Friday, December 31, 2010

End of 2010

Hello my bloggy peeps. How are you enjoying your holidays? (for the few that have actually been online) I couldn't resist sending one last blog post for the Year 2010!!! Can you believe that this is the last day of 2010? Hmm...the year does bring a lot of nostalgic memories to mind. Good or bad, the year is over and unfortunately will not repeat itself, ever. Unfortunately, a lot of people lost their lives this year, either through natural or man-made causes. For those that lost a loved one this year, let's have a moment of "non-typing" silence...

And we're back. Let's do make 2011 a super duper year of the fulfillment of plans and the realization of dreams. No one knows what the future holds but whatever happens, let's leave worthwhile legacies behind. If it means, putting a gun to an editor's head to get your manuscript published (...i hope you know i am joking!), to getting that plum job or bagging a hubby/wife or adopting a pet or giving a little back to the community...let it be something you will feel good about and others can say positive things about you.

Here's toasting to a wonderful, positively challenging and interesting YEAR 2011 (raises glass of white sparkling wine). Happy Holidays!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hilarious Random Pictures for the Holidays! Celebrity Edition

Happy holidays to you all. In the spirit of the holidays, i present my humble bloggy self to you all. I was browsing as usual when i saw some celebrity pictures on the net (let's face it, i am a snoopy armadillo when it comes to celebrity gossip). Now, these sets of pictures made me smile...and laugh. I tried to depict what they might be thinking below. Some are cheeeeeeeeeeesssyyyyy's all for fun.

You might have seen them but in any case, just enjoy.

Man might think: "Let's just get away from the noise and the party and have our private party"

 Just imagine Dustin Hoffman's thought: Dustin: "Hmm...Hmmm, that is one big handful balloon. Brad is lucky"

David might think: "This is one butt i can grab and do naughty things...not like skinny boned Vic"

Scarlett Johansson: "Grandpa Woody, what do you think you're doing?"
Woody bends: "Ooh. How i want to rub my nose in those babies."

Sophia Loren: "Who does the slut think she is? Trying to upstage me with her...her...fake...hmm, they look nice"
 Diddy: "Whoa, Jessica sure has the meanest, illest, phattest set of boobs in this industry"
Jessica Biel(through clenched teeth): "Careful, Diddy. Justin T. isn't far, you know. Gotta look good for the paps"
Man thinks: "I would absolutely love to have a twosome with these fine niceties...not like the wife with her sagginess"

 Guy in red chequered shirt (laughs with others) thinks: "Double damn! I wish she was single and i could be her hero"

 Scarlett: "I just love that premiere, like, totally.(thinking: Yeah, go on. Have a long look. I'm not the sexiest woman alive for nothing"
Girl: "Yeah, it rocked...(thinking: I really need to get an implant. Gosh!)

Halle Berry: "Let's take a picture fand discuss our next movie project..."
Bruce Willis thinks: "How would Halle's boob taste like? Maybe like Demi's or...OMG, the paparazzi is snapping this! I will make them DIE HARD!"

Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas in arrears and a Happy New Year in advance!!!

Decided to blog today and wish y'all bloggy folks a merry christmas and a happy new year, though i noticed that most bloggy folks have taken a break from blogging. And who would blame them? So, how was your christmas?

I spent mine eating and watching movies. I got gifts though. But this christmas in this country is just a bit above average, probably because of the economic recession where people are kind of tight-fisted or tight-pocketed. Hmmm.

So, how will your new year be? In Britain, they call the new year holiday as bank holiday. In Nigeria, we just say new year holiday.

A word of advice:

  • Do not over indulge
  • Do not drive while drunk
  • Do not forget to fasten your seat belt, even in party mode
  • Do not forget to stock up your fridge (after the celebrations, you will need to survive or even feed your cat or dog or some exotic animal)
  • Do not forget to visit your old folks (at least show you care)
  • And above all, do not forget to BLOG about your holiday : )
Happy holidays peeps!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hilarious Random Pictures for the Holidays!

