I’m Not Going To Feel Guilty!

Okay, so a week or so ago I posted a Barnes and Noble blog post on the perks of dating a non reader, The Non Reader & Me.

Points 4, 5, and 9, are what have been getting to me lately.  I feel guilty that I’m not reading new books from the library. I’m not finishing books from the library, and I just feel like my own stack of Emilie Loring’s and less deep books.  I just want to putter with books that have no due date or anything pretentious about them.  (the points, by the way are : 4. They never judge any of the books you’re reading, even your guilty pleasure beach reads. ,5. You’re never obligated to read books they’ve recommended to you instead of the books you actually want to read., and 9. They never judge you for the books you haven’t read.)

I feel like I should be reading new books, not old books that are comfortable like a friend or curled up in that chair you love. The guilt! Oh the guilt. I can’t be a true reader if I read books that I’ve read over and over, can I?

But this is silly.  Especially when you see my two stacks of books to read…. Oh pardon, it’s three stacks.Second Stack Stack to read

But I’m worrying about having things to read. Yes, I will admit, this is slightly insane, the guilt that is…. Though the stack of books is really ridiculous.  So, I am going to sit back and relax….. (I feel like Matthew Mcconaughey is in my head as I say that)  And just try to read my stacks of books.  That being said, I just checked another Emilie Loring book out of the library today, even though I have several of hers in paperback…. Just not the one I wanted….

I’m not going to feel guilty!

Signing off

Kate

The Non Reader & Me

I have always sworn up and down and sideways that I will marry a man who loves to read. (Oh and he won’t be obsessed with football) I want to be able to share books and have this mind meld kind of thing going on with books……. I’m not so sure I want it to be that way any longer. Barnes and Noble’s blog just posted the 18 Unexpected Perks of Dating a Nonreader, and honestly, I pretty much go for every single one except for #16, but that’s only because I get car sick, so reading is not possible.  I never thought much about all the advantages to being with someone who doesn’t read like I do, but wow, so many of these have crossed my mind that it’s not even funny.

I guess it’s like wanting to date a writer if I am one. That has gone by the wayside too.  Too much competition. I’ll stick with being the writer and reader and date a hands on kind of guy.  The list is below, but please check out the original article above.

1. More space for your growing book collection, because they don’t have any.
2. Your opinions about books are always right.
3. You can freely tell them the entire story of the book you’re reading, spoilers and all, because they probably aren’t going to read it.
4. They never judge any of the books you’re reading, even your guilty pleasure beach reads.
5. You’re never obligated to read books they’ve recommended to you instead of the books you actually want to read.
6. They think you’re super smart because you read so much.
7. They encourage you to blog about books so you have an outlet to talk about your literary adventures and opinions (true story).
8. They never stay up all night reading like you do, so they can be counted on to wake you up when you sleep through your alarm.
9. They never judge you for the books you haven’t read.
10. They make sure you get fresh air by forcing you to put down the book and get out of the house.
11. They never borrow your books and forget to return them, or return them in poor condition.
12.All your literary friends like them because they don’t engage in pretentious literary one-upmanship.
13. They know a lot about other things like engineering, cooking, music, wilderness survival, how to change a lightbulb…
14. They won’t judge you for thinking that the movie version of the book was actually pretty good.
15. They’re never late meeting you because they got wrapped up in a novel and lost track of time.
16. They do all the driving, so you can read at your leisure in the passenger seat.
17. They never mess up the order of the books on your shelves.
18. They’re willing to learn about literature from you.

Above all, by dating a nonreader, you open yourself up to new experiences and life lessons you might otherwise never discover. So if your heart is telling you “yes,” but your brain is telling you that you have too little in common to make it work, remember what The Princess Bride taught us: “Love is many things, none of them logical.”

Signing off

Kate

 

Dreamy – A Weekly Photo Challenge Post

Milkweed Fluff

Milkweed Fluff

Rarely do I have the opportunity to go with The Daily Post‘s weekly photo challenges, but this week’s theme of ‘Dreamy‘ hit me perfectly. How MichelleW spoke about the clouds and the Utah morning just spoke to me. I am always looking at the magical side of things. The foggy mornings, the misty mountains, the milkweed fluff on a dewy lawn on a crisp fall day…. These things get to me and make my heart want to explode out.

This last week the milkweed seeds have been scattered every morning on the back lawn. It’s more of just a grassy area, mountain grass, that happens to exist despite lack of watering. The milkweed explodes out of its pods in the middle of September and keeps right up through October a lot of the time.

