March 3, 2017 tobidoylemacbrayne 1 comment

I’m taking a writing class by @sgredling and I love this exercise! She’s given us writing prompts, but in a twist we have to use ONE prompt, and flesh it for different genres. So… here’s my first attempt: Prompt: After a head injury, a young man can hear the color blue speaking. Everything blue speaks…

February 28, 2017 tobidoylemacbrayne 1 comment

I like gadgets as much as the next guy, but… um, this is too much. A fit bit for your dog? WTF? A hundred bucks so you can check the fitness level of your DOG?!? Now, I love dogs, actually I love most animals (not crazy about snakes), but if you’ve got a hundred bucks,…

February 15, 2017 tobidoylemacbrayne 3 comments

Dear @StephenKing, You’re killing me.               -A Darling Killing off the Adverbs – But, I really, really, really like them. “Adverbs are not your friends,” wrote the man responsible for my wedging a chair under the door knobs of my closet keeping kid-eating clowns contained along with Hammer-pants, scrunchies,…

February 13, 2017 tobidoylemacbrayne 1 comment

Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez starred in the remake of Point Blank, Zero Dark Thirty, The Girl on the Train, and many others. He’s swoon worthy, right? Big, bold featured, and he’s got that something that inspires a gal to write. What do you think? What actor do you want to be your book boyfriend?

February 1, 2017 tobidoylemacbrayne 1 comment

I’ve lived in “fly-over” states for more than twenty years so it doesn’t surprise me that the NYT chooses to ignore what most Americans like, care about, or vote. WTF? They changed their best sellers lists to EXCLUDE mass market books sales from their “best sellers” list, and completely dropped comics and Manga which, by…

January 31, 2017 tobidoylemacbrayne 1 comment

Travel tip #2 for the ladies of a certain age, and apparently dudes who discover. LAYERS! I traveled in winter, January 1-15, and the weather was great. By great, I mean cold. By cold, I mean anywhere from low-forties to mid-sixties. My traveling companions and I were able to remain comfortable, stripping off coats, scarves,…

January 24, 2017 tobidoylemacbrayne 1 comment

I spent two amazing weeks in Europe traveling with my sisters-in-laws. It was so much fun, great scenery, and so-so wine. Sorry Spain, you’ve got nothing on Napa. The trip inspired me to write something more literary… It’s a work that’s still percolating in my mind. However, you know my snarky self, so I’ve also…

January 2, 2017 tobidoylemacbrayne 1 comment

I was just watching a commercial for new fitness equipment, and then one for a dieting program. As Americans, we spend money to eat less… It made me think, mostly because I’m overweight and find myself paying attention to the commercials, and then chiding myself that I could just eat less especially when there are…

January 1, 2017 tobidoylemacbrayne 1 comment

I believe Meghan Trainor has said it best on James Corden’s show. Happy New Year! I hope yours is filled with wonderful family and friends, and happiness. In all honesty, 2017 is going to be the year that I go through the entire house and RID it of all those things I’ve been hanging on…

November 11, 2016 tobidoylemacbrayne 1 comment

I miss SkyMall magazine. It’s why I enjoyed flying. I’ve found a reasonable replacement with the Grommet. This is a great idea, but the realist in me cringes at the idea of shopping for doll clothes that fit, because while I have options, these poor dolls are living in a Barbie world. Still, such a…