Caffeinated Convo: Most Anticipated Fall TV Show?

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so I figured I’d start the week off with a CC!

My family has been furiously binge-watching TV shows in anticipation for premiere week next month! We just finished Riverdale last night and are (finally) 13 episodes away from catching up on Supernatural. (12 seasons is reeeaaallly long…) I heard that last night was the season finale of the final season for Teen Wolf, but since my middle daughter and I are only 1/2 way through season 5, we won’t be ending that too soon. And of course I’ve got some catch up to do with Doctor Who if I’m going to be ready for Doctor #13! (Even though we have another year before that premiere happens…) As far as upcoming premieres go, the ones I’m most excited for are Supernatural and Stranger Things (both in October.)

What about you? What TV show(s) are you most looking forward to seeing? Feel free to leave a comment below so we can get chatting about premiere week! *tosses confetti*

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The Case of the Missing Blogger

The police were stumped. What appeared to be just an average month for Caffeinated Fiction turned out to be an unsolved mystery. *gasp* One day the blog was bopping along perfectly happy, with posts here and there and everywhere, and then bam! Out of the blue the posts just disappeared. Not a clue was left behind with only an occasional blurb over a six week period, which–let’s be honest–really did nothing but raise the hopes of the readers that another blog post just might actually appear. But they didn’t. They were just…gone. Where, you ask? Never fear…Detective Laura L. Zimmerman is on the case and ready to investigate…

Or maybe not.

Clearly there’s no need for investigation since I’m the missing blogger! *peeks from behind a pile of books in the corner with a cringy smile*

Oops. Okay, so in case you missed it, I haven’t been too active on this thing, as of late. And yes, I have been contacted by others to ask where in the world I could’ve gone? Was I abducted by aliens? Lost in the Bermuda Triangle? Joined the Witness Protection Program? Finally put my awesomely amazing ninja skills to the test?

As much as I think that last one would be cool, none of those are the answer to my absence. Actually, I just took a vacation. Back in August. For a week. But as these things happen, that week turned into three. No big deal, I thought. Everyone deserves a vacation. I’ll start blogging again in September. And I did. Once. But as vacations are so very hard to leave, mine was equally just as hard. And before you ask, nope. I have no excuse for being lazy this far into the month. I have a list of things to discuss for my Caffeinated Convo column and can certainly come up with a thing or two to discuss in Caffeinated Speculation. And let’s not even talk about the Friday Flash Fiction–sooo many stories have gone unwritten (yet still bonk around inside my head and not on paper.)

All this to say, I’m sorry. I’m sorry I’ve been lazy and absent and confusing. I still want to report what I learned at Realm Makers and I’ve just got stuff to say. I will admit that I’ve made the decision to give myself grace when it comes to the “weekly” columns. Yes, I’d love to get a CC or CS up when I can, but I’ve learned recently that one stressor can sometimes become a block for my writing. I feel too much pressure to get my blog posts done. So from here on out I’m going to write as much as I can, when I can. And hopefully not take another extended vacation for a very long time.

So, there you have it. Apology given and case solved! Having said all that, how have you been? What have I missed over the past 6 weeks? I’d love to hear any news you’d like to share or just hear a shout out from anyone who has ever had a tough time coming off vacation.

Now, go drink some coffee and get on with your day! *imagines fireworks in the sky as she slinks away to write*

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A picture of my cat to make you smile!

Caffeinated Convo: Time Travel–Past or Future?

For whatever reason, I’ve been writing a lot of time travel stories lately. In every instance my story has revolved around a person (or persons) that has traveled back in time. As much as I love Back to the Future, I had to stop and ask myself: Why? Why is it that I’m not writing stories where the main character travels forward? This got me thinking (furthermore)–If I had the opportunity to time travel, which would I rather do? Travel to the past or to the future?

And so I pass the question on to you: If you could time travel, would you choose to go to the past or the future? 

It won’t surprise you to learn that my answer would be the past! (Of course!) I’m not frightened of what I might find in the future, as much as fascinated by what came before. Oh how I would love to be a fly on the wall during the reign of King Henry VIII! Or how cool would it have been to get to watch the signing of the Declaration of Independence? I’m young enough to wish I could’ve been inside the studio with The Beatles to hear what really went on during their recording sessions!!

What about you? Past or future? Please leave a comment below and let’s get chatting! I’d love to hear your reasons for traveling through time!

*cue Huey Lewis and the News “Back in Time” as a Delorean pulls to the curb and whisks me away*  

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Photo credit Unsplash by Ales Krivec

Caffeinated Convo: How do you celebrate July 4?

