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30-Day Song Challenge: β€˜70s!

I officially became a teenager in 1974, so we can “kill” two songs with one stone here for Days 12 and 13. Just kidding, I have two stones. 🎢

My choice for Day 12, a song from my preteen years is “Cover of the Rolling Stone,” a hilarious 1972 tune by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. Yep, I was a warped kid. It begins early! πŸ˜‚

https://youtu.be/-Ux3-a9RE1Q

And for Day 13, here’s one of my very favorite songs of all time: “Stones” by Neil Diamond, 1971. ❀️

https://youtu.be/t0kfeS9WGBA

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QoQ ~ Saturday Night Special

The daily questions from Queen Teresa

1. What do you put in your sandwich?

– PB&J usually.

2. Sunrises, midday sun, or sunsets?

– Love a pastel sunrise (but also vivid sunsets). Can do without the blasting midday glare.

3. You have 24 hours left to live – how do you spend it?

– Wishing I hadn’t agreed to play thermonuclear war…

4. Do you believe in good luck and/or good luck charms?

– No, but even so there are numbers I prefer.

5. What is your favorite soup?

– Meh, not a soup person except when I’m sick, then the classic chicken noodle.

6. What is the best thing to do in each season?

– Avoid migraine triggers.

7. Have you ever played a sport?

– I liked tennis, ping-pong, and badminton and was okay at each, but it’s not okay to be okay at anything… you must practice like a maniac to get on a team and win win win, else your like is not legit. The tennis coach wouldn’t let me on the tennis team because he said my hands were too thin.

8. What is the most exotic animal you have ever touched?

– Snakes 🐍 probably. I took care of our lab boa in biology. When his head was away from the cage door, I’d open it and pet him. Obviously the teacher would have been mad if he had known.

9. If you lived in the Matrix, what skill would you want to instantly learn?

– Invisibility.

10. What is one blog that you think everyone should read/visit?

– Mine!

11. What is one song that best describes your day so far?

– Year of the Cat.

Regarding Twitter

I’ve been thinking about Twitter lately. Unlike Facebook, which I deleted in March (along with Instagram and Messenger), Twitter isn’t a time sink for me. I don’t get heavily involved in threads, conversations, private chats, etc. on Twitter. It’s basically a big nothing burger. I was using it for poetry prompts, but lately I’m not finding them that inspirational, so I’ve been reading more politics there, which is a bore. I can find that anywhere. πŸ™„

Trying to engage with other “tweeps” has accomplished nothing. I’m too late to the game. I’m not politically witty enough to come up with killer tweets to go viral… and even if I had one, then what? Would that translate into book sales or death threats? Now there’s a interesting question. I’m not anonymous. 😱

Here’s the thing. I’ve lightly promoted my writing on Twitter… to no effect. My promo tweets immediately slid into the giant sea of writers all doing the same. Everyone on the planet has written a book! Yesterday I met a successful writer and she admitted that her success was due to a completely random interview (not even a good one) in a relatively obscure print magazine. She’d done the other traditionally hyped ways of book promotion to almost no sales until the interview.

It’s very discouraging ~ if you’re writing to make money, that is. I have to look at it as a labor of love: the poetry, my romance novels and short stories, and my current WIP, which is a suspense/romance with supernatural elements. Plus I have lots of writing in various stages of drafts to work on as the spirit moves me. I hope to get it all done before I die. πŸ˜€

But there’s no reason to delete Twitter. It doesn’t annoy me the way FB did with the fake friends. I know the tweeps aren’t my friends (99% of them anyway), and Twitter doesn’t suck up my time with stupid notifs. But I do think my once a day or so quick check for poetry prompts and such is coming to an end. There’s no point in pretending to stay engaged there when I know it’s not going to do a damn thing to help me market my next book.

I’ll just let my blog poasts flop over as they do, and that’s all my timeline will be filled with eventually. Probably tweeps will unfollow me, or not… if they don’t bother checking Twitter any longer either, which is what I suspect in many cases. πŸ˜‚

30-Day Song Challenge

I found this fun challenge at Wondering Belle‘s. As is my way, I already forgot to do a song yesterday, so I’m doing the first two now, and will probably forget again and lump other days together. Lumpy tunes! At least we’re not talking mashed potatoes, eh?

There are so many songs I like with colors in the title it’s soooo hard to choose one. I have two whole CDs of them, in fact, and a playlist of all blue-themed ones. Have I mentioned my OCD lately? πŸ˜‚

Okay, here we go. This one makes me tear up every time…

https://youtu.be/u81CTfbc99c

And now numbers. Holy counting, Batman, don’t get an obsessive-compulsive person started about numbers. Are you kidding me? I could go on all day about this topic. No seriously. But luckily for you I have stuff to do. (Obviously I have a couple math-themed CDs too.)

I’m so frozen in indecision. Ack! Okay. I’m going with a super oldie you might not think about that much these days, but it truly has great lyrics. And this is a fab vid:

https://youtu.be/yesyhQkYrQM

Rule of Three

Name three things (via Rory) –

That you cannot under any circumstances live without ?

– Hot shower, hot tea, internet connection

That you write about every week?

