Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hot Hunk Friday - Rodney Atkins

Rodney Atkins. Here's another one I had to research. He has released three albums.
He was born March 28, 1969, in Knoxville, Tennessee. That makes him not much younger than I am so I don't feel guilty.
I could not find a better pick of him. Sadly.
And I'm posting this in a day I have to put ten pounds into five pound bag.
So this will be short.
Check him out!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Authorsday - Ron Berry

Today I have Ron Berry under the microscope. He's written several books including Math for the Family and Laughs from Corn Country. Wekcome Ron.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
According to my cousin, I’ve been saying I would be a writer since my youngest days. I don’t remember it, but I’ve written stories off and on.
How long have you been writing?
As I said above, I’ve written short stories every once in a while. But a good friend of mine noticed some of my stories about three years ago and I’ve been concentrating on it since. Actually what she told me was that if writing is as easy as I claim, then it is a natural talent. I finally realized she was right.
How did you pick the genre you write in?
It picked me. I believe in having fun and I put that into what I write. My best genre is humor but I’ve written a math book and a computer book, both nonfiction. I couldn’t help but add the humor that both contain.
Do you plot or do you write by the seat of your pants?
I couldn’t plot half of what I write. I have a title and an opening line. The rest just flows naturally.
What was the best writing advice someone gave you?
“I believe in you” are the backbone of what I do. I’ve heard it from many but the one time it stuck made a writer out of me.
What was the worst? Did you know it at the time?
Outline your work. That does not work for me. I didn’t know it at the time since I was in school and it was the instructor that told us that.
Tell me one thing about yourself that very few people know?
I collect stuffed animals. I have a complete zoo I think, lined up on the bed.
Describe your book.
Math for the Family is a storybook type of reference. I start before numbers and go through Boolean logic. There are no problems to work. It’s written with humorous clips throughout. The idea is to read it through once, then use it as a reference book for anyone who needs to brush up on some area of math. There are four appendices and it is fully indexed.
What do you consider your strengths in terms of your writing?
My imagination. I’ve brought inanimate objects to life, such as plates and coffee cups.
Who is your greatest cheerleader?
My wife or soon to be again ex wife turned fiancé turning wife. I also have great support in my very best friend, Joyce.
What would you like to learn to do that you haven’t?
How to do endings! I start out great, run well, then pffft.
Ron Berry writes non-fiction with humor in it. His book Laughs From Corn Country is available at your favorite bookseller.
Laughs from Corn Country is a collection of stories none of which are ‘normal’. There are cars that talk, or rather whine and Tuna’s that drink coffee. You like vampires? I’ve got one, although he’s a bit frustrated. For all the pasta eaters, there is the Spaghetti farm series. Abe has it down to a science. Speaking of food, you may not want to read ‘Nightmare after Breakfast’ just before going grocery shopping. Those hot peppers may make a pass at you, if the rutabaga’s don’t first. There’s more, but why spoil the fun? Pick up a few copies today.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Word Wednesday - Taking a break

I've looked over my past posts and Word Wednesday doens't every get anyone commenting.
So I'm taking a break. If you think I should keep on doing Word Wednesday then feel free to comment.
Otherwise I may come up with a new feature for Wednesday.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Happy News Monday - New Hybrid Van

Company has made a 100 mpg van.

I'm not environmentalist, but I believe for our safety and just plain business sense, we need to find alternatives to oil. Note I said it in plural.
There isn't one answer. I think too many people are looking for one answer. We have one answer now and it isn't a good place to be.

One of the things I like about this van is it uses multiple technologies. 30 miles on battery alone then a combo of battery and gasoline. I truly believe this is where the answer lies. In a combination of technologies. There are places where wind would work better. I don't think solar power is a big seller in Seattle.
See what I mean?
There isn't one answer. There are many.
What would work in your area?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hot Hunk Friday - Jason Aldean

I admit I had to do some research on this one. I didn't know his name nor had I seen any videos on CMT. Jason Aldean's website is here. He has three albums out the last one was released this month so my pick is current.
The website doesn't give any background on him at all. So I had to look further for more information. Here's more about him. It reminds me that no one is an overnight success. Everyone successful person has had setbacks on their way to that success.
I'm thinking I should have made the picture of him bigger.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Authorsday - Alex Morgan

Today I welcome author Alex Morgan He has a novella called Safe Word in the anthology titled Men. Alex will be giving away a free short story.

