Friday, October 31, 2014

Ding Dong Ditch. Happy Halloween!

I'm really not a fan of Halloween. But scary stories on the other hand, I totally dig those. I hope you enjoy this little short story I wrote in honor of this spooky day.

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"Trick or treat!" the kids shouted in unison. There were 2 Elsas (of course!), an Iron Man, a mummy, and a sullen teenager... who may not have even been wearing a costume. 

"Happy Halloween, guys! Nice costumes!" Kat was always popular with the kids because she handed out fistfuls of candy. The good kind, not the dollar store stuff. Sometimes, the kids would come back a second and third time, and Kat was always a good sport and pretended she didn't recognize them. 

Kat shut the door and plopped down on the couch. "Phew! I'm glad the night is winding down, I'm pooped," she said to her roommate, Lisa. 

"Well, yeah, you've been wearing a hole in the carpet all night," Lisa joked. "Those kids adore you."

Kat smiled. She absolutely loved Halloween. The spookiness, the scary movies on every channel, the costumes, the candy, and the general sense of mischief. She looked forward to it every year. "How much candy do we have left?"

"We're down to our last bag. Almost time to shut it down, Kitty-Kat," Lisa replied. 

"I wonder when Marc is going to get here. He promised we were going to have movie marathon tonight. The Exorcist I, II, and III. You in, Leese?" Kat asked with a grin. 

"Uhhh... no thanks, I'll pass. I'm sure there's something else I could be doing. Shaving my legs, checking myself for ticks. Anything besides watching you and Marc make out all night." 

Kat laughed and threw a pillow at her friend. The doorbell rang. "Duty calls!" She jumped up and was going to open the door when it blew open with a strong gust of wind. "Whooaaa." Kat didn't see anyone. "Hello?" She peered out into the front yard, but didn't see or hear anything, so she shrugged and shut the door. "That was weird. No one was there." 

Lisa groaned. "Oh great. Ding dong ditch. I seriously hope we don't have a bunch of pranksters on our hands."

Kat looked at the clock. "Where is Marc? He should be here by now and he hasn't called or texted me all night." She grabbed her cell and called him. As it was ringing, Kat heard a loud vibration. She looked underneath the sofa cushion she was sitting on and there was Marc's cell phone. "Ugh, really, Marc! No wonder he hasn't called." She hung up and made a face. "Let's just turn off the light now, Lisa. I'm not feeling it any more." 

Lisa turned off the light, grabbed a handful of candy and walked towards her room. "Happy Halloween, Kat!" she said over her shoulder.

Kat sat on the couch and felt her mood getting worse. Marc is always doing this, she thought. Never doing what he said he was going to do. Making plans and then showing up late, or sometimes not at all. Sometimes she wondered if they were even on the same page as far as their relationship went. Kat turned the TV on and flipped channels angrily, not even paying attention to what was on. 

Ding dong. 

"Go away. The light is off," she muttered under her breath. She turned her attention back to the TV. 

Ding dong. Ding dong. Ding dong. 

"What the hell?" She jumped up and threw open the door. There wasn't anyone there. Kat stormed out onto the porch and yelled, "OK, you've had your fun, that's enough now!" Again, she didn't see anyone. She noticed that there weren't any kids out at all on her street. It was 8:30 - late enough that the little ones would have called it a night, but usually there were still older kids out and about. 

Kat was getting really creeped out. She shut the door, locked the deadbolt, turned the TV off and ran to her room. Then she gave a nervous chuckle. This is stupid, she thought. It's not like me to let some silly Halloween pranks get under my skin. 

Lisa poked her head out of her room. "You OK?" 

Kat smiled. "Yeah, just another wise guy, ringing the doorbell and running off. I got creeped out for a second, but I'm fine." She shut her door and sat down on the bed. Her cell phone rang. 

It was Marc. "Babe! Don't be mad. But Dave invited me to this Halloween party and I just decided to stop by for a few minutes. I was going to call you, but I couldn't find my phone, so I borrowed Dave's... Babe? Are you mad?" 

Kat gritted her teeth. "Marc, we had plans, remember?"

"Yeah, the movie marathon, I know. But I mean, we can watch those anytime. I just wanted to chill for a while and hang out with Dave. I'll come over later, though, OK? I'm not sure what time, though. And if I have some drinks, I might just crash here and see you tomorrow." As an afterthought, he said, "Love you." 

Kat didn't respond. She hung up on him and threw her phone on the bed instead. "Asshole." 

Ding dong. 

"You've GOT to be kidding me!" She ran out into the hallway and then stopped. "No. No more. Ring it all you want, I don't even care." She knocked on Lisa's door. "Leese? Just ignore it, OK? I'm not even going to answer the door anymore." There wasn't any response. She knocked again. "Lisa?" Still no answer. Hmm, she must have fallen asleep, Kat thought. That was quick. 

Ding dong. 

Kat contemplated calling the police, but knew she was being irrational. "It's just kids. Just ignore them," she whispered to herself. She decided to take a quick shower. 

15 minutes later, all warm and cozy in her fleece pajamas, she got under the covers and settled in for some spooky movies. 

Ding dong. 

Kat took a deep breath and let it out slowly. And then she chuckled to herself. Halloween was her favorite holiday. She loved it and she knew that pranks were a part of the territory. She resolved to make the best of her night and to put Marc and the doorbell out of her mind. She watched a couple of movies and then drifted off to sleep with the TV still on. 

Ding dong. 

Kat woke up with a start. She fumbled with the alarm clock on her nightstand. "What time is it?" she muttered. It was 2:39 a.m. She sat up groggily. And as the events of the evening slowly came back to her, she became increasingly angry. And really freaked out. She decided that she'd had enough and picked up her phone to dial the police. 

But then she wondered if she was just overreacting. She decided to see what Lisa thought. She knocked softly on Lisa's door. "Lisa? The doorbell rang again. I'm getting kinda creeped out. Do you think I should call the police?" No response. She figured Lisa was asleep. She knocked again. She quietly opened the door and poked her head in. "Leese?" Still no response. 

She turned on the overhead light in the hallway so that she could see into Lisa's room. She wasn't there! "Lisa! Lisa, where are you?" she called. 

Ding dong. 

Kat was terrified. She ran back to her room and locked the door. She felt a little foolish, but she dialed 911 on her cell phone. 

Ding dong. Ding dong. Ding dong. 

"911. What is your emergency?" the dispatcher asked. 

Kat hesitated. "Well, I'm not 100% sure it's an emergency. I'm sure you probably get a lot of calls like this on Halloween. But someone keeps ringing my doorbell and when I open the door, no one is there. At first, I just thought it was some kids playing a prank. It started around 8:30 p.m. But now it's after two in the morning and the doorbell keeps ringing. I'm getting creeped out. Could you send someone over to check it out?"

The dispatcher sighed with exasperation. "Ma'am, we'll send someone when we can, but in the future, please only call 911 in the event of an emergency. We have a non-emergency number you can call. Now what is your address?"

Kat again felt foolish, but she gave the dispatcher her information and then thanked her and hung up. 

Ding dong. 

Kat let out a frustrated cry. She left her room and headed back to the front door. She peered through the peephole to try and see if she could catch whoever it was in the act of running away. But she still didn't see anyone. 

Ding dong. 

Kat jumped. She was looking through the peephole this entire time, there was no way that someone could have done it without her noticing. She began to wonder if maybe there was some kind of malfunction with her doorbell. She decided to go out there one more time and opened the door. 

She jumped back in terror. She tried to scream, but her breath caught in her throat. There was Lisa, laying on the porch in a pool of blood. Kat panicked and ran back inside and slammed the door shut. She began to hyperventilate. She ran back to her room and grabbed her cell phone and called 911 again. 

"Please! You have to help me! I called earlier about someone ringing my doorbell. But somebody just killed my roommate! Oh my God, you have to come quickly. Oh my god. There was so much blood." She was sobbing. She barely heard anything the dispatcher asked her. "Ohmygodohmygodohmygod," she kept repeating over and over. 

Ding dong. Ding dong. Ding dong. 

Kat whimpered. The dispatcher said, "Ma'am? Is that them? I heard the doorbell. Ma'am? Are you there?"

Silence. 

Ding dong. 

"Ma'am? Can you hear me? The police are on the way. Hello? Hello?" 

Silence. 

Then... a throaty whisper, "Trick or treat." The line went dead. 

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The End. :) Nighty night, my friends. 

*This is an original story written by me. Please do not copy or distribute this post without my permission. Thank you.*







Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: Warm and Cozy



Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.

