We're having a pizza party today for a coworker who's transferring to another department. so I thought I would do a list of my thirteen favorite pizza toppings. (Not all on the same pizza, lol. But these are my favorite in general.)
3. White sauce (instead of red sauce)
6. Diced or Sun-Dried Tomatoes
8. Extra Cheese
9. Feta cheese
11. Green Pepper
12. Red Pepper
13. Artichoke hearts
Here's hoping everyone gets a slice of their favorite pizza this weekend!
I've always been attracted to and moved by song lyrics. Songs inspire me almost more than anything else. Most recently I have been listening excessively to Taylor Swift's new CD Speak Now. The thing is, so many of the songs either resonate with where I'm right now, or paint vivid pictures in my mind so the song lives and breathes in my head. So here are my 13 favorite lyrics from various songs on Speak Now.
1. "Long live all the mountains we moved. I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you" - "Long Live"
2. 'I love how you walk with your hands in your pockets, how you'd kiss me when I was in the middle of saying something. There's not a day I don't miss those rude interruptions." - "Last Kiss"
3. "Get me with those green eyes, baby, as the lights go down. Give me something that'll haunt me when you're not around." - "Sparks Fly"
4. "Then I think about summer, all the beautiful times I watched you laughing from the passenger side." - "Back to December"
5. "...and she is yelling at a bridesmaid, somewhere in a back room wearing a gown shaped like a pastry." "Speak Now"
6. The song "Dear John" - although not any one lyric. What is actually most cool about this song is how a song about Taylor's relationship with John Mayer even sounds like a John Mayer song.
7. "This night is sparkling, don't you let it go. I'm wonderstruck, blushing all the way home. I'll spend forever wondering if you knew I was enchanted to meet you." - "Enchanted"
8. "I hope you remember today is never too late to be brand new." - "Innocent"
9. "I'd go back and change it, but I can't. So if the chain is on your door I understand." - "Back to December" from Speak Now by Taylor Swift.
10. "The playful conversation starts, counter all your quick remarks like passing notes in secrecy." - "Enchanted"
11. "She got him alone, and let's hear the applause - she took him faster than you could say sabotage." - "Better Than Revenge"
12. "He will try to take away my pain, and he just might make me smile, but the whole time I'm wishing he was you instead." - "Haunted"
13. "I'm not much for dancing, but for you I did." - "Last Kiss"
Whether it's a new song or an old favorite, I hope everyone finds some lyrics that speak to them today!
Here are thirteen things that strongly appeal to my senses. You know, the things that stay with you, the things you want to feel, hear, see over and over again.
1. The sound of tires or feet on gravel
2. Watching snow fall
3. The smell of fresh ground coffee
4. Rain falling on the carport roof
5. A fire in the fireplace
6. The sound of the ocean
7. The breeze on my skin at Red Rock Canyon, NV
8. The way light glows through a cream colored candle
9. flannel sheets
10. The fur on Fluffy’s head when he head-butts my arm
11. fresh picked strawberries
12. paraffin wax on my feet during a pedicure
13. the smell of Mountain Spring Downy on my carpet after I vacuum (I mix Downy and water and mist it on the carpet before I vacuum to get up more cat hair). If’ I’ve gone that far, it means my whole house is clean.
Thursday September 30 is the final day of the GLBT Bookshelf Rummage Sale! Almost Home and A Case of Mistaken Identity will not be available anywhere else after the sale closes, so make sure you get your copy today!
Also don't miss the Miya and Unmasking Miya bundle by Darla M. Sands, as well as many other great stories available at great discounts during the sale!
Those who have read Almost Home have already met Gabriel McCullough. I thought I would take a moment to introduce Kasey Whittaker, who comes to stay with Gabe in my upcoming story Going Home.
This piece is titled TheGray Man. It's set about eighteen months before Kasey comes to Gabe's farm, when Kasey is still living in the big city with his then-boyfriend, Brynn.
I hope you enjoy this glimpse of Kasey!
* language warning*
The Gray Man
Kasey looked at the painting, the same force drawing the man’s face down into the urn tugging at him, pulling him in.
“What the fuck is that?”
Brynn’s comment shattered the moment, leaving Kasey suddenly adrift as the connection between himself and the piece was severed. He drew a couple of deep breaths, as though the extra air would weigh him down, anchor him more securely to the floor.
Nicole Gordon learned how to read when she was four, and has been a voracious reader ever since. Even bigger than her appetite for books, however, is her desire to write. She started writing children’s stories as a freshman in high school, but with little success. Something was missing. Traditional romances weren’t the answer, either.
A friend introduced her to M/M stories in college, and Nicole discovered how much fun it was to watch two (or maybe three) amazing men fall in love. Never one to be shy about putting her two cents in, it is no surprise that Nicole started writing M/M stories herself.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Nicole now shares her home with a cat (who loves her almost as much as he loves his treat bowl) and several sets of characters eager for stories of their own.