#IWSG – ON A ROLL

Hello all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

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It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

The awesome co-hosts for the November 4 posting of the IWSG will be Stephen Tremp, Karen Walker, Denise Covey, and Tyrean Martinson!

Remember to thank them for all their hard work!! October was a good month for me in many ways, personally and blog-wise. Am I still insecure? Hell yeah, but I’m not going to write about them this month. I’m in too good a mood. 🙂

I’m coming along with the ideas on what I’ll be focusing this blog on in the future. I’ve given myself until the end of the year to re-organize her. Mondays I do book reviews for books that I’ve either bought, won through giveaways, or requested by an author/publisher to read in exchange for an honest review.

If you haven’t heard of the Read and Review Challenge, definitely look into it. ReadRev Founded by Jessica Therrien, it gives authors the opportunity to put one or more of their titles in the R & R Challenge Library, and readers can ask them for a copy to read and review. The best part of it, is that every month a reader randomly wins a $10 Amazon gift card. Guess what? I won for October. Yay!! I’ve dedicated Thursdays for these postings.

Fridays are up in the air for me. There are several different memes that I’m a part of, and they usually post on Fridays. Weekly participation isn’t mandatory, so I’m thinking of alternating posts. I also want to include occasional guest posts, book releases, etc.

I need a special name for Friday posts. Something catchy that shows variety. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I can’t think of one that I haven’t read somewhere else. So, how was your October? Anyone participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

 

 

 

Express Yourself – ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Hello bloggers! It’s time for Express Yourself, the weekly blog hop that posts different topics and updates monthly. I’ve been out of the loop for a bit, plus the meme was on brief hiatus in April for the A-Z Challenge (whew!).

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Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great blog hop that has a great group of people with weekly topics that change every month.

They also have a site they co-author together called  Cover Girls.

What the girls would like to know for  the week of May 11-14 is: Now that we’re 1/3 of the way through 2015, what’ve I accomplished so far?

Actually, I’ve accomplished a lot. 🙂

 

  1. I participated and completed my very first A-Z Challenge this year.
  2. I entered a piece in this year’s WRiTE CLUB competition for the second year in a row.
  3. I’ve managed to keep up about 98% of the goals I’ve set for myself since the beginning of the year. Whatever I couldn’t accomplish or fell behind on was mostly due to illness or exhaustion.
  4. Been working on getting My Miracle Life blog to where I want it to be. It should be done by summer’s end.
  5. I completed this year’s round of physical therapy with flying colors!
  6. I’m becoming more socially involved and ‘getting out there’ so I’m not stuck home alone with Sophie all day.
  7. I’m working on a story that continues my WC piece.

What have you accomplished since the New Year began?

 

 

 

 

Underrated Treasures Blogfest!

Hello fellow bloggers! If you keep up with my other blog, My Miracle Life, you probably know already that I’ve had a pretty crappy couple of months. Now that I’m back in the ‘swing of things’, so to speak, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh has yet again come up with another fun and exciting blog hop…

treasures14 It’s the Underrated Treasures Blogfest!

Everyone has a favorite movie or band that no one else has ever heard about. For whatever reason, they remain undiscovered and underrated. Now is your chance to tell the world about this obscure treasure!

So that’s what we do today, post about our favorite unknown –

MOVIE – BAND/ARTIST – TV SHOW – BOOK

Post about one or all four – dealer’s choice!

The Ghost & Mrs. Muir is an American sitcom based on the 1947 film of the same name. The movie was based on the 1945 novel by R. A. Dick. AHA!! 🙂
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Hope Lange plays Carolyn Muir, a  widow with two young kids, a housekeeper and a wire fox terrier dog named ‘Scruffy’.  She rents a place called Gull Cottage, near the fictional fishing village of Schooner Bay, Maine.

 

What she doesn’t realize initially is that the cottage is haunted by the ghost (poltergeist) of its former owner: Daniel Gregg, a nineteenth-century sea-captain, played by Edward Mulhare (sigh).

The Ghost affects things in the house, outside the house, and appears or disappears whenever he damn well pleases. At first it was only the son who could hear or speak to him. When he’s really cranky, like when his bumbling descendant Claymore Gregg (played by hysterically funny Charles Nelson Reilly), his bad moods even affect the weather. He loves to claim they’re not related… Anyhoo, Claymore is one of the few people who know of the Captain’s presence in the house since he now owns it I guess and is Mrs. Muir’s landlord. That doesn’t mean he isn’t godawful terrified of the Captain; that’s one of the Captain’s pleasures, torturing poor Claymore.

