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January 2nd, 2014

Bye Bye 2013

Stolen from zestykiwi

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
Had a baby

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any in 2013, but for 2014 I want to lose weight an write more

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I did!!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
No travel for me this year except to Ohio for Christmas

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
A true vacation

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
7/9 - Birth of Lil Man

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Becoming a mom

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not editing/polishing my novels

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope; just heartburn during the pregnancy

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Pajama jeans (I know...but they are really comfortable!)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Taye Diggs an Vin Diesel

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Miley and Alan Thicke's son...I can't remember his name

14. Where did most of your money go?
Baby stuff

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Pre-natal Yoga; I LOVED LOVED LOVED that class and my new office chair

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Come an Get It

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?

ii. thinner or fatter?
Fatter; I haven't lost any of my baby weight

iii. richer or poorer?
About the same

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing and spending time with friends

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Work :)

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Went to Ohio and spent the holiday with my grandparents, Mom, brother and sister-in-law

21. How will you be spending New Years'?
Asleep in bed

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Yep w/Lil Man

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
NCIS, nothing new

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I agree w/zestykiwi I think I still hate all the same people.

26. What was the best book you read?
I wouldn't call it the best book, but definitely the most memorial: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Dallas String Quartet

28. What did you want and get?
An office chair

29. What did you want and not get?
A larger couch

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
RED 2; I only saw two new movies

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I saw The Wizard of Oz in IMAX 3D; I turned 29

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More sleep...hehe

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Whatever is comfortable

34. What kept you sane?
My hubby who bought me ice cream an cookies an breakfast food.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Gay marriage

37. Who did you miss?
Laura; I miss my work wife

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Juilet; my pre-natal yoge instructor; she is AWESOME

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:
Always expect the unexpected

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
You are my sunshine

August 8th, 2013

TV Meme Prompt 2

Title: Witch Hunt
Prompt: Time-traveling witch goes back to the days of the Salem Witch Trials and falls in love with a religious man from cloverdew
Genre: Drama
Format: 22 episodes, 45 minutes
Title Music: Season of the Witch - Donovan

Synopsis: Modern day witch Abby falls victim to a spell by one of the direct descendants of the Salem Witch trials, sending her back in time just as the witch hunts begins. Abby must survive long enough to figure out a spell to get back or suffer the consequences if her secret is revealed.

Abigail 'Abby' MacKenize is a high school history teacher at a Boston public school, who also moonlights as a re-enactor at the Salem Village on weekends. She's also a practicing Wicca. While she only participates in White Magic, someone close to her begins practicing Black Magic which ends up sending her back in time. With only her vast historical knowledge of both the area and time, Abby must navigate through the mass hysteria without changing the events of history all the while working in secret to find a spell to send her back home. If that wasn't trouble enough, while stuck in in the late 1600s, she finds a man who makes her melt inside.

Matthew Hawthorne is a widower and merchant. He's also a vastly devout Puritan. Returning home to his home in Salem Village on horseback, he finds Abby unconscious in the woods. Matthew takes her home for care, only to be shocked beyond belief at the similarities of the strange woman and his recently dead wife. Unsure of himself around Abby, he seeks guidance from the town's minister Reverend Samuel Parris. Still, he finds himself being drawn to her unlike the other women in town.

Samuel Parris is Salem Village's minister and plantation owner. A vain and arrogant man, Parris used his position as the town's minister to grow in power and money, despite disputes over his pay. Closely following the arrival of Abby, his daughter and niece began having fits and eventually they began making accusations of witchcraft. Parris saw the witch hunts as the best way to further his need for power and notoriety.

Sarah Good, a homeless woman and one of the first to be accused of witchcraft, quickly tries to befriend Abby upon her arrival. Often covered in dirt and grim, she wonders the village begging for work, food or money to care for her husband and young daughter. However, her temper and perceived detachment left her as an outsider, who finds a kindred spirit in Abby who was also seen as an outsider because of her bizarre arrival and pattern of speech.

Recurring Characters:

Sarah Osborne played by Tina Majorino

Betty Parris played by Aubrey K. Miller

Abigail Williams played by Samantha Boscarino

Elizabeth Hubbard played by Peyton List

Ann Putnam played by Bridgit Mendler

Tituba played by Rutina Wesley

August 7th, 2013

TV Meme Prompt 1

Title: Candyland
Prompt: Lollipop-maker and shop-owner Sara (named after me, of course) finds out her lollipops have magical powers, which affect her customers in various ways, also this is a musical from cloverdew
Genre: Comedy/Musical
Format: 16 episodes, Hour
Title Music: Candy Girl - Four Seasons

Synopsis: Candy maker Sara Gale finds herself on the verge of losing her shop when a corporate chocolate company moves in across the street. Desperate to save money in order to save her shop, she takes a chance on a new distribution company and suddenly sparks and magic start flying. Each episode showcases a few musical numbers long with customer reactions to the magical emotional lollipops.

