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Thursday, September 27, 2007 That's entertainment?


New season of my favorite shows


The new season has begun and I have to admit it’s already started off in disappointment. Some of them are irritating because the first show of the season was a tired, dragged out episode. The plot hasn’t improved. Basically they were blah.

1. How I met your mother—All right already. You met her. Get on with it.

2. Two and a Half men--Snore

3. The Unit—this was a very cool program until near the end of the season last year. It became boring and contrived. This new episode was not only contrived it was boring and lackluster. These guys are great actors and they deserve a much greater plot line than they’ve been given.

4. NCIS—This new episode ROCKED!!! I’m telling you I can’t wait to see next week’s episode. Thank you NCIS writers for knowing what people want and given these actors excellent plot lines.

5. CSI: NY—this one I can’t make an opinion on after this first episode. I don’t really like Gary Sinise but the rest of the cast carries him well. The show was intriguing this week. We’ll see if they continue.

6. Criminal Minds—I’m freaking out! I can’t believe we’re loosing a character. I’m sad because I LOVE Mandy Patinkan and there was no reason offered for his leaving the show but he will be missed. The show did deliver well in the season premier. At the end of last season they gave us a bitch on wheels to hate and that has continued to this point. Man I’d love to see this character get what she deserves.

7. Law & Order SVU: The season premier didn’t leave me a chance to form an opinion. At the very beginning I was sure I’d be unhappy with the show but they made up for it. I’m waiting until next week to decide.

8. CSI: Miami—David Caruso has always irritated me. He’s a horrible actor and his character is as exciting as watching paint dry. He brings the entire program into a turtle-like movement. This week was the same. The show would be pretty good if Horacio Cain bit the dust. Would love to see him get trapped in the swamps. Of course he’d probably bore the alligators to death

Programs I can't WAIT for:

9. CSI—Will Sara be dead? Last season made me hope she does bite the dust but I’ve had all summer to think it over and I have to admit it would be a shame to loose that character. Grissom finally has a love interest and it ISN’T Catherine!!!

10. Numb3rs—Rob Morrow. ‘Nuff said

11. Rules of Engagement—This show is entertaining. Not age appropriate for the time slot its in but for mindless fun it works

11. Shark—I love Sebastian Stark. He’s a gritty, self-righteous man. And James Woods. He’s a fabulous actor and it’s fantastic to see him in such a wonderful man every week

12. Ghost Whisperer—I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this show but the premise is so fun and enjoyable. My only complaint was that they killed off Andrea. She was a cool character.

13. Without a Trace—Some times I can get into this show sometimes I flip the station. It changes from week to week but maybe this season will be a little more intriguing.

There are some new shows coming this season. I watched the new one The Big Bang Theory--Can't think of her name. It's like Cuoco or something. That was okay.

I'm looking forward to checking out Moonlight but I was disappointed that Close to Home wasn't coming back.

And saving the ABSOLUTE best for last--HUGH JACKMAN!! OMG!!!!!!! I can see this stud every week! I'm going to need a bib. He's playing in the new show Viva Laughlin. I'm so dying to see this one.

Am I bit opinionated? Not me! LOL But as they say, “opinions are like assholes, every body’s got one.”

See ya soon!




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Thursday, September 20, 2007
Another T13 and I aint got no topic


My Dreams for the future


It’s becoming harder and harder to come up with these things. I could sure use some suggestions on T13 topics. Any help would be adored. For this week let me see…

1. I want my children to grow up happy and healthy and morally grounded. I want them to stand up for what they believe in and not be afraid to stick with it.

2. I want my family to always be as close as they are today. And for them I also wish happiness and health.

3. I want to stay around to see my children, grandchildren and great granchildren graduate highschool, go to college and get married. Maybe even stick around to see a couple of great great grandchildren

4. I want to always be as close to my best friend as we are now. She’s my friend, the sister I never had, my partner in crime, my rock when I’m weak, my cheerleader, and my biggest fan.

5. I want what sounds so monotonous. The impossible: I want there to be a world where we can all agree to disagree.

6. I want politicians who don’t lie. Yeah there’s something that’s going to happen. When pigs fly…

7. I want to see an end to cancer, altzheimers, and all diseases that take our children before they’ve had a chance to live.

