Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Funnies

Can you believe it's the last Friday in January already? I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Got any plans?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I'm traveling...

Today I have the honor of guesting over at Elise Warner's blog. Please stop by and show some love! : ) I'm asking the question: What sells a book?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Funnies

I could spend hours looking at these pictures...and have. ; ) Have an awesome Friday

Monday, January 16, 2012

25 things you never knew had names.

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    1. Tittle

    The dot over an 'i' or 'j.'
  • 2. Lunule

    The white, crescent shaped part at the top of a nail.
  • 3. Crepuscular Rays

    Crepuscular Rays
    Rays of sunlight coming from a certain point in the sky. Also known as “God's rays.”
  • 4. Ferrule

    The metal part on a pencil.
  • 5. Gynecomastia

  • 6. Muntin

    The strip separating window panes.
  • 7. Morton's Toe

    Morton's Toe
    When your second toe is bigger than your big toe.
  • 8. Arms Akimbo

    Arms Akimbo
    Exactly what it looks like. Hands on your hips.
  • 9. Desire Path

    Desire Path
    A path created by natural means, simply because it is the “shortest or most easily navigated” way.
  • 10. Semantic Satiation

    Semantic Satiation
    What happens when you say a word for so long that it loses its meaning. Limit limit limit limit limit limit limit limit limit.
  • 11. Skeuomorph

    “A design feature copied from a similar artifact in another material, even when not functionally necessary.” For example, rivets on jeans, copper color on pennies, the shutter sound on a digital camera, and the pointless handle above.
  • 12. Brannock Device

    Brannock Device
    What is used to measure your feet at the shoe store.
  • 13. Paresthesia

    The pins and needles feeling you get when part of your body falls asleep. Bonus! This is known as obdormition.
  • 14. Phosphenes

    The lights you see when you close your eyes and press your hands to them.
  • 15. Armscye

    The armhole in most clothing.
  • 16. Wamble

    Stomach rumble.
  • 17. Feat

    A dangling piece of curly hair.
  • 18. Peen

    The side opposite the hammer's striking side.
  • 19. Rectal Tenesmus

    Rectal Tenesmus
    The feeling of incomplete defecation. We've all been there.
  • 20. Dysania

    The state of finding it hard to get out of the bed in the morning.
  • 21. Mondegreen

    Misheard lyrics.
  • 22. Petrichor

    The it smells outside after rain.
  • 23. Philtrum

    The groove located just below the nose and above the middle of the lips.
  • 24. Purlicue

    The space between the thumb and the forefingers.
  • 25. Aglet

    The plastic coating on a shoelace.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Funnies

You know you're a redneck when... ?

Who knows? Maybe this is the answer to paying outrageous fees for baggage. ; )

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Today I am guesting over at the fabulous Katie Reus's blog. Please stop by and say hi!

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Today is my first interview of 2012! I'm over at Cindy Spencer Pape's blog. Please stop by and say hi! Also, if you missed it, Cindy has an awesome free read here.

I can honestly tell you it made me want to read more of her writing!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2012! 11 days and counting until we find out if we're having a boy or girl. ; )

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Writerly Wednesdays: Kay Keppler

Hello and welcome to my brand new feature, Writerly Wednesdays. Please welcome Kay Keppler!

New Year’s resolutions. They’re a good idea, at least in theory. The end of the year is a time to reflect, to evaluate--and to hope. To plan.

In practice, however, resolutions suck. I write mine on Dec. 31 and start to feel commitment slippage by Jan 4. Total abandonment usually arrives by mid-February, accompanied by feelings of inadequacy and failure.

I can think of worse things than failing to keep one’s resolutions. Root canals. Epidurals. Allergies to chocolate.

But New Year’s resolutions--those promises to yourself that you’ll lose weight, save more money, get more sleep, quit smoking--if ever there was a recipe for failure, Resolutions R It. I’ve spent way too many holidays staring down the old year with a jaded, gimlet eye; gazing at the new page in the calendar with a tender, moist look. The look that says, this time I’ll win, this year I’ll keep my resolutions--only, by mid-February, to have that look change to one of jaded failure. Again.

Last year around this time, I was uncharacteristically contented and confident. I could make resolutions! I could keep them! I would be a better person!

And the miracle was, I did make a resolution (just one, but it was big)--and I kept it! Knowing that “losing weight” was too vague and too unlikely to happen, I picked an easy resolution to make: I vowed to become a better person.

Simple! Just about anything would qualify. Eat some brussels sprouts? A better person! Take a walk? Better person! Clean out a closet? Better!  

All through 2011, I succeeded with my resolution. I phoned home. Wrote a thank-you note. Met a deadline. All good. I even went for an “annual” physical--an event so rare that my doctor calls me her “invisible friend.” And everything I did meant that I was succeeding in my New Year’s resolution.

This year, though, not so much. “Better person”--that’s so 2011. We’re barely into 2012, and I’m already late paying my bills. I’ve eaten too many simple carbs, and I haven’t cleaned my office. “Become a better person” isn’t cutting the mustard this year. I need specificity!

So far this January, I’m much more irresolute about my resolutions. I haven’t really settled on anything. But I fear that I’ll be following in Mark Twain’s footsteps. He said that New Year's Day was the accepted time to make resolutions. Next week, as usual, was the time to begin paving hell with them.

I wish you better luck--and way more resolve--with your goals for the New Year!


 Kay Keppler has written in several genres including manga, contemporary romance, and coming in April 2012, space opera. She lives in northern California where she writes and edits fiction and nonfiction and lives happily in a 100-year-old house that's had a few plumbing problems. Now, if the duct tape holds, everything will be perfect.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


is my first official day back at work. Meaning my husband is at work, although the kids are home. Boy do I have some housework ahead of me today. ; ) 6 yo daughter is a little under the weather and I'm slowly getting over this chest thing. : ( On a brighter note, today is also my day at Everybody Needs a Little Romance. I'm blogging about my one and only resolution. Please stop by and say hi.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Writerly Wednesdays

Hi Everyone,

I know it's not Wednesday, it's Monday. The first Monday of the new year. I decided in 2012, I'd start featuring a few authors on my blog each month so I'm opening up Wednesdays to interview, feature or showcase my fellow writers and his/her books.

If your interested, please drop me a line shawnathomas5 at att dot net. Or just drop me a line to say hi. ; )

This Wednesday, Jan 4th, I have the witty Kay Keppler. Don't miss it.