Sara Gale played by Brooke Elliott

Sara Gale, owner of Candyland Candies, has hit a rough patch. Left at the alter by her fiance, Sara threw herself into work only to have her business remain in the red for almost a year and Coco Corp has blackballed her from every food distribution. Still, her soft-heart nature has her taking a risk with Diamond Sprinkles Sugar and Spice Food Distribution and its owner, Donnie Angel. Singing along to the radio while working on a new lollipop recipe, Sara inadvertently transferred the emotions of her music into her candies. Each customers reaction is different depending on their personality and mood at the time they've eaten the Emo-Pops.

Donnie Angel played by Andy Gala

Taking over he family business after the death of his parents, Donnie struggles to keep the business alive. His biggest problem is finding businesses to buy the items in his warehouse. The big name food distributors have control all over the city with the exception of a few small stores, including Candyland. First time Donnie meets Sara, he is immediately smitten and makes a huge promise of deliveries at half the cost for the first six months, giving him plenty of time to make up for the lost in profits and sweep Sara off her feet.

Jenni Gale played by Nikki Blonksy

Working part time at Candyland for her sister, Jenni thinks Sara works too hard. Even though the shop is her sister's dream, she sometimes wishes Sara would sell the business and start over somewhere else. That is until the Emo-Pops start making business boom. Using all her skills she's learn from her marketing degree, Jenni plans on launching Candyland to the next level, new locations to franchising. That is if Sara can be convinced to expand.

Renee Lyon played by Tanee McCall-Short

Sara's best friend and fellow small business owner. Owner of a stationary shop next door, she's a constant visitor to the candy store as well as a sounding board for all of Sara's concerns. Believing her friend needs to get out more, Renee sends single male after single male into the candy store in the hopes that one of them catches Sara's eye. A quick stop for a morning piece of candy, Renee soon finds herself taken over by unseen emotions.

July 27th, 2013

It's Alive!!

It's a slow process; returning to the world of the interweb. I haven't posted since April due to the busy season at work as well as the last trimester of pregnancy. Honestly, the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was look at my computer. I usually just ate and napped when I returned to my place. This was my routine up until July 9 when Hobbit Bun emerged from the oven. He is absolutely precious and I can't get enough of him.

Now that we've established a semi-routine, I am able to catch up on my online life. I checked out LJ, Facebook and Twitter yesterday during naptime. Of course, I hoped to be writing as part of July's Camp NaNo during naptime, but plans don't always work out the way we plan. Still, it was really nice to catch up on things and have a little bit of Me time. Hopefully tomorrow or maybe later today I'll have time to write.

Speaking of writing, I'm halfway through Chapter 3 with a clear idea of how Chapter 4 will begin. I'm looking forward to working on it. Who knows, maybe I'll get those 10k words needed for Camp NaNo before Wednesday. Not likely, but plausible. Still, now that we've fallen into a routine, I'll be able to get some more writing done while I'm still on maternity leave with further adjustments once I head back to work. Crazy to think that I will be back at the day job in a little over a month.

Well, the little human is waking up. Later.

October 31st, 2012

Happy NaNo Eve!

Because I won't have time to do this later this month...

In honour of All Hallow's Eve, I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door.' Comment "Trick or Treat" to this post and... well, you know the drill. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of your fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I'm glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.). The more "houses" to visit the more fun it'll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun! via the_rainbow_jen

September 26th, 2012

Stolen from cloverdew and adamas

Snow White
[ ] You have a fondness for animals
[x] You have a great sense of humor
[x] You make decisions based on how you feel
[ ] You avoid arguments and conflicts
[x] You enjoy singing
[ ] You're gullible
[ ] You give everyone the benefit of the doubt
[x] You have no problem with taking an authoritative position
[ ] You're a tidy person
[x] You're good-natured
Total: 5/10

[x] You rarely let people see how much you're suffering
[x] You understand how important hope is
[ ] You're mild-mannered
[x] You know the meaning of hard-work
[ ] You're very patient
[x] You work at your own pace and in a thorough manner
[x] It takes A LOT to get your spirits down
[x] You're a people-pleaser
[x] You're a lot tougher than you look
[ ] You're level-headed
Total: 7/10

[ ] You're very shy
[ ] You have a sophisticated/refined air about you
[ ] You hold yourself with grace and poise
[x] You're a romantic
[x] You like getting lost in your own dreams/fantasies
[ ] You abide by the rules
[ ] You're more comfortable around animals than with people
[ ] You don't hold grudges
[ ] You're more on the passive side
[x] You're indecisive
Total: 3/10

