100 Nightmares by K.Z. Morano

Hey! Happy news! 🙂

Check out the newest collection of 100 horror stories written by K.Z. Morano. To quote this wonderful writer about her new, spine-chilling book…

“Inside, you’ll find monsters—both imagined and real. There are vengeful specters, characters with impaired psyches, dark fairy tales and stories and illustrations inspired by bizarre creatures of Japanese folklore.”

Click on the book cover to get your very own copy today and believe me, if you haven’t read K.Z.’s stories over at Friday Fictioneers, she’s a terrific writer!

Congratulations, K.Z. Morano!!

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Guest Writer: Chuckles Wraps Up August

Sunshine Award

Good day, Folks. Chuckles here to give the award shout out, or better, bark out. Ruff!

Wait. So rude of me to forget. How has your August been? Did you get everything done as planned?

Me?

Oh, so kind you asked. I must say, this month has been terrific as weather goes. I think there have been about four or five days that the temperature rose close to one hundred.

Life is good, although; I sure wish Rommel from The Sophomore Slump had invited me to Japan.

Maybe next time.

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i feel so pretty…

As you can see, I have my favorite spot under the flowering bush. Do not ask what kind of flower it is. I am clueless.

Hey, maybe Kozo or Island Traveler may know. Both are super family men and smart. I bet one will know the answer.

To get on with business.  Back in May, I must have spent too much time playing around with Little Binky and Simba, Sagittarius dog ☺. I missed featuring Musings and Rants awards.

Go ahead.

Be brutal.

I deserve it.

Just let me do one thing first:

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let me dig a big hole…

Ahh, now, where were we.

Right. Awards. 

Shazza’s  7 Wonderful Encouragements and the new awards.

Liebster Share the Love Blog Award

thanks, Shazza ☺

Dragon's Loyalty Award

i’m not scared of this dragon…thanks again, Shazza

Meet blogger Shazza as, in her words, rants about God, life, movies and randomness.

As my way of thanking all of you readers and loyal followers, a video (shh, I stole borrowed it from aFrankAngle) gift. It is my favorite.

Oh, I cannot stop myself from laughing over this video!

What is this? Excitement! We just met Morgan not too long ago and she honored us with  A Plethora of Awards from her BooknVolume blog. Why, thank you. This is perfect timing and we are grateful.

These are her awards:

Thank you, Morgan from BooknVolume

Thanks again, Morgan.

Well, time to go for my mid-morning snack, get a bit of Reading Pleasure, fill up on Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge, then off for a snooze day of patrol.

Take care until next time!
Love,

Chuckles a.k.a furry guest writer

Chuckles on Blogging Awards: Short, Sweet and Always Gentle on My Mind…

Hey, it is I, Chuckles, aka fabulous, handsome and talented, blog farm dog. It has come to my attention that a few awards have arrived and as most of you know, I am the Special Event staff writer around here.

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Dang, it’s hot…I wonder when my chilled drink is coming…hello? anyone??

Listen, it has been triple digit hot around here and this is me just chilling at my, ahem, pool deck. Do you like my swimming hole pool in the background?

Well, let me make this short and sweet because my big fat furry body is dying to get back to swimming, so let us get on down to business!

1.   “Generosity seems to come so naturally to some people.”

Here are the generous souls who honored us with the Lovely Blogging Award. Thank you!!

7 Legged Express Journey: Home to the cute Panda Smith, dazzling Drizzle Deer and two ?? unknown thingies …

All Things Girl Related: A very delicious place…totally ‘eye-candy’ and very informative…check it out!!

Angelswhisper: Her little kitty is an awesome blogger…sometimes her kitty’s granny helps with blogging chores.

3TeensMom: Her words…”frustrated writer attempting to be set free!” Do not worry, Chuckles is sending you help, 3TeensMom!!

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Because I have slacked with my writing, I almost missed telling you about this little, “Thanks for Writing” award: Thank you, Thelma!

Thelma Cunningham, an author, member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and has written two poetry books. Of course, there’s more about her and her writing so please head over there and enjoy some of writing selections.

2. “Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.” ~Unknown

Here are some new friends, blown in by some angels, you will simply have to meet, that is, if you have not yet…

Clowie’s Corner : This is my Great Pyrenees friend…she’s awfully cute…hehe.

The Literary Heart: A book lover is always hot!

REAKSMEY Yean- GEORGE: A new friend who says, “not anyone can be artist, but artist can be anyone!” You go, George!

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Okay, I am so outta here…I have to go and chill out in my pool, but just one small thing before I go…

3. “Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some secrets common knowledge of Chuckles (and…… all right, I will include Sunshine!)

