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Can I conquer this?
Posted On 05/22/2016 23:01:37

I've posted before about my 'phobias'. One of them is 'flying'. Now, considering my dad was a private pilot, my brother is a private pilot, and my son is an aircraft mechanic who is thrilled when he even gets to 'taxi' an aircraft--it probably sounds weird that I'm terrified of flying.  But that's the way it is.

I have to admit, I've only flown in small, private planes. Maybe commercial flying would be different.  I don't know.  I do know I'm a 'control freak'; I think it's that, more than a fear of heights, that causes my 'flying phobia'.  Let's be honest: in an aircraft, you can't just get out and walk away!  

However, I will now have to face my fear of flying this summer. My sister, who I haven't seen in a number of years, talked me into visiting her this summer--and yes, I will be flying there. I admit that the minute it was 'settled', I felt queasy!  My 'butterflies' had butterflies!   With the ticket bought, I certainly can't cancel. So...I'm going...no matter  what.

I've told myself that it's an Adventure. And everyone flies nowadays...why not me?  Both of my children (now adults, of course) have flown. My husband has flown. I'm the only adult in my family who hasn't flown!   And I know flying is statistically safter than traveling by car.  There again: it's the 'control' factor, for me.

It's only 90 minutes; surely even I can handle that, right? Actually, I can read the entire time & not even have to 'think' about where I am. Right?

 So now I'm down to the planning part; it's a mid-afternoon flight, so would it be better not to eat at all beforehand? Or should I have something in my stomach?  Logically, I'll probably eat something before noon.  That way I won't be "hungry"...but it shouldn't be enough to 'bother' me. Right? Ok...I have to admit just thinking about this is giving me butterflies!

But...I remind myself that my late Grandmother hadn't flown at all until she was almost my age; she flew first with my brother and loved it.  Later, she flew to Hawaii for a lovely vacation. She had the time of her life!  

Now...my vacation isn't anywhere near that fancy; however...it is a vacation. And spending time with my sister will be fantastic. So...I just need to keep reminding myself I can do this.  Honestly, what's the big deal? Well, ok...I may have to ask my doctor for some Valium. 

But I can do this.  And I'm sure I'll have a fantastic time--and probably decide that I love flying, after all. Right??         

Candy bars
Posted On 11/08/2015 11:14:51

      I'm a total 'chocoholic'. lol. I could eat chocolate any time of the day/night!  But I've learned there are differences in chocolate bars.  Now, I don't mean  the fancy "expensive" kind versus what the rest of us eat. I mean:  plain chocolate (like Hershey's) vs candy bars that contain nuts/peanut butter/coconut, etc.  

     Plain Hershey's bars are my favorite; I also like Hershey's with almonds.  I also eat Nestle's Crunch; but I recently had one of those right after having a Hershey's. And to me, the Nestle's Crunch just didn't taste as good. Am I getting picky in my 'old age'?  Or has something changed in the Crunch bar? I have no idea; I just know I won't be buying any more Crunch bars any time soon.

    My husband prefers Baby Ruth candy bars; personally, I don't want 'peanuts' in my chocolate. The same goes for 'coconut'--but I must admit, I'm not a big fan of coconut, anyway.  

    Another of my favorites has always been Milky Way bars. However, in recent years, I've stayed away from those for the simple reason that my 'teeth'  have given me problems; and I didn't dare risk having 'fillings' fall out from all that 'gooey-ness'.  Ok, maybe that's not really a word; but you know what I mean!  

     Anyway, I got curious after posting a recent Poll about candy bars. I'd like to know what 'other' candy bars everyone likes. Obviously, there are many different ones to choose from. Do you have a favorite?    

My So-called Writing Career
Posted On 10/06/2014 15:30:07

I started writing when I was about 15, in high school; a friend & I co-wrote a story. Between classes, we'd hand the large spiral notebook back & forth; I'd write some, then she'd write some--we never did finish the 'book', since she graduated before me.  But it was fun.

Later, after I was married and had dropped out of college, I kept  writing on my own. I invented a set of characters (girlfriends, from different countries) & wrote one story after another about their adventures. I think I ended up with about 8 or 9 short novellas in that series. Back then, I had no idea how many pages a book or novella should be.  However, I kept at it because I "had to"--writing was just a part of 'me'. I branched out & tried other ideas: one was a series of Science Fiction romances (several of those that I eventually put together) and a spy story, etc. Anything that came into my head. And just my friends would read my stories. I had no idea how to go about getting published & really didn't care.  

After my first baby, I told myself it was time to put away the typewriter & concentrate on the baby. Ha. Little did I know: he slept most of the time! So I got out the typewriter & started again, any time I had free time.

  And from then on, that's what I did. I'd write anytime the kids were napping--or later, when they went off to school. I didn't work with an outline, just a basic idea & set of characters; the storyline came to me as I typed. And because I was just writing for my own enjoyment, I didn't do any real research.  I ended up with something like 23 novellas--I learned to stretch out the storyline to give me more pages & let my characters develop more.   I would write at least 20 pages per day, which was usually a chapter, sometimes more or sometimes less.

    Sometime in the 80's, friends kept telling me I should try to get published. Since my 'stories' weren't as complex as novels, I started sending them to magazine publishers. I thought of that because at the time, I was enjoying reading what they were publishing. Naturally, I got rejections: 21. Then I shrugged & went back to writing for myself.   


But I enjoyed it, so I wrote until I got writers' block in 1998. Then I got my first computer.  Actually, I bought it to 'help' with my writing, but I got sidetracked. Every time I'd try to input one of my stories, I would find myself rewriting yet again.  So then I got more 'into' playing with the computer & didn't write anything else till I got my first website.  That was mainly what is now called a Blog.

  Then I discovered NOTH.  Now, I write Blogs--when I have anything to say; I also write Tutorials, to help others learn what they need to know here. Examples: how to make & use graphics in comments, how to fix minor computer mistakes, etc.  

Well, all you need to do is check out the NOTH Computer Help & Info group to see what I do:     http://notoverthehill.com/groups/view/id_328/

    So that's my story. I may end up going back to fiction writing one day--you just never know; but for now, I'm happy with what I'm doing.

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