Not too many people from back in the day even remember the show. I’m surprised. I know it didn’t last too long. When I read up on the show in Wikipedia, it said that the show struggled in ratings and was cancelled after only two seasons.

I have to admit though, when I was about five I had the HUGEST little kindergarten crush on the Captain. I don’t even remember what that crush felt like. No, really…Like what did I want? Him to come over and offer to carry me through the park on his shoulders? Push me on the swings? Ride the see-saw with me? What?

Yeah, so that’s my Underrated Treasure. I love that show and I’d watch it over and over no matter how corny it is by today’s standards. 🙂

 

 

Dragon Award Nomination! More Motivation!

Good evening to all my blogger friends. Just wanted to let you all know that I got back home from Puerto Rico safe after saying goodbye to my Petie. I did miss my colleague’s wake and funeral while I was away, but I heard it was beautiful and I would have been proud. That being said, I caught up on my messages and emails and lo and behold, a couple of good things happened too. They’re both worthy of their own posts, but I am doing this one tonight.

dragons-loyalty-awardMy friend Krystol at A Writer With Something To Say has honored me with The Dragon’s Loyalty Award .

Thank you so much Krystol, you have made my day! 😀

 

In order to accept the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, the following rules apply:

1. Display the Award on your Blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
3. Present 4 deserving Bloggers with the Award
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
5. Write seven interesting things about you

I’ve chosen the four blogger below for this award because they’ve some have stood by me from the beginning and others have been invaluable to me since my return:

1. Marilyn Parel at On Becoming a Writer
2. Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh at Alex J. Cavanaugh
3. Karen Soutar at Karen Soutar and
4. Melissa Janda at Melissa Janda – A Time to Write
Seven Interesting Facts about me:

  1. Although I use the name Lilica or Lily in all my writing, blogging and reviewing, my real name is Eva! OMG!  😀  Who’da thunk it…
  2. I am taking an online fiction writing class with Gotham Writing Workshops and loving it.
  3. I seriously considering dedicating a separate page to stroke awareness and resources in memory of those close to me that I’ve lost recently (under my real name)
  4. I am currently planning a trip (if doctors give me the OK) to visit Hungary some time late this year or early next. Never been and would love to see where my parents were born.
  5. I love House of Cards and Kevin Spacey.
  6. I will have something published this year!
  7. I know I’m behind the times, but I treated myself to the newest Keurig model and am so loving it. Even I deserve to be spoiled once in a while.

So that’s it for this post friends. More good news to be coming soon. I have faith that more good things will be coming my way soon. Hugs to you all until next post.

Daily Prompt – Careless Whisper

It happens: sometimes that filter in our head bursts and we say too much of what we’re thinking and someone gets hurt. Tell us about a time you or someone you know said something that they immediately regretted.

This will be a quick post, but when I saw the subject, I couldn’t help it. The most embarrassing thing I will NEVER forget and immediately regretted, happened about seven months after I came out of the hospital and I was spending a few days with a friend.

My speech was much better, though I was still having a lot of problems with focus, and especially, my filter. Things would come out of my mouth before I could stop them, because before the bleed, I was able to control this function.  shame1On one of these days we go to her parents house for a small barbecue and her brother was there. He is 14 at the time and of very thin build, yet his nickname is ‘Macho’.

We are all enjoying ourselves immensely and the parents are amazing with me, teaching me how to tell people off in Spanish, even with a stutter. 🙂 At some point during the barbecue, the brother was asked by his father to get something elsewhere from the yard. He told him that he couldn’t do it because whatever it was, was too heavy.

Out of nowhere, I looked up from the burger I was eating and said “I wanna know how in the world you got a nickname like Macho.” Everyone stopped what they were doing and stared at me in stunned silence for a second. I knew after a few seconds that I screwed up. All of a sudden ‘Papi’, as my friend calls him, burst out laughing and said something like they didn’t know either, but he had been the only boy out of four children…so they had hoped for the best.

In the end, it was all fine because they understood. Obviously, it took me a lot longer to get over, because socially awkward moments like that could happen to me at any time, any place. Thankfully, two and a half years later, I am about 80% in control of my “filter”, so it is unlikely that I will say anything unintentional unless I am exhausted, overwhelmed or extremely stressed out.

So, yeah, that was easily my most embarrassing moment in recent history. Until next post… later.

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