Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Nightly Practice: The 30 Minute "Reading Time"

So my husband and I have decided we would both benefit having "Reading Time" for 30 minutes every night. During Reading Time we turn off our PCs, laptops, and smart phones (or at least leave them in another room), and then we read a book or magazine or newspaper on the couch together. And our books during Reading Time can't be read on an electronic device.

The reason we don't read our books on a screen during Reading Time is to give our poor strained eyes a break. There are all sorts of health problems that hit your eyes when you stare at the computer/phone screen for too long. Click -->here<--for more info on that.

Kaiser really loves Reading Time because it gives him the opportunity to snuggle in between us and chew his bone while we read. He gets really upset when we're both on our computers. He starts spinning in circles and barking at his tail and gets all anxious. It dawned on me one day that he's doing all that spinning stuff because he feels ignored. With Reading Time, he feels more included.

Our Reading Time might also be called "Meditation Time." There's a big difference in brain activity when you get absorbed in a book as opposed to jumping from Tweet to Tweet, headline to headline, and update to update online. Read -->here<-- how reading is like meditation and can help us be stronger than those compulsive distractions.

What about you? Do you have a routine that helps yourself break away from all this technology that has slowly taken over our lives?

Monday, August 26, 2013

C.J.'s Top 10 Movies Countdown (#3)

I thought it'd be fun to share my top 10 favorite movies with you. These are the shows that I have to watch at least once a year or I'd go into withdrawal. So in no particular order, here is #3:

If you missed #4, here it is.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Question of the Month

As I grow older, I witness my relationships with people morphing. Old relationships shift with age, and new relationships begin. The cycle of life and death continues in an inner way, and I find myself wondering people change? Or do they merely remove their masks and reveal who they truly are?

Friday, August 9, 2013


Just for fun, here are five behind-the-scenes/trivia facts about the third and final book in my Divided trilogy :) Enjoy!

1) I show my love of my favorite rock band, Led Zeppelin, in a couple of ways in this book. One of their songs inspired the name of a planet, and another song inspired a scene near the end of the novel.

2) Even though this book is the longest of the three in the Divided trilogy, it took me the least amount of time to write.

3) Among the many pieces of music that inspired me while I wrote this story, the Return of the King soundtrack is one that provided the most "aha!" moments while I brainstormed.

4) This book made me cry several times while I was writing it.

5) At the very end of the book, I was going to have Laphelle's fate set in stone. But after several years of growth in my own life, I changed it. I decided to give him a choice, as I have grown to realize that we are all a product of our choices.


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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

C.J.'s Top 10 Movies Countdown (#4)

I thought it'd be fun to share my top 10 favorite movies with you. These are the shows that I have to watch at least once a year or I'd go into withdrawal. So in no particular order, here is #4:


 If you missed #5, here it is.


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Rolling into August 2013 (Random Life Update with Pictures!)

Hi, all, how goes it? It's hard to believe the summer is almost over - of course, for those of us who live in North Texas, the worst of the summer is upon us. I'm talking 100+ degree temperatures, days so hot and dry that the scenery goes all wiggly in the distance, yes. You step out of a swimming pool only to completely dry in one minute flat... I could go on and on. Needless to say, I'm ready for autumn! But endure August I must. Here's how I'm getting through the lengthy days.

So, I patted myself on the back earlier this year for whittling down my to-read pile to nothing, only keeping one book on the shelf at any given time so I wouldn't end up with more books than I could possibly read. Well, I'm back to a small-ish pile once again. Hard to stop yourself when you're visiting the bookstores and the days are really too hot to do anything but stay inside and read and/or watch movies! Here is my current pile:

For those of you interested in how my tillandsia "Jim Morrison" is doing, well...I'm sad to say that Jim passed away. (Maybe I shouldn't name my plants after rock stars who didn't make it to age 30. Hmm...) I did, however, purchase a few more, mostly of a different variety than Jim. Here's the bunch, so far nameless:

And here are a few prints that I recently got back from the frame shop. (Please ignore the flash on the glass.)

Finally, here's a little something I got on sale at Pier One this weekend. It's hanging above my bed. I was just having a conversation on Twitter with @GrimmReport about how all I need now is a sign right below it that says "Sleep," as well as one in my closet that says "Dress," etc. so I'll be all set if I ever get dementia.

What are you doing to entertain yourself during these long August days? If you're lucky, you're on vacation. Go ahead. Share. Let me live vicariously through you.

Friday, August 2, 2013

New Jen Naumann Cover Reveal!

Today I'm posting on behalf of my writer buddy Jen Naumann. She has a new YA Paranormal release coming out this month called Mind Static. Check out the spiffy cover and synopsis!

Although life has been pretty good to Keyanna Sanders, the day she turns eighteen she’s about to get everything she could ever wish for—a hot guy who’s really into her, a sporty car she’s always dreamed of owning, and the party of a lifetime that no one will forget any time soon. 

But before long, she’ll understand these wishes are more than a coincidence, and that they come at a steep price. Keyanna is more than just an average high school senior, her best friend is more than the innocent boy next door, and her sudden good fortune isn’t just by chance. When her estranged father suddenly re-enters her life, she’ll have to decide who to trust, and whether or not the man she loves has suddenly become the enemy.

Interested? Check out Jen's channels:






Have a great weekend, readers!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Sun Award

I was nominated for this awesome award by author Jen Naumann! Thanks, Jen!

The intent of this award is to present it to someone who brightens your day either in blog format or in general and to have a little fun with giving up some summer secrets. This summer has flown by so quickly it's depressing, so I'm glad to have something to brighten my day.

Favorite song with summer in the title or lyrics (give line): "Summer lovin, happened so fast!" The song from Grease is the one that immediately comes to mind.

Favorite book about summer: I think Stephen King's Duma Key takes place in the summer...or at least part of it? There's a beach and sand. That's summer-ish?

Favorite hot summer film: I recently watched Swept Away. That was interesting, not predictable.

Favorite summer memory: I have a lot of them, but one that always makes me smile has to be having fun at the Sand Dunes in Colorado when I lived there. My long-time buddy Alisha came to visit one time and we had a fun adventure up there.

Favorite summer holiday destination: Anywhere but Texas *lol*

What books will be in your suitcase this summer? Some books on my to-be-read list right now include Joyland by Stephen King, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, and Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje.

What hottie would you most like to be sharing the hot days and long nights with this summer? Ummm...THIS guy!

Here are the Summer Sun Award rules:

1. Display the Summer Sun Award logo and link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions listed above.

3. Nominate a further eight lucky recipients (one for each sun-ray).

I'm passing this award to the following 4 instead of 8: