Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

What’s love got to do, got to do with it. Only everything! The lyrics of Tina Turner’s song are entertaining but they speak from a damaged point of view. Resounding fear disguised as brashness, calloused pains and the inability to get past unhealed scars.

What’s love but a second hand emotion. Her voice is bouncing around in my head but all I can imagine are happy hearts.

Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?  Everyone Tina. Everyone needs a heart. Sure it is bound to be broken at least once but so are bones.

Is it better to have never loved at all? Does one suggest a hardened heart? If bones can be broken so can a brittle heart. Nay, I say it is better to love always. Don’t argue with me on this Tina, I know broken bones tend to heal faster than broken hearts but that’s because a bone has never known the fullness of love.

Oh heck, now the Bee Gee’s are asking me How can you mend a broken heart? … Love Barry! All you need is love.

The Reality Blogger Award (Yep!)

A shout-out and thank you to the KnowledgeKnut for this nomination. I haven’t been this thrilled since I won the Biddy award for best supporting actress in Last of the Red Hot Lovers {cough} years ago. I still have that little chicken statue…

There are conditions attached to this award (see below) and answering these questions were part of said conditions.

    If you could change one thing what would you change?

My own tires.

    If you could repeat an age, what would it be?

The Stone Age. Otherwise I’m content with my current chronological phase.

    What one thing really scares you?

The only thing that really scares me resides in my imagination.

    What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?

To sell one million books in one month. I’m not sure that is realistic (most dreams aren’t) but I’m optimistic.

    If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?

Hmm, only one day? I guess I’d better stick to being me.

Another stated condition was to choose up to twenty bloggers. I couldn’t, there are too many great ones so I chose a [diverse group] of seven off the top of my head. Yes, they were just perched up there having tea on my cranium and I had to get them down so…

Island Traveler @ This Man’s Journey

Erika Clay @ Creative Liar

Humbled Pie

Elizabeth @ Mirth & Motivation

Doug @Writingfictionblog


Staci Troilo

Here are the rules. Abide by them if you can 😦

Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you

Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back to them

Answer the 5 questions presented

Nominate up to 20 blogs for the award and notify them on their blogs

Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere

Book Trailers and the 80’s

What do Book Trailers have in common with the 80’s?  Apparently not much.

Book trailers are not a new thing, they’re just fairly new to me. But then so is the world I wake up in everyday.

Faith, aka helpy-helper recently introduced me to book trailers. By introduced I mean she gave me a tongue lashing that ended in, “Good lord woman get with the program.1982 is long gone.”

You don’t have to keep reminding me of that.” I whimpered.

I am not one to pine for my prime it’s just that my mind often resides in yesterday. Okay the yesterday of three decades ago. [sigh] Anywho…

Book trailers? I totally did not understand the concept. Books made into movies, sure. I’m down with that – but book TRAILERS? Really?

I said, “Faith you must be trippin.” She assured me that was not possible as she was planted firmly in her chair. “No one really looks at those things, do they?” I asked. I honestly didn’t think they did until she directed me to a few sites all the while explaining view counts.

Well f*ck me runnin!” I giggled, then helpy-helper smacked me. She will not abide my cursing. Good for her.

After 90 minutes of browsing I admitted I liked quite a few of them, especially the talking paper-dolls. I couldn’t tell you what book was being promoted but those little paper people were sooo cute! There were several animations that were entertaining as well, you know where the drawing occurs along with the narration? What do you call that? Idk. There were a lot of really good slide shows too. I call them slide shows, someone can correct me later. I do not care much for the cinema effects except for one or two trailers. One being Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It was really good. No, I do not know the creator or the author.

Did it make me want to buy the book? Heck no, it made me want him to finish telling the bloody story!

I am by no means an expert, on the contrary my knowledge of what goes into making an effective trailer can be stored in a thimble. But I do have an opinion and this is mine – which if added to a ten dollar bill will get you a bagel and small latte.

Thank you Faith.

What Faith accomplished was getting me past my prior prejudice. My assumption that audio and actors were not to be interbred with reading. That imposing visuals onto a book would hinder the imaginative experience. Yeah, I know. Faith is younger, prettier and hipper smarter than me. We have completed six slide-shows now and two of them I actually like. When I figure out how to work youtube (other than how to click on view) I plan to do a couple on my own. Maybe I’ll make my own movie.

Yes! I’ll brush the dust off of my rabbit coat (carefully so the fur doesn’t fall out in clumps), get my big hair going with maybe some hotdog bangs – no, scratch the bangs. Pump up the jam and dance, oh yes it ladies night and the feelings right, oh yes it’s ladies night oh what a night -ohh what a ni-i-ight.

I’m kidding, I lost my rabbit fur coat a long time ago. 🙂

But I am curious. What do others really think of book trailers? Do they convince you to buy the book? Do you watch them strictly for entertainment? Can anyone recommend a great one?



Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG


This is BUD. See BUD stand

The Big Ugly Dish designed for C-band

                                                                      BUD stares south, stands guard all day

                                                                     Directing Bravo West while watching buzzards play

In the sky that is… OMG The Ballad of Jed Clampett has consumed me. Y’all come back now, y’hear.