Monthly Archives: March 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life


I went through my US Navy (2002) deployment (USS George Washington CVN73) pictures and found a few photos to post in this weeks photo challenge. Enjoy!

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Vendors in Crete

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Souda Bay, Crete

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Lisbon, Portugal

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Coliseum actors – Rome, Italy

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Venice, Italy

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Venice shops – Venice, Italy

Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Accepted


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Yesterday, I signed up for a blogging challenge. I love challenges, as they motivate me to accomplish something. I especially like being told ‘you can’t do that’, actually I don’t like being told that, but it makes me say, ‘Watch me!’ and I actually do whatever it is that I was told that I couldn’t do. Actually, that’s only true if it doesn’t involve doing anything stupid. It’s more along the lines of doing something mentally or physically.

I’m always running out of ideas to write about for my blog and often find myself search the net for ideas. Usually I don’t follow through with some of those ideas I find. This time I found a website that challenges everyone to blog every day during the month of April, except for Sundays. Each blog will start with a letter from the alphabet – that makes it even more challenging. So, the first day of April starts on a Tuesday, blog about something starting with the letter A. The following day, blog about something that starts with the letter B, and so on.

Now, to come up with a list of things to write about. If you’re interested in learning more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, check out their website and sign yourself up.

One Word Photo Challenge: Black


I thought this one was going to be hard as we have so many colorful things here at home and I usually snap pictures of things with color, but I did find some pictures with black items in them. For more information on this photo challenge, please check out Jennifer Nichole Wells blog.

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Flightless bald eagle, Little Rock zoo.

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Chimpanzee at the Little Rock zoo.

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A black leopard…yes, it’s a leopard and not a panther (which everyone confuses the two. You just can’t see his spots really well). Little Rock zoo.

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Leopards at the Little Rock zoo.

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His name is actually Black Cat and he’s the sweetest kitty.

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One of my favorite shows Supernatural has this very awesome car, 1967 Chevy Impala.

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Antique sewing machine from 1917-1920

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My daughter in a canoe at the Memphis zoo

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Taken at the Memphis zoo

Fairy Tales Are Still Popular


As I’m browsing the internet and books for certain literary agents to send a query letter to, I’ve come to notice, fairy tales are still popular, though only those with a new spin to them. Some literary agents are looking for newer versions of fairy tales, called fairy tale re-tellings. Imagine telling the story of Cinderella, though in a different way. The book I’m currently reading is called Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. It’s a Cinderella story, but it is so completely different that it actually captivates you into reading it. It has even made the New York Times Bestseller list.

Cinder is a sixteen year old mechanic and a cyborg. Yes, a cyborg Cinderella. At first, I thought, nah, I highly doubt I’ll be interested in reading it, but I was wrong. I decided to buy it the other day and am glad I did, it’s a great page turner. The first line even caught my attention: “The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.” It’s hard to find books with an awesome opening line like that. It makes you want to keep reading. I’m sure it’s a book of what our near future may look like – androids and humans living together.

I have read, Mr. Darcy, Vampire. Though it isn’t a fairy tale, it is a re-telling of the Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice. I’m not too big on vampire books. They have to be different than everyone’s stereotypical image and I’ve only found very few that break that image so far. Mr. Darcy, Vampire is actually very different than some of the stereotypes some often have of vampires. It was a good read, if you haven’t read it. I think I’ve even heard of Alice in Zombieland, a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. A different perspective for all of those who are familiar with the original version of Alice in Wonderland. I haven’t read it, but if you have, indulge me. Is it a good read? Or not worth buying? What other fairy tale re-tellings have you found or heard of? Click here for a list of what other fairy tale re-telling books are out already.