Shameless Promotion

Hi all!

I haven’t much time today to write up a proper blog post, so I am going to cheat and promote a bunch of reviews from Green Embers’ Recommends.

First, have you met Katie?

She is fantastic and wrote this amazing review:

Next, is the ever amazing Luokeshan! She has been super busy! Check these out!!

Oh yeah, that Green Embers chap has a few reviews too, you can check those out while you’re visiting if you wish.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic Tuesday!!

Building Rome – Back on Track

GE: Hello? Did anyone see where I misplaced the train tracks? I would have swore I had them somewhere around here.

Bradley: Dunno why we need train tracks, it’s not like we can fix our steam engine.

GE: Hush, you. We must have faith. If we build it, he will come!

Bradley: I’m sorry, what?

GE: Something I heard in a movie, seemed appropriate.

Bradley: Oh, I think I’ve seen that one. Do you really think we can get this train going again?

GE: Well, it looks like the tracks are lost, only one thing to do now, and yes.

Bradley: Yes, what? What one thing?

GE: Yes, we can get this train going again. If we can’t find the tracks, then we will have to build new ones.

Bradley: Oh, I gotcha. If we build it…

GE: They will come.

Bradley: Cool. So to where are we building these tracks?

GE: Let’s start building and find out when we get there! It’ll be a mystery!

Bradley: Fun!

GE: Alright, peeps, Bradley and I are pleased to announce the rebirth of The Rome Construction Crew. The name has changed but the idea remains the same. It is now called Building Rome. It will be a weekly blog event with the idea of promoting goals and getting support from the community in completing them!

Bradley: Yup, every Monday there will be a new Building Rome post on this blog. To participate you just need to make a list of what your goals you want to accomplish during the week and link back to it. Then go and visit other people and help cheer them on!

GE: We hope you participate and can’t wait to see your goals! Speaking of, Bradley what are your goals for this weeks post of starting over?

Bradley: I’m glad you asked! I’m keeping my goals small for this week, to slowly get back into things. Here is what I would like to accomplish:

  1. Get to 45% in the current book I am reading.
  2. Watch and review two semi-recent release movies for GER.
  3. To get to Phase 3 with the Positive Interrupter for Nina’s training.
  4. Prep the next 5 weeks of Building Rome posts.

Clicky here to see this week’s prompt and how you can participate! :mrgreen:

Author’s Note: I am looking to promote original photography or artwork on each of the official Building Rome prompt posts, if you would like to share some photography or artwork please Contact Me and I will make sure to credit you in the blog.


Building Rome – Week 17 – Starting Over

What’s so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you’re constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that.
-Billy Crystal

Building Rome

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it wasn’t built by one person!”

How to participate!

  1. Make a post with your goals for the week and how well you did with the previous weeks goals!
  2. Link back to this page!
  3. Visit other people who have linked or commented and cheer them on!

This Week’s Theme: Starting Over 

If you don’t have any ideas for a goal for this week, make a goal with the weekly theme in mind.

What is something you have tried but couldn’t accomplish in the past?

Make a goal for starting over in accomplishing it!

Goal Advice:

  • Keep it simple and direct. Example: I will walk for 30 minutes 3 days this week.
  • If you didn’t accomplish your goal from the previous week, keep the same goal but find ways to make it more achievable but still pushing yourself. For example, if you your goal was to read 400 pages but you only read 200 pages, then make the next goal 300 pages.
  • Make your weekly goals directed to a larger overall goal.
  • Dream big!
  • Remember there is no one right way to accomplish a task, part of the fun is finding a way that works for you!
  • Never compare your progress to others

| Building Rome FAQ | Call the Building Buddies | Be a Building Buddy |

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Chances Are, Not Good @postaday

What’s the biggest chance you ever took? Did it work out? Do tell!
Take a Chance on Me – Daily Prompt for April 18, 2014

Ahh, my fatal flaw has been exposed. I have never been one for taking chances. It is one major contributor why I don’t have much to show for my life. In the past, anytime I could have taken a chance, well, I fled.

