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Daily Pondering

May 10, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

Still in a blah low mood, at this point any other mood would be a welcomed mood change. What’s that saying…this too shall pass.

May 9, 2024

Melody-Romantic Heart

Feeling low. I’m good, but simply in a low mood.

May 8, 2024

ChrisChat Reviews

Question again…are we reviewing our life when we are cleaning out closets and shelves? Today has 3 piles…keeping…may still matter…time for goodbyes…as much as these apply to old jeans do they not apply to old ways of thinking, too? Perhaps old items that once brought joy but no longer do? Memories that can now be safely stored or let go. Maybe there’s something you’re ready to pass on to someone else? Time to dust off that which no longer fits us.

May 7, 2024

Baby Chris, life becomes understanding

Would you rather be invisible, the ability to become invisible, or have the chance to start all over somewhere else unknown and without your current and past life? Why? More, why can’t you do so now?

May 6, 2024

Me
Chris, writer

Just like this Daily Pondering, being written at 11:05pm, it’s never too late. Those dreams you’ve been keeping…dust them off and get making them true. (should I have started with something sithy? 😉

May 3, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

We know it’s all me writing these stories under different author names, but I do feel a different voice when I’m working as Theadora or Melody. Are all writers filled with multiple voices and personalities? I think so…have to unless I simply want to admit I’m crazy…oh wait, I’m a writer 😉

May 2, 2024

Melody-Romantic Heart

The old saying is – a June bride. I was a May bride and just found out the most popular month is now August with October quickly taking over. Iris is the February birth month flower, as is Violet and Primrose…hmmm, they’re good names for characters, too. Just a little back information on what I’m using for Iris.

May 1, 2024

ChrisChat Reviews

I just found a new book series to read. Found the TV adaptation on Disney +…Shardlake. Wonder if Sean Bean’s character gets killed here, too. Just what I need another book (series) to read and watch. I’ve also had a character’s voice bang around in my head…oh joy, another one. Well, I’m done updating the Daily Pondering, time to go write.

April 30, 2024

Baby Chris, life becomes understanding

More distractions. A near entire day of deciding what order to write and read. Balancing out what might be needed and where on the list is that best fit. Like I even have the list set up as appointments…like work times…tried that, didn’t work. I’m blocking myself simply because I’m afraid I’m going to muck up what’s in my head as I try to get it written out. I want to delete this pondering, but it’s for my own benefit I keep it up.

April 29, 2024

Me
Chris, writer

It’s Monday and I’m finding new ways to distract myself from writing and reading, although I’m getting more reading done, lately. Do you distract yourself more than you’re productive? What’s so fearful about writing the story and characters that are screaming in our heads? I’ll figure that out tomorrow.

April 26, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

Sometimes our senses are wrong and maybe that’s why we need to escape into fiction. I can’t leave it at that, it reads too…dark? strange? wrong?…I mean wrong in the “sense” we hear or see something that invokes the opposite emotion in us than what we would normally feel…sets us off into an argument or tears. When we’re off-kilter fiction allows us time to come back.

April 25, 2024

Melody-Romantic Heart

Question…do you buy flowers for yourself? Add to that…flowers are for everyone.

April 24, 2024

ChrisChat Reviews

Who else gets impatient when waiting for a new book in a fave series? Knowing authors, they just as impatient to get the next one written, too. We’re all excited about their worlds.

April 23, 2024

Baby Chris, life becomes understanding

Always stay open to change. Life will bring surprises at anytime, how will you react?

April 22, 2024

Me
Chris, writer

Happy Earth Day. Do you acknowledge Earth Day? I’m not sure I can salvage my hanging plant, not sure I’m a plant person anymore. I’ll try. Do you think if I wrote a plant person into any story I might start to feel more like one? Wait, that’s an idea for an existing character. Back to writing.

April 19, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

I’ve gone and done it. I’ve cancelled my other websites…all gone. Now I really need to work on how I want to best use this site and setting up each section. Change is good…right?

April 18, 2024

Melody-Romantic Heart

I swear there are things people just want to make more complicated than they need to be…like simply changing a payment plan. I won’t go into details, but it should be a simple switch from paying this amount to now paying this amount, not requiring the customer to have to switch, move, migrate, whatever, their existing account. Oiiii. That’s like calling your phone service and asking them to remove, oh, let’s say, a long distance plan from your account and them then handing you a new phone number. People really do like to make things more complicated than they need to be. Take using a person’s name…please call me ______ … or … I prefer this or that pronoun… or … in my early life, I’m Ms not Miss or Miss not Ms or Mam. Just use what the person asks you to use, what’s so difficult about it? Complicating, it seems to be humankind’s wacky skill.

