Friday Fun-for-All

5 02 2010

I laughed so hard I cried when I watched this. Hope you do to!


Whose Line is it Anyway – Irish Drinking Song – Using the wrong name in bed

Food For Thought

4 02 2010

Would you do you feel unfaithful to your partner if you had sexual daydreams/fantasies about someone else? If the situation were reversed, would you feel like he/she was unfaithful to you?

Hump Day Motivation

3 02 2010

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
~Lou Holtz

Monday Merriment

1 02 2010

Top 10 Great—er, um Bad—Pickup Lines

What better way to kick off our Unromantic Valentine Theme than with pickup lines gone awry. 🙂 Enjoy…

  1. That shirt’s very becoming on you. Of course, if I were on you, I’d be coming too.
  2. Do you believe in love at first sight…or should I walk past you again?
  3. Is your last name Gillette? Because, girl, you’re the best a man can get.
  4. Just call me milk, baby, because I’ll do your body good.
  5. I may not be Fred Flintstone, but I bet I can make your Bed Rock.
  6. Is that a mirror in your pocket? Because I can see myself in your pants?
  7. I’m a bird watcher and I’m looking for a Big-Breasted Bed Thrasher…have you seen one?
  8. Wanna Play House? You can be the screen door and I can slam you all night long.
  9. Hi, my name is Bob. Remember it, cause you’ll be screaming it all night long.
  10. Hi, my name is Pogo, want to jump on my stick?

~Staci Culver

I think I can… I think I can…

25 01 2010

I’m at a point in my life where I have so much going on in my non-writing life, I have to keep putting writing on the back burner. It’s not because I want to. It’s not (only) a procrastination device. I really can’t make writing my one priority, no matter how much I want to. That will change in a few years, but until then, I feel like I’m locked in a cycle of writing—not writing—writing—not writing. And the not writing periods tend to grow.

I’ve declared that 2010 will be different, that this year I’ll make time for writing no matter what.  While it can’t be priority number one, it can be a priority. I’m working to ensure I don’t let writing fall by the wayside. I’ve taken on more responsibilities with my writing groups, promised to maintain a critique partnership, set goals… And even though it’s only a month into the new year, so far so good.

I don’t want my writing to feel like a job, but if I want it to eventually be a career, I have to work at it. So even when I’m exhausted, even when I just want to veg out in front of the tv, even when I just want to get more than four or five hours of sleep in a night, I have to do something writing related. It might just be a little thing—a quick read through for a critique, writing 100 words, reading over something I’ve already written, doing a little work on RWA chapter stuff, etc. etc.—but it will be something.

Little steps to big results. I think I can, I think I can…


18 01 2010

This year I am making a commitment to my writing. On December 31, 2009, I drove a moving truck into the driveway of my new home on Whidbey Island in the beautiful Puget Sound area of Washington.

Many people look at moving as a burden. I, on the other hand, am looking at this move, like the kid from The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (ask your kids) as an Adventure!

Whidbey Island is full of  quaint, small towns. The biggest one holds the Naval base, but otherwise the Island is full of hiking trails and farms, including lavender farms.  There’s even a buffalo ranch and a I think I drobe by a llama farm the other day. I’ve lived in a small town before but nothing as isolated as living on the Island. If you want to come see me, you have to pay $14 roundtrip to ride the ferry. I live in a place where you have to get on a boat to get there. As young Flapjack would say, Adventure!

View from my office

I woke up to start 2010 in the perfect place to write. Though I have spent much of the last two weeks unpacking, I have also managed to sit down and write something every day. Maybe not the thousand words per day of my resolution, but I have stuck to the equation butt in chair + hands on keyboard = words on page.

What life-changing Adventures! are you planning for this year?

Hanna Rhys Barnes is one of those people with an evenly balanced right and left brain. She has a BA in English, but ended her career as a high school math teacher. She loves to cook and was a pastry chef in a former life.
A member of RWA’s national organization and of several local chapters, she currently lives on Whidbey Island, but occasionally visits her retirement ranchette outside of Kingman, AZ.

Hanna’s Debut Novel, Widow’s Peak, is currently available from The Wild Rose Press,, and She is currently working on Book 2 in the series, Kissed By A Rose.

The “Write” Place

2 12 2009

Otherwise known as "Starvation Plantation"

Three years ago, my husband and I were lamenting over how much money we were wasting spending on our family vacations and weekend getaways. We decided to purchase a riverfront lot and build a cabin near our favorite fishing spot and start paying for a retreat that would be ours to keep. Just this week we spent our first holiday in our newly built cabin.

Scott and I argue over what to call it: a vacation home, a fishing cabin, a writer’s retreat. Whatever you call it, it’s an excellent place to clear your mind. No cell phone signal in these woods. No DSL Internet access. The only sounds around the home are the occasional fishing boats humming past and the wildlife after dark. If you don’t think wildlife can be distracting, let me tell ya, you just need to step onto our deck after sunset. Coyote fights, shrieking owls, running deer, whistling foxes, and screeching herons–the woods come alive!

I’m expecting to get lots of writing done here and reading too. I pull up a chair on the deck, my laptop balanced on my lap, and a cup of coffee at my side, and let ‘er rip as the sun rises over the river. My morning view is what you see in the picture to the left. It’s not hard to think romance when you’ve got a 360 degree view. Now if I could keep my hubs from watching satelite TV football games inside the cabin…but that’s another post!!

That’s my favorite new writing place. I don’t get to visit it as often as I’d like, but when I do, it should be magic. Estelle wrote in an earlier post about her retreat. I’d love to hear what retreats you’ve been to or about ones you’d like to visit. Where is your “write” place?