Jeanne Owens, author

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A Quick Update

Just thought I’d give you all a quick update. Things have been pretty busy for me lately, so I haven’t really gotten much writing done. I did manage to squeak out 200 words on my book the other day. And I did post a tad more on my untitled story on here. But otherwise things have just been busy. And my exercising with the Wii Fit has been eating into my afternoon free time that I had been using for writing. But I’ll somehow try to get more writing done soon. I have managed to get a few ideas thought up, at least. So it hasn’t been a total loss.

And for those of you wondering how my lunch date went yesterday, it was really nice. I won’t go into too much detail, though. We had lunch at seafood restaurant and talked and got to learn some things about each other. He seems like a really nice guy and a bit of a gentleman. I rather like him so far. Some of what I learned about him: he’s Irish; is about 6 years older than me; he’s divorced, with a couple of grown kids; and we seem to like a few of the same things (rock and classical music, and books, for example). I think we hit it off fairly well, and he really seems to have an interest in me. He wants to go out again, possibly this weekend, and has something in mind already for it (a meal at another restaurant and a walk along the beach, I believe he said).




Positive Changes

I seem to recall some sort of saying about how when you start making positive changes in your life, more will soon follow. Well, you might recall how I started using the Wii Fit a few weeks ago to try to start losing weight. To date, it says I’ve lost about 6 pounds. But more to the point, about a week after I started using the Wii Fit, I met a guy (actually one of the maintenance workers at my apartment complex). We talked for a few minutes while he was doing some work on my A/C unit. He noticed the Celtic cross necklace I was wearing, asked me about it, and showed me his Celtic cross tattoo and shamrock charm necklace. Well, anyway, he seemed to take a liking to me and asked me out to dinner. I thought he seemed rather nice, and he also likes Ireland/Irish stuff, so I said yes. We’ll being going to brunch tomorrow for our first date.

So it does seem like that the saying about positive changes might be true. I sure hope it is. There are a few more positive changes I’d like to happen, too.


First of all (untitled story part 4) – Stream of Consciousness Saturday (ordinal number)





“First of all, Detective Johnson,” he told Lucy angrily from behind his desk, “you should have gotten my permission to follow up on that tip instead of rushing over there.”

“But, Captain,” Lucy tried to interject, but the scowl on the gruff old man’s face made her bite her tongue.

“Second,” he continued, ” you should have known better than to go traipsing around a crime scene until it’d be cleared by forensics.”

Beside Lucy, Mike Evans cast her an “I told you so” look. She cast her partner a look that clearly said “don’t you dare” in return.

“And did you find anything during your little impromptu search?” added the captain snidely to his tirade. “No, you didn’t.” He sighed and shook his head slightly. “What am I going to do with you, Detective? This isn’t the first time you’ve flaunted regulations like this. I probably should discipline you somehow, but-”

The captain trailed off as his office door banged open and a lab tech came hurrying in with a manila folder in hand. “Sir,” he said excitedly. “You have to see what we found at the scene!”




This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday:


Previous parts of the story are:
part 1

part 2

part 3


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Sunshine Award


Yet another blog award for me 🙂 This one is courtesy By Hook or By Book. Thank you very much for this great honor 🙂

Ok, now. The rules for this one are:

1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post and/or on your blog.

2. Link to the blogger who nominated you.

3. Answer 10 questions about yourself.

4. Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award.

5. Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them.

6. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.


And the questions I have to answer:

1. What was your favorite book as a child?

-I loved Bunnicula and Howliday Inn by James Howe, and the Nancy Drew books 🙂

2. What is the best book you’ve read recently?

-Hm. Tough one. I just finished House of Hades by Rick Riordan, and it was really good. I also recently finished NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. That was really good too.

3. Movies. Scary or RomCom?

-Scary. I’m not much into romantic comedies.

4. If you had the chance, what author would you most like to interview?

-Maybe Jim Butcher. I love his Dresden Files series and his sense of humor.