April 17, 2024

ChrisChat Reviews

Forgot how much I enjoy short stories. Finally getting some downtime reading fitted in the day. I could listen to books and walk, but I don’t trust myself not to get too into the story and end up walking into traffic. Do you listen to anything while walking or even driving?

April 16, 2024

Baby Chris, life becomes understanding

Walked across the road to the grocery store, with my daughter. It was sunny and warm. Then went to another store later in the day and shopped by myself. It felt good even discovering I need more walking time to build up these legs.

April 15, 2024

Me
Chris, writer

Hello, Monday. We’re on the cusp of spring weather. Windows open and going out with coats. The sun feels very warm on my shoulder through the window. My creative energy is surging with this change in weather. And, yet, I feel the pull to writing something dark and shuddery.

April 12, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

Heat is more exciting to write than strictly erotic…what is the definition of erotic? Tending to arouse. Teasing? Excitement. Yup, that sounds more interesting.

April 11, 2024

Melody-Romantic Heart

How can change be both scary and exhilarating? That’s what I’ve been feeling.

April 10, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

Been reviewing my Task list again. Need to find the most efficient and effective order to accomplish everything I want in a day. Plus, it’s a good way to re-order one’s mind when it’s been “off” like mine has been.

April 9, 2024

Baby me

Please tell me I wasn’t the only one who felt yesterday’s eclipse. I know it was a few seconds, but as soon as it was past, I crashed. I fell asleep for a couple of hours and was “off” after and all day today. Funny thing, first time I never felt the pull of the moon, either. Normally, I have to look at/for it, but not this time and frankly it was closer. Hmm, the mind might be playing with me.

April 8, 2024

Me
Me – Writer

It’s Eclipse day. What difference(s) do you feel today? What are you expecting/anticipating? I’m supposedly in the path for a total coverage, but guess what, it’s overcast right now. That’s the thing, we always need to be ready for obstacles and curves in the road. Let’s call them Plot Twists 🙂

April 5, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

I also write sassy, saucy, teasingly. I know what works for me.

April 4, 2024

Melody-Romantic Heart

I am a romance writer. I write stories to warm the heart.

April 3, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

Well, as you can see, I’m changing the website(s) around again. I’m hoping by recombining all my umbrellas under one site I’ll save time and have something for everyone.

April 2, 2024

LBU

Happy April and the showers to come. I’m up early, the timing I want and need in order to get everything I want to accomplish, not saying this won’t be a challenge since I’ve fallen into a habit of sleeping late, but it is the best time for me. Are you aware of the best timing for you?

April 1, 2024

Me
Me

Adaptability. That’s today’s mantra. There just seems to be change around every moment’s corner today. Change of plans, ideas, needs, wants, and just plan getting through the moment. I will focus today and get what I need and want done. I will adapt.

March 29, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

I’m a writer of heat, but for this Friday I’ll behave and only say…Chocolate.

March 28, 2024

Melody

Rewrites. Re-writing. Revisiting what I wrote and correcting or changing. The story is in the rewrite; in the edits. Why has it taken me this long to realize I can rewrite Midnight Find that has nothing to do with the original story-call? The call was for a romance without the HEA and I did that, but I’m not using the common dominator for that anthology…why then do I have to keep it as a non-HEA? Simple…I don’t, I can rewrite that part as well…I can expand on that original without the headache I’m facing on the new story. Oiiii, it’s taken long enough.

March 27, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

What’s your favourite reading material? Full-length book, novella, short stories in magazines? Fiction or Non? Do you read anymore? All of the above? Yeah, that’s me. I’ve also recently joined Audible. One problem with that one, probably goes back to childhood, I fall asleep within minutes of listening to any story. Either way, a good story is a good story.

March 26, 2024

LBU

Remember to have fun

March 25, 2024

Me
Me

Adaptability that’s today’s reminder and what I realize I need to do. My sleep patterns changed when in hospital 6 years ago; they’re changing again…have changed. Time to acknowledge and move with them.

March 22, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

Watching reruns of the original Magnum P.I., dang he had long legs with those white short-shorts. What can I say, it’s what’s striking me at the moment.

