365 Days of Writing Prompts – 26, 27, 28

January 26
Musical
What role does music play in your life?

Some people might already know that it plays a pretty big role in my life, I have it on in the back ground a lot.  A song will speak to me with either just the melody or the words.  I currently use Spotify and Last.fm and I have included a little view into some of my listening habits below by sharing with you one of my play lists.

I also have a wide range of tastes from classic rock to dub-step.  I listen to a little bit of everything depending on my mood and its changed over the years.  When my husband got sober we stopped listening to a lot of country.  Why? Well, almost every song is about drinking, so we don’t have time for that in our lives.  I like a lot of Indy stuff or things not so “main stream” not sure if that makes me a “hipster” or not, but I don’t care 🙂  I listen to what I want, when I want and sometimes (like when in my car) as loud as I want.

I have a 16gb Flash drive in my car and well – Hubby and I don’t always agree on music, but he does both love and tease me for having such a wide listening range of music. We were at a car show recently and every song that the DJ played, my husband would tease me by saying “I am sure that is on your iPod” and it was.  What started as a joke turned out to be a fun little game for us that helped pass some time while we waited for trophies.

My dad is classic rock…Pink Floyd is one of my favorites and if I had to pick a song it would be “Sorrow.”  My mom is pop music all the way – but 80’s and 90’s not too much of today’s music.

This one speaks to me when I feel alone and I feel most alone when going through my migraines and when I found this song, I almost wept…finally someone gets me.  I know that I have friends who suffer and my husband understands.  But to see someone put this out there so publicly, I can even describe what it felt like.  Twenty One Pilots –“Migraine”


January 27
Sliced bread
Most of us have heard the saying, “That’s the best thing since sliced bread!” What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?
Cheese – because you put it on the bread and now you have a grilled cheese sandwich… 🙂

January 28
Ode to a playground
A place from your past or childhood, one that you’re fond of, is destroyed. Write it a memorial.

We drove past my old Middle school not too long ago to get my husband’s VW bus.  And I saw that they had the place boarded up and all closed off.  I had heard at one time they were thinking of closing it down because the district is a mess and can’t maintain it’s budget.  So sadly to is boarded all up and closed off.  They can’t take away my memories, even though between my medication and migraines the memories of my youth slip away more and more it seems all the time.

365 Days of Writing Prompts – 23

January 23
Shipwrecked
Read the story of Richard Parker and Tom Dudley. Is what Dudley did defensible? What would you have done?

I had never heard of this before today and had no idea that there was a case like this.  There are a few things that stood out to me.  First is that one should not get on a ship if you are named Richard Parker. And second I really like this point that they made:

It must not be supposed that in refusing to admit temptation to be an excuse for crime it is forgotten how terrible the temptation was; how awful the suffering; how hard in such trials to keep the judgment straight and the conduct pure. We are often compelled to set up standards we cannot reach ourselves, and to lay down rules which we could not ourselves satisfy. But a man has no right to declare temptation to be an excuse, though he might himself have yielded to it, nor allow compassion for the criminal to change or weaken in any manner the legal definition of the crime.

So, You are ship wrecked and without food you will die.  You are the captain and it is your job to make sure your crew doesn’t die right?  So one person gets injured to the point where they are dying or dead.  Do you let them just go, or do you try to help those who are left survive long enough to be rescued by providing food that they are going to need to get to that point.

Ok, so all that being said….I find this creepy and I am not sure I could do it.  I understand they did what they felt they needed to do to survive.  I don’t remember reading if they were on an island that would have had other food sources or not and I am not going back to reread it because I am still creeped out from the first time.  So I am going to saw if it were I, I would go looking for other means of eating.  Fruit, Fish, Vegetation….I have an advantage of growing up in a modern world of knowing a bit more of what I can and can’t eat and well – my daddy taught me to hunt and fish.  So I can be resourceful if I need to be.

Now – If this was back in the late 1800’s I might not be as lucky to have things like “hey Google, can I eat this?”  So I can see where you do what you need to do to survive mode.  You don’t know, you were not there.  I don’t know, I wasn’t there.  But thinking on it, it makes me sad that they got THAT desperate, THAT scared…it came to THAT…

 

365 Days of Writing Prompts – 22

January 22
I got skills
If you could choose to be a master (or mistress) of any skill in the world, which skill would you pick?

