So, I noticed this going around YouTube, and I thought I’d snatch it for here. :) I haven’t been blogging nearly enough lately, so I thought this might be fun for everyone.
1: What are you wearing?
A pair of black shorts and a navy blue, short-sleeved shirt.
2: Ever been in love?
Yes! :D My husband. Love at first word, actually.
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
Yes. Painful and lasting.
4: How tall are you?
5: How much do you weigh?
I’m obese, as some of my posts have mentioned, but I’d rather not give an actual number. Though! I will say I’ve lost 70lbs in the last year, and I plan to lose more.
6: Any tattoos?
7: Any piercings?
I have just my ears pieces, and they’re one set of tradition holes in my lobes.
Dorian Gray and Basil Hallward 100%.
9: Favorite show?
To me, a ‘favorite’ show would be one I don’t want to miss a single episode of EVER, and I don’t have one. I do enjoy The Supersizers Go… and The Supersizers Eat… and, up through Season 5, I loved Supernatural. I also enjoy any show of Nigella Lawson’s.
10: Favorite bands?
According to my iTunes, my favorite bands include Adam Lambert, Lady GaGa, Kate Miller-Heidke, and Lorde. I also really like 30 Seconds to Mars, Slipknot, Three Days Grace, Ben Jelen, Breaking Benjamin, Concrete Blonde, Eurythmics, Evanescence, Heather Dale, and Meatloaf.
11: Something you miss?
Sleep. As someone who has chronic insomnia, I miss good, long, restful sleep.
12: Favorite song?
I have a lot of favorite songs. “Runnin’” by Adam Lambert, “Alejandro” by Lady GaGa, “Room 1023″ by Ben Jelen, “Inama Nushif (Montage)” by Brian Tyler, “The History of Ealdormere: Part 1″ and “The History: Part 2″ by Heather Dale, “I Miss My Sky (Amelia Earhart’s Last Days)” by Heather Nova, “The Devil Wears a Suit” by Kate Miller-Heidke, “Glory and Gore” by Lorde, “Marchin’ On” by OneRepublic, “Little Earthquates” and “Spark” by Tori Amos.
13: How old are you?
I turned 34 yesterday.
14: Zodiac sign?
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
Kindness, a twisted sense of humor, and tolerance.
16: Favorite Quote?
I’ll have to steal this from another person who answered this question because I think it’s highly appropriate for all writers/publishers/authors/everyone: “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” – Dita Von Teese
17: Favorite actor?
Hmm. I’m a fan of Kiefer Sutherland’s older work. 75% of the time, I like the films Keanu Reeves is in. 99% of the time, I love Sandra Bullock. I enjoy a lot of Emma Stone’s stuff. I’m a big John Candy fan. I like Tom Hanks’ stuff from the 80s and early to mid 90s. I always perk up when something with John Barrowman is in something new.
18: Favorite color?
Purple. Hands down. Purple.
19: Loud music or soft?
20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
The shower. >.> I just retreat to the shower and sit there for a while.
21: How long does it take you to shower?
If I’m in there to get clean, no more than ten minutes.
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
If it’s just for staying around the house, five minutes. Going out to like… supper or a movie or show? Half an hour.
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
24: Turn on?
25: Turn off?
Being a dick. Seriously. If you’re an asshole in public or private, I probably don’t like you as a person.
26: Favorite books?
I read so much, this is hard! “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien is at the top of the list. The original four “Vampire Diaries” by L.J. Smith. “The Shining” by Stephen King. “The Thief of Always” by Clive Barker. “Flowers in the Attic” series by V.C. Andrews. The “Last Herald Mage” trilogy by Mercedes Lackey.
I am terrified–TERRIFIED–of ants. I have a crippling phobia of people and crowds that keeps me in my home 99% of the time.
28: Last thing that made you cry?
Thinking about how much I missed Dorian.
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
Just this afternoon when I spoke with my husband after he had lunch!
30: Meaning behind your Twitter name?
