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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.

March 20th – Characters I Want to Meet

I thought at first it would be hard to answer this question–I didn’t believe I had any real burning desire to meet any fictional people, but then I thought about it a bit more. Actually, I do! I’ll break it down by fictional type:

From books:

  • Lestat from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, obviously. I’ve talked about my love of these books many times. When I was younger I actually believed he was real, and I’m far from the only one–there’s a portion of the VC fanbase who believed, or still believe, that he’s real. This is probably because Anne Rice wrote the books as though he actually exists and she’s his biographer. Of course now that I’m older and a writer myself, I can just appreciate her creative angle for its literary merit. I don’t believe he’s real anymore…I mean, I don’t think so…not really…
  • Also when I was younger, I wanted to hang out with the kids from Stephen King’s novella The Body, which became the movie Stand By Me (though trust me, the story is way better–give it a read).

From TV shows:

  • Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones. I would love to just sit and listen to her snark and sass all day.
  • Jim Hopper from Stranger Things. I don’t know why, he seems like a complex and interesting guy, and I love his attitude.

From movies:

  • Speaking of Stranger Things, when I was younger my dark morbid self really wanted to meet Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice (played by Winona Ryder, who also plays Joyce in Stranger Things, of course). She was the sort of teenager I aspired to be.
  • The crew in Twister because storm chasing seemed like such a cool thing…at least, to watch in the safety of the theatre!

How about you? Who do you wish you could meet in real life?

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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.

March 13th – A Day In My Life

I debated skipping this week because I don’t have pictures for this challenge and I assume most people are going to use pictures to show their life details. However, I suppose telling it is just as good. You can still get a peek at how glamorous and exciting the life of an author is. 😉

I’m going to detail a day when I work, because I do that five days a week so it’s a “typical” day.

Some background: my day job is Senior Supervisor in a private airport lounge–you know those lounges you pay to hang out in when you’re traveling? That. But what the heck does being Senior Supervisor mean? I’m basically the assistant manager, since the only person above me is my boss, the General Manager. I supervise day-to-day operations–we handle the lounge’s food and beverage service, as well as housekeeping–but more specifically I run the bar in the lounge (I was a bartender for a long time before lucking into this job) which includes doing inventory, ordering liquor, making sure the bar runs smoothly, and training bartenders. I also do a lot of overall bookkeeping for the lounge and coordinate invoicing and bill-paying with the airline that runs it (the company I work for is contracted by them). Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?!

Oh, and I also write books on the side. But that doesn’t pay as much as the day job yet, unfortunately. SIGH! 😉

It’s also a night shift job, so I don’t go in until 2-4pm, depending on the shift, and I usually get home around 10-11pm.

So here’s a typical day when I work!

  • 8am – Wake up. For some reason my body is attuned to always wake up at 8am, no matter what time I went to sleep. My cat also makes DAMN sure I’m up at this time every morning to feed her.
  • 9am – 10am – Do any chores I need to do around the house, put in laundry–my adult son is my roommate and we both work nights (he works VERY late nights and sleeps in the mornings), so I usually throw our uniforms in the washer first thing in the morning (he’s a cook, so he has a pretty dirty, greasy job). If I have to go to the store or run errands I do it around this time too.
  • 10am – 12pm – If I’m done doing all the household tasks, I sit down at my laptop to write/work on writing tasks like blogging, promo, and checking groups/Facebook/Twitter for a while.
  • 12 pm-ish – Depending on what time my shift starts, I get ready for work and eat. I don’t eat breakfast, but eat a filling meal before I go to work because work is usually very busy for me and I don’t have time to eat during my shift, unless it’s a small snack. Eating right before I go keeps me from getting hungry.
  • 1pm – 3pm – Depending on when my shift starts, I’m on my way to work! I don’t own a car and take public transportation everywhere. I have a driver’s license, I just don’t want the expense of a car and I live in a big city with access to plentiful public transport. I live right across the street from the train station and the train takes me directly into the airport–and it only takes ten minutes from my stop to work. How convenient is that! I think even if I broke down and bought a car I would still take the train to work because it’s so easy. Also, it gives me time to just chill and listen to music/play on my phone before I go into work.
  • Until 9pm-ish  – Work! I like work for the most part, it usually goes fast because we’re very busy and I love my coworkers, we’re like a family. We close at 8:30pm, but there’s about an hour worth of closing down/cleaning up to do, and if I have additional paperwork tasks it might take longer. Sometimes I take the train home or sometimes a coworker gives me a ride home since by happy coincidence, a lot of us live very close to the airport. I don’t ever ask for rides because it’s MY choice not to drive and I don’t mind taking the train, but a few of my motherly coworkers insist on always taking me home because they believe it’s dangerous to take the train late at night, especially for a young woman. 😀 However, I worked downtown for many years as a bartender and often took buses/trains at MUCH later hours of the night through MUCH worse areas (and I was MUCH younger!) and was never bothered by anyone. But I don’t argue with Mama Coworkers.
  • 10pm-ish – I get home, usually eat something, shower, mess around online a bit, and maybe do a bit more writing if something was flowing well earlier.
  • 11pm – 12am – I usually go to bed in this timeframe. Gotta be up early to feed the cat, after all!

So that’s my day. Impressive, isn’t it? If you have any questions about my job or routine, please ask!

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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.

February 27th – Fictional Worlds I’d Rather Not Visit

Ha! Can I list worlds from my own books, or is that cheating? I’ve definitely written some places I wouldn’t want to be in–or at least, I wouldn’t want to be in the same mess as my characters are in. But I don’t think that’s really in the spirit of the question, because there’s a lot of stories where the ‘world’ is just fine, the characters just happen to be in an awful situation.

I’m into Game of Thrones but I don’t think I’d want to be in that world, because it seems like everyone there is having a really bad time. And if you follow the show–you know it’s about to get even worse! I don’t watch The Walking Dead anymore, but I used to and I definitely wouldn’t want to visit that world either. In fact, I don’t think I’d want to be in any post-apocalypse world. As interesting as it might be, humans would always be the worst threat in any scenario like that. We all know what would happen in a world without rules and laws. Some good I’m sure, but also lots and lots of bad.

I’m not a big fan of sci-fi but I don’t think I’d want to visit most of those worlds, either. The idea of being in space or on another planet is interesting, but scary and unpredictable to me. I think I’ll stay on earth.

How about you? Where are you not making any vacation plans for?

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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.

February 20th – What To Read To Learn About X

I’ve missed a couple weeks of this, but I’m doing these weekly blog challenges kind of casually so it’s not a big deal. I’m back today to answer this week’s question, though!

Since I’m a writer it would be easy to list books that help you learn about writing, but most writers probably already have a list of those, or can easily find them anywhere on the internet. I tried to come up with something more unique. It does, however, pertain to writing–specifically, writing about places you’ve never visited.

To learn more about (most) any place in the world–especially places you’ve never actually seen–read Google Maps!

More precisely, use the ‘Street View’ mode on Google Maps wherever it’s available: and it’s available far more widely than you can imagine. Even some of the most remote, barely-traveled places on earth have been photographed and mapped by it. I’ve used it countless times to get a feel for, or details about, places that I haven’t actually seen in person. It’s one of my best-used tools when creating settings for my books. Even for places where I have been (like Chicago in multiple books I’ve written), it helps in areas that I haven’t visited, or that I don’t remember clearly. I tend to be a writer who likes to keep settings close to what they are in the real world, so it’s something I rely on a lot. It makes it so I don’t have to always write about places I know, or places I make up.

Have you ever used a tool like Google Maps to help you ‘see’ a place you’re writing about?

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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!