Sorry to have missed you

My deepest apologies for not posting or responding since Tuesday.  I’m sure many of you know that I am accident prone.  I was finally getting over an injury to my right arm so I was finally able to do more but then I was walking my dog and as I bent down, she spotted a puppy she just had to meet and lunged in that direction.  My back and shoulder have been in non-working condition ever since.  I’ll be up to typing again next week.  My mom is typing this post for me.

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Murder, Mayhem and Madness Monday: The First Person Charged With A DUI

This week marks the 114th  anniversary  of the first drunk driving arrest.  The man arrested was a 25-year-old man named George Smith who worked as a cab driver in London.  On September 10, 1897 he crashed his cab while severally intoxicated.  He didn’t just hit a parked car or a tree, instead he drove right into a side of a building.   I guess if you are going down in the history books for being the first to be arrested for a crime you better do it right.  Smith took responsibility for his actions and pled guilty.  He was fined only 25 shillings.

While I love learning about crime “firsts” I’m not sure the Smith’s family wanted to be associated with such an anniversary.   Crimes that are solved are a matter of public record, but should they be or does it cause too much pain for the relatives of the guilty?

Tag i’m It! My Top Ten List.

I have been tagged by one my favorite blogging friends, Angela Orlowski-Peart , to play a blogging game.  In this game I write a post about 10 intresting things about myself and then tag four other bloggers to do the same.  I was lucky enough to find five fabulous bloggers to play the game with me: @LolaSharp @FESewell @IsisRushdan @Tiger_Gray @Robin_Weeks  All the bloggers are part of the  Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign.

Megan’s top ten list

 10

When I was four my mother took me on the Matterhorn roller coaster at Disneyland.  I didn’t know at the time that my mother had a fear of heights.  It didn’t take long for her to start screaming.  When the ride went outside the mountain or around corners she would scream, “we’re going to die.  Look how far we are up.  Oh god I can feel it, we’re tipping.”  It may not surprise you but it wasn’t until my teens that I was really able to enjoy roller coasters again.

9

I go to Disneyland once a year.

8

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I loved watching spooky movies and wearing whatever costume my mother made that year. However, I didn’t like candy.  I can still remember how happy my brother and mother were when I came home with my pillow sack full of candy.

7

I have bought the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Collected from American Folklore by Alvin Schwartz three times as a kid.  I loved the spooky stories in it but there was one story about a killer hiding in the attic.  My room had the access panel for our attic and I would become convinced that the sounds I heard from there were a killer just waiting for me to go to sleep.  After a few days of not sleeping, my mom would figure out what the problem was and make me get rid of the book.

6

Every watch I have owned dies within a few days or at most three weeks.

5

I have been telling and writing stories since I could talk.  When I would catch my mother not listening, I would start telling her wilder and wilder story twists.  You know, “And then they took my classmate out into the woods and shot him.” Or “The squirreled came down from the chandelier and demanded nuts.”

I’m currently in the same teaching credential program that my grandfather attended.

3

As a child, I refused to eat square pizza because it I swore it tasted different than the round pizza.  I don’t think so anymore but my family still teases me about being a picker eater so I still insist it taste different.

2

When I was a kid I caught a rapid badger in my cousin’s basement.  I don’t know why but they wouldn’t let me keep it as a pet or hug it.

1

I love to bake cupcakes.  My two favorite cupcakes are Oreo and pound cake.

Freaky Friday: Transforming True Blood: Season 4 Episode 8

Differences Between the Book and Show

Season 4 Episode 8

 

Antonia in Marnie’s body.

True blood

  • Antonia is upset that her spell only killed one vampire

Book

  • Antonia doesn’t force vampires to kill people for her
  • Antonia is not a character in the book the current season is based on, Dead to the World.
  • This plot line doesn’t happen in the books.

 True Blood

  • Antonia casts a spell on Eric that makes him be under her control.

 Book

  • This doesn’t happen in the book the current season is based on.

 

Bill Compton

True Blood

  • Bill goes to the scene where a local vampire had walked into the sun due to the witches spell.
  • Bill talks on the news to try and explain the death as a suicide.
  • Bill blames the suicide on the new anti vampire movement.

