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Unforgettable on Saturday afternoon

MOVIES

Two movies came out on Friday, one in theatres and the other on Netflix. Let’s start with the theatrical release.

Unforgettable – I must have impeccable timing because how is it that I start on a new fella (Simon Kassianides) and he has a movie released a few months later? Timing, I tell ya. And as I am the supportive sort of fangirl, I knew that I’d go see the movie upon release because how can I resist seeing one of my fellas on the big screen? I can’t resist… Unforgettable isn’t the type of movie I’d usually see at the theatre but I was quickly taken in by the movie from the start. The two leads– Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl– were quite flawless in their performances and they were a joy to watch. Heigl as Tessa was downright scary at times through all that coolness and steel. Dawson was amazing as the strong but haunted Julia. The confrontation at the end paid off for me (with a twist I didn’t expect). It’s about the journey, isn’t it? And the journey of the characters was interesting to watch… The men in the movie were definitely secondary to the ladies. It was great seeing Geoff Stults (kinda love him) as David, Tessa’s ex and Julia’s intended. He was dutifully handsome and understanding as well as attentive but perhaps a little clueless. Still, quite adorable. And then there’s Simon Kassianides as Michael. He had just a few minutes of screen time (ALAS) but he definitely made the most of it. His character was this unseen presence for Julia, so much so that when he finally does appear in person, she almost doesn’t seem to believe he’s actually there. I know I shouldn’t have been excited about seeing him since Michael was not a good person but in those few minutes I saw the moment from his point of view. He was messed up for sure but he was also manipulated without realizing it. Did he deserve what he got? Hmmm… I walked out of the auditorium glad to have seen the movie and Simon in it. Would I recommend it? Depends on what you like, I suppose…

Sand Castle – I liked this movie. It was well done, well acted, thought provoking,and seemingly ultimately futile… I think I would have eventually gotten to this movie at some point but I watched it upon release because of Henry Cavill. He played Captain Syverson and was not one of the main actors (Nicholas Hoult and Logan Marshall-Green had more screen time, I think). I liked Henry in this movie. He was down and dirty with the nearly shaved head and full beard– goodness me! And lo, his accent! Southern sort of accent. Texan? Whatever it was, sweet goodness!… Captain Syverson had some interesting moments. I especially liked when he was a bit of an ass when they were meeting with the head local person… Would I recommend it? Yes, most definitely. And not just because of Henry Cavill…

So yes, I watched both those movies because of the fellas. I’m supportive like that! 🙂 But seriously, they were both worthy in their own ways. For one movie, I had no idea what was happening (Sand Castle) and for the other, I knew the basic premise (Unforgettable). Will I watch either of them again? Mmmm, YES…

WRITING
Utterly stalled on all my stories. I keep re-reading my old ones with the thought of doing some editing but all I do is keep reading. Oh, and for some reason I started yet another story! I really need to finish one of these latest Listworthy inspired stories. Why does my mind wander so much? Why can’t I just focus?

LAST BABBLE
When I stepped out of the movie theatre, the outdoor mall’s music was playing the song “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (Ella Fitzgerald version?) and I started singing along as I walked to my truck. Then I realized the lyrics and it made me laugh a little…

I’ve got you under my skin
I have got you, deep in the heart of me
So deep in my heart that you’re really a part of me
I’ve got you under my skin

I’d tried so, not to give in
And I said to myself this affair it never will go so well
But why should I try to resist when baby I know so well
That I’ve got you under my skin

I’d sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of having you near
In spite of a warning voice that comes in the night
And repeats, repeats in my ear

Don’t you know, you fool
You never can win
Use your mentality
Wake up to reality
And each time I do just the thought of you
Makes me stop before I begin
‘Cause I’ve got you under my skin

I would sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of having you near
In spite of a warning voice comes in the night
And repeats how it yells in my ear

Don’t you know, you fool
That ain’t no just win
Why not use your mentality
Wake up, step up to reality
And each time I do just the thought of you
Makes me stop just before I begin
Because I’ve got you under my skin
Yea, you grab me under my skin

And that’s what the fellas do to me… 😉

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.

 
 
Valerie

Simon Kassianides at the Unforgettable premiere

Name: Simon Kassianides
DOB: 7 August 1979
Height: (taller than me!)
Degree of separation: 2 (Tom Hardy=>Marina Sirtis=>me!)
My list or yours: mine
First sighting: probably Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
First meeting: Alas, has not yet happened

Why oh why another Listworthy? You would think that having one “Beyond Listworthy” would mean he was the last. But you would be wrong, so very very wrong. My fangirl heart is quite an open thing, ready to spread that love to the next one.

I’ve apparently been following Simon for some time on Instagram but I have no idea when it happened or why it happened. I just know that I’d see his pictures now and again and think, “Yeah, nice looking guy.” It’s a little maddening not knowing when he caught my eye. Who was the one who led me to him? Did I see him on a show and think, Hmmm, he looks interesting? It’s an utter mystery. Maybe I’ll figure it out but so far, I’m coming up empty.

