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Legend Has It…

Short Story #31

“So,” Jack Payet turns around and places his hands flat on the desk. “You’re telling me that three stupid girls went into the woods in search of some legendary monster and got kidnapped?”

She nods.

“And I should report it?”

She nods again.

“Give me one good reason why.”

“Because one of the girls is the mayor’s daughter.”

“Whoop de doo!” Jack mocks. “The mayor has done nothing good for this city and want my byline in the press about his daughter? What about the other girls? Don’t they get some sympathy for being stupid, too?”

She sighs and lets this one slides. When her boss was in one of his so-call righteous mood swings, there was no reaching him. All there was left to do was let him finish his sanctimonious rant and when he was satisfied, he’ll set out to write the article he was viciously ranting about anyway.

“Didn’t Criminal Minds teach them anything?”

“Not everyone watches TV, sir.”

“That one shouldn’t go into the woods alone?”

“Technically, there were three girls an…”

“How could they be so stupid, Lois?” 

“Actually, my name is Janice.”

Criminal Minds is like the best lesson in how not to get murder 101.”

“Again, not everyone watches TV!”

“I’m going into that woods tonight.”

“Good luck, sir.”

“And you’re coming with me.”

“Why?”

“To prove there is no such thing as the Laughing Man and the girls just wanted attention.”

Janice shakes her head. Sometimes, she didn’t get how Jack Payet was an award-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times.

Jack grinned at the satire draft and shaking his head, discarded it to get down to the real article. He had an hour and a half to prepare for his trek into the woods, and he didn’t want to waste any more time. 

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When I was younger, I wanted to be a journalist (thanks to Clark Kent), a lawyer, or a librarian. God has blessed me with a wonderful library career, and I am utmost grateful for this was definitely the best route for me. However, from time to time, I do enjoy writing about lawyers and journalists. I enjoyed writing Jack Payet, but with this short (it’s actually part of a series that my youngest sister is currently encouraging me to write), I wanted to work on dialogue setting.

Also, the mention of the name ‘Lois’ is a nod to Clark Kent’s partner although Payet ain’t no Kent. I included the LA Times draft “article” to give an insight into the articles that Payet would’ve truly liked to have published.

All grammatical errors are mine.

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Disclaimer

Coffee Tuesday! ☕

Teaser Tuesday: blog revamp and currently…

Yes, La Petit Muse is getting a facelift. 😁

Happy May Day!

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Hello, and welcome back to my blog. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reflecting lately when it comes to many aspects of my life including this blog. I don’t want to go into a lot of details, but I am thinking of revamping La Petit Muse as early as 2019 be it God’s willing. I’ll be adding new categories and neglecting some of the old ones. I won’t say which ones at the moment. 

No, but I can divulge a few details at the moment. 

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Oh, alright! At the beginning of the year, I contemplated on bringing back Song Sunday (this month is a year since I haven’t updated it), but some of these songs these so-call Christian artists out here are singing do not entirely praise and focus on God. But I’ve made the decision to bring it back. I’ll be sharing songs that I love, discussing the intentions/meanings behind some songs and I used to write songs so I’ll be sharing some of mine as well. Also, the Origins series that I wanted to start at the beginning of this year is a go.

And that’s all I’ll be sharing for now. Now, to a small life update. 

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Currently, I’m…

Watching… Criminal Minds! The 14th season kicked off with a bang although it feels like the finality of the show. 

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Reading… The Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson. I’m on the 12th book. I have no intention to write full reviews for the books, but I may talk about them at some point. I’m currently not in a book reviewing book mood anyway. 

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Listening… to ‘Peace’ by Depeche Mode and ‘In Christ Alone’ by Brian Littrell. I have these songs on repeat always. 

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Making… graphics for my short stories and a display banner. 

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Feeling… the need for speed! Kidding! I’m feeling great! 

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Planning… future blog posts that involve blasts from the past! This is going to be good!

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Loving… a Web Toon call True Beauty. I accidentally came across it while searching for comics templates and I love it thus far! I’ll certainly talk about this story soon!

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Grateful for all of you! 💙💙

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Books & Reviews 📚

Books #110-#112

I’m currently reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It’s a 900+ page book, but it’s slow and boring thus far and I’m thinking of temporarily abandoning it. I love huge books and I’ll read a 2000+ page book, but it must be exciting and able to keep my focus. Anyway, let’s get the latest reviews.

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Book #110: Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson

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How often does one hear a story about an Ethiopian child adopted by Swedish parents? Well, this is Marcus Samuelsson’s story and although the first part of his childhood was nice to read, as the story drag on, it became about the self and it turned me off to the point where I started to skim pages.

This book is not a memoir. It is a self-serving PR machine that serves to give more publicity to a man who has catered for the Obamas at the White House and has appeared on many television shows. 