Since it is my birthday I am also going to pick two names from those who make comments and give them a $10 Borders Gift Card.

So let's welcome Alex.

1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Very early. I wrote my first book "On My Vacation" in the fifth grade about the vacation we took earlier that summer (Mom threw it away).
2. How long have you been writing? I had a long dry spell after that first work in the 5th grade until graduate school several years ago. I started writing then as part of therapy that I was going through at the time, and it was therapeutic. I've been writing since then.
3. How did you pick the genre you write in? I have loved mysteries and comic books almost since I could read. My parents started me on the Hardy Boys mysteries in grade school, In junior high, I graduated to Agatha Christie and Emma Lathen and became hooked forever. My love for comic books has nurtured my fascination with the super-hero genre, so naturally, I decided to combine the two. As far as the gay erotica genre, a friend drew a picture for a Yahoo group that we were both members. He asked for the group to submit stories inspired by the pic. For some strange reason, everybody seemed to like the story I wrote. I found out that I liked writing it, too.
7. What was the name of your first novel you wrote? Did you try to publish it? My first novel is "Inside Passage to Murder", which I wrote after going on an Alaskan cruise several years ago. It is a mystery that takes place on a cruise ship that leaves Alaska and travels to Vancouver, British Columbia. I've submitted it to many different places but no takers yet. (No nibbles even). If anyone is interested in publishing it, please let me know!
9. How many rejections have you received? About 50.
16. Describe your short story. My short story "Dead Woman's Crossing" is a gay erotic work that includes elements of horror and the paranormal. Two young men decide to have a night of kinky fun in a place that is reportedly haunted. They partake in some BDSM role-playing but are kidnapped and terrorized by a large brute and held captive by him. Their kidnapper takes a liking to one but does not like the other, so it becomes imperative that they escape before one of them is killed.
I got the inspiration from an urban legend near the town in Oklahoma where I went to college. A bridge outside of town is apparently haunted by a woman who was murdered there over a century ago.
21. What authors do you admire? Agatha Christie above all. Her plots are so twisted and devious that no one can come close to her.
25. What other time period besides your own would you like to experience? I've always been fascinated by the medieval period up through the reign of Elizabeth I. I would love to observe the pirates and privateers of those days.
28. What do you do when you are not writing? I'm reading. I get inspiration from other authors but also I like to see their style. I'm always open to new ideas.
29. Who is your greatest cheerleader? My partner of almost 11 years. He was the one that told me to 'write the damn thing, already!' when I said that I could write a mystery novel. He is still my biggest support. :)

“Safe Word” opens with Corey standing in a leather bar, surveying the patrons for a sign of a murderer. He recalls that morning when called from Boston to report to Provincetown, where the body of a young man has been found, naked and strangled. There are indications that the victim was tortured before his death, and the forensic team suspects a brutal mind is behind the killing.

Word Wednesday - Slugabed

slugabed \SLUHG-uh-bed\, noun:
One who stays in bed until a late hour; a sluggard.

I have to confess, that on a Saturday morning, I wand to be a slugabed. I have no desire to get up. Five days a week I get up with my husband at about 5:30 am. So on Saturday I think I've earned a lie in.
Well, I'm married to a man that catapults out of bed to start his day. Lovely for him.
Not so for me.
I don't ever catapult out of bed. It would have to be on fire for me to do that.
So I get up because we will have things to do.
Mulch this past weekend and I would feel guilty if he was doing that by himself.
Now. Sundays? I want to get out of bed. I have things to do. My week to sort out.
But I'd still like to sleep in on Saturday.
Would you sleep in if you could?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Happy News Monday - Preventing a heart attack

Just by brushing your teeth.
Regular readers know that I am all about preventing heart attacks. I actually know 2 men who recently had heart attacks. One could not have been prevented. He chalks it up to choosing the wrong parents.
The other one might have been prevented.
There has been a movement afoot to study the effects of good oral hygiene in the prevention of heart attacks. I now several years ago researchers talked about how dental hygienists and dentists could tell you something about your health based on what was going on in your mouth.
My father used to say that a dentist was the most stressful doctor because you never knew what you would see when someone opened their mouth.
In turn, if you take care of your mouth you are taking care of the rest of your body. Who knew it could be that simple for some people.
I've been a stickler for brushing my teeth since I was a teenager. You notice boys and you want your smile to be fresh.
Even when we haven't had insurance to cover it, we still go to the dentist twice a year.
So brush your teeth to keep your heart healthy.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hot Hunk Friday - Brad Paisley

I'm continuing my country music hunks. Brad Paisley is this weeks eye candy.