                                      

What we do:

Each Wednesday we will supply a writing prompt for you to run with. But don't run too far away! We want to see what kind of masterpieces you wordsmiths are creating! Some days the prompt will be a single word. Other days it might be an image. We will pose questions and ponder quotes, post videos of ourselves reading interesting or profound book excerpts or improvising until a genius prompt reveals itself to us. The possibilities are endless!

Why we do it:

We love to write, and if you've found yourself bloggin', you probably do too. All of us experience creative dry spells every now and again. We hope that in some way, inspiration will knock on our doors and pay us a visit. This link-up was created as way to say "knock-knock."

How we do it:

Take our prompt and have your way with it! Be as creative and outside the box as you can be. Link up your post using the "add link" at the bottom of this post, check back throughout the week and comment on at least two other bloggers' posts. Don't forget to follow your hosts, Vashelle and Mia, and link back to us too!

What makes this link-up unique:

We will always try to supply prompts that anyone can work with, as they will not be geared toward a specific group of people (crafters, moms, fashionistas, red-headed unicyclists...). But if you feel, for whatever reason, that a prompt does not apply to you or your life, write in 3rd person and pretend it does! This link up is meant to exercise your creativity.

What's in it for you:

More blogging connections (find your writing tribe!), more inspiration and ideas, more post output, and a chance to win 1 million dollars! Not really. You can, however, be our "Weekly Write or Die Featured Writer" if your post made us want to go streaking in Target.


If you love what you see here, please feel free to spread the word! Add the button below to your posts, or your blog's sidebar. Or click on the "Tweet" button below to share with your friends.


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This week the prompt is a word: Cozy. Have fun and happy writing!




Fall has arrived. This is the best time of the year. Crisp, cool weather in the mornings and the evenings. Colorful leaves on the trees. Pumpkins on every porch. Halloween is almost here, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It's heaven!

One of my favorite things to do during this time of year is to turn off the heat in the house and hubs and the boys and I will all gather together in the living room. Hubs will get a fire going in the fireplace and then we'll all pile on the couch under a mountain of blankets and snuggle. We'll watch a movie and eat popcorn and laugh together. Even the dog gets in on the action and tries to be a lap dog even though he's the size of a pony. None of us want to get up because it's cozy and warm, so we stay huddled together for hours. It's a giant love-fest.

Later, after the kids are in bed, hubs will put more logs on the fire and we'll just sit together. Most of the time, we don't even talk. We'll sit in a comfortable silence, staring at the fire, mesmerized, drinking hot cocoa.

I can't even put into words how happy it makes me. It's rare that we all get to spend that kind of quality time together, and when it happens, it just melts my heart. I was always the girl growing up who said she didn't want to get married or have kids. And I ended up marrying my high school sweetheart and finding out we were pregnant with our first child 4 months later. It's funny how life turns out. And I wouldn't have it any other way!


What makes you feel warm and cozy? 



   

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Read All About It: The Promise of Stardust

Book Review The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley

Oh, this book. It was so good on so many levels. I cried buckets. I'm feeling a little verklempt just thinking about it. Go read the synopsis. Let me cry my "I love this book" tears for a few more seconds. 



Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when he convinced her to marry him. Now in their late 30s, the deeply devoted couple has everything-except the baby they've always wanted.
When an accident leaves Elle brain dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear the thought of life without her, he knows Elle was afraid of only one thing-a slow death. And so, Matt resolves to take her off life support.
But Matt changes his mind when they discover Elle's pregnant. While there are no certainties, the baby might survive if Elle remains on life support. Matt's mother, Linney, disagrees with his decision. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive on machines. Linney is prepared to fight her son in court-armed with Elle's living will. 
Divided by the love they share, Matt and Linney will be pitted against each other, fighting for what they believe is right, and what they think Elle would have wanted resulting in a controversial legal battle that will ultimately go beyond one family . . . and one single life."

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): 5 out of 5 stars.
Have a box of tissues nearby. You've been warned.

Why I liked it:
It has a little bit of everything. Childhood friendship. Budding teen romance. Tragedy. Life-or-death choices. Love, morals, regrets.

Matt and Elle could be any married couple. Hoping to live a long life together, not knowing that things will be cut short. In this case, Elle had watched her mother die a slow, painful, miserable death and she vowed that if something like that were to happen to her, she would not want to be on life support - she made it known to all her loved ones and she made it official by putting it in writing in a legal document.