March 21, 2024

Melody

I read something along these words, about parents and children…we know them all their lives, but they only know us for part of theirs…and you know I’ve got that messed up. Of course, we only know them part of their lives, they…are supposed to…live beyond us and those years we don’t know them. Where I’m going with this I don’t know, it sure is a pondering/wondering. What I do know is I’ve known my husband longer than I’ve known my family…longer than his have known him. There’s comfort in this and with last week’s scare I’m more aware of it.

March 20, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

Where do you do your reading? I’m sitting at my desk as I type this pondering and I’m using my Cubii that lives under the desk…two things at once and yes, the Cubii does help me think. I guess that advice of if you have a question, walk to find the answer, is right. Do you read in silence or with something playing in the background? Right now I have a sound machine playing ocean waves.

March 19, 2024

LBU

As much as the world impacts my space; as much as another country’s decisions impacts thoughts in my own; as much as I care about people’s pain; there are times I must turn it off for my continued strength.

March 18, 2024

Me
Me

Watch your blood pressure, too high or too low isn’t good. Hubby’s home and we’re all starting to get back into normalcy. I know we should remember emotions to use in writing, but this past week’s I don’t really want to.

March 15, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

Home and making sure he drinks his water and Gatorade. He’s just a bit tired of us asking to describe his tiredness…normal or that strange dizzy type he had on Sunday. Are you drinking your water? Hey, love can be a nag 😉

March 14, 2024

Melody

He’s home!

March 13, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

Hubby still in hospital, but doing better. Looking more and more that his natural low blood pressure simply (right) went lower than is functional. Review your blood pressure regularly. Hubby now has to increase his salt intake and drink more water.

March 12, 2024

LBU

Hubby’s still in hospital, but now on a 24-hour blood pressure monitor, gets squeezed every 20 minutes. I’m re-organizing the house.

March 11, 2024

Me
Me

Hubby’s in hospital. Waiting on test results.

March 8, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

Only thing I can write, about two weeks late, dad would have been 93 on the 9th. Wonder what he would be like at that age?

March 7, 2024

Melody

This does not feel like March. I’m waiting for that last snow storm I know is sneaking up on us. Hope I’m wrong.

March 6, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

As I was going over some blog notes, I thought this one would be better as a note here….who should a reviewer write their review for? The author? The reader/audience? Themselves? How much weight do you give reviews…book/movie…in making your choice?

March 5, 2024

LBU

Ever forget to exercise…put it off cause, well, you just don’t want to, not the right time…and then when you do, like me using my Cubii as I type this, remember just how much you like it? That’s me today. It’s also me today going to overdue the Cubii because I’m liking it and not staying aware that my legs are not used to being on it this long or at this speed. As the saying goes…even a good thing can be done a bit too much. Maybe I need to loosen the tension if I’m not going to listen to myself and keep Cubii-ing?

March 4, 2024

Me
Me

Finally, starting to feel back to normal health. Having stated that, today has strange vibes. Maybe it’s the change in weather or the worry about the weather starting too good to last, but I’m feeling “off.” Ever have those morning feelings? Not sure I’ll be writing today…don’t want these moods to show up in the writing.

March 1, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

Hello, March. Are you a Lion or a Lamb? Who else believes in crazy sound ideas of weather?

February 29, 2024

Melody

Leap Day. Have you ever written a leap year, leap day, into your stories? How does this complicate a story, would it? Just wondering how it could be used.

February 28, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

How often do you review, take stock, of your life? Check in that you’re on track to where you want to be, heading towards?

February 27, 2024

LBU

Let’s call today a step backwards and wanting a fresh start. Multiple reasons, one being Monday night was a coughing night every hour. Two steps forward in getting better to three steps back. Redo, please.

February 26, 2024

Me
Me

Again, only because I’m living it…do you ever write your characters as being sick? Or are our fictional characters like TV characters…un-human with no need of toilets or ever getting sick, unless that’s the story?

February 23, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

It’s here. The cold has unloaded for its stay. Please let it be a short one. (tonight will be shivers under the covers and waking every hour to blow the nose)

February 22, 2024

Melody

Being sick isn’t romantic, but having hubby and daughter take care of you and family needs, sure is love.

February 21, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

It’s coming…or going, I hope. Please don’t let this be the 3 day start to a cold.

February 20, 2024

LBU

Who knew that freezing one side of your mouth for teeth cleaning can be so draining? Yes, I’m a suck when it comes to the dentist, mostly the cleanings.

February 19, 2024

Me
Me

Only because I have music playing…do you know the music your character(s) enjoy? What do you think that tells about them?

