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Looks Can Be Deceiving

I discovered something very…disturbing about my oldest nephew’s girlfriend. First, let me explain a little about her. She’s darling. You know what I mean. She’s a cute, beautiful girl. She’s also girly. When I mean girly, I mean, she always matches, always looks put together, and well…girly.

She works in a dentist’s office. I think she’s a dental assistant, at least I hope she is, otherwise her putting that suction thing in people’s mouths would be more than a little strange.

Anyway, this weekend, she and my nephew rode with me to my brother’s wedding shower. (It was nice, btw). On the ride home, we were chit-chatting and she tells us ‘I like when we get people in the chair with a gum disease.’ I looked in the rearview mirror at her. I know my face registered my confusion because she clarified:

“I like it when there’s a lot of blood and pus. I just go in there with my suction tube and clean it all out. I like doing that. The more blood, the better.”

I looked over at my nephew, horror on my face.

“Did you know this about her?” I asked him in a stage whisper.

The look he gave me was priceless. It was surprise, horror, and a hint of queasiness.

What could I say to her? Other than, “Maybe you should go to dentistry school.”

I was just so surprised although I was no more surprised when two years before, my other nephew’s girlfriend admitted that she likes playing with raw meat. You heard me raw. Meat. She doesn’t mind filleting fish or cleaning meat to put away. She even said when they make hamburgers at home, she makes them so she can put her fingers in the ground meat. I told her she should become a butcher.

The funny thing is, both of these girls are dainty things. They get their nails done, they tan, they wear cute clothes, and I would’ve never suspected they had these quirks. I’m not saying quirks are bad, but they’re pretty big quirks for such little young women.

I don’t have a problem with raw meat and the like, but I think I’d have to draw the line at playing with other people’s blood. A vampire I’d never be, which is why if I ever had to choose between that and shapeshifting, I’d chose to be a werewolf. Simple choice for me really. As for quirks, I don’t think I have any that would be staggering to some people, although I have heard that I’m the last person who looks like they’d have a tattoo. I don’t know why that is, but there you go. I don’t have just one, by the way, I have three and can’t wait to get more.

So how about you? Have you ever been shocked to discover something about someone because they didn’t look like they would enjoy it? Has anyone ever said you don’t look like the kind of person who would like something?

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Fantasy Man Friday

My favorite day of the week! It’s promising to be a busy weekend. Tomorrow I’ve got to look for a dress for my brother’s wedding (since I couldn’t go last week due to Mia’s illness) and then go to a bridal shower way down the bayou. I’m sure it’ll be fun. I hope it’ll be fun.

It’s also been a beautiful week. The sun was shining, the temperature was mild. *sigh* It’s Spring. Which means the grass needs cutting. Meh. Not so happy about that part, lol.

What I am happy about, is today’s Fantasy Man. Mm…you know me and my imagination. I’m thinking all sorts of things. Mostly how he looks like a musician who just got off stage and is all sweaty…slowly undressing while I’m sitting there with my tongue hanging out (because I’m not subtle). What do you think?

I have to remind myself that this is a picture, not a one-on-one session with a  sweaty, sexy man who’s waiting for me to give him his next command. Cause the next thing that’s coming off? Those pants. Oh yeah. That’s what I’m thinking. Gr-owl!

Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend everyone!

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Movie Quiz Results and a Revelation!

Yesterday’s movie quiz ended in a draw, so KL and Lynn,  you’re both getting the gift cards from Amazon. E-mail me at danica.avet@gmail.com so I can get those cards to you! So here are the answers for the quotes:

1. “You’re a vampire! I knew it!”
    “I am not!”
    “So what are you? The Flying Nun?” The Lost Boys

2. “Now let me correct you on a couple of things, OK? Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not “Every man for himself.” And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up.” A Fish Called Wanda

3. “I know what you’re thinking, ’cause right now I’m thinking the same thing. Actually, I’ve been thinking it ever since I got here: Why oh why didn’t I take the BLUE pill?” The Matrix

4. “Or are you here to tell me what a bad eugoogoolizer I am?” 
    ”A what?” 
    “A eugoogoolizer… one who speaks at funerals…Or did you think I was too stupid to know what a eugoogooly was?” Zoolander

5. “I love you, Pumpkin.”
    ”I love you, Honey Bunny.”
    “All right, everybody be cool, this is a robbery!” Pulp Fiction

6. “Didn’t you see Fatal Attraction?” 
    “You wouldn’t let me!” 
    “Well I saw it and it scared the shit out of me. It scared the shit out of every man in America.” Sleepless in Seattle

7.  ”I had to be up at that there crossroads last midnight, to sell my soul to the devil.”
     “Well, ain’t it a small world, spiritually speaking. Pete and Delmar just been baptized and saved. I guess I’m the only one that remains unaffiliated.” O Brother Where Art Thou?

