Cheersfest 2013 – Arlee Bird

Cheerfest Button 2013

“Ladies and gentlemen, the 2013 recipient of CheersFest is none other than Arlee “Lee” Bird.” Hosted again by Mark KoopmansMorgan ShamyDavid Powers KingStephen Tremp and The Ninja Captain himself.

I virtually meet Lee during the first bloghop I ever participated in, 2012 A-Z Challenge, I did my first guest post on his blog and he is one of the first to leave a comment on most of my blog post.    I jump at the chance to celebrate Arlee.

Why did Lee come up with the A-Z Challenge?

Lee has an unusual fear of the alphabet, it started in childhood and he doesn’t like to talk about it, but he has been in intense aversion therapy ever since. The A-Z challenge is part of his therapy.

If someone dreams about being a juggler, what does it mean?

It’s means someone like to have all his balls in the air at the same time. That doesn’t sound right.

Is a post by Mr. Bird worth two in the bush?

More in my opinion, a bush, two stones and bushel of leaves.

Who could play Lee in a documentary? (Living or dead.)

Brian Dennehy could totally play Mr. Bird.

“From A to Z, I am Arlee Bird, but you can call me Lee.”

In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction using all these prompts:
·         Bird
·         Juggler
·         Challenge
·         Brown Jacket
·         Tossing

Tossing, like this,” Lee said and demonstrated to his pet. He had a challenge ahead of him, but he told everyone he was a juggler, and a bird juggler at that.
Arlee knew he couldn’t juggle birds, but if he could train them to fly in a circular pattern while he pretended to juggle, his plan would work.
The day of the demonstrated, he tossed the birds up and they flew in a circle, over his head.
Then, they defecated on his brown jacket and flew away.  That was the day Lee realized, you couldn’t keep a bird from flying away. 

For Bonus Points:
·         In +/- 40 words, can you come up with a caption for Lee’s Facebook picture?

11.18 Lee Bird“See, I’m juggling so fast, it looks like the pins are standing still.”

Take your turn with the challenge and check out the other Arlee Cheerfest 2.0 posts.

Related post:  Cheers, Cavanaugh Blogfest

Pop Travel by Tara Tyler Blogtour – Research

Sydney is awesome – she graciously volunteered to host me for my extra long Pop Travel Blog Tour! Can’t believe it’s already into month six!! And congrats, Sydney, on winning the Nano challenge! Bravo!

Today, I’m going to talk about research. I love research! Of course, hands on research would be fantastic, especially for travel. But, the internet is a most useful tool.

Why research? Well, we want many people to read our books and it’s important that we have our facts straight or we won’t be credible authors. It’s also important to have plausibility in fiction, especially science fiction. Even though we make up stuff, it has to be believable to make it a good story, unless it’s fantasy. Fantasy is pretty much anything imaginable!

Here are some of the things I researched for Pop Travel…

Setting – the action takes place in several locations all over Georgia, starting in a small town, to downtown Atlanta, to a refurbished plantation. The plantations were a lot of fun to dig into – historic, majestic, mysterious! The characters also pop across the world to India and Australia. I had to research all these locations to make sure the readers felt like they were there and could picture the scenes, whether they had been there or not.

Sources – my research sources included many internet sites, and maps, like the Atlanta airport website, and my neighbor who happens to be from Mumbai, India.

Technology – I also had to research the science behind some of the futuristic gadgets I wanted my characters to have. Like pop travel teleportation itself. There’s a squeak of a chance it might work someday, versus the many studies that say it can’t, so possible is plausible. And the Quarknet may be close to reality to replace the internet as a faster and more efficient way to transmit data. There’s more, but I don’t want to bore you with the details!

Finally, one of the most fun items I researched was Geri’s clothes! She wears a killer purple gown to a party, then swaps it for a more comfortable outfit over in India. I did some more research for the next book for her go-to spywear with protective lining. Just so fun to imagine!

There are so many things that come up that require some digging. We have to put in the effort if we want our stories to be great. You all know what I mean!

Do you have any interesting research you’ve had to do? Or advice? I’d love to hear it!

And thanks again, Sydney, for giving me this opportunity to talk to your readers!

Now, here are some details for Pop Travel.

Cooper thought he could get through

life without having to pop…

Pop Travel by Tara Tyler

A tale of deception and teleportation.

When a distraught client enters J.L. Cooper’s small town detective agency, ranting about a pop travel teleportation cover up, Cooper takes the case. He blames the pop travel craze for his wife’s death and would love to expose a glitch in it.