Book

  • Vampires don’t die from being forced to walk into the sun by a coven of witches in the book this season is based on, Dead to the World.
  • Bill doesn’t go on the news to limit bad press for the vampires in the book this season is based on, Dead to the World.

 True Blood

  • Bill apologies and tries to ask for peace with Antonia.
  • Bill arranges a meeting with Antonia.
  • Bill meets Antonia in the graveyard. They both bring backup.
  • At the meeting Bill offers peace and a promise not to harm her coven if she takes off the spell she cast on vampires.

Book

  • Bill does join the fight against the witches but he isn’t the leader.
  • None of this happens in the book the season is based on.

 

Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse

True Blood

  • Sookie lets Eric drink her blood to help him heal from being bound with silver chains.
  • Sookie holds silver in her hand to make sure Eric doesn’t kill her when he is drinking her blood.

Book

  • Sookie does let Eric drink from her, but not because he was bound by silver.
  • Eric can control himself when he drinks blood.

True Blood

  • Sookie and Eric take a shower together and somehow are transported to a place in the middle of a forest with snow and a bed.

Book

  • Sookie and Eric do have a very passionate love scene in her shower and then bed.  However, it is just a bed in her house.

True Blood

  • Eric begs Sookie to run away with him.
  • Eric doesn’t want to side with Bill during his fight with the witches.
  • Eric and Sookie tell Bill they will fight on his side.

Book

  • Sookie is the one that knows that after they fight the witches she might not find Eric so loving and that she might lose him.
  • Eric doesn’t want to run away from the fight.

True Blood

  • Sookie is seriously injuried during the fight with the witches.  Eric and Bill try to come to her aid but are attacked by different witches.
  • It is Alcide that recues her, with a jealous Debbie watching.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book the current season is based on.

Jessica Hamby and Hoyt Fortenberry

True Blood

  • Jesicca has a dream where she:
    • tells Hoyt she wants to move out of their home.
    • Jessica breaks up with Hoyt.
    • Jessica kills Hoyt

Book

  • So far Jessica is not a character in the book.
  • Vampire blood doesn’t make either the vampire or the human have erotic dreams of the vampire that gave the blood.

True Blood

  • Jessica does break up with Hoyt.
  • Hoyt accuses her of cheating on him.
  • It’s a painful breakup.

Book

  • So far Jessica is not a character in the books.
  • So far this story line doesn’t happen in the books.

 

Jessica Hamby and Jason Stackhouse

True blood

  • Jason saves Jessica from walking into the sun.
  • Jessica kills the guard when under the spell that makes the vampires walk into the sun.
  • Jason puts silver chains over Jessica’s body to make sure she doesn’t escape again.

Book

  • Jason doesn’t save any vampire from walking into the sun.
  • A spell that forces vampires to walk into the sun is not a plot line in the books.

True blood

  • Jessica goes to Jason’s house after breaking up with Hoyt.
  • Jessica confesses her feelings for Jason.
  • Jason kicks her out of his home by rescinding her invitation.

Book

  • So far Jessica is not in the books.
  • So far this is not a plot for Jason in the books.

Lafayette Reynolds  

True blood

  • Layfette has a vision of the memory of the ghost woman that follows baby Mikey.
  • The ghost had an affair with a married white man during a time when people didn’t accept interatial dating.
  • Layfette  is possessed by the woman.
  • After being possessed he walks over to the Bellefleur’s mansion and walks in and steals Mikey and the doll.

Book

  • Layefette or the ghost woman was not part of the book the current season is based on.

 

Marcus

True blood

  • Marcus, the packmaster of Shreveport, tells his pack that they are going to stay out of the war between the vampires and the witches.

Book

  • The packmaster of Shreveport is, Colonel Flood.
  • The pack sides with the vampires and Sookie during the battle with the witches.

True blood

  • Marcus walks in on Sam having dinner with his ex wife Luna and his daughter.
  • Marcus doesn’t like Sam dating Luna or playing with his daughter.

