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Open Mic Wednesday 4/13/11

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

It’s Open Mic Wednesday. What’s on your mind?

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  1. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 1:55 am

    What’s your favorite grocery store and/or at which one do you shop most often?
    For produce and meat, Publix is my favorite. For everything else, it’s Kroger—mostly because there are so many of them and I earn points toward ten cents off each gallon of gas with my grocery purchases there.


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:20 am

      We dont get a lot of choice here but I go to Woolworths here we also get the discount of fuel at the supermarkets.


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:32 am

      Definitely Kroger. I also go to Meijer and Aldi sometimes.


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:18 am

      We have a big local store called Food 4 Less. Best deals ever. For sales and a few other items I shop at Fred Meyer (Kroger bought them but they’re still called Freddie’s here).


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:53 am

      Publix for sure, but we don’t have one here. 😦 Kroger is a close second, though! And where I’m moving… we don’t have EITHER ONE!


      • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:36 pm

        Just one more reason why you should stay in Middle Tennessee!!! 😉


  2. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 1:56 am

    Air freshener spray or candle in the bathroom?
    I usually do the spray (Febreeze Air Effects Pomegranate something), but I found a Key Lime Pie scented candle at Target a couple of months ago and have been using that since.


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:54 am

      Now THIS Is a random question… 🙂 I have a reed diffuser from Yankee Candle. Sun and Sand. My fave!


  3. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:00 am

    What’s the book (other than the Bible) that you’ve most recently re-read? How often have you re-read this book?
    Ransome’s Crossing. I picked up an actual copy of the book and re-read it for the first time since the only other time I’ve read it all the way through—which was when I read through the galley in the final editing stage more than a year ago.


    • Lady DragonKeeper permalink
      Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:25 am

      I haven’t re-read anything recently (too many new books on my “to be read list”), but some of the most re-read books I have are “DragonQuest” by Donita K. Paul & “Redwall” by Brian Jacques. Since I was in middle school, I must have read them both 10+ times … I did re-read “The Healer’s Apprentice” by Melanie Dickerson three times in a row after I got it last year. =)


      • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:38 pm

        I had a few books that were like that when I was in my teens. Oddly (or not so oddly) enough, those are the ones that I tend to pick up now when I want something to read but know I might not have time to commit to reading an entire book.


        • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:50 pm

          You’ve inspired me to order a copy of the book that turned me on to historical fiction. It wasn’t the first historical fiction I ever read (that would be the Little House books), but it was my first historical romance. One of the Sunfire books, Jessica. That’s the one set in Kansas, in a dug-out, with a flood and a baby and a Cheyenne warrior. I probably picked it to read out of all the library had to offer then because it was the most like the Little House books. I read others from that series, but none held a candle to Jessica for me. I must have been thirteen or so. Next on my list of historicals was Christy, which I’d had since I was twelve, as a gift, but wasn’t quite ready at the time to read it. After I blazed through the Sunfires, I was. 🙂 Talk about going from a snack to a feast. I reread Christy, or parts of it, now and then.


        • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:25 pm

          Lori–I still have the whole series. My favorite was Victoria—the first book that moved me to truly start writing, when I started writing the sequel!


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:32 am

      I haven’t actually re-read a book in quite awhile either. I cant really remember the last one I reread that wasn’t a childs book.
      Oh it was probably the 40 days of purpose.


    • Charmaine Gossett permalink
      Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:40 am

      I’ve just discovered Ray Bradbury. Picked up DANDALION WINE and was facinated. It was hard for me to figure out what the theme was. So, I went to the internet for a commentary and found an excellent one that opened my understanding. On the first reading of the book it appeared to me to be just a string of stories. Before I finished it I had to find out what critiques were available to explain it to me. I found an excellent one on the Internet that tied it all together for me and showed that it was indeed a novel of initiation not only for the main character, but for many of the other characters in the book. I think what I write are stories of initiation. I am going to buy the book so I can mark it up as I reread and study it. (I’m reading the Library’s copy.)


    • Kav permalink
      Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:23 am

      Honestly the only books I consistently re-read are books from my childhood. Anne of Green Gables (the whole series) every couple of years. All-of-a-Kind-Family…and believe it or not the odd Trixie Belden every year. 🙂


  4. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:11 am

    Who’s your current celebrity crush?
    Though my two abiding, longterm, heart-throbbing crushes haven’t changed (that would be Karl Urban and Oded Fehr, for those of you who are new or haven’t been paying attention), my current big-time celebrity crush is Alex O’Loughlin (which I’ve discovered is pronounced Locklin not Lofflin, as I’d been saying it). This is a very good thing, since I’ve picked him as the new template for Jamie O’Connor in TFP.

    (Lori Benton—I started watching Three Rivers yesterday. You’re right–AO’L is FABULOUS in it!)