I have this thing about milkweed. When I was little, Fantasia with the milkweed ladies floating down to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite was magical, and still is to this day. I adore that part of the film. I always wanted to see milkweed, but it didn’t seem to grow where I lived. So, since moving to the mountains in NorCal, where milkweed abounds in my backyard (much to Walter’s disgust and total annoyance) I am a very happy girl. I take pictures of milkweed all the time.

I think this one constitutes as pretty dreamy to me.

Signing off
Kate

Dystopian Vs. Dystopian

You can take your Hunger Games.  I’ll take Divergent.

So, in this past year and a half, the theme of young adult books has left the realm of vampires, thank God, and moved onto the dystopian universe thing.  The government has ended all normalcy and everyone is out to get the next. You have either the Hunger Game theme of totalitarian controlled government that has a violent Olympic battle to the death…. Quite popular amongst people that I think are a. to old to be reading it and enjoying it so much (shutup about my love of Twilight. Bella and Edward transcend all romance….) or b. too young to be reading something so violent.

Then you have the Divergent theme of government falling to war so we set up this five split set of factions where you live work and marry into.  Oh, your kids can divert from that faction but they can never see you again. The system works perfectly… except for those people that have aspects of more than one faction….

What camp am I in? I choose Divergent.  Now all those Hunger Game fans. STOP.  I’m not dissing on your love of Katniss.  Go right ahead. I view it as no different than those people that read Lord of the Rings vs. Harry Potter. (I am a strict HP fan) I think the theme of Divergent is a lot less violent.  Granted, I have not read Hunger Games, nor do I plan to. But I have seen the film, and I’ve also seen Divergent. I found Divergent a lot less violent, and just more appealing.  I like extraordinary people taking on the oppressive government system.  I like the relationship of Tris and Four ( I am not giving away spoilers. I know some people have not read the series. I suggest you try it.)

Personally though, I am not that big a fan of dystopian themes.  I mean, sure, they make great sci fi films, but eh, I could take em or leave em. Part of the reason I’ve enjoyed Divergent is it’s a fairly fast, but action packed series.  I like that. The same reason I really like The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.  There is a lot of action.

And I honestly don’t see how these books should be for young adults as the themes in them are very adult, but that is another post I hope to talk about soon.

So, what camp are you. Comment below. I’d like to see if my idea is right. So tell me where you are.

Divergent

or

Hunger Games

Signing off

Kate

Cruuunch!

Real-Acorns-On-The-Ground-WallpapersCrunch. Crunch. Crunch.  Cruuuuuncch.

Ah. That lovely sound of acorns and their caps being crushed beneath your heels. Crunch.

It’s October and as the leaves just start to think about turning to a bouquet of color, the acorns have been on the ground for a couple of weeks now. Crunch.

Every time I walk home I am for those little caps that are like thimbles. Crunch.

Oh, I missed one. Should I back up and make sure I crush that one as well? Crunch.

It’s so incredibly satisfying to hear that crunch below your feet. Crunch. Crunch.

Every year I look forward to it. Like stepping into ice puddles and shattering the glass water. Crack!

Welcome to day one of my 31 days of October, entitled Fun, Fanciful & Factual. Which just means that I will be blogging my regular things: flash fiction, book reviews, and anything that catches my fancy.  I shall attempt to keep up with every day typing. Gads, I’m already sorry I thought I could do this. Someone, stop me now.

I hope to be able to bring a bit of freshness to this blog, and my plan at the end of the month is to do a bit of housecleaning and revamping of the blog. It’s gotten a little cluttered, a little disorganized, and it would be nice to have it a touch more streamlined.

So, here’s to a month. Happy October everyone!

hello-october

Signing off
Kate

That Tapping Sound That Makes You Feel Like You Accomplished Writing

Because we couldn’t use an actual rotary phone

Here I am tapping out this post on my laptop to that marvelous sound of a typewriter….. No, someone is not using my Royal. I am typing to a program that simulates the sound of a typewriter on your computer.  Seems rather strange when you think about it. Are we all so nostalgic for something that we will make a sound to recreate it on our computer? It’s rather like the cell phones that have a regular phone’s ring, or that attachment you can connect to your cell that looks like a regular handset from a home phone.

Anyways, Walter and I were talking last week about how we he wondered if there was a program to make your laptop typing sound like a typewriter. There is. There are three major ones in fact though I think one is better than others.

