Saturday, May 28, 2011

First Paragraph Saturday!

After several hours of wracking my brain
           trying to come up with  new



for today's blog... this is pretty much how I can sum up my feelings:



So I decided to go back into my list of previous blogs and see which ones generated the most comments.  It makes sense since many of my readers are writers, that the one with the most responses was First Sentence Saturday:  http://color-me-read.blogspot.com/2011/04/first-sentence-saturday.html   Wow- 28comments!  Now that may not be a lot for some of you who have been writing blogs for years but, for me, that was awesome!  (compare that to last week about the "End of the world" - there were only 7, and I think two of them were my responses!)  Another thing I've noticed is that I never get many comments on my Holiday posts, but that could be because I only advertise once during the following week, and I suppose it leaves many more out of the proverbial loop (at least on facebook).

OK, so here is my idea for today.  First Paragraph Saturday!  Since the first sentence went over so well, perhaps my fellow writers would like to indulge me with their first paragraphs whether in their current WIP (work in progress) or any other novel, poem, or short story.  You choose, we'll read!  This will be fun!  

                                  

                                                   
The first paragraph of Ravenswynd 

    The sound of blood rushing past my eardrums echoed the roar of my pounding heart.  What the flaming hell was I thinking?  My only solace came from knowing I wasn't the only idiot waiting on a dark pier on Friday the thirteenth at exactly seven-thirteen.  There were twelve others.  Had anyone else noticed all the thirteens?  Although I hoped that this was only a series of coincidences, an icy chill coursed through me as I tied it in with everything that my best friend, Fiona, had been saying all along about the secret party.  Without question, something strange and frightening was about to take place. The air bristled with a weird intangible energy.  And this weirdness was only a taste of what was to come – the party is the main entrée.  I didn't even want to think about dessert.  


Feel free to comment on my first  paragraph, but don't forget to add YOURS too!  


Have a great
 


Thanks for reading and participating!!







Saturday, May 21, 2011

The End of the World?

What with all the hoopla about the end of the world, I've gotten side-tracked on facebook today and have very little time left to blog!  There were a few posts that I just had to comment on, and a few links that I had to look up!  What can I say?  I'm easily distracted...

So... now there is only about an hour and a half to go, at least here in the Central time zone.  This won't even give my readers enough time to read and comment on my blog...oh boy...my bad!



Whew...I'm so glad to know that most of the people I know don't get sucked into this garbage.  It's actually kind of sad when you realize how many people do though.  I was looking online at a site called International Business Times at an article called, "Doomsday: Is it May 21, 2011?"  And they did a poll asking that very question.  The multiple choice answers were: Yes / Maybe /No / It's December 21, 2012.  I could not believe the results!!

3.17% said YES    (580 votes)
8.97% said Maybe (1,544votes)
78.26% said No     (14,338votes)
9.61% said it's 12-21-12 (1,760votes)
The total number of voters at this point in time were: 18,322.


 And I cannot believe that someone actually paid to put signs up like the one above!  Those billboards are not cheap either!

I'm glad to see that the majority do not believe this nonsense, but seriously?  There are 3,884 people who actually believe that someone can predict this date!?!  And that was just this one poll...Wow.  It's so true about people being exactly like sheep.  It doesn't take much to lead them around, even when the scenario is completely ridiculous.

I won't go into great detail as to why I personally do not believe this junk, but in all seriousness, I do believe there will come a time when this earth will end. (at least in the way we know it now) And I also believe that some day the Lord will return for His people.  But please, I beg of you, do not throw me into the same category with these idiotic sheep-like people who follow those who are blatantly in error...please!  If they took the time to read their Bibles, they'd know the truth.



The ancient Mayans supposedly predicted the end of the world too.  They did build some pretty cool cities and buildings for their time.  But just because their calendar ended in December of 2012 doesn't necessarily mean the world has to come to an end then either. There could be any number of reasons why they did not continue the calendar beyond December of 2012.  If you scroll down past this beautiful picture of a Mayan ruin, you'll see what I think actually did happen!









  And that's all I have to say on this subject.


 Thanks for reading...and I'll see you next week!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

An Award!

Now don't faint...I know it's not like me to post in the middle of the week.  I am a Saturday-only blogger most of the time...however, I must share this today!