Before I get dirty, Samuelsson was raised by wonderful Swedish parents after he was orphaned in Ethiopia. [His biological father is another story by itself.] This man missed his father’s funeral because of some visa paperwork that prevented him from traveling. This man also missed his grandmother’s funeral and this woman was a huge source of inspiration for him becoming the chef that he is today. This man couldn’t fathom why Christina (a wonderful girl he’d been dating for years) was still hanging onto him after he left Sweden to pursue his dream of working in a Swiss restaurant. He thought when he left home, he would’ve been leaving everything behind including the girl. Yet, he goes to Austria on an internship and knocks up another girl during a one-night stand thus producing a daughter whom he refused to meet until she was 14.

No, really. He paid the child support (this was all down to his mother for he wanted to skip out of paying it. The bastard!) but refused to meet his own flesh and blood because he was busy crafting a career in New York and marrying a model, some Ethiopian woman. How does he make up for lost time with his daughter? He took her to meet Kanye West at a party because he wanted to be seen as the world’s coolest dad.

This man treats the most important people – his adopted parents, his daughter, women in general – like hand me downs. Yet, YET, this very same man has the utmost gall to turn around and talk about sending monthly financial support to his biological family in Ethiopia. I was turned off by all the FOOD, FOOD, FOOD! Yes, I know that he’s a chef, but this is supposed to be a memoir and I found the f-bombs off-putting as well.

At one point I grew frustrated with the book and started skimming. If Marcus was likable before reading this rubbish he calls a memoir, he is certainly unlikable now after coming across as a narcissistic jerk. I mean, he is such a hypocrite. He ponders how his birth father never looked for him, yet he had a daughter he never saw until she was 14. Dude, you were ADOPTED. You should know what’s it like to miss parents.

At the end of the day, we all make mistakes and we hate to admit it, but Marcus came across as ungrateful and self-serving. Maybe he should’ve kept those things to himself instead of revealing them to the world. We have our plates to clean too. He also overplayed the race card and his dislike of French gastronomy was so personal that it felt as if he was holding a grudge against the French. And he was too repetitive for my liking.

I am thankful that my money was not part of this marketing scheme. No, chef, please pass the plate. 1/5.

Book #111: Cross Justice by James Patterson

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“And in this life, a man is only as good as his word.”

After 3 and a half decades, Alex Cross is finally coming home. Home to Starksville, North Carolina, where a cousin of his has been accused of a murder. He reconnects with distant relatives and learns that some events of his past are wrong where it concerns his parents. Many readers complain that too much goes on within an Alex Cross story, so here’s a breakdown of what to expect:

^ Cross’s cousin is on trial for an unthinkable murder. 

^ In Florida, a cross-dressing killer name Coco is causing havoc. 

^ A subplot about Cross’s daughter Janine and her athletic career. Pretty soon we’ll see her in Olympics!

Patterson surprises with his shocking twists, but I must say, I already knew who was Alex Cross’s father even before we crossed that bridge. I would’ve given this book four stars (heck, even five!) had it not been for the ending. That part where said Jason Cross burst into the courtroom with his hostage at gunpoint. 3/5

Book #112: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

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I devoured this book in one sitting. Although some parts were hilarious, some parts dragged and I found myself skimming through some chapters. Offill has written a book about marriage and motherhood and I admire her writing style. It was kind of refreshing to read. 

The main protagonist is known as ‘the wife’ throughout the story. The husband and baby also didn’t get names. At one time, the wife wanted a life in art (hello, ‘art monster’!), but she ended up teaching in a college after having a child. The book revolves around the mindset of the wife who is trying to figure out her place in this world. 

Depicting the rise and fall of a marriage, the book is easy to read and it has its moments, but with the characters having no names, it underscores their lack of identity. At the end of the book, I was still wondering who were these people. 

I especially found this bit hilarious:

And that phrase – “sleeping like a baby.” Some blonde said it blithely on the subway the other day. I wanted to lie down next to her and scream for five hours in her ear. (Page 26)

🤣🤣🤣🤣This brought back pleasant memories of the prank war that never was between Dr. Spencer Reid and Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds. I was all #TeamReid! Morgan had it coming for him!

This book is a 3/5.

I know it’s still early in May, but I DNF’ed 3 books and carted them off to the library. It’s been a fantastic reading month! I love watching my TBR go down. 😄

Entertainment

Criminal Minds S14 renewal!

Well, we were waiting for this. Sort of… kind of.

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When CBS announced that Criminal Minds was going to be back for the 13th season, I have to be honest: I was not pleased. I did not see how they could’ve come up with interesting concepts after capturing Mr. Scratch and I was right because I found the season boring despite Mattew Gray Gubler turning out to be its saving grace (when is he never?). I rated S13 a 3/5. Had it not been for Spencer, the entire season would’ve been a total disaster.