    • Lady DragonKeeper permalink
      Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:41 am

      Well … I guess it’s Colin Morgan from BBC’s “Merlin.” =D Before that, it was William Mosley from the new “Narnia” movies … but I think it’s more that I love the characters they portray (and they’re cute). =P


      • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:45 am

        If you’ve read Ransome’s Crossing, William Moseley was the template for Midshipman/Acting Lieutenant Hamilton on Audacious. And King Arthur himself, Bradley James, was the template for Lieutenant Duncan.

        My celeb crushes usually start with a character—or a type of character—that the actor plays. But my two main guys (Karl and Oded) have done both good guys and bad guys, and I love them as both!


        • Lady DragonKeeper permalink
          Thursday, April 14, 2011 12:26 am

          Ooh, neat! I gotta picture them in my mind next time I re-read “RC” … *grins*


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:44 am

      This is a hard one. Alex O’Loughlin is an aussie so you have good taste!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Ok my celebrity crush would be a The Commando or <a href="; Shannon Ponton
      they are both trainers on the biggest loser (the commando can be scary)


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:32 am

      Yay for Three Rivers! Just wait until you’ve seen The Luckiest Man. Blown away doesn’t begin to cover how I felt after viewing that (more to do with guest star, Mandy Patinkin, than Alex, but still, the whole cast is great). I don’t exactly do crushes, being a married person 🙂 but AOL is also the template (or very very close) for the hero in my WIP too. I say close, because no one is an exact match for the character in my head. I’d say… Alex with a tiny dash of Josh Holloway. But mostly Alex. His name used to be spelled O’Lachlan.


      • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:40 pm

        Haven’t gotten up to that episode yet. I just finished the one where we meet Andy’s wife for the first time (when he saves her partner with the aortic aneurysm).

        Was it just my imagination or were the first two episodes on Netflix out of order?


        • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:46 pm

          They were, it seemed. I thought Ryan’s First Day should have come before the Pilot. However… perhaps this pilot was filmed before they knew if the show would be picked up, and didn’t want the focus to be on a secondary character?

          Didn’t Firefly, which also had 13 eps, air out of order too?


      • Rose09 permalink
        Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:16 pm

        I also just started watching “Three Rivers” but it is Korean-American actor Daniel Henney who catches my eye! I think I will use him as a template for my baseball player series!


  5. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:14 am

    My author copies of The Art of Romance arrived Tuesday!
    Which means hopefully TAoR will be making its way into stores and out to the online retailers within the next week or so. Which means we might beat that May 1 release date after all!

    Oh, and don’t forget to be looking for the Brides of Bonneterre 3-in-1, which is also due out in stores May 1.


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:45 am

      Thats so cool may have to add this to my current list of books im about to order from christianbook.


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:56 am

      Only thing to say here is YAY!!!!!


  6. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:17 am

    Team Austen or Team Bronte?
    If you had to pick a team—Austen Heroes vs. Bronte Heroes—which side would you pick? I’m firmly on Team Austen—the Bronte sisters’ heroes are too dark, too melancholy, too. . .messed up for my liking.


    • Lady DragonKeeper permalink
      Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:28 am

      Team Austen! I enjoyed her books, but what really made me love them were the BBC miniseries (which also helped me keep track of the different characters while I was reading!) To be honest though, I haven’t read any of the Brontes’ works … I’ll get to them eventually. =)


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:49 am

      Dont shoot me but it took me awhile to work who team Austin and team Bronte were.
      We have a Bronte beach and after watching so much Bondi Rescue (reality show following the Bondi lifesavers from Bondi Beach) and they often mention Bronte beach.
      I will sit on the fence here as I dont think I could pick either side.


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:12 am

      Depends on my mood. 🙂


      • Kav permalink
        Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:25 am

        Definitely Team Austin. There’s enough melancholy in the world without adding to it! 🙂


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:57 am

      Austen all the way. Brooding heroes are one thing, but twisted brooding heroes are completely different. And Bronte is just plain creepy. Something was wrong with those girls…


    • Thursday, April 14, 2011 8:46 am

      I’m coming late to the party here, but I couldn’t let this one pass by. I love the Brontes for the very reasons you & apparently many others dislike them. 🙂 And I’m one of the few who never understood the attraction of Pride & Prejudice. Give me Jane Eyre any day.


  7. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:22 am

    Job Update
    Thanks to everyone who’s been praying since I mentioned going on a couple of job interviews in March. I found out yesterday that I didn’t get the job, but don’t feel bad for me. I’m actually perfectly fine with this turn of events, and quite happy to have an answer—a firmly shut door—so that I know where to focus my energies now.


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:30 am

      Kaye I had been wondering and glad you have an answer and are happy with it.


  8. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:34 am

    Are there any shows/movies that, when you watch them for a second, third, fourth, etc., time you get just as emotionally invested with the characters and involved in the storyline all over again, even though you know the ending?
    Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve rewatched the fourth and fifth seasons of LOST for the first time since the series ended. And I’m finding myself absolutely wrapped up in it again—but in a completely different way than I did when I didn’t know how the series ended.