This is so interesting – there is so much to pick from.  How do you expect me to pick just one!  Oh wait, I almost forgot….I am writing this so I can write what I want!

  • Another language – I would love to master Sign Language as well as speaking Mandarin Chinese.
  • A Master Chef – Oh how I would love to be a wonderful cook to make yummy healthy food for my hubby and I.  And I do OK now – But I would love to be able to really knock his socks off.
  • Organize my house – please don’t take a look around, it’s not pretty.  I am sure the dust bunnies bite and the sure as hell don’t have their shots.
  • Pin stripper – this is for all the automotive guys out there.  I can do pretty well with lining my work when I paint but my husband would love it if I could do pin stripe work on the cars that he works on.  I think that would be an amazing skill to master.  Something to add to my bucket list if I ever really make one.
  • Gardening – that comes from those “Hippie Tendencies” I always talk about.  I would love to grow some veggies and yummy things to eat.

I am sure I will come up with more later.

365 Days of Writing Prompts – 18,19,20,21

January 18
Free association
Write down the first words that comes to mind when we say . . . home. . . soil. . . rain. Use those words in the title of your post.

Home – Safe

Soil – Earth

Rain – Water

January 19
Apply yourself
Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.

I am still learning Sign language – and it’s not that it didn’t come easy to me…its part finding the time to practice and part my crappy memory in the first place.  (thank you migraines)

January 20
Breaking the law
Think about the last time you broke a rule (a big one, not just ripping the tags off your pillows). Were you burned, or did things turn out for the best?

hmm – I got pulled over on the freeway for speeding.  And it could have been a really bad ticket.  It was in my other Explorer, the one I have now is a 1999 and its stock height, with stock size tires and manual transmission.  My other one was a 1997 and it was lifted with a 6 inch suspension and 4 inch body lift, BIG tires and automatic transmission.  Well I had a tire blow out a few weeks after we bought it and my husband went even bigger on the tire size so the speedo was even that much more off from being correct.  Well I THOUGHT I was doing 80 MPH to pass a 18 wheeler and turns out that the car that was passing me was a sheriff and I was doing closer to 95 MPH in a 75 MPH zone.

So he pulls me over and tells me my speed so I start to cry cause I think I am going to jail and OH – I forgot to mention…Its the day before Thanksgiving.  So I tell him how I just had a tire blow up, (not a lie) and he could see the damage on the passenger side from it – and how my husband gave me these big tires and I wasn’t use to them yet and I thought I was only going 5 over to get around the 18 wheeler – so he let me go with a warning and told me to get the speedo fixed.  WHEW!

January 21
Sweet sixteen
When you were 16, what did you think your life would look like? Does it look like that? Is that a good thing?

I had already met the man I had planned to marry when I was 16 so by the time I was in my 30’s I thought I would be a mother, have our own business, and have a book published.

Well, I am not a mother, but we did become foster parents for a while.  We have not had our own business yet – but our 30’s are not over yet – so you never can tell.  Plus we still have that dream of one day having something with our name one it.  Even if its something little.   And I still have a few half-finished books lying around that might one day end up in the hands of someone who could help me get it published – one day.

365 Days of Writing Prompts – 15,16,17

January 15
Polite company
“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?

NEVER! ~ It’s never a good idea with people you know either.  It can get heated and people can get their feelings hurt.  I will not get into religion or politics here.

January 16
Toot your horn
Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favorite thing about yourself.

Oh boy, this is a tough one.  I tend to be more critical on myself than I am parsing – but I know I need to be more self positive and that’s a goal for this year.  How can I expect others to view me with respect if I don’t respect myself.

I like that how creative I am.  I can paint, I can make things out of yarn, I can write pretty neat little stories.  And if I ever get the time I could maybe one day finish one of my books. 🙂

I like my eyes.

I like my hair.

I like my smile (now that I got my teeth fixed)

I enjoy my cooking.

I believe I have pretty good problem solving skills and I am proud of my customer service skills.  I always try to go that little extra.

 

January 17
In a crisis
Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations. Are you happy with the way you react?

I always try to do my best – but I don’t always react the best.  When we got stuck out between two washes for 24hrs I was good.  I didn’t panic and kept calm.  I kept my husband calm and called for help and worked with people to get resources to us and we got out when the water levels went down enough.