I had no idea what to blog about until i saw a funny, make it two and decided to share with y'all. Today is the official break day from work till 29th. So as far as blogging goes, lets keep the fingers crossed. Who knows? I am guessing (no, deciding) i'll use this time to meet and greet my long lost (forsaken) friends, eat holiday food, dance, and work on my W.I.Ps.

A big thank you to my followers, the lovely blog from Kittie Howard, the lovely comments from Kittie, Joanna and L'Aussie and all the love. Hope you guys and girls have a wonderful christmas holiday and do not forget to make and stick to your new year resolutions. I do hope by next year, i would edit and revise my WIPs for Jan-April, Get it critiqued for May, Revise again for June, Submit and Query for July. Wait till October for responses from agents. And in between, work on another manuscript.

The first is real and the picture was taken in Nigeria some time ago. It was quite popular and went viral. The second picture (cartoon) marks the fantasy of the artist, in which case, chickens begin to protest by defending themselves from humans' ravenous apetites (a story could come out from this...LOL).

Cheers to a wonderful merry christmas and a happy new year in advance.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Interview with Doctor Funny

 Scroll below for this interesting and hilarious interview with a doctor with a difference, forwarded to me by a friend. I don't know the doctor's name but read on. It's guaranteed to make your day!!!

Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it...  don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer?  Take a nap!!!!!   
Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat?Hay and corn.   
And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of
delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products. 
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?  
A: No, not at all.  Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine; that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up! 
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? 
A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain ... Good!

Q: Aren't  fried foods bad for you?   
A:  YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!! ..... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?  
Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? 
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?  
A: Are you crazy?
HELLO ... Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!! It's the best feel-good food around! 
Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?  
A:Hey! 'Round' is a shape!  
Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about foods and diets.

And remember:
'Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather ..........  to skid in sideways ---
- Chardonnay in one hand
- chocolate in the other 
- body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO......HOO,
What a Ride'!!!!

 AND .....

For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health.
It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you!!!!!
Learn to speak another language

I don't know about you but the mail had me laughing my arse off. Disclaimer: Please, follow your own doctor's advice as this blog will not be held liable for any misconstrued statements. Thank you. Peace.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The balance of showing and telling

One of the prerequisites of a writer is to show and not tell a story. Showing is the way or style in which writers, write a story that enables the readers, experience the story's entity which is a mix of the characters' actions, emotions rather than narrating the story's exposition, summarization and description.

This especially applies to all genres of fiction.

For instance, you want to write about Nellie stopping by a park to take some flowers home. What do you write? Do you write: And Nellie stops by National Park and reaches for some dandelions and trudges home. OR Nellie strolled through the cobbled steps of the National Park, the air blowing the long tresses of her chestnut coloured hair. She stops to pick a few dandelions in her view. Taking a quick sniff, she inhales the sweet, natural scent of the flowers. It makes her smile. With this feel-good charm, she skips on home.

Showing helps readers connect to the story's characters, thus making them sympathetic to these characters, which in turn makes the story believable. I wonder if the Spartacus series had been culled from a book, it would have made for an interesting read with its descriptive accounts.

The downside (bummer!) of showing is that your readers will get exhausted with the incessant and unnecessary aspects of describing every single inherent detail. They will lose interest. The book would also be too bulky with the extra word counts of these descriptions. Everything shouldn't be acted out as some scenes should be skipped. E.g. a xter is sleeping on the bed. Do you say, the xter is comfy in the king-sized 50 feet by 50 feet bed, in a side ways position on the journey to snooze-ville. BORING! Personally, i would smack the author with the book.

Telling is very useful as a shortcut to get to the juicy part(s) of the story. It also covers a greater span of time more concisely.

The objective is to merge and balance showing and telling or show,tell to get the right rhythm, pace and tone.