But her husband knows that more than anything else, she wanted to have a child. So when he finds out she's pregnant, he decides to keep her on life support in hopes that the baby can be saved. What would you do in this instance? It's hard to say. I go back and forth - he shouldn't have done that / he absolutely should have done that. It really makes you think. And more than anything else, I resolve to put my wishes in writing as well so that my loved ones won't be faced with making those difficult decisions and agonizing over if they are doing the right thing. It's heartbreaking to think about it.

Favorite Quote:

  • “There is uncertainty in hope, but even with its tenuous nature, it summons our strength and pulls us through fear and grief - and even death.”

Have you read this book? Or what are your thoughts on "right to die" issues? 


P.S. Hope you'll join Vashelle and me for the Write or Die writer's link up this Wednesday, 29 Oct. This week, the prompt is a word: Cozy. And click here to find out what "Write or Die" is all about. Happy writing! 





Monday, October 27, 2014

Are you my BFF?

I recently read "MWF seeking BFF" by Rachel Bertsche. [Bear with me, this post isn't a book review, but it really got me thinking about making friends and friendship in general.] Basically, the premise is that Bertsche has moved to Chicago with her then-boyfriend (now husband) and left behind her BFFs in Manhattan. She doesn't have anyone to go to brunch with or anyone to come over and watch tv, according to her, so she embarks on a year-long quest to find a new BFF and goes on 52 "friend dates".

She tries different tactics to make new friends - mutual acquaintances, speed friend-ing (like speed dating), taking out an ad, meeting people at restaurants, the gym, book club, etc. Sometimes she connects with the person, sometimes she doesn't. But what was most interesting to me was how difficult it was for her to truly make a friend. Making friends when we were kids was so easy. If our parents were friends, or we were in the same class or rode the same bus - boom, instant friendship. But making friends as an adult is really hard.


Now, I'm not talking about acquaintances - those people that you are friendly with and may hang out with occasionally. But I'm talking about a true friend, a best friend for life or BFFL (pronounced "biffle") as I like to say. Someone you can tell your deepest, darkest secrets to and know that they won't breathe a word to another soul, and they certainly won't judge you. Someone you can call any time, just to chat, and not need a particular reason for the call. Someone who will come over and hang out with you and watch stupid tv. Someone who lets you cry on their shoulder or rant and rave when you're angry. Someone who truly cares about you and has your best interest at heart. Where do you find someone like that when high school and college are many a few years behind you? When you have work and family obligations that take up most of your time? Think about it. When was the last time you made a new BFFL? All of my close IRL friends are people that I know from high school or college. 


Some people say that their spouse is their best friend and I agree - to a certain extent. Your spouse is the person you are spending the rest of your life with and knows you better than anyone else. But too much dependency on your spouse can be unhealthy, as I know from personal experience. You need that girl time to talk about girl stuff. Profound, I know. 

So, what's your take on this? Do you find that it's harder to make real BFFs as an adult? Share what you think, I'd love to hear about it. 



Friday, October 24, 2014

It's Never Too Early to Think About Christmas

Minted.com Christmas Photo Cards


OK, OK, I know what you're thinking. "Mia, it's not even Halloween yet, and you're already talking about Christmas." I totally get it. But hear me out.

There's only 61 days left until Christmas. That's 2 months. It'll be here in the blink of an eye! Are you done with your Christmas shopping? Have you even started?

What about your Christmas card list? Better yet, what about the cards themselves? This is the time of year that most people are getting their family photos done. So, it's the perfect time to get a move on with designing and personalizing your own Christmas cards.

This is where Minted.com comes in. You can upload your own photos, choose your design/colors/personalization. You can even get recipient addresses printed on the envelopes! Talk about easy peasy, and not getting hand cramps. Bonus!

I checked out their site, and these are a couple of my favorite Christmas photo cards:


Minted.com Christmas Photo Cards | The Complete Tree
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Minted.com Christmas Photo Cards | Wreck the Halls
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With the craziness of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas right around the corner, it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas. Minted.com is offering 10% off their holiday card collection + free recipient addressing using promo code JOY2014. Talk about fa-la-la-la-fabulous.

And I may have mentioned to you guys that I have a serious notebook obsession. So of course the awesome notebooks at Minted.com immediately caught my eye. You can personalize them, add photos, etc. I'm pretty much in notebook geek heaven.