Happy Independence Day, friends! I hope this post finds you doing something fun to celebrate our nation’s birthday. In the past, our family has celebrated by going to a nearby park to eat a picnic supper and play games with friends, then finishing the night by watching the Lititz fireworks. Alas, we are in a new state, so we shall see what sort of tradition(s) we create to party!

What about you? What is your favorite way to celebrate the Fourth of July? 

** Is there a party you attend annually? 

** A special dessert or meal that completes the day for you?

** Are you a fan of fireworks?

** Or maybe you like to skip the crowds and just hang out at home with your family and light sparklers before bedtime? 

Leave a comment and share how you enjoy celebrating America’s birthday. I’d love to hear what you guys are up to, or what you’ve done in the past. Let’s talk!

Happy celebrating, friends!

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Photo credit Unsplash by Cristian Escobar

Caffeinated Convo: Camp NaNo or Time for a Vaca?

Hey guys! Guess what time it is? You guessed it–Camp NaNoWriMo! With July 1 just around the corner, it’s time to prep for that once a year writing camping trip a la internet! The only question is: Are you joining me for camp, or is it time for you to take a vacation? 

If your answer is no, I totally understand! I hadn’t actually planned on doing NaNo camp this year, simply because I feel like my brain is going to explode (some days) and I was really looking forward to summer break. Buuut, then I got a great idea for (another) book and a friend invited me to join. So in, I am! I’m ready for meeting new cabin-mates, encouraging other writers, racing to win Word Wars, and meeting my word count goal! Woot!

What about you? Will you be writing with Camp Nano this year? Please leave a comment below if you are–I’d love to connect! And even if you aren’t, feel free to discuss what fun vacation plans you have coming up!

Happy camping, friends!

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Caffeinated Convo: Dogs vs. Cats

Yep! I went there!

Okay, okay. I know this is a heated topic. (No fighting, guys!!) But I had to throw it out there. Why you ask? One simple answer: We got a kitty this week! Eep! His name is Max and we love that he has no tail! *swoon* (Born that way, so I think that makes him part Manx?) He’s playful and cuddly and has already become a part of our family. Which brings us to the question of the week:

Are you a dog person or a cat person? 

Unfortunately, I’m going to mess things up and break the rules! The fact is, our family loves pets! All kinds of them. And although this kitty is our first in our new abode (we rented before, so we couldn’t have any) we already have plans to get a dog, a bunny and who knows what else? I even know a couple who own prairie dogs! They swear they’re just like a regular dog but smaller and more affectionate, like a cat. Hrmmm… Maybe down the road for us? But I honestly can’t say that we love dogs more than cats–we love them both! But I know some of you are hard-core, on one side or the other.

So, where do you fall? Do you choose the forever-friend of a dog? Or the furry-friend of a cat? Please start some convo below! I’d love to hear your thoughts on pets–and maybe even a suggestion of one more we can own???… *wink*

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Our beautiful baby boy!! ❤ 

Caffeinated Convo: Do you prefer the beach?

Summer.

It has finally arrived! Woo hoo! *cartwheel & flip* The kids are out of school (almost), vacations have been planned, and it’s time to break out the shorts and the tank tops! And with Memorial Day weekend just a few short days ago, beaches along both coasts were undoubtedly swarming with bodies.

Which leaves one final question. What about you? Do you prefer the beach? 

This question wouldn’t have passed my lips, sixteen years ago. My childhood consisted of spending at least one week each summer at the beach, memories packed full of sand, waves and sunburns. I mean, the beach is the beach, right? It’s fun, relaxing, and beautiful. Who couldn’t possibly like the beach? 

Well, I learned the answer to that question when I met my husband: He hates the beach. 

Whaaat? Yes, it’s true. And no, he’s not so miserly that he hates the beauty of the place. It’s more the sand-in-your-underwear, seagulls-that-eat-your-lunch, and skin-that-blisters-for-weeks-afterwards kind of problem. (He’s got that pasty white skin that never tans. Sorry, hon!) So, yeah. It took some time for me to get used to the fact that we wouldn’t be visiting the beach every summer for all of eternity! (At least he lets us go every other. *wink*)

So, what about you? Are you a beach person? Or is that a place you’d rather leave behind to vacation somewhere else? Please get some convo going! I’d love to hear what you think!

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P.S. That’s my husband on the right. There is hope for all. 😉 

 

Caffeinated Convo: Marvel or D.C.?