I can think of two things, though, where I did take a chance.

Blogging and Making a Windows 8 App.

For the blogging thing, I’ll let you guys tell me…. Did it work out?

For the Windows 8 App, I wouldn’t really say it worked out. It certainly wasn’t a success but I am still proud of my efforts in making it and at one point having it on the Windows 8 App Store. :)

Featured Image by MyName (SV1XV (talk)) (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons


I ask, you respond (to Green Embers) : Well Ain’t That A Kick in the Head


Green Feature

If you haven’t heard about what I am calling, “The Kick Heard Around the World”, then you should take a few moments to read about it here.

Here is a nice GIF illustrating the dangers of being vain near train tracks.



Now my questions for you!

What do you think about this?

Was the conductor trying to save the kid’s life or just being a jerk?

Did you know Video Selfies were a thing?

Do you think the kid was being an idiot?

On a side note, I haven’t been around much this week but I’m still here and hopefully will get some time to pester your blogs. :)

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Steve’s Music Mix – Sorry, What was that again?

I am trying something new. As it turns out, this was quite a bit of fun.


Each week I (Steve) will post 3 new questions so…

  1. Go to the music player of your choice and put it on shuffle
  2. Say the questions aloud and press play
  3. Use the song title as your answers
  5. Title your post “Steve’s Music Mix – …” and link back to this week’s page.
  6. Post your response in the comment section of that week’s page.

What should I do…?

IT’s OK by Atomic Kitten

Still trying to wrap my head around this one…

What I shouldn’t do…?

All Around Me by Flyleaf

So apparently I shouldn’t do anything? Need some help interpreting these, lol.

What I Will Do…?

King and Lionheart by Of Monsters And Men

I don’t get it. I think today’s Q&A is telling me I should get more sleep. :)

One Sweet Night at Club Vindaloo

Tell us your funniest relationship disaster story.
Daily Post: Third Rate Romance

Preface: The following which you are about to read is a piece of fiction inspired by a dream I had this morning. The reason I chose fiction is that every relationship I have been in has been a disaster, and honestly would be rather boring.

One Sweet Night at Club Vindaloo

“It was her idea. The whole disaster was her fault.” I said not trying to hide my angst.

“Calm down and go over what happened.” The man’s face was calm. It was like looking at serenity personified.

“It started last Friday. My girlfriend wanted to go to the opening of that new club, Vindaloo. She said I needed to stop being such a hermit and get out more.”

“That seemed like reasonable advice.”

“You haven’t seen me dance.”

“Oh, I can imagine that was quite a pretty picture, indeed.” I thought I heard a hint of sarcasm in his voice.

“It would have been, if I ever got that far. I wanted to stop and look at some puppies on the way. So we took separate vehicles to the club. That’s where I met Samwise. He was a cute pug puppy, I just had to have him. I walked out carrying a little puppy in a bundle and then I headed to the club.”

“Why did you do that? Buy the puppy, I mean.”

“It seemed like a good idea at the time.” It really had.

I watched the man as he scribbled some notes on his pad. He looked up at me and said, “Go on.”

“Right, so Samwise and I enter the club. I smuggled him in my pocket.”

“Wait, the club just let you in?”

“Yeah, I’m awesome!” I would have thought that detail was pretty obvious. “I find my girlfriend surrounded by all these guys fawning over her. I go up to her and she is angry. Saying I’m late and no good. It was really rather embarrassing.”

“I imagine it would be.”

“She threw her drink in my face, that is the point when Samwise escaped. He wriggled free and started running around on the floor. I tried to catch him but he was soon lost in the crowd.” I stopped to take a drink of water. After taking a few sips, I then continued my narrative, “It was at this point when I noticed my wallet, cellphone and car keys were missing. I started to panic. I went back over to my girlfriend’s table to see if my missing items were there. Of course the whole group was still laughing at my expense. I asked them if they had seen my items but they responded no.”

