Jan. 10th, 2018 08:43 pm
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Ratings: 1 star=worst, 4 stars=best

Books(My goal is to read 26 this year)

Books Read:
Eclair and Present Danger - Laura Bradford ***
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher <3 ****
A Spoonful of Murder - Connie Archer ***
Double Booked for Death - Ali Brandon ****
Bread of the Dead - Ann Myers ***
Elementary, She Read - Vicki Delany ****
Cinco de Mayhem - Ann Myers ***
Feliz Navidead - Ann Myers ***
If You've Got It, Haunt It - Rose Pressey **
Look What the Wind Blew In - Ann Charles ****
Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel ****
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel ****
Murder past Due - Miranda james **
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind - Ann B. Ross ****
Cloche and Dagger - Jenn McKinlay ****

Current Book(s):
Death at the Little Big Horn
Al Franken: Giant of the Senate
Dead and Berried
Hillbilly Elegy

Books to Read:
Blasphemy - Douglas Preston
My Antonia
Impact - Douglas Preston
Codex - Douglas Preston
A Movable Feast - Hemingway

Fanfics Written this year to date:
(Ask to be friended at [profile] alexfic or [personal profile] alexs_storybook to read fic.)
Dear Dairy
Ungovernable Science
Elflords to the Rescue
The Good Wife
Freedom Fighter
Worse than Hell Itself
The Cost
Jason's Gift
The Road Less Traveled
In the Dead of Night
Time Passing in Time
Done Too Soon
The Lake
Endless Sands
The Princess and the Scoundrel
The Madman on the Mountain
Trust Me!


Films @ home:
Risky Business ***
Surf's Up2: WaveMania ***
Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection ****
An Aurora Teagarden mystery: A Bone to Pick ***
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: Real Murders ***
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: Three Bedrooms, One Corpse ***
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: The Julius House ***
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: Dead Over Heels ***
Garage Sale Mystery ***
Garage Sale Mystery: Guilty Until Proven Innocent ***
Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters ***
Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress ***
Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders ***+
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room ***+
Garage Sale Mystery: The Art of Murder ***
Murder She Baked: Just desserts ***
Hailey Dean: Murder with Love ***
Hailey Dean: Deadly Estate ***
Flower Shop Mysteries: Mum's the Word ***
Flower Shop Mysteries: Dearly Depotted ***
Trolls **
Moana ***
The Good Dinosaur****
Jackie ****
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: A Bundle of Trouble ***
Mystery Woman: A Vision of Murder ***
Mystery Woman: Game Time ***
Mystery Woman: At First Sight ***
Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery ***
Mystery Woman: Oh Baby ***
Mystery Woman: Redemption ***
Mystery Woman ***
Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend ***
Mystery Woman: Snapshot ***
Mystery Woman: In the Shadows ***
Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery ***
The Theory of Everything ***

Films @ Cinema:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ****
Going in Style ****
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ****
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ****
Wonder Woman **** ++++
Despicable Me 3 ****

Films to see:

TV Shows:
Dr. Who - Season 8
American Gods
Once Upon a Time


A Challenge for myself:
Sunday - Give thanks. Talk about something in your life you're thankful for. Even if it's tiny.
Monday - Music Monday. Anything about the music you listen to or like; artist profiles, recs, reviews, anything
Tuesday - Artistic stuff like fiction writing or writing of any sort, knitting, sewing, carpentry... whatever you do or have done.
Wednesday - Reading
Thursday - Throwback Thursday. Childhood memories, old photos, old blog posts...stuff from the past
Friday - Fandom stuff. Faves, new ones, actors, musicians, anything you're a fan of want to talk about.
Saturday - somebody, anybody. Your best friend, the Pope, Julius Caesar.. anyone at5 all


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What I just finished:
Cloche and Dagger by Jenn Mckinlay
It's our July cozy at the Cozy Mystery Once a Month Book Club and it was cute. Cozy mysteries do not take deep thought and are not terribly graphic and usually have a little romance as well. This one is all that and I found it quite engaging. I will probably read pothers in the series.

What I am reading now:
Dead and Berried by Peg Cochran
The August cozy mystery and it's okay but not too crazy about it yet. The murdered person gets it in a cranberry bog in, you guessed it, Cranberry Cove.
Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by al Franken. Hubby and I both like Al and have since back in the days of SNL. So far, he is quite engaging. I sure do wish we had a man like Al representing our state. Nabbed this book for hubby and it's even a signed copy.
Death at the Little Bighorn: A New Look at Custer - His Tactics and the Tragic Decisions made at the Last Stand (wow, that's a mouthful)) by Phillip Thomas Tucker
It is what it says. I am completely fascinated by George Armstrong Custer and his life and death.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
So far, this one is a bit annoying. Pardon my French but this is a book about a boy born into what my folks called white trash, the people of Appalachia (though I question that a little)who are redneck and don't really aspire to anything more than drinking beer, flying confederate flags and marrying their cousins - you know, Trump voters.

