Personal Update – September 2021

First off, let me apologize for not being consistent with my blog posts. I’ve become hyper focused on getting one project done, and I’d nearly gotten the main part completely done before I ran out of floss. Yes, it’s a cross stitch project. It’s one I’ve been working on and off on for several years now, and this year, I’m determined to get it done before the year is over.

Frederick the Literate

Frederick from now on called Fred, is a kit from Dimensions, and it’s done on dark navy blue. This makes it hard to see the holes where the needle goes as well as counting the squares. Yes, it’s counted cross stitch. It’s a full cover project also which means most of the background in covered up in stitches. Imagine my disappointment and irritation when, after nearly two weeks of constant work, I end up running out of floss on the very last portion of the project I have left to do before I began to work on the details. See for yourself

As you can see, I got a lot done. I just need to get the owl done and do all the detail stitching. I’ll do that after I’m done with the Halloween MSAL Anita and I are going to be starting. It’s the Halloween 2021 MSAL(A Storybook Halloween) hosted by Stitchonomy. I’ll be doing the frame later today to get me started.

MSAL

I’m still working on the MSAL by Linen and Things as well. I’m going to start work on the block for September later today too. My block for this month had some big spots full of color and while I don’t think mine came out as well as Anita’s did, I’m still happy with the result.

Work

Work is work. I’m in a routine now so things aren’t so overwhelming. I have clear cut duties that I can perform however I want as long as the end result is the same so that’s a plus. I work with a diverse group of guys – I work in Plumbing, and the women don’t seem to want to work in that department. I don’t mind it. I take all the training I can get, and I listen to the Licensed Plumbers to learn from them too. I don’t want full time, and I don’t want to work in other departments though I’ve been asked. I am content where I am.

Writing

Golden Knave is still being read by my Beta readers one chapter at a time. I don’t have time to copy and email huge chunks of it, or I haven’t. I may do more than one chapter at a time once the weekend comes, and I don’t have a huge project waiting for me. 🙂

I am considering going with XLibris for the publication of The Inbetween, but I haven’t decided yet. I will cost me money to do that, but they do offer me a bit more than Amazon does so I’ll have to consider it. I still don’t have the cover art for it since my niece flaked out on me.

Health and Well being

Found out I’m anemic now so I’m having to take vitamin supplements in shot form as well as up my intake of green leafy veggies and red meat. I don’t eat a lot of meat right now, and that’s part of the problem. I’m no longer having dizzy spells since I’ve begun rebuilding my red blood cells so I’m going to follow the doctor’s advice. I’m still slowly losing weight, and the doctor tells me more red meat won’t hurt my weight loss so there’s that.

I have finally gotten below 180 pounds!! Yay me! I just need to drop another 50, and I’ll be at my goal weight of 125!

Reading

I’ve mostly been listening to audio books on Audible of late. I can listen and stitch at the same time. I have mainly been listening to “scary” stories like Night of the Living Deed, Relic and Oracle. Of the three, I’m liking Oracle the best. I like Preston and Child a lot too, but this audiobook is fantastic. The narrator takes the wonderfully evocative words the writer uses and levels them up to a new art form with his voice and how he narrates the story. It’s absolutely marvelous!! I wish he’d do Stephen King’s books instead of the narrator Mr. King is using now.

When I can, I’ll get back to reading physical books. I prefer them to audio and ebooks.

Mimi

My furbaby is still her usual sassy chunky fluffy self. Since I’m working again, our daily routine has changed, and she was unhappy for a bit. Now, she’s used to the new routing we’ve worked out, and she’s stopped pouting and giving me dirty looks. Maine Coons have very expressive faces, I kid you not. She can get pretty vocal too.

That’s it for now, folks. I would love to hear what you all have going on! Projects, hobbies, books you’ve read, concerts you’ve been to, family stuff – whatever you’d like to share with me!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Words, Words, Words

It’s Writing Wednesday, and I thought I’d talk a bit about language. Language is made up of words that help us to communicate both verbally and by writing. It’s been around almost a long as Man has been. Early man is thought to have communicated with body movements and the occasional guttural sounds such as grunting.

