Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey


From a Modern Romance to the Jazz Age: Two Book Reviews — Annika Perry’s Writing Blog

A special thank you to a beautiful writer and fellow blogger, Annika Perry, who wrote a lovely review of A Mother for His Twins. She also reviewed the always entertaining Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene’s  dictionary of Roaring Twenties slang, Speak Flapper.

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Welcome Donna Connolly #wouldyourather

Today, I’m excited to welcome fellow blogger, Donna Connolly. Many of you know her, but if you haven’t checked out her blog, I encourage you to do so. Not only does she write captivating content, she’s a wonderful photographer, too. I’m so happy our paths have crossed. Her sweet smile is guaranteed to brighten up any blog she visits. She’s here to play “would you rather.” I think you’ll enjoy her answers as much as I did. Welcome, Donna!

Would you rather live in the middle of nowhere, with no people or stores within a 10-mile radius, or live in a busy city?

Local scenery.

I currently live in a small, oceanside town on Vancouver Island. V.I. was recently declared by CNN as one of the “top 20 places in the world to visit”. I (very biasedly) agree with their ranking.

Our small corner of this diverse area is the perfect mix of quiet and community. Daily, I walk most places that I wish to go. During these outings, I frequently run into several familiar faces along the way. As much as I love serenity, I could never give up community. And, if I needed to drive everywhere – yuk!

Due to my desire for community and walkability, ‘Big City’ could be my only choice here.

 Would you rather speak all languages or be able to speak to all animals?

Muttley Crew, Dog Walking Group, Oceanside, Vancouver Island.

Relationships and connecting with others are two of the top joys in life (IMHO). Along with my native English, I speak a smattering of Mandarin, French and Italian (in descending order). When travelling, I have often been frustrated by not being able to communicate more fully with locals and other visitors.

I volunteer at our local humane society and am part of a weekly dog walking group, even though I don’t currently live with any pets.  I would love to speak to animals. It would come in very handy in so many ways (which I would vow to use for good, and not for my chance to appear on Late Night with Seth Myers). Sadly, I would need to give up ultra-cool ‘animal speak’ in order to converse in our world’s 6,500 tongues. I would then immediately begin making very exotic travel plans to remote and distant places.

Would you rather have a lifetime subscription to Netflix or an unlimited gift card to Starbucks?

Thank you, Jill, for throwing in an easier question. I am not much of a television or Netflix watcher, so I would definitely go with the coffee gift card. And if I could use it to pay-it-forward, how amazing would that be? You can read about my (slightly embarrassing) pay-it-forward experience here.

 Would you rather have someone clean for you or have someone cook for you?

The aromas are amazing!

This question poses another difficult dilemma. As I write this, our youngest son (31) is in the kitchen, preparing a red lentil curry. I do love to be pampered with someone else’s cooking. But when I pull away from the intoxicating aromas, I need to remind myself how much I hate cleaning the bathroom or facing a sink full of dishes. Decision – done!

Would you rather be able to freeze time or travel in time?

My husband and my mom. Two people whom I admire and adore.

As I age, I find myself trying to hold on to precious moments with family and friends. I never want to take a single moment, or a single person, for granted. To have even more time together with loved ones is my number one wish. Strengthening this choice, I believe that the future is a gift that is sweetened by our hopes, dreams and desires. To experience the destination without the journey would take away much of this magic.

Thank you, Jill, for inviting me to play ‘Would You Rather?’. It has given me much to think about. It has also allowed me to hang out in the exact spot where my very first Guest Post appeared. I speak for myself and others — your endless support of fellow writers and bloggers is deeply appreciated.

 

ABOUT DONNA:

Donna lived and worked in Beijing, China for fourteen years. Leaving international life behind, she and her husband retired to Vancouver Island, Canada, in June 2015. To document this transition, Donna initiated ‘Retirement Reflections.’ Her favourite part of blogging is the interaction with others. Read more about Donna here . You can connect with her in the comment section below, or via the following social media sites. She would love to hear from you.

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Welcome John Howell #wouldyourather

Today I’m excited to welcome friend, writer and blogger, John Howell. I would venture to guess most of you already know him, but if he’s a new blogger to you, you’re in for a treat. John has a great sense of humor, which is evident in both his posts and comments. He’s a blogger I met early on and one who is diligent about posting every day @ 5:00 a.m. EST. Even when he and his family were forced to evacuate during Hurricane Harvey, and their home was severely damaged, he was still blogging. Because of that, if there’s a morning where I don’t see his post, I begin to worry and start sending emails. Is John okay? Now, if he has a scheduling blip, he’ll email me in advance. Thanks for playing along, John!

Would you rather be able to freeze time or travel in time?