What's next:
Miss Julia Takes Over by Ann B. Ross
The foirst Miss Julia book made fall in love with Miss Julia, who comes into her own in her mid-sixties after her husband dies and she has to make her pown way in a small North Carolina town.
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
I want to see if it is as magical as I remember.

That's it!
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Couple of things I've made recently.

These are placemats for Jenny's mom:

And some crafty little wooden boxes:
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Just saw this today and found it sweet...While waiting for Green Day, the 65,000 people sang...and the camera and mics captured it all.

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I am thankful every single day for my hubby. He is the love of my life, my best friend, my sometimes caregiver, and all around good egg~!

Us a few years ago.
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Cloche and Dagger (Hat Shop Mystery, #1)Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was our July cozy at Cozy Mystery Once a Month Book Club(facebook) and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, especially the special little twist at the end. Scarlett Parker moves to England to help her cousin run a hat shop they inherited from their grandmother, and murder and mayhem ensues. Viv, her cousin, is missing, she doesn't know how to make hats and a posh Lady is murdered wearing only a hat that Viv designed!

The characters are likable, and the story has a nice pace. I will actually read more of this series.

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Or what I'm doing on my summer vacation...

Long time, no rl update. The reason is that my life is rather quiet, for the most part.

It's hot here... very hot, mid-90s and so humid that the air drips.

I spend my days playing games on Facebook, which I would leave but for my game addiction.

I also do quite a few things in the Babylon 5 fandom - an update every two weeks of fandom things like fics, art and newsishness, I mod and post at a rewatch group as well. we are over halfway through Season 4. If you're a fan, join us at either Lj or Dw. Our name is B5_revisited. Once a year, I mod a B5 fan celebration called Babylon 5 Love and we post B5 fics, art , metas... anything every day for a month, usually Feb because well, you know, love!

I am doing Sins this year (Or is it still Ardor in August?). I have the story in my head but not typed yet. Starting this week.

Signups for the Oeam Big bang close at the end of the month as well. We have several. I wish we'd get a big bunch but OEAM apparently doesn't reach far and I'm just not a Tumblr person... NO clue what one does there.

OEAM is still up and running - the self upload site that EVERYONE swore they wanted so they could post to... um, I post there and maybe one more person now and again. It's a lovely archive and I monitor it nearly every day. It doesn't show up right on Google and I can't fix it. After Tallulah, Elfscribe and Marius (and others as well) worked and worked and worked, my webhost sent me a note telling us that we were using too much band width and if we didn't cut it down, they were going to shut us down. We - well Tallulah - worked tirelessly to do all the things they suggested to no avail. SOOOO I got us a new webhost and we were never able to get the site uploaded there. We realized that we were not using what they said anyway. They were doing this in an attempt to get me to change to a $40+ a month site, which I refused to do. So as one of the fixes, we sort of got off the search engines. We are at - nothing more. That is us.

I'm still old and still mobility impaired. I work on gaming, fanning and I've taken up reading cozy mysteries and belong to a group at FB that discusses one a month. It's fun. I am trying to spend more time reading than I have in past years. I also have a new overlock sewing machine... brand new - not even out of the box yet. I have to learn how to use it now. There are lots of nice videos at Youtube (you can learn to do almost anything there). I ma making some little craftish sewing projects and hope to make a few clothes as well when I get the hang of this thing.

Larry works at home and is working lots of long hours so I'm on my own most of the time. Sometimes I think it would be nice if he had an office off the premises... but then again, he is here all the time and I kinda like that, too.

That's all I can think of... gotta grab a shower and then it'll be time for Chinese takeout and British mysteries on PBS - our Saturday night excitement. I do love my Midsomer Murders!

So what are all y'all up to this summer? (Really! I want to know!)


Jul. 17th, 2017 04:42 pm
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A request

Jul. 9th, 2017 12:49 am
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If any of you still play Dragon Cave, I am looking for 3 dragons:



I can breed you red, black and blue ones and I'll try anything I have to breed for you as well. I have most all dragons and have had good luck making vampires too if you want one.


On the day

Jul. 4th, 2017 03:16 pm
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It’s the 4th of July and I do not feel like celebrating. Our democracy has been hijacked by a reality tv host and a group of men who have no real wish for anyone to succeed but themselves. The reason this has happened is that the American public is both stupid and ignorant. Many of the people here in our county slept through history class, have read maybe one book in their entire lives and think FOX news tells them the truth. So they voted for a man who has no morals, ethics and cares absolutely nothing for this country and its citizens. They fly their flags and say “Make America Great Again” like trained parrots.

I have to conclude that the Christian faith these politicians and my neighbors who voted for this atrocity profess is profoundly different from the Christian doctrine put forth by Jesus Christ. I would say I am confused but I am not. Every nitwit in a pulpit thinks he’s an expert on politics AND religion with his 4th grade reading level and his 10th grade education.

I’ve got some advice for all of you.

Read a few books and historic documents.

Begin with your Bible. Read about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. It’s not like Paul and the Old Testament. Stop disregarding the teaching of Jesus because they don’t fit your bigotry, sexism and stupidity. READ the Sermon on the Mount.