Simon Kassianides in Agents of SHIELD

I do know when the adoration suddenly turned on with me– late December 2016. Simon was in Greece and doing those Instagram stories. I’d see his face next to mine and click and see pictures of him out and about and I would envy him a bit because Greece has always been on my list of places to visit “someday.” So I watched his Instagram stories and sighed over the different sights. “Someday.” And yes, sometimes he slipped in a selfie just to remind us all whose story we were watching. In the midst of all this Instagram story watching, Simon posted a picture of himself from a photo shoot and it sparked something in me I could not deny.

It was just him, looking out at a view, shirt and jacket on but unbuttoned so that we have our own view of part of his chest and stomach. Romance novel cover work right there and my mind went that way because that’s how my mind works. A story started in my head and Simon was the man in it. I never scoff at inspiration so I went with it even though I was actually working on another story. And of course writing about a man who looks like Simon made me do a little research on the man.

Simon Kassianides

For me, research on an actor entails watching his work. I started with the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We had stopped watching several episodes into the second season so when I started, I was re-watching. And I remembered many details of the episodes but not Simon. How did I totally and utterly miss him the first time watching these episodes? What was I thinking? Or not thinking? How the hell did I not notice him?

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I wanted to take it slow (I’m still taking it slow) and I just finished his episodes of the second season of AoS. I have watched Desert Dancer (small part for Simon but such a good movie!), an episode of Zoo (the French accent threw me off), skipped to his parts on How to Get Away with Murder as well as Nikita (the Spanish accent was DELICIOUS) and Covert Affairs (love the dapper first scene). My favorite thing to watch is his short, Trust No One. It’s ten minutes or so of action packed intrigue and it ROCKS. I hope it gets made into something longer because I want to know MORE. I always want more. And the short really deserves to be expanded into something even more awesome, especially if it features more Simon.

Simon Kassianides in Trust No One

Research also entails following on social media and keeping an eye out on articles and interviews. Simon updates somewhat regularly on both twitter and instagram. As my regard increased, I started tagging him in my tweets and somewhat randomly he would like or even retweet. I have gotten into the habit of posting screenshots (filtered and otherwise touched up) from his various works and those are usually the ones that have gotten the likes or retweets. I try not to tweet AT him too often because I don’t to seem like a total nutter especially since he seems to actually sometimes read tweets directed at him. So a reply from him is a special kind of thrill and I’ve been lucky a couple of times. I guess I’m doing a decent job of not being too crazy.

Onward to the criteria!

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TALENT
I don’t know that he’s made me cry yet but Simon has managed to elicit all the other reactions from me with his work. I probably shouldn’t have liked Bakshi (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as much as I did but he played him with just enough dapper snark without being smarmy. I knew his time was ending and it still made me sad but the character got what he deserved, I suppose. Besides his natural accent, I really liked his Spanish one, which is really weird because it’s not usually an accent I like. I wasn’t too keen on the French one (just in general) but his American accent will do. He’s played an array of different characters and I look forward to delving into more of his work. He does not disappoint. If you want the whole tour de force (writer, director, actor), check out his short Trust No One. I promise, you will be impressed.

Simon Kassianides

EDUCATION
All right, a man who goes to college and actually gets his degree is TOPS with me. Simon has a degree in International Business and a Masters in Finance. How did this man become an actor?! Well, we are all the better for it and I’m sure his educational background has helped him in his current field.

Simon Kassianides

KINDNESS
Simon has been very kind to me with the random replies and likes on twitter and instagram. I like to think that I’m being mostly proper in my mentions of him and he is taking it in kind. One of the reason I don’t choose more “mainstream” fellas for my List is that sometimes their actions are put to greater scrutiny. Simon isn’t followed around by paparazzi and studied in minutiae so he can do he pleases and he can control his image. So far, he does a lovely job of it and although I don’t hunt for information on him (yet?), what I’ve read so far has been quite pleasing. And as I said, he’s only been lovely to me in our scant interactions.

Simon Kassianides

SPORTS
Here’s one that stumps me. I have no idea if Simon likes any sports, played any sports, hates sports. In the time that I’ve been paying attention to him, he hasn’t mentioned any games or attended any sporting events. It could be that I haven’t been paying much attention or his favorite sports haven’t been in season. Just as I don’t know when I started with him so to am I clueless on his stance on sports.

Simon Kassianides

LOOKS
Darkly handsome, dark eyes, great fit in suits– really, what more could you want? (Okay, maybe a little down and dirty but I’m sure Simon could rock that too.) If there’s a trace of boyishness, it’s merely that, a trace. My recent Listworthy fellas have had more than a trace of boyishness so there’s something a bit exciting about a man who is undoubtedly a MAN and not a boy. Maybe it’s my age but there’s something infinitely appealing about a man who can wear a suit and look good in it. Simon is perfect romance novel fodder with his looks and the different accents he’s done certainly helps in the daydreaming.