Eventually, Man achieved oral language though it is unsure exactly when this happened. The overall agreement is that it was a long process of adaptation and evolution with early Man having very small vocabularies and limited ability to vocalize words.

Once oral language was achieved, Man began to spread out. Languages changed as regions and areas began to differ. people needing different words to relate to their surroundings. Philology is, according to the Oxford Dictionary, ..”the branch of knowledge that deals with the structure, historical development, and relationships of a language or languages”

A Polyglot, according to Oxford dictionary, “a person who knows and is able to use several languages.” This means being fluent in at least 4 different languages.

Oral language soon developed into written languages as societies grew and became more complex. It is postulated Writing came about at the same time as Trade and Accounting did because a way was needed to record transactions. The royal family especially appeared to have a need to know exactly what they owned and how much.

The written language developed and changed as the need for it changed. It has become so interwoven in all societies and cultures that one has to be fluent in it as well as the oral language for one to be considered an “expert” in that language. Polyglots not only speak a language fluently, they are also able to read and write fluently in that language.

Words, and their uses, have a big impact on people. You can see it on the faces of people who get good news and those who get bad. You can brighten someone’s day with a kind word, or you can destroy a person with a harsh one. It doesn’t matter is those words are spoken or written, they all have an impact on both of the people in the conversation.

My first, and main inspiration, is J.R.R. Tolkien, and he was both a Philologist and a Polyglot. He also had the job of Rawlinson and Bosworth Professorship of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. He specialized in Old and Middle English, but he was also fluent in German and several other languages. Philology was his hobby as was writing, and he used one to enrich the other, creating no less than three languages for his books.

Words, words, words, – they are historical with some having roots in ancient times, and others are more modern, created to keep up with the changes in the world around us. Case in point, France’s Commission d’enrichissement de la langue francais(French Language Enrichment Commission) started by de Gaulle in 1966, has the sole task of coming up with new French words for things including words created in other languages – especially American English ones.

I, as a writer, strive to use words to the best of my abilities to achieve a desired effect/goal. My main goal for writing this blog is to establish a rapport with my fellow humans. I have achieved this, to a small degree, and I continue to work towards creating more while enriching and strengthening those I have already created. I am appreciative of all the feedback I get from everyone.

The next time you use a word, like “macho” consider how and when the word became a part of your language. Is it one that is indigenous to your language, or is it one brought in from another language? American English is full of Loanwords, words brought in from other languages, and most have been adopted into the language through constant and generalized usage. Macho originated in the Spanish language, but it’s been adopted into American English with the exact same meaning in both languages.

Just thought I’d give you something to think about. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

YouTube Tuesday- Bonnita Doodles

I was watching Chantal on her channel doing a collaboration with another artist on YouTube, Bonnita Doodles. The pair had exchanged boxes of art supplies hand picked by the giver, and the receiver was to make something out of the supplies.

Chantal tickled me because she even used the box the supplies had been shipped in as part of her build!

Bonnita is an artist who draws and paints so Chantal sent her things she could draw and paint with. I found her fun to watch even though I am not interested in learning how to draw or paint.

For those of you who are, here is a link to the collaboration so you can see how talented she is:

I hope you enjoy watching the video and if you do, please comment and Like – at the very least. Creatives love getting feedback and constructive criticism is just as good as a compliment.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

More Mimi Queen of Fluff

This is Mimi in the wild. Lol

Actually, it’s part of the backyard. There’s a runoff that creates a small creek running from the property behind us across the upper third of the back yard to the main runoff between the neighbor on the right(facing the house) and our place. Mimi has taken to drinking out of it right after a good rain before the water has gotten muddy.

Yes, I know it looks muddy, but it’s the angle of the picture and all the shade. The water is actually clear and has nothing like mosquito eggs/larvae in it yet, The water continues to flow for several days after it rains though not as fast, of course. Once the water from the other property is completely drained, the run off will run itself dry as well.

Just thought I’d give you guys a new pic of Mimi is all. Happy Mimi Monday! 😀

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Genre: Romance

As I mentioned in my first article about the genres in fiction writing, Genre:Horror, the first proper novel was a Romance novel written by a man in 1740, Samuel Richardson, the subject of another article I wrote.