8. I want to see an end to autism. I want children who suffer from this be relived and happy.

9. I want to see all pedophiles, rapists, and murderers executed instead of living a lifetime supported by my taxes. I want jails to be a place to actually suffer for your crimes not a place that offers gyms, televisions, and other niceties.

10. I want everyone to know home, shelter, food, warmth and security.

11. I want everyone to receive health care

12. I want drug companies regulated to keep them from gouging the ones who need the prescriptioins. And I want insurances to give the treatments back to the doctors instead the doctors having to be told by insurance who can receive what medical care.

13. Oil companies should be regulated so that they cant continue to fuck with our gas prices. How the hell are people supposed to eb able to go to work and provide for their families when they cna't afford the gas to get to their jobs. These oil asses should be forced to keep the gas costs low. Some people can only work at minimum wage jobs. Those wages make it near impossible for people to afford the gas. When a person has to choose between food, food, medical care and going to get gas so they can get a job, that's bullshit.

Finally I have one more dream:
14. I would love to see me become a household name—success in my writing life.





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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
been thinking

Yes. Sometimes it really does hurt, LOL I've been trying to decide what I want to write next. I had an idea but I'm not sure its going to work for me right now. So I'm looking for a new direction. So I'm giving you a voice.

Here are your choices:

Greek myth based romance
Elf romance
Other world romance

I know it might be easier if you had more to go on but I don't want to tip my hand. So--just let me know which type of story you'd enjoy. I'll take care of the rest.

Thanks!
JJ

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Thursday, September 13, 2007 My favorite Myths


FAVORITE MYTHS

I love myths. Myths from all cultures, from all ages. I decided to share of few of my favorites. There are many more that I adore but these are among my tops:

1. Selene and Endymion: Endymion was a handsome shepherd boy of Asia Minor, the mortal lover of the moon goddess Selene. Each night he was kissed to sleep by her. She begged Zeus to grant him eternal life so she might be able to embrace him forever. Zeus complied, putting Endymion into eternal sleep and each night Selene visits him on Mt. Latmus, near Milete, in Asia Minor. The ancient Greeks believed that his grave was situated on this mountain. Selene and Endymion have fifty daughters.

2. Psyche and Eros: Psyche is the youngest of three daughters. She was of such extraordinary beauty that Aphrodite herself became jealous of her. The goddess then sent her son Eros to make Psyche fall in love with an ugly man. However, the god himself fell in love with the girl and visited her every night, but forbade her to see his face, so she did not know who her lover was. On her sisters' instigation she tried to discover the true identity of her beloved. When he lay asleep in her bed, she lit an oil lamp but when she bent over to see Eros' face, a drop of oil from her lamp fell on him and he awakened. When he noticed her intent, he left her. Psyche wandered the earth in search of her lover, until she was finally reunited with him.

3. Persephone and Hades: Persephone is the goddess of the underworld in Greek mythology. She is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Persephone was such a beautiful young woman that everyone loved her, even Hades wanted her for himself. One day, when she was collecting flowers on the plain of Enna, the earth suddenly opened and Hades rose up from the gap and abducted her. None but Zeus, and the all-seeing sun, Helios, had noticed it. Broken-hearted, Demeter wandered the earth, looking for her daughter until Helios revealed what had happened. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate (or the seeds of a pomegranate, according to some sources). When she later ate of it, it bound her to underworld forever and she had to stay there one-third of the year. The other months she stayed with her mother. When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began.

4. The three fates or Moirae: The Fates, or Moirae, were the goddesses who controlled the destiny of everyone from the time they were born to the time they died. They were: Clotho, the spinner, who spun the thread of a person's life, Lachesis, the apportioner, who decided how much time was to be allowed each person, and Atropos, the inevitable, who cut the thread when you were supposed to die. Even though the other gods were almighty, and supposedly immortal, even Hera had reason to fear them. All were subject to the whims of the Fates. Ministers of the Fates were always oracles or soothsayers (seers of the future). The Fates were very important, but it is still unknown to who their parents were. The Fates were often depicted as ugly hags, cold and unmerciful. But the Fates were not always deaf to the pleading of others. When Atropos cut the thread of King Admetus, who happened to be Apollo's friend, Apollo begged the Fates to undo their work. It was not in their power to do so, but they promised that if someone took Admetus' place in the gloomy world of Hades' domain, he would live. The king's wife, Alcestis, said she would take his place. But Hercules, who happened to be Admetus' guest, rescued her from the underworld, and Admetus an Alcetis were reunited.

