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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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This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the February 6 posting of the IWSG are Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace!

February is upon us. Happy (early) Valentine’s Day! Apart from the usual flogging myself to write more, edit more, publish more, I’m not feeling particularly insecure this month. At least, not about any one specific thing. Insecurity is the background noise of my writer’s life, so I’m used to that part by now.

I want to make it a great 2019 and I’m trying to focus on that right now. January was an absolute shit show for me professionally (as in my day job) and personally, so I’m going to pretend January was just a trial month, now the real subscription for the year starts. I’m also choosing to believe all the bad stuff got itself over with right away in January, so the rest of the year will be smooth sailing. I’d rather do it that way anyway, get it over with at once instead of stretching it out over the whole year!

How was your January? Are you ready for the rest of 2019?

February 6 question – Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?

I’ve definitely talked about the fact before that I’m simply not creatively inclined outside of writing. At least, not in ways most people think when they think of ‘creative’ things. I like to do interior decorating, but for my own tastes, I doubt I could design a space for anyone else. So, I love decorating my own house. Sometimes I enjoy cooking. I’ve been threatening to try out candle making for a few years now, so maybe this will be the year I finally give it a go. I’m not very handy or crafty, either.

What outlets do you have?

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The #evernighties Thursday Weekly Author Blog Challenge is a once-a-week blogging adventure brought to you exclusively by Evernight authors. Each week, we answer a new question (listed below and borrowed from MFRW.org) and the answers will be featured on the Evernight Reader’s Group on Facebook, as well as our own blogs and social media platforms. Check out the group or follow the #evernighties tag to see how other authors answered this week’s question!

Week #5: A book that has influenced my life

This is a great question, and there’s several–I’ve talked about some of these before, so I’m sorry if I sound like a broken record.

I didn’t exactly have the best life growing up/in my teens. My mother died when I was 13 and I went into a system of foster care, rotating between my much older siblings and other people connected to my family. I hated my life and most of all, I hated living in the small, backwards town I lived in where there was basically nothing for a teenager to do but get into trouble–which I did, a lot. Even back then I was obsessed with horror novels and movies, probably because I was morbid due to my circumstances. Around the age of 15 (it’s been a long time and hard to remember my exact age) I found a copy of The Vampire Lestat at a flea market/basement sale type thing and of course it had the word VAMPIRE in the title, so I had to have it and read it.

It turned out that book changed my entire life–largely, because if you haven’t read it, through most of the first half, Lestat is a young (human) man who is desperate to escape his dreary provincial life and horrible family situation. He ends up doing this in the most fantastical way, by becoming a vampire (though it’s forced upon him) and taking on Paris, becoming an actor and ruling the night. For me, it sounded like all my daydreams come true. And even though it’s a largely tragic story about losing your humanity while trying to find yourself, it resonated with me so strongly at that impressionable, miserable age and gave me hope. I still have that falling apart, rag-tag copy I bought for 50 cents all those (many!) years ago. It’s held together with tape now and the pages are yellow, but I will never throw it away.

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird is also the book that changed how I look at writing, when I was a young and very green writer. Her dark and frank sense of humor is right up my alley, and the lessons she teaches in it made things very clear for me at the time. I still have that old book too! I also have an old copy of Sophy Burnham’s For Writer’s Only which is full of amazing and resonating quotes for authors. I have a lot of old books!

How about you? What book changed your 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.

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.