Thursday, January 23, 2020

#CatThursday - Star Wars and portals #cats


Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite lolcat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Share the link to your post with your comment below.
I can't believe I forgot to post today! Well, it's still today, so here you go. Also, it dawned on me I haven't posted a Cats in Art post since August! I will plan on that next week. Stay tuned.






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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Yearly Remembrance - Heath Ledger #gonetoosoon



April 4, 1979 - January 22, 2008

Another year has passed with you gone from this earth. It's evident I'm not the only one who misses you.

“I'm standing here on the shoulders of my favorite actor, Heath Ledger, so, thank you.”
Joaquin Phoenix, in his acceptance speech for Best Actor Screen Actor's Guild award for Joker.





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Thursday, January 16, 2020

#CatThursday - #Cat Sleeping Positions (2)


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Friday, January 10, 2020

Yearly Remembrance - David Bowie #Starman




David Bowie - 8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016

Gone, but never forgotten.

"The Man Who Sold The World"

We passed upon the stair,
We spoke of was and when
Although I wasn't there,
He said I was his friend

Which came as some surprise
I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone,
A long-long time ago

Oh, no, not me
I never lost control
You're face to face
With the man who sold the world

I laughed and shook his hand,
And made my way back home
I searched for form and land,
For years and years I roamed

I gazed a gazely stare
At all the millions here
We must have died alone,
A long-long time ago

Who knows? Not me
We never lost control
You're face to face
With the man who sold the world

Who knows? Not me
We never lost control
You're face to face
With the man who sold the world



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Thursday, January 9, 2020

#CatThursday - #Authors and #Cats (90) Germaine Greer


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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author with their cat(s), pictured with a cat(s), or guest posts by cat loving authors who also (sometimes) write about cats.



Germaine Greer (b. January 29, 1939) is an Australian born writer, journalist and scholar of early modern English literature, widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the later 20th century.


Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since her ground-breaking The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, turning her overnight into a household name and bringing her both adulation and criticism. She is also the author of Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984), The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991), and most recently Shakespeare's Wife (2007). (Goodreads)



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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Goodbye, 2019 (Favorite reads) Hello, 2020 (First Book of the Year, Reading Challenges)


Another year, and decade, in the books. I always look forward to a new year because it means new beginnings, and another chance to accomplish what we might not have in the past year. I'm trying to learn not to beat myself up when I don't reach a goal, and to try to remember that we are all works in progress.


I'm proud of myself with my reading last year, even if I once again did not meet my Goodreads reading challenge goal of 75 books. Take a look at the graphic though. I read 47. That's almost a book a week AND I read 16 more books than in 2018. If I can read 16 books more in 2020, that will put me even closer to my goal of 75. Who knows...I might even hit 75. Never say never.

Top 11 reads in 2020, in no particular order:

Joy in the Morning, Betty Smith
The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton
The Giver, Lois Lowry
Good Omens, Gaiman and Pratchett
Behind Closed Doors, B.A. Paris
The Dark Game, Jonathan Janz
Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler
Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
The First Mistake, Sandie Jones
Floating Staircase, Ronald Malfi
Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King

First Book of the Year 2020




Though I'm actually reading several for various read-alongs, book groups, Classics Club Spin, my official book of the year is Stephen King's The Outsider. I'm already almost halfway through (trying to finish before the series this Sunday on HBO) and it is VERY good. Probably one of King's best.

2020 Reading Challenges

Here's a quick rundown of the reading challenges I'm participating in this year (four of them are hosted by me at Gather Together and Read). You can see the full details of all challenges, and what I'm reading for them on my 2020 Reading Challenges page (tab in the menu).







I really did not make any real resolutions this year. What I did was make a promise to myself to work on my novel, and get it written, in 2020. I'll probably post updates from time to time on my writing blog. Go here if you would like to subscribe and receive my updates. 

Happy New Year!



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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

#CatThursday - Happy New Year! #cats


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Thursday, December 26, 2019

#CatThursday - #Christmas Week Four #cats


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I laughed way too hard at the last one. 😂😂😂



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Sunday, December 22, 2019

The Classics Club Spin (22) #ccspin

The Lucky Spin Number came up as 13. My book is The Virginia Woolf Reader. I have to say...I'm pleased!

I'm down to the wire...it's 5:40 am my time, but I figure if I get this in before CC Club posts the spin number, I'm good. On another note...trying again with this.

1. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
2. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
3. The Writing of Fiction, Edith Wharton
4. The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham
5. Escaping into the Open, Elizabeth Berg
6. Roderick Hudson, Henry James
7. On Writers and Writing, John Gardner
8. The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp
9. Murder in the Cathedral, T.S. Eliot
10. Steering the Craft, Ursula K. Le Guin
11. The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
12. Emma, Jane Austen
13. The Virginia Woolf Reader
14. Negotiating with the Dead, Margaret Atwood
15. The Forest for the Trees, Betsy Lerner
16. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
17. The Legends of Parsifal, Mary Hanford Ford
18. Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
19. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
20. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens




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Thursday, December 19, 2019

#CatThursday - #Christmas Week Three #cats


Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite lolcat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Share the link to your post with your comment below.

Since you won't be hearing from me until next Thursday, I wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Stay safe and enjoy time with family and friends. Even though Christmas will be over, next week I will continue with the 4th and final Cat Thursday Christmas post.










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