  • We both prefer spring and fall weather…
  • Our favorite geographical spot is anyplace that has a body of ocean nearby…
  • Our current classic country song we find just dandy is, Glen Campbell’s, Always Gentle On My Mind. **Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as Mr. Campbell bravely deals with his Alzheimer’s disease.**
  • We think we maybe Bohemians in disguise and our favorite movie to keep us in the moment is:  Moulin Rouge.
  • Our famous hot topic ‘man-crush’ presently is, Robert Downey Jr. — sizzle!!
  • We love Krispy Kreme donuts.
  • We love blogging, meeting up with blogger friends and simply love what Oscar Wilde said so long ago: I we have the simplest tastes. I am We are always satisfied with the best!” Y’all R-O-C-K!!!

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Well, how do you like my pool and what chilled, tasty, super-sized drink did you bring over for me?? 

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SUNDAY POST : Splendid–Silent Sun

Guess what?

Despite the heat wave and wild brush fires popping up all over the place around here, yesterday afternoon, the sun decided to give a dazzling and splendid show to anyone who paused for a moment to look up to the skies.

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A splendid gift indeed!

WOW, is the expression I used as I looked up into the sky and as the late Freddy Mercury, lead singer for the rock band, Queen once said, “I like to be surrounded by splendid things.”

Indeed, a splendid gift from the sun that briefly surrounded my world and despite all the problems the heat wave is bringing; there truly is a blessing-in-disguise. Some of you may know how much the dratted bug; the mosquito means to me, well, I believe the triple digit temperatures have vaporized a good portion of the mosquito population.

Oh, gee, poor little things…sizzled out before they got a chance to suck the blood right out of me. Poor, poor things.

Hey, if you are looking for a great weekly community, stop on by Jakesprinter every Sunday for the SUNDAY POST : With this week’s theme –Splendid. By the way, Jake is a splendid graphic artist and blogger!

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Soooo, now that you know my splendid thing I received recently, my curious mind wants to know what splendid thing came your way recently…

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Weekly Image Of Life: A Lifetime Of Memories–On God

“Nothing else is required than to act toward God, in the midst of your occupations, as you do, even when busy, toward those who love you and whom you love.”  ~St. Alphonsus Liguori

How does a person “act toward God,” and how does a person simply remember their faith journey?  I have no recollection of my baptism and today, my religious memories are just snippets of faith teachings here and there. But what if God was sitting next to me as I write this, or should I say, how would I act in front of him? Would my actions change because I know God is sitting right next to me? What memories do I want to remember about my God? What faith memories do I have??

Nothing comes to mind about my baptism, I do remember nuns, so I did get baptized early and I did go to Catholic schools, but not consistently. Since my family had very weak ties to the church, I took it upon myself to follow-up after high school to get confirmed with the Catholic Church. Confirmation is just a teen Catholic thing, in my opinion, and really, my memory of the whole thing is simply, a big blur.

As you can tell, my sparse Catholic upbringing without a strong family support did nothing to build a lifetime of faith building memories. I could say, I am a product of my upbringing. Thankfully, I can go on a, do-it-yourself, mini spiritual exercise,called, What If…, to overcome my lack of lifetime faith memories that lives dormant within me.

What if God paid me a visit, now…

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I actually would pull up a chair and politely ask God, ” Please, have a seat.”

Now, I look over at him and think, hmm, this is the great Divine, the One most revered and He is sitting next to me!! What should I say or do??

Nervously, I shamefully say, “Would you like a beer? I have an extra can, not chilled, but you can have it over ice. Maybe, coffee or tea, perhaps?”

I fidget in my chair and frantically think, girl, say something…but what? What can I say to God who is sitting next to me that He does not know already?

Randomly I blurt out, “Uh, you know Roxy, my hen, passed on yesterday. Of course, you knew all about that but still, just in case you had other things going on, and uh, what is up with the thermostat turned way up to 115 degrees?? Just wondering…”

(He wants to know what I am up to.)

“Oh, this, uh, it is blogging. A bunch of us bloggers share what we know or have talent for on a page called a post and then we publish it over the blogosphere. I am just a rookie, still learning all the ins and outs and making mistakes left and right.”

He nods approvingly, I hope.

“Papa, (I call Him that) we have a lifetime of memories, right? Maybe one day you will tell me the story of how you created me and the story of all your hopes and dreams you anticipated I would carry out for you? I need to hear these stories…please?”

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Crazy, I know, but, What If...is a mini exercise that helps put God back into perspective because:

I sometimes forget what is important in life.

I forget that a lifetime of memories comes not only with special celebrations, cherished moments with loved ones, with every pain and heartache endured up to this point, but also through the imagination.

I forget that nothing else is required from me, that my life can go on as ordinary or extraordinary, and the only thing required is simply to point all my actions towards God.

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“Papa, I love you. Thank you for every life memory, happy, sad, tough and good times,  imprinted on my heart. I may have forgotten many of the spiritual ones, but the ones I do remember, I want to hold on to them tightly because I do not ever want to forget…You.”

