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Song Lyric Sunday: Landslide

Jim chose hill or mountain for this week’s theme and “Landslide” contains both. This song is personally meaningful to me, and I love the lyrics as well as the emotion conveyed by the singer. It was written by Stevie Nicks in 1975 for the album titled Fleetwood Mac.

I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
‘Til the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Well, I’ve been ‘fraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m gettin’ older, too

Well, I’ve been ‘fraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m gettin’ older, too
I’m gettin’ older, too

Ah, take my love, take it down
Oh, climb a mountain and turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well, the landslide will bring it down
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well, the landslide will bring it down
Oh, the landslide will bring it down


Valentines [99 words]

They were not sentimental people, and they had many differences. He grew irritated over her lack of interest in the arts; she snapped at him for being so unhelpful around the house. They didn’t bother buying gifts for each other. You would never find them exchanging Valentine’s Day cards or candy. In another era, they might have divorced, but they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary before she died. When he moved into Assisted Living, the attendant asked his secret for so many years of togetherness. He said: “Find the most beautiful girl in the world and make her happy.”


For the Carrot Ranch

Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️

To me!

From all of you! Thank you so much for the group Valentine card!

That really made my night.

Hope everyone has a happy hearts day! ❤️

One-Line Wednesday

One bite at a time.

Bird by bird.


These are my mantras for when I get overwhelmed with the idea of finishing my novel and all my other works in progress.

Just do the next thing.

Last weekend I completed the task of integrating everything I wrote during November for Ghosted into my main document. Most of that has been edited. Now I need to edit the rest of it. Then I have to write the last third of the novel. After that, I plan on finishing every other story I have started and saved.

One sentence at a time. 🙂


One-Line Wednesday

Everyone Is Doing It

Writing an elfchen, that is. One, two, three, four, one. Sadje says I can play off her last word for my first word. And you (yes you) can play from mine.


Hungry, prowling,

Eager to devour

Heart of the sun:


The Weekly Smile

My smile is a little different this week. It’s not something small and self-contained but more conceptual.

I’ve been playing some of Rory’s Valentine’s challenges and got to one last night (no. 14) that I was going to write and schedule for today. Its theme was about my worst dates. Hah, I thought, I have a million of ’em… how to even choose? So many disasters, so many horrible jerks, so many…

Then I tried to pick three specific ones for the prompt. Worst date. Bad blind date. Dating disaster. Obviously this would be so easy for me! You’ve heard me complain for years about my terrible time with dating site men, etc. I’ve posted several funny stories but not scary-sad ones. (Or if I did, I deleted them.)

But a weird thing seems to have happened. While I remember that there were bad dates and can recall specific names and situations, the feelings have faded. When I used to revisit these memories, it was like walking barefoot over a field of sharp rocks. Ow ow ow! Last night it was as if the rains had come and the rocks were all underwater. I could see them, but they didn’t hurt me.

And I didn’t feel like writing about them. They all seemed too boring, with the ripples of the water making them look harmless. I didn’t want to reach in and pick up a rock to see if its edges were still sharp and hurty. Just leave them all.

This made me happy. This made me smile. I was serious when I said I managed to cure myself of my 2017 depression without therapy or meds. I let myself feel all the anger and sadness I needed to feel. I wrote all the poetry I needed to write. I didn’t hide anything away in the attic so that it would return to haunt me later.

And now it’s done. Sorry I can’t write about my bad dates. 😀😀😀

V4L Challenge 4

The Secret Castle Meeting

[Game of Thrones fanfic]

Violet waited in the cove until well past midnight when everyone was asleep in the castle. She silently crept through the secret passageways that only a few knew about, but her father had been a workman in the dungeons, and he had shown her. A moan came from one of the cells, and Violet shivered under her thick cloak. Of course there would be prisoners; there were always prisoners on King’s Landing.

As her eyes adjusted to the pitch black, a faint light glowed ahead, near one of the largest dragon skeletons. Violet’s heart raced, as she realized her beloved had indeed kept his word. She rushed up to meet him, so excited to see his beautiful face aglow in the candlelight.

“Jaime,” Violet whispered. “You’re here!”

“Of course I am, my darling.” Jaime placed the candle in the dragon’s wide mouth, then turned and embraced her. “Where else would I be but by your side? Especially on the eve of Saint Valentine’s Night.”

“I love you so much it feels like a dream,” Violet confessed. “But what of your sister? She’ll never let you go.”

Jaime kissed Violet, at first gently and then passionately. “We will be together!” he swore. “Cersei will not run my life any longer. She’s an evil witch, making me take the blame for poor Brandon Stark’s fall all these years. Did you know she pushed him from the window ledge herself?”

“Cersei pushed him?” Violet gasped. “But everyone thinks you did it!”

“I know!” Jaime grasped her shoulders. “Sorry about my golden hand. I’m still not used to being a cripple.”