Simon Kassianides

LAST THOUGHTS
Simon Kassianides represents mystery to me and I just love that about him. His work has shown him to be passionate and talented and I am sucked in by him each time he’s on screen. It seriously boggles my mind that I cannot trace to the beginning of my regard for him. How or why did I start following him?! It’s maddening and exciting at the same time. It’s as if a part of me knew I’d fall for him at some point and it became a waiting game. I do like when that happens. I don’t mind when the Listworthy sneak up on me.

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What would I say to Simon if I ever met him? Hmmm, I’d do what I do online and hopefully be respectful and politely adoring while trying to be adorable. I would say how I’m looking forward to his future work and how I appreciate the random likes on the socials. I’d apologize for not noticing him the first time around on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then I’d ask for a hug and picture (or a hugging picture?), give him a kiss on the cheek, and go along my merry way. I’d be totally satisfied with that.

Believe me?

Simon Kassianides

I have this feeling that my regard for Simon Kassianides is of the long haul variety. How do I know? As I mentioned, he’s quite ideal as romance novel fodder and what do I do in my spare time besides tweet and instagram to my lovelies? I write romance novels! (It’s turned into a compulsion and it doesn’t even matter that no one has really read them yet.) Simon has already appeared in two of my recent stories. Seriously, how many times can I use Sullivan Stapleton, Henry Cavill, and Philip Winchester as the fellas in my stories? (Lots of times, in case you’re wondering.) So it’s nice to have a new fella. Keeps me young at heart.

Simon Kassianides

So Simon, if you actually read this (or someone you know reads this), I’ve been having a grand time checking out your work so far and I’m quite sure you’re going to be the reason I watch shows/movies I’d not otherwise pay any mind. I hope we meet some day because it’s always my dream to meet my fellas. Thank you for the bits of attention online, I do appreciate the random sunshine. I am looking forward to what’s next for you. And if you follow me on twitter or facebook, I’ll be eternally gobsmacked. Even if you don’t, I’ll still keep my eye on you.

Ever with love…

Simon Kassianides

Simon Kassianides can be found at:

simonkassianides.com
twitter.com/simonkass
instagram.com/simonkass

Professional photos belong to their respective owners
Some photos found on Simon’s instagram
Screenshots by me

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.

 
 
Valerie

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Valerie
17 April 2017 @ 08:32 pm

so besotted
in this
moment
of such sweetness
now as if it’s forever

those eyes!
OMG, green eyes are my weakness…

Did you see what I did there? Well, maybe you did, maybe you didn’t…

I’m writing this on Monday when I would have usually written this during the weekend. I had a three day weekend (back to work tomorrow!) so maybe that’s my excuse? Perhaps. I love the long weekends and now it’s time to power through until our next holiday weekend, which is at the end of May. Ye gods!

Sunday was not only Easter but also our anniversary. We’ve been married for over two decades. Where has the time gone? I am a super lucky lady to have such an awesome husband. I don’t like to talk about it too much because unlike me, my hubby does not have the same kind of online life that I have. So there it is. The best thing about us is that we actually still LIKE each other. Also, my hubby totally understands I’m boycrazy. He mostly rolls his eyes at me about it…

I almost posted my next Listworthy but then I realized that it might be better to post right before someone‘s movie releases. We shall see…

from his instagram story...

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Valerie
09 April 2017 @ 06:37 pm

sweetly darkness calls
promising dreams of comfort
so cold to the touch

TV

Sully on Blindspot
Blindspot – How much do I adore Sullivan Stapleton? I adore him so much that I watch his show in real time, with COMMERCIALS. If that’s not real love, I don’t know what is! Another good episode this week. I’m getting anxious, wondering when Roman remembers who wiped his memory. How will he react? It has to happen, right?… Weller almost took one for the team. What the heck?! I knew it wasn’t going to be him but it was still a scary moment… I wonder how the showing doing. Will it get renewed? I hope so! I liked getting my weekly Sully fix…

Simon on CMBB
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders – So if I say I love Sully so much that I’ll watch commercials for him, what does it mean when I do the same for Simon Kassianides? Is it just because it’s early days in my regard for him or has my adoration escalated? Whatever the reason, we watched CMBB because I wanted to watch Simon. I had absolutely no other reason to watch the episode. I enjoyed it well enough but mostly just liked seeing him in a different role. I’d probably watch him on that show if he became a regular… Good episode, liked the chemistry between ‘Jeffrey’ and ‘Clara.’ The episode left the door open to him appearing again so fingers crossed!…

13 Reasons Why – Didn’t think I’d get into this movie but when I heard an old co-worker of mine is in it, well, I just had to be supportive, right? We’ve just watched a few episodes but it’s been intriguing so far. I keep yelling at the kid to LISTEN TO ALL THE TAPES!!! He’s taking so long. LOL But I suppose that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Chicago Justice – I am absolutely watching this show because of Philip Winchester. Good thing it’s a good show! I hope it gets another season because seeing him on my tv every week is definitely a good thing.