I'm truly not a country music, but once in awhile I will stop on CMT and watch a video. Unlike rock, there aren't any strange piercings or odd costumes. Just men in jeans. And I like men in jeans.
Brad Paisley is one with a nice butt. I like my men's butts small. Just a hand full.
So enjoy this week's eye candy.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Authorsday - Ginger Simpson

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Ginger Simpson to my blog. She gets to be under the microscope today. Ginger and I go back as cyberfriends a few years. We've been at two publishers together and now we visit often at her yahoo group,
Her latest book is Sarah's Journey.
Blurb: When Sarah Collins sets her sights on California for a new beginning, she never dreams a war party will attack the wagon train she travels on. She and her friend Molly are the sole survivors, but when Molly succumbs to her injuries, Sarah is left alone to find her way back to civilization. Stampeding buffalo, the black prairie nights and eerie noises…just when she believes she’s facing the worst time of her life, a rattlesnake bite threatens to accomplish where the Indians failed. Is it her time to die or does Sarah have a purpose that is yet to be accomplished?

Please give a warm cyber welcome to Ginger Simpson.

How long have you been writing?
I started writing my first novel in 2002 and it was published in 2003. I’ve always written in some form, whether it be silly Christmas letters or making up my own greeting card rhymes, but I never guessed, I’d actually write a book some day.

How did you pick the genre you write in?
I’ve always been an avid reader, and my favorite genre has always been historical novels set in the old west. I credit my love for cowboys and Indians to being brought up in a household where those where the movies we always watched on TV. John Wayne has always been my hero, and I still think of him when I’m creating a sexy western character.

Do you plot or do you write by the seat of your pants?
Pantser, here! I’ve tried plotting, but it just doesn’t work for me. My characters are the ones who drive my story, and quite frequently, I have no idea where I’m headed until I get there. If my characters stop talking to me, I’m at a dead standstill. The drawback is that it’s hard to write a synopsis or query a book until it’s completely finished.

What drew you to the subject of Sarah’s Journey?
The same thing that draws me to any book I write. A character pops into my head and shares an idea, and off we go. I was hard at work on First Degree Innocence when Sarah showed up and demanded I pay attention to her. I’m still trying to get FDI finished because now that Sarah’s story has been told and published, she’s been replaced with Odessa who is equally as demanding and bossy. *lol*

What do you know now that you are published that you didn’t know pre-published that you wish you knew?
Oh my gosh! Let me count the things I’ve learned. Before I was contracted for Prairie Peace, my first historical romance, I thought I had just written a top selling novel. Imagine my surprise when, through my editor, I learned I was a brilliant story teller, but knew nothing about novel writing. There is a vast difference between showing and telling, and when you SHOW the story, people can actually smell the pies cooking, feel the wind in their face, and cry with the heroine when she’s rejected.

How many rejections have you received?
More than I can count because I’ve been trying to find an agent. That’s even harder than getting my first book published. Up until recently, I had only had one story rejected. My heroine had an affair and the publisher felt that would be offensive to my readers. Really? It happens every day. Somehow, I find having sex with an alien in an orifice not meant for relations to be far more offensive, but that’s just me. *lol* What I didn’t understand is that my heroine grew from the experience, stayed with her husband, and they both learned something in the process. Isn’t that what life is about? Oh, well. They didn’t think so, so I got over it and it was published elsewhere.

What was the best writing advice someone gave you?
Solicit opinions of a critique group, but take and apply on those which enhance your own strengths. Be prepared to learn, be open-minded and grow a thick skin.

