Catherine Linda Michel

Shutter/Shudder A pet peeve.

Okay look. I am by NO means perfect when it comes to word usage, but there are some common mis-usages that occur on a regular basis in a lot of stories.

Lose-Loose

Heel-Heal

Waist-Waste

and on and on.

One that just makes me SHUDDER, is using shutter, or vice versa. One may shudder, but one CANNOT shutter unless it involves a window one is shuttering. Fear can make one shuDDer, not shuTTer. One can shuTTer a window, but cannot shuDDer it.

When I run across one of these mis-used words, it jars me out of the story sometimes.

Meteors stop fight against a Forest fire?

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Okay. A news story this morning has me wondering, nay, in fact astounded!

It seems that there is a forest fire somewhere in the U.S. Not unusual, right? However! the report stated that some aircraft which were involved in fighting the fire were grounded because of METEORS in the sky, which would have endangered the aircraft!

Is this the beginning of some subtle invasion from "out there" somewhere... the beginning of the raprture again? The harbinger of the forecasted end of the world on Dec 21st?

WTF?!?!?!

METEORS interrupting the battle against a forest fire??

D.C. Comics announces gay hero.

D.C. Comics has announced that one of their major heroes is going to be "coming out of the closet." The main speculation is that it's... are you ready? BATMAN!!!!!

Cathy

Health update and an apology.

First of all. I am better. Whatever evil, mutated virus was attacking me seems to have given up most of the ghost. I say most because I am still having some after effects such as nose constantly running, multiple explosive sneezing, and a vague ache in my head and neck. I have been checked out by a doctor and he says that nothing is seriously wrong, just my general lack of anything resembling a healthy lifestyle, which probably led to the attack of the mutant virus in the first damn place.

Showing one's real face, {pic included in this entry}

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I have decided to upload and display my ugly kisser for your entertainment and/or enlightenment. I feel safe and secure in doing so, since I am comfortable with my position on the "transition trail grid" and do not feel the immediate need to progress further until and unless financial considerations permit me to do so.

I recently turned 65 and I don't think I look too bad considering that. At least not bad enough to frighten the children and horses. *giggle*

I have been very sick...update

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I have begun to feel a bit better, but am still down with this whatever-it-is. I've been to the VA health clinic and have gotten some anti-biotics which will, I hope, kick this thing in the ass and get me feeling better.

I thought to post this to update anyone who might have been concerned about me. Thanks for caring.

hugs and love,
Cathy

I have been very sick.

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and I still am. I have been suffering with some kind of cold or virus since about April 15th or so. I've tried all the tried and true remedies with little to no appreciable improvement. I've missed a couple of appointments at the VA clinic, and have been too disoriented to attempt to drive there to hopefully get any relief from this whatever it is.

Reckoning -8- Gifted, Assemble!

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FROM CATHY: Sorry for the delay in posting this chapter. A computer problem is to blame, but all is fixed and here we go!

An incident prods our heroes to jump into action. Chapter 9 will follow very soon, I promise.

Hoping to post Chapter 8 of Reckoning

by Saturday, Sunday at the latest. I've had a computer failure of my MacBook which required taking it to the repair place for surgery. Apparently we experienced a power surge which attacked the inverter, which is in the hinge where it opens, and also burned out the LCD, which lights the screen.

Approximately 200 dollars or so later, I might have it back by Friday. I've been using my old desktop, which I fortunately never got around to taking down and storing away. ALL the relevant info I need to post the story is, of course, on the Mac.

The pitter patter of little feet.

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As of 11:10 this evening, our little terrier mix has given birth to two seemingly healthy puppies. I wasn't present at the event, but my housemate, who is the owner of the dog, said everything went smoothly. Don't get me wrong, but I find it relatively easy to not be overly excited about this.

Okay. I guess that's enough for now. Flame me if you like. I am not mean to dogs at all. I just like cats better. Such is life.

Catherine Linda Michel

Delay in Posting Reckoning chapter 8

My laptop, upon which rest ALL my files and corespondance regarding the story, has gone dead on me. It's at the hospital where it will hopefully be repaired within a week. It doesn't seem to be anything terminal. Merely something that won't let the screen light up. An inverter, they said. It's a MacBook.

One person got it? The Princess Bride Reference?

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"Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya (Juan Pablo Montoya) You killed my Father! (You killed my car) Prepare to die!

Does that help?

I understand that NASCAR doesn't appeal to veery many people, but the GREAT reference, relating the amazing crash at this year's race (Thank God no one was seriously hurt) was, to me, inescapable!

The blog was about the reference to the line from the movie, and its similarity to the crash. NOT about the race. Sigh. Maybe mine is the only small mind amused by little things like this.

Oh well. I tried. I STILL think it's very funny.