My very first blog award!  Thank you so much Stephanie!

Here is the link to Stephanie's Blog---->  http://sbposcente.blogspot.com/

She has generously awarded me with the The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award  Isn't it sweet and yummy looking?


The rules are simple:
1) Thank and link to the person that nominated you. 
2) Share 7 random facts about yourself.
3) Pass the award to 12 of your blogging buddies.
4) Notify the recipients. 





And here is my list of blog award winners, some of my favorite blogs!

http://fictiongroupie.blogspot.com/ Roni Loren always has great writing tips.
http://ebbiesplace.blogspot.com/    DiAnne writes beautiful poetry.
http://jennifershirk.blogspot.com/   Jennifer is a published sweet romance author.
http://lyndayoung.blogspot.com/    Lynda writes her devotional blog from her heart.
http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.com/  I've learned so much from Elizabeth...she is awesome!
http://www.emlynchand.com/emlyn/  Emlyn loves to help people.
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/  Natalie is a YA author-posts about her writing life.
http://lhmthoughts.blogspot.com/   Lisa is an all around sweetheart. We both write about vampires! yay
http://novasparks.blogspot.com/    Nova writes science fiction and just published her first book! yay
http://storiestorm.com/   Mallory writes about the writing life and web-design. Cool stuff.
http://www.aislinkeeley.com/  Aislin writes paranormal romance.  She also know how to get people                
connected.  In our Writer's Circle group, she posted a document for everyone to add their links to! Cool!
http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/ Written by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi...Their blog is like having a live thesaurus at hand- so very interesting and helpful!
        
Seven random facts about myself:
1. I love chocolate
2. I'm a grandma and I love it!
3. I just started another blog called A City on a Hill.
4. I write about vampires
5. My feet are cold
6. I hate winter
7. My favorite show on tv is Fringe

An now to notify all my awesome blog winners! Congrats to you all and thanks for writing great blogs!
Thanks again, Stephanie.  (too bad I don't know what I'm doing here...your links looked much better than mine!) But, I'm learning-slow but sure.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

State of Emergency




And in some cases, hazardous to your BLOG.




Having spent the better part of Saturday at the hospital with my dear mother, (who is fine now - in case you're wondering) and then spending the rest of the evening on the phone with siblings, (getting them caught up on details) it seems I have zero time left to dream up anything for my weekly blog.  So, therefore, I will show you my day in pictures.  (A bit lame, but hey, I am too tired to care tonight.)




The good thing about living in a small town - we didn't  have to wait to be put into a room.  

Then came all the tests:
                  
    
This screen is similar to what I watched most of the day:


The best part of the day was when the doctor came in and said all the tests were good and that we could head home.  Thank God.   I love you mom!

I'm pretty sure all of my lovely followers will forgive me for being less than entertaining today and you will all agree that the health of a loved one is far more important than writing the most riveting blog ever written... (which I had previously planned to do)  Oh sure, I could have waited until Sunday or Monday to create some eloquent piece...*cough*...but I can't stand putting things off.  Perhaps I will be so inclined to pen that award winning creation next week! 
Or not.


Here is an interesting tidbit I found online regarding the medical field:

Full circle:
I have an earache...

2000 B.C. - Here, eat this root.

1000 A.D. - That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.

1850 A.D. - That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.

1940 A.D. - That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.

1985 A.D. - That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.

2000 A.D. - That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.




Thanks for checking in!



Saturday, May 7, 2011

Celebrating Mothers


A Mother Dreams Our Dreams...
A Mother laughs our laughs, sheds our tears, returns our love, fears our fears.  She lives our joys, cares our cares, and all our hopes and dreams she shares.
~Author Unknown~


"Isn't heredity something? If your parents didn't have any children, there's a good possibility that you won't either!"     ~ Barbara Secklin ~   (My mom)

                                                                                       


Me and my Mom - April 2010

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
~George Cooper~


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Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.  
~Author Unknown~


A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.  
~Washington Irving ~








The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~Honore de Balzac ~



To all moms:


Don't forget to wish your mom a


How are you celebrating Mother's Day this year?


Here's hoping your day will be filled with sunshine and love!





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