Of Writers and Prose: I did it MY way!

Quill-InkI’ve just finished reading yet another blog post on the benefits (or lack thereof) of social media for writers. I’m really getting tired of the same old arguments rehashed over and over again:

Social media doesn’t sell books! (duh).

Blogging is dead! (Wait . . . what?)


I was struck by the realization of Andrew Sullivan’s latest blog post, you can find it here.


It in, he states that he “. . . want[s] to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the many questions that the Dish years have presented to me. I want to write a book.”

So he’s retiring from the blogging world. I don’t blame him. I did the once-a-day posts and it damn near killed me, so I switched it up to once every other day and even that was hard. My posts now are not anywhere NEAR consistent. As I read on, a thought came to mind: if authors are tired of constantly putting out original content (because the experts tell us we have to, every day, FOR THE REST OF OUR FREAKING LIVES), what about those who READ those posts? I love reading things from my writer friends, but I don’t have time to sit and go through every single post on Twitter, Facebook or blog of all the writers I know. I wish I did, I really do, but there are so many hours in a day and I have a life outside of the internet. I suspect the majority of other people do too, so it comes to choosing.

To be honest, I am GRATEFUL to those writers who are inconsistent; who only blog once every couple of weeks or once a month. These posts are interesting, insightful. When I see a blog post from a writer friend who hasn’t posted for a while, I’m more incline to read it.

This gives me a quick insight on how they’re doing, what they’re doing (or not doing) and I can still do other things, like, you know . . . write.

Authors are doing social media THEIR way, and in doing so, made it enjoyable for them.

No, you don’t have to blog every day.

No, you don’t have to be on Twitter or Facebook for hours on end (unless you want to).

No, you don’t have to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, because in the end you need to do it . . . (say it with me) YOUR WAY.

A Darke Kind of Beauty: 2 More #50ShadesofRedNailPolish

I’m still figuring out how to post these swatches, considering the infrequency that I do them. Between that and posting other nail art, I think doing four at a time is better. It lets you see the difference between the shades.

# 13.

Red Lights Ahead Where[mm]Name: Red Lights Ahead . . . Where?

Look at this! lucky number 13. When I started doing this back in June of last year, I figured I could do a colour a week. Doable, yes, but life has a way of changing my plans. Ah well, it’s all good. I’ve found some really exciting colours from several different companies, and an awesome red I can’t wait to show you! Anyway, for this installment we have another O.P.I product.

Description: This is a nice reddish-orange/coral colour that’s really good for summer. It’s an older polish, part of OPI’s 2012 summer collection.

Application: This colour goes on so smooth and the coverage is instant. No streaking or fast-drying smears (you know what I mean). This colour is good with just one coat but I like to put at least two, to get a good feel of the colour.

Application Process:

Sally Hanson Double Duty Top Coat (for a base coat as well)

2 coats O.P.I Red Lights Ahead . . . Where?

Wear and Tear: This lasted a full seven days without a chip. I would credit my topcoat, but the blue/sparkle polish I had on prior chipped after a couple days. With a base and top coat, you can easily get a good week with it.



Bullish for OPIName: Bullish on OPI

This is an older colour from OPI’s fall 2009 collection called Coleccion de España. I was surprised with the colour and that I would like it as much as I did.

Description: I’ve read descriptions on this as a “warm red with yellow undertones”. It’s a nice colour to wear in the fall that compliments a summer tan.

Application: The polish was a little thick, but that may be because of the age. I like the thicker polish. I find it easier to work with.

Application Process:

  • Sally Hanson Double Duty Top Coat (for a base coat as well)
  • Two coats of Bullish on OPI.


Wear and Tear: Despite the age, this was incredible wear. With top and base coat it lasted the full seven days.


A Darke Kind of Beauty: Summer Eyeshadow Colours and Neon Blue with Sparkles Nail Art

I wanted to do this post earlier in the summer, but with school and work I never found the time. With my nails slowly growing back out, I’ve started messing around with some easy nail art. I’ve been chomping at the bit to do something that looks half decent, and my mind is racing with the possibilities. So much to do, and so little skill to do it with! So here is my latest attempt!


This was a simple procedure, but one that had me using (ugh) eight coats.

  • Base coat
  • Two coats of Essie Blanc
  • Three coats of Ceramic Glaze Mermaid’s Tail
  • One coat of Essie On A Silver Platter
  • Top Coat

And the final result:


I let the white and one coat of blue dry over-night and then applied the rest the next day; just to make sure everything was dry. The white and blue were both very streaky; hence the second coats for each. I was also concerned about the opaque of the blue and if it would look good without the white. I thought I’d try it this way first. The glitter coat was thick but it’s something I would use again.

I also got some new eye shadow for summer. The ‘experts’ were still calling on blue, but I was so sick of it I had to try something else. I’ve never worn green eye shadow before, but I found these colours and I just had to.


Now I used five colours for this. The two above and three from Urban Decay’s Alice Through the Looking Glass pallet.

I have hooded lids and large eyes so any eye shadow I apply is swallowed up the moment I open my eyes, making things like smokey eyes a challenge as you can only see it when I look down or close my eyes. It’s also the reason I don’t do cat’s eye eyeliner, but here’s how I did this.


  • From lid crease to brow in Royal Flush (ATTLG pallet)
  • Lid in Heads Will Roll (ATTLG pallet)
  • Crease line Doormouse (ATTLG pallet)

Here’s where I experiment. For a smokey eye you’re supposed to put the dark colour all through the lid crease and blend it out. I only go half way with the dark and blend it out, then use the brighter colour on the opposite side.

