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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge

Each Wednesday from January 9 – December 18, 2019, Long and Short Reviews is hosting a weekly blog hop.

Blogging is a fun way to meet people and get to know them. We’re offering a weekly “prompt” for authors, non-authors, bookish folks and others to share something weekly and gain new friends and visitors to the blog. There’s no pressure to write something every week (though it should be fun and a challenge), but we do ask that if you do post something, you share your link on the weekly post we’ll put up at our site (it will be the top post on the home page each Wednesday morning) — the link list will be open for new links for 48 hours. Other bloggers will also share their links and you can hop over and see what they have to share.

January 30th – Characters I’d Name a Baby After

Ha! This is a funny question because when I was pregnant with my son (and didn’t yet know he was a boy) if he was a girl, I wanted to name him Mina Gabrielle. Mina, of course, from Bram Stoker’s Dracula (though her full name was Wilhelmina and I didn’t want that), and Gabrielle after Lestat’s mother in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. I was a tad bit obsessed with vampire novels, can you tell? I think I would still name a girl Gabrielle because it’s such a pretty name.

I ended up naming him Cain Evan, and though Cain is the first vampire in some vampire mythologies, it didn’t come from that. It didn’t really come from the Bible either, though I happened to be reading Beowulf at the time and Grendel was described as being Cain’s descendant. That’s where I got the name from and in that story it WAS referring to the Biblical Cain so…it’s Biblical by the way of fiction? And, you’re going to laugh very hard (and I’m going to show my age), but the name Evan came from a character in Miami Vice. *hides face*

I also toyed with naming him Vaughn Vladimir. Vaughn just because I liked the name and Vladimir of course after Dracula, but that was vetoed. I think if I ever had another son (which is doubtful at this stage of my life) I would name him Gabriel-if I didn’t have a girl and name her Gabrielle–simply because I like that name a lot. I also think at that point people would just think I’m naming all my kids from the Bible so maybe not. I wrote a fourth Siren Song novel (which has never been released) and named June’s daughter Antigone–Tiggy for short–and I think that would be a cool name too.

So yes, I would totally name babies after characters…and have!

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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge

Each Wednesday from January 9 – December 18, 2019, Long and Short Reviews is hosting a weekly blog hop.

Blogging is a fun way to meet people and get to know them. We’re offering a weekly “prompt” for authors, non-authors, bookish folks and others to share something weekly and gain new friends and visitors to the blog. There’s no pressure to write something every week (though it should be fun and a challenge), but we do ask that if you do post something, you share your link on the weekly post we’ll put up at our site (it will be the top post on the home page each Wednesday morning) — the link list will be open for new links for 48 hours. Other bloggers will also share their links and you can hop over and see what they have to share.

January 23rd – Favorite things to do in the winter

Stay inside!

I’m not a huge fan of winter. Heck, I’m not even vaguely tolerant of it. I like warm weather and sun! Snow can be pretty, but I’m not fond of walking around in it or in the cold in general. I layer a lot and I find that an annoying process too. Sometimes watching the snow fall can be nice–I’ll give it that. Very recently we had a full-out blizzard here and it was pretty scary and amazing at the same time. I can’t recall a time when I experienced wind and snowfall like that. It was truly a force of nature and I was VERY glad to be inside (though I had to walk in it for a few minutes on the way home from work). Of course, we’re left with the unholy amount of snow in the aftermath and it makes life difficult for everyone.

I don’t ski or do any sort of winter sporty activities, but I appreciate those who do and find it fun. To each their own! I remember as a kid I liked to go out and play in it and build snowmen and whatnot, but then I turned into a grumpy adult who likes being snug and warm. I suppose it would be amazing to see REAL snow, like in the Alps and the arctic and places where there’s truly an amazing amount of it. I’d like to see Antarctica just to see it. For now I’ll content myself with pictures.

So, my favorite things to do in the winter involve being inside–being online, watching Hulu, cooking, cleaning, playing with my cat, scrubbing the grout, anything that doesn’t involve going out in the snow, but maybe getting to enjoy how nice it looks through my balcony doors. That is, until it turns to awful gray slush.

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Well folks, I’ve gone and joined another blog hop. In the spirit of trying to get my weekly blogging in this year, I thought this would keep me primed. I might not do it every week, and I’ll skip the Wednesdays of IWSG, but I thought I’d give it a shot. You might want to try it too–these questions are fun! Also, of course, I’ve missed the first week.

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge

Each Wednesday from January 9 – December 18, 2019, Long and Short Reviews is hosting a weekly blog hop.

Blogging is a fun way to meet people and get to know them. We’re offering a weekly “prompt” for authors, non-authors, bookish folks and others to share something weekly and gain new friends and visitors to the blog. There’s no pressure to write something every week (though it should be fun and a challenge), but we do ask that if you do post something, you share your link on the weekly post we’ll put up at our site (it will be the top post on the home page each Wednesday morning) — the link list will be open for new links for 48 hours. Other bloggers will also share their links and you can hop over and see what they have to share.

January 16th – What I would do with a million dollars

I guess it depends on HOW I got the million dollars. Did I win the lottery? Inherit it? Find it? Did someone just hand it to me? Let’s assume I just suddenly had it for the sake of this question, and the taxes/legal issues are taken care of.

First things first–make arrangements to quit my day job, OBVIOUSLY. I’m a pretty essential employee and like my coworkers though, so I wouldn’t leave them, or my company, high and dry. I’d work something out to help train a replacement. And then…bye bye work, hello spending my days writing!

Second, I’d work out how much I want to give to people I care about, and hire a lawyer to handle all that. Even the best people tend to get squirrely about money, so I’d make sure no one could swindle me out of more than I’m offering.

Third–buy a nice car, but I probably wouldn’t move, because I like where I live. I might instead put aside money to save and grow interest so I could buy a nice place to live in the future. Right now, I’m okay where I am. I wouldn’t be home much anyway because of the next choice.

After all that…travel and write! The dream life. I’d probably stay in Iceland for a while, then hop around the planet a bit. And take my laptop with me to capture inspiration. Pump out a few more books. Relax!

Also, I’d buy my cat one of these, because duh, obviously. 😉

What would you do with a million dollars?