WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: A CREATIVE & FUN WEEK

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee, and let’s talk about our weeks.

 

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This past week, I’ve cut back on the blogging….but I did manage to get some reading done.  And I’ve done my book interior proofs and sent off the info for my cover design team.  Hopefully I’ll have something to show next week.

From Wednesday to Friday, I enjoyed hanging out with one of my granddaughters in celebration of her 17th birthday in February.  Happy birthday, Fiona!

 

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Meanwhile….

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

“Interior Designs” is Coming to Life

Curl up with a Good Book for Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Creative Travels:  Saturday Snapshots

Review:  The Lost Years, by Mary Higgins Clark (For Mt. TBR Challenge)

Review:  Then Again, by Diane Keaton

Review:  The Gods of Second Chances, by Dan Berne (Publisher Review Request)

 

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

The mailbox opened up this week, with three Amazon Vine review books…and I downloaded an e-book (my purchase).

The Blonde, by Anna Godbersen (A fictionalized Marilyn Monroe tale!)

 

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Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey (Amazon Vine)

 

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And the Dark Sacred Night, by Julia Glass (Vine)

 

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Safe with Me (e-book), by Amy Hatvany (My Purchase)

 

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NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOGS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

Twelve to Murder, by Lauren Carr (Still Reading) (Author Review Book)

 

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Save Yourself, by Kelly Braffet (Vine Review)

 

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Love Story, with Murders, by Harry Bingham (Vine Review)

 

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Sure Signs of Crazy (e-book), by Karen Harrington (For Mt. TBR/Southern Literature Challenges)

 

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That’s a wrap!  What did your week look like?  What’s the plan for this next week? 

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TSS: OCTOBER MOMENTS – OCT. 9

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Good morning, and welcome to our second October Sunday Salon.  Last week, I reflected mostly on September achievements.  Today I’m looking ahead.

First of all, I love OctoberEven though my Central Valley (California) home doesn’t see much evidence of fall in the colors of the leaves, etc., that, too, will come.  Unfortunately, shortly thereafter we will see the misty tule fog that characterizes this area.

But enough of that.  Today I plan to celebrate those autumn events, beginning with some of the Halloween decorations that came out of the hall closet.

The ghost holding the pumpkin is a quirky addition selected by Noah, my eight-year-old grandson.

And now, let’s look back at this first week of October.

Some Blogging Events This Week:

Row 80 – Round Four Goals

Attitude Adjustment – An Excerpt

Thursday Potpourri

October Thoughts from the Interior

Books Read and Reviewed-Click Titles for Reviews:

1.  Buried Memories, by Irene Pence

2.  Girls in White Dresses, by Jennifer Close

3.  Watch Me Die, by Erica Spindler

4.  The Handmaid’s Tale (e-book), by Margaret Atwood

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Wow, the last book was a reread that I started in August…and finally finished!  I’d been reading this one on and off throughout the other reads.  It was even more chilling than I recalled from my first read…probably because some of it seems entirely possible!

What book or books really grabbed you this week…or recently?

As for some of my other reads, I had also started To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf…but I’ve set that one aside.  Maybe I’ll pick it up later, but for now, VW and I are parting ways.

Has anyone read this one?  What were your thoughts?

As for what I’m doing today…more reading.  Maybe this one:

I also have Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood resting comfortably on Sparky, my Kindle.

Hmm, both of these seem dark…but that’s a trend I’ve been on….

THE SUNDAY SALON — DISTRACTIONS — AUGUST 14

Good morning to those that have joined us in today’s Sunday Salon.  Welcome to another week in which we share our thoughts about reading, life, and whatever….

I almost didn’t write this post today, because this past week has been a little…well, less-than.  In terms of reading, that is.

But we also can celebrate our creative moments…right?  And I did have a great writing week!  Read my update HERE at CREATIVE MOMENTS.

The WIP I worked on this week (Defining Moments) could be a cautionary tale for writers and bloggers.  I’ll be posting a blurb on this one soon!

Yesterday was my daughter’s birthday, and I celebrated some moments with her at her weekend job as a bartender.  Here’s a photo she shared recently.