Minted.com Notebook | Botanical Garden
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Minted.com Notebook | Pen Doodles
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Have you ever used Minted.com for your holiday cards before? What's the number one thing on your Minted wishlist? Tell me all about it!! 


{Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Minted.com, but all opinions are my own.}



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thoughtful Thursdays: Live



I don't want to just exist. I want to live. Truly live. I want to put myself and my family first. I want to achieve my dreams. I know I've said it before, but I don't want to wake up one day and have more regrets than happy memories. 

Food for thought: Are you truly living the life you want to live? 


P.S. The Write or Die writer's link up is live, feel free to check it out and join us, if you're so inclined. It's open all week. Hope to see you there!





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: I'm not going to wait.



Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.


                                       

What we do:

Each Wednesday we will supply a writing prompt for you to run with. But don't run too far away! We want to see what kind of masterpieces you wordsmiths are creating! Some days the prompt will be a single word. Other days it might be an image. We will pose questions and ponder quotes, post videos of ourselves reading interesting or profound book excerpts or improvising until a genius prompt reveals itself to us. The possibilities are endless!

Why we do it:

We love to write, and if you've found yourself bloggin', you probably do too. All of us experience creative dry spells every now and again. We hope that in some way, inspiration will knock on our doors and pay us a visit. This link-up was created as way to say "knock-knock."

How we do it:

Take our prompt and have your way with it! Be as creative and outside the box as you can be. Link up your post using the "add link" at the bottom of this post, check back throughout the week and comment on at least two other bloggers' posts. Don't forget to follow your hosts, Vashelle and Mia, and link back to us too!

What makes this link-up unique:

We will always try to supply prompts that anyone can work with, as they will not be geared toward a specific group of people (crafters, moms, fashionistas, red-headed unicyclists...). But if you feel, for whatever reason, that a prompt does not apply to you or your life, write in 3rd person and pretend it does! This link up is meant to exercise your creativity.

What's in it for you:

More blogging connections (find your writing tribe!), more inspiration and ideas, more post output, and a chance to win 1 million dollars! Not really. You can, however, be our "Weekly Write or Die Featured Writer" if your post made us want to go streaking in Target.

If you love what you see here, please feel free to spread the word! Add the button below to your posts, or your blog's sidebar. Or click on the "Tweet" button below to share with your friends.

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This week's prompt is as follows:

Do certain memes get under your skin? Are there any popular sayings that you despise? Choose a quote or saying that you do not agree with and explain why you do not agree with it.


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Good things come to those who wait. We've all heard that before, right? Maybe you were feeling impatient about something, or feeling envious that something had already happened to someone you know. And your parents or your friend said that to you, trying to reassure you, and remind you to be patient.

Do we really think that's true? That the universe will just reward us for sitting around, hoping and waiting and wishing for something? I don't buy it. I want a million dollars. I've been waiting for several decades now. I'm sad to say, the money hasn't just fallen from the sky or into my bank account. I think sitting around waiting for something to happen is the worst thing you can do if you really want it to happen.


Are there times when things are out of your control? Absolutely. But if you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to make it happen. That's the key phrase - MAKE it happen. Not wait for it to happen.

One saying that I do agree with - Life is short.


So don't sit around waiting. Get out there. Kick some ass, take some names. Go after what you want. Nobody is going to hand it to you.

Now it's your turn. Tell me what sayings you don't agree with and why. This link up will be open for a week, Vashelle and I hope you will join us!



Monday, October 20, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things: October 2014 Edition



Today, I'm sharing with you some of my favorite things this month. 

  • I have been drooling over the Day Designer Planner. I already have my Erin Condren planner for 2015, but you have no idea how tempted I've been to buy the Day Designer anyway! I really, really need a daily planner. The weekly just isn't doing it for me anymore. I need a full page for each day, instead of trying to cram everything into these tiny little columns. Sigh. But I suppose I should do the responsible thing and wait until 2016. *pout* 
The Day Designer Planner
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  • Oh, Fall and everything pumpkin. I need this candle in my life. 
Pumpkin candle Bath and Body Works
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  • I must have this sweater from Kiki Larue. I mean, who's a bigger geek than me? Exactly. 
Kiki Larue sweater geek ivory
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  • The Last Song is the only Nicholas Sparks book that I haven't read and I really need to. I think I've been avoiding it because Miley is in the movie version. But I've decided that the book doesn't need to be punished for that... ha! 
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OK, now it's your turn. Tell me some of the things you've been drooling over this month! Ciao. 