Frankie Diane Mallis is having a No Kiss Blogfest on the 2nd of January. Here's the link.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Harlequin Alpha Male Inspiration

Harlequin December 15 submission deadline has passed. For those who missed it, sorry. Better luck next year or time. You needed to witness the expression on my face as i attached my synopsis and first chapter and clicked on the Send button. The anticipation of waiting for their response is just too great. More like Sleeping Beauty, sleeping in a trance and waiting for Mr Right to come to the rescue. January 31st which is the response day is...sooo far.

On my previous blog, i mentioned about the characteristics of the Alpha male and the realistic portrayals to imbibe when writing about this 'ideal' hero in comparison with the 'actual'.

Before i plot/pants (i am a combination of both), i imagine how my hero should look like because you don't want to write about a romantic hero that reminds you of Mister Potbelly at the Supermart. Or even use a name that is hard to pronounce like Mr Traffellapagus or Snaffellapagus (i think i heard it on tv). The person or image that came to mind was *********Ian Somerhalder of Lost and The Vampire Diaries Series.

 My hero looks like this deliciously irresistible male specimen. Now, which person can say they don't love his smouldering hot eyes****faints**. I think i've found a new crush. But hold on a second, my hero ain't perfect.

In a nutshell
  • The Alpha male is strong and independent.
  • He seeks to conquer the heroine (a must in romance novels) directly or indirectly.
  • His ego usually gets in the way
  • Alluring to the heroine
  • Stereotyped in the Tall-Dark-Handsome category. Honestly, i write in  the 'ruggedly handsome' category like Ian's picture by the right. But, i am subjective about the tall and dark part. Sometimes, variety could just be that differentiating factor that sets you apart as a writer/storyteller.
  • The Alpha male is allowed to have tears in his eyes. Do you see this as a weakness? In my own humble opinion, i see it as the author endearing the hero to the readers because it is a key strategy to persuading readers to become sympathetic to the MCs especially the Hero.
  • He doesn't always have to give in to his sexual cravings (in the case of romances). He shouldn't always be seen as this man with the compassionate or egotistical and animalistic drive to quell his raging hunger for (Censored). Sexual tension is a plus these days as it engages the readers to keep turning the pages and desperately wishing something happens. Think Twilight and Dawson's Creek. Or better still, those Mexican Telenovellas with their endless twists and turns of the hero and heroine coming together, getting all sexually tensed up (with viewers adjusting their seats for the ultimate scene) and then getting interrupted or even fighting again.
  • He's supposed to have flaws. It could be his temper, his ability not to say no to everything, smoking or drinking too much, farting, you name it.
The list is inexhaustive but you get the big idea.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I want me some alpha male

Looking at the formulaic patterns of romance books, one can't help but get drawn to the alpha male in the book. He is the epitome of maleness. Huge ego, courage, bad temperamnet, ability to conduct greeeeaaat sex acts, master in the art of seduction and temptation...and let's not forget, the huge biceps, amidst the blue/brown eyes, kissable lips and a host of other things, that get women 'creaming' their panties, fantasising on how such men would give them head...

Am i too vulgar? Nah, if you read Erotic fiction or you write erotic fiction, that is nothing. He is mesmerised by the fragile, lithe, sometimes bony/skinny female and has a raging, almost animalistic drive to have sex with her. Gosh, i read some of these romance books and i, burst out laughing. The authors or publishing house(s), ''brainwash'' their target readers into believing, the alpha male is just within your grasp, if you believe...Now, i'm not dissing romance books as i was a huge fan as a teen, but you and i know that men don't come across as all lovey dovey or whatever. I like some books who have inculcated that realistic pattern of male cons into the writing process, in order to embody the sweet and sour realism of it all. And, that makes for a truly great read, and one in which cynical readers like myself can truly appreciate and be sympathetic with the main characters.

Now, i believe every woman has a fantasy of how her ideal man should be, so it's understandable. Now, i would have preferred a realistic couple like this (inclusive of any imperfections cuz no one is perfect) below

              as opposed to say, a couple like this below:  (Nice garters, and butt, by the way)

 Or another couple like this below:

as opposed to this above:

Without further rambling, i present a few alpha male pictures from the millions that you love...or rather, LUST!!! Naughty, Naughty you. Yes, you.