– How I don’t miss Facebook, how I don’t miss dating, how it’s so great I’ve moved on from things I’ve given up and don’t discuss them endlessly and forever like a boring person πŸ™„

That you wouldn’t recommend doing whilst holding one foot in the air?

– Meeting Queen Elizabeth, reciting your wedding vows, tickling a grouchy tiger

That you say to people every day?

– Just coffee, thanks, goodnight

To do with your street?

– Ugly, noisy, busy

That you can eat with brown sauce?

– Don’t know, what this, is

You like about your favourite bloggers?

– Funny, smart, creative

That you don’t eat every week?

– Frogs’ legs, chocolate covered ants, prairie oysters

That you wished you could eat every day?

– Guacamole from Avila’s, Cathy’s chocolate chip cookies, mangoes

About your favourite pair of shoes that you like?

– Comfy, black, moccasins

That annoyingly always arrive in three?

– Unexpected expenses, work stresses, social dramas

About books you really don’t like?

– Twin mixups, getting back with exes, main characters who must return to a small town to confront their demons…

Finally!

Sorry to go on again about this, but I just didn’t understand why I never got notifs of happy things from WP. They used to send me notifs, and occasionally they will send a jagged blue arrow to tell me my “stats are booming,” but that’s all. So random. I’m still waiting for my πŸ’― days poasting in a row congrats.

Anyway. Yayyy! Great month! See ya on the flip side.

November Rain

Welp, we finally got some rain… so I’ve had a rain migraine for 3 days instead of a dry wind migraine. Lol, can’t win. But that did not stop me from finishing NaNo ~ yep, I made it all the way to 50,241 words, which have been verified. I had to copypasta all 41 of my poasts into their form so they could count the words.

Of course this is a giant mess, as you might imagine, with 41 poasts, not all in sync, some of the minor characters’ names mixed up, notes mashed in throughout about changing stuff, fixing dates and nicknames, consolidating locations, etc. Can’t wait to sort it out into my main doc. Plus I still have to write the rest of it! It’s not nearly finished at all. πŸ™„

But still… yayyy! I didn’t think I’d make it and I did.

Another yay ~ as of this morning I have 500 WordPress followers. Yippee! πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽΆ WP doesn’t send me any congrats like they do other bloggers. I’ve never received that πŸ’― days in a row notice, forex. But look:

I might not be as good at math as I once was but I can still add 499 + 1. Thank you Papershots! What a great name for a great blog too! πŸ˜€

So, that ends the month for me on a high note. Onward to more writing! And happy Friday, everyone! πŸ±πŸŒ§πŸ’•

Eleven, Fandango Style

Fandango received an award and told everyone to play along. So bossy!

1. If you had to choose to be on a reality show, which one would it be?

– I hatessss them, unless game shows count. If they do, then I might like to embarrass myself on Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune.

2. If you could change your name, what would it be?

– Fandango. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Actually, I’ve been thinking about this cuz I kept my married name post-divorce so I could have the same name as my children, but now they’ve gone and changed theirs. I’m stuck with a name of peeps I never see. I don’t wanna change it back to the original cuz I don’t know any of my own peeps either. Maybe I’ll just pick a new name out of a hat. NOT THAT HAT! 😱😱😱

3. How long have you been blogging?

– I began this blog in March 2011, but it had many lulls. I’ve had other blogs, all inactive or offline now except for my private diary blog that I’m using for NaNoWriMo entries (almost at 50K!).

4. How frequently do you blog?

– Lately 1-3 poasts per day. I’m surprised I haven’t received one of those woohoo πŸŽ‰ notices yet about πŸ’― days in a row.

5. Share the link to a favorite post of yours, why is this your favorite?

The Duke vs. the Secretary. This is a fun poast with many views and comments.

6. Do you check your stats for the countries that have β€˜visited’ your blog?

– Rarely.

7. Which countries are you missing from your WordPress globe and would really like to see filled in on your map?

– Don’t know, don’t care. I’m just happy there are a few things I don’t obsess over, and this blog stat crap falls neatly into that category.

8. Are you a β€˜crafty’ person? (knit, sew, paint, macrame … ?)

– I used to sew, knit, embroider, do needlepoint, crewel, etc. A long time ago I began a tee shirt painting biz, but it was too stressful on my wrist. Love beading (costly tho). Have over a dozen scrapbooks. But I find my old eyes get a bit tired and irritated for this type of work lately. I have many unfinished projects. πŸ™

9. Assuming that you celebrate, do you shop in advance for Christmas or do you leave everything to the last minute?

– I don’t celebrate as such. I enjoy lighting candles for Chanukah and I exchange small gifts with my immediate family that are usually purchased pretty far in advance. That’s it. No “Jewish Christmas” here.

10. Do you participate in sports?

– Blech.

11. Are you a sweet or savory person?

– I eat sugar until I barf, and then I switch to pizza for one meal. Then back to sugar. This is how I maintain my slim figure and stellar health. I should write a book…

Q&A Casserole

Sadje and Pensitivity tagged me for this game, so I’m combining their questions into one massive casserole here and renumbering them to make logical sense.

