#SongLyricSunday – “Sailing” – Christopher Cross #musicchallenge #music

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This week’s Song Lyric Sunday Theme: Peace is hosted by Helen at “This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time“.

It’s my brother’s fault that I’ve always loved Christopher Cross’ music. Being ten years older than me, I would often listen to whatever he was listening to. Whenever I hear this smooth, easy, free flowing and peaceful song, I think of my oldest brother.

Then, my mind drifts to past vacations of sitting in the on the beach watching boats in the distance and listening to nothing but the ocean waves.

Calm. Chill. Peaceful.


Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

(partial lyrics)

Written by Carter Burwell • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics found at Google Play Music

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.




#SongLyricSunday Theme Reveal for 10/22/17 – “Peace”

Happy Saturday for Song Lyric Sunday!

I’m loving the “Peace” theme this week.

Come one, come all! Comment and participate directly on Helen’s blog!😚

Have fun!!!

This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time

This week, the lyric Simply Marquessa chose was: “When we’re together, we never fight, we’ve got better things to do tonight…” I actually came up with the themes for these a while ago, and when I first looked at the theme I chose, I couldn’t quite figure out why I chose it.  When I first read the lyric prompt and the song it came from (She Wants To Dance With Me by Rick Astley), I realized that we had already covered dance, so I had to get creative with this one as well.

I really love the theme I chose this week and I think many of you will like it as well.  I need a little bit of it in my life right now.  I’ve been through a series of doctor appointments and medical procedures and I’m quite ready for some answers.  Barring that, I’m just hoping for a…

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“What A Girl Wants” #marquessachallenge #fictionfriday

Note: This was written for yesterday’s #FictionFriday Challenge.

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(Related to previous post “The Midnight Hour“)

I forced myself to stop kissing her.

“What’s wrong?” Laney whispered as if someone else was wrapped up between the sheets with us.

She pressed her warm body against me and trailed her fingers down my arm. As her tongue grazed along my bottom lip, her hips explained what she wanted mine to do. I inhaled sharply, enjoying the bittersweet pain of holding myself back.

Hadn’t she vowed that she would never cross the line with a man like me? Didn’t she remember her speech about not messing with our solid friendship? Or was I simply having a wet dream?

When I didn’t answer, Laney playfully bit my lip and I had no choice but to pull her in and thoroughly explore the inner depths of her delicious mouth.

No, I wasn’t dreaming and nothing in or on my body was asleep. She slid her arms around my waist as my own hands grasped her face.

“Why is that when we’re together and it’s just the two of us, we never fight until…”

My words were replaced by a deep groan when Laney threw a leg over my hip. My hands immediately slid from her face down to her hips to position her in just the right spot for full contact. Our eyes made four when she placed her forehead against mine.

“Still too many clothes and way too much talking Ty. We’ve got better things to do tonight than talk, don’t you think?” she whispered as she tugged at my pyjama bottoms.

I didn’t say another word. Instead, I flipped her over so that my full weight covered her body. The smile that she gave me almost sent me over the edge.

“Now, that’s much better,” she muttered against my lips and she slipped her arms around my neck. “Talking can wait.”

Laney was right. We had much better things to do until the sun came up.

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#MarquessaChallenge – “She Wants To Dance With Me” #fictionfriday #music #prompt

Are you up for the #FictionFriday Lyric Challenge?

This week, please TAG ONE fellow fiction writer to join in!

You can find out more about this challenge in this post.

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Today’s lyric prompt is:

“When we’re together, we never fight, we’ve got better things to do tonight…”

You can use the entire lyric, part of the lyric or another lyric from the song.

Don’t forget to pingback to this post or to post your link in the comment box.

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Partnering with This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time

Shameless Self-Promotion Bragging Event! #WWWBlogs @BloggersBlast @BloggerBees @BBlogRT

You are formally invited to the “Shameless Self-Promotion Bragging Event!

Bust a move and DROP A LINK to your awesome blog, blog post or tell us about your published or upcoming book!

Go ahead and BRAG! You deserve it!

  • INTRODUCE yourself, tell us about your blog, blog post or book and why it is awesome;
  • VISIT at least three other blog links above yours, leave those bloggers a comment and maybe even follow them;
  • INVITE and/or TAG your friends, REBLOG, TWEET and spread the word across your social media networks; and
  • Take the opportunity to MIX, MINGLE and SHARE.

Feel free to drop more than one link but keep it to one link per comment box to make it easier for others.

You don’t have to “follow” my blog to participate. The next event will be October 19th!

This is simply a great way to share your work, discover new blogs and make new connections!

M xoxo

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*If you have ever commented on one of my posts, your comments will be published automatically. All others will stay in the queue until I can manually approve it.



#WriterWednesday: Taking It Personally #blogging #writing

A few weeks ago, I totally ignored Don Miguel Ruiz’s second agreement:

Don’t take anything personally“.

Let me give you the Coles notes version.

Knowing my love of music, one of my readers told me about a fellow blogger’s music challenge. When I checked it out, I loved the idea so much that I asked that blogger if she would like to cross-promote and she graciously agreed.

We’ve been having great FUN ever since.

Both of our respective challenges revolve around music and are just for fun – her challenge revolves around the fun of digging through your music collection to fit the week’s theme and my challenge asks writers to create a fiction piece based on a song lyric.

