It is National Superhero Day!  Post your favorite superhero pics and celebrate!


I am a classicist when it comes to superheroes.  My favorites, in order:  Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Hulk, and The Fantastic Four.

Who are your favorites?


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Short Story!

I’m writing!  I’m writing!

It is a short story.  Could my writing legs possibly be under me again?

I’m so excited!

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Penpal, By Dathan Auerbach – A Review

In a word – creepy.17369352

It has been a number of months, maybe even years since I’ve begun a novel and literally couldn’t put it down until it was finished and I knew the whole story before I could sleep.  Penpal caught hold of me by the scruff of the neck and wouldn’t let me go.

Since I really, really, really want you to read this I’m not going to give away very much plot except for this:  It is a discovery of putting the pieces of a life together from when a child into the adult comprehension of today.

The main character begins investigating some strange occurrences he remembers as a child and pieces together a story he didn’t want to know.  What would you do if you discovered you were a stalking victim from when you were a child and your mother did all she could to protect you?  What would you do if you found out the stalking didn’t end until the death of the stalker/pervert and your best friend and girlfriend were involved?  Yeah, creepy.

The reader can put together the pieces faster, of course, because we are seeing it from above and waiting, sometimes with held breath, for the character to grasp the same understanding we have.

Auerbach has crafted an excellent novel with pieces of information per chapter leading to a whole.  The descriptors put us in the story with the main character and we see it from his perspective as well as our own, which is very difficult to do and keep the reader on the same track as the character without getting lost a couple of times.  Not once did I get lost.

Penpal is not only well written, it is also well edited.  The flow of the story was excellent and its cohesion didn’t flag – only once did I notice it stutter, but it can be forgiven because the character was having difficulty admitting the truth all the pieces of information were pointing to.

If you want a genuine thriller without it once stepping over into horror – as many modern thrillers can sometimes do – this book is definitely for you.  And, if you do read it, I’d like to know your thoughts.

Solid five-out-of-five stars.

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A Different List Of Classic Gothic Literature

The best Gothic novels The following list is not supposed to represent the ten most definitive Gothic novels ever published – it’s a list to inspire debate and discussion as much as it is a list of recommendations of classic Gothic works of fiction. Nevertheless, we reckon the reader of Gothic fiction could do worse […]

via 10 Classic Gothic Novels Everyone Should Read — Interesting Literature

There a couple of novels from this list I haven’t read.  It is always exciting to discover something new.

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To The BEST, MOST LOVED Wolverine – I Will Miss You (Thank You Hugh Jackman)

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ESO – Elder Scrolls Online: A New Class!

As you know, I’m a BIG video game fan and player.  The one game I find myself sitting down and playing at least an hour a day – I’m lucky in the fact I don’t have a steady job to take up my time, which actually makes me sad – is Elder Scrolls Online.  It is an epic fantasy massive multiplayer online game.  You can go to other sites and find out all about the tools, tweeks, turns, and mats, pats, pots, and specific items for gameplay.  This post is purely about playing from a player’s perspective.

Since I spend a good amount of time on the game, there are good points and bad points I can easily point out.  Such as – good: many people are wonderful to play with; bad: there are some guys, young and old, who are extremely prejudiced against female players.  Still.  No matter how good you are in a dungeon, no matter how well you carry your own weight in playing through a scenario with a group, if your identity as a female is known, there is a fifty-fifty chance you’re going to be yelled at and once out of the dungeon you will be told just how much you screwed up, sucked, and slowed down game play, even if you saved other player characters’ virtual lives more than once.  With this being said, many females are gamers.  We are good gamers, and despite what the feeble minded dorks think, we enjoy the mess out of our  characters, gameplay, and game discovery!

I am relatively new to ESO.  I’ve not been playing a full chronological year.  However, when news of a new class coming out with the newest expansion, I was thrilled!  I am thrilled!  It is a Warden!  Warden’s typically have animal companions that can help you fight.  They can heal, and their powers are, as you would imagine, linked with the world.  These are some of my favorite character types to play in table-top rpg-ing, as in Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, and Palladium.  Now one of my all-time favorite video games is going to be providing me with such a class!  Excited?  You bet!

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Warm Days And Cool Breezes

A lot has been going on with me of late.  Most of it is on the inside, though.  This past weekend was Pascha/Easter – Eastern and Western churches were in sync this year – and I am glad to say I actually made it to the evening service!