5. Muses: The Greek goddesses who presided over the arts and sciences. They were believed to inspire all artists, especially poets, philosophers, and musicians. The Muses were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory. The number of Muses varies over time; initially there was but one, and later there is mention of three: Melete, Mneme, and Aoede (the Elder Muses). They were nymphs in Pieria, western Thrace, and their cult was brought to Helicon in Boeotia by the Aloadae. Usually there is mention of nine muses: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania, the Younger Muses.

6. Ammut: Egyptian Goddess. She devoured those souls who were found unworthy to dwell in the Afterlife. The process of judgement involved the weighing of the deceased person's heart against the feather of Ma'at. If the heart (the seat of the soul, according to the ancient Egyptians) was found to be heavy with sin and impurities and did not balance with the feather, Ammut would devour them.

7. Isis and Osiris: Isis was the sister of Osiris (who was also her husband), Nephthys and Seth, the daughter of Nut and Geb and the mother of Horus the Child. As the wife of Osiris, Isis assisted her husband during his earthly reign. In the Pyramid Texts, allusions are made that indicate that Isis foresaw her husband's murder. Following his death, Isis tirelessly searched for his body so that he may be properly buried and may rest in peace in the Underworld. Through her magic, she brought Osiris back to life so that he could impregnate her with their son Horus. God of the earth and vegetation, Osiris symbolized in his death the yearly drought and in his miraculous rebirth the periodic flooding of the Nile and the growth of grain. He was a god-king who was believed to have given Egypt civilization.

8. Wepwawet was a jackal-like funerary deity, whose name means "opener of the ways". Unlike Anubis, who was also jackal-like, Wepwawet was shown with a gray or white head. This leads some to believe that he may have originally been associated with the wolf. During the 12th Dynasty, Wepwawet was replaced by Khentyamentiu, a mummiform god, as the god of the Abydos necropolis and then finally by Osiris himself. Wepwawet was the nome god for the 13th nome of Upper Egypt, which the Greeks called "Lycopolis" (Wolf City). His role was to protect and lead the deceased through the Underworld (hence his name). He also accompanied the king while hunting and while in this capacity was called "the one with the sharp arrow who is more powerful than the gods." Wepwawet was also thought of as a messenger and the champion of royalty. Like Shu, he was said to be "the one who has seperated the sky from the earth."

9. Thoth : The god of wisdom and learning. He was said to be self-created in the beginning along with his consort, the goddess Ma'at (truth).Thoth was believed to have filled many roles in the world of the gods. It was believed that he invented writing and was the vizier and official scribe of the afterworld. The Book of the Dead was written by him. He and Ma'at were believed to stand on either side of Re in his boat as he (as the Sun) traveled across the sky. It was thought that they also might have directed the course that the boat took. It was widely believed that Thoth invented the magical and hermetic arts, and thus the Tarot deck is frequently referred to as the "Book of Thoth" He was associated with the moon; as the sun vanished; Thoth tried to dispel the darkness with his light.Thoth is shown attending all major scenes involving the gods, but most especially at the judgement of the deceased. It is here that he (shown as a dog-headed ape) sits on the top of the balance that weighs the heart of the deceased to determine if it is as light as ma'at. The concept of ma'at is one of truth, justice, and "that which is straight". It may even be related to "cosmic order". The baboon Thoth informs the ibis-headed Thoth when the balance is at equilibrium. The ibis-headed Thoth then makes his report to the other gods who then pass judgement on the deceased.