Yep! I went there!! But with the major motion picture Wonder Woman releasing in just over a week, the question had to be asked! Are you a Marvel or D.C. fan?

It’s no secret that these two universes have long fought for ultimate control over the geekdom that makes up the comicbook/superhero world.

While Marvel totes Stan Lee as their Commander-in-Chief, they lay claim to some of the most iconic heroes of all time: Black Widow, Spiderman, Captain America, Hulk, Thor and Wolverine, just to name a few. Heck they’ve got the entire Avengers, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy and Fantastic Four crews to their credit.

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But D.C. has just as much superpower with their cast. I mean, who can deny Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and The Flash all have serious chops in the superhero world? Not to mention the Amazonian woman referenced above? And D.C. also has the Justice League, Suicide Squad and Watchmen, among other teams on their side.

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It’s clear that both of these geekdoms have bragging rights on all levels. But where does your alliance fall? For me, I prefer Marvel. Yes, it has everything to do with the fact that more Marvel movies have gotten it “right” compared to the D.C. films. And maybe this doesn’t make me a true geek, since I don’t read the comics. But it’s where I side, so that’s that.

What about you? Do you favor one universe over the other? Which one and why? Please share below so we can get chatting!! 

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Photo credit Unsplash Korney Violin

Caffeinated Convo: How do you stay active?

Confession time: I would love to be a runner. 

Weird, I know, but it’s true. I’ve got lots of friends who run 5K’s, train for marathons, or even lead the local chapter of their Girls on the Run group. Every time I see a picture on Facebook or hear one of them talk about their adventures on the trail, a little niggle in my heart says, Take me, too! Alas, running is not for me. I learned back in high school that I inherited my grandmother’s knees (Thanks, Gigi!), which basically means they were made weird and do weird things and cause weird pain when it shouldn’t and makes it hard to do things in general. Like run. And jump. And climb stairs. *sigh*

But enough with that pity party. I also learned long ago how important it is that I keep my legs and core strong, so I can do those normal things (like climbing stairs) without (too much) pain. So I found a workout program that works for me and I have figured out how to easily modify if it gets too high-impact. Les Mills has a series of programs that my gym back in PA offered. My most favorite is Body Flowyoga, tai chi, and pilates mix–that I would absolutely do every. single. day. in a perfect world. (Here’s praying for that perfect world!) Next I love, love, love Body Combata mixed martial arts cardio program. Yes, there are jumping jacks and jump kicks, but if it’s too much for my knees, a good old-fashioned squat always does the trick! Of all the exercise programs or just plain cardio machines I’ve done over the years, this program definitely gives me the best endurance overall. I used to do Body Pump-a weight lifting mix–but my shoulder took a turn for the worse a few years back (old age or just bad luck??) so I haven’t done it recently. But I hope to strengthen my shoulder back up so I can try it again, sometime this year. (As I’ve said every year since I stopped doing it. *blink*)

Anywho, what about you? How do you stay fit? Are you a hiker? Do you love BeachBody? Or are you going to make me jealous and say you’re a runner? (No worries!! I promise not to hate!) Please leave a comment below and share your favorite ways to stay active. Maybe you’ll inspire someone to try something new!!

Let’s get to talking, friends!

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Photo credit Unsplash by Marion Michele

Caffeinated Convo: What is Your Favorite Travel Music?

Finally! Another Caffeinated Convo! Did you miss me? *wink, wink* If you haven’t guessed, my family is still. homeless. *Sigh…* But, the good news is, we just got final approval yesterday for the loan on our house! As of May 5, I might–just might–be able to get back into my regular schedule! *crosses fingers and wishes on a star* Our family has been traveling all over the country, as we’ve been patiently (or not-so-patiently) awaiting the day we would move in to our new home. We’ve visited exciting destinations like: Tahlequah, Oklahoma (Capital of the Cherokee Nation!); Kannapolis, North Carolina (birthplace of Dale Earnhardt Sr.–and our new home! *cartwheel*); Camden, Delaware (neighbor to the Dover NASCAR track!); Yardley, Pennsylvania (home of my sister and a really good Starbucks!); and Lititz, Pennsylvania (our home-away-from-home, and where Wilbur Chocolate and Tomato Pie Cafe are located–enough said!) Aren’t you jealous you’re not on this road-trip with us? (Actually…don’t answer that. *winkie face*)

Sooo, all this traveling has included lots of music. Which brings me to this week’s question:

What is your favorite travel music? 

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Photo credit Unsplash by anja.

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