P.S. Our writing prompt for Write or Die Wednesdays is: Choose a quote/saying that you do not agree with and explain why. Hope you'll join us and check it out!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thoughtful Thursdays: Magic

J.K. Rowling quotes


Love this quote. I have the power to transform my own world. Sometimes I forget that. Happy Thursday! 



P.S. Don't forget to check out the Write or Die writer's link up. It will be up for a week, so plenty of time to brainstorm your posts if you're so inclined to join us! Or just check out some creative writing from a bunch of great people and leave some love. 




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: A Moment.



Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.


What we do:
Each Wednesday we will supply a writing prompt for you to run with. But don't run too far away! We want to see what kind of masterpieces you wordsmiths are creating! Some days the prompt will be a single word. Other days it might be an image. We will pose questions and ponder quotes, post videos of ourselves reading interesting or profound book excerpts or improvising until a genius prompt reveals itself to us. The possibilities are endless!

Why we do it:
We love to write, and if you've found yourself bloggin', you probably do, too. All of us experience creative dry spells every now and again. We hope that in some way, inspiration will knock on our doors and pay us a visit. This link-up was created as way to say "knock-knock."

How we do it:
Take our prompt and have your way with it! Be as creative and outside the box as you can be. Link up your post using the "add link" at the bottom of this post, check back throughout the week and comment on at least two other bloggers' posts. Don't forget to follow your hosts, Vashelle and Mia, and link back to us too!

What makes this link-up unique:
We will always try to supply prompts that anyone can work with, as they will not be geared toward a specific group of people (crafters, moms, fashionistas, red-headed unicyclists...). But if you feel, for whatever reason, that a prompt does not apply to you or your life, write in 3rd person and pretend it does! This link up is meant to exercise your creativity.

What's in it for you:
More blogging connections (find your writing tribe!), more inspiration and ideas, more post output, and a chance to win 1 million dollars! Not really. You can, however, be our "Weekly Write or Die Featured Writer" if your post made us want to go streaking in Target.

If you love what you see here, please feel free to spread the word! Add the button below to your posts, or your blog's sidebar. Or click on the "Tweet" button below to share with your friends.

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This week's prompt is the photo below. Does the image invoke certain emotions? Does it remind you of a special memory? Maybe it inspires you to write a short story or a poem. The possibilities are endless! Happy Writing!




   
   
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Butterflies in my stomach. Dressed to the nines. Waiting. Just waiting for him to pick me up. I've been thinking of him all day. Those big brown eyes. That adorable snaggle-toothed smile. Nobody has ever gotten under my skin this way before. Nobody has ever been able to pierce my armored shell of feigned indifference. 


It's getting dark. The minutes are ticking away. I can't wait to see him. My heart is pounding, knowing that he will be here soon. I look at myself in the mirror a hundred times, making sure no hair is out of place. I've never felt more self-conscious in my entire life. I've never cared more about what someone else thinks than at this very moment. I can't sit still. I pace back and forth - well, as much as I can in my tiny bedroom. Waiting, just waiting. Willing time to move faster. 


Finally. When our eyes meet, I feel like I've been hit by a ton of bricks. That immediate, infectious smile. I can't help but smile back. I grab my purse. We get in the car. The weather is warm. The stars are twinkling. The moon is shining. The radio is blasting and he's singing along. I look over and smile. I'm not sure I've ever been this happy. I don't know how to act or what to do with my hands. I don't have to worry about it for long. He reaches over and takes my hand in his. Our fingers intertwine. He looks at me, his gaze intense. And in that moment, I know. I just know. 


We drive on. The night is young. 


"I believe in a moment. A moment when you glimpse the truth within someone, and they glimpse the truth within you. In that moment, you don’t belong to yourself any longer, not completely. Part of you belongs to him; part of him belongs to you." -Claudia Gray, 'A Thousand Pieces of You'


Love you, babe. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Read All About It: The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

Read All About it: A Book Review


Jennifer Weiner is one of those authors that I initially dismiss when at the library or browsing the book store and I don't really know why. I loved "In Her Shoes" - both the book and the movie. But when I saw "The Next Best Thing" at the library, I hesitated and picked it up and put it back a few times. Obviously, I finally decided to check it out.