If you would like inspiration every week, please hop on over to Island Traveler’s, Weekly Image Of Life: A Lifetime Of Memories.

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Now, it’s your turn: What if God paid you a visit, now…

On Blogging: Why, ‘self,’ are you still living as a half committed blogger?

Change is not merely necessary to life–it is life. ~Alvin Toffler

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Well, life for me lately has been all about blogging. If I am not working to pay the bills, doing general housework to live in a tidy and decent space and caring for the spoiled household pets around here, you know I am doing something related to blogging. Yesterday was no exception. I spent half the morning doing what most bloggers do, that is, reading, commenting, gather ideas to put together the next post and occasionally do some blog page renovations. While practicing the art of blogging, my thoughts lingered over what I could share that would have some meaning (and not just fluff) to anyone who may happen to come over to this blog.

The one thought that stood out was how blogging uncovers the person living inside you. For example, I discovered how much fun writing can be. It has been so enjoyable that I am now reading with delight, Julia Cameron‘s, The Right to Write book. I have also found that I think like a bird. You know, a free bird, no major commitments, ready to fly out of any situation with just a few flap of the wings. However, I have come to see that sometimes it is good to have your wings clipped to make a, *gasp,* commitment; especially if blogging brings stability and opportunities to practice many ways to become a better communicator.

Perhaps change is not merely necessary to life, but change may also be necessary to a blog.  Commitment, for those with a flighty heart, may be necessary to a blog as well.

Since my one-year blog anniversary is coming up in September, I thought I would share with you some good changes that have happened around here and a commitment I am proud to have made since my first shaky post on, of all things, snakes!  Now how charming and elegant of a start is that?

Beginnings

After a long “shopping trip” over at the Word Press Theme store, I originally thought the Chateau theme was an elegant way to make my mark on the blogosphere. After a few posts, however, it occurred to me that the Bueno theme was really the one that showed the sunny and fluffy blogger (yikes!) I was turning out to be. Only I knew about the slowly emerging writing style coming out of me and it took my 12th post–can you believe it–before someone noticed my existence. Suddenly, after laying out a dozen eggs posts, I got my first like!  (Thank you, Ng Tom!)

I stayed happily in love with my Bueno theme, experimenting and playing around with most of its options and had the time of my life blogging almost everyday. It took me several months to figure out how to activate the Featured Post widget to show a thumbnail image next to the widget feature. Whenever I saw another blogger using the same Bueno theme and using the thumbnail image with their featured posts, I would ask how they did it. I did not hear back from any of them, (maybe I forgot to say the magic word, please) but somehow, I managed to figure it out on my own.

Permanency

In May of 2012, the tag line (is it called a tag line?) that shows up when you first open your dashboard finally got my attention.

Upgrade your own domain!

I would press to read about upgrading my domain, but never dreamed of committing to it.  It sounded so complicated and please, do not ask how many times I went over there to read about it. (Okay, I went over many times! Sheesh.) Then, my half way mark as an almost daily blogger went by and I was still, totally ‘in love’ with writing and blogging so my ‘serious self’ suddenly asked this bold question:

Why, ‘self,’ are you still living as a half committed blogger?

“Uh, well,” I said, “because it is free? There are no strings or money involved and I can leave and walk fly away anytime. Nothing lost. ”

Then, to make sure I removed any thoughts of committing to an upgrade, my thoughts whispered, “oh, upgrading is much too expensive.” Alas, after calculating all the cost, I knew I could afford $2.75 per month and what is that, about nine cents a day, on something I felt was one of the best change that has come my way in a long time. Therefore, in May of 2012, I finally said YES, and my blogging life has never been happier. Oh, gosh, I felt like I had just said YES to be married or something!

Domain

I simply want to say that the domain upgrade makes me feel this is not just a ‘drive-by’ love affair, rather, an affair that has an unspoken promise of sharing no matter how I feel or how busy my life becomes.

“A full commitment is a promise to stay active regardless of the endless changes and challenges life brings to us.” ~Sunshine

Forever

However, with the domain upgrade, I found another thing about myself. Self control. I need to practice not going overboard when I find a good thing. For example, with the new domain change came the customized fonts and soon after, another theme change: the Forever theme. It seemed only logical to go all out and celebrate like that of a festive wedding ceremony. Okay, so now my love affair is costing me a mere, $5.25 per month minus internet service fees but that is cheaper than going to the movie theater these days.

Endless changes are all part of life and part of blogging. I hope this has encouraged you to welcome changes despite the disruptions changes often bring. Oh, and if you happen to suffer from commitorum metus or commitment phobia, I totally understand where you are coming from.

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 Do you find yourself  reflecting on  how blogging is uncovering and defining the person inside you?

Are you the type who welcome blog changes and accept commitment well?

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