Pamela, the very first Romance novel ever written, was about a young servant girl who is the subject of her master’s affections. She doesn’t return his advances at the first but eventually, she does. The novel is a bit controversial now because of the behavior of the master being a bit scandalous, but in the era it was written in, his actions weren’t considered wrong at all. It was a male dominated world after all.

Mr. Richardson’s contemporary, Jane Austen, was greatly influenced by his work and was moved to write her own romance novels, Sense and Sensibility being the first of her small body of work. Both she, and Mr. Richardson, were quite disapproving of the “Cult of Sensibility” as it has been called. This idea of the senses, and the emotions elicited by them, being fully explored and expressed was widely accepted in many aspects of society, not just in writing. Romantic works written in this manner were referred to as Sentimental.

Richardson and Austen both poked fun at this cultural movement in their own novels, preferring a more realistic and sensible approach to romance.

Like the Horror Genre, Romance started out as being just about romance, the wooing and pursuit of a loved one with all that this entailed, and it grew to encompass a great many subgenres as novel writing developed.

Romance – the original and eldest of the genre. It’s hard to find a book that is pure romance now, focusing only on romance and little else.

Examples: Pamela and Sense and Sensibility

Historical – Georgette Heyer wrote the first of this subgenre in 1921 , and it pays strict attention to historical detail including dress and etiquette. Harlequin Books, the most famous series of romance books, began with this subgenre in 1949.

Examples: The Black Moth and The Outlander

Regency – this is possibly a sub sub genre of Historical though many think it’s a sub genre of Romance itself. All novels take place specifically between 1795 and 1837 with no deviation.

Examples: Slightly Dangerous and Arabella

Contemporary – this encompasses novels written after the 1970s. It’s a modern, realistically written genre dealing with modern issues of dating, love and romance.

Examples: The Notebook and Something Borrowed

Erotic(NOT Erotica) – this is a subgenre that has a more sexual element to it but it’s not erotica. It leaves the chaste, young adult venue and enters into full rated X adult only novels. Sex becomes part of the plot, of the character development and of the source of tension in the story so much so, romance is more physical than emotional.

Examples: His to Possess and Master of the Opera

Paranormal/Supernatural – this genre is all about ghosts, werewolves, demons and angels and the people who love them. This is a very popular sub genre at the moment.

Examples: Danse Macabre and Twilight

Suspense – Non Paranormal/Supernatural – this sub genre blends elements of the thriller and detective novel genres to add flavor to the romance. Think innocent murder suspect falling in love with police detective trying to clear her name….. that sort of thing.

Examples: Twisted Shadows and Don’t Tell

There are a great many more but not being a great fan of the genre, I didn’t do more than cursory research into the topic. If you are a lover of Romance and want to know more, there are plenty of places to look – you could fall down a virtual rabbit hole of sub genres and sub sub genres of Romance. I wish you well on your journey.

As for me, I’ll stick to my Horror and Fantasy. I hope you enjoyed this article which is by no means definitive or all encompassing. it was just a short piece to provide information you may not have otherwise known.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

YouTube Tuesday: Epic Build from Real Terrain Hobbies – Heads Up LOTR Fans!!!

Neil at Real Terrain Hobbies is doing his most massive build yet, and Woodland Scenics is helping him do it! So, what is this epic build?? It’s The Shire!! Yep, on a huge 24 square foot board cut into 3 sections, Neil is building a playable diorama of The Shire complete with lights and so much MORE!!

Check out the link to the first video and then hop over to the second video!!

As always Like, Subscribe and Leave a Comment – Neil enjoys the attention!!

Enjoy!

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Mermaid Purses

This made me think

Duri Rolvsson

Sitting in the cockpit of a small white-and-green sloop, I waited huddled in muted agony beneath a leaden blanket.

The sloop was tethered in an improvised way to a busy pier used by working vessels of all sizes and condition; sailors of a fishing boat gliding past shouted their annoyances and insults to persuade me to relocate the puny leisure vessel to allow real seamen to work.

I paid them little mind. Their words couldn’t touch me.

