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Thoughts That Get Stuck in My Head

Humor, entertainment, and geekery.Still #1 in Colbert Fan Fiction!

Updated: 2017-11-13T16:59:24.443-05:00


If Asked, I Will Serve.


Over the years I've teased on Twitter about my platform if I were to run for office, and thought that I should document it here. If new things are added, this post will be updated.
  • Office puppies for everyone
  • No stupid banter at award shows
  • Holidays are confined to their season
  • Abolish Mondays
  • The day after the release of a major book (ex. new Harry Potter) shall be a national holiday
"FYI, my plan is to be Queen of Canada, with stops as Virginia state and federal senator." ~ @cmdrsue, January 30, 2016

Praise Cheesus


Hallelujah! Finally, a reason for another God & Cheese Day post. @the_cheesus brings us THE GRILLED CHEESUS (cue angels singing).

Yes, you can order your very own Cheesus grill online at OMRGoods.

Celebrate Good Times, Come On


Just a pretty flower from this summer's gardenOne of my writing friends congratulated me on my book and author rankings today, which was really nice. Then she stumped me by saying "Hope you had a little celebration!" Because, see, I'm really bad at celebrating, and I think that's probably a bad way to be. That made me start doing my favorite thing - researching!The first article I read promised to tell me "Why It's Important to Celebrate. A lot." Turns out they don't touch on celebrations so much as gratitude, but I see where they're going. And this is a great summary of why an attitude of gratitude is a key to a great life:Daily gratitude writings resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy. Even better, those in the “gratitude” group experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more consistently and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals. Dr. Emmons’ research also shows that those who celebrate their lives by practicing gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system and have stronger social relationships than those who don’t practice gratitude. “To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great,” he says, “It just means we are aware of our blessings.” "Why It's Important to Celebrate. A lot." on Life ReimaginedBut are an attitude of gratitude and celebration connected more clearly? According CoreU Coaching, they are.Look where celebration falls [in the Authentic Cycle of Probability] – right after gratitude and just before completion. That’s an extremely powerful stage of the cycle that should not be overlooked.Five Good Reasons to Celebrate More Often on CoreU CoachingIn that article he reminds us that "Celebration is emotional nourishment." That sounds good to me. It sounds snuggly and yummy and all sorts of other positive things. Now I want me some celebration. If you're thinking you'd like to take time to celebrate a little but don't have any ideas (that's quite often a problem of mine), check out: "50 Simple Ways to Celebrate" on Daring to Live Fully.Now, these concepts aren't exactly new to me. I knew about the Attitude of Gratitude. And heck, for years I've owned the book "Ice Cream for Breakfast: If You Follow All the Rules You Miss Half the Fun." Quite often I'm even the life of the party... but I probably planned the party. Honestly, I'd rather plan a party than attend one. But the thing that it feels like I need (other than reminders, obviously) is to know how I should celebrate.Dr. Alice Chan is there for me and reminds me that I should do whatever is meaningful to me. Her example of this is great because so many of us (including herself) would never choose the reward - a full day of uninterrupted exercise. She also has one of my favorite quotes on this topic. "Celebration signals to your subconscious – and your inner critic – that you are thankful for the progress you are making toward your dream." That's a lovely way to look at it. Check out "Importance of Celebration" by Dr. Alice Chan.So what does Dr. Chan's advice tell me? I JUST CELEBRATED BY IGNORING EVERYTHING ELSE FOR 30 MINUTES AND RESEARCHING CELEBRATION. I really do love research. My husband gave me the nickname Soogle.Meanwhile, that author who triggered this pontification? USA Today Bestseller Julie Johnstone, the same one who encouraged me to apply to BookBub again (the ad responsible for said surge in book and author rankings). I'm very grateful to have Julie in my life. She can be your BFF (Book Friend Forever) if you go visit her over at her website where you can check out her Romantic Regency Romps.[...]

Gone, Baby, Gone


You may have noticed that I called a social media blackout while working on my shipping, but then I realized "I have the blogger app on my phone. Blogging isn't really social media." The lies we tell ourselves. Have you ever declared a social media blackout? Why? How did it work out?

