Category Archives: TV

Laura’s Music Challenge 25

Music

This has been a tough weekend, from the horrors of the mass shootings to the pesky annoyance of the feed scraper to my owie toe that’s not better yet… well, we need a distraction around here. And what could be more fun than a Laura’s song challenge? Join in! 😻🎢✨

1. Post a video of an artist singing a song by another artist as tribute.

Emmylou Harris’s great cover of a Chuck B classic…

2. Post a video of a song about an animal or has the word animal in it.

Gotta go with my Little Lion Man Tyrion…

3. Post a video of a song that resonates with you.

How things might have been…

~*~

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ TV

Song Lyric Sunday

This week Jim asks us to post a song from a TV show. I’m sure current shows contain lots of great tunes… but I don’t have time to watch any of them. Luckily, old shows give me a wonderful buffet of songs to choose from, and I’m going with the theme from one of my funny faves ~ Green Acres. This song was written by Vic Mizzy in 1965 (I assume).

Green acres is the place for me
Farm livin’ is the life for me
Land spreadin’ out so far and wide
Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside

New York is where I’d rather stay
I get allergic smelling hay
I just adore a penthouse view
Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue

…The chores
…The stores
…Fresh air
…Times Square

You are my wife
Good bye, city life
Green Acres we are there

20 Questions Book Tag

romance novels

The lovely Carol Anne tagged me for the 20 questions book tag. I can’t resist a book tag.

1. HOW MANY BOOKS ARE TOO MANY FOR A SERIES?

I’m not a huge fan of series in general. Though it can be enjoyable to see a character having various adventures that get wrapped up by the end of each book, such as the Archy McNally detective stories. And I love when a a character from another story pops in just to say hello. That’s always fun. I suppose if a series is written well, it could go on indefinitely. I usually get bored though, just like with TV series.

2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?

I am a fan. Most are predictable because I’ve read so much, but the ones that can surprise me are great.

3. HARDCOVER OR PAPERBACK?

Ebooks please.

FAVOURITE BOOK?

The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I highly recommend it.

5. LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK?

Ulysses. My dad always wanted me to read this mess.

6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?

Of course!

7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU COULDN’T FINISH?

Nobody’s Baby But Mine, a terrible romance with hateful protagonists.

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

I’m about to begin Black Obsidian.

9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

TULOB (see above).

10. OLDEST BOOK YOUVE READ BY PUBLICATION DATE?

I’ve read parts of the Torah, so probably that.

11. NEWEST BOOK YOUVE READ BY PUBLICATION DATE?

Probably Unicorns Are Jerks by Doug X.

12. FAVOURITE AUTHOR?

Ray Carver, Haruki Murakami, Jennifer Crusie.

13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?

I buy ebooks and a very few paperbacks. Lately, most of my books are borrowed under the KU program. It’s not exactly “unlimited” anymore though, now is it? πŸ˜‚

14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO LOVE?

Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings.

15. BOOKMARKS OR DOG EARS?

It’s hard to dog-ear a Kindle.

16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS RE-READ?

Poetry.

17. CAN YOU READ WHILE LISTENING TO MUSIC?

I can, but why?

18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE?

Prefer either one first-person POV, or multi thirds. Am not a fan of the trendy multi firsts unless the stories are separate shorts.

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?

Depends on how long it is and what else I have going on. Usually it takes me a day or two to read a romance and maybe slightly longer for other genres.

20. WHO DO YOU TAG?

Whoever loves books!

Sunny Side Up

The lovely Mrs. Wayfarer nominated me for the Sunshine Award. Thank you! πŸ™‚πŸ’–

I’ll answer her great questions, but I don’t do nominations myself. Everyone who likes and comments here brings me a bit of sunshine and I’m grateful for your support. Thanks for reading my posts! 🌻🌻🌻

β€’ Where do you find the inspiration to write your blogs? 

Lately my inspiration comes mainly from the prompts around Blogville.

β€’ When was the last thing you’ve done something for the first time? 

I downloaded the coloring app last week. It’s been very relaxing.

β€’ If you were a superhero, who would you be? 

Catwoman.

β€’ What is one simple thing (or person, place, event) that never fails to brighten up your day? 

Seeing a cat.

β€’ What tradition in your family or country do you always look forward to? 

Halloween costumes.

β€’ What blog (and whose blog is it) inspired you to take action? 

The Haunted Wordsmith inspired me to begin hosting prompts too.

β€’ What is your favorite TV show?

Of all time? Probably The Sopranos.

β€’ What movie can you watch over and over again and make you feel the same way every single time? 