Hmmmmmm, OMG, David Beckham!!!

I could get lost in Ian Somerhalder's eyes.***blushes*** LOL

Kinda like his Vin Diesel's bad boy image and his character in Pitch Black.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Entry for Erica's Blogfeast

Ladies and gentlemen, i present to you my entry for Erica's Blogfeast. Honestly, i do not know what to think of it. I 'm just following the rules and trying to keep up with the deadline in conjunction with a gazillion other things i must do. Soooooo.......

The story is set in the U.S. No specific town is used except for Maple Boulevard which i don't know if it exists or not. But i am sure i've heard the name somewhere. I don't want to delve deeply into the plot and what not, as i don't want to spoil the story for you. Please, be kind. I had to write the entry between weekend and today. Ofcourse, be honest. That's the only way for a budding writer like me, to grow, right?

And for those that are not aware of this blogfeast, i suggest or rather insist you check it out here.
It's a blogfest with interesting prizes. And, i admire the cute turkey badge. I wonder where Erica got that from. I have forwarded my food which in my previous blog, i mentioned that it is Jollof rice and Spicy fried chicken.
Without further ado, here is my entry:


      With one flicker of the dust pad, the dust particles left the wooden framed portrait, Melanie Buchanan held in her lithe hands. The picture held a very special memory for her. Floods of nostalgic memories enveloped her mind, making her smile in the process. Her husband of almost two years had been drafted to Iraq, leaving her to literally raise their daughter, Amelia. Gosh! I’ve missed you so much. I can’t wait to hold you, my love. So much has happened since you left...
“Mummy, you promised to teach me how to weave Darlene’s hair” interrupted Amelia, her frizzy hair, shielding her face as she clutched a doll.
“Give me a second, baby”
     The little girl trudged off from the bedroom. Melanie arranged the portrait, along with others in her carry-on suitcase for her trip to her in-laws for thanksgiving inclusive of eleven other military personnel under assignment. When Melanie had heard the news, she had been elated at the prospect of re-uniting with Craig. The electronic media had been awash with the news of the military personnel’s arrival.
     During the meeting she had had with the other army wives at the barracks, a cake was prepared amidst sparkling champagne to celebrate with her...or so it seemed. Majority of them couldn’t contain their jealousy for the simple reason that her husband was the only one among them that was being sent back to the country, except for Sophia, whose husband had arrived a few weeks earlier.
     Suitcase packed, she joined Amelia in the simply furnished living room. Grabbing the doll from her hands, she slowly began to weave the synthetic hair into braids.
“You put one here and loop the second one through here plus the third. See. Then you keep doing it over and over again.” she said, showing her how to achieve a weave. “Okay. I told you that we’re going to see grandma and grandpa today because its what?”
“Thanksgiving” answered Amelia
“Good. So we’re leaving and you can continue Darlene’s hair in the car.”
“Okay, mummy”
     On the way to the Buchanan’s residence at Maple Boulevard SW, Melanie’s thoughts wandered, behind the steering wheel. For the umpteenth time, she checked the rear-view mirror to see if her makeup was in its proper place. Though, she hadn’t heard from Craig directly, the information she had received at the barracks was that Craig would be arriving at his parents’ home for thanksgiving. She hadn’t given it much thought why Craig didn’t communicate with her directly. She believed it did not matter as long as he was coming home.
     The Buchanans which comprised of a middle-aged couple, gave her and her daughter, a warm reception. Half an hour later, Mr Buchanan was helping to push Amelia’s swing in the playground as the two women got down to business in the kitchen.
“I’ve already done most of the cooking before you came” said Mrs Buchanan, bending over to examine the turkey in the oven. She rubbed some seasoned oil on it and closed the oven door.
     Melanie scooped some mashed potatoes into a casserole from a mixing bowl, grinning from ear to ear. Her mother-in-law observed her.
“Don’t worry, dear. He’ll be here soon. I can see how excited you are.” the elder woman said, assuring her.
“I do love surprises but I can’t understand why he hasn’t called me. But hey, if he did, then it wouldn’t be a surprise anymore, would it?”
“Let’s wait for Craig, okay. Please help me with the wine from the cellar”
     The cellar was replete with aged alcohol from whisky to red wine. Remembering Craig’s favourite, she picked two bottles of 1950 Vintage whisky and glanced at the remaining forty or so left. She quickly added another under her arm, afterall, she and her husband deserved a private celebration in their room, when the ceremony was over.   
     Within minutes, the bottle was safely tucked under her mattress before joining her mother-in-law at the dining table. Mr Buchanan was inside, washing his and Amelia’s hands, in preparation for the meal. Melanie looked at the clock chiming on the wall. 4 o’ clock. Her senses began to go on red alert.
