Thursday, July 11, 2024

13 Fairy Tale Cartoons

Colleen at The Thursday 13 holds a weekly blogging prompt where bloggers make a list of 13 things on Thursdays. The topic is for you to choose. The blog host doesn't have any official graphics to display on the Thursday 13 posts, so I decided to whip one up myself. πŸ™‚ 


I particularly resemble that last one very much lately:)

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Getting Back to Writing

It's been more than a year since I last tried to submit my memoir. I'd written an afterword. I neglected that for a year, then just now printed it out. I am still making the difficult decision to self-publish thru Amazon. Those who have done that, tell me again how it is?

And my tween book set in the 1980s--still don't know about publishing that one.
Yesterday I started typing something totally new, something more aimed at the adult crowd. It's a little hard to explain this one just yet.
Is it unusual for the same person to write in more than one genre, with more than one audience in mind? I'm pretty sure this is true.

I just now posted this as my Facebook status. And it's true what I said about starting to write something new.

I'd been wanting to start something new, but wasn't sure just what. I pulled some notes I'd made from a dream I once had and tried to go from there, but never got far. The dream notes were several years ago, so maybe the idea wasn't so great since wasn't fresh.

But now I have something new. It's hard to explain it just yet. But one thing I am attempting to do incorporate things like email, letters, texts, charts and maybe some pictures. I found in my Pages on Mac various templates for writing letters and copied one into my document.

Here are some examples of unusual formats:

A book I currently have on my TBR includes pages designed to look like notebook paper. Another includes newspaper headlines from the 1960s. I have no clue how to do any of this! At least I learned how to type the trademark symbol.

More on this to come.

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Don't Want to Think About This Now

 These came up on Facebook this past week:

I have not seen these holiday items in stores as of yet and won't be actively looking for them just yet. Right now, we are having a heatwave in my area, and this is the last thing on my mind right now. I'm just trying to stay hydrated. 

Thursday, July 4, 2024

13 July 4th Cartoons

Colleen at The Thursday 13 holds a weekly blogging prompt where bloggers make a list of 13 things on Thursdays. The topic is for you to choose. The blog host doesn't have any official graphics to display on the Thursday 13 posts, so I decided to whip one up myself. πŸ™‚ 

In honor of the 4th of July, I am posting some cartoons for the holiday.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

July Bookish Bingo

 Here is the annual emoji-themed bingo card for July.

My books:

  1. Meditations for Personal Healing--Louise L. Hay (1 square): Audiobook
  2. Bilingual Fairy Tales Rapunzel--Blackwell Burke (6 squares): E-Book, Free Space, Fireworks (figurative), Unusual Mode of Transport, Shock/Fright, Eye Roll
  3. Whistling Past the Graveyard--Susan Crandall (5 squares): Physical Book, Not in a Series, Book Club Read, Choices/Possibilities, Lights/Visible Lights
  4. Evil Eclairs--Jessica Beck (3 squares): Shelf Love, In a Series, LOL
  5. The Tail of Emily Windsnap--Liz Kessler (6 squares): Paranormal, On an Island, Animal, Multiverse, Free book, Blue on Cover

Thursday, June 27, 2024

13 New-to-Me Authors I've Read This Year

Colleen at The Thursday 13 holds a weekly blogging prompt where bloggers make a list of 13 things on Thursdays. The topic is for you to choose. The blog host doesn't have any official graphics to display on the Thursday 13 posts, so I decided to whip one up myself. πŸ™‚

I've decided to mention books by authors I've read this year for the first time, the book read from said author, and how I came to read them. I know I've got more than 13, so narrowing it to down was a little hard. Note: I won't be reviewing the books!

I'm also posting this to the Book Blog Discussion at Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight

1. Herbert L. Heller--Sourdough Sagas: I came across this book from an older friend who let me have some books he'd had. This was totally new to me. I'd known very little about the pioneering and gold in Alaska from 1883 to 1923. One of the first books I read at the beginning of this year.

2. Kate Milford--Greenglass House: One of many books I had picked up at a second-hand store, not knowing when or why I chose it. It must have seemed fun when I first saw it. This was another among the first books I read as this year began.