When Harry Met Sally.

β€’ What is your favorite holiday destination? 

Northern California.

β€’ When was the last time you laughed so hard you had tears in your eyes? 

Probably when talking to my daughter.

β€’ If you had the power to change anything in the world right now, what would it be? 

Terrible instant virus takes down McConnell, POTUS, and VPOTUS, and then mysteriously disappears. Nancy Pelosi becomes POTUS.

Mystery Solved!

I confess I have been nominated for a Mystery Blogger Award!

Yep, it was me. I got the nom (with some others). From Carol Anne. Thanks! πŸ’–

I’ve already done a bunch of these, so I’ll dispense with the intro and links/tags, and just answer Carol Anne’s questions.

1. Do you like soda?

I like Coke and diet Coke.

2. Are you a procrastinator?

Not usually.

3. Do you have weird dreams?

Not lately.

4. What is your daily routine like?

Pretty boring. Working, writing, waiting on the cat.

5. Do you like binge watching shows?

If I enjoy a show, I will binge it usually. I’m very hot/cold. Normally I find shows boring quickly, so if I like something, I really REALLY like it!

The last show I loved was Game of Thrones. Like many fans, I had some criticism of the final season. But as a finished product, the show is up there with my other faves: Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under. I had criticism of those shows too, off and on.

Recently, I binged the first season of Dead to Me, which I liked a lot. But one season is too little to pass judgment on.

That’s all, folks. πŸ™‚

FPQ23: I Burn Whole Cities

Fandango provocatively asks…

β€œHow do you manage or deal with stress? Is there a specific strategy or approach that you’ve found to be particularly effective?”

My post title comes from the HBO show Game of Thrones where dragons have been known to release stress by destroying cities with fire. I am not a dragon, alas, though I have gotten vicarious pleasure especially during stressful times by reading A Song of Ice and Fire and from watching the show.

In general, I find that losing myself in a fantasy world of a novel or movie for a few hours is a great way to deal with stress. I do prefer movies over series, or series that have finished, because I don’t want to have to wait for the next season (and these days, that can be so unpredictable), which ends up leaving me at the mercy of people yapping online about the show and giving their predictions. Annoying!

Depending on what the stressful even was, I may wish to talk about it privately, with a daughter or a friend. I’m careful what I say to whom these days though, so as not to end up with more stress from the convo itself. I may write about the situation in a diary for my own clarification. I find the act of writing words on a page/screen to be therapeutic.

For immediate relief, deep breaths work. For a 24 hour period, repeating the mantra that “this too shall pass” helps a lot. If I can’t sleep, there’s always the Valium or Benadryl last resort. It’s really bad not to sleep because then I’ll feel even worse the next day, which will increase my stress. Cuddling my kitty and spending time alone at home usually helps me feel better.

Here are some stress management techniques that are supposed to help but do nothing for me:

1. Exercise. I know it’s good for me, but it makes everything hurt more and I end up with a (worse) headache.

2. Taking a vacation. Way out of my budget and I would be completely stressed about the money I spent.

3. Glass of wine. This is a migraine trigger about 50% of the time.

4. Music. This is tricky because a lot of songs pull up sad memories for me. I have to be careful about music. Plus, Gatsby doesn’t like it. Mostly I only listen in the car.

5. Sex. With a man? This was generally the cause of almost all my stress and giving it up has reduced my anxiety to nearly zero.

Dracarys! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

The Most Important Lesson from GOT

***WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS GAME OF THRONES’ SPOILERS!***

It’s sport for GOT fans to mercilessly drag every episode of this last season, in gory detail, and I agree with the main criticism ~ the ending is rushed. The show runners spent 7 long seasons setting up an intricate story, and now they’re zooming to finish, stuffing two wars into three episodes out of six, and leaving lots of loose ends.

Meanwhile, I’m basically enjoying the eps, besides wishing there would have been more of them. I don’t share the common criticism that the plot twists and character arcs are “unearned.” The first seasons generally followed the books, so if you’d read them, you weren’t shocked by twists. Ned’s beheading was accepted because those of us who read the books knew it was coming, but normally the sudden death of a beloved character early on would have generated criticism from fans.

So, when I read today that people are upset about Varys’ death, I roll my eyes. The dude was a great character, but he was always plotting and scheming against rulers, and it was inevitable one would discover it and kill him. You have to wonder why it took so long really, except for the fact that he was smarter than all of them. Littlefinger was also, but Varys was not evil and selfish, so he caught more breaks. Both men were lucky they lasted as long as they did.