Book

  • So far the books haven’t said who Luna is or was dating or if she has children.

Mikey Bellefleur

True Blood

  • Mikey’s parents are still concerned for his safety.
  • Mikey is still followed around by the young aferican American woman that only he and Layfette can see.

 Book

  • Mikey and the ghost are not part of the books so far.

Pam de Beaufort

True blood

  • Pam attacks Tara during the fight with the witches, but Bill stops her from killing Tara.

Book

  • Pam does kill wtiches during the fight but Tara isn’t one of them.
  • Bill can’t stop Pam from doing anything since he isn’t king in the books.

Tommy Mickens  

True blood

  • Tommy steals clothing and clothing accessories from Mrs. Fortenberry
  • Tommy shifts into the body of Mrs. Fortenberry to make a deal to sell her land for money.
  • He takes the deal and gets money from the man wanting his land.

Book

  • Tommy is not in the story.
  • So far this is not a story line in the books.
  • There are no skin walkers in the book the season is based on.

Sam Merlotte and Luna

True blood

  • Sam apologies for Tommy who tricked Luna into having sex with her by shifting into the form of Sam.
  • Sam tells Luna that he kicked Tommy out of his life.

Book

  • Tommy is not a character in the book so this doesn’t happen
  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.
  • Sam has a good relationship with his siblings.

 

 

I would love to hear how you feel about the changes.  Are there any changes the show made that you wished happened in the book?  Are there any changes you hated?

 

Wacky Wednesday – Baby Boomers Just Want to Have Fun

The new urban crime wave.  Do you know where your mother and grandmother are?  Sadly, I might know where mine was.  Every Tuesday night she disappears for hours with her knitting.  Could she be one of the the knitting guerillas?

How about you, have any of your loved ones taken up yarn bombing?  At the moment I’m looking for a support group for my mother.

Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign

For all the bloggers and writers out there looking for some support and growth, I have two wonderful resources.  First, I took the class, Blogging to Build Your Brand from Kristen Lamb.  It was amazing.  She guided us in how to build a blog, maintain it and work as a team.  I highly suggest the class it’s worth every penny.

One of my classmates, Angela Orlowski-Peart, blogged on Sunday about another resoure.  On a side note, if you have the time you should check her out her blogs, they alway make me smile.  The program she wrote about is  Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign from Rachael Harrie, a young adult horror writer.  This campaign runs from August 22nd to October.  The last day to sign up is August 31 so get started right away if you want to join.  If you get some time check out Angela’s blog she has interesting posts and so nice to talk to.

Links

Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign

http://networkedblogs.com/lXWL8

Kristen Lamb

http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/give-a-dry-blog-new-life-the-power-of-themes/

Murder, Mayhem and Madness Monday: When is smoking around children criminal?

When is smoking around children criminal?

Sixty years ago there were only a few who would see it as criminal.  You could find parents smoking around their babies and even pregnant women smoked.

Smoking laws seem to limit smokers to fewer and fewer smoking areas.  People’s overall view of smokers in public places outside and inside seem  to be against the smoker.  However, I was walking across campus today and was surprised to hear people argue about their right to smoke near class buildings.

I’m fine with smokers smoking in areas that are away from buildings and pathways.  Though if it was up to me they would all be smoking in small boxes far away from everyone else.

Making smoking around children illegal is a personal issue.  My mother has asthma and had constant lung infections growing up due to my grandmother’s smoking.  When she was born she was much smaller than normal.   I worked in a preschool a long time ago and I saw a couple of infants that came in with clothes reeking of tobacco and they were all very sick.  I mean having surgery because of severe ear and lung infections.

Today, I saw a group of students smoking in front of the daycare/child development building at my local college.  This wasn’t the first time.  I took a few classes at another college that did the same thing.  We took pictures and tried to make them stop but they wouldn’t move even though pregnant women and babies had to walk past them to get into the daycare.

I feel this is criminal.  What do you think?  When is smoking criminal around children?  If a child passes you on the sidewalk?  If you smoke near a library entrance or school?  If you smoke in the car with a toddler?

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