3. Wendy Heard--She's Too Pretty to Burn: One I just happened to find in my library's database as I was look for a title containing the words to, too or two for this challenge. I guess I just liked how this book sounded. 

4. Kim Michelle Richardson--The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: I'd known about this book for some time, and from what I'd seen about the book online  I was sure I wanted to read it. So when I saw a copy at a second-hand store, I snagged it. 

5. Suzanne Park--Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous: I happened to find this at the nearby Barnes & Noble one day, and I was obviously interested in it enough to buy it. 

6. Sosuke Natsukawa--The Cat Who Saved Books: I saw this book on another person's blog and among the books on this list (one of the categories for this challenge this year). A lot of the titles on the list seemed like ones I would never find without having to buy the book. Fortunately, The Cat Who Saved Books is at my public library, so I decided that would be my choice for that category. And I like anything with cats!

7. Rachel Joyce--The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: Another book I had heard about somewhere on the web, but did not search out until this year. I found another book by this author I now want to read, don't yet know when that one will be.

8. Lily King-Euphoria: This was one book I'd spotted at Target when it was first released. Not wanting to spend a lot on it then, I searched for it in my library's database. I found it there, but I never got around to reading it until this year. I'd finally crossed this one of my list (so to speak, since it was only a mental one).

9. Sedeqa Johnson--The House of Eve: When looking for a book set in the 1950s, this one turned up in my library catalog. I liked how it sounded.

10. Yoshiko Unchida--Picture Bride: One I knew nothing about previously and just happened to find while browsing the library shelves. I needed an author beginning with U, and a book about wedding and/or marriage, so I picked this one.

11. Megan Caldwell-Vanity Fare: Trying to find a V title for the Alphabet Soup Titles challenge was a little hard, and when I at random punched "vanity" into the library database, this one came up. I like reading food-themed books, so I know I would be checking this one out.

12. Rachel Hartman--Tess of the Road: Another author I'd known about having seen her books on my library shelf. This one got my interest when looking for a book that had dragons. Several challenges I'm doing this year have "a book with a dragon" category, since 2024 is the Year of the Dragon.

13. Dean Atta--The Black Flamingo: This was displayed at the library on top of the one of the shelves in the YA section. I was looking for an LGBTQ-themed book and one about drag artistry, and this one was right there. 

It was hard just picking 13 authors for this post, as there are more than that many who are new  to me this year so far. The year is only half-over, and I'm sure I will find even more new ones-to-me so the in the next six monthsπŸ™‚ I decided not to include any for whom the book I read is their first one and only one as of yet, such as this one.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

15 Years Ago This Week

I still remember what I was doing on this date in 2009, when this news came about.  It was just another day of Internet surfing after coming home from work. 

It was inevitable that Michael Jackson would get all the hype, overshadowing Farrah Fawcett, and Ed McMahon, who'd died just two days earlier.  And just three days later,  I learned of this death via the Twitter tag #oxiclean:

Not many people seem to know that Billy Mays was the same age as MJ. 

I still use OxiClean in my laundry. I remember getting some at Walmart weeks after Mays's death. All that time, others were buying MJ's albums, CDs and DVDs. I had no interest in that. If one celebrity can make money just after dying, so can another. 

From my blog in 2014 (five-year anniversary):

This week will mark five years since the celebrity death streak that occurred in late June/early July 2009.   As all of you remember it was the week of Michael Jackson's death. But it started on June 23, 2009, with the death of Ed McMahon. He was best known as Johnny Carson's sidekick on The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992,  as well as a pitchman for Publishers Clearing House, host of Star Search (the American Idol of the 1980s), and co-host with  Dick Clark of  TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes.   Next came the death of Farrah Fawcett, a first-season cast member of Charlie's Angels,  just several hours before (and several miles away from where Fawcett had died) the world learned of Jackson going into a coma. His death naturally overshadowed that of Fawcett, and 80s music fans were devastated.  His records began to sell out on Internet sites and at used record stores and other store that sell CDs and DVDs.  His death was the most hyped out of the three. 

I remember exactly what I was doing that day.  It was a Thursday and I had just come home from work and was on Facebook and Twitter.  Naturally Jackson's death was all over both sites.  And on the evening news I happened to watch that night.  After work the following day, I passed by the USA Today kiosk near CVS Pharmacy and I'm sure you can guess what was on the front page.   The next day I stopped at Barnes and Noble and as I entered the movies and music section there was a display of Jackson's work, naturally. His death was still on everyone's mind, but it didn't stop the media from covering other celebrity deaths that followed.

