The Love / Hate Challenge!

Back in June, Celine Jeanjean tagged me for the Love / Hate Challenge. Thanks, Celine! The idea is to list ten things you love and ten you hate, and then tag ten people to continue the Challenge. You can read about it on Celine’s blog, Down the Rabbit Hole.

Ten things I love (in no particular order):

  1. My memories
  2. My kids’ smiles and laughter
  3. Writing
  4. Taking long walks in the woods
  5. The way the woods smell after it rains
  6. Swords and old keys
  7. A good book
  8. Curling up with my kids to watch a movie
  9. Solitude
  10. IHOP pancakes!

Ten things I hate (ditto):

  1. Spiders!
  2. Sexism, and any other prejudice
  3. Not getting a real person on the phone
  4. Computer crashes
  5. Rap music
  6. Getting sick
  7. Running late
  8. Traffic jams (particularly when I’m running late)
  9. People who are unkind
  10. The taste of mustard

And that’s it! I’m going to choose not to tag anyone specifically for this, because I tagged quite a few people for the last one I did, but if anyone would like to continue the challenge, feel free to jump in!





© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.

Guest Interview on Celine Jeanjean’s Blog

Today I’m being interviewed by the fabulous Celine Jeanjean on her blog, Down the Rabbit Hole. The interview is part of her “What interesting things did you find while researching your book?” series. Hop on over to read about spooky swamps and having fun with swords. 🙂

Here’s the link:

Hope to see you there!




© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.

Celebrate the Small Things — The Creative Blogger Award!

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly celebration created by VikLit and now hosted by Lexa Cain to celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large. You can learn all about it and sign up for it hereCelebrateSmallThings_Badge

A few weeks ago, Wallcat over at My Inner Geek nominated me for the Creative Blogger Award! Thanks so much, Wallcat!


The rules for accepting the award are:

  1. Thank and post the link of the person who nominated you.
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers.
  3. Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify them.
  4. Pass on the rules.

Since I’ve already shared a great many facts about myself, which can be read HERE, I thought I might share instead 5 things on my bucket list.

  1. A ride in a hot air balloon.
  2. To go ziplining! I don’t care where.
  3. To see the Redwood trees in California.
  4. To see my book made into a movie.
  5. To visit the ruins of an ancient civilization like Machu Picchu or the pyramids of Egypt.

My nominations (in alphabetical order):

Atherton’s Magic Vapour — Anyone who loves a good mystery would love Melanie’s serialized A to Z murder mystery. She even used theatrical makeup and included photos of herself dressed up as each of the characters.

Bemuzin’ — Many of Sammy D.’s humorous posts include intricate tangles and designs that are just lovely.

Constantine — Cathrina writes YA/NA suspense and is about to publish some short fiction as well.

Doorway Between Worlds — Sue Archer’s creative take on grammar and spelling issues is not only useful, but hilarious.

Down the Rabbit Hole — Celine Jean Jean’s nostalgic and sometimes fictionalized childhood stories made for some fun and amusing A to Z reads.

Eclectic Alli — I’ve enjoyed reading Alli’s serialized Taliana stories on her blog.

Elizabeth Mueller — Not only is Elizabeth a great writer, she’s also a fantastic artist. My daughter and I both loved her A to Z original My Little Pony drawings.

Hungry Enough To Eat Six — Nancy Mock has very creative culinary talents and makes the best desserts.

Kristin Smith — Kristin is a YA writer and busy mom, who also loves interior design and party planning.

Marilyn Parel — Marilyn is a producer and writer of short stories with a twist.

Often Clueless, Always Shoeless —Olivia Berrier recently began a serialized story on her blog called “The World That Forgot How to Dance” that I find intriguing.

Sara C. Snider — Sara wrote beautiful flash fiction stories using tree names for prompts for A to Z this year.

Story Treasury — Sonia writes fascinating fiction and book reviews, among other things.

Tyrean Martinson — Tyrean is another awesome writer who is amazingly organized.

Write with Fey — Author Chrys Fey’s blog overflows with great tips for writers.


What other celebrations are going on out there?






© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.