YOU GOTTA LOVE THANKSGIVING

It’s almost Thanksgiving and that means the holidays are here and we are brimming with all the love and cheer and unrealistic expectations Americans are so good at creating. But we are a diverse group and the variations of how we celebrate are endless. Here are a few:

Some of us cook with wine. (My personal favorite)

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While others have resorted to a more subtle means of introducing holiday cheer.

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This guy likes wearing the turkey on his head.

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And this one prefers his on the table.

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Some dress up in their Thanksgiving finery.

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These two prefer to keep it casual.

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However you celebrate, enjoy, stay safe and count your blessings!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

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HOW ‘THE FORCE’ MADE A DYING MAN’S LAST WISH COME TRUE

 

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In 1977, my husband took our two-year old son to see Star Wars Episode IV, and that’s when the ‘great obsession’ began. I didn’t understand the fascination. It was sci-fi and not really my thing. While my husband enjoyed the Star Wars movies, our son was 100% up to his eyeballs absorbed in it. He mastered Yoda’s hobble and odd way of speaking, “Laugh it up fuzzball” was uttered at least ten times a day, our house looked like the Star Wars section of Toys R Us, and by the time he was in grade school, every single line of dialogue from the first two movies was firmly implanted in his brain. Sometimes, it was annoying. I’ll even cop to deliberately vacuuming up a few teeny-tiny light-sabers and Imperial Stormtrooper blasters hiding out in our 70’s era shag carpeting. (Hey, that’s what happens when you don’t pick up your toys.) His love for Star Wars has grown over the years and he’s not alone. There’s no age limit when it comes to Star Wars fandom.

Daniel Fleetwood was a 32-year-old Star Wars fan terminally ill with spindle cell sarcoma, a rare type of connective tissue cancer. His last wish was to live long enough to see the upcoming Star Wars movie A Force Awakens but the cancer was aggressive and it was doubtful he could make it to the December 18 release. So he petitioned Disney to allow him to see an advance screening and, not surprisingly, they ignored him. At first. This is where the magic of ‘the force’ comes in…

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Hoping Disney would take notice, Daniel’s wife, Ashley, began a social media campaign and Star Wars fans took up the challenge and ran with it. Using the hashtag #ForceForDaniel they flooded Twitter with pleas that Disney allow Daniel to see the movie early. Actors Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and John Boyega (Finn in The Force Awakens) gave the movement their support and urged the movie studio to grant Daniel’s last wish. A major force in this undertaking was the 501st Legion, the Madalorian Mercs and Rebel Legion. Their members banded together, and using Twitter and Facebook, pulled off a miracle. On November 5th, Daniel was able to view a partially edited version of Star Wars, A Force Awakens. Sadly, he died a few days later, but not before members of the Rebel Legion presented him with a replica of Hans Solo’s DL-44 blaster and the 501st made him an honorary member.

His wife posted on Facebook. “Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and the force. He passed away in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero.”

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The 501st Legion, Mandalorian Mercs and Rebel Legion are international fan-based organizations dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of costumes from the Star Wars Universe. But they are so much more than a costume club. Their mission is to give back to the community and the number of hours members have donated to charitable works world-wide is in the jaw-dropping millions. In a world where bad behavior dominates the news, it’s inspiring to know these organizations  exist.

I’m still not a science-fiction fan, but over the years I’ve developed a great appreciation for Star Wars and I’m looking forward to seeing The Force Awakens when it comes out in December. Click on the link if you’d  like to check out a trailer. It’s looks pretty awesome.

So what happened to that little two-year old boy who fell in love with Star War thirty-eight years ago? He’s now a member of the 501st Legion and the Mandalorian Merks, makes and wears clone-trooper armor and donates his time with other troop members to visit children in Phoenix Children’s Hospital, walk for Muscular Dystrophy and help numerous other charitable organizations with their fund-raising. That kind of stuff makes a mama proud.

If you would like to donate to help with Daniel’s medical bills you can go to https://www.gofundme.com/e1tqh4

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

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WHAT’S YOUR HORROR IQ?

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It’s a ritual that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but every October most of us will pay a ridiculous amount of money to dress up in costumes, eat enough candy to trigger a diabetic coma, and look forward to having the crap scared out of us. I don’t know why this is fun. It just is. In keeping with this bizarre human behavior, I’ve listed quotes from iconic horror movies and books below. See if you can guess where they come from. Some are easy, some surprising. Answers are at the bottom. Have fun!     

1.  “When there is no room left in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”

 2. “One-stop shopping: everything you need, right at your fingertips.”

3. “It’s Alive! It’s Alive!”

4. “I never thought I’d be so happy to be a virgin.”

5. “We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!”

6. “Drink from me.”

7. “I’m your number one fan.”

8. “Sometimes dead is better.”

9. “They’re coming to get you, Barbara.”

