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“TV” and “Binge” – hardly ever! #MFRWAuthor

Welcome to week three of the #MFRW blog challenge!

This week’s topic is “TV Shows I binge.” Be sure to click on the links to other authors at the bottom of today’s post!

TV bingeing? Not a habit either of us ever developed. We have so many interests, if there’s open time, we’re much more likely to head outdoors, go dancing, take a road trip, ride our bikes, or do something else active. But I will confess to a (very few) TV vices, mostly carried out in the late afternoon or evening.

Downton Abbey – an all-time fave, for both of us. We now own season One (which we missed when it came out) and will probably purchase season Two, only part of which we caught. After that we never missed an episode (made easier by our “genie” which recorded them all if we couldn’t be there on a Sunday night). And yes, we do re-watch them on occasion. Miss those people, keep wondering how they’re doing, which is probably related to why we also keep expecting to run into characters we’ve written. Fiction takes on a life of its own at our house.

The Big Bang Theory – who doesn’t love Sheldon Cooper? He has a special spot in my heart because he’s my dad, to a T. Total science nerd, brilliant, socially inept, endearing. Since both hubs and I are trained as social scientists, we also wonder how many people actually understand some of the research terms Amy and Sheldon throw at each other. We loved the A B A design of their experiment in living together, for example – who in our fiction world gets that? Maybe we should write a science nerd hero, though anthropologist Matt Bayfield from our romantic suspense The Unmasking is close. We also think Amy and Sheldon have helped mainstream the spicy side of what we write, with their spanking jokes and her marvelous schoolgirl outfit.

I do have to add sports, though hardly ever at binge level. A Wisconsin boy, Hubs is a Green Bay Packer fan, and we never miss a game if we can help it. We’ll be rooting for them this Sunday in yet another do or die scenario – only two more games to Run the Table, as Aaron Rodgers promised! Both of us spent our college years in the ACC conference, so March Madness is always on the docket. We followed Michael Jordan when he played for UNC (my arch-rival, but recent years have been pay-back time). And baseball – hubs lived 3 blocks from Wrigley Field when we got together, so you can bet we were thrilled when our cubbies FINALLY brought home the World Series pennant last fall! Professional golf rounds out our sports selections, something we not only follow on TV but also have attended in person. We already have tickets to the US Open in Wisconsin next summer, when it turns out we’ll be traveling in the Midwest. Of all the sports we watch, it’s the only one in which we also participate (well, hubs golfs, I’m just starting lessons).

And that’s pretty much it! But we will confess to a twenty-four hour binge in our (somewhat) recent past.

Do you remember all the hoopla about Y2K? Without planning to, we happened to tune in to Peter Jennings and the ABC network’s 24 hour coverage of the 1999-2000 midnight hour across the globe. We dropped in on it not long after Y2K crossed the international dateline, and watched in fascination as fireworks went off over Sydney harbor. Hubs and I and our college age son stayed up for the next 24 hours and watched the entire unfolding drama of nothing terrible happening, along with rich coverage of so many foreign cultures. Loved it.

Be sure to click on the links to check out everyone else’s TV binge vices!

 

The family said WHAT? #MFRWAuthor

Week 2 of the MFRW year-long blog challenge! Click on the list at the bottom to travel to all participants. This week’s theme? How my family supports my writing.

 

None of us could do what we do without support, and when family is on our side, we thrive – we can take on the world. For starters, the most important family member in my life – my husband – is my co-author, so we face the world with a solid foundation.

We got a good head start in the families we grew up in. Our parents are gone, but all four of them encouraged creativity and supported unconventional choices, however ill-advised some of those choices might have seemed at the time.

Hubs’ mother was an avid romance reader, especially during the nine years she was a widow after his dad died. As her eyesight worsened, we’d hit our local used book store for a half-dozen large-print romance books every three weeks before making the five hour drive to check in on her for the weekend. She did read (and liked) a couple of our early romantic suspense stories, although she confessed she “skipped over” the sex parts. She would probably not have approved of the erotic direction our writing later took.

Both my parents, on the other hand, probably would have, and I think my dad would even admit to some envy, were he still here. His older sister – my aunt – worked for the Kinsey Institute, so no topic was off limits when she was around. She and he are probably doing fist pumps as they watch us navigate the publishing world with our sexy stories. My mother would probably have kept her approval more hidden (she disapproved of my aunt). But when it came time for me to clean out their last apartment, on the bookshelf hidden behind the clothes in her closet I found a well-read copy of the Kama Sutra, so I know her heart would have been on our side.

We carry their support with us, always.

 

Wild Geese that Fly…#MFRWAuthor

…with the moon on their wings

Oh. MY favorite things – well, the Sound of Music list works pretty well for me, it turns out.

So I’ll top off this list of favorites with something from the original REAL Maria Von Trapp – I grew up listening to the Von Trapp Family Singers Christmas album every year. Perfect harmony, beautifully blended voices. That sound was Christmas for me and has never been replicated since.

In no particular order:

Music: making music, listening to music, moving to music.

           

Being outdoors: Here’s a photograph I took on our Christmas Day hike in the Saguaro National Park, looking east toward Mt. Lemmon. I think Maria Von Trapp would have liked this, too, though the Saguaros would have been unfamiliar to her.

Reading: I’m an author, right? As a child, I would hole up in my room and read whenever possible, sometimes even causing me to miss dessert.  I’m grateful for a family who understood.

Traveling: We’ve retired (from day jobs) to the Southwest and spend summers traveling (and writing) in our motorhome. I can’t imagine a better life, though I always loved my various jobs (therapist, counselor, teacher) when I was working full time. A couple favorite spots:

Taos Pueblo, NM                          Cathedral, Merida, Mexico

Staying healthy: strongly related to all of the above. I could do none of these things if I didn’t have my health, and I invest a lot of time and energy doing whatever’s within my power to maintain it.

There’s lots more, but this hop has fifty-one more weeks, plenty of time! One thing I noticed – all these faves are things I do, not things I possess. I like that. What are some of your favorite things?

This Blog Hop is sponsored by Marketing for Romance Writers. Check out everyone else’s favorite things below. We don’t just sell books (though we do love to do that), we’re all real people who love connecting with readers about all the things that matter to us.

 
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