“He’s not here. Where is he? I truly hope he’s okay” she panicked, reminiscing on the video chats they previously shared on how he complained of the nights of bedlam, he experienced daily. “What if something happened to him?”
     The couple exchanged glances.
“Why don’t I show Amelia our spider collection?” joked Mr Buchanan, dragging his grand-daughter along with him.
“Spiders! Eww” she replied, scrounging her face.
     Melanie paced around, wringing her hands and momentarily biting her fingernails, ruining her newly manicured nails, in the process.
“Calm down, Melanie. He’ll be home soon” said Mrs Buchanan, helping herself to some whisky. She looked the picture of calm.
“Are you sure he’s really coming home? I mean, he...he should have called me.”
“You saw it for yourself on the news. Your husband’s picture and eleven men, totalling twelve in number. Besides he got in touch with me and he specifically said he’ll be here for thanksgiving”
“I’m so worried. It’s been about 5 years and I just...” she said, anxiety weighing her down as she broke into a sweat. Her armpits were glued in a sticky entangle with her cotton blouse.
“Here, have some. It’ll help calm you down”
Her mother-in-law poured some whisky in a glass and handed it to her.
     Half an hour later, she was having a nervous breakdown until a car pulled up in the drive-way. Melanie jumped up to peer through the window. Two uniformed soldiers got down from an SUV and pulled out a wheelchair from the boot. The wheelchair was assembled before the car door flung open. A man, whose view was obscure, was assisted into it. Melanie covered her mouth as she backed away from the window. Mrs Buchanan kept silent, feeling sorry for her. The door opened, revealing Craig in the wheelchair, a sombre expression etched onto his face.
     Melanie shook her head, the tears dripping down her cheeks and smudging her mascara, she had painstakingly applied.
“No” she screamed, running upstairs into a room and slamming the door behind her. She buried her face into the pillow, wailing, unaware that her mother-in-law had entered the room.
“Go away” she sobbed. “That is not Craig. I want Craig back”
“Oh, don’t be childish. Is that the reason why you ran away? You said it yourself that it’s been years since you’ve seen him and now he’s here.” She sat beside her on the bed and placed a hand on her back, caressing her. “He was ashamed to tell you of the injury he sustained in Iraq. You should be thankful, he wasn’t killed. Now, wipe those tears and come, embrace your husband”
     After an extra coaxing, Melanie sat upright and dabbed her face with powder on the bedside table. Downstairs, Craig was chatting with his father, while Amelia sat on his laps. Craig looked up to see her, the sadness revealing itself in his brown eyes. He hadn’t shaved for a few days, though his hair had been cut low. Everyone watched her, waiting to see her next move as she stood frozen, looking at him and avoiding staring at his legs.
     Craig handed Amelia to Mr Buchanan and wheeled himself close to her.
“Baby” he began
“Shhh” interrupted Melanie, crouching to hug him. The flood gates of tears bristled through both of them, their emotions at a fever pitch. Craig caressed her hair as he held her.
“I’m sorry I failed you. I couldn’t...” he said,
“No, I’m the one who’s sorry. I was the one that ran away when you came instead of supporting you. I’m so sorry. It was very stupid of me. Please, forgive me. I didn’t know how to react”
     The Buchanans exchanged glances once more, each with a tear in their eyes. Amelia looked on. They decided to give them some privacy, aware of something dire to come in the future.
Craig held his wife’s face, clutching a few strands of blonde hair as he gazed deep into her blue eyes. Their hearts were competing in a beating frenzy.
“I’ve missed you so much. I can’t believe I’m seeing you in the flesh and not through a video. I have so much to tell you.” he breathed
     She was about to speak when he planted a long kiss on her mouth. Her lips felt so soft, so succulent under his as he kissed them, teasing her mouth to open further. Gosh, its been so long since we’ve experienced this. He captured her tongue, conquering it. A moan escaped from her, as she thought of how so, so long she had been with her husband and the wonderful sensations that within her body. He was far from rusty as he made her shudder. A feeling of warmth flowed through her, emancipating her in the process. Someone cleared their throat, disengaging them slightly.
“The food is getting cold” declared Mr Buchanan, smiling mischievously. The two lovebirds reminded him of when he and Mrs Buchanan were very naughty, back in the day. “And Amelia is starving”
     They smiled in response. Melanie wanted to push the wheelchair for him but he wheeled himself, instead. Mr and Mrs Buchanan again exchanged glances, communicating non-verbally to the other. Yesterday, they had had a heated argument about their son and daughter-in-law. If their daughter-in-law knew the real reason why her husband came home, it was going to be the end of their marriage. Sitting at the table, Mr Buchanan said grace.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Which of these fits your relationship spec?