Back before smart phones with Google maps – I was a pretty good co-pilot with a paper map.  We were in Texas trying to get to new Mexico to go to Carlsbad to see the cave.  The exit we need to take on this 6 lane freeway was closed for construction.  I got right on it and found a different exit and rerouted us with out going too far off our original path.  Hubby was very proud of me.+

But I have moments where I lock up, I freeze.  I just can’t handle what is going on.  I get over whelmed or over stressed and my body’s first instinct in nausea. When my husband ended up in the hospital I did really well until they took him for the CT scan to see why he was in so much pain in his abdomen.  I calmly walked to the closest bathroom, and threw up and then went back to his room where I slept till they brought him back.

When we had our foster kiddo, the first 24hrs she was in our home I didn’t eat and hardly slept.  I was so nauseous and a wreck.  Thank god for my parents and my sister who came and helped us with her.

So it depends on what kind of stress it is or what I have to do in that moment.  And I guess it will change every time as well, you can never tell how well or how poorly you will do till you are face to face with it.

 

Our Lake Getaway…1st of 2016

Our first lake trip of 2016 was a much-needed family trip.  Our last one was in November, and it was a little too hectic around the holidays to do one in December.  But we already have our February trip booked to our favorite lake, going back to the one we were at in November.  And we have a trip planed to the dunes in March for mine and my mother-in-law’s birthdays.

We got to Roper Lake nice and early Friday morning and I was able to drink my coffee with an amazing view:

20160115_113903.jpgAfter we got everything set up, the boys (my husband and my father-in-law) played with their RC trucks a bit and then was time to make some lunch.

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Tuula looking out at the lake

In the evening the wind and the cold picked up – so we retreated indoors and cooked some burgers in a pan and fired up the heaters in the RV’s.  It started to rain a bit, but nothing bad.  After dinner the rain had stopped and it was a clear star filled night sky.  But it was very cold and with damp fire wood there would be no camp fire, so again we retreated indoors and called it a night.

The next day was a bit warmer and the sticky ground made for some interesting RC truck aerobatics. Sadly my father-in-law suffered some technical difficulties and his RC truck broke.  But they were able to have some fun and some of our fellow winter campers enjoyed watching their antics.  We left the fur kids in the trailer while this was going on because the RC cars scared them.  But as soon as they were all put away we took them for a walk, they were getting a little stir crazy.

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We went on a 2 mile walk around the park and looked at all of the different spots to see where want to camp next time or if the spots where we currently are were ever taken.  We always need to have a back up plan, because next month when we go to our favorite lake, our double spot that we like, is already taken.  It’s a family spot where we can part together and the RV’s are door-to-door.  So my in-laws have back up spots that they have stayed in before, and that is what we went with.

The boys did some fishing while we were there but sadly they didn’t even get one bite.  They did however lose a fishing bobber off my father-in-law’s line – and then spent 20 minutes using my husband’s line to retrieve it.  Oh how I wish they had taken the GoPro with them and got that on film.  And let me tell you – they WILL be taking it with them fishing the next time we go camping and will be making their own fishing show.  I don’t care if they catch a damn thing – I think it will be a hoot!

When it rained Friday night it also snowed up on the mountain close to the lake – so at sunset Saturday night it provided an awesome backdrop for our BBQ’ing.

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Sunday morning was very hard for all of us to get out of bed – mostly because none of us wanted to leave – and second because before dinner Saturday night we took the dogs on another one mile walk and with a three mile total for the day, they slept all night – almost unheard of with our two kids.  We were not in a hurry to leave the park either, and planned on heading out at around 10am.  So at about 7am when Hubby and I woke up, we snuggled back down and just enjoyed the quiet time.

20160117_074615.jpgWe got up and made it over to the in-laws RV for some breakfast and made a game plan for the trip home.  We all had to stop for fuel and they wanted to get a bite to eat.  Hubby and I couldn’t go in anywhere because of the dogs, so they were just gonna grab something quick while we fueled up.  So we all packed up and made our way out of the park.

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Till next time.

Wishing you Peace, Love and Boxer Butts!

365 Days of Writing Prompts – 14

January 14
Ripped from the headlines
Head to your favorite online news source. Pick an article with a headline that grabs you. Now, write a short story based on the article.

So I moseyed on over to Tucsonnewsnow.com and took a look around.  I was very sad to read that Alan Rickman has died at 69 from cancer, but at least he is not suffering any more.  So I looked around for something that would make me laugh.  I need a good laugh today.  I had a bad day yesterday and it was not anyone’s fault but my own.  I was just super tired and just in one of those moods where at the slightest thing I would cry or get upset.  And I hate it when those moods come about, but they happen and all I can do is try to take a deep breath and make sure those around me know that I am just tired and not really upset with them as it may seem.

