long term, short term, and on an as needed basis.  I decided to give Odesk another try.  I signed up with them two years ago. I applied for a few jobs and was rejected. I recently discovered why I was being rejected.  When you register and apply for jobs on Odesk, you need to pass tests before you get hired for work.  I have taken the Word 2003 and Word 2007 test and passed them. However, I failed the spelling test and the Odesk readiness test.  Seriously? I failed a spelling test?  And people are ALWAYS asking me to spell things. 
  4. My "to read" list keeps growing on Goodreads.  I have the urge to go book shopping. Oh dear.  The other day, I logged into B&N to check my virtual shopping bag and it was empty. I guess you can't hold items in there forever. I am on a tight budget right now, so running out to blow money at a bookstore is out of the question.  I read about this bookstore in Illinois who sells half priced books.  I would love to have a bookstore like that where I live.  I would go nuts in there and will need to invest in bookshelf or eReader or both.
  5. I would like to give a special shout out to my followers.  For the longest time I only had one follower (Celeste from Crazy Beautiful Unique) on this blog.  Then, last week, I noticed that I gained another follower: Ronni from Anywhere Is.  Thank you for your support. Sometimes, I think that no one pays attention to my posts, but then I am reminded of the counter on my blog. I am currently at 3,214 hits and counting.  Also, I have gained more followers on Twitter lately.  I mainly use Twitter for business rather than personal , and I honestly forget that I have a Twitter. (I may get a few eye rolls for that one).  I don't have time to sit on social media and chit chat or play games all day despite scarcity of work.  Again, thank you y'all so much for your support.  Who says social media is a waste of time?  If used in the right way and responsibly, it can be a helpful tool, especially for entrepreneurs out there.

Monday, October 7, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge- Week 6: Favorite Songs

This week Marie from Mom Gets Real asks us to write about our favorite songs.

I started pre-writing this on Saturday. I saw that it was going to be an extremely long entry, so I decided just to hit the main points.

Next to books, music is my second love.  I can't imagine life without it.  I have always been surrounded by music. When I went to my grandparents' house, my uncles were playing their music.  At home, my dad played his tapes and in the car as well.  I even attempted to play the clarinet in middle school (sixth grade) but I lasted a year.

I got my first tape at seven years old.  It was Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 album.  I got a CD player when I was 13, and owned an iPod at 25.

If someone listened to my iPod, they would be SHOCKED at what they will find. I have a mxture of music. In addition to R&B, there's pop, one country song, some rock, KPOP, and a lot of randomness.  It seems to be this unwritten rule that we are suppose to listen to what's expected of us.  Translation, blacks should listen to R&B, Rap, Hip Hop, and whites listen to country, pop, rock, metal, etc. Etc.  I have come to realize that you shouldn't limit yourself to certain genres just because.  Case and point, when I was nine years old, we went to Texas to visit my relatives.  My uncle and aunt played a Garth Brooks tape in the car.  WHAT Y'ALL LISTEN TO COUNTRY?

Fast forward to high school and my music tastes began to slowly change. This was during the late 1990's-early 2000's when Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, NSync, Backstreet Boys were on the scene. I listened to Britney, Christina, and J-Lo.  We only had ONE R&B station at the time, so I started listening to the "white station" or B93.7, the Top 40 station for more variety.  I began to learn about other music from them and my fellow classmates.

What are my favorite songs?  This is tough because there are so many, so I have to pull from my Top 25 Most  played playlist or songs that have been on heavy rotation.

"True"- Spandau Ballet

I have quite a bit of music from the 80's on my iPod. I think the 80's had the best songs EVER.  I discovered this song while watching VH1's 80's one hit wonder countdown.  This song is beautiful and it can take on so many meanings.  They were a one hit wonder here in the U.S. but HUGE in the U.K.  After searching around iTunes and YouTube, I discovered other songs by them that are pretty good.

"Nite and Day"- Al B. Sure!

Younger readers are probably saying WHAT or WHO?  First, this song is about a guy who is so in love.  I grew up during the New Jack Swing era which included Guy, Keith Sweat, and other people.  Al was at the height of popularity between 1988-1992 to my understanding.  So by the time I started getting into his music, his popularity was beginning to fade.  I found Al B. Sure's En Effect Mode album in a box of tapes at my house.  And I enjoyed it until the tape died. But now I have a digital version of the album.  My brother who is ten years younger than makes fun of me for this.  So when I roll my eyes at his music, he just says with a big smile, "It's better than listening to Al B.Sure."

