Posted in Writer Musings

Author Site Up & Running

Hello, Dear Bloggites! 🙂  Now that my website and blog site are talking to each other, I was starting work on my Weekly Email Chats Newsletter for my Author Site, pacwordsmith.com, but I ran into a slight issue.  The issue is: “What can I call my readers/followers/network?”  Here, I lovingly refer to you all of you as my “Dear Bloggites” but that would be a little weird to continue that pet name for my readers…or would it?

What if I gave a long backstory on how I came up with the term Bloggites and then continue to reference all as such?  Currently I reference the readers following my Author site, P. A. Corino, as “Dear Friends” but I want something more unique and amazingly fun to say and read because I consider all my readers/followers/network as my Unique Friends.

Heeeeyyyyy, what about that as a pet name, “Unique Friends”?  I think my first poll is taking shape in my mind for my first official Email Chat Newsletter.  I am going to brainstorm a variety of names that will tie into me and my sites and let the subscribers vote on their future name from me!  THAT IS A GRAND IDEA!!!  Thank you, Dear Bloggites, for talking this through with me.

Make sure your voice is heard on what you want me to call you by subscribing to my Weekly Email Chats here.  Be sure to check the box or just click on any other page on the website and you will find a handy-dandy subscribe button for you to put your email address in. 🙂

I am going to sign off for now, Dear Bloggites, and start creating names to vote on.  If you have any special name you would like me to start calling you, just drop a comment below and I will consider the suggestions.  After all, there is only one UberGoofy World of P, and all of you are part of my UberGoofy Journey.

~4-Ever, P

Posted in Book Review

Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

“People don’t have useful things anymore.  People just have shit.” ~ Ove (in Fredrik Backman’s book A Man Called Ove)

Life is a roller coaster full of twists, turns, and loop-de-loops.  This is a much delayed book review on the Books & Broad’s Book Club choice for JULY!  As many of you have read, Dear Bloggites, my Paternal Half of the Parental Unit (Dad) is dying of Cancer.  A few weeks ago, he suffered a stroke that rendered him incapacitated on his right side of his body and a crooked smile like my beloved pup who I had to put down almost a year ago.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik BackmanAs you have all guessed, I did not get to finish this book, but I did learn quickly within the first few paragraphs that Ove is my Dad.  My Dad is Ove!  The July book club choice was A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  This is Fredrik Backman’s first novel and it is a winner!  From the first utterance from Ove asking if the tablet in his hand was an “O-Pad”, I was hooked and laughing and crying and just giggling my head off.

The talent of the author, Fredrik Backman, with infusing the different characters with such quirky traits while keeping the storyline on target was amazing to me.  The author is a Swedish writer and so the novel was translated into English.  Many books that are translated tend to lose the impact or purpose the author is trying to convey throughout the novel.  This did not happen with this book.  The translation was on point and the reader understood the purpose of the storyline.

A Man Called Ove is story about an old, grumpy man with many quirks that are off-putting to all he comes in contact with throughout his life.  The entire story, Ove unsuccessfully tries to kill himself because there are certain things that must be made right before he goes to see his wife or else he will have hell to pay once he is dead.

Sounds like it is a sad story, huh, Dear Bloggites?  It is not.  From the moment Ove’s new neighbors move across the street, he is constantly being interrupted during his quest to kill himself.  Add a stray cat into the mix, and you have the makings of a great storyline.

All the characters were developed and complex.  Everyone had a backstory that you learned about throughout the book but did not break the streamline effect of the overall story.  The descriptions given in the story from Ove’s point of view, allowed the reader to truly feel as if they were standing right next to Ove witnessing the silliness or stupidity of the world around him.  Unexpected friendships, new purpose in life, and a life worth living in the end makes this an amazing book for any reader of any age.

I give A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 5 out of 5 Bookmarks.  To steal a phrase from the books description, “Ove is all you need.”

~4-Ever, P

Posted in This & That

Loving My Life! :-)

Hello, Dear Bloggites!   How have you been?  Long time no Blog…Ha!  I am writing this blog to reflect on all the Great Things in My Life! 🙂

I Love My Life, I really do…I embrace the exuberance I feel from the joy I find in all things. 🙂  I have been Blessed so much in my Life with friends, family, and co-workers…I just am amazed at how wonderful life can be when enhanced by those you love and who love you. 😀

I have been told I can be a bit annoying with my Overly Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Attitude! 🙂 Apparently, some people need happiness in small doses until they full wake up! LOL It is all good though, I love it when they finally wake up or get out of their funk and I see the joy start shining in their eyes.  Always wonderful to see for me.