February 16, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

Valentine’s is over…or is it? Do you celebrate on that actual day of the week it lands or wait until a weekend or evening before a non-work day? Do you to large or keep it small? Is Valentine’s simply too much pressure on anyone? Since it’s two days gone are you dealing with regrets or planning how to make up those regrets? Maybe I’m just overdone with the commercialization of it all.

February 15, 2024

Melody

Love. Yesterday was the day we celebrate love. For some of us that made it the hardest, second hardest, day of the year. I’m lucky, it was an easy good day. Lucky? Now isn’t that a strange word. Do I mean that someone who doesn’t have what I have isn’t lucky? Talk about generic wording I’ve adapted from the world around me. Sorry about that and I’m going to leave this as is as a reminder it’s not about luck, but…what? What is your definition of love?

February 14, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

Happy Valentine’s Day. I might be a day late in posting this, but I’m keeping the Wednesday date because it applies to the reviews we give, especially on this day of love. We put a lot of pressure on this day…what if we’re not or we’ve lost or broken up…it gets emotional. Then there’s reviewing what were we given…gave…too much, too little, too anything. For my family, it was the dinner. You know the restaurant is going to be busy, takeout is going to be busy, but then reality comes in and you’re basically bored. Yes, this day has far too much pressure on being perfect that it loses meaning. Forget the packaging, how’s the content 😉

February 13, 2024

LBU

I need a do-over. Today’s been a day of nothing going as intended or planned. Heck, even my To Do List weekly set ups are skipping a week. It’s one of “those” days.

February 12, 2024

Me
Me

Woke up early today, before 5am early, think a nap might be needed later. It will need to be between writing and phone appointment. Maybe I’ll simply need time on the glider to wake up and stretch the legs. I can listen to more stories via Audible…yup, gave in and got the app. So far so good, but if I listen at night I fall asleep. Feels like that nap is calling.

February 9, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

Happy Friday. Time to do a back up of my laptop…better to be safe than sorry 😉

February 8, 2024

Melody

Another Fog advisory today. Who else finds fog romantic weather?

February 7, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

Happy February, Everyone. I’ve probably mentioned this before, but just realized I’ve been reviewing books for nearly 30 years. I don’t think my list has every been below 100 TBR…to be reviewed. Happy reading.

February 6, 2024

LBU

Supposedly a couple of North American rodents are telling us we’re in for an early spring. I like that idea, but given we haven’t had much winter weather in my area, well, I have a bit of a dread feeling we’re going to be hit in March with some nastiness. Believing and trusting are fine, but always stay open to changes.

February 5, 2024

Me
Me

Hello, February. Everyone talks about their TBR (to be read) pile that keeps growing, do you ever think that maybe too many of us are writing? Nah, me neither.

February 2, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

Hello February. Teasing us with your shortness only to have us face March’s lion/lamb testing of winter. You maybe the month of love and hearts, but you can be the hardest cruelest month as well.

February 1, 2024

Melody

Happy Valentine’s Month. A time to remember love. A time that pressures us all about what love is; should be. Today let’s just feel the love we know, knew, have.

January 31, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

Last day of January and I’m still expecting winter. Sure, we’ve had some snow and some blistering cold and a whole lot of overcast days, but where’s our winter? Look I’m not missing those snow and ice covered roads, paths, piles of stuff that won’t melt, but I am dreading their appearance. If this January was a genre I think suspenseful noir would fit…anticipation of what’s just beyond the fog’s edge.

January 30, 2024

LBU

Hi. Feels good to be on track. I tend to have a strong productive day followed by one of not so much; however, today is following yesterday’s accomplishments. The weather is just as overcast, but my productivity is wide open and that’s pushing my energy levels. Are you aware of your energy habits? Become so and you’ll be amazed at what you will do.

January 29, 2024

Me
Me

End of January. Last few days and then we hit February. I’ll be the broken record and say that this month went by a bit fast…mild weather if not the most overcast foggy one I can remember. Not sure if this is depressing or not, but today is a bit brighter. Forget the word count, I’m looking for one sentence I won’t cringe over.

January 26, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

I can’t remember what I was feeling this day, but I want to acknowledge that sometimes we lose track of our time. Lose track of what we’re doing and what we could/should have been doing. How much time do we waste? Let runaway from us?

January 25, 2024

Melody

I should save this for a Love is post, but I’m feeling too good and need to share now…love contains the element of helping hands when you’re feeling overdone. Someone doing a simple load of laundry, cleaning out the garbage, any of the small things you could easily do in passing, but they’ve done it means the world when the small things are your current mountain.