Violet caressed his prosthetic hand. “You’re no cripple. You have a larger heart, a more generous soul than anyone in Westeros.”

“Violet, say you’ll be my Valentine from this day forward, mine and mine alone,” Jaime said. “And I promise you I will find a way for us to leave this wretched place and be with each other in the sunshine. We’ll sail to the free cities and live as we please.”

“I will, my love. I’m yours. And you shall be mine!” Violet hugged him tight. “But I should go home to mum now.”

Jaime nodded and picked up his candle. Violet blew him a kiss and made her way back through the secret passageways to the cove.

When she emerged in the moonlight, a man detached himself from the shadows of the rocks. “Who are you?” Violet asked.

“Sweet Violet, I have a message for you from Her Grace, Queen Cersei,” the man said. And he pulled a long, glittering knife from his cloak.


The Madding Crowd

Nice writing prompt from Sarah Elizabeth Moore.

I stand out from the crowd because… I try to avoid the crowd in the first place. With rare exceptions, I make it a point to stay away from the obvious places where there will be masses of people: Disneyland, the malls near holidays, large concert arenas. This is not because I’m a snob; it’s because the feeling of being squashed in with a bunch of bodies and noise makes me feel like I can’t breathe.

Last March, I dumped Facebook and its related products. This makes me a little unusual, though by no means unique ~ plenty of people are getting by just fine without FB. And more are exiting every day. You do not have to be a prisoner of the Zuckerborg. Real friends will stay friends. There are lots of ways to communicate.

I decided in 2017 to stop dating, since all it did was cause me misery. I self-recovered from my depression since quitting and have been doing much better. Both things are a little unusual, I think: giving up romance at age 56 (in 2017) and curing myself of depression sans therapy or medication. I find myself to be happiest when I stay focused narrowly on work, health, family, home, and hobbies, and avoid any expansion sets.

Except for Game of Thrones, I’ve given up TV to read and write. GOT will be finished in April/May, so I imagine I will rarely if ever turn on my television except to do an exercise video. This is unusual ~ most people watch television. And again, it’s not snobbery on my part, but an unfortunate reality of time management. There’s no way I can finish everything I want to do if I’m distracted by the TV. I have a great need to see all my writings completed, not that I expect many sales. That isn’t the point. It’s the satisfaction of completion.

Everyone likes to think they’re special, and I suppose we all have at least something a little bit unusual about us, but with so many people in the world, there are likely others with that “unique” trait or combo of traits. I know there are those who don’t watch TV, who don’t date, who hate crowds, etc. Perhaps my daughters would choose different traits about me to label unique.

This is definitely an eye of the beholder question, and quite an interesting one! 🙂

The Sharey Fairy…

… has alit! 🧚‍♀️🌺

Melanie has some questions for us again.

What’s wrong but sounds right?

– “Forgive and forget.” Who came up with this nonsensical saying? Obviously a conman or liar of some kind, but most likely a man. Come on, honey, I swear I’m sorry, and I’ll never do that again. Why can’t you trust me? You know I love you and only want the best for us. You’re just making everyone unhappy by harping on that one bad time. And that other thing. Yes, I realize it was just last night, but I’ve totally changed! 🙄🙄🙄

What physical action or gesture do you find romantic?

– Buying me a house with a catio. Signing the mortgage documents is a physical act. 😀💖🐈

What’s something you really resent paying for?

– Spectrum $76/month for home Internet only, but there is no better option. I don’t want to bundle into a plan with a bunch of crap I don’t need, etc.

What’s your favorite romance movie?  A movie you may find romantic, even if that’s not the genre.  I’ve been watching a lot of those lately, loosely titled “romance movie” and found a surprising number of dramas, action and comedy among the hearts and flowers.

– I see everyone has been bagging on the romcoms as if it’s uncool to like chick flicks if you’re a chick 🐥. Well, bring them over here! You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, 27 Dresses, An Officer and A Gentleman, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Mamma Mia, Knotting Hill, Four Weddings and A Funeral, Hitch, Crazy Rich Asians, Zorro, etc.

And of course we have our gratitude of the week question:

What were you uplifted by in the past week?

– Photos of my grandbaby and grandpuppy, phone chats with my daughters, getting back in the zone on my novel.

3-2-1 Quote Me: Creativity

Rory tagged me in this game, which is a great way to begin the week. I intend to get back to my novel in progress, so you’ll be seeing a bit less of me around Blogville.

I found these gems on Wisdom Quotes. Perfect for my renewed foray into the chaos of editing the mess I wrote during NaNoWriMo last November and then coming up with a stellar ending to tie everything together.

Perhaps Laura, Jordy, and Linda would also enjoy playing along. They’re very creative!

Happy Monday! It’s raining ☔️ again here in Southern California.


I did agonize over capping “southern,” if anyone cares, and googled. It doesn’t look right to me, but CMOS and Grammar Girl say cap, so I will. These are the distractions that plague me endlessly.