I have a view on life. I think a person has two choices: 1. go through life crying or 2. go through life laughing and dancing.  Guess which one I do???  I laugh and dance and embrace all things enjoyable! 🙂  I love to laugh and dance and when I find others that like to laugh and dance it becomes one Fabu Party, Baby!!! 😉

I hope everyone has a Wonderfully, Blessed Holiday Season and Merry Christmas to All and To All a Fabu Life!!!!

~4-Ever, P

Posted in This & That

Life As I Know It

Hello, Dear Bloggites!!! 🙂  Long time, no blog, eh?  I remember stating a few blogs ago that I was going to try and blog at least once a week…so far…not doing so well…Ha! 😉

Life is an enjoyable thing to me.  I love living and knowing that every day when I wake up a new adventure awaits my trouble-maker hands…LOL Most of the time I do not have to search out the trouble, it just finds me, but sometimes I do wander down a path that will take me to trouble…WHAT?…I am human, you know!…or I was last time I checked…not a Zombie just yet. 😉

I just wanted to say that Life As I Know It is constantly changing…the life I know is on a whirlwind of twists and turns and loops and drops and climbs…just a Fabu Ride, Baby! 🙂  I am just holding on and rolling with the punches…you know the ones, cherry, limeaide, black cherry, grape…those punches…:-D

Well, Life As I Know It is ever changing and I am Loving Every Minute of IT!!! 

~4-Ever, P

Posted in This & That

Feeling Feisty

Hello, Dear Bloggites, I am feeling feisty today! 😉  I was sitting here at home, bored out of my mind because I actually found down time, and decided to give in to the curiosity bug.  My good friend, Mary (say Hi, Mary!), is always talking about this one site where she connects with old and new friends.  This site seems to have opened a fun and interesting world for her and I just wanted to know what all the hype was about.

So, me, being me, decided to open an account on this site….I know…trouble, trouble, trouble, especially with me feeling feisty! 😉  I open this account, and within seconds, I have all these notifications and messages…it was a major ego boost I am telling you! LOL

Several of these guys are in my area of town…hmm…trouble, trouble, trouble…and one even offered to come over to my place and help me figure out the site…yeah…okay…raincheck, dude! LOL What he does not know is NO ONE knows where I live and there is a reason for that…I have my son and my brother and sister-in-law who live with me and I do not mix my social life with my family life…just don’t do it…so don’t ask to find out where I live because I won’t tell you. 🙂

This site is very fun and the people I have met so far seem rather nice…some are just friendly, some are just flirty, some are just horny, and some are just liking my profile picture….Ha!  I am pretty sure I am going to enjoy this site and I know my ego definitely does!

Well, Toodles for now, until next time, have an UberGoofy Day!

~4-Ever, P

Posted in This & That

Blogging-Self-Centered or Sharing???

So, my BFF, Tracy, and I were having a discussion the other night. I made the statement that when I am away from people I believe they do not give me a second thought after she stated that she felt people talked about her and her weight as soon as she was gone.

After my statement, she said I was full of BS, because, if I felt no one thought about me when they are away from me I would not have a blog….so I started thinking about this.

I started this blog because of requests I received from some friends who asked me to start one so they could keep up with my crazy life…so I was bored one day and created it. Now, I blog because I have thoughts up in my brain that I have no one around to share with at that moment.

I do not think my blogging is from a self-centered stand point but from a sharing stand point. Now, if no one reads the blogs I guess it is a mote point….LOL, however, this conversation the other day with the BFF has prompted me to put this into writing.

So I now ask you, Dear Bloggites, do I seem self-centered in my blogs or do I seem like I am sharing a thought I felt others might enjoy reading?

~4-Ever, P

Posted in This & That

Decisions, Decisions with a Salad on the Side

In life you may come to a fork in the road….how many times, Dear Bloggites, have I heard that one? I say, how come we cannot come to a spoon in the road? Or even a knife?

When faced with the proverbial fork, people are expected to make a decision. Depending on the decision that is made, they will either go left or right. So what if it was a spoon?

When faced with a spoon in the road, a decision can be made, not to go left or right, but to slide up and down the sides of the spoon always to land in the middle then do it again. Yet, how about that knife?

When faced with a knife in the road, you have the option to take the smooth side or the sharp side with risks. No matter which side you chose, you will still be moving in a forward momentum.

I am at that proverbial set of silverware right now. No matter what decision I make, be it fork, spoon, or knife, I know one thing for sure, Dear Bloggites, I will always end up on top.

So I say to you, Dear Bloggites, grab that silverware set and strive forward with faith, hope, pride, and confidence….and remember….don’t forget that salad on the side…what else are you going to eat with the proverbial silverware set?!

So, to quote one of my favorite childhood fables…spit, spot, spout….this tale is told out! 😀

~4-Ever, P