Around dusk the night prior, a sturdy passenger ship called The Maribel had gone down in a violent tempest with all hands except for me. Despite being strong swimmer, I had struggled to keep my head above water for hour after hour until, for the first time in my life, my limbs reached the edge of my endurance and begun to fail; even as the storm abated I was sure I would drown…

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Gotham Ghosts – Audio Book Review

This story was written by Craig Schaefer, and the audio book was narrated by Susannah Jones. It was originally released in April 2019.

I got the book because I thought it was going to be a really good ghost story, and I didn’t stop to read the description. It wasn’t what I thought it was, but I’m glad I didn’t read the description before I bought it. If I had, I would have missed out on a really good story.

This is a story about Lionel Page, a reporter who makes a living debunking everything from faith healers to pet psychics, and he has no limits to how far he’ll go to get the story. He gets a tip from a mysterious woman named Regina Dunkle about a supposed lost manuscript written by Edgar Allen Poe. Is it real, or is it fake? Regina will pay Lionel to find out, and he gets the scoop no matter which way it goes.

Madison Hannah is also on the hunt for the manuscript, and she finds Lionel a willing partner, once she decides not to kill him.

This book is a supernatural thriller with a thread of romance woven through it. It’s done tastefully and feels almost natural. This is a welcome change from the blatant, in-your-face romance a lot of books are full of these days. Even when it doesn’t really fit the plot of the story, authors seem to think romance should be in there somewhere. In this story, the pair becoming a couple seems to be a natural thing and doesn’t interfere with the rest of the story.

I really enjoyed it, and I recommend it to anyone who likes stories with magic, mystery and a bit of romance thrown in. Warning: there are some death scenes a sensitive person might not want to hear about. I’m a horror far so, it didn’t bother me.

As always, don’t take my word for it, give the story a listen. I am on the hunt for the written book to add to my library.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Update July 2021

I usually don’t do my updates until further in the month, but I haven’t posted in about two weeks, close to it so, I decided now would be a good time.

First

I’ve been sick so I haven’t been posting at all. I’ve hardly done anything except play on Facebook when I was bored but feeling too sick to do anything else. I get bored easily thanks to my ADD. I had a bad sinus infection than ended up needing to be treated by professionals. I have sinus issues twice a year so I was prepared, it just got beyond my abilities to treat very fast – something that hasn’t happened for over a decade now. Good news is, I’m now on the mend and getting stronger every day. I should be back to my old self in no time. I’ll be posting the rest of the week for sure!

MSAL

This month’s part is out so I’m going to show you last month’s part. 🙂

You should check out what Ana over at My mis(?)aventures with yarn has done with the sampler we’re both doing 🙂 Her version is gorgeous!!

Mimi

I always like to share what my feline companion is up to. She’s been busy nursing me:

Golden Knave

There is going to be a delay of sorts with this novel as I’m changing the POV of Vice’s side of the story again. It’s just not working for me, and I believe it’s why I haven’t come up with a good ending yet either. I am going back to the original ending with some big changes rather than do one completely from scratch because I like more of the original ending. Wow, I almost did a Faulkner lol.

So, I don’t foresee the second draft of Golden Knave being done for another couple of months. Vice’s part of the story is almost as long as Kitya’s at this point, and this is a good thing. 🙂

Other Projects

Book Ends – I still haven’t finished these. I got absorbed by the Room Box I’m working on.

Room Box – this is the first one I’ve ever done, and it’s at half scale. That said, I miscalculated and made the door too big, and I didn’t realize it until the door had been glued on. Since this box is a first and is only for me, I don’t care. I’m seeing this whole project as a learning experience. I am doing a fireplace using foam and tissue paper. It’s a bit funky, but I’m okay with that too. My darling son, Joe, cut out strips of cardboard for my floor so once the walls are done(only one left!), I’ll go to work on the floor. I’ll post a picture of the finished project.

Diamond Painting – I got this thing over a year ago and got it out at the beginning of the year to work on. I hav just begun work on it again. I’ve never done one before so it’s a bit off on the edges. Still, I think Ill have fun with it. I’ll post a picture of the finished project as well.

That’s basically it for now. I’ll post again tomorrow for sure 🙂

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!