27 November 2014

What Are You Thankful for This Thanksgiving?



I just wanted to take the time to wish everyone Happy Thanksgiving! Today, I am thankful for my family, a warm and safe place to call home, good books, strong coffee, and all of my blog readers who have stuck by with each and every post.

I hope you have a wonderful time with your loved ones today and have tasty food.

What are you thankful for today? 

25 November 2014

Enter to Win Honest Amish Products!


I want to invite you to take a look at the review for Honest Amish Beard Care oil and Lavender and Clove soap.

Honest Amish is located in a small town in Pennsylvania and everything is made by hand and from scratch. Also, they're products are 100% natural, organic, and have sustainable ingredients.

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23 November 2014

4 Books I've Read (And Don't Remember the Title)

Recently I recalled several books that left an impact on me and couldn't remember their titles.

The thing is I'm not very good at keeping track of book titles, even of ones I've liked! For me, it's the experience of the book I need and desire. To keep close track is too close to keeping a record book of every single experience I've had in my life down to the minute. After a while it just becomes a hassle and you enjoy less the experience and just love racking up numbers. I've only just recently accepted the idea of Good Reads.

So I thought I'd describe the books I've remembered and see if any of my fellow bookworms happen to know these books -

1) Young Adult Murder Mystery 

This was a book I read as a kid. I think it's from the 80's or early 90's. It isn't Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys or Boxcar Children. I'm fairly certain it's a series, but I'm not sure. It's about a coastal town or a lighthouse or area by the sea that the main character visits. The cover is dark and of a lighthouse or coast or something. I think the main character visits family or something. The thing is I remember that I hadn't wanted to read this at first, not thinking I'd be interested, but I read it and it was really good. Spooky. And kind of dark.

2) Vampire Story

I hate vampire novels. I only grabbed this at the library once on accident and got about a quarter way through before putting it down. The thing is there is a quote in this book that I loved. It starts out something like 'My name is Fate' and it says, 'Make a wish. Make sure, very sure. Because I'm going to make sure that's the one thing you'll never get.' I loved that quote. It was so creepy and chilling. This was a book some time in the early 2000s, late 90s.

3) Sci-Fi Novel

This is one I read over the last five years. The cover had a white unicorn with a blue horn standing in a white room. It was a science fiction novel about a guy waking up every day not knowing why he's n this room. And people come in one at a time trying to help him remember. I don't remember much else about it, though.

4) Literary Book Tour Assistant

I thought for CERTAIN this had been published by Joshua Ferris, but after several determined Google searches I know it wasn't. The main character would drive around authors, take them to their hotel, bring them to the bookstore they are presenting at, etc. Though, he wants to be an author himself, he has writer's block (and by the way, the author of this book was HIMSELF a book tour assistant (or whatever the job title is called)). Anyways, I'm a sucker for a book about the writing process.

Are there any books that you've read and enjoyed, but can't recall the title? Do you keep careful track of books you've read?

12 November 2014

Enter to Win Olives to Go Snack Packs!

I want make sure you check out my review of these excellent olive snack packs! They are great for packing in your lunch and are SO GOOD!

If you want to buy Olives to Go, check out where you can purchase Olives to Go near you!   Also make sure you follow Olives to Go on Facebook and Pinterest.

Better yet, I'm also giving away a four pack to a lucky reader! So visit my blog post to enter or enter via Rafflecopter below!

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08 November 2014

A Writing Lesson I Learned from a Guy on a Skateboard

Yesterday, during my lunch break, I sat in front of a small bakery and I noticed a guy on a skateboard. I've noticed him before and he's fairly regular to this particular street. He went back and forth down the small street on his skateboard practicing various tricks.

In my mind, I almost wanted to cheer him on and say, "You can do it!" Each time he failed, and screwed up on the trick, he swore under his breath (and sometimes not under his breath) and started again. Sometimes a car came and he stood to the side, patiently waiting to start again. Finally, about a half hour after I sat down, he nailed the trick. (In my mind, I also wanted to say, "Yay! You did it!" Of course, I was silent). I didn't see him make a huge celebration, but I just sensed a silent victory. He went down a different road, maybe to try something else, or put it away for the day.

As a writer, I think we all are experiencing this type of routine. We're all on that same narrow street and going back and forth with our own skateboards trying to nail a trick. Our trick as writers is the story that we're trying to finish.  There's a lot of times we don't get it right. A lot of times where we're swearing because it just didn't work out - rejections, bad critiques, our writer's block.

Cars will get in the way. Maybe that for us is stress - money troubles, family troubles, day job troubles. It makes us stand to the side, away from our creative work, and just hope it's over soon.

Once we finally nail that trick, and this is something I learned recently, we have a quiet celebration, usually. We share the news, bashfully accept the congratulations of those we've shared our work with, and even boast a bit on our social networks. But we go back to the drawing board because the next trick awaits for us to conquer.

The thing is we must always go back. We must go back to that same narrow street and try to nail the trick. Even as the skateboard slides out from under us half way through trick and we land on our back.

06 November 2014

Enter to Win Florida Coffee!

I want to encourage all of you to come by Fancy That! and enter to win coffee from Florida Coast Coffee Company! It's a must try coffee blend!

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Giveaway ends 11/15.

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03 November 2014

My Newest Video Poem!

Alongside writing stories, one of my favorite things to do is to create video poetry! I compile images and music alongside the poetry to enhance the message of the poem. My latest creation was inspired by a poem that my mom, Jackie Pontzious wrote entitled, "Whispering Reflections." I compiled the video and couldn't wait to share it with you all!

Feel free to share amongst your friends, if you would like! Also, if you have a poem you've written that you want developed into a video like this, let me know. I love creating things like this!


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