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After the last episode left us with a cliffhanger, CBS was in no hurry to renew the show. Had it ended on a different note, I would’ve agreed, but it was a cliffhanger with Spencer and Penelope’s lives hanging in the balance. How dare Erica Messer do this? How dare she force CBS into renewing the best show ever to grace TV? 

But CM did manage to clinch a last-minute S14 renewal over the weekend. However, the exact order size has not been determined and there is speculation that it’s going to be a 13-22 (or 18 for that matter) episode finale. The S14 premiere will mark the BAU’s 300th episode. And I’m still not fluent in another language. Et patati et patata!

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Anyways, for S14, I do not want to see the return of Hotch. I haven’t missed him since he left and I won’t miss him now. If he makes a cameo appearance, fine. Prentiss is doing a wonderful job as team leader. Sometimes change is for the better. The upcoming season needs to deal with Rossi aging (possible retirement?) and this:

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There is so much tension between Luke and Garcia and that needs to be resolved. I know it’s against the rules for agents to have a relationship, but if the show is coming to an end, why not? They can quit the BAU and get married. Any blind person can see that they like each other. 😆 Wishful thinking isn’t going to get me anywhere. 

And Reid needs a girlfriend. With all the teaching and sabbatical he did last season, there better be some sort of budding relationship in there for our resident genius. Over the years, we’ve seen him in an “almost” relationship with a celebrity (“Somebody’s Watching”), two ladies fought for his affection (“Zugzwang”), and one heart was broken, his. 

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FUNFACT: “Zugzwang” happens to be my all-time favorite episode of CM. It had everything although it was hard not to feel for Reid. MGG emotionally went in!

Can’t the man just have a normal relationship in which he doesn’t have to speak to his girlfriend by phone only for her to die when they finally meet because of another woman’s jealousy? Can’t the kid just be happy for once? 

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Just stop playing with his heart already! 

I’ve loved this show from the get-go and it’s the only show I watch on TV, but there comes a time when we have to say goodbye. One more GIF for the road:

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I’m good now. 🙂

Here’s to the 14th season… I guess?

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Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

Day 21: What is one of your favorite TV shows and why?

One of? There is only one and that’s Criminal Minds. Why? Let’s just say that if they didn’t have someone call Dr. Spencer Reid, then I wouldn’t have been a fan although I do like the BAU family.

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Speaking of CM, season 13 ended on a sour note for me. If you’re a fan and haven’t watched the season finale as yet, then stop reading right now. As I was saying, the season finale didn’t sit well with me for I just can’t see why CBS should renew a show that should be put to rest already. Putting Spencer Reid and Penelope Garcia’s life in the balance without the solid word from CBS about renewal and leaving us with a cold cliffhanger was just cruel. 

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The show had a good run and now it’s time to say good night although I’ll definitely tune in for the first episode of S14 to see what happens to Spence and Garcia.

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The Community

Thankful Thursday: Blogger’s edition #3

I waited with bated breath as my sister shakes the bag, then puts her hand inside it and swish the pieces of paper around a little. Finally, she withdraws her hand and opens the piece of paper to reveal the blog that I’m grateful for today:

Pop in for a visit at Following Him Beside Still Waters

I love Grace and I am extremely happy to know this wonderful being. She is a woman after God’s heart and the beautiful name of her blog was inspired by Psalms 23. You can visit her About page to learn more about the woman behind the blog.

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Grace is multi-talented. She writes poems, stories, takes exceptional photos, fixes pipes, writes wonderful book reviews, maintains a garden, and she builds snowcats! Yes, I kid you not! She is really good with her hands. 😊

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The fabulous Snow Cat via Grace

Grace is also a Criminal Minds and Spencer Reid fan and we spent quite some time talking about the show and the character two weeks or so ago. If you haven’t visit Grace today, pop in for one. I promise you that you won’t regret it. 💙

Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

One Lovely Blog Award

Hello!

Luda of PlantsandBeyond has nominated me for this award a while back and I am super late in accepting it. *sighs* I’m always late to these things.

If you have not visited Luda’s blog today, I encourage you to. Each post is crafted with love and you’ll enjoy her travel adventures and gardening projects.

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The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

7 Things About Myself

Let me see what 7 random things I can dig up. They might be kind of boring, so don’t hold onto your seats!

1. I dislike matching outfits. 

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As in a whole suit, though, therefore, my office suits don’t match.

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2. I’m cold right now.

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3. I love the law and once wanted to be a lawyer.

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4. I’m a fan of Criminal Minds and I think MGG as Dr. Reid is da business.

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5. I used to write song lyrics.

