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[30DoG] Day 2: What technology are you grateful for?

You know what? I was about to repeat my answer from the last time I did this, then I realized that there’s actually another piece of technology that I am more grateful for than my computer, phone, tablet, and iPod.

It’s my cpap. I’ve had it about a year and a half now and it has helped me so much in that time. I still bitch about it from time to time, but it’s important to me and it helps me sleep.

This is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude meme.

[30DoG] Day 1: What smell are you grateful for today?

Today I am grateful for the smell of the waters of Puget Sound. There’s a specific scent they can get as we turn toward the winter months that makes me feel calmer and centered in my own skin. It’s a smell I wish I could bottle for future sniffing.

This is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude meme.

Samhain/Day of the Dead 2018 One Card Draw!

The readings are now OPEN!

We are currently at $0.00 in tips.

Only $50.00 to reach Level 1 perks.

The winner of the free reading will be announced at 2000 PDT on 2 November 2018.

Today’s draw is am 24 hour draw that celebrates Samhain, in the Northern Hemisphere, and Day of the Dead using the Fractured Lights Oracle by Sara Billions-Steele.

Any tips received in today’s drawing will go toward a major bill that needs to be paid.

Your chance to win!

  • Everyone who requests a card will have their name put in the running to win a Message from the Universe reading, a $15 value.
  • Anyone who participates in any of the Crowdfunding Options below gets an extra chance to win the big reading.

The Rules

  1. Today’s draw is open to any and all.
  2. The draw will run from 1900 Pacific Daylight Time [PDT] on 1 November to 1900 Pacific Daylight Time [PDT] on 2 November ONLY [countdown].
  3. You get one free draw with one question.
    Additional questions or clarification cards can be purchased for $3 each via the donate button below.

  4. If you want your draw results to be screened or via PM, please let me know that and I’ll comply with your wishes.

Longer, more in-depth readings can be discussed in a PM, if you are so inclined. Standard and unique spreads available on DW & LJ.

As always, if you should wish to, tips/donations can be done via the “donate” buttons below.

Crowdfunding options

Perk goal levels will be updated at the top of the page throughout the day. The more donations & advertisements there are, the more perks people are eligible for.

  • Pimp it! Leave a link to the public post/entry/tweet in your comment to receive an additional card and an additional entry for the free reading.
  • Tip it! If you leave a donation in the tip jar, note that in your comment to receive an additional card and an additional entry for the free reading. If you donate more than $20, you get a third card and a third entry for the free reading.
  • Refer It! If a first-time participant mentions that you referred them to this draw, you’ll receive an extra card and an additional entry for the free reading.

Any donations received by 1930 PDT on 2 November 2018 will count toward the crowdfunding incentives below. When you donate, please note your DW/LJ username with your donation, so I know who to attribute it to.

  • Level 1 – $50 in total donations :: Everyone who donates, refers, or advertises will get an additional card drawn.
  • Level 2 – $100 in total donations :: Everyone who leaves a comment will get an additional card drawn.
  • Level 3 – $200 in total donations :: Everyone who leaves a comment will get a 3-card reading from me. Also, one person will be drawn from all who participate to receive a 6-card reading from me.
  • If donations go above $200, I will figure out the next level of incentives.

All crowdfunding incentives must be redeemed or arranged within 2 weeks of the close of this draw.

The Disclaimers
I am not any of the following :: doctor, lawyer, accountant. If you need assistance in any of these areas, please consult those professionals. I promise that I will do my very best to give you the best reading I can to the best of my abilities. Use the information for your reading as you choose to, but please remember I am the conduit/messenger, not the source of the information given.

If you would like a longer, more in-depth reading, please check out the options on DW or LJ. Feel free to PM me for further information.

And last, but not least, please have fun with this…

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My Top 100 Spotify Tracks of 2017

My Spotify Top 100 Songs in 2017 List

My “The Ones That Got Away” in 2017 List

Stats from my Spotify Top Songs in 2017
I spent 17577 minutes listening to 846 different songs by 298 different artists in 21 genres and only skipped 3 songs all year.

2018 goal: Be self aware
Top artist: In This Moment
“My” song: Oh Lord by In This Moment
Top genre: Nu Metal

Top Artists:

  • In This Moment
  • Paula Cole
  • Halestorm
  • Britney Spears
  • Chris de Burgh

Top Songs:

  • Oh Lord
  • Salvation
  • Lost At Sea
  • Half God Half Devil
  • Witching Hour

Top Genres:

  • Nu Metal
  • Alternative Metal
  • Post-grunge
  • Rap Metal
  • New Wave Pop

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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 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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