As i was reading through celebrity gossipville, i stumbled upon a couple who has just cancelled their engagement. Lo and behold! It was Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood. The on and off again couple look kinda weird yet they proclaim to understand and love each other. Now, i want to refrain from getting deep and personal on issues like what is wrong with celebrities and their relationship? Why can't they just be freakin role models and make their marriages work? and other bla bla sturvs.

I decided to bring you different calibres of couples from recent to medieval. The transformation as you can see is significant. My question, however, is, which of the couples do you think fits your ideal specification?

Evan Rachel Wood looks like a definite mis-match for Marilyn Manson but who am i to judge, right?

Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry looked dazzling together.

Famous Tudor King Henry VIII of England and second wife, Anne Boleyn.

Cleopatra and Marc Anthony were formidable in their own time.


The famous globe-trotters, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

These relationships have a resounding BUT to show their imperfections; so in response to my question, which relationship do you think fits your relationship specification?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Which person suits your personality?

****Post NaNo activity

They say, every human is unique, one way or the other. Everyone has their pros and cons. Without beating about the bush, which of the following people below can you say adequately or wholly fit your personality? Now, no one is perfect but sometimes, these people fit a mirror image of who we are. These four women i'm showcasing are talented in their various fields. Modelling, acting, singing and everything.Note the emphasis.


Let's not delve into the weird costumes but rather, her singing.
She's creatively talented

Desperate for attention

Are you like her? Never caring about what anyone says about you and doing what comes from your heart, even if its eccentric.

                                                                                                                           Lady Gaga

Let's not even delve into her temperament but concentrate on her modelling.

Once reputed as a supermodel of the world

Gets temperamental when a younger generation threaten her relevance.

Are you like her? Never letting go of what you hold dear to you, career-wise, even when things are not as rosy as it seems.

                                                                Naomi Campbell

Let's not delve into her once-upon-a-time-marriage.

Fits her characters onscreen


Are you like her? Able to handle projects effectively while outside work, you are plain, normal and yep, plain.
                                                                                                               Renee Zellweger


Let's not delve into her secretiveness.

Ability to multitask careers

Jack of all trades, master of none

Are you like her? Determined to do everything in order to leave legacies behind, not minding, that you're not a robot or superhuman.


These are women i could immediately come up with, who have excelled in their various fields of endeavour. Now, who best fits your personality, regarding the questions asked above?