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6. I’m awkward at accepting compliments.

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7. I am starting to enjoy cooking!

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I nominate…

My bestie Tammy and EVERYONE who reads this. Have fun. 🙂

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Blog Related

An apology and blessed weekend

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                  You’ve got mail…

Earlier this week, I talked about starting the Social Media Theme which would’ve kicked off with cyberbullying, but I couldn’t get around to writing any of the presented topics. I started two of them, but I did not get the time to complete and post. I know a few of you (by few, I mean two 🙂 ) had expressed interest in this topic and I apologize for the delay.

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I also had to write my thoughts on Criminal Minds thus far and the premiere of the second season of Riverdale, but unfortunately, time was not my friend this week. I’ve scheduled a few posts for this weekend, but I’ll try my best to make up for Social Media Theme starting on Monday be it God’s willing. 

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All there’s left to do now is wish every single one of you a blessed and restful weekend! Thank you for stopping by this week to read and share your opinions. I utmost appreciate it. ❤

Books & Reviews 📚

Book #55: Invisible

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Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.

Not even Emmy’s ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day–and they’re all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?

A breakneck-paced thriller with twists that will keep you holding your breath until the final, astonishing pages, INVISIBLE is James Patterson’s most shocking stand-alone novel yet.

Author: James Patterson; David Ellis
Publisher: 
Little, Brown and Company (June 23, 2014)
Chapters: 
116
Pages: 
422 including an excerpt from NYPD Red 3

Fast-paced and riveting.

Chilling and thought-provoking.

All nighter and page turner.

Now, LOOK AWAY IF YOU DON’T LIKE SPOILERS!

I have experienced some awful books from JP (*coughs* NYPD Red), but it’s not going to stop me from reading his material. I am also wary of books with JP as the co-author so I approach them cautiously.

In this book:

FBI Analyst Emmy Dockery: A sick serial killer is setting fire to victims. Emmy’s twin sister died in a similar fire and when she tried to seek the truth, everyone shot her down because they thought she was witch hunting.

Agent Harrison “Books” Bookman: Ex-boyfriend of Emmy, still harbors feelings for her although she left him at the altar. Left the FBI to run a bookstore, but when Emily presented ‘evidence’ about the arsonist serial killer, Books came back to lead the team.

Tha Serial Killer: I lived for the “Graham Sessions” recordings! Graham’s Handbook on lying was awesome! Probably my favorite JP serial killer to date. Reminded me of Mike Wilson in How To Be A Serial Killer. Mastered the perfect crime until Emmy unravels it.

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This serial killer is clever! Fires are set and the killer is making it look like an accident. Somebody say genius arsonist real quick! When I first met the “actual killer”, this killer had P-R-O-B-L-E-M-S! I loved Emmy as a lead female protagonist. She is not perfect, she has flaws and she is in touch with her emotions and she reminds me of Emily Prentiss of Criminal Minds. That’s how you write a female lead!

This book promised to make my jaw drop. Did it? No. Let’s just say I had figured out the killer’s sex wayyy before JP could pen ‘The End’. This is vintage JP, though. As for David Ellis, I might consider reading some of his material.

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QUOTABLES:

> The first sign of gray in my locks, and I’m too stubborn to color my hair, too proud to succumb to modern technology’s answer to female aging, which is to change yourself in every way possible, to hide your flaws. (Chapter 8; Page 26)

^ And standing out to people is not what you want to do. (Chapter 15; Page 52)

You must do today what nobody else will do, so tomorrow you can accomplish what others can’t. (Chapter 32; Page 108)

^ “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” (Chapter 60; Page 208)

VERDICT:

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NEXT UP:

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Private Down Under by James Patterson. I hope this one is as good as the one I just read. 🙂

Entertainment

Welcome to the BAU, Daniel Henney! ☺️

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It’s actually Thursday, but this was supposed to have been posted since yesterday. Happy Thursday, my nerds… it sounds better when Rossi says it. 

Anyway, I’ve been doing some catch up with my all time favorite TV show Criminal Minds and I realized that I’ve missed an important piece of news: Damon Gupton is not returning for the 13th season. This makes me so happy because his character made no sense… at all! He was a filler and he did not excite me. Whenever he was given screen time, it would irritate me. So excuse me while I pump my fist in pure joy!

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Replacing Gupton is Daniel Henny (Special Agent Matt Simmons) from “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (this show is now canceled). I am smugly pleased.

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This is my boy and I am feeling this.

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I said that I am FEELING this!

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In the previous crossover between the two shows, Agent Simmons helped the team secure the release of Dr. Reid from a Mexican prison. I thought that he’ll fit in better with my team, and what do you know? He’s joining the family now. Welcome, Henny. 

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“Criminal Minds” season 13 returns on September 27th.