Tell me one thing about yourself that very few people know?
I’m such a blabber-mouth, there is very little that people don’t know already, but one thing I’m not certain I’ve shared, I’ll divulge here. It might explain why I border on insanity from time to time. *lol* I was diagnosed with objective tinnitus which is a sound heard in my head, not only by me, but by anyone who cares to listen. It’s very stressful to listen to a continual loud humming, especially at night while I try to sleep. I use a white-noise machine to try to filter the sound, but it doesn’t always work. My husband describes the noise as a pissed-off bumble bee in a jar. If he thinks it’s loud from his perspective, he should listen from my vantage point. *smile*

What’s your favorite quote?
Life is an attitude, have a good one. This one has stuck because it’s so true. Our outlook is determined by our attitude about life, and we’re the only ones who can control our feelings. I choose to be a glass half-full kinda gal and count my blessings everyday.

What would you like to learn to do that you haven’t?
Write that elusive query letter to capture the attention of an established and respected agent. I’ve already had two agents that didn’t work out, mainly because they were new and just starting out. One closed up shop because she was so overwhelmed by the demands of being an agent, and the other landed me a contract with an e-publisher—something I’d already done for myself many times. I’m still trying, but if anyone has any suggestions, tips or hints…send ‘em my way.

Thanks, Chris, for letting me share some time on your blog. Mi Casa is always Su Casa, too. I know we both shared an unpleasant experience with a previous publisher, but good things come from bad, and our friendship is certainly a testament to that saying. J

Thanks for joining me today Ginger! I'll be visiting Gingers blog May 24.

Here's Ginger's bio: In 2002, I sat down at the kitchen table, with my laptop open in front of me, and began telling myself a story. I have no idea where the inspiration came from other than the many historical romances I'd read through the years. But, I couldn't wait to finish each chapter. My characters told this amazing story as I typed, and the words took me new places and showed me grand things. In the end, my first novel was born. In 2003 I officially became an author. Now I'm hooked. Luckily, my husband is my biggest fan and supporter, and encourages me to continue what I love. I have another 'man' in my life who vies for my love and attention. Spencer, my six-year-old grandson usually has the winning edge and is the real reason I beg God to let me hang around as long as he can. I'm truly blessed to be able to pursue my dream of becoming a mainstream-published author and to feel so loved and needed in the meantime. Just one book in a real store--that's all I want.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Word Wednesday - Proponent

proponent \pruh-POH-nuhnt\, noun:
One who argues in support of something; an advocate; a supporter

I am a proponent of:

Four day work weeks.
Healthcare for the poorest.
Realizing that the uber-rich and the just wealthy are two different animals.
Every child should have some kind of pet.
Someone else cleaning my house. (Not that I get to experience that.)
Sleeping 9 hours each night.
Term limits for congressmen/women.
We should be good to the evironment, but not at the expense of our economy.
Wine with dinner.
Full day kindergarten.
Sleeping in on Saturdays.
Working out at least 30 minutes a day.
Teaching your child about how the world is and how you'd like to change it.
Some people should not have children.
People should realize that celebrities are not normal.
That I'm done now. Have a good week.
What are you a proponent of?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy News Monday - Robot Legs

Robot suit may left people from thier wheelchairs.

I really had to look for this story. Nothing inspired me this week.

Until I read this one. I don't presently know anyone in a wheelchair. I can't even imagine what that is like.

But I can imagine that if I'm in one and someone gives me a chance to not be in one I'd take it.

Here's the deal. The guy who developed it wasn't very good at school. Sometimes to be successful you must not know what the boundaries are. You aren't stopped by them. You don't know they exist.

And this guy didn't.
And he's developed a robot suit that could possibly give people in wheelchairs the chance to walk.
That's pretty cool.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hot Hunk Friday - Kenny Chesney

I'm thinking I'll start a series of Country Singers who are hot.

Kenny Chesney always wears a hat. He has no hair.

Kenny Chesney doesn't need hair. Or a hat. He's pretty hot without either. Or both.

I'm a rock and roll gal, but country music seems to get the more attractive singers. As I will show you in the next few weeks.

But for now you can stare at Kenny Chesney.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Authorsday. Christine Clemetson

Joining me today is Christine Clemetson author of A Daughter's Promise from the Wild Rose Press. I've known Christine for a few years now, but I'm looking forward to learning something new.

How long have you been writing?

Since birth. Well, almost! I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories. As a teenager, I used to walk through the mall and try to come up story ideas for people. From there, I started writing them down. I thought everyone did that!

Do you plot or do you write by the seat of your pants?