We enjoy exchanging with other like-minded music lovers and fiction writers like ourselves.

I even reached out and told some fiction friends I met during the A to Z Challenge and #Barathon as well as a few others whose blogs I follow and who I know share music. They were all cool with it and happy that I had let them know.

All except for one. I’ll affectionately call this one blogger “G” (as in “Grinch”).

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From following his/her posts, I knew that G often posted music and I thought that s/he might be interested in joining in on the music fun part.

I was wrong.

The sharpness and the tone of this blogger’s response totally took me for a loop. This is an edited snippet of G’s response:

Have you encouraged that individual to visit my page? I only visit people who show interest in my blog…In the future, please refrain from unsolicited advertisements of other sites. Those will result in being marked as “spam” and being perma-blocked…”

My initial thought was “What?” followed by the contradiction in the first two sentences. How does a blogger/writer expect to build community when they are only open to showing interest in those who read their blog?

Sure, as bloggers, we are all a little narcissistic since we often talk about ourselves but only visiting blogs who show an interest in yours?

Alrighty then…

I’m not a quid pro quo blogger. I don’t follow and read others with the expectation that they will do the same. I read tons of bloggers that don’t follow me. I might enjoy what they write but if they don’t enjoy what I write, I don’t expect them to visit more than once or follow me. As readers, we can’t all have the same interests – that’s what makes the world go around.

To be quite honest, G’s response broke my heart a little bit, making me feel as if I had done something underhanded and sneaky when all I was being was friendly – the same way I’ve mentioned a new release of a fantasy sci-fi book to a blogger who I know enjoys fantasy sci-fi or forwarded a link via comment about NaNoWrimo to a writer who says that they want to write a novel in a short period of time.

Simply a friendly gesture.

But in an instant, I allowed G’s negativity to turn me into a “tit for tat” blogger.

Though I replied in a diplomatic way, I will admit that my tone was steeped deep in total annoyance. Not only did I invite that blogger to unfollow me, I told them I was unfollowing and then promptly unfollowed him/her. That’s how annoyed I was.

Should I have taken the comment personally?

Maybe not but in that moment, I chose to take it personally. There are times when you need to boomerang back what someone gives you and that’s what I did. And I don’t regret it.

But after my annoyance subsided, I actually felt a little sad for G. In hindsight, most of G’s posts were tinged with quiet undertones of negativity against society which I let slide due to the heaviness of the subject matter they usually posted about. But now I realize that G may simply have been a sour person unable to recognize what “friendly” looks like.

There is always at least one positive lesson to be learned from any negative experience and these are the takeaways from mine:

  • If your open hand is met with a closed fist when you reach out with the best of intentions, it says nothing about you but a lot about the other person;
  • Don’t be shy to say what you want to say in a diplomatic way;
  • Shake their negativity from your spirit. Who knows what they may be going through in their lives;
  • Unfriendly bloggers are very rare so focus your energy on the friendly WP folk; and
  • Remove them from your Reader. You don’t need others dulling your shine.

If I ever encounter another G, I will simply have two words for them (and no, not the two words that you are thinking of 😊).

My two words will simply be “Thank you”…as in “thank you” for helping me appreciate the other 99.9% positive WordPress folks I have encountered over the years in the community.

And I thank YOU for continuing to share, exchange, read and comment.

M xoxo

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#TribeTuesdayWPChallenge: Will You Come Out And Play On Tribe Tuesday?

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I thrive on writing challenges.

From the first WordPress Blogging University courses to NaNoWriMo‘s (50K words in 30 days) and to the A to Z Challenge (26 themed post during the month of April), writing challenges get my juices flowing. During the last A to Z Challenge, I pushed myself hard to finish the day’s letter of the alphabet before the clock struck midnight and though I was running on fumes, the sense of accomplishment each night and exchanging with other WP participants kept me going. It was almost like magic.

But now, I want to thrive on “life enhancement” challenges…

I tried to apply the challenge concept to my non-writing life with my 52 Things in 52 Weeks and though I did accomplish a number of items (and I still will), my list was more tasks and “to-do” driven.

So before the 2018 New Year crazy hype begins, I want to start focusing on developing 12 new habits life that will enhance my life by tackling 1 habit per month for 30 days in a row.

It supposedly takes 21 days to develop a habit so 30 days would solidly reinforce it, right?

Since the WP community is a great way to source other like-minded people with similar interests, I’m looking for a tribe of 12 blogger/writers who would like to join in with their own 12 challenges.

As a “tribe” (yes, I’m using that young hip and trendy word that is all over the internet machine) we would each post the habit we are going to slay for 30 days and the “why” behind it, we would support each other and then post about the lessons, successes and not-so-successful experiences on a Tuesday on our respective blogs.

It could be any habit and does not have to relate to blogging and/or writing, for example, making your bed, leaving work on time to get home, reconnecting/connecting with a different friend via Bluetooth in the car as you drive home, giving up sugar, bringing your lunch to work every day…It could be anything YOU feel would make a difference in YOUR life.

I already know what my first 30 day challenge will be…


NaNoWriMo will fit nicely into #21earlydays since my plan is to write my 1,667 words early in the morning.

I’ll post more details about this #TribeTuesdayWPChallenge next Tuesday.

If you were to join in with me, what would one your 12 items be?

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