READ The Constitution of the United States of America. Make sure to READ The Bill of Rights, added to protect the rights of every American. Hint: The 2nd Amendment is not the most important one.

Buy some history books about the founding of the country (or go to the library). Get to know the founding fathers, warts and all. Read about the presidents, good and bad, and what they left us. Read about the wars. Read about the Civil War. Read about Abraham Lincoln. Read about the Roosevelts and their legacy.

Read this poem: The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus.
(I’ll help you by putting an excerpt here)
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

When you’ve done those things, tell me again why someone who has done nothing at all for our country or its people is fit to wipe the feet of the men and women who HAVE made sacrifices to make us free and keep us free, not only in war but in the fight for human rights for all Americans and believe it or not, all people.

I will celebrate when America is free again.
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Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (Miss Julia, #1)Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a complete delight! Miss Julia is a throwback to another time - my mother's generation, who finds herself confronting a very modern world. Her husband dies and nothing is the same as she learns many things and secrets that she'd never have believed. I loved every single page and every "thay Lord!" in this book. It takes place in North Carolina and the writer is a North Carolinian so the voice and the point of view are spot on. It has a bit of mystery, too.

I already ordered a copy of the next one in the series.

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Who is really named Dean James.

Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks, #1)Murder Past Due by Miranda James

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I had read this before and really liked it but this time, I found Charlie tediously boring and I got VERY tired of Diesel being mentioned in every paragraph.

The mystery was pretty good, though. He did stretch that out to the very end and it certainly wasn't who Charlie and I thought it was. I do remember the stories getting better as we meet more characters in Athena, Mississippi. Azalea was adorable - I want some of her roast!

I will actually read more of these, despite falling out of love with this first one.

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What is a Big Bang?
A Big Bang is a challenge in which you have 4 months to write a 20,000 word story. You have a second choice - a 10,000 word Mini Bang.

For those of you not writers, there will also be an art challenge to create art for the stories in the challenge.

Beta readers will also be called to help get those stories ready for posting!

What fandoms can we write?
This is the list:
Arthurian Legend
Babylon 5 (all)
DC Comic Universe
Dr. Who
Legend of the Seeker (TV series and The Sword of Truth books)
Marvel Universe
Pirates of the Caribbean
Real Person Fiction
Queer as Folk
Sherlock Holmes - all
Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood (NEW)
Star Trek (all)
Stargate (any)
Other: Fiction about fandoms that actors in the main fandom, Tolkien, are in. For example, Sean Bean was in Game of Thrones so that fic counts as well.
Real Person Fiction (of listed fandom actors, writers, etc.)

The usual rules apply.

When is the Big Bang?
Here is the schedule:

6th Annual OEAM Big Bang
July 1 - 31, 2017 – Signups are open.
August 1, 2017 – Writing Begins
September 1 – November 30, 2017 – Beta reader signups
September 1, 2017 – 1st mandatory check in
September 15, 2017 – Snippet Post
October 1, 2017 – 2nd mandatory check in
November 1, 2017 – 3rd mandatory check in
November 1 – 31, 2017 – Artist signups
November 31, 2017 – Writing time ends, sign up for posting day.
December 15, 2017 – Drafts due to mods for distribution to artists
December 15- 31, 2017 – Editing
January 15, 2018 – Beta’d stories due
February 1, 2018 – All work should be done and posting will begin
Questions? Send me a message.
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 Hey there - it is time again for - 

Ardor in August 2017

From the Years of the Trees through the Fourth Age – it’s time once again to make your Tolkien FPS fanfic dreams come true…

Have you always wanted to read a certain pairing or scenario, but couldn’t write it yourself? Have it written for you – specifically and especially for your own sweet self! And share your own gift in exchange!

That’s right, it’s time for My Slashy Valentine! The exchange focuses on the Elves, Men, Dwarves, Valar and Maiar of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Maybe it’s Gildor and Glorfindel you love, or perhaps Boromir-on-Theodred strikes your fancy... or maybe Lúthien and Thuringwethil is your OTP? From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars – spread the word, recruit your friends and fellow authors, and have some fun!


Critical dates:

  • Sign-up period: June 11 - June 25

  • Assignments to be distributed no later than July 9th

  • Deadline for first-time participants: August 13th

  • Deadline for returning participants: August 20th

  • Archive opens: August 27th, 2017

There are more rules and regs and you can go here -

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Feliz Navidead (Santa Fe Cafe Mystery #3)Feliz Navidead by Ann Myers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rita is at it again and this time, Celia could be in danger. One of the actors in the Christmas pageant is murdered and Rita vows to make sure that Celia is safe. This one has Indian artifacts, Rita's mom and lots of tasty food to make you wish you could be in Santa Fe at Christmas, too.

The mystery is fun and the food sounds great and the added bonus is Flori and her wacky pals as they lend a hand...

a really fun read.

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Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Themis Files and it's even creepier than the first. Alien robots begin appearing all over the globe and the world soon sees that they are not friendly. We jo9iun our nameless man and the rest in another adventure that will take us in some very unexpected directions. We find out evenutally that all we've been told could be a lie...

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