y turn at two truths and a lie. In my day job, I claim to save cities. Below are three ways that I claim to have done so. Which are true, which is not?
- I worked as a city manager for a small town in the northeast.
- I once was a university professor teaching courses on urban development and economic development, while providing expertise to the various city agencies and nonprofits through research and consulting work.
- I have lived in many edgy neighborhoods, leading the way to new possibilities.
What do you think? Which is a lie? What do you think are the best ways to save cities? Yes, I do have an urban fantasy in my future. 🙂
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The theme for the next two weeks is Truth Or Lie? I’m going to give you two truths about me and one lie. Then you’ll need to guess which is the lie. I travel extensively and had many unique experiences along the way. Here are three experiences I’ll never forget, but one is a bald lie, and maybe in a way, a wish that maybe someday it will come true!
Here it goes:
Truth One: I traveled to Egypt and climbed to the top of the Great Pyramid. Once at the top, there is a room where I participated in a meditation and laid inside of a stone ‘coffin’.
Truth Two: During 9/11, I was out of the country visiting Fatima in Portugal. One of the women ran out of the church shaken up because she envisioned tall building falling down around her. Afterwards, we we found out what had happened in the United States.
Truth Three: I danced and drummed around henge stones in England with a modern Wiccan group during the full moon.
So which do you think is a lie?
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I have never been a reader of superhero fiction. It has only been recently, mostly through the Marvel films, that I have learned more. Currently my favourite are the Guardians of the Galaxy. Same as Sabrina I like my heroes working as a team.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet run to the cinema and do so. It is a lot of fun with intriguing characters…
Chris Pratt did a great job playing Star Lord and he doesn’t look too shabby either;). And he has some pretty awesome dance moves…
I love the Avengers and cannot wait for the next movie to come out, but I have to tell you that Star Lord and his team are giving Iron Man, Thor and Captain America a run for their money.
Who is your favourite superhero?
I like my superheroes in teams, working together, crying together, eating shwarma. When I was young (primary and secondary school), I loved the Legion of Superheroes. Remember them? Saturn Girl, Timber Wolf, Lightning Lad and his sister Light Lass, Braniac, Triplicate Girl, Chameleon Boy…heck, even Superboy traveled to the future to join thee group. Doing it in a team always seemed more realistic. Yes, they had superpowers but they also had weaknesses. Often big ones.
My love for puppy piles of superheroes was strengthened and deepened by the X-Men. That group brought misfits, outsiders, the onlies and the lonelies together. And if being part of the squad did not make each one whole and healed, it did make things better for them. Because one thing we love to love about superheroes, is the isolation and loneliness that comes from having unworldly and often ill-understood powers. To be a superhero is often to stand alone. Its why so many of us struggle to be normal, because being great seems to come at the cost of being able to connect. So super groups seem to compensate for that cost.
Which brings me to the last and final group–the Avengers. Kudos to Joss Whedon (again) who really showed the inherent challenges of moving egos, barely contained power, and scarred psyches in a single direction.
How about you? How do you like your superheroes?
I love Batman. He’s the ultimate alpha hero—handsome, rich, intelligent, brooding, muscular with a tender heart surrounded by a steel wall. He lets no one in but the very few people he can trust—Alfred, Robin, Superman and Wonder Woman. The trinity of three (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman) make for a formidable team.
Batman has no superpowers, but he’s a survivor. With his exceptional fighting skill and the use of his innovative gadgets, he can stand side-by-side with any super hero. Ah. What I would give for him to swoop down on his bat-a-rang and scoop me up for one night of passion. 🙂
What is often overlooked is his amazing detective skills. He also has a super cool computer system hooked up to all sorts of data and impossible information only he can access! The ultimate, sexy nerd. How can anyone ignore an intelligent, impossibly sexy guy with a body sculpted of pure muscle?
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Brace yourself, I am inviting literary couples for dinner. I imagine chaos will ensue!
Hawke and Sienna from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series. I think I have mentioned a few times that Kiss of Snow is one of my all time favourite books. I would love to have the two over for dinner and just hang out.
Kate Daniels and the Beast Lord Curran. I love the Magic series by Ilona Andrews. Not sure if you’ve read Magic Breaks, the latest book in the series, yet, but OMG! Things Happen! I would love to chat with Kate and Curran and find out what they plan next.
Next on my guest list would be Eve Dallas and Roarke. The In Death series by J.D. Robb is just incredible. I would love to sit beside Roarke and listen to his Irish brogue. Watching Eve hang out with Sienna or Curran would be indescribable.
My last two couples would be Mercy Thompson and her mate Adam from Patricia Briggs’ series and Lily and Rule from Eileen Wilks’ Lupi series.
What would I serve, you ask? I would not. Believe me, it is much healthier for anyone involved. I am not what can be described as a good cook. Secondly, I am a vegetarian, so me attempting to cook for a bunch of shifters would be a complete and utter disaster. I would either do a pot luck with everyone bringing something or I would order take-out.