I’m using Qwertick which is the simplest of the three. No setting, runs easy, and you can shut it down relatively easy.

Then there is ClicKey which took me a while to figure out how to change the settings. Downside, all keys sound the same, including the Enter key, which on Qwertick actually sounds like an electric typewriter’s carriage return.

The third one is Home Typist which we didn’t like at all. The sounds were a little to computer game sounding, in my opinion

My Royal

So, am I going to use this that often? Probably not. It does bring a bit of nostalgia back into typing, but since I can yank out my Royal anytime I want to actually hear a typewriter, then why not do that? Walter thinks it’s great because he’s not the world’s best typist so the extra sound lets him know he has hit a key. And I have to admit, it is rather fun to hear that sound, though I prefer a manual typewriter sound versus an electric machine sound.

I just find it rather humorous that we search for things to bring back the old into our modern lives, when if we would just unplug the laptop, or cell phone, we could pick up the typewriter or the rotary phone and have those old sounds or feels right at our finger tips.

Check out the apps. Let me know what you think.  Would you use this?  I think the typewriter sound might be fun when I’m working with Dark Room.  Which I happen to love for the minimalist approach to writing. (I would like spell check occasionally, but you know, you can’t have everything when you are going minimalist.

Signing off

Kate

Accomplishments

Despite the month of August being a smoke filled month (say hello to California wildfires and forest mismanagement) and the constant fill of farming and watering and working more than I care to think about, I was able to accomplish some pretty nice things this month and I thought I would share them.  So drum-roll…… Well, you can add that in if you want. I’m doing it in my head….

 

  1. I started running again.  Okay, so that might not sound like a lot, but I had to give it up for all of July because it was so hot I could not stand being out in the dark running. I just had to put it on hold until the evenings were cooler and not so intense. I do not do well in the 90’s.
  2. I ran three miles. Whoo Hoo! This is huge! I rarely can run more than a mile, mile and a half at at time.  Last week I ran three miles, and two of those miles I ran in straight mile stretches. I hope that makes sense.  What I mean is, most of the time I can only run a quarter to a half mile before I have to walk a while before completing the mile. Miles 2 and 3 were an entire mile before stopping.  Again, this is huge. Granted, I hurt like crazy and my knees weren’t too happy, or my shoulders, but it felt so amazing. The endorphins high I got was incredible.  And last night I did 2 1/2 miles pretty easy.
  3. I can fit into my size two Ann Taylor sheath dress.  An LBD in some ways. Now, I’m not a size 2, but Ann Taylor dresses must have been invented with smaller sizes to give women a boost. Because I can say I wear a size two. Which is funny since my previous post was about not being a size two…..
  4. I wrote a short story that is semi flash fiction, but my parents love it! It was all inspired by Boris and his trip to Atlanta and I teased him about taking his xs-214 double barreled ray gun. The fact that this story has potential is just exciting. I’m going to need a couple beta readers, so if anyone is interested, drop me a comment with a valid email.  I only need a couple readers since it’s so short. Just over 600 words, but it’s periodical/literary magazine worthy, I think.
  5. I finally solved the yeast infection in my dachshund’s ear after 11 years! Who knew that just plain povidone iodine swabbed daily could clear it up? I didn’t. My vet never said to do this. I gotta tell the vet. This has been something that has driven me nuts for years. My dog hasn’t enjoyed it too much either.

 

Okay, so maybe those are small accomplishments, but small doesn’t mean inferior or not important. It’s the little things in life that count, right? I have to take little things and enjoy or savor them. The running is huge. The short story is huge. So, I’ll go with it.

Anyone else have some accomplishments that made them want to dance around?

Signing off

Kate

Running Irony With A Bass

Ah, irony. It doesn’t happen much, or I just don’t know irony when I see it, but sometimes it slaps you in the face.

So there I was running the other night. I went and ran two miles, which is huge for me. I’m trying to lose a bit of weight, not much, and tone a bit more. My choice of song?

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”. Pure irony.

I love this song, and so does Mrs. Day. Apparently it’s catchier than I thought because I’ve been humming and singing it all weekend into this morning.  It is permanently stuck there I think. But it’s such a great song! Now, I’m fairly thin in the scope of things, but I’m far from a size two (thank goodness) and it’s fun to shake it a bit. Plus, well I was blessed (cursed) with a largish posterior. Go figure. So, well, I shake a bit. 🙂

So, there’s your Monday thAng. (that word comes courtesy of Boris who said something was a Cali thAng, the other day and it’s stuck in my head. Boris is a southern boy btw)

I owe an acceptance post to Amy over at Inkcouragement, and I have several things I want to write about, but just haven’t taken the time because it’s been so busy. For those interested, being a farm girl, there is not a lot of free time. Bleh.