For the entire week before Pascha, I slept in my wheelchair every night and was very careful to make certain I took all medications as I am supposed to – I’m also keeping up with it, despite the bad hours that happen, more about that in a bit – and did crunches every day for my back.  I also promised God that, if He could just help me get to Pascha I would dedicate myself to Him in some specific service for the next year.

Being able to attend Pascha service this year was the most empowering, energizing, and hopeful experience I’ve had in a number of months.  Everything just worked out.  The weather warmed up and my pain decreased to the point where the medicines were able to work to actually keep me comfortable.  My appetite returned.  I began feeling more and more human as the week prior to Pascha progressed.  This is truly a miracle because the week of April 2nd was one of the worst ones this Spring.

Since making it to service Saturday night/Sunday morning – service begins at 11 pm on the Saturday before Easter/Pascha Sunday – there has been continued energy, appetite, and such joy!  The weather is playing a huge part in it, too, with warm days and cool Spring breezes.  Several days have passed where we’ve been able to leave the back door open so the dogs can run in and out as they please.  I’ve even had enough energy and will to use the Swiffer on the floors and play with the dogs.

However, this morning wasn’t good, not like it has been.  It rained and the temps dropped into the low-end of the 60sF.  My hands became horribly swollen and my elbows.  My back felt as if something very large and angry was trying to compress my spine.  There was little happiness.  In fact, I was quite down-in-the-dumps with so much pain flooding me without a single how-do-you-do or mother-may-I.

So, for a good portion of today I slid into the realm of video games, which was utterly annoying because the game console wouldn’t cooperate the way it was supposed to, but before the day was over I had it working just fine.  Plus, the rain stopped and the temperatures soared into the 70sF and the sun came out from behind the clouds.  The sky looked freshly washed and became an exotic powder blue in color.  It became such a nice day we opened the front door as well to let the breeze sweep through the house.  All human spirits lifted as did the canine ones.

Now I am working on a routine for blogging, writing, diarying, and a number of other small tasks in preparation for the summer.  This summer will be a good summer for me.  And, as soon as Father and I talk about what I can do, I’ll fulfill my vow to God, because I couldn’t have made it to Pascha if everything hadn’t worked out exactly like it did.

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Yesterday was a magnificent day.  It was warm and, for the first time in quite a while, WP_20170324_13_07_52_Prowhen I left the house I didn’t need to be all bundled up.  The sky was blue with diaphanous clouds as I was on my way to get my eyes checked for new glasses and a general workup because my eyes aren’t the same as they were last year.  However, the diagnosis was dry eyes due to getting older and use.  This meant, of course, a new pair of glasses and a different type of eyedrops for me.

Because reading and writing are so important to me, I’ve always enjoyed going for eye exams.  I consider my eyes one of the greatest tools I possess.  Keeping my eyes healthy is important to me, and the above pronouncement lifted a huge weight from my shoulders and heart because I was afraid the medication I had to stop taking had impacted my eyesight.  Luckily, it was only a coincidence.  Now, however, the eye doctor suggested a yearly checkup now since my eyes are changing from year to year.

Once this was done and WHEELS picked Sniffles and I up and took us home, I collected my current sock project together and headed outside to sit on the porch and knit for a while.  As I sat in the shade with my feet in the sun, working on the socks, everything carefully slid into a clearer perspective and all the jumbled pieces on my insides just settled into a semblance of order and peace.  The more I knitted there on the porch, in the sun, the more there was a feeling of “Everything is going to be OK.  You’ve made it through.  What you’re going through now is merely sporadic bumps in the road of health and movement.  Everything is going to be OK.  Everything is OK.”

I needed such an understanding after such a long winter of sicknesses falling on me one after the other.  It was good.

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When you’re in pain, the least little annoying thing can become HUGE! and cause you to Image result for monster hunter internationalthrow your hands up in the air in a) disgust; b) annoyance in general; and c) futility.  Since Spring is supposedly trying to get sprung, Arther has been working overtime on me.  He even put me in the bed for a couple of days – not consecutively, thank God!