The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner book review


Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

"At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she’s hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials. 
Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear and eye for writer’s rooms, bad behavior backstage and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood rollercoaster and a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true."

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): 4 out of 5 stars. 
I really liked it. The main character, Ruth, was likable. Her grandma is a hoot. It is slightly predictable, but I don't think that took away from the story. 


What I liked:
Ruth is a complicated woman. She is independent in the fact that she moved across the country to pursue her dreams and doesn't really care what people think. But she is also insecure because of her appearance (it's explained in the book) and also because Hollywood would make anybody a nervous wreck, I'm sure. And she lives with, and has depended on, her grandmother since she was a little girl. I like this dual nature. People are complex, and I find that some writers only focus on one aspect of a person's nature/personality. 

I also liked the struggle that Ruth experienced when finally becoming successful and realizing her dream, but also having to compromise with Hollywood execs and watching her dream evolve into something else that she's not quite happy with. I can totally imagine authors/screenwriters feeling this way when seeing their work portrayed on the screen and entire characters/storylines being changed or omitted. That would be hard for me to deal with and I appreciated reading how Ruth handles it. 


What I didn't like:
There really wasn't much that I didn't like. I thought it was a good read. The only complaint that I have is that it's slightly predictable. But again, I enjoyed it. 


Favorite Quote:
“You don't get perfect-but I was going to grab this happiness and hold it as tightly as I could. I was going to enjoy it for as long as it lasted.” 


Share your thoughts if you've read this book. Or tell me what you've been reading lately! 



P.S. The Write or Die Wednesdays writer's link up is tomorrow! I really hope you'll join us. The writing prompt is this photo below. Happy writing!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Express Yourself: My Tattoo Inspiration



I really need a tattoo, you guys. I mean, I NEED a tattoo. I don't know if it's part of this one-third-life crisis I'm going through, or whatever, but I've found myself needing to check this item off of my bucket list asap. 


Now, I've heard all of the tips already from people I know that already have tattoos. Make sure you go to a reputable place. Make sure you check out the portfolios of the tattoo artists. Make sure you choose something that really represents you, not some trendy thing that you will regret later, etc. I get it. 


For me, I think I'm more interested in the feeling I will have after walking around with this piece of art and inspiration on my body. A tangible reminder that I can see and touch every day. It just speaks to me, I suppose. 


These are some of the tattoos that I have been ogling for months now. 


crow tattoos
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crow-tattoos
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The Crow movie quotes; The Crow movie tattoos
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Do you have tattoos? What images inspire you? 



Friday, October 10, 2014

Inspire Me: How to Change the World with Kindness


Do you ever do something for someone just because? To see the smile on their face? To make them happy and brighten their day? My friend, Caitlin, is here to talk to you more about this. Take it away, Caitlin!


Hello The Chronicles of Chaos Readers!

I initially met Mia when she organized our first Virginia Blogger Meet Up back in February of 2013. Naturally, I was impressed with Mia from the very beginning.  In my original recap post of our outing, I described her as the following: “Her blog has the word chaos in it, but this woman is so laid-back and lovely.  She has the kindest heart and it was so heartwarming of her to get us all together.”

My feelings have not changed throughout the past year and a half that I’ve gotten to know Mia even more.  Her calm spirit, motherly nature and writing on The Chronicles of Chaos encourage me to be a better person. In fact, people like Mia were the driving forces behind my most recent project to perform 31 random acts of kindness in 31 days.

The project is quite simple - conduct 31 random acts during the month of October - but it's delivered a tremendous amount of happiness and gratitude to my life.  So far, I’ve completed a number of random acts including:









I would love for you to also perform a random act of kindness this month – or all 31!  I will be posting all of my acts to my Instagram account, and we also have a Facebook page and a Twitter handle (#31randomacts).  And, if you’re reading this on a late date in October… jump right in; it’s never too late to join! 

If you are wondering, there is only one rule about participating, which is to please tell someone about 31 random acts!  As I said in my original post last year, if you can get even one additional person to perform a random act in October, you will double your impact on the world!

Thank you for hosting these thoughts, Mia, and for being an inspiration to all of us.

Caitlin @ Crossroads of the Heart

“The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.”~Victor Hugo



P.S. The Write or Die Wednesdays Writer's link up is still open. Join us and share the most difficult transition you've ever made. We'd love to hear your story.