The Problem with Loving a Gypsy Spirit

Lately I have been doing a lot of thinking about life in general and I have come to the following conclusion

It must be really hard to love a person with a gypsy spirit. 

I dream about seeing the world, I want to see the world, I want to experience to taste… to love.

Yet society norms say… No no sweetheart. .

You are 31, it is time to be married, own a house, have your 2.2. kids and 1 dog….

So it never fails that very few people in life get me.  I don’t talk about owning things, I do n’t talk about kids… I talk about the cheap flights to NYC, Peru  & Sri Lanka.

DO I want kids? Sure, Right now? well No. 

When I go out with people that have kids, I listen about their kids because I love most of my friends kids, but I am checking my phone for the newest flight alerts & wondering when it is socially acceptable to leave. I must say this again.  I love my friends and I love their kids. Our lifestyles are just different. I don’t understand diapers and first days of school.  At least not yet. 

Rude? Maybe. Honest? yes. 

While I love making memories at dinner with friends…


So anyway I digress. (as usual)

I have learned that my nature is hard to love, I am flighty, I dream, I fantasize… I want… I don’t care about gifts. Never really have, I prefer the experience.  Most people do not understand that. 

Yesterday I was reading a book in bed. 1000 places to See Before You Die. (one of my favs!)

My mother makes the comment “Jen’s reading on her bed and planning her vacation for 2020“.  While she was mocking me, she was joking… but I guess if my own mother doesn’t get it I suppose I shouldn’t expect others to too.

Lately I have felt lost in life.

What am I doing?

Where am I going?

Why am I still a claims adjuster, I hate it?

I finally decided it was because I have not been anywhere new. I feel lost because of it.  That is the gypsy soul in me urging me to hurry up and get out.  So anyway I tell my friend that, and that we should go somewhere… anywhere…


Her response?

Let’s go shopping


I guess, I am just misunderstood.


Oh well until next time.


The Lunatic

Beat the Heat + Giveaway

Alright peeps, it is time for me to tell you the fun ways I can “Beat the Heat”.

I debated, debated and then debated some more on what I wanted to chat about for this blog hop.  Should I talk about dream beaches, should I talk about dream islands?  What should I chat about???

Since summer is over (well almost!) I decided to write about beaches I want to visit next!   In a past life I was a mermaid so I always feel more at peace at the beach & near water than anywhere else!  I have searched high and low for beaches I want to visit & today I am sharing with you!

Myrtle Beach, SC

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Photo Credit: trip Advisor

I have been to this beach a few times, but lately it has been calling to me again. Maybe it is because Spirit offers cheap flights to this location.

Nantucket, MA

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Lately I have been looking at images after images of Nantucket. This beach is pulling to me, I have never been to MA, but I am beginning to think it will be a destination of choice in 2015. I am beginning to think a few days in Historical Boston follow by a few days on the coast sounds delightful.

Cannon Beach, OR

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I recently learned about this beach & let me the first to say it quickly became a beach I must visit. Who cares that the Pacific is cold! We are talking about beating the heat here!


Key West, FL

Photo Credit: Trip Advisor
Photo Credit: Trip Advisor

So key West has been on my short list for awhile. I am not sure why but I really want to go back to the keys (I went when I was 2 soo it is time to go back!)


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Cover Reveal: Night of Pan by Gail Strickland

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Night of Pan, by Gail Strickland

Genre: young-adult, historical-fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release: November 7, 2014

Series: Book One of The Oracle of Delphi Trilogy

Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan

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The slaughter of the Spartan Three Hundred at Thermopylae, Greece 480 BCE—when King Leonidas tried to stop the Persian army with only his elite guard—is well known. But just what did King Xerxes do after he defeated the Greeks?

Fifteen-year-old Thaleia is haunted by visions: roofs dripping blood, Athens burning. She tries to convince her best friend and all the villagers that she’s not crazy. The gods do speak to her.

And the gods have plans for this girl.

When Xerxes’ army of a million Persians marches straight to the mountain village Delphi to claim the Temple of Apollo’s treasures and sacred power, Thaleia’s gift may be her people’s last line of defense.

Her destiny may be to save Greece…
…but is one girl strong enough to stop an entire army?

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Gail Strickland, Author, Mythology, Ophelia, Night of pan

About The Author:
While studying the Classics in college, Gail Strickland translated much of Homer’s ILIAD and ODYSSEY, Herodotus’ prophecies and THE BACCHAI by Euripides. Living on the Greek islands after college, she discovered her love of myth, the wine-dark sea and retsina.
THE BALTIMORE REVIEW and WRITER’S DIGEST have recognized Gail’s fiction. She published stories and poems in Travelers’ Tales’ anthologies and the San Francisco Writer’s anthology. Her poetry and photography were published in a collection called CLUTTER.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gail grew up in Northern California. She raised her children; was a musical director for CAT children’s theater; taught music in schools; mentored young poets and novelists and introduced thousands of youngsters to piano and Greek mythology. Gail is passionate about bringing the richness of Homer’s language and culture to today’s youth.
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Cover Reveal: Wicked Path by Eliza Tilton


Wicked Path, by Eliza Tilton

Genre: young-adult, fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release: October 6, 2014

Series: Daath Chronicles (#2)

Cover Artist: Michelle Johnson at Blue Sky Design (



In Wicked Path: Book Two of the Daath Chronicles brother and sister are forced to opposite sides of Tarrtainya on a fast-paced adventure where the wildlife isn’t the only thing trying to kill them.

Three months have passed since Avikar defeated the Reptilian Prince, and he still can’t remember his battle with Lucino. On the hunt for answers, he returns to the scene of the fight and discovers a strange connection between his family’s dagger and the mysterious kingdom of Daath, and it seems only his distant father can reveal the truth behind it all.

Before Avikar can travel back home, Lucy assaults him in the market and forces him to flee to Nod Mountains—a place few dare to enter, and even less return from. With Raven and her childhood friend by his side, they must survive the treacherous journey through the pass with a vengeful Lucy hunting them. If they don’t, they’ll never see home again.

Jeslyn’s new life in Luna Harbor is the perfect remedy for her confused and broken heart. But when a group of mercenaries kidnap her beloved Grandfather, interrupting her daily routine as his jewelry apprentice, she’s forced to join forces with the one person from her past she tried to forget.

And his assistance comes with a price.

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About The Author:
Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing.

Her YA stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a hot romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.

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