[x] You love learning new things
[x] You love to an extreme - sometimes to the point of obsession
[x] The world excites you
[ ] You get swept away by your emotions
[ ] You hurt rather easily, but get over it just as quickly
[x] You're pretty fearless
[x] You find value in things that most people see as trash
[x] You love the new and unfamiliar
[ ] You prefer land over sea
[x] You're very excitable
Total: 7/10

[ ] You generally keep to yourself
[x] You can see past physical appearances
[x] You have a rich imagination
[x] You say and do things out of passion or emotion, not always thinking things through
[x] You are insatiably curious
[ ] You often feel like you don't belong
[x] You love fairy-tales
[x] You can be very stubborn
[x] You're not afraid to speak your mind
[x] Criticism doesn't really bother you
Total: 8/10

[ ] You're very sheltered
[x] But quick to adapt
[x] You won't settle for anything less than what you deserve
[x] You're not afraid to speak up for yourself
[x] You're a fast learner
[ ] You can be very cunning
[ ] You feel very lonely sometimes
[x] You rarely ask for permission
[x] You're a risk-taker
[x] You're curious about the experiences of those with different backgrounds than you
Total: 7/10

[ ] You are spiritual
[ ] You have confidence in yourself
[ ] You offer guidance to those around you
[ ] You're athletic
[ ] Serious people are off-putting to you
[x] You're emotionally stable
[x] You're a responsible person
[x] You're comfortable with taking risks
[x] You know what you believe in and you're not afraid to fight for it
[x] You'd sacrifice your own happiness for the sake of others
Total: 5/10

[x] You're quite fiery and spirited
[ ] You hate constraints and have a deep longing for freedom and/or travel
[x] You often put others' needs before your own
[ ] You're optimistic
[x] You won't tolerate discrimination against others or yourself
[ ] You're streetwise
[x] You have a strong sense of justice
[x] You possess a great amount of compassion
[x] You inspire confidence in others
[x] You're very honest
Total: 7/10

[ ] You're very sensitive, but you never show it
[ ] Past experiences have hardened you and made you cynical
[x] You're very much a romantic
[x] You value sincerity
[x] When you fall in love, you fall very deeply
[x] You hate being vulnerable
[ ] You don't like/trust men
[x] You're sarcastic and/or speak with a dry tone
[x] You'd risk everything for those you love
[x] You're witty
Total: 7/10

[x] You are quick to react
[ ] You live in the moment and you don't dwell in the past or in fantasy
[x] You won't hesitate to break the rules in pursuit of what you believe is right
[x] You handle stress very well
[ ] You lack faith in yourself
[x] You care little for material things
[ ] You are extremely modest
[x] You place your family above all
[x] You love puzzles
[ ] You're a bit clumsy
Total: 6/10

[x] You are extremely knowledgeable
[x] You're artistic
[x] You're talkative
[ ] You're passionate about science and/or biology
[x] You're very expressive
[x] You're easygoing and cheerful
[ ] You're a bit shy when it comes to romance
[x] You like exploring new places
[ ] You're kind to all living things
[x] Sometimes you fall into a sort of "teacher" role to others
Total: 7/10

[ ] You're moody
[ ] You just want love and security
[ ] You have a hard time letting go of the past
[ ] Abandonment is one of your biggest fears
[x] Outer appearances matter very little to you
[x] The strange and unusual fascinates you
[ ] You love Elvis
[x] People think you're weird
[x] You don't have many friends
[x] You're very caring
Total: 5/10

[ ] You get aggressive when you feel threatened
[ ] You are physically very strong
[ ] You're a born leader
[ ] People find you intimidating
[ ] You're multi-lingual
[x] You're not afraid of change
[ ] You're a bit isolated from the rest of the world
[x] You're more concerned about others than yourself
[ ] You get straight to the point
[ ] You have a strong connection to the past/the spiritual world
Total: 2/10

[x] You don't wait around for things to happen - you get shit DONE
[x] You rely on yourself and rarely seek help from others
[ ] You love to cook
[x] You have strong work ethics
[ ] You're grounded and realistic
[x] You're extremely ambitious
[ ] You're a bit isolated from others
[ ] You spend a lot of time planning your future
[ ] Everyone around you thinks you need to relax a bit
[ ] You don't like being underestimated
Total: 4/10

[ ] You're skilled at many things
[ ] It's easy for you to persuade others
[ ] You've never broken a promise
[ ] You're an artist
[x] You love making new friends
[ ] You believe in destiny
[x] You're sensitive to the feelings of others so much that sometimes you feel guilty about doings things for yourself
[ ] You're naive and child-like
[x] You crave new experiences/surroundings
[ ] You feel like you belong somewhere else
Total: 3/10