I like this question since my current book is about time travel. I think I would like to be able to travel in time rather than freeze time. The only good thing about freezing time is one could walk into a bank and empty the cash drawers. After you do that once, what is the next thrill. Sure, you can have a bunch of money, but the experience might be a little limited. Well, there might be a unique chance you could save someone from having an accident, but mostly those options are few and far between. So, time travel would allow for unlimited opportunities to go to new places and see new things. One could also go back to historical events and watch them happen. My characters go back to the Gunfight at the OK Corral and are witnesses to the fact that the Earp’s are innocent of murder. They leave a deposition behind proclaiming innocence, and as we know, the Earp’s were found innocent of the charge. As I frequently caution on my blog, be careful when you time travel so as not to disrupt the time continuum. It sounds like I already do time travel, doesn’t it? Here hold my tin foil hat, I’ll be right back.

 

Would you rather be the funniest person in the room or the most intelligent?

This is another excellent question. Of course, I will pretend you are asking just as I finish my first Martini on the rocks with two olives. Here we are in a cocktail party because there is nowhere else where this question would have relevance. Well, maybe in a job interview. You know the one where the employer representative is trying to eliminate candidates. Where was I? Oh yes. So, I smile at the thought of being the funniest person and then contemplate being the most intelligent. You are looking at me with the expectation that whatever my choice, it will be based on an erudite analysis and represent my best thinking at the time. I did mention the Martini, right? I lean in a little closer and tell you that I would certainly hope to be the most intelligent rather than the funniest. You see, I try to be funny, and so if there was someone in the room who was the funniest, I could learn some new material from them and use it on my blog. Also, I would be entertained as long as I stayed in the room. If, on the other hand, I was the funniest, I would not learn how to be more entertaining and would, in some respects, be bored. After all, I have already heard all my jokes. To be the most intelligent is a comfortable place to be. There is no need to demonstrate the fact, and I could enjoy talking with folks and understand them no matter how bright they are. Excuse me I see the guy is coming over with another martini. Oh, one more thing. Going back to the employer representative, asking the same question. My answer would be, “Since there is only you and I here, my guess is, I’m both but tell a joke, and we will see.”

 

Would you rather speak all languages or be able to speak to all animals?

I had to think about this question since both choices have a lot of benefits. To be able to speak to animals would give me a leg up in my relationship with Twiggy and Lucy, my dogs. Right now, they understand me pretty well and know more words of human than I know of dog. I can’t think of one dog word that I know. It would be nice to wake up one day and be able to ask Lucy to get me a cup of coffee or what she thinks of impeachment. Think of the convenience and the ability to discuss subjects that are long bored out to your spouse. I’ll bet I could even talk about my writing without Lucy nodding off.

On the other hand, to be able to converse in any language to anyone would be a dream come true. How often have we been in downtown Moscow and not been able to ask someone where the nearest Starbucks is located. I mean, to be able to ask questions in the language would be wonderful. We don’t even need to mention the career possibilities of being able to say, “Buy my Book,” anywhere in the world. I guess I would rather be able to speak any language.

 

Would you rather live in the middle of nowhere, with no people or stores within a 10-mile radius, or live in a busy city?

I used to live in a place where meaningful stores like Costco and Nordstrom were a 150-mile drive. Sure, there were other stores only 35 miles away, but stores that count were further. Let’s say I loved the idea of living on an island that was a sand mound in the middle of nowhere. I loved the smell and sound of the Gulf, so I had myself convinced that this was the only life for me. That was until Hurricane Harvey came a calling. The quaint seaside life immediately changed. It became no longer okay to have to drive 35 miles for food and other services. In short, the big city draw beat out the little town inconvenience. So we sold the beach house, furniture, and the golf cart and moved to Austin to start over completely. Start over we have, and this is by choice to live in a busy city.

 

Would you rather have someone clean for you or have someone cook for you?

This question went right to the root of what I like to do least and is a no brainer to answer. There is only one thing worse than a visit to the dentist for me, and that’s cleaning. I think cleaning is the most significant waste of time ever created. Let me ask you. If you knew you had a project to do and then once you completed it you knew you would have to do it again, would you do it? Of course, you wouldn’t. What I just described is cleaning. Do under the bed, and when you come back in an hour, you need to do it again. Vacuum the floor and yup, you guessed it. Do it again. It is the same with all cleaning projects. Windows, walls, and floors need repeated cleaning. So, yes. I would rather have someone come in and clean for me so that I don’t have this soul-sucking feeling that I’m just repeating myself. Cooking is creative, and I like that. However, menu planning is like cleaning. You have a menu planned for this week, and before you know it, you just need to plan another one for next. Love cooking. Hate menu planning. Don’t even get me started on shopping. My Producer has banned me from the grocery store. There was an incident several years ago around the lack of the use of coupons and some pork rinds. Enough said.

 

BIO:

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. The fourth, Circumstances of Childhood a family life story published October 1st, 2017. The fifth book, The Contract is written with Gwen Plano and made available in June of 2018. All books are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. The paperback versions are available in the Indie Lector store.

John lives in Lakeway, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

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