My Little Zoo

My apartment is basically like a little zoo. So much so that my husband won’t let me near pet stores, or any sites that sell animals. (Well, kind of! Hehe.)

We’ve got three cats, and three fishtanks. We also at one point had two sugar gliders, two guinea pigs, mice and hamsters. I can’t help it, I’m an animal lover. I want to love them all.

First up is my eldest kitty, Luna Bug.

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This girl I got August of 2012 from my local humane society. I was getting ready for my final year of college and was finally getting an apartment. My mom yelled at me for getting her but I didn’t care. Look at her beautiful face.

She is my biggest pain in the butt cat though. I’m not sure why but she has this obsession with waking me up multiple times a night. I can never figure out what she wants, seems like she just wants me in the living room.

Next up is my only boy kitty, Oliver.

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He is our baby through and through. He is possibly one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever met. Loves to lay on laps even though he’s massive. He’s almost two feet long and fifteen pounds.

He loves to cuddle, and it’s amazing!

Last up, my youngest kitty who I got because she looks like she could be the daughter of my Luna and Oliver. She actually has a gray mom and orange dad. Cleo Sweets

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She’s our weird one. She has a foot fetish, and no I’m not kidding. She loves feet. To cuddle, to smell. When I take off my work shoes she immediately cuddles them and likes to sleep with her head in them.

Three fish tanks, I know what you are thinking: are they crazy?

The answer is yes.

We have two freshwater: one houses two betta’s (it is split so don’t worry they can’t fight!) and one houses an angelfish, pleco and like twenty cory cats.

Our saltwater, which we only got because my brother upgraded and gave us everything for free houses two maroon clowns, one crazy starfish (that looks nothing like your standard one and I wish I had a good picture of it), a Halloween crab and multiple corals.

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That’s a picture of our female Clown and a Bubble Tip Anemone.

That’s it for our little zoo, do any of you have a zoo of your own?

 

I know things are looking a little crazy blog wise, I’m in the process of completely changing it and hopefully I’ll have it all ready soon. I’m having some troubles with the ‘logo’ picture.

Even though I changed it out with the new one it was still showing the old one! Tried changing the theme a few times, and eventually I removed the picture from my media and that was the only way to get it to go away.

But now? Now no matter what I do I cannot get the new logo picture to show. Oh, what fun I shall have!

 

Healthy Relationships

Okay, so I may be a Newlywed and all that but I’ve been with my husband for years and there are some things that I think are important for keeping the relationship healthy.

1. Get your Significant Other little ‘gifts’ now and then.

These don’t have to be anything elaborate or anything like that. I’m talking little things that they just love. My husband will occasionally see things like my favorite candy bar and surprise me with one. I’ll bring him home something small like a cute little Batman trinket that costs $2. It makes us both feel loved and doesn’t take much effort.

2. Thank your S.O. for the things they do around the house.

GASP! I know what you’re thinking: why would I thank them for doing things they should be doing?

The answer is simple, everyone likes to be appreciated. I constantly thank my husband for making me dinner, doing dishes, and pretty much anything around the house and when I do I can tell he feels appreciated. And he does it right back.

Now I’m not saying that you have to thank them every time they do a simple task but I guarantee that the more you thank them the more likely they are to continue to do it.

Try it out. I’m serious.

3. Do things you don’t like doing that they do.

This one seems pretty simple, right?

Now I’m not really into certain things that my husband is, like Dr. Who or anime (like Death Note). But every once in a blue moon I’ll watch something with him and he gets so excited it’s adorable.

And you just might enjoy doing it because your S.O. is having such a good time.

 

Those are just a couple of tips that I think will keep your relationship healthy. Try them out and let me know how they work.

Writing Slump

Is it just me, or do we all get into these writing slumps?

I’m really in a slump right now. The ideas are flowing, I have to admit I feel like I have little interest in writing the Short Stories for Friday’s which is originally what my husband and I started this blog for.

I like writing but I’m not for the short stories anymore, I’m really into novels. After finishing my first full length novel for NaNoWriMo this year all my focus for writing has really gone into that. And my husband is writing an amazing fantasy/young adult novel right now that I’ve been helping with.

I’m not good at making the short stories short enough for the blog, do people really want to read a thousand word short story on a blog? I don’t know.

The writing prompts on Tuesday’s are really fun, I’ve gotten some comments that people want me to continue them and I’d really like to.

But yet again I’m sitting at the point where the blog is just not where I want it to be. I’m not even 100% sure everything I want to do with it, or where I want to go but I want to keep trying.

So, I hope that you guys will stick with me as I try to figure out what to do with the blog and yell at me if I’m being too boring.

Alright, maybe that post was a little rant-y but I must say I like writing more of my own thoughts and stuff down here. Just need to figure out exactly what I want to do.