I write by the seat of my pants. It took the first two books to realize that! Previously, I would write a meticulous outline, but when I actually wrote the story, I desperately tried to keep the story to the outline. I fought off all the new story paths that emerged during the writing process because I wanted keep to the outline. After a while of doing this, I felt like I lost the discovery part—learning the story turns as the characters grew. My process now is to come up with the major plot points, do character sketches, and write a very brief synopsis. Then I take off and let the creative juices take me away!

What drew you to the subject of A Daughter’s Promise?

The idea for A Daughter’s Promise was inspired by the attack on the Anzio beachhead in Italy, 1944, which killed 18,000 US soldiers. Out of this tumultuous time in our history, this book gives a voice to those lost. It’s a story of two people facing the impossible, and learning how to re-capture love and hope, despite the obstacles.

What do you know now that you are published that you didn’t know pre-published that you wish you knew?

Marketing! When the book was getting close to publication day, I had no idea about the marketing timeline and what needed to be done when. So when the book came out, it was a rush to figure out all the promotional paths to take. At that point, I did a lot of research on the next steps to take.

If you could ask your readers one question, what would it be?

I would love, love, love to ask a reader if he/she felt the emotions of the character—happiness, sadness, love, and everything in between.. Did the story sweep them away enough that they let dinner burn on the stove because they couldn’t put the book down? Did they remember it well after they finished the last page? When I create scenes, I try to evoke the emotion in myself. That way, I hope the reader will feel the same emotion reading it.

Tell me one thing about yourself that very few people know?

I never kept a diary or a journal! It’s funny to hear about a writer not liking these.

What’s your writing schedule?

Flexible with guidelines! I work around my day job, but normally I have two full days during the week and then nights for the other days. And of course lunch hours! I plan my progress by word count. Once I hit a certain word count for a specific day, then I’m done. If I can get wiggle more time from the day, I do.

What’s your favorite quote?

A few years ago, I attended a Margie Lawson “Empowering Characters Emotions” class that was sponsored by NJRW (New Jersey Romance Writers). As Margie began the class, she passed around a basket of laminated stars that had a quote or saying printed on each one. I closed my eyes and picked one out, a quote by Helen Keller. “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” From that day on, I stuck my “start” on my PC and never looked back!

What’s your favorite thing about your book?

When I saw the cover of my book, it took my breath away. The cover art was created by artist Rae Monet at The Wild Rose Press. It captured everything I wanted to say in my story—hope, sacrifice, compassion, and most of all love.

What advice would you give to other writers?

Never, ever give up on your writing. If you don’t go after your dream, who will? Figure out a way to make your writing work with your life. Make a calendar of your “must do” items and include writing. Submit your work. Then keep writing and keep submitting. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the journey. The view is incredible.

Thank you Chris for having me here today. What a fun interview!

Christine's bio:

I was born a writer. I hear voices too. I don't admit that to manypeople or they'd think I was NUTS! But I can'teven remember a time when I wasn't listeningto the whispers of my characters telling metheir stories. What else could I do but put them down on paper? Otherwise, how would we find out how they lived --or how they died for that matter?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Word Wednesday - Equine

equine \EE-kwahyn, EK-wahyn\, adjective:
of, pertaining to, or resembling a horse: a bold, equine face.

I picked this word this week because it is significant.
It is Spring Break for my kids and my younger son has asked to go horse back riding. He's never been and I know a place to go trail riding. I'm excited that he wants to.
I've not ridden since college. I was into dressage or anything like that. My neice is on the equestrian team at West Point. That's not me.
The man I dated for awhile in college took my horseback riding for our first date. It is still the most unique first date I've ever had.
I also think it is important for him to ride because I really believe whateve he does for a living will have something to do with animals. He's so into them and most animals love him.
He was once in an aquarium in Connecticut at a viewing area where the tank is right at your level. This baby sea lion was fascinated with my son. My son would run a few feet and the sea lion would follow. He did this for awhile and the sea lion followed him wherever he went.
There are many stories like that in his life.
I was glad when he told me wanted to ride.
So off we will go sometime this week.
Have you ever ridden a horse?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy News Monday - Hershey History

You can own a piece of Hershey History.
This is a neat idea. As many of you know I'm from Pennsylvania. Born and bred.
Hershey was a place I always wanted to go as a kid and never got to. I did when I was in college because Hershey isn't that far from State College.
Milton Hershey did a lot of good while he made a lot of money. I can admire that. I wish more people who made that kind of money would be that way. We might not mind them getting bonuses. But they can spend thier money however they want.
Anyway. Hershey and Penn State are intermingled.
Will I buy a piece of Hershey? No, but I don't really have any connection to that specific building. I think it is fantastic that the money goes to a good cause.
Would you like to own a piece of Hershey history?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hot Hunk Friday - Jerry O'Connell