10. Why Rabbit Has A Short Tail: Rabbit once had a very long bushy tail and he was very proud because his tail was even longer and bushier than Fox’s. Rabbit would walk around showing it off to all the other animals. Fox grew tired of the constant bragging and in the winter he decided to do something about it. He contrived to tie four fish to his tail and he cut a large circle in the ice of a pond. When Rabbit came along Fox lowered his tail into the water. Rabbit immediately became curious and asked Fox what he was doing. Fox lifted his tail and showed off the fish. “I want to fish too,” Rabbit whined. “My tail is far better than yours. Let me fish.” Fox nodded and tied a bit of rope to Rabbits tale. Then Fox took his fish and left. Rabbit sat all day. He sat all night. His bottom became cold and he was very tired. Fox came up the next day and saw Rabbit still sitting on the ice. Rabbit begged for help as he was cold and frozen into the pond. Fox went to his side and grabbed him by the front paws. Rabbit popped out but his beautiful tail was left behind. That is why Rabbit now has a short tail.

11. Why The Opossum's Tail Is Bare: Possum once had a thick and beautiful tail. He was as vain about his tail as Rabbit had been. Rabbit, still angry with Fox for ruining his tail, decided to get Possum to stop bragging. A great dance was coming and all the animals were so excited they spent hours getting ready. Cricket, the barber, was hired to go from lodge to lodge making sure all the animals looked their best. Rabbit asked if Cricket was tired of hearing Possum brag. Cricket said that he was indeed tired of it. So when Cricket went to Possums lodge to get him ready he was going to do something to make Possum stop bragging. Possum lay down on the floor and Cricket began to trim the fur from his tail. All the way down to the roots. As he clipped he tied a red ribbon about the tail. At the dance he swirled around the room calling all to look at his beautiful tail. He untied the ribbon all the while dancing around shouting about his tail. When the ribbon was finally off Possum saw his ugly tail. He was shocked and embaressed. So much so that he couldn’t say a word merely dropped to the ground, rolled over and played dead. This is why Possum’s tail is bare and why he rolls over and plays dead when frightened.

12. Why The Deer's Teeth Are Blunt: Rabbit was extremely jealous of Deer’s fine horns so one day he decided to get even. He went and found a grapevine hanging from a tree. Rabbit gnawed part way through the vine. Then he reached over and grabbed a stick and whittled it thin in the middle. When Rabbit heard deer coming he sprang from the ground and swung from the vine. Deer was intrigued and asked Rabbit what he was up to. Rabbit said he was strenghtening his bite. He bragged he could bite the vine in two. Deer very much wanted to see that so as Rabbit swung he bit into the thin part of the vine and came down with the torn bit in his mouth. Deer wanted to do it so Rabbit helped him find a vine. Deer tried and tried but couldn’t bite through the vine. Rabbit shrugged and said Deer wasn’t as good as he was. Rabbit said he could bite through anything and he picked up the stick he’d whittled down earlier. He took a bite and the stick broke in two. Deer wanted to be able to bite too so Rabbit said he would help. He had Deer open his mouth and he studied the teeth that looked like Wolf’s teeth but not as sharp. Rabbit said the reason Deer couldn’t do it was because his teeth were not sharp but he’d help Deer by sharpening his teeth. Rabbit took a stone and began to grind at Deer’s teeth. It ached poor Deer but Rabbit said that it always hurt at first. When Rabbit finished grinding Deer had teeth ground down almost to his gums. Now Deer has very dull teeth and can only eat grass and other vegetation.

13. Why The Bullfrog's Head Is Striped. Many years ago when the world was new Frog was going from village to village meeting his neighbors and making friends. While he was in a Cherokee village he came across Badger the gambler. Badger never lost a game but that didn’t stop Frog from teasing him and accusing him of cheating and making fun other sorts of fun. Badger became angry and challenged Frog to play against him. Badger said who ever lost got scratches on his head from the other one. Frog was afraid because Badger never lost. Other animals had gathered around and they began to taunt Frog calling him a coward. Finallt Frog was bullied into the game. Badger won as he always did and he took his great claws and scratched down Frog’s head. Yellow stripes appeared and forever after bullfrogs have yellow stripes.