“I’m sorry to interrupt, but you are going somewhere with this?”

“Yes. Well I went to go back out to my car to see if I left the items there, just in time to see my car being impounded.”


“Yes, yes it is. I went back into the club to find my girlfriend to see about giving me a ride home. Her new harem, for lack of a better word, told me she went to the ladies room. So I went there.”


“Yup, just walked right in. I wasn’t having the best night so far. A bunch of screaming women went out. I yelled out her name and asked if I could get a ride.”

“What did she say?”

“I believe her word choice was, ‘Drop dead!’”

The man gave a twitch and then scribbled more notes on his pad and then nodded for me to continue.

“That’s when I spied Samwise. I did the only logical thing and took my pants off to throw over him, kind of a net trap.”

“Your pants? Why not your shirt?”

“Right, so it was the second most logical thing. I threw my pants over Samwise but he just snatched them up and dragged them outside the bathroom. I followed of course. That’s when it happened.”

“What happened?” The man asked.

“Well, I plowed right into a very large man, which had a bit of a domino effect and his girl fell to the floor.”

“Oh ouch, bad news that.”

“Yes, very. He went to hit me just as I dove after Samwise and my pants, hitting another large dude in the face.That was the moment when the brawl started.”

“What an interesting tale.”

“Quite. Yes, officer that is how I ended up here in your interrogation room.”

“It really isn’t your night, is it?” He asked.

I sighed. It really wasn’t.


Soccer Women are Super Sexy (imo)

Featured Image by Wilson Delgado (Wilson Delgado) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Under the Boardwalk (Daily Prompt)

Have you ever become obsessed with something? Tell us about something that captivates your attention like nothing else.
Daily Prompt: Can’t Get it Out of My Head

My Cycle of Obsession:

Always starts with WOMEN.

Which leads me to EXERCISE and HEALTH for that possibility of actually attracting one.

Then comes the constant thinking of FOOD, bad and unhealthy but oh so delicious FOOD.

Then enters the DEPRESSION for being unable to control my appetites.

Which leads to escaping in BOOKS, VIDEO GAMES, MOVIES and TV SHOWS.

For some reason these things always have a touch of romance in them which leads back to WOMEN.

Soccer Women are Super Sexy (imo) Featured Image by Wilson Delgado (Wilson Delgado) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Soccer Women are Super Sexy (imo)
Featured Image by Wilson Delgado (Wilson Delgado) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


“What’s this now?”


“Oh. It’s tasty.”

“I added a special ingredient?”

“Oh? Is it rat poison? Tastes like rat poison. I’ve always been partial to the taste.”

“Um, it might be. I’ll be right back.” A few minutes later. “Back. Try this helping.”

“Oh, you’ve added arsenic! Yum!”


For the Weekly Writing Challenge – Fifty

Featured Image by By Maxxl2 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; modified by me


The Art of Friendship

Do you find it easy to make new friends? Tell us how you’ve mastered the art of befriending a new person.
Daily Prompt: Why Can’t We Be Friends? by Krista on April 9, 2014

Making friends with people is fairly easy but keeping them can be hard. I think I might write a separate post on the keeping aspect, but for now I shall share my tips for how to make friends.

Green Embers’ Tips on Making Friends!

  1. Listen – This is the most important thing you can ever do. People love talking about themselves and when you first meet someone let them speak and show interest.
  2. Ask questions – This is really part of listening but deserves its own number. When we ask questions about what people are telling us, it shows we care about them, even if we might not really care for what they are talking about.
  3. Be sincere – Do I really need to say any more?
  4. Be truthful – Never start a friendship on a foundation of lies. It is doomed to make enemies.
  5. Be willing to help – Sometimes people are out there silently crying out for help. Look for the signs and show that you are willing to stand by them in their hardships.
  6. Be willing to accept help – This might seem odd, but sometimes it is much easier to give help than accept it. Letting people help you will help them and build strong ties of friendship.

I find that these things work for me! :mrgreen:

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