Niki Taylor, Freelance Writer and Researcher

November 4, 2009

Hodgepodge of Happenings

As usual, it has been forever since I last posted. I have a good excuse. I lost my blog. It’s complicated, and it will make you savvier bloggers laugh at me.

I’m still proofreading for Demand Studios. I enjoy it and hopes it lasts forever.

We went to the mountains a couple of weeks ago, and it was perfect. We went for the fall colors, but we ended up seeing a different color, white. It snowed. In North Carolina. In October. As a cold weather person, I was in heaven. The combination of the snow and leaves was great.

Lots of books and movies news. Vamp time. I’ve read the Twilight Series. I’ve read the Sookie Stackhouse series. Now I’m reading the Laurell Hamilton vampire series. Will the bloodsuckers stop haunting me?

To be read: a new Monk book, Georgia Nicolson book(fabbity fab in her UK speak), Uncle John Bathroom Book I got at a used book sale, and a Kathryn Lilley book where the heroine deals with weight issues.

DVD news. I broke down and got the first season of True Blood on DVD. I don’t usually get TV series on DVD, but I don’t have HBO, and I loved the books. The show is wild in a fun way. I also got Grease 2 in the Walmart bargain bin. Not as good as the original, but it has catchy songs. Let’s bowl, Let’s bowl. Let’s rock n roll.

To cap off my perfect mountain trip, I found Shag the movie. Thanks to Austin Powers, the word shag makes people giggle, but in South Carolina beach music, it means dancing. It came out 20 years ago, and it is about four girls going to Myrtle Beach in 1963. It has great music including  the song Rock and Roll(It Will Stand) by Johnny O’Keefe  I had forgotten about  and was thrilled to rediscover. It was choreographed by Kenny Ortega who choreographed my favorite movie, Dirty Dancing.

Speaking of DD, it was sad when Patrick Swayze died. DD was a big influence in my teen years. An article about a Swayze Memorial in Lake Lure, NC brought back memories of how I, as an awestruck teen, went to the camp in Lake Lure where DD was filmed. I also went to Mountain Lake Resort in Virginia where DD was filmed. Time of My Life is a perfect title for Swayze’s autobiography which is on my library reserve list. RIP Patrick.

Another sad moment over the summer was when Guiding Light ended. It was also a big part of my life. Roger and Holly. Philip and Beth. Jonathan Randall. Soaps get a bad rap, but I have many happy memories of GL.

Now I’m getting ready for the Winter. We have a Xmas trip to Williamsburg, Va, and of course the holidays. Maybe we’ll see snow in Eastern NC, but  at least I’ve seen the fall snow.



September 19, 2008

“Monk”ey Business

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My temporary job ended at the end of July, and I will reapply for it at the end of October. I’ve been trying to keep myself busy. In early October, I will be taking a trip to the mountains. In mid-October, I will be “attending” the Muse Writing Conference.
It is an online writing conference featuring different panels. I’ve heard about it for years and am excited to “attend”. I really need a writing boost. I’ve been trying to write during my break, but it’s been slow going.

Currently, I’m reading Mr. Monk Goes to Germany by Lee Goldberg. It is a series of books based on the television show Monk on the USA Network. Adrian Monk is a detective who has obsessive-compulsive disorder. The OCD makes him highly sensitive to his environment which works out well in solving murders but not in his everyday life. While he can find clues the other police officers can’t, his oversensitivity leads to phobias and other hang-ups. The book is written from the point of view of his assistant because Monk would not be able to get past the first paragraph for overanalyzing it.
I can relate to Monk because I too have OCD. While I’m not a detective, I have an oversensitivity to the world around me which I try to relay through writing. OCD is more than just worrying about germs and washing hands. The book gives a good explanation: “They(OCD sufferers) interact with the world in an entirely different way than you and I do. They observe the way we live instead of living the way we do.” We will be fine as long we observe the world in helpful ways(crime fighting and writing) and not in self-destructive ways.


August 13, 2008

Lazy Days, Books, TV, and OCD

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I have to wait a couple of months to go back to my temporary job(fingers and toes crossed), and I have been trying to fill the spare time. I’ve been catching up on my reading, and playing around on the Internet.

The book The Memorykeeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards is as engrossing as everyone says it is. I’m almost finished reading the latest in the Hitchcock Sewell series by Tim Cockey. There does not seem much publicity around this series, but if you enjoy Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series or comedic mysteries, this is good to try. Sewell is a smart-mouthed undertaker who always ends up embroiled in murder mysteries with a wacky cast of characters. Most of my books come from the library. I keep a list of books and their release dates, and I can reserve online. I only buy books that I really, really want or get them as gifts.

I have also been watching TV, mainly reality shows, until the shows come back in the fall. I watch Monk since I relate to the character with the obsessive compulsive disorder. I have anxiety disorder as well as OCD. That is another blog post in itself. I look online at different freelance jobs that I can do quickly, but either the pay is too low, or the job is too long-term.  Back to the lazy, hazy crazy days of summer.

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