Again bare with me as I explore different types of blogging posts and comment to let me know what you guys are liking!

I hope you guys like my featured image, I found it on google images here.

Nightmare Writing Prompt

Happy Typing Tuesday!

I hope everyone had a great New Years and I hope everyone is excited for what the new year could bring us. I know I am!

I’m planning on buying my first home, and going to Hawaii for my first wedding anniversary.

Now for what you’ve all been waiting for: the prompt.

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Creepy. I think this one is going to be a good one.

Now remember when you finish the prompt you can link back to this post and have other take a look. And don’t forget your post could be featured on my Sunday post.

Now go get those creative juices going and type.

Happy New Year (Almost)

I can’t believe 2017 is almost over, so much has happened. A few good things, and a few terrible things. I think quite a lot of people are glad to see the year end.

I started this blog only a couple of months ago, October to be exact, and I’m delighted with the progress we have made. Just a few short months ago I would never have dreamed to post any of the stuff I’ve written, or edited for my husband.

We participated in NaNoWriMo which I’ve posted about including my small amount of advice. Completed a full length novel (which I’m supposed to start editing starting tomorrow), my husband started a novel with an amazing world which I promise to let you guys in on soon.

And we got married!

All in all 2017 hasn’t been a terrible year, but I’m happy to leave some of the unpleasantries behind.

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For this Sunday’s Features I wanted to do one about this amazing fellow blogger.

Not only does she have an amazing, entertaining to read blog but she hosts a Facebook group designed to help other bloggers. I’m on there all the time, you really get to start to build a blogging community with these people and they are always ready to give you advice and help you promote.

If you’re interested in checking it out it is called Blogs in Bloom and can be found here.

Emma always works really hard and if you click on her name it will take you to one of her latest posts to check her out.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. I personally am keeping it low key and hanging out with the husband, playing games and goofing off.

See you soon!

The Magician

So we finally finished our little short story from last Tuesday’s prompt. If you don’t remember it is:

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Now we might have made the child a little older but it sparked an idea for my husband. The main character of this short story is actually the antagonist of a book he is currently writing. He thought it would be cool to do and help him relate more to the character. Enjoy!

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When people think about magic they think of pulling a rabbit out of a hat. They fall victim to slight of hand tricks, but real magic is far more impressive. Real magic exists but not everyone has this magic, it’s as rare as a unicorn. I’ve never seen an actual caster perform, they are always common tricksters.

A few of my friends had convinced me to go to a show, held at a local theater that housed over one thousand seats. The headline of the night should have read Pathetic tricks that take no real skill.

“I can’t believe we finally got you to come Devin. Last week this guy was doing the coolest fire tricks.” Ellen boasted with enthusiasm; somehow entertained by the idiocy.

“The tricks are stupid, it’s not like it’s real magic.” I grunted as we pulled into the parking lot.

“Didn’t anyone ever tell you just to believe?” Steve questioned, narrowing his eyes as he slid into a parking spot in the full lot.

“I believe in plenty of things but I don’t see the point in this crap.” I pointed out as we all got out of the car and turned to check out the Red Theater.

The building was old but solid, standing taller than the buildings surrounding it. Even with the updated lighting and billboards it still gave off the illusion of being taken back in time. The building had been updated multiple times over the years but they did their best to keep it as original as possible.

We didn’t talk as we waited in line to have our tickets scanned. Everyone around us was peering around, eyes wide with excitement.

“To get to your seats please enter through the door near the concession stand and someone will escort you.” An older lady smiled as she ushered us in.

Steve took off for the concession stand like a dog that hadn’t eaten in days, with a shrug Ellen and I made our way towards our seats.

I cursed under my breathe as I realized that we were in the front row. At least the magician might be able to see my digust.

Steve sat down sporting two bags of popcorn, some candy and an obnoxiously large drink just as the lights around us started to dim. Everyone in the audience quieted down as the so-called magician took the stage.

“Hello, ladies and gentleman. I am the Great Hoosweeny!” He stated taking a long bow causing he audience to burst into applause.

Great Hoosweeny my ass. There’s not a thing great about him.

He performed trick after trick each time bowing as though he had accomplished some great task. How is any of this entertaining when one simply just needed to unlock something or push something up your sleeve? Even the tricks that seemed more magical were just simple tricks with wires and strings.

“For my last magic trick of the night I’m going to need a volunteer from the audience. Of course I’ll be picking completely randomly, I assure you.”

People jumped out of their seats hands raised high in the air begging to be chosen.

“How cool would it be to be sawed in half?!” Steve declared trying to get the magician’s attention.

“I really just want to touch his cape.” Ellen whispered to me with a wink.

“You there, come up here.” Hoosweeny pointed toward us.

Ellen stood up with a smile waving towards the audience members.