  • Outer corner to half way lid crease – Balsam (Bobby Brown)
  • Inner corner to half way lid crease – Fresh Limonade (Sephora)

I gave this a name too; Summer Essence. The colours remind me of all aspects of summer. The two dark green remind me of grass and trees, the light green of popsicles we used to eat on hot summer days, brown for summer tans and the white of fluffy clouds. I should think up a name for the polish art.

Adventures in Restaurants: Opa! It’s all Greek to me!

It’s been awhile since Husband and I had a night out together, so when he called and asked if I’d go out to dinner with him, how could I resist?

Finally the heat wave broke and downtown was nice. Not too hot, not too windy and the sun was just setting over the buildings so it wasn’t glaring down on us. Part of Princess Street is still hacked up (The Big Dig; Part Deux), and I was surprised we found a parking spot for Big Red.

We strolled up Princess Street looking for someplace new. Husband saw Greco’s and we headed in. Now I used to work for a Greek man, so I’ve seen my fair share of Greek food, but not until tonight did I get the chance to sit down and enjoy.

Oh and we enjoyed.

First, the waiter brought us over some bread with a sample of either Taramosalata (zesty fish dip blended with oil & lemon), or Skordalia (whipped potato with fresh garlic lemon & olive oil). Might have been a bit of both.


I had to start off with an appetizer. I’m not very brave, especially when I see that escargot are on the menu. Not as nice as Le Chien Noir, but it was tasty, and of course, I dropped a small piece of cheese on the girls (I don’t care, they’re my boobs).


For entrees it was Souvlaki for me. It came with rice, a salad (Greek for me) and the best potatoes I’ve ever tasted. Even Husband said they were ‘wicked’, and he doesn’t use that word often.


Husband had the Mixed Grill; a porkchop, lamb chop and chicken breast. He’s wanted to try lamb for some time, but wanted it done right so he could compare it if he has it again. It’s a different flavour to it. Like a burnt grease taste. He thought it was really good, but I didn’t care for it. It did taste oddly familiar too.


We had no desert tonight. There was too much food and no room.  Excellent meal. We will definitely be going back.

Movie Night: Deadpool

DeadpoolTagline: (there are about nine of them)

IMBD Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1431045/

Rating: R (ya think?)

Synopsis: This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

– Written by 20th Century Fox


Review: I’ve been a Marvel fan for years, so I knew who Deadpool was way before they even thought about making the first Xmen movie. I was a little surprised to see him in Wolverine Origins, because, well, it wasn’t really Deadpool, was it? So when the test footage was leaked back in 2014, I got all excited again, and I wasn’t let down.

This is an awesome movie. Just what you’d expect from the ‘Merc with a Mouth’. I even loved the ending with his girlfriend. Not saying what happens. You wanna know, go watch the movie. It’s time well wasted.


5 out of 5.

From The Garden: A June Update

It’s been a long time since I did any gardening. Last summer I didn’t feel like it, even though Husband did plant some tomatoes. This year I’m feeling a little more ambitious, but first a few pictures of the flower gardens.

Front garden is looking good this year. Still needs some colour down at the front. Maybe when the annuals go on sale we’ll pick some up.


Remember the half-moon garden from last month? This is it now. It’s going to be a butterfly garden. below are some other flowers growing around the property.

Below are some of the other flowers around the property.

Now onto the veggies.

Beets and radishes in containers. They’re already sprouting, but I can’t remember which is which.


Carrots will take some time. Two weeks to sprout.


I read that you could grow cucumbers up a trellis, so I bought a sturdy metal one. I can secure it to the deck if need be.


Red peppers. I was going for green, but when I saw the built-in trellis I thought what the hell.


Basil. One of three herbs we bought this year.


There are herbs in here….somewhere….I should do some weeding.


How are your gardens doing this year?

Signs of Spirits

coollogo_com-26307596I am a strong believer that when we die, we don’t just evaporate into thin air; that our souls pass from this world—with all the knowledge and experience we gathered while we were alive—into the afterlife. Some people call it heaven, Pagans refer to it as Summerland, but whatever belief system you have there is some form of afterlife. Except maybe if you’re a Nihilist.


What happens to us after we die, is a mystery, but I belief we beings of energy who come and visit our living (for lack of a better word) relatives. I call these beings Spirits.

I went to see a medium several years ago, and the main thing I took away from his seminar was that spirits take their cues from us. If we don’t want to know they’re around, they won’t give us hints that they’re present. If we do want to communicate, they’ll let us know they’re around. For the longest time I was seeing dimes all over the place. I could walk through the kitchen and see nothing but a bare floor. Walk back through the room later on and see a dime right in my path. I’ve heard coins are a favourite sign of theirs to alert a relative of their visit.


Spirits let us know they’re around by other signs as well. Did you catch a whiff of a perfume or smell that reminded you of your Grandmother? That was probably her, just saying hi. Were you stressed out and smell something that reminded you of your father or Grandfather and suddenly felt calm? Yup, good chance they knew you were upset and chose to visit you, just to say everything is all right and I’m here for you.


In the spring of 2009, we lost our beloved dog Sara. Best dog we ever had. That summer we did some renovating (the living room) and instead of putting down carpet (because we couldn’t afford it) we painted the floor white. We did it one Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning we got up, and off along the wall, I saw a footprint in the pain. It wasn’t a typical print. The cats walked on it the floor too, so we could tell the difference. It looked more like a smudge of her paw print and I smiled knowing she was still walking around our home.


Keep this in mind the next time you catch a familiar scent on the breeze or hear the favourite song of someone who has passed. It could be them stopping in to see how you’re doing.


Have you had any experiences with Spirits?

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