MOVIES
Quantum of Solace – I know, it’s an older movie but I’m mentioning it because I watched it last night. Why? Well, apparently I hadn’t seen it before (I thought I’d seen all the Daniel Craig Bond movies except the very last one but nope!). Oh, and Simon Kassianides is in it. Not a very big part but it was still nice to see him…

Quantum of Solace

WRITING
“Fighting It” – I feel like this new story is a re-tread of a story I’ve already written. I might need to change things up a little. Or just go back to one of my other two or three stories I haven’t finished? I think my concentration and focus are just shot right now…

“Marco & Thalia” – I want to finish this story. It’s either almost over or only halfway finished. Anything is possible. The beginning needs some work, especially in regards to the male character’s motivations and intentions…

LAST BABBLE
The calendar says springtime but rain fell like wintertime on Friday. I was able to wear my beanie on Saturday night! I don’t mind the cooler weather. I know that the near triple digits will be upon on us much too soon so I savor the chill that happens upon us nowadays… I’ve been listening a lot to Jacob Davis these days. I cannot wait until he starts playing on the radio! I hope I meet him one day. I feel like it’ll happen sometime, some way. 🙂 And I do want to meet the cohorts too. LOL…

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.

 
 
 
Valerie
01 April 2017 @ 11:09 am

Here we are at the tail end of spring break. It’s been lovely having days off these past two weeks as well as quiet times at work. Sometimes it’s just super wonderful to be at work without the bustle of visitors and such. Sometimes you just want to do your work without interruptions…

I’m still working on my next Listworthy write-up. Not sure when I’m going to post it. I’m still in the “why” portion of it and haven’t gotten to the criteria part yet. After that, I need to hunt for some photos. At least one pro shot as the opening because I don’t usually use screencaps as the first picture.

Simon Kassianides
Simon Kassianides in Burn Notice

I’m glad I’m a fangirl because I end up experiencing bits of sunshine at the most random times.

I wrote the above as a Facebook status this week because it is so true and never more so than the moment I wrote it. On that day, new music blessed my ears, one of my favorites gave our fangroup a shout-out, and my New Muse actually replied to me a couple of times on twitter. The new music was a super surprise and brought us all such crazy joy. It’s killing me a little bit that I can’t talk about it more openly but soon, very soon, I’m going to definitely promote the heck out of the artist… The shout-out came by way of Philip Winchester to the Fans of Philip crew. It’s a short video that he and Carl Weathers did to promote Chicago Justice in the UK. SO COOL! I’m part of the crew but I’m happier for my two friends because they work it harder than I do for sure. So awesome!… Ahhh, New Muse. He had a little time to answer questions on twitter so of course I sent off a few questions. I asked him what he had for lunch. He replied that he hadn’t had anything yet. I countered by asking him to take a picture of his food. Ha! I also told him that my birthday was in a month and asked that if I reminded him, would he say hey to me? He said yes!

It's been a year since this tattoo

It’s been a year since my fourth tattoo. Yes, I got it on April 1st. I love all my tattoos but this one means so much to me in so many ways. I never did get to tell the story behind it but that’s okay. The right people know what it means. And when folks ask me about it, I give them different versions of the story. If I don’t think the person really cares, I just say someone wrote it to me. If the person looks a bit more interested, I say one of my favorite singers wrote it to me. It’s unique and that’s the most awesome part of it. And tattoos should always be unique and meaningful to the person wearing it. I like knowing that even if I ever lost all the materials things, I will always have this tattoo with me…

LAST BABBLE
A month ago was my ten year work anniversary. YOWSA! My longest running work gig and I can say that I like my job. I work with cool people, the work hours are great, the holidays and time off even better. I forgot to make note of it last month but my paycheck reminded me– longevity pay! The little things, my lovelies, the little things are what shine so often… Hubby got a new battery for my TAG watch and now I want to wear it again but I also want to keep wearing my Apple Watch. Is it weird wearing two watches? I don’t wear them on the same wrist (that’s just silly). I bought a cuff watch band to make the watch look less like a watch when I wear it on my right wrist. It does a nice job of hiding my right wrist tattoo, if I cared about hiding it (I don’t really care about hiding because I think it’s cute). I might not wear the TAG watch all the time but it’s nice to know I can wear it again. Why was I so lazy about getting a new battery? Oh yes, because I am just lazy!… iOS updated this week and I had to be told about by watching one of my tech shows. Bad techie! I don’t see much of a difference except for the awesome fact that it freed up at least a gig of space on my 16 GB iPad Air 2 (I still hate that I didn’t go for more GB on that device). I didn’t think to pay attention on my iPhone as far as space was concerned but I think it freed up maybe 2 GB on there? I should have taken a screenshot!

me reppin' Lagunitas

My new FB profile pic. I filtered the heck out of that shot! I feel like I look younger but why not, eh? Also, doesn’t my hair look shiny?

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Valerie
25 March 2017 @ 10:31 pm

I have started writing my next Listworthy post. Who’s excited?! Ha! I need to sit down and just focus on it. After all, he might read it and I want to make a good impression. You do know who it will be, right?

