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Learning From Other Bloggers and a Short Story Review

One advantage of doing a blogging challenge is the opportunity to meet other people and visit with them via their blogs. Another advantage is the easy learning. Just the other day while cruising around blog-land, reading blogs that are part of the Ultimate blog challenge, I learned about the “Deal Me In” short story reading challenge. Since:

1). I love to read and

2). I haven’t read enough in recent months, I thought, why not?

 

Vidya Tiru, also known as Lady in Red, at My R and R Space, shared the reading challenge on her blog. Since I’m just now learning about the challenge (where have I been?) I don’t know if I can officially be part of the challenge or not, but I can follow their guidelines for my own challenge if necessary.

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The idea is to make a list of 52 books, then assign each one a playing card value. Each week draw a card and read the corresponding story. Sounds easy enough. With any luck my list of stories is here. Concentrating long enough to read one short story shouldn’t be too hard.

At first I wasn’t going to take the time to assign a card to each story. However, at the last minute I did because it will make the reading order truly random. Except for the first story.

This story was already on my Kindle, and I hadn’t assigned cards to the stories yet, so I guess you could call this one a wild card or bonus. As part of the challenge we can write a review on our blog or not, the choice is ours. Very casual and easy going, this challenge. I have opted to do reviews, because authors not only like reviews, they need them.

Although, with short stories, the review will be short and sweet because I don’t want to give anything away. The goal is to post the reviews here every Saturday. We’ll see how long this lasts.

AMORE by Jennifer McMurrain

As the name suggests, this is a love story, a slice of life love story.  It’s easy to forget this is just a fictional story with the emotional pull and vivid descriptions. Jennifer McMurrain did a wonderful job of sharing a heartfelt story of love.

Jennifer is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. which is where I met her. She’s a prolific writer living in north east Oklahoma with her husband, daughter and a couple of fur babies. More of Jennifer’s writing can be found on her author page. Linking up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

Do you read for pleasure often?

Do you prefer short stories or articles or books?

Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction? Share your thoughts in the comments.  

 

 

 

                                

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One Picture – Final Post for Ten Day You Challenge

 

 

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Day 10, I made it to the end of the 10 Day About “You” Challenge. This last suggestion is to post one picture of myself. EyeeeYiiiYiii.

This is the hardest prompt so far. I hate having my picture taken, and I wanted a picture that showed my playful side. I’ve already posted the picture of me having my hair restyled by my youngest cousin here. No point in reposting that.

There’s the before and after pictures of my haircut, but that’s actually four pictures. So, do I let my rebel out and post those? Then there’s the picture of me on a mini-bike.

My daughter-in-law’s sister took pictures for me for me to use online and for publicity. One of them is my profile picture, she’s a very good photographer. I wanted a picture on a motorcycle, because this year or next year I’m getting one. Except, no one had a motorcycle.

My grandson did have this mini bike that didn’t run. It sort of shows the fun side of me. It definitely shows the fat side of me. Big breath. Here it is:

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Linking up with The Ultimate Blog Challenge. Thanks, to Shalini Baisiwala for inspiring me on her blog, Shalzmojo.

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Six Festivals to Visit

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Continuing with the “10 About You” series, we are to number six. Six places.

I wonder, six places I’ve lived, six places I’ve visited, or six places I want to visit.

 How about six festivals I plan to attend. A festival is a place, right?  At least it’s held someplace.

Traveling to places within Oklahoma allows me to keep my traveling shoes on, yet be back in my own home at the end of the day. It is cost-effective, traveling expenses are just the gas to fuel my car. No hotel bill to consider, no airfare to purchase.

Yes, there is eating, but I’m going to eat anyway so that cost is negligible. Since my traveling budget is minimal this year, and I believe seeing what’s in my own backyard is a worthwhile adventure, this summer’s plans are to visit as many of the festivals in Oklahoma as time and money allows.

Let me take you on a pre-tour of six festivals and their locations I plan to attend this Spring and Summer.

APRIL

Spring weather has sprung (hee, hee, couldn’t resist) and the warmer days of summer are coming. With any luck the tornado winds have left the state. Although, history suggests that isn’t true.

However, hoping the winds and cold weather stay away, first up will be the Sand Springs annual BBQ Festival. Sand Springs is a small town in northeast Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. It’ll be about a two hour drive for me, almost straight up the highway. No turning here or there to arrive. Just get on the highway and go.

I know, Texans and Kansan think they make the best barbeque. However, they are wrong. We have several barbeque restaurants across the state to prove it. Plus, there are the festivals and cook-offs. This one looks great. Good food, and music to jam too. It’s going to be fun.

MAY

The Kolache Festival in Prague. Prague is another small town. Let’s face it, most of the towns in Oklahoma are small. Prague is one of what I call an international town.  Prague was settled back in the 1902 by Czechoslovakian pioneers. Which is how the town got it’s name, those early settlers named it in honor of their homeland.

The festival began as a way to celebrate the town’s 50th birthday. Since Czech pastries were loved by everyone, they named the party after one of the favorites.

There is a contest to determine the best homemade Kolache, and arts and crafts show, a parade, Czech dancer, and a Czech costume contest.