The following Sunday, June 28,  I looked on Twitter and saw OxiClean as a trending topic. I wondered why that was, and a click on the link revealed why.  My mom then called and I suddenly I asked the following:

"Did you hear who just died?"
"Yes. Michael Jackson."
"No, I mean just now."
"No, who?"
"The man who did the commercials for OxiClean."

That man was Billy Mays.  I did not know his name at first, and I still refer to him as "the OxiClean guy."  I then posted this as my Facebook status that day,  saying that "Now the OxiClean pitchman has died. Three deaths last week, will there be two more this week?"  One friend responded "I loved Billy Mays!  His commercials always made me want to buy his stuff."  I then pointed out that the OxiClean guy was the same age was Michael Jackson, a fact that no one seems to have known.  I've asked many people if they knew that fact and every one of them has said no, they did not  know that fact.   Mays was a little over a month older than Jackson.  An obit for the OxiClean guy appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle the following day along with that for another celebrity I did not had died that weekend as well. (I kept and still have this section of that edition of the paper) And one the day after that, yet another I didn't know about either.   Unfortunately, the two celebrities in this case were not high-profile ones like McMahon, Fawcett, Jackson or Mays, and thus their deaths were not Twitter-ed  about, limited only to obits in major metropolitan newspapers such as that one.  Those two were 50s actress and singer Gale Storm (star of the 1950s sitcom My Little Margie)  and impressionist/comedian Fred Travalena.   And as June turned to July, the death streak continued, with actor Karl Malden and NFL star Steve McNair.  Those two celebs got more hype than did Storm and Travalena.  Many will remember Malden's commercials for American Express, urging viewers to "Don't leave home without it."

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Mid-Year Reading Progress Post

Though this is my first year doing the Book Blog Discussion Challenge, I have been writing one of these posts each year around this time.

So far I have completed four of my year-long reading challenges. 

Alphabet Soup:

This was the first one done this year, at the end of May. Some letters were tricky! It took me to the very end to find a J title. A friend was about to donate the book listed, but I wanted to read it. 


A short one, with only nine categories. I got this done just two weeks ago, with one square left. 

Blydyn Square Books:

I unexpectedly got this one done quickly. I was just one book short, but quickly found one that worked for the one prompt remaining. 

Alphabet Soup Authors Edition:

I've been doing the Alphabet Soup for titles for several years now, but only this year did I decide to do the Alphabet Soup for Authors. The last two letters I got were U and Y, pretty tricky for an author's name.  I still can't believe I found one with X in the name, though I knew about the author already.

I've always seemed to complete the Color Coded and the What's in a Name? challenges before the end of June, in time for when I write this post. But that was not the case this year. Yellow and brown have often seemed hard to find when doing this challenge, but that was even more true this year. A title with "brown" (or any shade of brown, such as chocolate) is the last one I need to finish this challenge. As for the "footwear" category (What's in a Name?), I have something planned for that for next month, but I'm stuck on the "NFL team" one! I keep looking for titles containing "eagles" or "cowboys," the two team names that keep coming to my mind (I'm not a sports person!) Any title suggestions for any of these?

So far I have read 113 books as of today. This is fewer compared to the last few years at this point in the year. Kind of surprising. I'm currently reading one that is over 1400 pages. That being true, I probably won't attempt too many other long books for the rest of this year, at least not any in the 1000+ page range. Maybe 500 pages or below, depending on my mood. I was looking in my library's database for a book set in Australia or New Zealand for next month, but the first one I found is over 800 pages! Not sure I want to jump into something that long so soon after a 1400+ pager! That would be quite a lot!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

13 Summer Fun Cartoons

Colleen at The Thursday 13 holds a weekly blogging prompt where bloggers make a list of 13 things on Thursdays. The topic is for you to choose. The blog host doesn't have any official graphics to display on the Thursday 13 posts, so I decided to whip one up myself. πŸ™‚

As the summer solstice begins today, here are some summer humor cartoons. Some old, some new to my blog.