Thursday – A Little Personal – Twiggy, Lucy, and Bailey Playtime

Too adorable for words! Gotta lurve the new puppy on the block! 😀

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Twiggy, Lucy, Bailey

“Okay, Dad. Mom got me this terrific toy, and I wonder if Lucy and Bailey want to play.”

“Well, let’s just go up and see.”

“Hey, Boss. What’s this thing you dropped on the floor.”

“That is Frenchie Vanilla. Twiggy’s toy.”

“Frenchie Vanilla, Pops? Pretty cute I would say.”

“Yes, and Twiggy wants to know if you want to play?”

“Woah. Here she comes. You mean play with her don’t, you? Excuse me I gotta dash.”

“Yes, that is exactly what I mean you big chicken.”

“I can play from up here, Pops.”

“I don’t know, Baily. She looks pretty much fun.”

“Hey, Lucy. Got you on the butt. You’re it.”

“Yeah. A lot of fun, Lucy.”

“Okay, Lucy. Bet I can make you blink.”

“Not me, little stuff. I come from a long line of non-blinkers.”

“See, little one. Made you blink.”

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The Hat by C.S. Boyack #TuesdayBookBlog #bookreview #fantasy

Teri Polen’s review of C.S. Boyack’s speculative action/adventure novella, The Hat!

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Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother, and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs, and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making…

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Something’s gotta give…

… don’t worry it’s not too serious, just crazy time management for the forseeable!

Regular visitors may recall that I’ve already posted about a new ‘fun’ factor in my daily routine (I’m SICK of being sick!) Since then, things kind of ambled along with the new medication, with only a few botty slips of short duration. So, I went off last Friday to Gastroenterology Outpatients with a fairly sanguine* hope that I was doing OK with the meds and could carry on with a similar schedule (with tweaks and variations on the steroids I was taking). And therein lies the rub – I’ve been experiencing some thankfully low-key side effects from the steroids with a mostly bearable tremor in the hands. I’m fairly good on the keyboard, but the shakes are interfering with putting on make-up. This isn’t a huge problem as I rarely wear it, but I’ve got to the stage where I’m contemplating going over to false eyelashes to avoid spearing myself in the eye with a mascara wand!

Consequently, this will have an impact on my tentative online scheduling wishlist from the I’m SICK of being sick! post to cut it down a few pegs, from

my souped-up ‘must have’ schedule for the rest of 2018!

  • more community-time
  • more ‘editorial’ activity with DreamWorlds Publishing
  • making time to get back into actually writing the Haven Lands series and not just thinking about it…
  • getting off my arse and start the editorials for The Qworks anthology – this is now festering way too much and needs some TLC, not to mention massive ICU attention

to something more realistic and tailored daily, especially for the rest of this month, but also long-term as living with IBD is more complex than I thought at first.

So it’s back to the drawing board for fantasy time scheduling of my vital online activity along these lines…

All of the above wishlist items will now be governed by the following fluctuating conditions –

 

  • experiencing adverse colon activity overnight (don’t need to draw you a picture of that…) resulting in exhaustion and extreme need for more sleep
  • energy levels for above previous scheduling limiting my ability to concentrate on serious writing and editing tasks, including but not limited to, brain-fog, lethargy/apathy for doing anything worthwhile and/or inability to rise from my bed, or need to be within a few steps of the bathroom
  • not having workmen or sales-people around for home improvement projects, which now has a filter for
    • going on eBay et al to flog stuff to pay for all of that…

#3 is the one that’s going to have the most impact on my online activity this week and next, as my bedroom’s being torn down and replaced. Which has forced me to face up to the inevitable – I can no longer count on being able to multi-task or juggle with various activities too well anymore. I hope that this will mean that listening to my body and it’s physical and mental status each day will help me to do what I can, when I’m best equipped to, on any given day.

Since Xmas when ‘the embuggerance’ raised it’s hoary head, I’ve been allowing myself a ‘surfacing’ period of about 2 hours so that my body can wake up gently and, if I’m needing the bathroom a lot in that time, I scale down on what I do when I can get up (or not) to dictate what I’m doing. However, this doesn’t always work out too well if I’ve had a bad night (I still get insomnia a lot), so even if the embuggerance hasn’t kicked in I might might be OK physically, but my head’s still in another foggy place and I find myself zoning out, or making stupid errors and losing my train of thought and/or track of time.

That’s why I’m going to have to re-jig a lot more on a daily basis so I optimise my time as required with what I’ve got going on that day.

So… sorry that there’ll be some days when I’m not about so much, but I hope to at least get to my email and blog surfing most days so I’ll still be vaguely visible! 😀 The good news is that once the bedroom’s re-vamped, I’ll be able to use the laptop more, so if I do get confined to the bedroom and easy-access to ensuite facilities for the day, I can still stay in touch! 😉

still in touch with the world – come what may! 🙂

* Sorry – Emma’s on the TV and I’m channelling Austenesque worship like mad… 😛

The Curse of Time, on #LisaBurtonRadio

Another great character and storyline featured on the Lisa Burton Radio Show (courtesy of Entertaining Stories). Nothing in Amelina Scott’s world is quite right, from her missing father returning looking much older than he should, her mother having a personality transplant at the same time and Shadow the black cat ‘adopting’ the Scotts, even though Amelina’s the only who likes him… Then there’s Esme, Amelina best friend almost-sister. She’s somehow got herself trapped in the mirrors at the Scott house. Esme seems to know what’s going on but seems to be under a curse, or some kind of spell, that means she can’t tell Amelina about it! Read to find out about the3 other mysteries that beset Amelina by clicking the link… 😀

Entertaining Stories

Lisa Burton

Welcome everyone. Turn down the lights, find your silver bells, and possibly a crystal that speaks to you. You might want to light a candle or two. This is Lisa Burton Radio, and I’m your host Lisa the robot girl.

My special guest today is living under some unusual circumstances, but we’ll let her tell us about them. “Welcome to the show, Amelina Scott.”

“Hi Lisa. I’m so excited about this, a chance to tell my story to a robot girl, that’s beyond amazing!”

“I already mentioned that your living arrangement is a bit odd. Can you fill our listeners in a bit?”

“Yeah, my dad disappeared on my thirteenth birthday. Sorry, I find this difficult to talk about. It really hurts. I, I cope by writing my feelings down in poetry. I don’t like to talk about it… But for you I will …

“Dad’s vanishing was the weirdest…

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Let’s NOT Call It Up-Lit: Your Fiction Prescription in a World Gone Bonkers

Yes, it’s true! Tara Sparling should have been called Sibyl… 😛 Here’s her prediction for a literary-genre response to any Sociopathic event horizon you can throw a bunch of rocks at – such fun things to look forward to? Enjoy, if you dare… 😉

Tara Sparling writes

I nearly didn’t write this post. This is because there’s a new catchy genre category in town, and any catchy title which involves clumsy generalisations for a whole bank of literature is guaranteed to make me either angry, or nauseous. Not being a fan of either of those states, I’d rather not, thanks.

But try as I might, I can’t get away from a good book discussion topic, so just allow me to stash this slightly soiled, burnt handkerchief, and get on with it.

(By the way, this post is Easter pun-free. Have a happy one anyway.)

Let's NOT Call It Up-Lit: Your Fiction Prescription For A World Gone Bonkers

Anyhoo, I’ve been ferreting around in the Guardian again. This new genre category is called “up-lit”, and it’s referring to the current trend in popularity for books which focus on the brighter side of the human condition.

We’re talking about books with characters who are kind, generous, community-minded, fond of old people or young animals, and who generally…

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