To answer the question, i see 10% Lady gaga in me because i do certain things that get people shocked around me, 40% Beyonce because i can write, draw, work, plan a business and so many interests both immediate and pending.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My First NaNoWriMo Win!!!

***Sprinkles confetti, throws balloons, gulps some wine, screams, faints******

WHOOSH!!! It has been an eventful, stress-filled November. Had to juggle everything together to meet up with the deadline, yesterday. Let me share my experience from the last few days remaining to the deadline. By 28th November, i had written 44,038 words. Gosh, i was desperate. I had to attend to the ticket sale organisation at a comedy event ( The event management arm of the company i work for) on sunday, of all days. By monday, 29th, i was very busy and had to attend to office matters. During lunch break, i typed some more. That evening, i reached 45, 997 words, and suffering from sleep deprivation while wondering if the whole contest was worth it.

My brain went on strike as i dozed off. Got bitten by mosquitoes in the living room which woke me from my slumber and sent me to bed. By 30th, i stared at my screen. "Rachel, you can do it. Just relax. You'll type 50,000+ words and will be happy with yourself." i thought. Thankfully, i had attended to office matters early and finished by 12 pm (that's the great thing about being a manager) and began my typing. I typed and typed and typed (my colleagues were wondering what i was up to) and typed. By 6pm, when i had to go home, i had hit 50,083 words. I immediately copied and pasted, feeling my heart beat wildly and my fingers go numb. My server used that opportunity to be excruciatingly slow. The vehicle that was to pick me, was horning furiously, outside the building. "No, no, I rebuke you Satan. I will do this. This is my first contest and i need to create a great impression that i'm a winner, not a quitter", i thought again.

I clicked on the verify and win button but nothing. So, i shut down my system and went home. The next day, i realised i had made a slight error that could have costed me my winnings. Instead of copying and pasting into the Word Count page, i did so in the Novel Excerpt page. Realizing this, i quickly did it, while thanking God that it was still valid because of the different time zones. Ha! And alas, i became a winner.

Talk about endurance, perserverance and sleepless weekends! It's over...for now.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Comparing then and now

 I promised that i would show you the radical new hairdo which i have never done till now. Change, they say is a constant thing in life so a little bit of me (probably my new alter ego) would say YIPPIE! This new me is adventurous...

Here, i was wearing a Hausa traditional

outfit (2004)
Anyway, before i delve into self -praiseworthiness, here are photos of me during the years:

Drinking a cocktail after a work-organised event (2008)
Also in 2008

2010 bushy hairdo influenced by a special person

So, there you have it. My bushy hairdo inspired by my fiance. For more info on this, check my blog archive on Crazy Weekend!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Erica's Thanksgiving Blogfeast

Yeah, i am promoting Erica's Thanksgiving blogfeast and i must admit, i am excited to be a part of it. For more details on this competition, check here.

The competition has rules so here's mine.

The dish i am bringing to the blogfeast is Jollof Rice and Spicy Chicken. 

                                                                                                       Jollof Rice 

To create this, you need the following for 2 people:

* 2 cups of white rice (whichever specie, either long or short)
* 5 Chilli pepper or 5 red bell pepper
* 2 Medium sized onions
* 2 Tomatoes
* 3 carrots for garnishing
* Half a tin can of green peas
* A kilogram of chicken or 2 chicken laps
* A teacup full vegetable oil
* 2 tablespoons of sweet corn
* Shrimps
* A clove of garlic
* A knife spread of butter
* Salt
* Curry
* Thyme
* Seasoning     cubes                                                                                               Spicy Fried Chicken
* A small bowl of water


1) Wash the chicken laps and put in a medium sized pot. Dice a whole onion and sprinkle on the chicken. Add a teaspoon of salt and 2 seasoning cubes. Add a dash of curry and thyme. Add no water and leave to boil. The water that emits from the chicken will cook it. Cook for 20 minutes until tender. Don't throw the chicken liquid away.