Cathy

Best line from the Daytona 500

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"Hello Jet Track Dryer. My name is Juan Pablo Montoya. You killed my car. Prepare to die!"

Another great one: How many NASCAR drivers does it take to kill a jet track dryer? Only Juan.

Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week. Try the veal, tip your waitress.

Cathy

Happy Birthday Beverly Taff!!

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I take this opportunity to wish a very special lady a wonderful, nay magical day. Beverly is a treasure to talk with, and she educates me every time we talk. She is a writer of rare talent, and a true lady.... well, MOST of the time anyway.

Growing old disgracefully or not, you can't fool me. You're a good 'un, Beverly. Thanks for educating an uncultured colonist.

Hugs and love,
Catherine Linda Michel

P.S. I almost forgot! CARPE CAKEM!!

We are down one writer for Reckoning.

One of the original 5 has decided that, due to issues in her real life, she cannot continue as a contributor to the Reckoning storyline. We will miss her, but we intend to continue. I'm sure we all wish her well as she tries to get her life in order, and we thank her for her participation thus far in the story.

We will continue using her character and powers, but her part will become more like that of an NPC in a role playing game. We all want to thank all of you who are sticking with us to see how this experiments turns out, and we thank you for your comments.

Reckoning. The story and the experiment.

I've been noticing that the counts, comments and kudoes have been decreasing as each story segment goes up, and I'm wondering if the story is moving too slowly for a lot of you. I know there's been a lot of exposition and conversation within the story, but I thought it would be a good thing to let the heroes get to find and begin to know one another, and for you, the readers, to get comfortable with them as well.

Re: Reckoning, Chapter 5, et al.

This enterprise, that of having one story written by 5 very different writers, is the most daunting, ambitious thing I've ever attempted, writing-wise. If the story succeeds, and I fervently hope it does, it is entirely due to the spirit of co-operation, and the willingness to share credit among all the writers involved.

All credit is due to them. Any blame for spelling, useage, continuity, any errors in posting, is entirely on me.

My muse is back!

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and Holy Cow, is she talking to me! In starting this new Epic, in combination with several talented writers, my muse has been literally screaming at me to write, Write, WRITE!

The ideas are flowing like never before, being fed with the wonderful input from Ariel, Grover, Erin, Maggie Finson, I can hardly keep pace with my fingers, with what my brain is putting out, word-wise!

Reckoning -3- Awakening 5

One of the final "volunteers" is chosen. Can they all find one another and get used to their new abilities and bodies? Stay tuned folks. It gets bumpy from here.

Reckoning -1- Awakenings 1 and 2

The Earth has reached a crossroad. Destruction could be immanent. Can a Rookie band of newly created heroes stave off Doomsday? Chapter 1 of a collaborative effort by several Top Shelf writers will begin to explore this dilemma. Introduction of the heroes and their powers will be the first couple of chapters. Writers are: Catherine Linda Michel, Grover, Ariel Strickland, Erin Halfelven, Maggie Finson and Scotty, "Voice Of Reason" Bishop.

The Prequel is posted.

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I will need to see/read each hero's bio (so to speak) to determine whether or not he or she is overpowered, underpowered, or whatever, along with his or her back story and a name is possible. PM them to me, or email to cathy_ t_ 99 at yahoo dot com. Any questions at all, PM me, skype me.

Cathy

Reckoning - New Universe.

This is the prequel for the new universe. Timeline: Today, Feb 8 2012

AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY A BEING WHO HAS APPEARED SUDDENLY TO EACH AND EVERY PERSON ON THE EARTH AT THE SAME TIME.

You humans go about your daily lives, dealing with each crisis as it comes up as best you can. Sometimes though an event that can and will change everything about your lives, your planet, your entire existence are destined to occur and, without help from somewhere, your race will vanish completely and utterly.

A New Universe?

I'm thinking of starting a new universe which will deal with an alien superintelligence appearing to the people of earth with a doomsday prediction. To combat/stop this event, a team of heroes will be established by him. The powers/abilities he grants each member of the team will be limited to about half what Superman is capable of. This will be a co-operative series of tales and, by that I mean, we will meet regularly to discuss what the heroes do. each writer will have complete autonomy of their hero character, and will determine their actions etc.

A Standing Ovation for Erin, Piper, et all,

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for the amazing job they have done in updating our home away from home on the internet. Words alone cannot express MY appreciation for all they do and all they have done to make this the PREMIERE TG Fiction site on the net, but words are all I have so,

BRAVA, BRAVA, BRAVA!

For they are jolly good ladies, for they are jolly good ladies. For they are jolly good laaaadieeees... which NOBODY can deny!

From my heart, Thank you, one and all.

Catherine Linda Michel

Starting a new year with questions and doubts.

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Okay. I know a lot of you are gonna read this blog entry and go: "Jeeze, Cathy! Will you just make up your damn mind and DEAL with life as it is?"