But the glitch turns out to be disintegrating travelers. And now, his client is dead, his secretary is missing, and a hitman is stalking him. Plus there’s all the webcams watching his every move. Cooper must find a way to expose the deadly flaw, while using pop travel to escape the maniacs covering it up, not to mention save a couple of tag-alongs he’s not sure he can trust. No problem.

Available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Goodreads  <==>  Trailer  <==>  FB Author Page

After having a hand in everything from waitressing to teaching math to rocket engineering, Tara Tyler now writes and teaches in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. In addition to her novels, she has published short stories and poetry in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, and Humor. So many stories to tell!

What is your Dream Destination?



To celebrate the launch of Soul Cutter by Lexa Cain and The Ghosts of Aquinnah by Julie Flanders, they created this cool bloghop. 

If you’ve spent any time with me, my Facebook account, my Twitter account and especially my blog, you know I love to travel. This bloghop is right up my alley.  The hard part is picking just one. My Travel Bucket List is about 32 destinations deep and I have been blessed to have knock 15  places off the list.

Random Pick – #19 – Tibet

Five Reasons I want to travel to Tibet:

  1. It takes a lot of effort to visit Tibet; 16-24 hour plane rides, passport, visa, permit, guides, donkey drawn carts, etc.
  2. It’s hot and cold; the temperature in the summer ranges from freezing to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Mt. Everest Base Came, I could tell people I climb to Mt. Everest (the to is silent).
  4. Tibetan monastery – How amazing does this place look? There are 20+ of them in this region. 2398725416_a70cd1f810_z
  5. Tibetan people – I met a really cool couple from Tibet while I was in China and they wanted to take me back home with them. They actually travel to their village by donkey drawn carriage. No roads about 200 miles north of Lhasa. Sounds like an adventure.

What is your dream destination? 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group – Not Enough Time


I hate to miss a IWSG post, but lately, I feel like I don’t have enough time to do all the thing I need and want to do.

So, here is my short post for today, how do you handle life when there are just not enough hours in the day?A 36 hour day is looking really good to me at the moment.

Where do your writing duties (writing, editing, promoting, tweeting, face booking, Pining,) fall within your priorities list?I will get to writing as soon as I finish, kids, husband, laundry, commuting, working, etc. . . 

Does it change depending on the time of year?  Welcome Christmas time. Did you come early this year?

Make sure to check out the other member’s to see what they are insecure about this month.  There is a contest going on today at the IWSG website. It’s all about spreading the word and as soon as I find some time, I will enter. 

Thanks to the awesome co-hosts for the December 4 posting of the IWSG Julie Flanders, Heather Gardner, Kim Van Sickler and Elsie is Writing!

My Weekly Update – NaNoWriMo +One Day



I won with 50,000 words on November 24th, 2013, but what I am most proud of, I finish the first draft of my novel in 30 days +1.  70,140 words in 31 days and the story shifted a bit from my outline, but it’s pretty cool and I am looking forward to letting it rest for a few months and getting back to it sometime next year.

If you want to read about my NaNo writing journey, check out my journal under the Sydney Writes tab or by clicking the winner badge to the left.

A special thank you to the Texas Rough Writers for their support and encouragement. This was the first WriMo where I was able to meet other writers face to face.

Another special shout out to the 2013 NaNoWriMo Support Group on Facebook. Great group of writers and there was always someone around to sprint with.

Now it’s time to get back to an old project.

Goals for December 

  • Implement beta readers suggestions into Another New Life.
  • Decide what project to work on during Editpalooza. I am leaning towards Inked (Camp Nano 2012) or I’m Coming Home (JuNoWriMo 2012).
  • Create an outline for second book to my NaNoWriMo 2013 novel while the characters are still fresh in my mind.

December 2013 Blog Schedule – Sydney

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – Insecure Writer’s Support Group
Thursday to Sunday, December 5-8, 2013 – Dream Destination Bloghop
Friday, December 6, 2013 – Guest Post from Tara Tyler
Monday, December 9, 2013 – CheerFest 2.0 – Our Honree – Mr. Arlee Bird
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – Beautiful Rose Guest Post
Monday, December 23, 2013 – 50 States of Prayer
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 – Goals (Review 2013’s and Set for 2014)

December 2013 Blog Schedule – The Peasant Revolt

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – What is New Adult Post
Monday, December 16, 2013 – On Solid Ground Review

Important Note

Pitch Wars hosted by Brenda Drake – submissions are due on Monday, December 2, 2013. I won’t be participating, but it’s a great opportunity to get your pitch read by some great agents and editors.  Good luck!


Anyone every participated in Editpalooza? What bloghops are you participating in  this month? Are you submitting for Pitch Wars?