5. Books. What is your favorite genre? It’s okay if you have more than one.

-Mysteries and Fantasy mostly. Also those having to do with animals.

6. What book or series have you read more than once?

-I’ve reread quite a few. The Harry Potter series, Percy Jackson series, Eye of the Dragon, Dark Half, Sherlock Holmes, and Count of Monte Cristo are the first ones to come to mind.

7. What book or series would you like to be a character in?

– Harry Potter 🙂

8. Have you ever used a Ouija board? If so, did anything happen?

No. I thought about it when I was a little, but was told not to because it was too dangerous, and my mom told me a story about one time when she did when she was little. She said and her sister had asked a question about where whoever was moving the platen was, and got a reply of “beyond the grave” or something like that. It scared her and her sister so much they never used it again.

9. Have you ever seen a UFO?

– I wish!

10. What made you start blogging?

-a love of writing, and wanting to get more people familiar with me and to try to spread the word about my book(s) and writing.


Ok. Now my 10 nominees:


And the questions for them:

1. What is your all-time favorite movie?

2. Cats or dogs?

3. What is your dream vacation spot?

4. Do you call pop or soda?

5. What is your favorite food?

6. If you won the lottery, what would you do?

7. Do you like the rain?

8. What are you afraid of? (spiders, heights, that sort of thing)

9. What is your favorite holiday?

10. Do you like warm weather or cold weather?



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Curiosity – One-Liner Wednesday

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney



This is part of One-Liner Wednesday:

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“A Nightmarish Origin”

Thought I’d reblog this interesting post since I’ve posted before about dreams. I don’t recall ever having many scary dreams before. Most of mine are just “weird” and leave me wondering “wth was that?” when I wake up.


We’ve all had nightmares at some point in our lives. Several people are plagued with them as if they were in a film caught in some sort of terrifying loop destined to repeat itself while others are fortunate enough to hardly ever have one. Yet, we really don’t put much emphasis into the origin of the word “nightmare”. Many of us shudder at the mere thought of even considering it. So quick are we in wanting to forget such frightening visions, but the truth of the matter is that the word “nightmare” dates back from Old English times when the word “mare” referred to folkloric demons that terrorized people by sitting on their chests while the individuals slept, causing them to have haunting dreams. These so-called demons were often thought to be incubi and/or succubi. The prefix “night” was later added to articulate the dream condition.

Nightmares, as we all…

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Liebster Award #2



Grady P. Brown did me the honor of nominating me for my second Liebster Award the other day.  Thank you so much, and sorry I’m just now getting around to doing this.

Anyway, for this award, I’m supposed to answer 11 questions, tag some people, and give them 11 questions to answer.

So, my questions to answer are:

1.) Do you enjoy anime and manga?

Yes! I’ve been into anime and manga for about 20 years, I think. Some of my current favorites include Rurouni Kenshin, Hellsing, Fullmetal Alchemist, Blue Exorcist, Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail, Detective Conan, Lupin III, Black Butler, Naruto, Yu Yu Hakusho, Gundam, and Macross.

2.) What is your favorite pet?

Cats, with dogs a close second. But I love animals in general.

3.) What country would you want to visit the most?

Ireland (to go back and see more of), the UK, and Japan.

4.) What would you describe as your favorite vacation experience?

The week I spent in Ireland as part of a study abroad group. It was my first time going to a different country. It was also a bit of a gutsy move, since I went with people I didn’t really know. And it was my first time on a plane.

5.) If you enjoy superheroes, who is your favorite one?

Hard to say. I enjoy a lot of them. But I’d say Batman, Spider-man, and Gambit, probably.

6.) What is your opinion of pit bulls?

They’re just like any other dog. It all comes down to training, I think. Train the dog right, and you won’t have so much trouble with them.

7.) What kind of music do you enjoy?

My taste is pretty eclectic. About the only type I don’t really like is rap and hip-hop. I really enjoy rock (classic, hard, metal, alternative), country, classical, big band, some jazz, and J-pop and J-rock (Japanese pop and rock).