BBQ and other meats for the shifters, pizza for Eve, Chinese for Lily, vegetables for me, and a selection of cakes and sweets for everyone. The majority of guests prefer a casual environment, so it will be buffet style. Everyone can help themselves as and how they like. I prefer being able to move around to sitting at a table. I have a feeling Roarke will probably bring a fabulous bottle of wine (or two) we can all enjoy.
I think my literary party will be pretty amazing. Imagining my favourite characters interacting with each other is a blast.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you invite?
At my dinner party, the guest of honor is Forseti, Norse god of justice and truth. He is a pivotal character in my soon to be released novella, Life Reignited. Because his vocation is arbitration, he focues his full attention on the person talking and the topic at hand. His power is to make each person’s voice feel valued. Some dinner party guest, huh? Here’s a snippet from the book, where we meet our silver-tongued god.
“Welcome to Norway.” The god’s voice flowed like honey over the room. A sense of peace settled in Sander’s gut. From the awestruck looks on everyone else’s faces, they felt it too. “I am Forseti,” he continued, leaning forward, eyes moving from one person to the next. Now that made sense. Forseti was the Norse god of justice and truth, known for his mediation and arbitration skills and a voice that could calm a raging storm.
Forseti is accompanied by Sigrid, a Valkyrie who shadows his every move. There may be a later love story in there somewhere but for now, its the backdrop of Phoebe’s and Sander’s story. I’d invite them too, because not only are they both brilliant and insightful, Sander has a quirky sense of humor. He loves to quote old TV shows. Phoebe, an Amazon warrior, loves to play along. Here’s a snippet. I’m giving away a prize to the person who identifies the two TV shows quoted below. Remember both my protagonists are over 50. Fun, yes?
“Everything hurts,” Phoebe complained as she pulled her boots off and dropped them by the front door of Sander’s—no—their hotel room.
“My poor Phoebe. Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. But still basically human.”
“Darn. Darn. Darn. Darn.” She beamed at him. “I wouldn’t have it any other way for all the power left on Olympus.”
“Then let me show you how us maturing humans deal with muscle pain. Strip.”
“Professor Xenos. You take liberties.”
A low chuckle started in his throat and ended in his eyes.
What does one serve to a god. Clearly, there would be several kinds of fish. It is the Norse pantheon. Salmon, herring, and cod. And beer and wine, flowing all night, from pitchers that never empty. Well, the gods should help with the evening, don’t you think?
Plates piled high with fruit, bowls of steaming chowder and fresh baked bread, platters of cheese, and of course dessert. Apple cake. Come, join us. There will be plenty. When the gods come to dinner, it really must be a banquet.
Life Reignited releases on September 3 from Ellora’s Cave.
Your assignment, should you chose to accept it, is to write free form to the prompt an even darker temptation. Here goes.
Darker Temptation conjures up images of lust, and chocolate, and swigging champagne out of the bottle with no thought for cost or the next morning. Its shifters with night-glow predator eyes, a vampires with blood streaked around his lip like smeared lipstick that somehow has your body shivering in anticipation. Its lurid thoughts of blindfolds, handcuffs or whipped cream, whatever works for you. Darker Temptations are the unexpected feelings of pleasure you get when you just aren’t supposed it.
So what’s an even darker temptation? It stepping past boundaries you could never imagine yourself crossing. Being tied up naked on a stage while person after person pleasures you to the applause of cheering crowds. And screaming like you’ve never screamed before. Its snatching a piece of jewelery, something you’ve always wanted, and one day, its there, in front of you. You reach out your hand. You can touch it. Its cold, smooth, with the sharp angles of a perfect gem cut. Never before have you seen an emerald that big. You’ve worked hard, you deserve it. So you take it.
An even darker temptation has you digging deep, deep, down to the place inside yourself that you fear, will break free and consume you. Some of it is bad. Some of it is not. But its part of you.
Your turn. What does an even darker temptation conjure up in your mind? Bwhahahahahaha!
Life is risk. At any age. My new novella, Life Reignited is releasing September 3 from Ellora’s Cave. I’m excited. My lovers are 50+ part of a new series, VaVaVaBoomers. Because playing with temptation is not age delimited. And its time we celebrated that.
I must be truthful. My favorite decade of last century is the 60s because people broke rules, dreamed big, and lived for a better w0rld. But two of my blogger peeps did the 60s so well, I’ll take another tack. I’ll pick the 50s. They felt rocking, full of hope and promise. But society was fraying at the edges, and they danced to keep it at bay.
The 50’s shows up as an innocent time, and there is an appeal to that. Music was fresh, TV was still a new medium (I still watch I Love Lucy and Mr. Ed Reruns), movies were breaking new boundaries (Rashomon, Streetcar Named Desire, All About Eve, Rebel Without A Cause, On the Waterfront, Forbidden Planet). There was an honesty in its innocence, a faith in the world that is provides hope to everyone who can partake. It broke open in the 60s, with the realization that not everyone could partake in the same way at the same level. And that we all looked at the world through very different lenses.
But we’ve seem to have lost that sense of innocence, replaced by technology, speed, and constant change. While today’s life is scarier, I like its pace and promise. While I admit to a pinch of nostalgia for more seemingly innocent times, and like the rhythm of the 1950s, I really don’t want to go back there.
How about you?