Along with arthritis, I’ve been having a hellish time trying to hear and was actually too pain wracked to make it to a GP visit, I suffered through it and hoped the antihistamine and Flonase would work.  In order to listen to TV programs, I had to put on headphones through the XBox controller in order to not blast everyone else out of the house.  While I was battling this, Sniffles had a serious virus which took her voice.  In one day we became the Deaf and Dumb Sisters.  She mimed and wrote notes while I talked and read lips.  Yes, there were moments of hilarity when we tried communicating.  The guys just left us alone and do what we needed in order to converse.

One thing I try to do as an adult is be informed with the news – local and national, sometimes world.  However, during this most recent bout of illness, I simply couldn’t take any more news articles, programs, or reports.  The national news should have been something to laugh at, but it only made me depressed.  The local news was all about fatal car accidents, shootings, and council members taking pot-shots at each other and the mayor like grumpy kids when they don’t want to go down for naps.  The world news was just plain screwed.  It was beyond doom and gloom, and not something I wanted to witness, just for a moment, while trying to encourage my body to heal.  In short, I needed an escape from the world around me as well as my body.  So, what did I do?  I began reading Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia.

Larry Correia has stepped into the realm of Favorite Authors for me along with Patricia Briggs, Janet Evanovitch, Illona Andrews,  Jean Anderson, and a handful of others.  (No, none of these authors will ever take the place of Charles Dickens.  Yeah, I’m a geek like that.)  When it comes time to escape this world and frolic in someone else’s, Correia’s creations are fast becoming some of my favorite ones to read about.

Monster Hunter International is a good chase and run through monster hunting with the intrepid members of MHI.  You can’t beat them.  In this first novel, we meet the hunters for the first time as well as Newbie, Owen Z. Pitt.  Affectionately known as “Z” by his teammates, we see how Owen gets his start in monster hunting and it involves him discovering his chubby, middle management, egotistical boss is really a werewolf.  Owen actually survives the attack, without being bitten, and sends his boss through the window of his building.  From there Owen falls in love at first sight; learns to fight monsters; and save the world.  Oh, and he gets the girl!

This was the perfect novel I needed to read while healing and dealing with pain.  It gave me wonderful hours of escape and solidified me as a Correia fan.

Ten out of five stars!

Oh, the last thing I need to say about this novel is…redneck elves,

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Too Long…

“Hello, my name is Henrietta and I’m a magnet for sick bugs and viruses.”

(“Hello, Henrietta.  What would you like to share with us today.”)

“Now I am getting over a fresh cold + migraine attack and feeling pretty bitchy about things writing projects honestly.  Everyone tells me to let myself heal before doing any serious writing and I’ve come to the conclusion if I do that I’m NEVER going to write anything ever again.  Yeah, it may be a bit doom-and-gloom, but that’s the way I’m feeling.  So, I’ve made myself a writing schedule for next week and I’m going to write, write, write.  Even if it is only a few words a day and not thousands, I’m still putting myself in front of the laptop or picking up the pen and I’m writing.

One thing that’s helped me come to this conclusion has been reading.  I’ve read a lot in these past few weeks (months) and have hit upon the novels of Larry Correia.  He writes what I like to read and I’ve enjoyed every word of the novels I’ve read so far – there are plans for reading many more of them.

I can’t explain why his novels are the ones that have helped boost my writing desire except for the fact he really does write what I like to read.  Besides reading the first Monster Hunter International novel currently, I am also listening to the second Grimnoire novel on Audible.  Sometimes it is a toss-up as to which one will get the read or listen because I’m enjoying both.  (I’ve also decided to go ahead and purchase the e-books of the Grimnoire series as well and will probably get the hardcopy version, too.  When I’m a fan, I’m a fan!)  Yesterday, when a migraine came – thank You God for medication that works – I became…pissed.  I wanted to do read.  I wanted to hang out with my friends and husband.   I wanted to go through my notes for MMM.  There were a ton of other things I wanted to do other than to take medication and sit in a quiet, dark room with soft music playing.

However, I was super-lucky in that the medication actually worked this time – sometimes it’s a toss-up of whether or not I take it in time; it’s usually a race between migraine and the medication as to which one wins – and it is over today.  Now all I have going on is a stuffy head, which feels very much like a cold, but it could also be allergies.  I also want to catch the little bugs and viruses and pound them into…squishy masses of inactive matter!  Yeah, that’s it!  Squishy inactive matter!

I feel better now.  Thanks for listening.  Whose next?”

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