People who are carrying on today about Daenerys going “mad” haven’t been paying attention. She has stated all along that she was going to take what was hers “with fire and with blood.” She has torched people throughout the show, but that was okay with us because we didn’t like them. Her character has been stable, her mission unchanged, and her vision focused on one goal.

If you want to pick apart the military strategy of Euron and his crew, I get that. One day he takes out a dragon with his first shot and sinks the entire opposing navy; in the next encounter, he’s totally inept. What the hell happened there? Gotta say though I enjoyed his rambunctious battle to the death with Jaime. Good stuff, though I did think Euron would have mentioned the baby he thinks is his. Might have thrown Jaime off-balance.

Okay, so Jaime fooking Lannister, amirite? People are yelling about his character arc. Pffft, I say. You know what? It’s perfect. The more I think about it, the more perfect it is. Here we have a handsome, spoiled, rich jerk who is in love with his sister and does horrible things for a long time. Some of these things he does for her and some he does just because he’s an arrogant ass.

Then, Jaime gets captured, tortured, and has his comeuppance and epiphany. He begins to be a slightly better person. He sees that he could maybe love a woman who isn’t a monster and be loved in return. He could fight for the people instead of his shitty family name. Some of his interior ugliness is replaced with goodness.

But then… then… bratty, snotty Sansa (more about her in a sec), says nyah we’ve taken King’s Landing and your sis is gonna die! Jaime immediately reverts to form, dumps his new sweet love and breaks her heart, and gallops back to his wicked twin. Why?

Because people don’t change!

That’s the lesson here, folks. And it’s a good and important one. Dany never changed, not one iota. Jaime appeared to change, but he didn’t really. And what about Sansa, who began as a pretty wounded bird and allegedly turned into a strong confident woman? Nah fam. She’s still a petty, snide, gossipy bitch. Dishonest and backstabbing.

Jon/Aegon never changed either. He can’t help but be a noble, relentlessly honest lump of boring. Tyrion is still the same brilliant little scamp who puts his family first no matter how terrible they are. And he does sometimes back the wrong horse, especially when it’s very pretty. Sandor had one main mission in life, and though he did get sidetracked with other tasks along the way, ultimately he refocused on his goal, the Cleganebowl.

Arya? Let’s see what she does in the final ep. Any predictions? I admit I was wrong when I predicted Jaime would kill Cersei, and I’m glad to be wrong. I love that they stuck to the “people don’t change” theme instead, and decided to ignore Maggie’s prophecy. Now, the prediction is that Arya will kill Dany. I don’t know… What do you think?

Thanks for reading all this!

Rhaegar and Lyanna

I’ve been cold for so long,

‘Neath these crumbled old stones;

Silent heart’s a lost song

In the cage of my bones.

Once I danced with a Prince,

Now I dream of a ghost;

He’s loved no one since,

For he loved me the most.

He’ll be coming for me

When stars bleed in the sky;

We’ll embrace by the tree,

My ghost lover and I!

~*~

Thursday Inspiration: Ghosts

[Also inspired by Game of Thrones, in particular the romance between Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, both dead, or so we are meant to believe 😱]

Show & Tell

Warning: this turned into a rambling pointless bunch of jabbering. More than usual. πŸ˜‚

Melanie haz questions:

1. Was the last thing you read digital or print?

I’m not counting online “news,” since that’s like reading cereal boxes. Actually, it would probably be more informative to read cereal boxes (note to self: buy some Cap’n Crunch). The last book I read on my Kindle was Not Quite Dating, which I already reviewed for the alphablog and am now done with all those posts, yay! So, that leaves Us Magazine, which hits my mailbox every Saturday. Why? I dunno! I’m certainly not paying for it. Somehow, a free subscription has been gifted to me and it shows up every week. I spend a couple minutes paging through and then toss it. Can’t remember anything much about this one except the spread of celebs in their wine colored dresses. Every issue has two pages near the front with a clothing theme. I do like themes. Oh, Kate Hudson was in this issue too. She’s 40 and happy. I’m happy she’s happy cuz I like her.

2. Are you more an extrovert or introvert?

According to the definition, I’m an introvert. My friends also call themselves introverts, but they always want to get together, which I find curious. Shouldn’t they need to spend lots of time alone, as I do? Granted, I have been more social than normal lately due to Game of Thrones, but that’s temporary. It’ll be over in a month. There is something particularly compelling about the ending to this dramatic and complex show that makes it fun to watch and discuss with others. Most of the time however I have no need for that and prefer to watch things alone. I crave alone time to think and read and write in peace and quiet. It recharges me. Too much peopling makes me literally crazy and I feel the air getting so heavy with noise and vibration and other people talking moving breathing that my body will crush and implode if I don’t get away.