So…

Signing off

Kate

NIV Gardners Bible – A Review

_240_360_Book.1285.cover“I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear falling on my ear The Son of God discloses,” are the words of a famous hymn that goes perfectly with the NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden contributed by Shelley Cramm.  Take a walk in a garden with God as you meander through the Gardeners Bible, with daily devotions centering on the growth of the spirit. With daily essays on things pertaining to gardens, literally and metaphorically, this bible takes you on a journey of the soul of the gardener. Tending, growing and cultivating the spirit. Each essay, under the themes of Garden Tour, Garden Work and Garden Stories, gives you a verse, or selection of verses, a companion of cross-references and plenty of ‘food for thought’. Taking a year to meander through the Bible, just like a garden, our spiritual life is a constant through the year.

I was quite impressed with the Gardeners Bible. I’m a firm believer that we are stewards of the land and we are called upon to tend the land even though it may not be the Garden of Eden any longer.  Just as we till with our hands, we cultivate our spirit in God’s word. The essays are just right for contemplation, with a very green feel (as in the essay has a lovely green page to separate it out from the rest of the white pages.) The end of each essay tells you where to read the next day and so forth, and there is an index at the back of the Bible for ease of use.  The dust jacket and cover of the book are the same image, which I really like. The Bible has a very crisp and fresh feel, just like being in a garden.  Shelley Cramm uses an exhaustive bibliography, which is cited in her essays; a feature I always love for further reading. If you are a gardener in Christ and want and a supplemental devotional Bible, I highly recommend the Gardeners Bible.

 

This book was provided free of charge from Thomas Nelson and Harper Collins Christian Publishing for my honest review.

Signing off

Kate

Vampire Luuuv

Ah, love scenes in books.  They are the thing we all hunt for when we want a little something more, and by ‘we’, I mean women. I don’t think most guys go hunting for the love scenes considering very few men read romance.  And when you get a good love scene, well, it’s really good.

But when it’s bad…..

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Stefan TVD

I’m listening to an audio book right now that is all vampires, ghouls, demons, and yes, vampire sex.  What is this fascination with vampires, sex, and the thing that takes it from vanilla to devil’s food red, blood.  There is always blood involved with vampire sex.  A bite here, a suck there and bada boom bada bing, everybody is happy.  Vampire gets a meal, human (or in the rare vamp book another actual vampire) get’s the most mind blowing O in the world. Because, hey, yeah, the human is usually a woman.

See, here’s the thing I don’t get. If a normal human man were to bite a woman while getting it on, there would be screaming involved. Trust me, I would be screaming and kicking and hitting and trying my darnedest to get away from biting man, but if it’s a vampire, hey no big deal. He can bite me. He can suck my blood. He can leave it dripping down my neck, shoulder, or breast. I don’t mind…..

Right. Sure. Uh huh.

What, because he’s a sexy hunk it’s okay? It honestly makes no sense why we lap this stuff up and actually enjoy reading/listening/watching/ this very perverse thing. Is it because the vampire is sexy? Does that make it okay?

If it’s Lestat no problem, but vampire Bubba on the other hand, well would we go for that? (and writing Bubba I just remembered that he’s the vampire Elvis in the Charlene Harris books….. you know, Sookie…..)

See, there’s another example. Because Eric Northman is so sexy, we are just okay with him having a little nibble. WHAT IS WRONG WITH US, PEOPLE? (by the way, here are some vamps I think are sexy. I’m partial mostly to Angel and Eric, but who wouldn’t….)

Well, this book I’m listening to, it finally got to the love scenes and honestly I was highly disappointed. They just were not written well, considering a whole scene prior to any of this was just human girl watch vampire boy (woman/man whatever) take a very sexy shower.  Now the shower scene was hot. All the little bits and pieces of attraction are really blushingly good.  But the sex…. Shoot me now. Then you have to go throwing in the biting and the blood and honestly that does not help make it any better.

Help.

So, now that I’ve ranted, here’s a little poll for you. Are you for vampire sex or not? Pick your choices and give me a shout out about what you think about all of this. You can even include Twilight…. I happen to be a fan of the feather scene of Breaking Dawn. I always liked it. And oh look…. no blood.

Signing off

Kate