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Tuesday, September 11, 2007 just for fun




Your Monster Profile



Blood Thirsty Beast



You Feast On: Jack and Coke



You Lurk Around In: Closets



You Especially Like to Torment: Blondes


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Thursday, September 6, 2007 T13 and a sad goodbye

Before I get into my T13 I'd like to take a moment of silence in honor of the greatest tenor I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. Maestro Luciano Pavarotti died early this morning. Maestro had such an incredible voice that I think had to touch a part in everyone. I love to listen to him belt out Ava Maria. I also love listening to the Three Tenors. Maestro Pavarotti, Jose Carraras and Placido Domingo blend magically. Yeah there's something else for this weeks T13: I dig opera--to a point!

(Now here is the T13 post as originally written)

Have you even been accused of thinking the world revolved around you? Well for this week’s T13 it does. So what can I tell you about me?


Things about me


1. I love reading. Beatrice Small, Rebecca Brandewyne, and Madeline Baker are my faves for romance. Stephen King is definitely it for horror.

2. I love Rocky Horror Picture show and dressing for the parts. Now I just need to find a decent theater that will play it!

3. I’m a bit anal about certain things. My food must NEVER touch. As a matter of fact I often order things on separate plates. IF something touches, say bread touches mashed potatoes, I tear off the hunk that has touched each other. My best friend and I go out for dessert once in a while. We always order the two things that interest both of us and then split them. I have to have a separate plate for this purpose as well.

4. I enjoy sitting back and listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Spring is my favorite). Greigg’s Peer Gynt Suites 1 and 2. Handel’s Largo from the opera Xerxes. I can blare this as loud as any of my head banging music while driving down the highway.

5. I love John Wayne movies. THe only exception is In Harms Way. This movie disturbs the hell out of me. I don’t know why. I have a collection of reference books on Nazi Germany and the Allied Forces. I can watch movies about WW2. I can watch slasher films and even Rob Zombie movies don’t disturb me. I guess they should…Anyway. In Harms Way makes my guts clench and I literally feel physically ill. Maybe a good shrink could help me along with that…

6. I was uncomfortable with my mother and all the rest of my fmaily learning that I write what they consider smutty porn. I got over that quickly. Mom was with me when I had to drop the contract in the mail. She hounded me and I finally admitted to her what it was I wrote. She blushed. Almost died and then advised me that I am a grown woman and can do as I please. So long as I NEVER tell the family what it is I do write.

7. I have been known to cry at TV commercials. Bambi still makes me weep.

8. I love the musicals Fiddler on the Roof, CATS, My Fair Lady, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Easter Parade.

9. I collect fans. No not the ones that hang from the ceiling, LOL. (Although I am hoping to collect some fans of my writing!) I have one from Spain, two from the Orient, a small one from the civil war era. I am always looking for another addition to the ever-growing collection. This actually started out by accident. I was forever using a piece of paper to fan off with and an older lady friend (second grannie) gave me one. Since then the collection has just sprouted a life of its own. The one good thing is I always have uses for them and besides they’re really neat conversational pieces.

10. My favorite drink is Frog Piss. This is made by taking Midori (the green melon flavored liquer) and vodka (I prefer Smirnoff) mixing into a glass over ice and viole instant satisfaction.

11. At a bar I used to hang out in I had a drink created just for me by the tar bender. (Trust me after drinking my namesake I couldn’t remember who he was, where I was, or how I got home). Now I can’t remember exactly what all was in this so I’m playing by fuzzy memory. I know there was Malibu rum, Jose Cuervo, Vodka, Midori, some kind of peach something, a bit of Captain Morgan Spice, a splash of Dr. McGillicuddy’s (Mint Schnapps) some pineapple juice and cherry juice. He popped pineapple slices and two cherries on a little sword deal. Now this drink is served in a standard glass over ice. It was weird the first take. The second sip wasn’t so bad. Three and four were fabulous. The rest I don’t really remmeber but I was told by a VERY trustworthy friend I had three such drinks and Had to be poured into the car and shuttled home. Jinger’s KC Special. Now if you ever attempt this drink I only ask one thing. Remember my name and try to remember to let me know what you thought of it.

12. My favorite motorcycle is a (surprise, surprise) Harley Davidson 1997 Heritage Springer Softail.

13. I have been known to “Kidnap” my best friend and head off for a road trip, out for a bite to eat, or take dives. These occasions usually occur at or around 10pm. However there hav also been calls made at 3 am telling her toss a few things in a bag we’re driving to Memphis for the day.




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