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Friday, March 29, 2013

Diligent Dachshund




Kaiser is ready to move! Let the countdown begin! We closed today, but funds probably won't go through until Monday. Wish us much luck in wrapping up the purchase of our very first home!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thursday's Two Cents

I don't care what sort of labels you carry.

I don't care whether you're a Christian, Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, and so on.

I don't care whether you're gay, straight, bi, whatever.

I don't care whether you're dirt poor or filthy rich.

I don't care what color your skin is or what language you speak.

There are two types of people in the world:

1) The greedy kind of person who is only out for him or herself

or

2) The person with a conscience who loves his fellow human being and who works to make the world a better place.

Those two things are what I will be looking for when I decide whether to have your back. None of that other stuff makes a dent.

So. Forget all of the other labels, and ask yourself:

Are you Type 1? Or Type 2?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cheating Death Blog Tour!



Hey, friends! Today I'm blogging as part of the Cheating Death Blog Tour, spotlighting author Jen Naumann and her newest release!




Here's the gist of the story:

Lysandra Brooks remembers everything about the day she almost drowned alongside her grandma, especially the set of mysterious eyes she saw at the bottom of the lake. Ever since then, she's been seeing strange things when she is near water—things that aren't really there. Because of it, Lysandra has the tendency to avoid anything that isn't on dry land. On her last day of high school, however, the biggest party of the year is set to take place at a fellow senior's lakeside mansion. Despite her fears, Lysandra decides to prove to her friends and herself that she can handle it.

But after a horrific night of drinking and drama that leaves Lysandra feeling lonely and confused, she nearly drowns for a second time, only to be saved by the new guy in town. From that moment on, Lysandra's world is turned upside down with the discovery of mind blowing secrets, including a revelation that something sinister is after her soul.






Here's the author's bio:
Jen grew up during a magical time in which Ghostbusters, Star Wars, E.T. and The Goonies were the biggest blockbusters. Her love of sci-fi exploded over time, eventually growing into a career of writing YA fiction with a paranormal flair. When not sitting at her Mac, she can be found at concerts and movies, hanging with friends, chilling at her lake home, taking pictures, working on graphic design projects, traveling, or at home with her husband in southern Minnesota and trying to keep up with their four active children.


 A few fun questions and answers about Cheating Death:


 

1) How would you describe your writing style to someone who had never read your work?

I would say that I'm very simplistic and my stories move along quickly. I have such a short attention span that I have to keep things speeding along to keep myself interested. I mostly write to entertain and won't be winning any nobel prizes anytime soon for my prose.


2) What was your main source of inspiration for this particular book?

When I was really young I fell off a dock with my mom. Although I felt like I was drowning at the time and remember the sensation of hitting the water upside down and backwards, we weren't in very deep water and I probably wasn't in any real danger. The rest of the story just kind of evolved from that one incident. I didn't know at the time that I would be writing about ghosts and such.


3) If you could cast your main two characters in the Hollywood movie version, who would play them?

This is really tough because I never have any real people in mind when creating characters, although I must confess that in junior high I used to write books after cutting out pictures from magazines of gorgeous models. I still have some of the "boards" I created. They're hilarious.

I discovered this Brant Daugherty guy when looking into the Pretty Little Liars series. He certainly has the gorgeous eyes to play Adiyn.

 Emilia Clarke (as her natural brunette self) from Game of Thrones is close to the Lysandra I have in mind. Very pretty, yet she could be your next door neighbor.


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You can check out Jen's blog to find out more about the author and her works -->here!

And last but not least, here's the trailer for Cheating Death on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6CUk0Ljz3M&feature=youtu.be



Monday, March 18, 2013

My Favorite Fallen Angels in Film

I don't know if any of you watch that new show The Bible. I haven't seen any of the episodes yet. There was already a lot of controversy surrounding it, but now, things have gotten even crazier. Seems the show is portraying its Satan as looking like someone quite familiar in the U.S. government! For more on that, click -->here<--.

Personally, I just shake my head at any sort of politicizing in that department. As many of you know, I have a particular affinity for angels and demons, and I have my own opinions of what they're supposed to look like. (And for the record, it's not President Obama.)

