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Jul. 31st, 2008 @ 09:42 pm The Wish or The Romance Heroine

The Wish or The Romance Heroine

by Susan Umpleby


Monica leaned forward to peer eagerly at the newest romance novels on the display rack.  The vivid covers featuring muscular heroes embracing beautiful, scantily clad women made her heart race in anticipation.  Placing one copy of each new title into a hand basket, Monica wondered what life would be like if she were a romance heroine.  While paying for the books she thought it would be exciting if she could suddenly plunge into the pages of one of her favorite novels.  As she left the bookstore, Monica whispered, "I wish I could be a romance heroine" and laughed at her own foolishness.


The man walking towards her on the sidewalk could have stepped off the cover of any romance novel. A tailored shirt emphasized his wide shoulders.  Jeans molded themselves to his muscular thighs and hugged his lean waist.  His ruggedly handsome face and deep blue eyes made her tingle with awareness as warmth seemed to flood her body.  She felt suddenly breathless.  How amazing to be reacting to a complete stranger like this.


"I wish you'd stop doing that," the man said peevishly as he stopped in front of her.  She gaped at him in amazement.  "What on earth are you talking about?" 


Narrowing his eyes, he said, "Your thighs. They were taunting me."  His gaze wandered over her body.  Monica flushed, growing annoyed. This couldn't be happening.  As she stepped hurriedly back, though, she felt her thighs thrusting arrogantly against the narrow skirt she wore.


"I don't even know who you are," she squeaked as the stranger leaned closer. "Max Osborne," he murmured absently, looking with appreciation at her chest.  "God, it's distracting when you do things like that."


Monica looked down, appalled to see that her breasts were swelling, jutting proudly toward him, and she prayed the buttons on her blouse would hold.  What was happening to her?  Feeling the heat radiating between them, she wondered if she was becoming ill.  Max's eyes fixed intently on her lips as she bit them and Monica felt them grow fuller under his gaze. As he dipped his head she felt her lips open helplessly under his kiss. His hand cupped her breast, bringing Monica to her senses and she pulled away from him.   How could she behave this way in the middle of the sidewalk with a man she'd just met?  As she walked away from Max she felt her bottom surge roundly inside her skirt and knew his eyes were following her.  Her mind racing with confusion, Monica suddenly remembered the wish she’d made as she left the bookstore.  "Oh, Lord," she groaned. "I've become a romance heroine!"


She staggered as she walked, desperately trying to control legs that willfully thrust forward.  Monica found it difficult to keep her balance. Her tumescent buttocks caused her back to arch uncomfortably, while her engorged breasts heavily pulled her shoulders forward.  She felt like a travesty of a woman, and she marveled that she had ever thought that being a romance heroine could be fun.  Thank God she had stopped him before he ruined her best silk blouse by sucking on it!  Reaching the bookstore, she lunged through the door.  Lurching up to the counter, Monica laid down her shopping bag and made her request.  The clerk looked confused.  Monica mumbled again, struggling to control passion-swollen lips: "I want to exchange these for some mysteries, please."

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Feb. 23rd, 2006 @ 02:18 pm Well, spit!
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Got a notice in the mail, complete with pictures. It seems that, while making a left turn, I entered the intersection too late in the yellow. They snapped a picture of me only a quarter into my turn with the light turning red. :c(

What I get for being in a hurry that evening, I guess. But it is a pain in the butt! This is only the second ticket I've ever gotten--and the first one was almost 30 years ago. SPIT!!!! And the really bad news is that, as of last September, you can no longer opt to just go to traffic school. Which means that I will be paying a whopping $361 fine.

Oh, yeah, and if I don't want this going on my record & screwing up my insurance, I have also will have to pay an additional $29 for traffic school. #$@%$#@!

Oh well. Life is hard, and then you die.
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Feb. 22nd, 2006 @ 12:24 am Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy
Went out this evening after work and bought two new DVD releases:

Daddy Long Legs (1955) with Fred Astaire - one of my favorite Astaire films, also starring Leslie Caron. Great musical, with wonderful songs & dance numbers based on the book by Jean Webster. I've had a Japanese release of this film for about 4 years now, but have been looking forward to an American release with extra goodies. This edition has audio commentary, newsreel footage from the Hollywood, New York & London premieres, still photo gallery, the original theatrical trailers, and a small lobby card reproduction.

I will wait until just the right moment to watch it, and savor having it 'til then. :)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964), Season One, Volume One As I post here, I am also playing online poker and watching this TV show. Have it running on my laptop while I play and post on my desktop. I used to love this show when I was a kid, so I decided to buy it. I was annoyed when I got home & discovered that it isn't the entire first season. Just half of it, so I'll have to wait for the second volume. I hate when they do that! On the other hand, I'm having a lot of fun watching it. Cheesy giant squid in the first episode. I see that on the last disc they have an un-aired pilot.

This movie-holic is in heaven...
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Feb. 21st, 2006 @ 09:54 pm The fox guarding the hen house?
Current Mood: confusedconfused
I am finding it difficult to believe what I am hearing on the news!

