My Top 20 Tracks of May 2017

What a fun month I had musically. LOL! A couple of full albums listened to on repeat, as well as the creation of a fanmix I’m doing for a fannish exchange elsewhere, so A LOT of listening to the tracks for said mix to figure out the best order and such.

Oh, and the double inclusion of the Chumbawumba song is because it’s two different versions, and Last.fm counts them separately. *shrugs*

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My Top 20 Tracks of April 2017

Well, April ended up with a very eclectically grouped set of songs, and that’s putting it mildly. I had a trip in the first half of April, which accounted for the 4 full runs of the Hamilton soundtrack [2 times through on both the train trip there & back]. The HUGE amount of plays for the Chumbawumba track came from 2 different situations: first was my 5k on said trip [it was my motivation to complete the 5k] and a big cleaning spree in my kitchen last week. That song is very much a HUGE motivator for me to keep going. The unusually high amount of nature sounds is because of my trip, as well. I’d forgotten the little speaker for my ancient iPod, so had to use my Spotify to find other similar tunes to listen to so I could sleep at night. LOL

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SWF: Writing Exercise & “Contest”

So I’ve started a new online course over at FutureLearn called Start Writing Fiction. I know, I know. Given how long I’ve been writing fiction, this sort of course should be beneath me, right? But I don’t mind taking it. It lets me try a few new things and get my work in front of new eyes around the world.

So the first week’s lesson includes a writing exercise wherein one writes two different paragraphs, one with three truths and a lie, the other with three lies and a truth. Below are my two paragraphs.

The first person to correctly guess my lies in either paragraph will get a piece of writing from me.


3 facts, 1 fiction

Spring in Puget Sound can be erratic at best. It isn’t even a matter of becoming attuned to it with time; in fact, that usually makes it worse. Even with tornadoes, the weather was never this erratic back home in Wisconsin. But nothing can beat the time she saw snow in San Antonio on the first day of May.

3 fictions, 1 fact

The year was 1975. I hadn’t turned four yet, but would as spring set in. My sister was just two and smallish for her age, able to fit comfortably in the windowsill near the television. Luckily the one day she wasn’t sitting in the windowsill was the day that the dump truck was blown across the street and into the front of our house, breaking said window.

[30DoL] Day 1: Top 10 places you wish to visit in your lifetime

The top 10 places I wish to visit in my lifetime?  Okay, let’s see what we have here.  And please note that this list will be pretty much the first 10 that come to mind, as there are lots of places I’d love to visit.  And yes, if there’s a way to collect a bottle of water from any of them for my juju collection, I will make sure it happens.

  1. Therra, aka Santorini
    I have wanted to visit this place for as long as I can remember.  For me, this is the location of Atlantis, and I have long wanted to go there for very personal and spiritual reasons.
  2. The Oracle at Delphi
    If I get to Santorini, I’ll also get to the location of the Oracle at Delphi.  These two really are very closely tied for me on a spiritual level.
  3. Chalice Well & Glastonbury Tor
    Oh yes, this site is VERY high on my “must visit” list.  Again, this is for spiritual reasons.  And no, I won’t deny that it’s partially because of Mists of Avalon.
  4. Stonehenge
    If I’m in the UK for Chalice Well and Glastonbury Tor, I’m going to Stonehenge, too.  This is just a given, y’all…
  5. Hatley Castle, Victoria, BC, Canada
    To be fair, I’ve been to Hatley Castle before.  I just really want to go there again.  Not only has it been used in a bunch of movies & TV shows, including my beloved Poltergeist: the Legacy, but it’s also just a gorgeous location.
  6. Hawaii
    Yeah, I’ve wanted to visit Hawaii for years now.  I want to swim with the dolphins and the sea turtles, among other things.  Plus?  I want to see the volcanoes, okay?
  7. Australia & New Zealand
    Oh yes, please!  I don’t care that there are more things there that could kill me than I want to think about.  I just really want to go see how beautiful it is.
  8. Victoria Falls
    I will admit that, as a child, my first connection to this waterfall was an obsession with Victoria Principal and anything that bore her name.  I was like 8yo and she was one of my first big celeb obsessions, okay?  But I also want to see it because I have a strong connection to waterfalls in general.
  9. Niagara Falls
    Another major waterfall that I’d love to see.  I seriously have a thing for waterfalls, and this is one of the biggies that I’ve always been fascinated by.
  10. Cahokia Mounds State Historical Site
    The mounds at Cahokia fascinate me endlessly.  The novels written by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear about them and the people who lived there are some of my favorites to read.