“No, no. The one in the middle. The one that looks like a non-believer.” The pudgy man laughed causing Ellen to drop into her seat like a sack of potatoes.

I really, really wish I hadn’t let them talk me into coming. I definitely did not want to be part of this trashy show. Steve pulled me up ushering me to the stage. My feet dragged as I made my way slowly up to stand next to the fake.

I suppose I could have a little fun with this.

Every time he tried to pick something up I made it float away. He continued to smile for the audience but up close it was undeniable that he had no idea what was going on.

“What the-“ His words were interrupted as I made one of his gadgets malfunction, shooting cream into his face.

My bad.

I spent the next few minutes doing my best to make him feel like an idiot, but every time something weird happened it just made the audience clap harder. He tried to whip his hat onto his head but the hat refused to sit tight, floating away every time he let it go.

He finally gave up and pulled out a deck of cards, when he pulled one out to show the audience a small explosion cracked causing him to drop all the cards on the floor. When they landed I waved my finger slightly making them swarm around him smacking into his face over and over.

Somehow he managed to make all of my tricks look like he had caused them to happen. No one seemed to see his as the fraud I wanted them to see.

“Thank you all, and have a wonderful night.” He wrapped up the show, bowing deeply as one by one everyone in the crowd stood up to clap.

Is everyone really this foolish? How could they not decipher between the real magic and the fake tricks that he had actually performed.

It was like a fire was suddenly light inside me, I had been the one to pull off the cool tricks. Not this stupid swine that was waving from the stage.

I swung my hand wide causing the magician to smack into the wall behind him. The crowd gasped as I pushed him up into the air, no longer trying to hide my power. I pushed down causing him to slam into the ground, the impact spraying blood across the black curtains.

Multiple people screamed and they began pushing each other towards the doors. The room suddenly stood still as I cast one of my specialty spells. My ability to freeze time while leaving the person aware was something that I had created to terrify my enemies.

“Calling the pathetic tricks this idiot performed tonight magic makes me sick. Thinking magic is cheap tricks is stupid. If any of you survive the night you will tell people that you saw real magic.” I stepped up to the microphone pausing to look around the theater.

My friends that I had come with were no where to be found, they must have bolted when I slammed the man against the wall. I could see the terror in the moving eyes of audience and smiled wickedly.

“And now, for my last trick of the night…” I boasted sarcastically as I waved my arms conjuring a long trail of fire completely under my control. It slithered along the floor of the stage igniting everything it touched.

I no longer cared if any of these people survived or not. With another wave my fire separated a pathway to the door and I walked out.

Turning just as I exited the door I called out, “Good luck to you all.” And I sealed the door with flames not bothering to undo my spells. Even if none of these fools live, the world will know my name.

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Remember if you wrote a short story for either of our Tuesday’s prompts post one of your links in the comments of them. You can find the magician one here. And you can find our newest one here.

I hope everyone has a great New Years Weekend!

Happy Typing Tuesday

I hope everyone had a great holiday, I know I did. I’m typing this on my new laptop! Does anyone have any fun plans for New Years? My husband and I are just planning a low-key relaxing New Years with just each other. Our first New Years as husband and wife. 🙂

I did not post a Feature on Sunday since everyone (including myself) was busy on Christmas Eve, but I will post one this upcoming Sunday.

It’s almost time for the prompt. Remember this is for you writers out there, or just people who enjoy writing in general. Take the posted prompt and run with it, leave a link to your post with your short story on this post or just message it to me. It could end up on my Features Sunday.

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I think this one will be really fun. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

 

Fairy Lights

So, I’m kind of playing with a fairy story. I haven’t gotten very far and let’s face it will probably change this scene like twenty times but I decided to let people read this rough first draft and get some reactions.

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I love the feeling of my long black hair tickling my lower back, it was soft and comforting. Not long ago I wore it short, trying to hide its odd coloring from my town. In a sea of bright pink, blue, red and purple hair black was hard to hide. Eventually I realized that it was impossible and grew it out.

Just on the outskirts of town my little cottage stood almost buried beneath the trees and plants. As a fae my love for gardening and nature was a given; in fact that majority of abilities end up being related to nature somehow. Except for me.

My magic causes death, and decay. One wrong touch from me and that was it.

Honestly, I’m pretty sure they only let me live here because they are afraid of what I might do if I was fully cast out.

“You have a beautiful garden.”

I jump, my water can clanging against the stepping stones. No one ever came near my cottage.

“I’m sorry, did I startle you?” A playful smirk sat on the intruders full, cherry red lips. He leaned his tall frame against my white fence.

How odd that a human would have wandered here, his blonde hair marks him as someone not from my village. In fact, I’d never seen a human in our village before.