January 24, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

Still feeling overwhelmed, little bit of progress in the right direction…so, why am I adding more books to my TBR pile??? Books, series, I’ve already read and want to read the next one. All I can think is, I’m craving the comfort of the familiar. I’ve disliked “Hollywood” pulling the same-ole movies out instead of the new, so why is there comfort in re-reading a fave?

January 23, 2024

LBU

Feeling overwhelmed. I know this will pass and I know what I need to do to help the passing; however, the energy is challenging. Need to remember that one step starts the process. Any tips?

January 22, 2024

Me
Me

Today is a fine example of the days it’s more a trudging through the minutes than skipping along with ease. However, both require showing up and here I am.

January 19, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

I also found more Theadora writings during a note clean out. How did I forget these? One is the start of a set of shorts…I guess given the genre, we could call them quickies?

January 18, 2024

Melody

I cleaned out some old notes and found two, maybe 3 story notes. So, I’ve added to my writing load, but better yet discovered I can do this, I have the imagination and ability.

January 17, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

How can January be half over? I thought by now I would have multiple reviews up, campy movies blogged about, and far more books read/started. I still have half a month to go, right 😉

January 16, 2024

LBU

I read that animals hibernate due to lack of food supply, so sleeping, hunkering down, saves their reserves. I’m finally realizing I slow down in the cold, too. I barely want to do anything and it’s not because we’ve had little sunlight. What could I do to boost this energy?

January 15, 2024

Me
Me

THE SUN!!! I know, capitals and exclamation marks are overkill but, it’s been weeks since the sun broke through, it deserves a major shout out. However, my mood/energy will need a few more beams to reach this level of excitement, so in the meantime I’m simply moving along doing my best.

January 12, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

The winter storm sky is creeping over as I type. The wind is bullying the trees. I do believe those birds are riding the sky-waves like a surf or rollercoaster. Not sure if my body is reacting to the temperature change or my anticipation of what it’s like outside. It might just be a day for cuddling down with proven fave movies or those TBR books.

January 11, 2024

Melody

For Christmas, I asked for one of these…Kalimba Thumb Piano…and I’m finding the tune/tone quite pleasant. Now to start playing it more and figuring out how to really use it. I think we all forget that sound can call to us in multiple ways, if we stop and listen. What’s your romantic sound?

January 10, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

I’ve finally listed my non-reviewing books and I don’t know how you would call this feeling of them being about the same size as those books I’m working on reviewing. There’s a mix of overwhelming thrill and uh-oh. Either pile, it’s what I’ll be doing this stormy weekend.

January 9, 2024

LBU

I wanted to start my days earlier than I was in December, but I didn’t mean 4:30am. It was great to have my normal journal routine done earlier, but right now I’m fading and it’s not even noon. New habits, change in habits, take time to take hold and for us to adjust. Today’s a day of adjusting. I know I’ll appreciate this rough patch later in the month when it becomes routine.

January 8, 2024

Me
Me

Time to get back to normalcy…sorta. What I’ve been doing to re-organizing notes and, oiii, do I have a mass of notes. I’m not sure which blog, WIP, review some of them go to and that’s what’s taking my energy today. How are you doing?

January 5, 2024

Theadora – Heat with Humour

I know the days are mixed up. I don’t really care, my child’s birthday is today and that’s the only thing that matters today. Happy New Year and Happy January b-days to all!

January 4, 2024

Melody

Anyone else worn out? Anyone else have their days completely mixed up? I know it’s the 4th and Thursday, but my body and mental have no idea what’s what. One moment I think we’re ahead of time and another a day behind. This week is a whatever time. Think I’ll go nap.

January 3, 2024

ChrisChatReviews

Happy 2024. It’s that time to take stock of what you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. Where are you with the books you’re writing, reviewing, and looking forward to? Taking stock…yup, been doing a lot of that these last few days. I’m looking forward and it feels right.

January 2, 2024

LBU

I’m still hearing that lyric…it’s a new day; it’s a new dawn…but I’m not feeling blue. Maybe a bit of a shock and I’ve explained more of that in today’s blog post…yup, I’m on a rolling start which is where I want to be. Making some changes which feel right, small ones some might say, but for me they feel like a cumbersome sweater is being wiggled off and folded away. Maybe I’ll wear it again; maybe not.

January 1, 2024

Me
Me

Just how many times today have I written 1/23? Good thing I don’t write cheques anymore, LOL. Watching the show “Luther” (yes, finally) and the song lyric – It’s a new day; It’s a new dawn – played, fitting for today. Wishing you a great 2024.