For those of you who might be curious, I would like to share with you a few clips from some films that I feel portray these wayward angels in a way that I personally think they should be portrayed. Yes, I'm biased, but I'm allowed to be. ;)

First up, whatever you think of Mel Gibson, put those thoughts aside. I felt like his interpretation of the Devil in The Passion of the Christ was pretty freakin awesome, not only because of the sexually ambiguous mystery of the character, but because he's creepy in that pretty-yet-totally-unnerving sort of way. Watch this scene to see what I'm talking about:






Next up is a Fallen angel named Balthazar, played by Gavin Rossdale, in the movie Constantine. You'll have to be patient because he doesn't show up until the end of the scene, but he's got the perfect mix of cockiness and a pinch of "I'm-about-to-make-you-uncomfortable" that give a spark to his personality. (Warning: this scene's not for kids-it's got some language and stuff.) Check it out:







And for my last two scenes, let me present to you Sephiroth from the animated movie Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children. Sephiroth is not technically an angel in the traditional sense, but he might as well be one. And he's precisely what I think a Fallen angel/Lucifer should look like:






And here's the second Sephiroth scene, where he is reborn into his awesome self. (It's complicated. Just go with it.):
















What do you think the Devil looks like? If you agree with me, you might be interested in starting my trilogy. My Fallen angels are of the gorgeous evil variety, like all good tempters should be...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day Weekend!

Do you have your green ready? If you don't, you'll get pinched!

Uh, oh! Where's Kaiser's green?

Much better!


Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend, everyone! Be merry, but stay safe!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Epic Angelic Tunes by Respighi

Today on the way to work, I was introduced to Respighi via my local classical station. So since I haven't shared music in a while, I thought I'd post this. It's epic and angelic, so have a listen! (Also, congrats to the Catholics for their new Pope! The ceremony has been gorgeous to watch.)

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Sunshine Award

I have just received The Sunshine Award from author/blogger William Louison!




The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere.” The way the award works is this: thank the person who gave you the award, and link back to them. Then answer questions about yourself. Finally, select up to 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post, and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!

Thanks, Will, for thinking of me! You all can check out his blog, What If It All Means Something, -->here<--. ((Also, as of 3/13/2013, I have also received the award from the very sweet and beautiful Charlie Chouinard, whose blog, Charlie's Books, you can find -->here<--!))


And now, here are my answers to the questions about myself:

What inspired you to start blogging?

I started this blog as a way to express myself creatively through poems, pictures, stories, or anything else I was currently feeling.


How did you come up with the name of your blog?

I wanted this blog to be a way for my soul to express itself, so the name Journey of a Soul came from that.


What is your favorite blog that you like to read?

Too many to choose from! I like reading many blogs, just like I like reading many genres of books. Each one has its own unique and enjoyable qualities.


Tell about your dream job.

I think being a travel journalist would be pretty amazing. You'd get to see all sorts of exotic places for free and then share your experiences with the world. I also have a love for decluttering and organizing, and it would be so much fun to be able to help people do that for a living! And, of course, there's that dream of being a full-time novelist...


Is your glass half full or half empty?

Depends on the day. I try to make a conscious effort to be thankful and content on a daily basis, even when life isn't going my way (which happens often!). There's that part of me that is a complete perfectionist, and I have this exact plan for how I want my life to unfold. When things don't happen as planned, I try to "let go" and let the universe/fate/God take me where I need to be.


If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go?

Oh, just one place??? Let's see... I love New Orleans. But there are also many places I've never been yet. I think Italy might be nice. Or Egypt. Or Australia. Or...


What food can you absolutely not eat?

Melons. They're yucky to me.


Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

DARK! Mmmmm...


How much time do you spend blogging?

A few hours a week, if I'm lucky.


Do you watch TV – if so, what are some of your favorite shows?

I don't watch a lot of TV, but I enjoy shows like The Antique Roadshow, and I did like Downton Abbey before they started killing everyone off!



Now to pass on the award! I could have chosen up to 10 people, but I narrowed it down to five bloggers who particularly inspire me with their posts for one reason or another. Here they are, so please check them out!


Jen Naumann 

Jon Herrera

Alisha Jaybird 

Petronela Ungureanu

Elisabeth Wheatley



Thanks for reading!

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Monday, March 4, 2013

The Paperback is Here!

It has finally arrived! You can now purchase the paperback version of Wings of the Divided at the Amazon store!



And it's still available on there for Kindle, too, so you can now take your pick and get your preferred format.

Have a great week, folks!