Monday, July 20, 2015

This Is How I Work Blogathon

Hello blogoverse. Today I am participating in a blogathon hosted by MsMariah at A Space Blogyssey. This is a blog hop, so feel free to join in.

Photo by the fantabulous Sedona Narayan, without whose technical knowledge, this photo would not be possible. Two gold stars. Warning: objects in image are messier than they appear.

What apps can you not live without?

MS Word. Of course, I'm lucky. I got a special Premium version that hides important buttons when I really, really need them (like all those pesky formatting thingamajiggies), a grammar checker that messes with my head (no comma? are you sure?), and a spell-checker that refuses to acknowledge that certain, actual real words do exist. Dude, if it's in Webster's dictionary, why hasn't PMS Word heard of it? (Just kidding, I love my MS Word. Now please don't eat my manuscript.)

What is your favorite blogging app? How do you blog?

I'm on Blogger here. Never tried anything else, so I'm sticking with it. Things would probably go very wrong, very quickly if I tried.

What gadgets (besides your phone) can't you live without?

I have a flip phone (it goes well with my cave drawings). I can live without it and have tried to destroy it, but even running that sucker through the washing machine hasn't done the job. It's indestructible. I bet your iphone can't handle that business, so HA.

So what gadgets do I need to live? Does my laptop count? If I had to go back to a typewriter and correction tape/fluid, I'd probably shoot myself.

What lifehacks make your life easier?

Books: the ultimate escape hatch. If I couldn't hide inside a good story, I'd probably be in a straight jacket. Which wouldn't be a complete disaster. If the men in white coats would allow me my Kindle, I could totally see myself swiping through the pages with my nose.

Where do you get your news? or husband. I'm not sure if either is completely reliable, but when they report the same story on the same day, it makes it more believable. Don't tell him I wrote that. He will use that information for evil.

What are your favorite social media apps?

This is as good as it gets. I haven't ventured into Facebook yet. I've got accounts for Twitter and Goodreads, but I've forgotten my passwords. I know, it's pathetic. At least I'm not using tin cans attached with a wire for a phone (because my flip phone is so ding-dang awesome!) No it's not.

What is your day job?

Napping. Oh wait. I think I'm supposed to say free-range author or something more respectable. I'm also an extremely grumpy waitress, short-order cook, maid, washer-woman, finder of lost objects, master operator of the DVD player, homework guru, cat whisperer, nurse, and able to answer over 50 inane questions in under a minute. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am a Stay-At-Home MONSTER! Uh, mother. Here is a picture of me hard at work:

Photo credit: Sedona, again. And no, I'm not strangling the cat, I'm scratching his chin. This incredibly fluffy creature, named Writer's Block (not his real name, but definitely his job description), has claws to put a velociraptor to shame. Don't believe me? Check out the couch's arm next to his head.

Check ya later!


  1. Tamara, that was hilarious! You win for most comedic post.
    If I had to go back to a typewriter, I'd shoot myself as well.

  2. I have to agree that flip phones are indestructible. I had one for the longest time, have dropped/thrown it several times and once dropped it in the toilet. Kept on trucking. Nokia, man. Everlasting.

  3. LOL! I had a flip phone for the longest time. Even dropped it in the toilet once and it kept working.

  4. I've tried to strangle my cat when he walks across my laptop and butts his head into my hand. Hasn't used any of his nine lives on that trick though. Funny, my hubbs is my news media too. As for messy, yes, my desk area is that messy; unless the cat has stretched across it and has knocked everything off. What a sweetheart!!

  5. Ah, forgotten passwords... Passwords are evil.

  6. Most (or all) newspublishers have an agenda. Therefore, I find it interesting to read news from publishers with different points of view, including The Huffington Post, Al Jazzera (Arab's view), The Moscow Times (opposition), SputnikNews (Russian government's view) and more. But I don't waste my time on FoxNews >:)

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    1. Good point! I have seen Huffington and The New York Times, but only once in a while.

  7. I apologize for not responding sooner. I've been out of town. I love your entry! Thank you for participating! As moms, we wear quite a few hats don't we. We do a little bit of everything. I love that you have a flip phone. I'm actually kinda tired of being uber connected to everything via my iphone. It gets kinda irritating.

  8. I am also a stay at home monster. Or so they think these days. Also, my cat has scratched the living bajeebers out of my sofa. She's such a good cat other than that. Sigh.

  9. Such an entertaining read. Seriously laughed out loud, you're a great writer. Loved everything in your post, definitely feel like I got an idea of who you are. Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

  10. I liked the bit about your news sources, that's great!

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