    Other things that I watch because I know I’ll get emotionally invested in them—Delovely, Persuasion, the episode “The Body” of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, The Sixth Sense, the series finale of Star Trek Voyager, and Glory to name a few.


    • Charmaine Gossett permalink
      Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:19 am

      I just discovered THE CLOSER a few months ago and am watching all the reruns. I don’t even answer the phone if it rings when the program is on weekdays at 1 p.m. I found it on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. and Saturday evenings at 10:30, and now it is on every Monday night. I love it, even I have seen a program before. I catch all the subtle things that I missed the first time. I love all the characters. Brenda Leigh Johnson is like a modern day Sherlock Holmes.


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:35 am

      I’m rewatching Lost too, up to season 3. I’m invested in some characters, in others not so much. I pretty much skipped the episodes that focused on the tail section gang. Now that Juliet is introduced, I’m happy.


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:13 am

      The first two that came to mind were My Dog Skip (that movie KILLS me every time I watch it) and Ever After.


      • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:14 am

        Definitely Ever After! The only piece of fan fiction I ever wrote was a sequel to that movie. Also I can still watch Amazing Grace and get caught up. Dances with Wolves. Last of the Mohicans. There’s likely more but those are off the top of my head.


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:01 pm

      Dead Poets Society. I cry every single time and hope it will end differently every single time. Knowing how it ends just makes the entire movie so much more emotional. I’m a freak. I cry at the desk set scene, because I know what’s coming. That is one complex and amazing scene when you sit and think about it.

      And Glory… that is one of my all time favorites. Like DPS, I hope every time that it will end differently.

      Apparently, I have not watched a movie since the nineties…


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 1:38 pm

      Oh gosh yes! Star Trek: TNG and all the movies that go with it. Particularly in Generations when Picard is grieving for his nephew and his family legacy, and in First Contact when he acts out of pure hatred. And the episode where he’s on Earth for the first time after being captured by the Borg. The end of it gets me every time because Picard so rarely shows his emotions. And the one where he thought he had a son.

      The whole Bajoran story line in DS9 fascinates me to no end. I love how their religion is so central to who they are and they won’t give it up.

      Ok….. Enough about Star Trek.

      And The Patriot gets me every time. No matter how many times I see it, I’m riveted to the screen and can’t turn it off. That is what America is all about!!

      Criminal Minds too. The quiet running sub-plots fascinate me. Especially Hotch’s, even though we know very little about him.


  9. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:28 am

    Christmas shoes. I cry every time infact last time I cried in places I didn’t cry other times.

    Stargate SG1 and Atlantis I have watch so many times and I get involved in them still.

    Gettysburg and God and Generals always get to me especially Gettysburg.


    • Kav permalink
      Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:33 am

      You guys are way tooooo deep for me. The first show that came to mind was Sue Thomas F.B Eye which I can watch endlessly and do because it’s air constantly on two Canadian channels. 🙂


  10. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:15 am

    Kaye, just wanted to say how much I enjoy these Wed posts and finding out what questions you’ve asked, and reading everyone’s responses.


  11. Carol Wong permalink
    Wednesday, April 13, 2011 10:16 am

    Question: What do most people do when they win a book contest and the book never comes?

    I write back to the blog and ask for help. I sent out e-mails out and three blogger never replied.
    Should I think of it is as a loss and forget about it and buy the book or what?


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:04 am

      That happened to me once. The blog hostess contacted the guest author who offered the free book with my information (she let me know when she did), but the book never arrived. Since all I did to win the book was leave a blog comment for a random drawing, I let it go. I can’t even recall the book or the author now. Which isn’t good for that author. I might have become a loyal fan, since I cared enough to post and enter the contest. But who can say, perhaps she sent it and it was lost in the mail. That still happens. 🙂


      • Kav permalink
        Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:31 am

        I just started having giveaways on my blog. I have the opposite problem. Out of five winners only three have contacted me. That happened to me the last time I had a month long giveaway as well. Turned out that my email to them saying they had won went to spam so they had never read it! I send my wins out via and I can track the delivery so I know that it’s arrived.

        I’d say give it one more try, Carol, before giving up entirely!


    • Wednesday, April 13, 2011 5:40 pm

      I have won a couple times and the book has never come, Also a few review copies that have never arrived also. I know sometimes its international postage but I let it go.
      It also depends if its the blogger sending it out or the author or publishing house.
      I have had a couple of people let me know they haven’t received a giveaway and I have then contacted the one sending it. It happened to be a fault of the promoter as they had to do a second reprint only it had been a few months and I never got a reply.
      When I send an email that someone won I also state they have a week to contact me. I have had to redraw a couple of times.
      Oh with giveaways I do ask the winner to contact me when they receive there book.


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