8.) What makes you laugh the most?

watching animals play; witty humor; sarcasm. I love the Marx Brothers, for example.

9.) What is your favorite season of the year?


10.) How would you describe as the perfect villain?

Tough question. I’m not really sure. Maybe someone who is clever but a bit psychotic. Someone with a method to their madness and who can do wrong but make it seem almost an endearing quality, so that people will have a hard time condemning him. He’d also have to be able to give the hero a run for his money in some way or other.  My first thought was someone kind of like The Joker.

11.) What is your favorite dessert?

cheesecake, ice cream, or anything chocolate


My questions for the nominees:

1. What was your favorite school subject?

2. Do you enjoy video games?

3. What would you do if you won the lottery?

4. What is your favorite tv show?

5. If you could travel back in time, when would you go to?

6. What’s your favorite book from childhood?

7. Who would you cast to play you if they made a movie of your life?

8. Do you believe in ghosts?

9. What is your favorite holiday?

10. Do you consider yourself a morning person?

11. Coffee or tea?


My nominees (sorry if I nominate someone who’s done this recently or doesn’t do these things):
By Hook or By Book







The Cat



Joanne Corey




200 – Stream of Consciousness Saturday (average)


I wasn’t sure what I could do for today’s prompt of “average”, but after working out on my Wii Fit, I had a small idea. I’ve been using the Wii Fit for about 2 weeks now, I think. According to it, I’ve lost probably 4 to 5 pounds, give or take. It depends on when I do my body test to check my progress. It recommends I do it about the same time every day, since a person’s weight fluctuates during the day. There’s been a few times when I’ve done it later in the day, and it’ll say I’ve gained a pound or something. Anyway, back to the “average” prompt. Earlier this week, the Wii Fit set me a daily calorie goal to help me reach my set weight loss goal. It wants me to try to burn 460 calories a day. That’s pretty tough for me to reach most days, since I’m so busy with other things. I did meet it the other day, but it took me about an hour or so of using the Wii Fit (2 half-hour sessions) plus what my meter said I burned during the day. I have trouble finding an hour or so in the evenings to spend on it. Typically, if I’m lucky, I can get an average of 30 minutes worked out on the Wii Fit and average about 200 – 300 calories burned a day. That’s better than nothing, I know. But it would be nice if I could meet that 460 goal more often.

I wonder how long I’ll keep this up, though. I didn’t do too well with my 300-word daily goal I’d set for myself, after all.



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Drive you crazy – One-liner Wednesday

“Never let someone drive you crazy; it’s nearby and the walk is good for you.”

(I’m not sure where this quote originated. I’ve just seen it floating around social media a lot and found it funny.)



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It’s Your Choose – Stream of Consciousness Saturday (funny)




No, that’s not a typo. Well, not an unintentional one, at least. It’s something funny that my mother and I came across as we were running a few errands this morning. See, we were stopped at a light at an intersection, and noticed two middle-aged women standing on the corner holding signs. That’s nothing surprising, as we see things like that fairly often, people standing on corners with signs for fund-raising car washes, or begging for money. However, the signs these women were holding caught me by surprise, and made me think of scenes from movies where the old guy is walking down the street with a “The End Is Near” sign and proclaiming the end of the world and such.

Anyway, one of the women held a sign that said “Jesus is coming. Repent now.” And the other woman’s sign – and this is one that got us laughing – said “If you were to die today, do you know where you will be going? Will you go to heaven? Or will you go to hell? It’s your choose. Burn forever or live.”  My mother and I got a good laugh from the whole thing. Now, don’t get me wrong. My mother is a church-going Christian. And although I’ve not been to church in a good while, I do still believe and am baptised (and I have been intending to start going back to church, but haven’t gotten around to it yet). It was just the sight of two women trying to evangelize with signs on a street corner, and the obvious grammar error, that got us laughing. I even said to my mother as I was reading the sign out for her (she was driving the car, and the women were on my side of the street), “Well, I choose to go over there and fix your grammar mistake.”

Well, that was my funny story for today.


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