This is part of the 30 Days of Lists meme.

30 Days of Lists

Yep, we’re going to give this whole posting regularly thing a try again. Hopefully this time, it’s better than the last time we tried and I’ll just recycle that last attempt in November again.

So this time, it’s a bunch of lists. Nice and simple to ease back into blogging daily again.  And who knows?  I might get some ideas for actual blog posts…

There will be a few days that I prepare ahead of time this month, because I’ll be out of town and won’t necessarily have access to a computer to post it in a timely manner.

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My Top 20 Tracks of February 2017

So I had a relatively light music month again. Mostly I just had other stuff distracting me, between the power outage and watching a lot of movies. But I enjoyed the music I did listen to, and I actually found a couple of “Daily Mix” playlists made for me on Spotify that introduced me to a few new artists, so I’m okay with that.

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Would You Rather…

This was something I answered for a swap I did, and I had so much fun with it, I thought I’d share the answers with y’all…

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Would You Rather…

Drop your favorite book in the toilet -or- watch it fall into the wood chipper?
You know what? I was going to say toilet, but changed my mind. I’d rather drop it in the wood chipper, because I can buy a new copy for myself AND the shredded book can become compost.

Read only 1 book a year but remember everything -or- read 100 books a year and remember nothing?
Yeah, I’d rather remember what I read, so I’ll go with the one book option. Unless it’s a shitty book I’ve been given… LOL

Read only the first page of a book -or- read only the last page?
First page only. I need to be hooked and interested, not spoiled…

Get locked in a Library -or- locked in a bookstore?
While both have their merits, I’d prefer the library, as there’s more than just books there to work with.

Read a book with a cliffhanger ending -or- read a book with a heartbreaking ending?
Screw cliffhanger endings! I actually tend to despise those with a white hot passion that is hotter than the sun. Gimme some tears and a solid final ending.

Read an awesome book -or- watch a movie?
Honestly, it depends on the book and movie. But for the most part, I have preferred books to the movie adaptations, so I guess I’ll say the book for now.

read only series -or- only stand alones?
This is predicated by how much money and time I have. If I have enough of both, series. If not, then I’ll go with standalones, as they’re easier to consume in the long run.

Professional reviewer -or- famous author?
Famous author, hands down. I have so many stories I want to tell people…

Favorite book become a movie -or- tv show?
I’ve had both happen and it’s a toss-up. Movies are usually more finite and able to stick to the canon of the books, whereas TV shows can run way off-canon, as it were. But TV shows have more of their own extant canon to work with… Honestly, I really can’t choose here…

Would you rather your eyeballs be located next to your bellybutton -or- have to quote Scarlett O’ Hara 10 every day?
A bellybutton view of the world could be interesting. And far less painful than anything to do with Gone with the Wind.

My Top 20 Tracks of January 2017

This is something that I’ve been doing over on Swap-Bot for several years now. In a nutshell, you keep track of the top 20 songs you’ve listened to in a given month. I track mine via Last.fm.

Well, this month was a little different…

First off, I hardly listened to any music all month, which is weird in and of itself. And then I did most of my listening on my ancient iPod while on a trip to Oregon the middle of the month, and that’s too old to scrobble properly. I don’t remember what I’d listened on the train trip down to visit my family, but I know what I listened to on the way home. Because they don’t show up in my Last.fm, I basically included them in my “Honorable Mentions” section below.

And for once, I don’t think I listened to the Hamilton soundtrack at all. Unless that’s what I listened to on the trip down to see my family.

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New Things Coming…

So I’ve decided to be more proactive in my journaling this year.

Among other things, I will be doing some monthly posts about music and books for each month. I’m also going to be doing a “What’s Up, Wednesday” post. I used to do this over on my pro blog [and may continue it over there again, too], and it’s a nice way to keep myself on track with what I need to be doing.

So there you go. New content coming at least once a week from yours truly.