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The Heroine’s Journey of Mary Ann Bernal

Take a moment to get to know history enthusiast and amazingly talented author, Mary Ann Bernal, through this wonderful interview by Peter DeKuster.

The Heroine's Journey

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love being able to share my passion for history, breathing life into ancient characters and reminding the modern reader that they were just like us.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness is being at peace with one’s self as you tackle the challenges of life.

What is my greatest fear? Having hatred and violence escalate into another world war.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Lack of patience, but I’m working on that.

What is my greatest extravagance? Owning DVDs of my favorite TV shows and movies; I just “have to have them!” I especially love the behind the scenes extras, enlightening harmless gossip while enjoying a bowl of popcorn.

On what occasion would I lie? Only little white lies to keep feelings from being hurt, but I’d rather not say…

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A Not So #WordlessWednesday

Why Wordless Wednesday

Little St. Nick by the Beach Boys

This is another piece of the puzzle that makes Christmas, well, Christmas in Fatopia. Music is a big part of life in Fatopia because my grandfather loved it, my dad loves it and played it as a musician and a DJ in the navy, and of course, my love of playing as a musician and ex-DJ in my own right. Music is a universal language that speaks to the soul, and it is tied to many memories of life in Fatopia.

Here’s the Beach Boys with Little St. Nick. Enjoy!


Are You Sharing Other People’s Content? Here’s How to Do it Right | Constant Contact Blogs

Have you thought of sharing content from other blogs and websites with your followers? Here are some great tips from Miranda Paquet for how to go about it.

Are You Sharing Other People’s Content? Here’s How to Do it Right | Constant Contact Blogs.

Watch the Origins Deep Dive

Join Pedram Shojai for 36 additional interviews covering a deep dive on the Origins movie.

via Watch the Origins Deep Dive.

Na na na na, Pfffft!

Last year I did NaNoWriMo. For those that don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. Basically, every November loads of writers around the world lose their collective minds and challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. Not necessarily the pretty, polished book that you, the reader, get in your hands but a nice first draft to work from for sure.

I drove myself just about bonkers last year doing NaNoWriMo. Like a lot of writers, the end of November loomed ever closer and I was way behind in my word count. I think I stayed up something like three days and nights at the end to win. Yes, I won the challenge.

Not to make light of blogging, because I take it every bit as serious, if not more so, than writing longer works, but I know I don’t have the time and resources to dedicate to NaNoWriMo this year. There is so much crap swirling around me right now that it looks like I’m sitting in the middle of a brownish-green tornado. I do still like a good challenge, however, and decided to take on Blogging 101 to improve my blogging skills this year. I mean, if you guys are going to stop by and read this stuff, the least I can do is offer you some of my mindless drivel on a regular or semi-regular basis, am I right?


Then I heard about NaBloPoMo hosted by Now, I’ll admit to not knowing anything at all about this one, so I checked it out. Basically, this challenge appears to happen every month of the year, but is at its most popular in November because it coincides with NaNoWriMo. The challenge is to post a new blog post each day for the month of November (or whatever month you’re taking part in).

Ladies and gentlemen, I am taking part in NaBloPoMo and Blogging 101. Why am I telling you this? To make an honest woman of myself. I figure if the whole world knows I’m doing it then maybe, just maybe, I’ll be so afraid of embarrassing myself that I’ll stick with it. Am I hoping it will be easier than NaNoWriMo? In a word, yes. Not that I think blogging is easier than novel writing in general. I just don’t think I have the Great American Novel in me right now, so maybe writing shorter pieces will be easier for me. Or coming up with 30 different subjects will finally drive me off the deep end, I’m not sure.

Better check to see if I got my Xanax refilled or not.

Group therapy…

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