Popular creatures, moreso these days with Game of Thrones, but I’ve been a fan of the scaley beasts since I was little.  My first use of the library card catalog was to find any book I could related to dragons.  I have very picky standards though with mine.  They have to be four-legged and wings separate from their front legs.  Dragons were the creatures that got me into long hand RPG.  Being a creature of fantasy, they started me on the road to scifi thanks to Anne McCaffrey because her dragons were a part of a tech and medieval world thousands of years into our future.  Reading the entire series gives you a culture with starships and amazing technology that allowed for the creation of huge beasts from tiny dragonets only to be lost and revert to no-tech. 


*tap tap*

No, this isn’t some flash back to the little tapping paperclip of old Word fame.  Although, there are some minor connections that I might arrive at later.  This is actually a test of the busy writer system.

First, testing out the WordPress app on the tablet.  I know!  It’s about time I started using it for projects outside of a cookbook and school.  One thing I have noticed, spellchecker isn’t active in the edit/posting phase.  I’ll have to go to Author Level 2 and Editor Level 1 to screen for any hiccups or rampant type demons before hitting post and making a fool of myself.

Second test, getting back into the habit of creating content.  My focus lately has been on the weekly essays, working on edits, and plotting ideas for my next stories.  (Yes, multiple.  Ideas are constantly flowing.)  The tap is more of a mental tap of “duh, you have a blog and it’s nearly dead.”

Third, and the connection to the little paperclip, my keyboard for typing instead of relying on the touch screen is a Microsoft product.  Thank you special box sales and geeky product endorsements to move me from consideration to purchase.  Now I have no excuse to write away from the computer because I can take two small things with me instead of a large laptop.

Latest happenings in my world?  Last month was the release of the second Gemina book!  The links are on the My Books tab but you can also search for my name or Tamara McHatton through Amazon and B&N to find it.  Next month, I’ll be hanging around the RT Booklovers Convention in Dallas.  If you’re in the Dallas area, you should check out the Book Fair on Saturday, May 16th, at the Dallas Hilton.  I’ll be there signing with Tamara.

On the school level, I’m very close to finishing my BA in English Literature!  How close?  Well…  One CLEP exam and one eight week class which I started today.  Figures they put the most intensive class at the end.  Nine novels in eight weeks for a course fittingly named The Novel.  The Shakespeare course may rank right up there with it, we’ll have to see. 

I’ve said it before, saying it now, and will probably be said in the future, but I’m making an attempt to be more active and write more bookish and geeky topics instead of keeping them to email discussions with friends.  What fun is it to have a deviously creative mind and not share outside of a small circle?



Originally submitted at Swell

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Great socks, great cause

By LysaD from Frost, TX on 6/19/2014


5out of 5

Sizing: Feels true to size

Pros: Soft, Comfortable, Durable

Best Uses: Travel, Around The House, Daily Use

Describe Yourself: Casual

Was this a gift?: No

This is my third pair of socks from Sock Guy (the others are fencing socks) and the socks they provide for Surfrider are great quality. The material of the socks don’t cause reactions like some novelty socks do for those sensitive to some materials. The words regular and goofy appear on the bottom of your feet inside the arch. Now you can have a perfect pair of socks to tell people there is a left and right foot for them like there are for shoes!


Currently Reading

I figure that Sunday is a good day to post what I’m reading for the upcoming week, especially if they’re fun reading novels that happen to change.

For my American Literature course, I’m reading this week:

  • Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Black Cat,” “The Philosophy of Composition,” and “The Poetic Principle” (First two are rereads)
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” (Reread, I read it in sixth grade)
  • Herman Melville’s “Hawthorne and his Mosses” and “Bartleby, the Scrivener”

For my fun reading


Happy 30th birthday to me!  And my brother.  (Short story is he was born on my 1st birthday.  Joys of growing up and sharing birthday parties with a sibling who is not your twin.)

Most people question what they’re doing in their lives when the “big 3-0” happens.  For me, today doesn’t feel any different than birthdays before.  In our time of changing ideals, 30 isn’t that big of a deal.  True it’s another decade, no longer in your 20s, but it’s still just a number.  What I didn’t count on for my 30th birthday was realizing a dream I didn’t know I had.  In just a few short days, my very first book will be published.  It’s co-authored, but it’s still a book that I put a lot of effort, energy, and love into with Tamara.  I spent years role-playing and writing RPG fanfiction in tag team form.  I wrote drabbles, very mini short stories to get random thoughts out there, but Gemina is a full fledged, original work.  30 also has me partially through my bachelor’s degree in English Literature.  I’m also learning the ropes and trying my paws at editing, no one’s complained so far about my work there either.  For me, those are some awesome things going on.  I have literary things going on that I love.  Although I still want to be librarian, it’s turned into a bonus goal.  I have family that I take care of which confuses the heck out of most people in rural Texas because I don’t want a family of my own, I don’t want kids, and I’m not married or even dating anyone.  My life is contently mine.

When I was a child, my dream job was to be an astronomer.  I still follow that up in my free time and personal research into astronomy and physics.  If my schools were more into sciences than sports, then I might have followed that route a little more.  I’ve always loved literature so my current life isn’t too far off something I had my eye on.  In high school it turned into cultural anthropology and becoming like Daniel Jackson from Stargate or Flynn from the Librarian series, they would have to kick me out of school because they can’t teach me anymore and I’d go on brainy adventures.  My previous dream jobs have no doubt influenced my literary one and personal interests.  They’ll always be there, I’ll always follow them, and they’ll always find away into my writing projects.

In other happy birthday news, one of my best friends, my Evil Chipmunk, is going for her official doctor visit and sonogram for her second child.  I’m already the godmother to her son and I’ll be godmother to number two.  So she’s stealing my birthday wish for the appointment.  Gotta love Evil Chipmunks.

If you want to make my birthday rock, I’m tapping into some of my birthday wish power, then order Gemina when it comes out in a couple days.  Share the links to order it everywhere.  But most of all, make sure you have an amazing weekend yourself!  I’m spending it curled up with hot tea and spy shows.