The problem is that I have more questions than answers... about me, my life, where I go from here, and on and on, ad infinitum. Yes I know, this doesn't set me apart from many other people, or even the majority of people, but I do have issues in my life that I keep to myself. These issues cause me to go "quiet," or stealth, or whatever you want to name being uncommunicative for periods of time.

Hillary Clinton speaks on human/LGBT rights in Geneva.

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I offer the following with no political, religious, or any other kind of commentary. Just listen and comment on what she SAYS...please.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MudnsExyV78&feature=g-logo

There is also a link to a print version of Hillary's speech at: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/12/178368.htm

Catherine Linda Michel

I don't know what I'm feeling, or if it's even valid.

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I know that what I'm about to relate will seem like a very minor problem to those of you who have much more serious problems in your lives, but blogs are all about what bothers us, or what makes us happy, no?

A bit of wish fulfillment.

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I make a habit of haunting our local Salvation Army resale store, as well as several other second hand stores. Wednesdays, at the local Sally's Boutique (our nickname for the Salvation Army store) are half price days on clothes and shoes, and some really good finds can be garnered.

7 years 2 weeks for me.

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Wow. Well, I've always said that time's fun when you're having flies... or something like that. What a great place Erin and her assistants have created and maintained for us all.

Thanks to all of you for all your hard work, dedication and commitment to all us frustrated scribblers, and to those who read our efforts.

Catherine Linda Michel

Day 4 after Surgery

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First of all. the surgery itself went very well, but I re-affirmed my belief that the squeaky wheel DOES get the grease. For months, the V.A. tried to tell me that my blurry vision was a simple problem that could be solved by using eyedrops. I insisted that it was much more than that, and finally went to an outside opthemlogist who informed me that I did indeed have a cataract! I went back to the V.A. with the proof and they finally did a more detailed exam, confirming the cataract and finally scheduled me for the surgery.

Surgery Update

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very quickly. Back from surgery. All went well. Back up tomorrow for followup. still blurry but looks promising. Lots of eye drops to use...clear shield over my eye to protect it until it heals. touch typing sucks. LOL

can barely read what I'm typing...can't even start reading responses. Thanks to everyone who responede to my blogs. will type more as I start seeing better.

Be seeing you all soon.

Cathy

Surgery today.

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Off I go to have things stuck in my eye. I should be back this afternoon. Hopefully I'll be able to update. If not, don't worry. Simple surgery for the cataract and I'll be okay in a few days.

Thanks for all the info and encouragement you all have shown me in my previous posts about this. I feel confident and I'm looking forward to be able to look forward, if you get my drift.

Be seeing you all.

Catherine Linda Michel

Upcoming Surgery.

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Sooooo...Tomorrow, Monday, I go up to Buffalo for my pre-op stuff. Unfortunately it isn't EXACTLY the pre-op I'd LIKE to be going for...this is for my cataract surgery, which will be done on Wednesday.

I'm very upbeat about this, and have complete confidence in the surgeons, and trying very hard not to obsess over the surgery itself, nor for the recovery and return to what I laughingly call "normal" sight in my one good eye.

Updating Cataracts and Me.

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After much frustration I am finally scheduled for surgery. I go to the Buffalo Veteran's Hospital on the third of October for pre-op stuff, then back up on the fifth for surgery and back the following day for post op stuff. Then about a week to two weeks for recovery and, hopefully, I will be back to what I laughingly refer to as normal, vision-wise.

Lost In The 50s Tonight

This is a bit melancholy, but it wanted to be written and I just tried to keep up with what my muse was dictating. I hope you like it.

Song Credit to Ronnie Milsap: Lost In The 50s Tonight. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPDBGtr5asM
Lost In The Fifties Tonight, by Catherine Linda Michel

Oh yes, I remember... so, so well that night, the music, the feeling of being held in your arms, swaying together and hoping the moment would never end.

Close your eyes babyӬFollow my hear-eartӬ
Call on the mem'rie-ie-ies, ӬHere in the dar-ark
ӬWe'll let the magic Ӭ

Cataracts and me.

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Bringing you all up to date. About 8 months ago, I noticed a "blurriness" in my left eye. It went away, but then came back, and for the past few months has been coming and going resulting in moderate fogginess to outright total loss of useful vision in my left eye.

Virginia Earthquake.

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I felt nothing, although my housemate and her Daughter said they did. It was a 5.9 quake centered in Mineral, Virginia. No word yet on injuries/deaths/property damage anywhere and no damage of any kind or injuries here in Southwestern New York State.

Catherine Linda Michel

MST3K

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Some time ago, someone, and I don't remember who, posted a blog that had something to do with a site that streamed Mystery Science Theater 3000, 24/7. If that person is still visiting here, please PM me, as I have some really good news for you about the site and the chatroom there.

Catherine Linda Michel

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