Originally, my Twitter handle of peachesandjasmin, though I changed it to _slarmstrong when I began publishing my books. The original name refers to the way Roger (my husband) said I smelled when we first were married. I used a peach body wash and wore a jasmine perfume. :)
31: Last book you read?
“Where the Heart Is” by Billie Letts
32: The book you’re currently reading?
“It” by Stephen King
33: Last show you watched?
The Supersizers Eat… The Twenties.
34: Last person you talked to?
Kris, as she’s sitting on my bed right now. :D
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
I don’t text. Ever.
36: Favorite food?
Angel food cake. It’s something I loveloveLOVE to eat when I make it.
37: Place you want to visit?
Maine. Ireland. Japan.
38: Last place you were?
Umm… the bathroom? XD
39: Do you have a crush?
40: Last time you kissed someone?
This morning when Roger was leaving for work.
41: Last time you were insulted?
Openly insulted? Probably a couple of months back.
42: Favorite flavor of sweet?
I love rootbeer candies… and I’m a big fan of hazelnuts and chocolate.
43: What instruments do you play?
44: Favorite piece of jewelry?
My wedding and engagement bands.
45: Last sport you played?
Umm… I can’t remember. XD
46: Last song you sang?
“Bones” by Little Big Town
47: Favorite chat up line?
Chat up lines are horrible, tacky, and I don’t like them at all.
48: Have you ever used it?
49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
Kris. Now. :D!
50: Who should answer these questions next?
Anyone else who feels like it!
I truly enjoyed this book! While I’ve always loved the movie, the book was so much better. There was more depth to all the characters, plus so many characters we didn’t get to see in the film. Lexie was a much more complex character than I’d imagined, and the trials her children go through are heartbreaking. While I do love Novalee as a character, she was so unbelievably perfect at times. Everyone loved her. Everyone helped her. Everyone loved Americus. I found those aspect difficult to suspend disbelief over, and she walked the line of Mary Sue too much for my liking most times. Willy Jack was a much more nuanced asswipe in the book than he was in the movie, and I found his moment of redemption more fulfilling in the book. He took responsibility for his life, knew he wasn’t a good man, and he tried to bring light to his lies.
Forney was a delightful man in the book, and it was so good to see him wanting to bestow knowledge on Novalee and Americus. His joy in learning and books touched on my same love for reading, the joy of immersing oneself in knowledge so readily available for free. The slight love story at the heart of this book was tasteful and sweet, and it didn’t lessen everything else around it.
All in all, this is a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys women’s literature, as I highly enjoyed the quick read it provided me.
I read this book because I was a so-so fan of the film. I wanted to read the actual memoir.
Bev is an self-centered woman who regrets the conception, birth, and life of her son. She only cares about herself, and there were moments where she seemed to glory in her child’s misery. The scene that really stands out to me is when she tells Jason that Ray is gone and she seems to say how they’ll be without money or food over and over until Jason breaks down, scared and unhappy. What sort of mother does that?
Her heavy drug use, her use of men while having a young child in the house, the drinking, everything led me to asking why did no one take her child from her? She was a danger to herself and her son, though she didn’t care. Someone should have. Though I hope that Jason grew up to be a lovely, well-adjusted young man, I can’t help but think he’ll carry scars that will bleed over into his own child rearing.
I read the book quickly, but I was angry throughout most of it. Bev’s behavior, her acidic and unloving thoughts of her child, and her unjustified hatred/resentment of her family just blew me away. Most of what I read, I couldn’t believe anyone would openly admit to, and I felt sorry for Jason. This book immediately went into my ‘resell on Amazon’ pile once I finished it, and I cannot recommend it to anyone. It’s just an awful, self-indulgent vomit session of a selfish, narrow-sighted woman.
It is with a sad heart that I have to announce that our kitten, Dorian, succumbed today to his illness. The diagnosis ended up being Feline Infectious Peritonitis brought on by the Coronavirus. There was nothing we could do and the virus had just worked its way into his nervous system, so we said our goodbyes and let him go. He went peacefully with us by his side, petting him and telling him we loved him. Thursday, we will go collect his ashes and bring him home a final time.