3. How is your life different from what you imagined as a younger person?

When I was a teenager, I imagined myself becoming a career-focused professional, possibly a scientist. I wasn’t dreaming of marriage and children, but that is what I did. Next, I assumed I’d be married for the rest of my life; when I divorced, I thought I should find someone else. It didn’t occur to me until relatively recently that I would spend my life alone, but now that I’ve accepted it, I’m fine. It might be the ideal state for me, even.

4. Do you think about dying?   Does death scare you?  Why or why not?

I think about it a lot. It used to terrify me ~ when it first hit me that I would die and be erased, I freaked out. I was 12 and in a car with my parents coming back to NJ after visiting peeps in Ohio. I knew earlier that I would die, of course, but the impact of the erasure didn’t affect me until that moment. I mentioned I was upset and my parents dismissed my concerns. For a long time, I was angry at them over this, but I’ve come to understand they did the best they could.

I didn’t sleep for a year ~ at least, this is how I remember it. I stumbled through the days, exhausted but somehow not letting on I had this enormous burden. And I must have slept some or I would have died or become ill, but I remember all that year lying awake utterly terrified, making words out of words in my head. My schoolwork wasn’t affected, so no one knew or cared.

Eventually, I grew to live with the bleak erasure knowledge. It’s what keeps me sympathetic to religious believers. Of course you would take the comfort of an afterlife option if it were intellectually available to you! You’d have to be nuts not to grab onto that if there were any way to make sense of it. Unfortunately, I can’t make it fit into my logical brainspace. I wish I could.

Lately though, I’m not so afraid any longer. Maybe it’s because I am just so damn tired of being in pain every day. At least that will stop, which is something to look forward to, blissful non-awareness of aches and migraines. I also won’t have to think about all the things I’ve failed to accomplish, what a freaking relief. Not to mention all the mistakes I’ve made, gahhh. All erased from MY mind, since there won’t be any more “my mind.” And if others criticize or gossip, I won’t know, so I won’t care. Nice!

Plus, things are getting old as I’m getting old. Samey same same same. Sure, I still enjoy stuff, but meh. As someone I once loved said: “Do I really care about seeing the millionth issue of the New York Times?”

It’s his birthday today, btw. Happy birthday to the man who broke my heart. Still much older than I am. Still living in a big lonely house with his wife and their money. Now we’re all unhappy, great.

5. Gratitude challenge: find something you are thankful for in nature.

California mountains and beaches and sunsets and flowers, of course…

Q is for Quite [A2Z]

Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybee was a fun, fast read. Not gonna lie to my readers: I chose it solely for the Q factor. Needed one to fill the spot in the alphabet bloggery, and I wanted a book available on Kindle Unlimited. I wasn’t thrilled with the tame cover, which makes the novel appear to be about some prairie girl looking for Mr. Right in a country church, but when you desperately need a Q, you can’t be so picky.

First, the cover is deceptive. No idea why it was chosen since it’s all wrong for the book. The story takes place out in Ontario, CA, and features a hot Texas cowboy trying to seduce a California waitress. There is a lot of drinking and a lot of kissing and a ton of chemistry. It’s not a tame romance novel.

Second, it has a crazy, twisty plot semi-snitched from Taming of the Shrew. Jessica isn’t a shrew ~ she’s super sweet and kind ~ but she is looking for a rich man and won’t consider dating “poor” Jack when he hits on her after showing up in her diner in dusty clothes and driving a beat-up truck. He decides not to tell her who he really is, instead opting to become her friend and “help” her find her dream guy.

Third, though the HEA ending is a given, the path there is not, and the navigation is unpredictable. Side characters are clearly set up for spin-offs of their own, which is a good thing in my book.

The only issue I had with NQD (besides the cover) was that too much suspension of disbelief was required. I’ve always enjoyed the concept of disguised identity romance novels, but they do seem to work better when set in Ye Days of Olde. It’s just not reasonable that people aren’t going to google stuff. And if you have a heroine who doesn’t question outlandish gifts and obvious ridic things, she begins to seem stupid, which is no good.

But here I am, a person who is totally immersed in a show featuring dragons, complaining that some silly woman believed her crappy car burnt up at the Toyota repair shop so they’re gifting her a brand new SUV. Maybe if a dragon had been involved… πŸ‰ πŸ”₯πŸ˜‚