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I also enjoyed seeing the movie The Help with some friends, after which we had a great lunch nearby.

I don’t often say this, or find it to be true…but I actually enjoyed the movie MORE than the book!  And I LOVED the book!!

So, if you haven’t already, you really should see this one!!

For some of us older folk (LOL), the best part was recognizing many of the defining moments that surrounded that time.  The little a-ha epiphanies that might slip past some of you younger people.  But you don’t have to have that “click” to enjoy this film….

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Since I’ve been avoiding the book talk—yes, that’s what some of this other stuff was about!—you might have guessed that my reading week was not stellar.

Here’s what I accomplished-Click Title for Review:

1.  Distant Shores, by Kristin Hannah

2.  Names My Sisters Call Me, by Megan Crane

And today I’ll be reading this one:

Burnt Mountain, by Anne Rivers Siddons…if something else doesn’t distract me!

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What did your week look like?  Feel like sharing?  Pull up a chair and tell us….

THE SUNDAY SALON — JAN. 23

Good morning, and welcome to The Sunday Salon, where we, at the top of the new week, reflect on the week we’ve left behind.

My week has been full of great stuff, from family moments to blogging and reading.  On Thursday, my grandson Noah came for a sleepover, since his mom and some friends were off to Vegas for the weekend.  They’re staying in my timeshare, which I have enjoyed on occasion.

Great fun will be had by all….

Then there is my blogging life.

For some bloggers out there, Bloggiesta has consumed us for the past few days.

I finished my update post at An Interior Journey yesterday, and for those of you who are familiar with my sites, this one might have you scratching your head.  But my formerly “Explorations, Reflections, & Meditations” has morphed into An Interior Journey.  But the previous moniker has now earned “tagline” status.

That was one of my tasks:  to reevaluate my blog, its mission, its look…and reinvent it, if necessary.  I changed the header, background, and theme, and added some features.

Other blogging activities included my ROW 80 participation, which I updated on Wednesday at Creative Moments. There will be another update this morning.

Saturday Snapshot was a fun meme and revealed the wonders of photographic memories.

And at Potpourri, I reviewed the movie The Social Network.

With such a busy week, with blogging, writing, reading…ah, yes, the reading…Well, that worked out pretty well, too.

Books Read This Week – Click Titles for Reviews:

1.  1022 Evergreen Place, by Debbie Macomber (Amazon Vine)

2.  Straight Into Darkness, by Faye Kellerman (From My TBRs)

3.  My Formerly Hot Life, by Stephanie Dolgoff (Amazon Vine)

So that’s my week…but later today, I’m hoping to watch some movies, read some more books…and just relax.  What about you?  What’s on your plate?

FIRST SUNDAY SALON OF 2011 — JAN. 2

Wow!  Here we are with the first Sunday Salon of the New Year!

It’s time to reflect on the past year and plan for 2011.  I’ve posted on several sites about that particular activity.  Here are a few of those reflections:

Risk-Taking Yields Great Rewards

Favorite Books of 2010

Year-End Wrap-Up

Weekend Potpourri:  Resolutions

 

All I can say is that 2010 was quite a ride! I read more than usual, I documented more of what I did, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly—mainly because of the connections formed through the blogging community.

I’ve made a few plans for 2011 which I hope will only improve things.  My challenges will have their own pages on Curl up and Read.  There are pages on that site for books read, books purchased, and review books received.

I’ve learned how to organize my blogs better from watching all of you out there in the community.  Which reminds me:  Bloggiesta is coming again this month!  Another great place to learn new bloggy tricks.

But before I digress too much, let’s talk about this past week in reading.

My Kindle was a new addition to my reading world, so one of the books I read and reviewed was on my new toy!

 

Books Read and Reviewed – (Click Titles for Reviews):

1)  Letting Go, by Nancy Kaiser

2)  Rescue (e-book), by Anita Shreve

3)  The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, by Elinor Lipman (First Completed Book in 2011!)

 

Happy New Year, and may all the days of this new adventure bring peace, joy, and great books!  I hope you’ll stop by and share some of your own 2010 events and 2011 plans.