I'm basically Gracie Hart...


There are quite a few scenes in Miss Congeniality (2000) that I've always related to, but this one has become nearer and dearer to my heart since I've gotten involved in the romance publishing business. width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>

Dear Peter Dinklage,


You were the main draw for me in starting to watch Game of Thrones. I first noticed you on the short-lived television show Threshold, and always keep an eye out for things you are in. I had only ever read the first book in Martin's series and Tyrion was, for lack of a better term, one of the most likeable characters. I had hopes. You, of course, exceeded them. That's part of why I'll watch pretty much anything you do.

Now I've gotta hope you're going to be in something else soon. See, I'm finally giving up on Game of Thrones and the only thing I'll regret is not seeing you. That's why I'm writing this letter. If the ratings drop, I want you to know that I didn't stop watching because they killed my favorite character. I stopped watching because everything around you became so dismal and abusive that I couldn't stand it. If we use the analogy of quitting Game of Thrones being like escaping an abusive husband, that means you're the child I left behind. I feel bad. I feel guilty. I just have to hope he treats you better than he ever treated me.

Meanwhile, you seem to have some new things already lined up, according to IMDB. We look forward to seeing you in them. Just... don't tell dad I called. I can't stand that m'fer.

Hugs and kisses,
:) Sue

Merry Nerdmas


Hope that you are having a Merry Little Christmas, if you celebrate it. Here at Chateau de London we're having a geeky good time. My nerd-cred is yet again supported by the things I've received.
  • Action figures
    • Hong Kong Phooey
    • Captain America
    • Rocket Raccoon
    • Rocket Raccoon with sound and lights
  • DVDs
    • Jonny Quest, Season One (classic, of course)
    • Scooby Doo, complete series
    • Maleficent
  • Three books on the Wars of the Roses!
  • T-shirts
    • Black cat with witch books
    • Hoth/Icee

Here's wishing you get everything you were hoping for this holiday season! And a few things you didn't even know to hope for.

Sue London Book Giveaway on Goodreads!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Common Christmas

by Sue London

Giveaway ends November 30, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Blog Tour for Sue London's Haberdashers Series


In case you wondered what I've been up to, I've remodeled my writing website a bit and posted links to my Haberdashers November Blog Tour on it. Check out the links for reviews, articles, interviews, and (squee!) giveaways.

Thanks for reading! And, uh, let's do some Back in Time Reviews soon, eh? Everyone's been talking about the movie version of the Addam's Family lately and that's making me think it deserves a Sue Review.

How to Date a Nerd Blog Hop Stop


Sue, what is the nerdiest thing about you?
Oh wow. That's some stiff competition right there. Haven't you heard that I'm about the nerdiest girl in the land? I'm well-versed in Dungeons & Dragons, have been to Star Wars Weekends multiple times, and had a medieval wedding (with archery!). If I had to pick just one thing that was my nerdiest trait, though, it's probably that I still sometimes write letters from my elf character to his friends (in the D&D world that my brother shut down over twenty years ago) as he chronicles his experiences in a great battle. No, those letters are never sent anywhere. They are all on purple stationary because that's his favorite color. Ok, yeah, deeply nerdy. I warned you.

Sue, can I add this book to my list on Goodreads?
Oh yes you can! Just follow this link: Goodreads How to Date a Nerd.

Pie: An Old Brown Horse


**cross-posted from Writing Insight**

When I was growing up I had a thing for horses. Like a really big thing. And of all the types of horses in the world my particular weakness is for cowponies. That's why I love, love, LOVE Pie's story, written by Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo. Watch the video, but more importantly READ THE BOOK. If you are an animal lover, especially a horse lover, it's a must.

Pie: An Old Brown Horse (on Amazon)

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You can also connect with Pie on Facebook and Pinterest.