I’m supposed to answer these, add three more, and tag three people. This is getting ridonkulously huge, so I’m leaving it open for anyone who’d like to continue it instead of tagging more.

1. What would Klaatu (The Day the Earth Stood Still) think of Earth if he landed today?

– Idk who he is. Odds are he’d land in an ocean, so he would think it was wet, my best guess.

2. If books’ characters were not imprisoned by their covers, which two characters would make a great couple?

– Jaime Lannister from GOT and me. Hey, I’m a character.

3. For US folks: Turkey, Ham, or Something Else on Thanksgiving? For Int’l folks: What is one food you recommend most from your country?

– I had turkey and it was meh as usual. I vastly prefer roast chicken.

4. Is there a fictional world that you actually wished existed?

– I think we should work on making this one better instead of destroying it.

5. What song always makes you smile?

– Hotel California.

6. How do you like your eggs in the morning?

– On a McMuffin.

7. After my three questions, what are your next three questions?

– Who’s on first.

8. Why do people lie and feel [averse] to telling the truth?

– Because they suck.

9. Why, in our so called progressive world, do we STILL have taboo subjects?

– See question 8.

10. Would you rather have smelly feet or bad breath?

– Smelly feet cuz I’ll just leave my sox on.

11. Have you ever spit in someone’s food? (If someone said yes, would you ever trust themΒ to prepare your food again?)

– No! and no!

12. Do you have an opinion on garden gnomes?

– Couldn’t care less.

13. What makes you more uncomfortable, being too hot or too cold?

– Cold.

14. If you have siblings, do you sometimes wish you were an only child?

– I am an only.

15. What makes you really angry?

– People and their lying, including by omission of important/relevant info.

16. Why does [Superman need] a phone booth?

– Bad cell service.

17. Where does the other second sock go?

– Turns into a wire hanger.

18. Why [does] the rainbow sometimes appear in two arcs?

– Its joy is too great to be contained in one measly arc.

***Please answer these in comments even if you don’t want to do any of the others!***

19. What is your feeling about novels written in present tense?

20. How do you feel about mixed genre novels? Forex, if a novel was a romance and a detective story and had paranormal elements, would you be intrigued or turned off?

21. How do you feel about novels written entirely in first person? I realize it depends on the book, but would you be more or less likely to read it, knowing this?

Thanks! πŸ˜€

Sunday at the Maul [rantish]

Yesterday, after having a fabulous pizza lunch with my dear friend at a lovely restaurant literally a few steps from my apartment, I had the bright idea to go shopping at South Coast Plaza. Let me explain! I reasoned that all the exciting deals would be starting on dreadful Black Friday, so I could browse in peace the weekend prior to the madness.

Wrong! Wrongety wrong wrong wrong. I can admit when I’m wrong, and man I was wrong with a side helping of wrongola.

But once I was there and had been driving around for 15 minutes looking for parking, I wasn’t about to change my mind and give up. Nope. At first, I searched the lanes methodically, banking on my good parking karma as a considerate driver, but that got me nowhere, so then I cruised around haphazardly until I found an empty space, which happened to be at the butt-end of Saks, but hey… good exercise, amirite?

After entering the maul itself, I made a beeline (whatever that is) for the spot all the way on the opposite side where I had a vague memory my favorite baby store Gymboree used to be located. Yay, it was still there! Boo, it didn’t have anything I liked. But Baby Gap was right next door, hurrah! They had a super cute outfit! But no matching booties. What? Can’t buy a footless baby outfit sans matching sox! The horror.

I readjusted my bearings to the shambles of the reality of the maul and the fact that I’d have to navigate it. Good gawd it was stuffed with people! So many people. There was a snow house dealio, so naturally all the people with kids needed to pose around there. It was too crowded for me to see if a Santa lurked within. People without kids were also posing. Selfie time! Not me, obviously. Ever since I quit Facebook and Instagram, I’m amazed at how few selfies and pics of food I actually need.

I made a silent vow: I would not leave the maul sans my holiday gifts. No way was I enduring this torture without a payoff. I didn’t need that many, mostly just the baby stuff. Eventually, I found it at Macy’s, which was having the most incredible pre-sale sales, even for those of us lucky enough not to be burdened with the misfortune of having a Macy’s credit card (world’s worst T&C’s).

I was going to regale y’all with the side story of how I managed to find the ONE THING not on sale at Macy’s: a black bra. But this poast is already so long no one in their right mind is going to read it. Not to mention I have two prompt words left here on my Post-It and I need to use them, but they don’t go with a bra at all.

On the way out, I just happened to pass the jewelry department and discovered that some of their sterling silver was 75% off. Now, this was just crazy! I began to look at the earrings and found a pair with created opals. I used to be turned off by the idea of “fake” stones, but now I think they’re not only better deals than genuine stones but more ethical purchases besides. Anyway, these lil opals were soooo colorful and sparkly, and now only $10! So, I bought myself a treat. I don’t consider a bra a treat. That’s more like… tires.

Okay then. Done with the maul for another year or 10. So much nicer to order online or go to cute little shops that are out of the mainstream.