Simon Kassianides in Trust No One
Simon Kassianides in Trust No One

It’s the middle of Spring Break here for the the students out this way. Our students get two weeks. Lucky ducks! As a 12 month employee, it just means I can take time off as well as get things done at work without interruptions and such. I LOVE the breaks! I had a four day weekend last weekend and it was glorious! It helped that we got to see Tyler one last time at Graton. Checking out Lagunitas and Heretic also made for super good times. Oh, and I bought first pair of cowboy boots! They’re so cute. Joyful!

The world is filled with such unrest and confusion and desperation. As the days turn warmer and brighter, I choose to find the joy and beauty in the world. I go for the simple lessons– be good to one another, be happy, be wise, be compassionate. I fail at some of these things. I have darkness in my heart and sometimes I give that darkness a voice. But most of the time I concentrate on love and feeling it and appreciating it and spreading it. Hence talking about my fellas and music and tv shows and my fellas making music or tv shows or movies. I write to bring myself focus on joy and love with some conflict for flavor. But in life, I like to keep things positive. At least online. Or is it especially online?

MUSIC
GO vote for Jacob Davis!!! We all know Kip Moore has a fantastic fanbase and he’s an amazing artist but if you’re so inclined, throw some love Jacob’s way. I LOVE that the Jacob Davis Squad showing their heart in this. Most of us probably like Kip well enough (I know I do) but we LOVE Jacob. If you don’t know who he is, you soon will know and believe me, you will love him too. Give the song a whirl and vote for Jacob while you’re there. <3

“Church Clothes” – This song by the lovely Kelleigh Bannen is HAUNTING ME. It’s beautiful and melancholy and touches the heart in a way you might not expect. Give it a spin and then look for more of Kelleigh’s music. She has a beautiful and expressive voice…

FANGIRL MUSINGS
Being part of the Jacob Davis Squad is an amazing and wonderful thing. I am not one of the more active members but I do what I can and at least try to mention Jacob once a day. It’s a no-pressure squad that encourages participating for love of Jacob and his music. And I know I gladly do what I can for him and a lot of it is because of the squad. We are altogether passionate and caring towards him, the band, and each other. Jacob and his cohorts show the fans their love for us too in so many ways but really, all we want is for them to reach the heights with the music. We want the music. But we stay for the love…

I was having a conversation with one of my long time friends. We’re both fangirls and met back in the day but our friendship grew outside of our shared loved for a show and an actor. We were talking about our current fangirl loves and I mentioned how it’s a good thing I’m the kind that likes to spread the love because if all this energy went to just one person, that could be crazy and insane. I just don’t know how rational I would be…

Simon Kassianides in Agents of SHIELD
I like him even when he’s snarky…

LAST BABBLE
You know those times you’re supposed to feel bad but you don’t? You’re supposed to feel it in the heart but instead your rational mind takes over, allows for the sympathy but the feeling goes no further than acknowledging the pity of the moment. Does it make you an unfeeling person if your concern is not for the sufferer but for the ones who will be affected by the suffering? Maybe this doesn’t make sense unless you know what I mean… There are things you do out of duty. There are things you do from your heart. The trick is to do the dutiful thing without resenting it…

My creativity has been slowed these past few weeks. It’s maddening because I haven’t finished the last two stories that have been in my head. I want to finish one of them! Is that too much to ask? My Muse is a damn tease, I tell ya!

Sometimes I wonder if anyone reads my blog posts. Anyone out there? It doesn’t matter really. I mostly write just for me and my future self. It’s fun to read past entries and think, “What the balls were you thinking?!” Okay, I only think that sometimes. Mostly I’m glad whenever I write more details than not because the memories get a great kick start from words written just after the moment, whatever the moment…

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Valerie

We ended the week with our last time seeing Tyler Rich at the G Bar. I confess, I felt some nostalgia because I knew the familiarity would become a memory. We sat in our “usual” spot and watched Tyler play his guitar and sing songs. I loved seeing the regulars who had become my friends and I was glad I wasn’t the only one who wore her Rich’s Bi$ches shirt…

me, Tyler, & Joanne
with Tyler & Joanne

I enjoyed most of the night, even with the annoyance of the woman (drunk?) who thought it was cool to stand right next to Tyler while he sang and played. One or two songs, sure. But she was up there for too many songs and blocking my view. I get it when people want to dance to a song or two but damn, some of us were there to watch him. It was sweet relief when she finally disappeared.

I am so glad that Tyler is finished with that place even though it was fun to see him there and see my friends. I know that I will treasure the moments we chatted and took pictures together. And I will especially miss just watching him play his guitar, mesmerized by the fact that he’s the one creating the music. Just him.

I cannot wait to see what’s next with Tyler. New music! Tour dates! It’s in the works and I will so shout it out to the world when it’s time.

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Valerie
12 March 2017 @ 10:11 am

My super non-expert review of my shiny new phone..