Tweet Up With Sue


Ok, so it's not really a book tour. It's sort of a I wanna visit all my buddies and see some cool things tour. The timeframe isn't picked out yet (maybe Spring 2014?), so if you have suggestions for things "not to miss" then drop them in the comments so that we can start to figure out the when as well as the where. And drop a note if you want to be included in one of the TweetUps. I'd love to see you!

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Who Is The Nerdiest Girl In The Land?


CT, Jeeg, and Pax had me take a spin in the 4th Chair on today's Nerd Lunch Podcast. Our topic was Nerd Romance and we built a Power Couple Mt. Rushmore, talked about looooove triangles, and debated whether romance is an essential element in our entertainment or sometimes just too forced. Check it out on the NerdLunch website: Episode 98: Nerd Romance.

(They also let me talk about my book and I managed to do that wrong because words no come out right. The American Revolution pre-dates the Regency period, but I was trying to create context and... Oh, never mind. Just listen to it.)

I Blind Myself With Science


I took the Hello Quizzy Steampunk Style Quiz and came up as The Scientist. What is your result?

The Scientist

46% Elegant, 55% Technological, 40% Historical, 48% Adventurous and 23% Playful!
You are the Scientist, the embodiment of steampunk’s academic side.  Where other technological styles might emphasize the gadgets of the genre, you realize there is more to science than doohickeys and gears.  Your accessories are medical bags, test tubes, measuring instruments, and academic papers.  You are more likely to carry a compass, quadrant, or ether-attuned spectrometer than a wrench or welding torch.  You probably carry a timepiece, and your prolific reading gives you every right to wear spectacles.  Perhaps the most distinctive feature of your style is that it combines the frock coats and bustle gowns of the 19th century with the trappings of Victorian science.

Try our other Steampunk test here.
Take The Steampunk Style Test at HelloQuizzy

First Haberdashers Book Climbing Amazon Charts


 The first Haberdashers novel, Trials of Artemis, is steadily climbing the Amazon Kindle sales charts, reaching #21 on the Regency romance list today. Reviews have been very positive. Have you gotten your copy yet? Keep up with the Haberdashers on their blog.

The characters are well thought out and likeable. The element of history adds interest, but does not become ponderous. I enjoyed seeing the relationship play out between the two main characters, especially since the author decided to make them both forthright and honest with each other, being able to pick up on emotional cues, instead of relying on misdirection and misinterpretation to lengthen the story, as is usually the case in this genre. I would have given it five stars, but the grammar nazi in me noticed a few inconsistencies/misspelled words that the editors missed (perhaps it's a kindle thing? Many of the books I've read on the kindle seem to suffer from this). All in all, this book is an enjoyable break from reality, and I would definitely read the next two books in the series.

It was refreshing to read a romance with a heroine who wasn't constantly melting at the sight of the hero or, conversely,unconvincingly resistant to his charms. Jack seems an authentically strong young woman which is what really attracted me to the story. Very well written. I liked it and will read the series. More by this author please!

I really grew to love Gideon/Giddy and Jacqueline/Jack. Jack is a weapon-loving bluestocking who is forced to marry Gideon due to an interesting meeting. Their characters and their relationship develop at an almost perfect pace as the book progresses (with bumps along the newlywed road, of course). If you like a strong female, this is the book for you. The only (very minor) issue I had was that if both characters were as against getting married as they said they were, I would've expected a little more resistance on both sides. Although they were upset, I felt that they acted like they were more indifferent versus actively trying to avoid the marriage mart prior to their leg-shackling. Granted, both characters seemed sensible and would be resigned to accepting the situation in time...but the immediate period surrounding the marriage still felt a bit weird. Aside from that, it was a great read and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment!

OH MY GOODNESS, I love your book! I was up at 3:45 this morning reading before I had to get ready for work! When can I expect the next one? I hope not long!

Bucket List: Publish a Book


Today gets a big checkmark because you can purchase my first book, a hot Regency romance, through Amazon Kindle. If that sounds like your kind of thing check out Trials of Artemis (Book One of the Haberdashers). You can download about the first three chapters as a free sample.

What if "Star Wars: Episode I" Was Good?


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