"Dreaming of You"-Selena

I love this song.  I want to dance to this song at my wedding-if there is a wedding.  This is another thing I was introduced to when going to Texas.  In 1994, we went to Fiesta Texas and she was performing there. My parents have a photo but I have no idea where it's at.  My uncle danced with her on stage.  I honestly forgot about Selena until her death in 1995.

"Bohemian Rhapsody"-Queen

This is where the initial shock and randomness comes in. Some way or another, we have all been exposed to Queen songs through movies, TV, etc.  One day, I was riding in the car with friends and this song was playing.  It started out really sad but all of a suddenly, it gains so much energy.  I  like this part of the song because the visual is halarious, but that's my imagination.

"Thunderbolt and lightning,Very, very frightening me.(Galileo) Galileo.(Galileo) Galileo,Galileo FigaroMagnifico 
Easy come, easy go, will you let me go?Bismillah! No, we will not let you go.(Let him go!) Bismillah! We will not let you go.(Let him go!) Bismillah! We will not let you go.(Let me go) Will not let you go.(Let me go) Will not let you go.(Never, never, never let me go) Ah.No, no, no, no, no, no, no.(Oh, mama mia, mama mia) Mama mia, let me go.Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, for me."
 I wish I understood the real meaning behind this song.

"Brand New Me"-Alicia Keys

Yes, I do listen to current music, depending on who ist is.  To me, Brand New Me is about someone who finally has the courage to stand up for themselves, be their own person, not let people push them around.

"Fantastic Baby"-Big Bang

My friends introduced me to KPop last year.  What's nice about Kpop is that they sing in English and Korean.  I don't know Korean, so I don't know what they are saying until the chorus.  Anyway, this song just makes you want to get up and dance.

If I listed every single song, I will be here all day. Plus I don't want to bore y'all to death.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Friday Round Up


  1. It's October! Where did the year go?  The calendar says it's fall, but it is still around 80 degrees in my part of the country.  However at night shows evidence that it is really fall when the temperature drops.  I am looking forward to sweaters, cooler weather, and our annual Fall For Greenville festival next week.  (Hopefully, I will get to go this year).  I have already  moved my summer clothes to the back of the closet.
  2.  I have written here before about my scarcity of freelance gigs all summer.  I was asked to write four articles for a writing project for $30 per article.  It sounded a whole lot better than the low rates I have been paid over the last three years.  Of all things, I had to write about fashion. To be more specific, I had to write about boot trends for fall.  I'm not a fashionista and I know people who are better suited for the job.  I like handbags, a cute outfit, and a nice pair of cute shoes when I can find them in my size. BUT, I am not obsessed with fashion.  After taking one topic at a time and some research, I wrote the articles, and the editor was pleased.  I don't know if this project is short term or will turn into something long term.  I just hope that it will lead to bigger and better projects.  
  3. I confess that I have become addicted to Goodreads.  I signed up for Goodreads about two years ago when I was trying to win an ARC of a book.  I rarely signed in.  Thanks to last week's 30 Week Blog Challenge asked to talk about your favorite books, Ronni from Anywhere Is, asked for people to add her on Goodreads, and I did.  As soon as I figured out how things worked, I was having a blast. 
  4. I have read 86 books and counting, I am sure that if I can remember all the books I read growing up there would be more.  I have 31 books on my to read list. As I keep adding books to my virtual shelf, I keep thinking WOW.  I have to tell myself to sign out.  For me it is liking going to Books A Million or Barnes N Nobles, I could spend all day in there.    I am going to have to hit a library for some of these books because I can't afford to buy all of them or have the space to store them.  Hopefully I will be able to invest in an e-Reader this year.
  5. This week, I learned a valueable lesson.  I have been a coffee drinker for the last five years or so. I like the way it smells and the way it taste-with creamer of course. I just haven't been able to drink it straight without sugar, creamer, or milk.  But I don't usually use sugar since creamer takes care of the sweet factor.  I especially love flavored coffe. Okay, okay, I am rambling.  Anyway, I had a cup of coffee at 10:00pm the other night.  BIG MISTAKE.  I think that the only time people should drink coffee that time of night should be for third shifters, students, freelancers, and anybody else who needs to pull an all night.  I couldn't go to sleep.  When I finally fail asleep, it was time to get back up again.  Once, I had a frape from McDonald's at night, and it took me forever to fall asleep.  The same thing happened when I had chocolate covered coffee beans at a friend's house.  Lesson here, stay away from caferine at night.
Have a good weekend everyone.