2) Blend the washed pepper, tomaotoes and a whole (second) onion mid-speed, depending on your blender. The mixture should not be too smooth or too rough.

3) Slice the third onion onto a plate. Get a medium sized pot and pour the vegetable oil into it. Leave on the fire until its hot (like 3 minutes. You'll see the smoke build up). Pour the sliced onions and stir fry. When its fried halfway (you should smell the fragrance of fried onions), pour almost all the blended pepper into it and stir fry.

4) Stir fry the blended pepper for 5 minutes and add water to it. The water must be enough to cover and cook the rice. Let's say, 2 fuzzy drink cups for the rice.

5) Wash the rice and add to the liquid. Add the shrimps to cook with it. Leave the rice to cook. Check from time to see if the water is getting dry. Do not stir.

6) Cut the garlic onto a plate. Keep it aside.

7) Get a frying pan and put some oil into it. When its hot, put the remaining pepper into it and stir fry for 5 minutes. Add the boiled chicken and stir. Sprinkle some garlic on it when its almost golden brown. Fry for 3 extra minutes. Remove and leave in pan or dish on a plate and cover it.

8) Don't forget about your rice!!! Taste it to see if its almost soft. If its still hard, pour small quantities of water and check from time to time. Don't overpour or the rice will be soggy and we don't want that. When its sooo close to getting soft, pour the chicken liquid into it, the sweet corn, green peas, one seasoning cube, 2 tablespoons of curry, 1 tablespoon of thyme, garlic and a pinch of salt and the butter. Leave for a minute.

9) Carefully stir the contents thoroughly. Taste to see if the seasoning is okay. If its not, add a little pinch of the seasoning cube. Refrain from the salt at this point as it will be salty because of the chicken liquid added to it. It should have this smoky aroma. Usually, the underneath is burnt. If yours is, don't panic, its normal.

10) Serve on a flat plate with the fried chicken by the side. Drink a cold glass of water/cocktail with it.

You can prepare this recipe and give me your feedback. Please note, that if you are not a pepper-driven person, reduce the quantity of the pepper from 5 to say, 3 and increase the quantity of the tomatoes but the pepper should not be less than 3.

Monday, November 22, 2010

If wishes were real, i would fly like an eagle

On my way to work today, i recollected on various professions i had wished to be, when i reach adulthood. Can you remember wishing to be something and ended up not doing/being?  These are the wishes i had while growing up, thinking they'll one day become true:

1) I think when i was about 9 years of age, i wanted to be a model like Naomi Campbell.

2) At 12 years, i wanted to be a Newscaster, having fell in 'love' with a local newscaster.

3) At 14 years, i wanted to be a pharmacist because i had liked the white outfits they wore and the simple elegance of handing out prescriptions...(i don't know why i liked this because i later became bored with it).

4) At 15/16 years, i wanted to be an architect because of my drawing talent and i thought it wouldn't be boring mathematical calculations, geometry and the like.

5) At 17 years, i wanted to be an agent. I had watched a Will Smith movie Men in Black and the idea of wearing black apparels with sunglasses on, appealed tremendously to me.

6) At 19 years, when adulthood was slowly creeping up, i decided to be an advertising practitioner. I guess, secretly, i desired to be an agent which is obtainable in the industry as the advertising firms are called agencies.

7) At 25 years, i thought of becoming either a Veterinary doctor or a Psychologist because i love animals for the former and the latter was also appealing because i love to research on the complexity of the human behaviour. I still think of these two professions till now and succumbed to the idea that probably in another life, i would conclude on either one.

Somewhere in between, i imagined being a singer and an actress. Unfortunately, my voice got the better of me and acting comment! Medicine was a one-off thought that i quickly shelved because it would take forever to finish and the thought of severing dead bodies for experiments brought a distaste to my mouth.

So, if wishes were real, i would indeed fly like an eagle. But be careful what you wish for. Even the eagle is not at the top of the food chain especially when other hungry carnivorous mammals like the hyena are concerned.
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