“No, sorry. Thank you.” I mumble, stooping down to pick up my now empty watering can. I turn and fill it up, expecting him to be gone when I turn back. “Can I help you with something?”

His laugh is deep and musical; he cradles a low hanging red apple. “May I?”

I nod. He gently plucks the apple from its branch and bites into it. The juice runs from the corners of his mouth as he gives a low moan of delight. I can’t say I blame him, my apples are delicious.

“I’m Micah.” He announces as he takes another crunchy bite.

“Ember.”

He finishes the apple and tosses it with precision into the compost pile across the yard, licking the last of the juice from his lips.

Another set of voices break our awkward silence when two girls round the corner they stop abruptly and glance between Micah and I. Their blue and pink curls bounce as they turn to each other and the whispers begin.

I can’t help the heat as it rushes to my cheeks, glancing away I hope he doesn’t notice but of course he does.

“Can we help you?” The blue-haired girl squeaks with a smile, twisting one curl around her finger.

“No, thank you.” His voice has lost all its warmth as he turns his back on them.

The girl steps towards him, hands on her hips as she glares my way. “You shouldn’t waste your time here. It’s dangerous.”

“In case you didn’t hear me the first time, I do not require your assistance. I find it extremely rude for you to speak to Ember this way, you should apologize.”

She shrinks back under his larger shadow, eyes wide as she gazes between the two of us. Her friend pulls her away and they rush away.

As soon as they are out of sight his entire demeanor changes. The hard look in his eyes is replaced by a content look, maybe even a little interest. His shoulders release the tension and relax.

“They were extremely rude. How distasteful.” His tongue clicks twice as he shakes his head. He grasps the top of my fence as he leans over it.

“It’s nothing.” I finish watering my dark red tulip caressing it gently. My favorite flower.

“I disagree.” He glances at a silver watch, “I am sad to say I have to go, but I’ll be seeing you.”

 

That night a scream silences the creatures of the night, it pulls me out of bed and into the square. There are people everywhere and I flip the hood of my long coat over my head. Sometimes it’s easier to remain unseen.

A gasp escapes me as the center of town comes into view; dark liquid is pooled around a broken, twisted body. Curls of blue peak out and I creep closer. The dead girl is the same girl who had interrupted Micah and me.

They are going to think I did this.

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For some reason I cannot get fairies out of my head. Worth some fun to try.

Typing Tuesday’s prompt from us is coming next week. 🙂 I’m hoping I get some linked back posts soon. If you wanted to participate in that go right here. Link up your blogs for a chance to be featured in my features Sunday.

Typing Tuesday

Tuesday is going to be our writing prompt day. This one is for the writers out there, people who just enjoy it.

We will post a prompt every Tuesday and we would love YOU to write a little short story. Then post on your blog (or you can message it to me, and let me know if you would like us to post it!) and then link up that post with this post. I hope we see lots of crazy imaginations spark here.

This week’s writing prompt is:

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I’m a huge sucker for any magical stories, let’s all get to writing! I think I’m going to try this one too. 🙂

Remember you can either message me your story, I will credit to your blog, or you can link it to this post in the comments. My favorites will definitely be posted in my Sunday Features 🙂

 

 

Welcome to Features Sunday!

Sunday will be the day we share our favorite books, movies, bloggers etc. Today I’m featuring one of my favorite authors and the book that got me buying every single book she writes.

Today’s featured author is: T.S. Krupa

Safe&Sound

Here’s the summary:

When Jill met Jay Greenfield she knew she had found her forever love. She was a kindergarten teacher, he was a high-powered attorney and their lives were perfect. But when a tragic accident takes Jay’s life, this young bride is left to pick up the pieces.

Jill finds herself a young widow facing multiple decisions she thought she had a lifetime to decide. With support from her childhood best friends, Lanie and Stella, Jill attempts to piece her life back together. With nightmares plaguing her dreams and the struggles of constant grief over Jay’s passing, Stella and Lanie keep near constant vigilance over her.

In the process of settling the estate, Jill learns that her husband was not quite the man she thought he was. She finds herself transported to the small beach town of Oak Island, North Carolina. But the fairy tale ending she envisioned no longer exists. She must face the reality that Jay is gone as she finds herself having a chance at love one more time.

Safe and Sound follows a yearlong journey of love, loss, friendship, and conquering the unexpected.

I actually got extremely lucky with this book, I entered in the Goodreads First Reads (giveaway) and won a signed copy. Now I love to brag and show everyone my signed copy of this amazing.

This book had me from it’s very first page, it managed to pull me into Jill’s life and follow along with her as she tries to come back from such a tragedy. Without a doubt this book is worth the read. Jill’s modesty, and her pain made her a character you couldn’t help but root for.

If you love to read, I really, really suggest you try this book. You can get it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon Kindle book or paperback.

It might even make a perfect Christmas present for a book lover.