Quick specs
model: iPhone 7 Plus
color: Jet Black
capacity: 256 GB
camera: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture / Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture
Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 10x

more info

my iPhone 7 Plus

First impressions…
I LOVE IT! All right, I partly love it because it’s NEW but I mostly love it because it’s a definite upgrade from my iPhone 6 Plus. My 6 Plus was great and definitely saw me through some awesome times (all my pictures with Tyler Rich were taken with that phone!) but it was going to be time for a new device. Back in our younger days, we used to change phones at least once a year but these days we’ve slowed down on the upgrades and having iPhones makes it less noticeable. As much as I enjoyed Android in the past, oftentimes the hardware couldn’t take the eventual updates. Or worse, the phone never got the updates! Not so with iPhones. When there is an update, all the phones get the update. (Well, within a certain age of the phone.)

The Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus is PRETTY. It’s smooth and shiny and definitely needs a case for a clumsy lady like me! I usually want to rock my phones without cases but I don’t and with this one, I was really nervous not having a case. I ordered an inexpensive one from Amazon and had it before my first work day with my new phone. My previous iPhone was champagne gold, which mean white borders. With the Jet Black version, the phone has a black face if the screen is off. It’s so sleek!

Camera
It’s crazy to think that my most important camera comes with my phone. I used to love looking at digital cameras and buying them but now my main camera is the one on my phone. The iPhone 7 Plus has an excellent camera. The portrait mode creates really sweet shots. I need to use it more!

mimosa sunday

stuff on the work desk

pens

I love the camera and will definitely use it a lot (hence the high storage capacity of my phone). I’m going to try and be better about what photos I keep on my phone. I think the 50 GB I had on my other phone was a bit ridiculous. But we shall see!

Battery
I must admit I am decidedly paranoid about the battery life of my phone. I always feel as though I need to be at 100% or close to it when I leave work so I am used to charging my phone after lunch. I’m trying to now break the habit because it’s just silly, right? This whole week I have not charged my phone during work and my battery has been pretty awesome. Of course, I’ve changed some of my previous habits and I am carrying a second phone (an Android phone we have) for my game playing and music streaming. My next challenge will be to not use the second phone at work and just use my iPhone as I did my previous one. But maybe still minus the streaming. We’ll see.

Call Quality
Wait, do people still use cell phones to actually talk with other people? LOL Call quality is good on the phone. The very few calls I’ve had have been clear and consistent. I’m on T-Mobile’s network and it’s been strong for me in my area. It’s still a little awkward holding such a big phone to my face but after rocking the same size phone for two years, I’ve gotten mostly used to it.

Conclusion
Knowing this will be my phone for at least a couple of years, I am comforted by the fact that it’s top of the line (if only until the next Apple Event). The phone is easy on the eyes, solid in the hand, and smooth in execution. Apps that had started to slow are once again snappy. If you’re in the market for a new phone and you like iOS, this is definitely the phone to consider…

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Valerie
06 March 2017 @ 09:51 pm

hanging out with family
Beverly (middle) with her sister and my dad 2009

My cousin Beverly J. passed from this world to the next. She had been fighting for a long time, perhaps longer than expected. But then it was time for her to leave and so it was today.

I am sad. I am sad for her husband and for her son. I am sad for her sisters and her mother. I am sad that they don’t have her in their lives to call or visit. I am sad for the suffering she endured. And I am sad I won’t hear her say my name again while we hug as cousins do.

I remember when she and her then boyfriend (I don’t think they were married yet?) were in charge of us one night when our parents went out for something. We younger cousins kept to ourselves. Not sure what they did. Probably whatever young people in love do while babysitting… I remember when she was pregnant with her son and at the end of a family party at her parents’ house, I kissed her tummy to say good night to her baby… I remember her smiles and her dimples. I’ll miss her smiles…

It’s easy to be sad but in the midst of all of this, I remember that she knew love– her husband’s love, her son’s love, her sisters’ love, her parents’ love. Maybe now she even knows better the depth of all this love for her. So now I cry a little because she’s gone but after all this sorrow, I will remember her with joy and love.

Journey well into the next, my dear cousin…

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Valerie

How close am I to choosing my next Listworthy? So close. I’m sure it’s no surprise who my possible next Listworthy will be. I thought it was going to be someone else but I think this one is a better choice in a few more ways, age definitely being one of them. 😉 Also, he already stars as a fella in one of my stories and if that doesn’t make him Listworthy, I don’t know what does! 😉

Simon Kassianides in Trust No One
Simon in Trust No One

iPhone 7 Plus

People in my life have been upgrading their phones and I know more than one person who chose the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. As the person who was usually the early adopter (back in the day), I have had to definitely stifle the jealousy and keep myself to practical matters, all the while dreaming of which phone I would get if the opportunity arose. Well, it arose!

The box
So this happened…

I had the iPhone 6 Plus for a little over two years, which might be a record for me! I was mostly perfectly content with it except for the fact that I was getting down to about 10 GB of 128 GB free. How the heck did I do it?! Well, 50 GB or more of pictures and videos will do that for you. Of course, it was two years worth of pictures and videos but still!

I am a mere day into the iPhone 7 Plus and so far I am loving it! I got the Jet Black, 256 GB version. The phone seems a little heavier and it’s definitely a fingerprint magnet. My case is on its way and I’ll feel better about handling the phone once I have a case. I can’t really say much about the battery until I go through a work day. The camera is pretty spiffy. And the phone itself is very fast.

