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Welcome to the 14th century, in a farflung outpost of the Holy Roman Empire, and a new Convent outpost of the terrrifically powerful Roman Catholic Church. Sound historically dull? Hopefully not so--for this is NOT an ordinary 14th Century Convent.

Back after a six-year hiatus....

From NaNoWriMo historical Supernatural novels in Scotland, Michigan, South Alabama and historical horror in Standwood Station, GA-to the Phantom Northern Woods-to singlehandedly refighting the American Civil War-to exploring Social Justice and standing for First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution-we deal out horror, Supernatural, Historical, fantasy, mystery, and more. We do not fear outspokeness.
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December 7, 2012 at 9:48am
December 7, 2012 at 9:48am
Pearl Harbor Day...http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history
I still get shivers reading about it; that is one of the events in history which I so wish could be altered by a time traveler....

Also Zombie Blog Hop today, and Christmas Wishes Blog Hop (Dec. 7-13), in both of which my Review Blog is participating. http://archiestandwoodsreviewsandwritings.blogspot.com/

On a personal note, I am reading the engrossing Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton, the British science fiction author. A Goodreads friend read it recently, and I was enthralled with the description, and blessed to acquire it as an ARC through Great Minds Literary Community, where I am a reviewer. (and at NetGalley:)

December 7, 2012: What was your favorite toy?
Books, books, books! Always books; I’m not much for toys, although I do have collections of frogs, angels, turtles, and lighthouses (inanimate, not the animals). Always books! Want to make me happy? Give me a book, or better yet, an Amazon gift card! LOL
December 6, 2012 at 9:45am
December 6, 2012 at 9:45am
December 6, 2012: If you could give any gift in the world, what would you give and to whom?

I would give the gift of changing human nature, and then there would be no more pain, war, betrayal, crime, ego, or greed. We all would live in peace. Of course, with no adversity, how would our characters grow?
December 5, 2012 at 12:25pm
December 5, 2012 at 12:25pm
December 5, 2012: The most surprised I've ever been . . .

I am surprised when I win a book via a Goodreads Giveaway, or a gift card for a review drawing (as I did last week); or an Amazon gift card, as I did in September; but I was really surprised when for my birthday in September, my three adult offspring went together and funded me an Amazon gift card to match my years!

When someone around me acts totally out of character, I always holler "Bar the doors! Lock the windows! It's the Zombie-poc-a-lypse!!"
December 4, 2012 at 1:16pm
December 4, 2012 at 1:16pm
December 4, 2012: Name everything you've done that you're proud of.

Well, I raised three children (one daughter, then two sons) as an inadvertent single parent. I’ve helped raise 3 grandchildren and am still helping (over the past more than 6.5 years) to raise 6 grands.

I’m an unpublished writer of multiple novels.

I’m one of the most voracious readers I’ve ever met; and I review online and help authors in this way.

Oh; and my second Baccalaureate degree, in 1998, was a magna cum laude B.S. in Psychology.
December 3, 2012 at 12:42pm
December 3, 2012 at 12:42pm
December 3, 2012: What is your greatest regret? You cannot change the past, but if you could, what would you do differently?

Ahh-if one is a follower of the teachings of Neville (Goddard) one can change the past*Smile* and certainly, at any time, one can change one’s perspective of past events (and present circumstances) and therefore change AT LEAST one’s attitude and perception of the situation. Changing perception equals change in oneself equals no longer regretting.

On a more personal update: I survived online Christmas ordering today, even though I had to retrace my steps metaphorically and order some extra items from the third of the three online venues, items I had forgotten (and of course, I just had to add more). Every bit of it goes to Christmas for the seven grands and three stepgrands. Yesterday we celebrated my youngest grandson’s fourth birthday (which was Saturday). His younger sister, the current youngest, was one on Nov. 18.
December 2, 2012 at 2:00pm
December 2, 2012 at 2:00pm
Kind of a slow and lazy sunny Sunday here: my next to youngest grand turned four yesterday, so we are having his party in a few minutes. Poor guy, 24 days before Christmas, and 13 days before his, his younger sister turned one. LOL.

Tomorrow it's the BIG online shopping for grandkids' Christmas; everything is picked out and in the shopping cart online at several stops, just have to send the orders, then wait for delivery and wrapping.

3 weeks from tomorrow is Christmas Eve; 3 weeks from Tuesday is Christmas Day. 4 weeks from tomorrow I can buy books for myself again:)
December 1, 2012 at 11:09am
December 1, 2012 at 11:09am
Woke up this AM and the first thoughts in my head were:
No NaNoWriMo for 11 months,
No daily 30-min. writing sprints,
No Chapter-a-Day read for 31 days LOL.

We live on a busy main street that is part of the route for the Community Christmas Parade, which occurred this AM. Another stray thought: in 2012, the first Saturday of December is actually: the first of December!

Today's blog prompt (well-designed to ring in this holiday season, which I personally am finding a very painful one {season not prompt}:

December 1, 2012: What is your most prized possession?

Intangibles: my ten grands, composed of seven grands and three step-grands. I live in the household with six of the grands, and my younger son’s fiancee’s son and daughter also live in town. The other grand and other stepgrand I’ve not seen since July 2004; they lived in Spokane, then moved to Idaho; I live in Georgia.

Tangible: hmmm: books of course, which also includes my Kindle Fire and my laptop, and my flash drive, and all the print books in my room. *Smile*

November 30, 2012 at 12:28pm
November 30, 2012 at 12:28pm
November 30, 2012: If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?

I would like to return to April 14, 1865, to Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. , to earlier in the day than the performance put on that evening.

No, I don’t wish to witness Lincoln’s assassination; I would like to be the kind of time traveler who ignores the “grandfather paradox” and changes history, by preventing the assassination from occurring.

As far as I am concerned, Abraham Lincoln was America’s greatest president, and I think much of the ugliness of Reconstruction, the horrors during the backlash of the Civil Rights Movement, the decades upon decades of lynchings and murders, could have been prevented if Mr. Lincoln had remained alive, and in office; and later, as an elder statesman advising later Presidents

As for an event I could only witness, but not alter: I wish I could have been present at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. I believe that was unforgettable.
November 29, 2012 at 2:25pm
November 29, 2012 at 2:25pm
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November 29, 2012 at 11:58am
November 29, 2012 at 11:58am
November 29, 2012: What are your pet peeves?

What are my pet peeves? I either have too many to remember, or I have none. LOL. That can’t be right.

I think my pet peeves all probably stem from projection: that is, the psychological defense mechanism by which an individual represses acknowledgment of a character flaw, only to magnetise others who possess it.

For example, a person who has trouble appropriately expressing anger, and maybe represses resentment rather than provoke a confrontation, may attract individuals who are loudly and overtly aggressive. A person who fears not being intellectual might surround herself with people who are clearly of low intelligence (and I am not demeaning the mentally challenged-I’m referring to people who are just not smart, or not intellectual). A woman who fears her husband might be unfaithful, might find herself with several friends in the same position. Projection!

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