Good thing Prague is only an hour away. I’ll want to get there early.

June

In June I’ll travel to Yukon for the Yukon Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival.

I have to be honest, the only way I’m going to eat crawfish is as part of this festival. Can’t imagine going into a restaurant and ordering the stuff. However, for the festival, I will try it. Plus, they’re bound to know how to prepare it properly.

Yukon is just outside Oklahoma City, those of us not from Yukon tend to think of it as part of Oklahoma City. However, Yukon residents strongly disagree. It is also known as the home of country singer Garth Brooks.

Yukon was part of the famed Chisholm trail and had a watering hole that welcomed many trail herds and hands.

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Their festival has the crawfish (uh-huh, we’ll see), Cajun food and music, gunfights, and living history reenactments. Yukon will be interesting to see.

July

In July I’ll be back down in my part of the state at the Porter Peach Festival.

Porter is on the eastern side of the state, which makes it barely an hour from my house. This side of the state has a lot of peach orchards. Thus, a peach festival.

According to reports, in addition to peaches prepared every way imaginable, and peach cooking contests, there will be a bike and car show. I’m guessing they mean motorbike and not pedal bike. Looking forward to that visit.

August

Rush Springs in the southwest part of the state tries to make August, more bearable with their Watermelon Festival. Because in Oklahoma, August is beyond HOT. This is when we often see multiple days of heat in the triple digit. Juicy, cold, watermelon sounds perfect.

I don’t know much about Rush Springs yet. I’m curious as to how it got its name. After all, that part of the state is not flooded with water. Not much grows in western Oklahoma, on its own. I’m glad they can grow watermelon in abundance. A festival that includes seed-spitting? Reminds me of a story I read as a child. I’m in. Won’t participate, but it will be fun to watch the “spitters.” Not to mention juicy cold watermelon will be available.

September

Summer will be winding down and fall will be on the horizon. Of course, autumn will bring its own festivals, fairs, and new towns to visit. Fall weather will be close, which will make it the perfect time for eating chili.

Which is where Claremore comes into the festival route. They have a Bluegrass and Chili Festival. Music and food to warm the body and soul.

Claremore is catty-corner across the state from Rush Springs. It is in the northeast corner of the state. It will be at least a two hour drive for me. But the food and music will be worth it.

Plus, while I’m there, I can see what else the little town has to offer. Claremore is also the home of Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers.

There is the itinerary for my trips around Oklahoma this summer. I hope you enjoyed hearing about 6 places I will visit.

 

What attraction does your state or town have that you haven’t visited?

Would you rather visit something semi-local or travel a long distance for a trip?

What is something local you would take a visitor to see?

Linking this post up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

 

 

 

 

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Seven “Wants” for the About You Series

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I want my children and grandchildren to always be healthy and happy. However, that is something I have no control over. I’m not sure I have any control over my other wants either, but here are seven of them.

1. Get a pilot’s license. There are a couple of drawbacks. First flying a plane is expensive, learning to fly can’t be cheap. However, the second drawback has more weight, cockpits are tiny. Not small, tiny. If you remember from my fears, I’m not a fan of tight places. Still, if I can overcome those two obstacles I think flying a plane would be fabulous.

2. Jump out of a perfectly good plane. Yes, I want to sky-dive. It’s pricey too, but I think I could manage that. The bigger issue is my doctor is hesitant to give me a clearance to sky-dive. Although, he has said, that when I get off my meds he’d consider it. Okay . . .

3.To be off of all my medicine. I’m not really taking that much medicine. Although, it’s more than I’d like.  Current opinion is that when I lose some (a lot) of weight, the medicine will no longer be needed.

4.To climb a rock wall. My doctor just smiled when I asked if there was any reason I couldn’t do that. Well, except for the fact that I’m overweight, and out of shape. Okay, to be honest, even when I was in good shape I doubt I could have climbed a rock wall. Don’t know why that wall is calling me, but it is.

5. To visit New England again. I was there a couple of years ago on a quilt tour. It was great. Would love to go back and spend more time in some areas, and visit places we missed.

6. Eat at Alma Nove, a restaurant in Hingham Massachusetts. Best I can figure Hingham is a suburb of Boston. I first learned about it several years ago watching an interview show with Mark and Donnie Wahlberg, the actors. Their mom, Alma came on camera and I loved her. Her attitude reminded me of my mother-in-law. So now, I want to visit that restaurant. I’m not sure who owns, or runs it, but Alma made me want to visit.

7. Dance. Yep, the white woman with no rhythm wants to dance. Not sure what kind of dance. Not break dance, I would break something. Maybe ballet, if I don’t have to get on my toes, or be lifted. When I was a kid I wanted to tap dance. That has promise. It’s as good a choice as any for Miss No Rhythm here.

There is the tip of the iceberg with seven things I want.

Answering ten questions for the “about you” series. Thanks to Shalini for the inspiration.

10-day-challenge-photoLinking up with The Ultimate Blog Challenge.

What’s one thing you want?

What is something you wanted as a child and still want?

What is something you never thought about wanting until recently?