8. “Are we being too literal?”
    “No you fool, we’re following orders. We were told to comb the desert so we’re combing it.” Spaceballs

9. “And most recently of all, a “Roman Toga Party” was held from which we have received more than two dozen reports of individual acts of perversion SO profound and disgusting that decorum prohibits listing them here.” National Lampoon’s Animal House

10. “When I was growing up, I knew I was different. The other girls were blonde and delicate, and I was a swarthy six-year-old with sideburns.” My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Ah me, I love those movies. Now it’s time for the revelation. As I was driving home the other day, I was listening to Don’t You Want Me by the Human League. It made me start thinking about fashion and fashion changes. I’m not talking about fashions come back into style, so much as attitudes

See, I began drawing comparisons between the 80’s and the 18th century, most especially the style of the maccaronis and New Wave. Below are pictures of both:


Mostly, it’s the outrageous hairstyles that caught my attention. They’re both exaggerated beyond belief, but we accepted this, just as they did in the 18th century (although we all agreed they were strange and some people even adopted these styles as their own). It was being different and forging a new path that forced these styles, I think. At least that’s my belief.

Next, I got to thinking about the recent Emo movement and immediately thought of the Romantics. Wasn’t Lord Byron just the most brooding tragic figure? A slave to his passions, pouring out sentiment for the world to see? Isn’t this pretty much what the Emo movement is about? People getting in touch with their feelings and giving voice to them?

Is it the pale skin, dark (carefully tended) hair that makes me think they’re similar? Or is it the power of the words they give to the world? I’m not sure, but to me, the Romantic movement (into the dark romantic movement) and the Emo movement are vastly similar.

Honestly, I don’t sit around and think about things like this. These ideas usually strike me at the most inopportune times, but when they get in my head, I have to get them out.

What do you think? Am I crazy? Seeing things that aren’t there? Hm, either way, I hope you enjoyed peering into the strangeness that is my brain, lol

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Movie Quiz #2

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m not a big follower of the holiday, but I wanted to honor it with yet another movie quiz. This time I’m going to keep it from being too difficult (I hope).

Before I start, let me just mention the reason for hard quotes. My younger brother is a movie quote freak. He’s the same person who can watch a movie with obscure actors and tell you what other movies they’ve been in as well as any commercials they’ve been in. Yes. He startled me one day by saying ‘See that guy in the crowd right there? He’s in (blah) as so and so.’ This usually leaves me staring at him with my lip curled. Hmph. My memory for faces just isn’t there. Give me bands and musicians and I’m a genius.

Anyway, on to the quiz!! Again, we’ll go with the person who answers the most correctly as the winner and they’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card.

1. “You’re a vampire! I knew it!”
    “I am not!”
    “So what are you? The Flying Nun?”

2. “Now let me correct you on a couple of things, OK? Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not “Every man for himself.” And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up.”

3. “I know what you’re thinking, ’cause right now I’m thinking the same thing. Actually, I’ve been thinking it ever since I got here: Why oh why didn’t I take the BLUE pill?”

4. “Or are you here to tell me what a bad eugoogoolizer I am?” 
    “A what?” 
    “A eugoogoolizer… one who speaks at funerals…Or did you think I was too stupid to know what a eugoogooly was?”

5. “I love you, Pumpkin.”
    “I love you, Honey Bunny.”
    “All right, everybody be cool, this is a robbery!”

6. “Didn’t you see Fatal Attraction?” 
    “You wouldn’t let me!” 
    “Well I saw it and it scared the shit out of me. It scared the shit out of every man in America.”

7.  “I had to be up at that there crossroads last midnight, to sell my soul to the devil.”
     “Well, ain’t it a small world, spiritually speaking. Pete and Delmar just been baptized and saved. I guess I’m the only one that remains unaffiliated.”

8. “Are we being too literal?”
    “No you fool, we’re following orders. We were told to comb the desert so we’re combing it.”

9. “And most recently of all, a “Roman Toga Party” was held from which we have received more than two dozen reports of individual acts of perversion SO profound and disgusting that decorum prohibits listing them here.”

10. “When I was growing up, I knew I was different. The other girls were blonde and delicate, and I was a swarthy six-year-old with sideburns.”

There you go, I hope they aren’t as hard as last time. Let’s see how you do! Remember, the winner will get a $10 Amazon gift card, so put your thinking caps on!

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Hero, Meet Heroine

I began my current WIP about three weeks ago. There I was, pleased as punch, just churning out words. I’d plotted and researched for a while before actually putting words to screen. Then, when I was 30k words into the story, I had a revelation: I was writing the story all wrong.