THE SUNDAY SALON — DEC. 12

Good morning, and welcome to The Sunday Salon, our great, expansive virtual reading room where we meet to commiserate about our week’s adventures.

As we approach the holidays, I notice something brisk in the air.  Yes, it’s the cold weather, but it’s also that contagious thrill of upcoming celebrations.

I used to feel less than great about the holidays.  I was kind of a Scrooge.  Then that all changed.  Some of my holiday memories (and creative moments) have appeared in my blogs this week.

At Home for the Holidays

Christmas Memories – Guest Post at Book Journey

A Bit of Me (Me) – Christmas Tree Lane

Fluffing up my WIP

Family Moments:

My wonderful granddaughter Fiona spent part of the weekend here, and we enjoyed some movie-watching, eating out, and a morning at the gym.

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My Reading Week:

Not very successful, in terms of number of books read, but I loved both of the books!

1)  South of Broad, by Pat Conroy (Click Title for Review)

2)  Elizabeth, by J. Randy Taraborrelli (Click Title for Review)

Today I plan to read some more, watch some Christmas movies I recorded, and finish watching The Last Picture Show, an old movie (from the 70s) that came in the mail for me this week

I first saw it in the theater back in the day, but each time, I notice something new in it.  I’ll have a review up later.

So that’s it for me.  What have the rest of you been up to?  Hope you’ll stop by and share.

COMPULSIVE BEHAVIORS — A SHIELD AGAINST ANXIETIES — AN EXCERPT

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Molly tries to distract herself from her fears and anxieties by a shopping spree, in this excerpt from An Accidental Life.

Molly walked quickly through Sierra Vista Mall, a purposeful and almost intensely focused expression on her face.  She was meeting Chase later at the theatre, but first she had serious shopping to do.  She felt a little guilty, shopping alone like this.  Weren’t women supposed to shop in packs?  Not the way she shopped, Molly knew.  She was as hell-bent on her mission as any compulsive gambler, food addict, or even drug addict.  The only difference:  her fix could be wrapped up in pretty packages at the end of her spree!

Even knowing the dangerously compulsive nature of these little ventures did nothing to dissuade her from the task.  She had no choice in the matter.  It was all about the feelings she would have in the pursuit of each new trinket and then, in the end, it was about the sensual pleasure she enjoyed as she stroked each new object, placing it almost lovingly in its chosen spot.  In the beginning she had mainly shopped for clothes.  But lately she had been just as zealous in her pursuit of objects of art for her home.

She knew that this sudden nesting urge had some connection to her own feelings of insecurity, of being unsafe, even in her home.  Even with the private detective on the case, she seldom rested.  She was still always looking over her shoulder, wondering when the stalker would make his next appearance.  There had been nothing further, nothing since the roses and the phone calls.  His silence almost frightened her as much as the actions he had taken.  Was he planning something really monstrous?  Something requiring a great deal of thought?

Peter Garrison, the detective, had found nothing conclusive in his quest.  Tim Mathews had no criminal record.  He was apparently a law-abiding citizen.  In fact, according to everything Peter had learned, he was employed as an accountant for a local firm.  There was no evidence of any connection between him and any of the events that had occurred.  “That’s not surprising,” Peter had insisted.  “We always knew that whoever is doing this has been able to successfully elude the law at every turn.  This doesn’t mean that the stalker is Tim Mathews, but we can’t rule him out, either.”

Exhausted from her emotional frenzy and worry and from the physical pace of her latest shopping adventure, Molly plodded slowly to her car, loading up the trunk.  Some of the items she had purchased today were too large and would have to be delivered in the next day or two.  She climbed into the front seat of the car, after first diligently checking the inside, and pushed the automatic door lock button immediately.  As she started the engine, heading toward the other end of the mall where the theatre was situated, she tried to make her mind go blank.  Like it was when she was shopping.  But she was unsuccessful.  Maybe the movie would help.  But underneath was that nagging fear that always followed her shopping sprees.  What was she going to do about her diminishing bank balance?  Could she count on her father’s little bank deposits indefinitely?  She knew it wasn’t realistic to do so and that she really needed to start living on her salary.   Tomorrow, she told herself.  I’ll think about it tomorrow.