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5 Things I Can’t Live Without – Romance Writers Weekly

On this week’s Romance Writers Weekly blog hop, A.S. Fenichel wants to know… What can’t you live without? Tell us five things you can’t do without. It can be coffee from your favorite shop or a pink tee-shirt. Whatever it is, tell us about it and why you can’t go on without it. Hope you’ve stopped by Carrie Elks before visiting me.

Aside from the basic necessities, like food, water, shelter and the convenience of modern medicine and transportation, here’s my top five comforts of life in no particular order:

Pets – Our dog is a member of the family and the baby. Over the years kitties and doggies have come and gone but are never forgotten. I kiss our beautiful, rescue, Leo, when I leave for work and hug him when I get home.

Music – Soothes my internal savage beast and awakens my muse. Such a wondrous thing. Here lately, I’ve been listening to binaural beats which are supposed to help sync your brain and help with memory, healing, etc. We’ll see about the one for weight loss…

Electronics – I am a techie chick courtesy of my geeky older brother. I’m not sure which I could do without, TV, computer or internet.  All are windows to other worlds and I’m addicted to all of them.

Hot Shower – Therapeutic and meditative, I look forward to stepping under the hot mist to wash away the day’s wear and tear and ready me for the land of nod.

Coffee –  The aroma. The warmth.  It’s the liquid that drives me to my feet to leave my comfy bed.

On that note, lets see S.C. Mitchell’s gotta have list.  Please visit all the wonderful authors on this week’s hop.

What kind of animal person are you?

RWWLogoThis week on Romance Writers Weekly blog hop, Brenda Margriet asks our group: ”What kind of animal person are you? Do you have pets? If so, how do they influence your writing, or don’t they? What is the most unusual pet you’ve had, either as a child or adult?”


My Facebook feed, is full of animal posts, likes and shares. I love dogs and cats and have had both. At one time my husband and I had four dogs and two cats! Now, we currently have our Leo. With only one pet, we can take him when we go on vacation even though he weighs as much as a small human. He’s a rescue and we were told he’s Plott Hound (NC state dog) and Chocolate Lab.

As far as animals influencing my writing,20160704_125034 I only recently added pets to a manuscript. I’m working on a story about a veteran military dog handler searching for his former K9 partner. He meets and falls for a woman who’s training a service puppy whom he also becomes attached. Having the puppy as a major part of the story has been a writing challenge. The dog is another major character and has to be incorporated her into most of the couple’s scenes. They need to interact like pet owners do at home and I’m constantly reminding myself, “Where’s the dog and what’s she doing?”

Image by Paul Brennan @ Public Domain Pics
Image by Paul Brennan @ Public Domain Pics

The most unusual pet I had as a child was a turtle, but wanted a horse. What I’d love to have now is a large salt water aquarium, but I doubt my skills to manage one. Like our pool, it’d probably another ongoing chemistry experiment!

If you haven’t already visited Marc Stevens
hope you’ll out his most unusual pet and please continue the hop to romance and sci-fi author, S.C. Mitchell.