What had seemed like a good idea when I was plotting it out, felt wrong. I didn’t want my hero to be such an ass that readers wouldn’t like him. He still has to be an ass though. It’s part of the lesson he has to learn (you know, how not to be an ass). But the way I was writing the story, he was too hard, the heroine was too soft. Meh.

So I had to think about how to turn it around without straying too far from my planned plot. All I did was change the way the hero and heroine met. That one scene gave the story an entirely different feel and my heroine isn’t a wimp now while my hero is a dangerously sexy ass instead of just an ass. (It’s my word of the day folks, sorry.)

What did I do exactly? Well, here’s a look at what it was and what it is now:

Before
It was inevitable. When you have an outdoor table full of steaming food, some nasty animal was bound to come by and try to snatch it.
With a growl of possessive fury, Talon lunged at the cat trying to steal a piece of fish from one of his many plates.

After
A naked woman answered the door, her lips wet and swollen, eyes heavy with sated desire.
Valeria York took an instinctive step back.
“I hope you’re up for a hard ride,” the woman said in a drowsy voice. “He’s insatiable this afternoon.”

I think the second is much better. In the ‘before’ my idea was for the hero to be so insensitive, he wouldn’t help a starving animal, scaring it instead and causing the heroine to rescue it and immediately label him as an animal abuser. Yeah, I didn’t like that so much. The ‘after’ we see is just a man with too much staying power for one woman…ahem.

What do you think? And what to do you do when you realize your characters’ first meeting isn’t quite right?

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Have I Become Mommy Dearest?

Okay, so I don’t have children, I have pets. After this weekend, I’m thinking it’s better this way (for my own health).

Last week I noticed my 8-year-old miniature Schnauzer wasn’t acting like herself. She was sleeping more, not showing interest in her food, and had mucus coming out of her eyes. I was frantic after doing on-line research. Ever notice how helpful, yet paranoid inducing the internet is?

So I made my little girl an appointment with the vet on Saturday morning. We spent nearly 3 hours there because the vet feared Mia might have pancreatitis or an infected uterus. Yes, freak out was imminent. Especially since the vet wanted to get x-rays of my baby. When they took her in the back, the tears started to fall. I hate crying in public. It flat out bothers me, but there was no helping it.

As a result of my attempts to be strong and stoic, my mom decided she needed to come sit with me at the vet’s office. There were no more tears after my initial breakdown, but the news wasn’t the best. My Mia has a kidney infection, which the vet is hoping can be cleared up with antibiotics. They had to give her fluids and anti-nausea medication. And as for the mucus in her eyes, that’s from pink eye (I didn’t know dogs could get pink eye).

Now to the title of the post. Because of her weakness from not eating, the vet suggested we syringe food into her mouth if she wouldn’t eat on her own. That’s what I did this weekend: force fed my dog. She hates it, I hate it, but there’s no help for it. Not only do I have to force her to eat, but I also have to shove pills down her throat.

This makes me out to be the bad guy because every time I go near her to administer more medicine or try to tempt her to eat, she tries to wiggle away from me (very slowly). *sigh* I’m worried about her. So much so, that I was tempted to call in to work today, but if I don’t work, I won’t have money to pay for more vet bills.

So is this something all moms feel? Like even though their intentions are good, they’re the bad guy, or mommy dearest? I’m not sure I could have children if this is how I behave with my pets because knowing she’s scared and wary of me, breaks my heart.

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Fantasy Man Friday

Well, it’s been an interesting week. I’ve moved offices yet again. So far, out of the 4 yard our company owns, I have worked at 3. I’m almost feeling nomadic.

Tomorrow is the dreaded dress excursion. I’m shuddering, people. Shuddering! Maybe I can get out of going. I’ll plead the plague. No one would want me to go dress shopping then!

Anyway, I need to end this week on a positively gorgeous note. Yesterday, over at The Naked Hero they were discussing a show called Manhunter, but all I really brought away from that post, was how attractive cowboys are. Have I ever been near a horse? No. The closest I’ve ever come to a horse was at parades when they walked the streets at the end of the truck parade on Mardi Gras day. That doesn’t mean I can’t admire and drool over the men who handle those horses.

So today’s offering is a cowboy. Imagine him roaming the land on horseback, his Stetson shading his eyes, leaving nothing but a gorgeous mouth and a shadowed jaw visible…Or better yet, imagine this:

Okay, so there’s no horse in this picture…but who cares? I can think of so many ribald things to say right now but I’m not going to. Okay, just one. This is a man who looks like a horse isn’t required for riding. Ahem.

What do y’all think?

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