[ ] You're impatient
[ ] You don't handle responsibility well
[ ] Others would call you impulsive
[ ] You would rather be free to do what you want than to be tied down by someone or something
[ ] You love being outdoors and hate being cooped up inside
[x] Sometimes you take on more than you can handle
[x] You're reluctant to ask others for help
[ ] You don't take life too seriously
[x] You're brave
[ ] You don't like admitting fault
Total: 3/10

Belle with a mix of Cinderella/Ariel/Jasmine/Esmeralda/Megara/Jane

January 1st, 2012

Book List 2012


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101 in 1001 Version 2.0

So WAY WAY back in...January 2009, I did a thing called 101 things in 1001 days which was suggested to me by cloverdew. While I managed to make it a little over halfway through the list, I didn't complete it. With this in mind, I'm going to try again. I found that some of my goals weren't specific enough, so I made more tangibly measured goals.

ETA 25 of 101
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December 28th, 2011

Saying Good-bye to 2011

Abby and Santa
End-of-year meme borrowed/stolen from cloverdew and adamas: I obviously did the first couple of sentences so that I could get a feel for the entry/month rather than just the snapshot of the first. I also didn't count meme entries, so in a couple of months I had the skip the actual first entry and go one or two into the month.

Usually at the beginning of the month I re-organize my bookshelf to move books I've just read to the back to make room for the books I need/want to read closer to the front so I don't have to dig too far. I did this last night and began working on a list of books/book series I wanted to read over the next year. I have a fairly decent sized list, but would love recommendations. I began reading the Hunger games series and Jasper Fforde on recs, so I thought I'd ask all of you lovely people for some ideas.

Join twitter...@rosaline924

Bridal Lunch/shower: Two weeks ago, had a great time seeing family and friends...my fav 2nd cousin is about to pop so I can't wait to hear the news of the birth of the baby girl which I believe will be Abby! Trip to OH was nice except I returned home with a sinus cold...eww!

So before I begin my massive and totally belated update, I have to let you all know about my day first. Got on the train after work and my wallet fell out of my pocket. Of course, I didn't notice it was missing until I got off the train. Hoping/praying/wishing that it was picked up and turned in...so far no such luck, but I'm going to call the Lost and Found tomorrow morning. In the meantime, all the cards have a hold on them. So, not a huge crisis, but a small one which only got worse when I got home and the front door slammed into my temple. My head pounds as I write this, but I promised to post.

In case you all missed the memo........I got married!!!


I just realized it's been awhile since I updated this journal with anything other than fun little memes, mostly because I haven't had much to say.

Changed my journal header in honor of Camp NaNo which starts today.

Haven't written anything yet bc I'm nursing a hangover, but I plan on writing on my lunch break :)

For those of you on my flist who write, either for pleasure or for the desire to become published, I have a question. Earlier today, I got it in my head that I wanted to start a writing prompt/advice blog. Just something to help get the creative juices flowing and some advice that I've found to be helpful or useful. Now, I don't have a platform or a name or really anything other than an idea. adamas suggested I go with Tumblr for the platform, but I'm up for suggestions.

I has Pottermore!!

Prep for NaNo 2011

Favorite Disney film of all time:

The Little Mermaid!! As if the Ariel tattoo didn't already give it away.

I have been working towards publishing one of my novels and based on what I've heard/read/seen I've come to the conclusion that my query letter sucks. It is possibly the worse thing ever written...even worse than the first draft of my first NaNo. That being said, I'd really love your opinion on the mini-synopsis/back cover/jacket flap part of my letter. I have four versions below the cut if you have time to read and let me know what you think, I'd really appreciate it.

I have to admit; I was no where near diligent when it came to posting in my LJ. Majority of my posts were memes, which while incredibly fun, doesn't say too much about what went on in my life over the year.

For a brief/quick rundown: in 2011, I...

Got married
Changed my name
Wrote two novels
Got a passport
Went out of the country for the first time for my honeymoon
Fed a turtle
Attended a wine tasting
Got a promotion

Not bad :)

December 14th, 2011

Because it's fun

Stolen from adamas

Looks like fun and since I don't have many fandoms, it would be interesting to see how many of these I can actual answer.

Name a fandom and I will tell you my...

Favorite character(s):
Least Favorite character(s):
5 Favorite ships (canon or non-canon):
Character(s) I find most attractive:
Character(s) I would marry:
Character(s) I would be best friends with:
A random thought:
An unpopular opinion:
Canon OTP(s):
Non-canon OTP(s):
Most badass character(s):
Pairing(s) I am not a fan of:
Character(s) I feel the writers screwed over:
Favourite friendship(s):
Character(s) I want to adopt or be adopted by:
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