So – back to my task – I found a headline that made me giggle and now to write the short story – so here we go:

Naked woman goes on rampage through Waffle House

I was sitting in my local Waffle House, enjoying a plate of cheesy eggs, bacon and grits.  The waitress smiles at me as she refills my coffee. “Writing anything interesting?” She asks me as I finish typing away on my little laptop that I use when I travel.  I never leave home without a way to keep up with my writing.  My readers want to know what happens in my next book as much as I do.  “I am trying to finish my next book.”  I tell her and then take a few more bites of food as I stare at the little blinking courser on my screen.

“Oh wow, I wonder if I heard of your other books?  We don’t get many famous people in here.”  I wouldn’t call myself famous I explained to her, and told her that I was currently working on a couple of fan fiction books for a TV show that went off the air several years ago.  “It was called Firefly, its a science fiction TV show.”  She of course had no idea what it was nor had ever head of my books, so we moved on to cashing out my check and I gave her a nice tip anyways.  I had planned on staying in that booth for a while still and the place was almost empty since it was 10:30pm.  But I wanted Breakfast and there were not many places where I can get Breakfast in the middle of the night.

Kennesaw, GA was a long ways from home and I was missing my husband like crazy.  I wanted to just be home with him and my dogs, but for some reason my editor thought it would be a good idea to send me to the middle of no-where for a book tour.  No one had read my blogs, no one has read my books, this was pointless.  But I keep plugging away anyways, keep smiling and making new friends.  And since I am not a fan of flying, I am doing a lot of driving and then taking one flight back home tomorrow.

I put my laptop away in my bag and just then I hear a loud commotion starting from the other side of the room.  I look up to see a very loud, and very naked woman charging at me.  Not being really sure of why there would be a naked woman charging at me while screaming – I stood there frozen unable to move.  And that’s when the naked women decided that my pretty little face was in her way.  Not only did she charge right at me and shove me to the ground – but she managed to punch me in the face, breaking my nose.

The cops arrived and tried their best to wrangle the naked screaming monster – she even managed to scratch one of them before they wrestled her to the ground and removed her from the property.  She will be charged with several assault (thank you) and public indecency charges. I was treated at a local hospital and then released just in time for my flight.  By the way, if you ever have to make it through air port security with two black eyes and a broken nose, I highly recommend you bring your release forms from the hospital and the police report.  It came in handy for TSA, but it didn’t stop people from staring.

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And that was all from my Imagination, one little headline and skimming over the article. – thank you so very much for reading my little story – have a blessed day.  And remember, I will be in the woods enjoying the lake with my fam for the next few days.  I will have an update post when we return – until then – Keep it classy!

Much peace, love and Boxer butts!

365 Days of Writing Prompts – 12 – A little Break

This weekend, the 15th – 17th we will be camping so this week might be a little hit and miss with posts – I might be grouping a bunch together.  Like this weekends posts from Friday, Saturday and Sunday will all be grouped together into one post.  Today’s post was supposed to be about taking a set of photos and writing about them – It was not happening.  But I will give you something that I want to write about instead….

I would like to get back into writing, I miss writing my books.  I have all these ideas and I want to get them out.  I would love to do a Science fiction book at some point too – thank you Star Trek, Star Wars and Doctor Who for that.  I Do have my Firefly and Doctor Who fan fiction – but I want to write something that is all mine – just like my fantasy books.  When I can get finally them out there – it would be nice to get them published one day – but who am I kidding.

My good friend from middle school is published – and you all should read her books – she is amazing: http://www.amazon.com/Brenda-J.-Pierson/e/B00OI3YSGC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1452613603&sr=8-1  One day I hope to be able to have my passion for books be in print like that – she is my inspiration.  In school she always reached out to me and made sure I didn’t stray too far into the dark side.  She took me to your group nights at her church and reached out to me when I was in a dark place.  I will always be grateful to her and hope that one day I can repay her for it.

She encourages me to pursue my dreams of being a writer and it sure it tempting.  I just have so much going on in my life right now that I feel like either it would suffer or I would because I would be spreading myself even thinner.  So when the time is right – I will jump on it and get to writing.  And look out, because I have some tales to tell!