10. “Whoever would have guessed a hangover was so conducive to the psychic emanations of the universe?”

 11. “We all go a little mad sometimes.”

12. “I know you’re there Tina. Because I can smell your brains.”

13.  “Heeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!”

14.  “I see dead people.”

15.  “I hope that someone remembered to bring something really useful, like a machine gun.”

16. “The way you walked was thorny, through no fault of your own, but as the rain enters the soil, the river enters the sea, so tears run to a predestined end. Your suffering is over, Bela my son. Now you will find peace.”

17. “You know that part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid and everyone hates them for it? This is it.”

18. “We just cut up our girlfriend with a chainsaw. Does that sound ‘fine’?”

19. “No, thanks. I’ve already had a wife.”

20. “I want you to believe…to believe in things that you cannot.”

21. “One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires.”

22. “I wanna play a game.”

23.”Trust is a tough thing to come by these days.”

24. “We medicals have a better way than that. When we dislike a friend of ours, we dissect him.”

25. “You must know that I am made of death, from head to foot, and it is a corpse who loves you and adores you and will never, never leave you.”

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(1)Dawn of the Dead  (2)Carrie  (3)Frankenstein    (4)Scream      (5)Ghostbusters              (6)Interview with the Vampire  (7)Misery  (8)Pet Sematary  (9)Night of the Living Dead (10)Tommyknockers  (11)Psycho  (12)Return of the Living Dead  (13)The Shining              (14)The Sixth Sense  (15)It  (16)The Wolfman (17)Jeepers Creepers (18)Evil Dead II (19)From Dusk ’til Dawn  (20)Dracula  (21)The Lost Boys  (22)Saw I  (23)The Thing  (24)The Body Snatcher  (25)Phantom of the Opera

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VINTAGE PULP FICTION COVERS REVISTED…

IN MY WORLD, BOOK COVERS ARE A LOT LIKE FACEBOOK. I GET SUCKED IN WHILE LOOKING AT THEM AND CAN’T STOP.  I THOUGHT THESE WERE PARTICULARLY ATROCIOUS  INTERESTING.

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SHE APPEARS TO BE DYING IN SOMEONE’S BEDROOM, SO I GUESS IT’S OKAY.

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Thank goodness, it’s complete and unabridged. I wouldn’t want to miss a single word of what looks like a fascinating novel.

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THAT SOUND YOU JUST HEARD WAS BETTY FRIEDAN ROLLING IN HER GRAVE.

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Does anyone actually have a body like this?

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CONNOISSEUR: A PERSON WHO HAS A GREAT DEAL OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE FINE ARTS, CUISINES, OR IS AN EXPERT JUDGE IN MATTERS OF TASTE.

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I suppose it all depends on one’s definition of tasteful.

ENJOY YOUR WEEK!

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Sometimes Words Are So Beautiful You Have To Wonder How A Mere Mortal Could Come Up With Them

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WEDNESDAY’S WISDOM, Just Keep Writing…

NOTHING ELSE NEEDS TO BE SAID…

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MORE WEDNESDAY’S WISDOM, A QUOTE FROM RAY BRADBURY…

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ADVICE FROM THE GREAT, LATE RAY BRADBURY…..

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NO ONE HAS EVER SAID IT BETTER…

HAPPY WRITING!

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My 9 Rules For Social Media

This is the best guide for using social media that I’ve seen in a while so I had to share. Thank you Bryn Donovan!

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I spend a lot of time chatting online—on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, here, and elsewhere—and I’ve made lots of mistakes, and I’ve learned a few things. The TL;DR version is basically this:

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But here are some guidelines I try to follow!

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WEDNESDAY’S WISDOM

YOU CAN FIND THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS ON PINTEREST.

I was surprised to see how many pins on writing were on the  boards. Here are a few of my favorites.

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not being afraid to fail

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HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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It’s Survey Time Again

I’ve always loved historical fiction, but this is the first I’ve heard of this survey. You may want to take it too…

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Announcing HF 2015 SurveyYes, I know some of you will think I’m crazy!

However, the topic of reading is always on my mind and this time, with advice from historical fiction editor and blogger Jenny Quinlan and New York Time best-selling author Beatriz Williams, fellow panel members at the upcoming Historical Novel Society’s Denver conference, I’m releasing a 3rd reader survey.

Topics include:

  • preferences regarding famous or fictional characters
  • what makes characters come alive
  • favourite historical novels (yes, this will be complicated)
  • favourite historical fiction authors (let’s see how the rankings change this year)
  • effects of social media on the reading experience

Please take the survey and share the link with friends, family, and on as many social media venues as you can – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GXRD9B7. The survey will be open until May 14. Many thanks for your help.

A few highlights from prior surveys:

  • HISTORICAL FICTION IS MAINSTREAM: Less than 2% of participants said they rarely or never…

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