What I Wanna Be

JACOB DAVIS
Jacob’s single “What I Wanna Be” dropped on Friday. You can find it at iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Amazon. Or follow this link:
http://smarturl.it/JacobDavisWIWB

It is a fantastic song! Catchy and happy and sexy and sweet. You know, a bit like Jacob Davis. 😉 I love the song so much and I am so stoked to be able to spread the word on this amazing singer/songwriter. Not only is he talented, he has brought together a group of fans who are in it for the long haul with him and with each other. I am happy to be part of that group of fans. I love them! <3

LAST BABBLE
Chicago Justice looks like a decent show and I’m going to watch it because PHILIP WINCHESTER!!! So far we’ve watched the backdoor pilot and then the crossover this past week. I love seeing Philip on television again. I just miss seeing him with Sully. At least they’re both working now. Good times for us all!

Philip Winchester on Chicago Justice

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Valerie

 


Title: Thirty Days – Part One
Author: BT Urruela
Cover Design: Cassy Roop / Pink Ink Designs
Release Date: February 28, 2017

ADD TO GOODREADS

BLURB

Gavin is a struggling writer with a complicated past, who’s reeling from the loss of the only woman he’s ever loved. More than a year after the breakup, he’s still suffering major heartbreak and a serious case of writer’s block. In an attempt to help him out of his funk, Gavin’s best friend and fellow writer, Bobby, sets up an account for him on the new dating app SwipeDate.

After a few unsuccessful dates, Bobby challenges him to thirty more dates in thirty days. If Gavin can complete the challenge, Bobby will give him a check for twenty-five thousand dollars.

Does Gavin have what it takes to complete the challenge? Or will the trials and tribulations of modern dating prove to be too much?

Find out in Thirty Days…

WARNING: This is Part One of Gavin’s story, so it does end in a cliffhanger

EXCERPT

“While I told Dr. Thresher the dream comes but a few times a month, it’s more like a couple times a week. Only instead, the man, or ‘mystery savior’ as I like to call him, never comes to my rescue in the dream. He never hops off his bike and climbs over the barrier and onto the ledge himself. He never talks to me about his own battle with depression, his abusive father, his ugly divorce. He doesn’t convince me to give life another go.

Instead, I jump. And unlike what many go their whole lives believing, I do die in my dreams. I do feel the nerve-rattling fall that seems like forever. And I feel the concrete like water as my skull splits against it.

I smoke a few bowls of Mary Jane to hinder the onslaught of feelings, confusion and desperation the dream always brings. It’s a time I’m not proud of, in a situation I never saw myself in, without an ounce of strength to deal with it all. I’m thrilled to be out of it. I’m even more thrilled to know, in my heart of hearts, that I’ll never be there again… never… but it doesn’t mean I’m not still affected by it all. If only we could erase those heart thrashing memories of our past. If only Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was based on reality. I’d erase every last one of them. I’d get along through life just like everyone else; content and without worry. I know others suffer too. But I also know, regardless of all that, depression doesn’t give two shits about any of it. It doesn’t give a fuck about how your peers are getting along, or whatever the fuck it says in the latest self-help book you’re reading. It only cares about you… and how it can tear you apart bit by fucking bit.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


BT URRUELA was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour to Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts motivational speeches, works as a cover and fitness model and he’s a personal performance trainer. He co-wrote the novel ‘A Lover’s Lament’ with author KL Grayson in 2015. He released his first solo novel, ‘Into the Nothing’ in June 2016, ‘Wicked Little Words’ with author Stevie J. Cole in October 2016, ‘Alphas & Fairytales: A New Year’s Eve Anthology’ and ‘Into the Blood’ in December 2016. He lives in Tampa with his dogs, Kiko and Scout, and is writing full-time. (Author photo by Christopher John / CJC Photography)

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Valerie
26 February 2017 @ 07:44 pm

31 Words for Tyler

not a day passes
without hearing your songs
I always sing along
and laugh and smile
thinking of you
knowing this is just the beginning
of your ride with the stars

With Tyler & Sabina
with Tyler & Sabina

We saw Tyler last weekend! As always, it was wonderful to see him and hear him sing. And it was great seeing my friends. It was also a little pre-birthday celebration for Tyler so there was gifts and balloons and cupcake cake. Love just hanging out and listening to Tyler and chatting with friends. What can be better on a Saturday night?