It seems very strange. On the one hand our government goes to war against a country that had nothing to do with 9-11 & run by a man who hated bin Laden (yes, yes, Hussein is a Bad Man who treated his people incredibly badly; the fact remains he had nothing to do with 9-11). But on the other, want to give the glad hand to the idea of a company owned by the government of the U.A.E. government (a known supporter of terrorists behind 9-11) to run several of our major ports! Talk about setting the fox to watch the hen house...

Big money is being exchanged behind the scenes somewhere or Bush is listening once again to bad advice. Actually, I'd bet both are true.

Bigotry and racism have nothing to do with my opinion. I'd say the same of any country that had attacked us.

Truthfully, I'm not thrilled with any non-American company being charge of such an important part of our infrastructure. And this is not just any company is it?

I don't know...doesn't it seem like our country is slowly being dismantled in the name of profit? The neocons seems to believe that, as long as big business makes a big profit it is absolutley OK to destroy our environment, outsource any jobs outside of fast food and other minimum wage areas, and now hand over important infrastructures to foreign nationals (and ones that support terrorists, to boot)...
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Feb. 20th, 2006 @ 12:16 am Sony's great new E-Ink reader for e-books!!
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
For the past few years I have been growing more and more interested in e-books. Especially since the number of e-books has grown larger and larger. Old classics as well as new novels of all genres, non-fiction, and original e-books abound--as do Internet sites that offer them.

The only reason that I haven't yet downloaded any of them is the fact that I have not fancied any of the hardware available to read them on. Sitting at the computer to read a book doesn't appeal to me, nor does balancing a laptop. PDA's are handy, but the screen are dinky.

But now it seems that the E-Ink technology has finally gotten to the point that a reader has been created that is as comfortable to read as a book. I have been reading about it on various sites, but here is a link to a great article on PCWorld.com: http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,124126,00.asp.

It looks like Sony will have an American version of their reader on the market in April or May of this year! It's about the size of a paperback book, but thinner. The E-Ink technology is easy on the eyes, can be read in bright outdoor light as well as in darkness, and the reader has a long battery life. The price is supposed to be about $300 or $400.

I am looking forward to getting my hands on one of these readers. Not only will I be able to comfortably access e-books, but it will save me stuffing fat paperback books in by fanny pack when I go out. An added plus--I will be able to have a number of books stored on it so I can read what I'm in the mood for at a given time.

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Feb. 19th, 2006 @ 11:29 am Poker, Poker, Poker
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: Dark Shadows theme
Got home yesterday about 4:30 after teaching the eBay class at the branch and sat down at the computer to play a game of poker. OK, I played a lot of poker.

Not to worry, poker isn't the only thing I did. While playing I also managed to update my other blog, http://sumpleby.blogspot.com/, discussing the pornographic nature of many romance novels. Also included a micro short story I wrote a while back.

I continued the spirit of multi-tasking by watching three movies I'd rented, finishing the third season of Have Gun Will Travel, and starting volume 22 of Dark Shadows.

It's amazing how time flies when you are having fun. When I finally looked at the clock, I discovered that it was five in the morning. :cD I toddled off to bed then.

Woke up this morning at 11:00. Don't have to be at work until 12:45, so I'm back playing poker and watching more Dark Shadows. My lunch just pinged, so gotta run.
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Feb. 17th, 2006 @ 07:28 pm No sooner said than done!
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
After posting earlier about wanting to come in first at one of the sit and go tourneys...I did! Of course, it was only a five dollar table so I only made $25.00 (second place got $15 and third place got $10), but still...

My very first "first place" finish!! :c)
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Feb. 17th, 2006 @ 06:05 pm Blinds and books
Current Mood: contentcontent
The past few evening have been spent primarily playing poker, with side forays into posting on my book blog on Google (http://sumpleby.blogspot.com/).

Although I usually play on HoldemPoker.com, last weekend I decided to give PokerStars.com a try. It's software isn't quite as good as HoldemPoker's but it seems like there are fewer bad beats. Since I was trying new things, I also ventured into single and double table Sit And Go tournaments. Love 'em!! They only play out the top three spots, but in playing them every night this week I have been making second and third spot most of the time. I am determined to finish first at least once!

I have also been making at least one post in my book blog every night. Basically I've decided to write about books (old and new) that I have either liked a great deal--or hated. All genres of fiction and non-fiction as well. The blog is new, just started at the beginning of the week, so not a lot on it as yet. What the heck, I'm enjoying it.
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Feb. 13th, 2006 @ 08:57 pm My new book blog
I have created a new blog on the Google site! It will be about books and is called Dusty Tomes. http://sumpleby.blogspot.com/
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Feb. 13th, 2006 @ 03:35 pm A voice of reason
I stumbled across a great blog today: http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com/

The writer is saying what I have noted to others for the past few years about Bush and his followers: they are a cult of personality rather than of political ideology that turn viciously on any--Republicans included--who do not totally embrace every single thing Bush does.

Frankly, I don't understand why Republicans don't stand up and take back control of their party before Bush & Co. totally destroy it.
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