Our hearts are broken, to say the least.
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.
May 2012 – January 2014
Well, it hasn’t been a very happy one for us.
I’m making this post a bit short and sweet. Our cat, Dorian, who is only 20 months old, is very sick. We don’t know yet what’s wrong with him, but two vet trips later and a lot of tests, there’s only one path we can go down: ultrasound and surgery. In order to help offset these costs and treatment options, we’re asking for help. We’ve set up a fundraising page for Dorian at GiveForward.com. :) If you can help–even $1!–that would be awesome. We know times are rough, so if you can’t help financially, maybe signal boost? Share the link on social media? Post it to your blog? You can see out fundraising page here.
Dorian’s Medical Care Fund.
1. My husband, Roger. He has supported and loved me, held me when I cried and laughed with me. He’s given me everything and anything my heart desires, and he’s the mate of my soul. I can’t imagine my life without his smile, his laughter, his love. He’s the other half of me, and I am so very grateful to have found him early in my life.
2. My partner, Kris. Kris has been there through so much, and she’s become as important to me as Roger. I love her, and I can’t imagine my writing, Storm Moon Press, RainbowCon, or KS Charms being half of what they are without her. She makes me laugh, infuriates me, appreciates my cooking, and shares half a brain with me. Our worlds are rich and varied, and she can finish my thoughts so very easily. I am thankful for having her in my life and heart.
3. My mother, Gail. Despite those rocky teen years, my mother has been one of the greatest foundations in my life. My mother taught me to be who I am no matter what, that who I am is nothing to be ashamed of, and that her love came without strings, without conditions, without judgment. She has struggled so much in her life, and she’s done without so I could have, and I am so very lucky to have her in my life.
4. My father, Don. When Roger and I were flat on our asses and in need of help, guidance, and a home, my dad was there. When some parents would ignore a call for help, my dad always had his hand out, ready to help me back up. He gave me the opportunity to have what I do today, and I am forever thankful for that.
5. My brother, Christopher. Though we were very adversarial growing up, in my adult years, I came to appreciate my brother for the loving, hardworking man he’s become. He makes me so proud to see who he is.
6. My pets. As a woman who cannot have children of her own, my cats and dogs are my children. I love and pamper them as if I gave birth to them myself, and they help soothe so much hurt that I’d be a miserable mess without them. They bring me joy and peace.
7. My home. This is the first single family, detached home I’ve lived in since my parents’ home, and I am so utterly grateful for it. I am truly happy in this home. It suits our needs, and it allows me so many joys I never could experience in an apartment. I am deeply grateful to have a roof over my head, but even more so to have that roof be exactly what I dreamed of.
8. The staff of Storm Moon Press. It took a lot for me to realize I needed help, and when I did, I was so very lucky to have the support staff I needed so close to me. Amanda, Dionne, Kat, and Cat are the greatest assets SMP has, and I am so very thankful for all their hard, diligent work.
9. Roger’s job. Though it takes him away for vast parts of the day, I am so thankful that he found a job in this economy.
10. My artistic talents. I sometimes take for granted that I was born with a talent for art. Painting, singing, writing, jewelry, cooking, baking, photoshop, etc. If there’s an art form that draws my interest, it doesn’t take much for me to be able to pick it up and excel at it. I have been gifted in that, and I forget it far too easily. I’m so glad I’m an artist, even if it drives me crazy sometimes.
11. For being alive. Every day I wake up. I walk. I talk. I eat. I breathe. I laugh. I cry. I do thousands of little things some people simply cannot. I am alive. I am in relatively controlled health. I am 95% happy most of the time. I have awesome friends, a great support system, and I am alive. For that, I am thankful every day I wake up.
Bonus Thankfulness: Annie and Matthew. OMG, meeting them, loving them, has been one of the highlights of the last almost five years. :D I know my life wouldn’t quite as full without them.