I would not have known this was Jerry O'Connell if it hadn't come up in Google Images for him.
He is no longer the chunky kid from Stand By Me.
He was on a Lifetime Movie based on a Nora Roberts' book Midnight Bayou. That's what brought him on my radar.
He's married to Rebecca Romijn who used to be married to another 80's star John Stamos of General Hospital and Full House fame. More recently he was on ER.
Hollywood and their matches and rematches make my head spin. I've been married to the same guy for almost 19 years and I'm not ready to trade him in.
Anyway, this is Jerry O'Connell. All grown up.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Authorsday - Dara England

This week I get to introduce Dara England.
She graciously agreed to be grilled, er, interviewed. Anyone who leaves a comment will be entered into a drawing to win a packet of bookmarks and book cards. So onto the questions.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve written off and on since I was a kid. My first book was a picture book called “Melissa”. I was about six years old when I wrote it. By my teens I’d grown more serious about my writing and had realized this was what I wanted to do as a career. At fifteen I completed my first finished novella and at twenty-two I finished my first full-length novel.

How did you pick the genre you write in?

My genres picked me. I’ve always been attracted to stories with historical settings so it seemed natural that I should write historicals. As for fantasy, I saw Lord of the Rings and was instantly hooked. My interest in paranormals just sort of evolved from my love of the impossible and the fantastical.

What was the name of the first novel you wrote? Did you try to publish it?

My first full length novel was called BowFinder and yes, at one point I did try to publish it. I was too inexperienced at the time to realize what a lot of work it still needed before it would be ready for any eyes but mine. Some day I may go back to that manuscript and rework it. I had a good connection with the heroin in that book and I’d like to give her another shot.

Why did you pick the publisher that ultimately published your book?

I received offers from several publishers for BROUGHT TO LIFE, so it was a hard decision to make. However, I did the research and Lyrical Press just seemed to have so much to offer. They’re a fairly new press yet (celebrating their one year anniversary this May) but they had a very professional set-up and ambitious plans for the future so I decided to hop on board. Of course, I also had conversations with a couple of their authors who had nothing but good to say about Lyrical. I can’t over-emphasize the importance of doing some heavy research before signing that contract. Google is a great friend at times like this.

Describe your book.

BROUGHT TO LIFE is a paranormal romance/time travel/contemporary fairytale. It’s the story of a frustrated artist and city girl who is a bit of a cynic about romance. However, she picks up a historical romance novel and by chapter two she’s hooked—on the hero. The whole premise of the book revolves around the question: is love enough to bring a fictional character to life? You can learn a little more about BROUGHT TO LIFE and even read an excerpt at:

What authors do you admire?

I’m a huge fan of the fantasy authors Juliet Marillier, Robin Hobb, Kristen Britain, and the late Robert Jordan. I’m still one of the many fans longing to know the ending of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.

What three things would you want with you on a desert island?

1. A laptop with an internet connection and a never-ending battery supply.
2. A stack of great books.
3. My Yorkshire terrier Ajax (who comes complete with an endless supply of dog food and water.)

What is your favorite word?

Super-califragilistic-expealidotious. Why? Because if I say it loud enough, I’ll always sound precocious—or so says Disney’s Mary Poppins.

What place that you haven’t visited would you like to go?

Oh wow, there are so many. Ever since I was a kid I’ve dreamed of visiting Greece, Rome, and Egypt. I’d love to see some ancient ruins—maybe even touch them. Then again, visiting Stonehenge would be an awesome experience. Other places I’d love to see are Scotland, France, and Italy.

What other time period besides your own would you like to experience?

Again, it’s hard to pick just one. I’d love to invent a time machine and drop in on the middle ages. The ancient world would also be an amazing place to visit. Can you imagine seeing Julius Caesar or any of the Pharaohs in person? Then again, the Victorian era would be interesting. I have a huge longing to attend the Great Exhibition.

Thanks for playing along Dara and being such a good sport. I wish you the best of luck in the future. Thank you for joining me today.