Random musings… It’s awesome when a beautiful and sweet model/actress compliments you on your hair. Seriously! She’s such a sweetheart and I’m so glad we’ve gotten a chance to spend a bit of time together… It was great seeing my fellow Bi$ches. They’re so lovely and fun! I know our nights seeing each other will be few or far between as time goes on so I savor and cherish the moments we do share together… Tyler has cute friends. Ha!… As much as I don’t want the G Bar nights to end, I hope that they do because that will mean he’s out there on tour or recording music… 🙂

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Valerie

This week marked the 15th anniversary of the death of Kevin Smith, the New Zealand actor who played Ares on Xena and Hercules and one of my ultimate fellas. It’s crazy to think that he’s been gone for fifteen years already and that I’m so much older than he was when he died. In my mind, he’s still older than me– vibrant and handsome, talented, gracious and kind. It’s utterly remarkable to me how I am still friends with the people I met because of him. Miles might separate us but our hearts are still strong in friendship. And I will always be grateful to Kevin for that gift…

In those days oh so long ago (according to the calendar), most of my fellas were older than me (Kevin, Erik Thomson, Bruce Campbell) or close to my age (William Gregory Lee, Chris Conrad, Charles Mesure, Carlos Ponce). When I met and subsequently fell for Ryan Gosling, he was the first of what turned out to be several much younger than me fellas. For the longest time, Ryan was my age threshold. But as I grew older, my age threshold fluctuated. I attempted to keep the fangirl loving to fellas at least NEAR my age and at seven years younger than me, Jensen Ackles held my “top spot” for nearly a decade before being knocked out by Charles Mesure (who is actually just a little less than a year older than me). Skipping over Ed Quinn and Joe Manganiello (whose twitter blocking of me still stings, by the way), and Tom Hardy as well as my current constants Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester, brings us to Sam Hunt and Tyler Rich. Both pushed my age threshold and for a couple of years, I was fine with it. (Although being kinda sorta friends with Tyler has put him in a different category.)

Simon Kassianides on Zoo

Until Simon Kassianides.

Yes yes, he’s younger than me. But he’s also older than my latest fellas. “Discovering” him now, when he’s in his mid/late 30s as opposed to his early 30s, means that any trace of boyishness is just that, a trace. I didn’t realize it until remembering Kevin but discovering Simon is almost like coming full circle back to the darkly handsome and mysterious kind of man. He has an air and demeanor of sophistication with enough edge to counter being too slick. This is all my perception, of course. He is very likely a different person than the one in my head. It doesn’t really matter, my fangirl heart is quite set on him.

When I’ve talked about my different fellas and shown their pictures, the consensus is I have a type. I admit, I lean towards certain characteristics. Who doesn’t? I like green eyes, I like scruff, I like a good build, I like dark hair. I like men taller than me (which isn’t difficult since I’m only 5’4″), I like accents, I like tattoos (not too many), I like chest hair (not like a bear). Most of my fellas have one or two or some (but not all) of those characteristics.

I find it interesting that the New Muse (as I like to call Simon on twitter when I don’t want to actually name him) suddenly makes a bit of sense after remembering Kevin and how much I adored the man. On the surface, looks wise, they are similiar– dark hair, darkly handsome, dark eyes. Kevin played a Greek God. Simon is Greek (London born). It’s not that Simon reminds me of Kevin (if you want a current actor who favors Kevin more, check out Adan Canto), it’s that Simon reminds me of Kevin’s characteristics. I don’t know if that makes sense. But the other day, I thought, if they did a reboot of Hercules/Xena, what god could Simon play? I mean, what would be more awesome than a Greek playing a Greek god? My dreams are simple. LOL!

Until that happens, maybe I’ll write a Kiari story and a god she meets along the way who seems familiar and Simon can play him. Who knows, it could happen. 😉

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Valerie
12 February 2017 @ 08:55 am

when he falls asleep
he reaches for me
a stranger in reality
a constant in dreams
whispering a name
he doesn’t know
searching for a face
he’s never seen
until he finds me
then he knows me
we share our hearts
our laughter
our thoughts
until morning rises
then he forgets
as we let go
strangers again

Simon Kassianides on Agents of SHIELD
Simon Kassianides on Agents of SHIELD

Watched a few more episodes of Agents of SHIELD and got to see more Simon Kassianides. Enjoying his turn on the show and wish I had paid more attention the first time I watched those episodes. I’ve finally gotten to the point where we stopped watching so now I actually don’t know what’s going to happen next. Yah! Now I have to pay attention. I’m to the part where his character has been “gifted” to Coulsen. LOL

Work has been busy because it’s the month for transfers. I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed but I know it’ll all work out in the end. Just so much logging and listing and all of that joy… I got a new computer at work. Yah! I like when the IT dept says my computer is easy to transfer info and such. LOL…

WRITING
Marco & Thalia – I’m plugging away on this story. So slow going. But it’s coming along. It’ll be better if I can figure out where I want it to end. LOL

TV
Blindspot – I really dig this show so much. More Sullivan Stapleton please! The interaction between Weller and Shepherd was weird and creepy and I kinda liked it…

Sully on Harry&apos;s show
Sully was on Harry’s show!

I only saw the bit where Sully shows Harry his “tattoo.” LOL! So cute! I’ll have to find the rest of the segment to watch. You know, so my fangirl heart can explode from all the goodness.

LAST BABBLE
Wrote my niece a letter this weekend. It’s become a nice routine for me. I’m going to need more stamps at some point. LOL I wonder if she laughs when she reads them… My Love Your Melon beanie finally arrived this week! I LOVE IT. Now it needs to be a little colder so that I can wear the beanie. It’s pretty cute…

Me in my Love Your Melon beanie

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