Cherry Saturday February 10, 2018

February is Creative Romance Month.

Yeah, there are a lot of ways to go with that.  Creative writing, creative ways to express love, creative . . . 

Googling for this one was odd.

 

and my personal favorite:

And for Kelly’s husband’s proposed book:

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105 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday February 10, 2018

  1. I um… er… have no idea what to think. Those covers beat Cover snark by SmartbitchesTrashybooks.

    I’m spending the day napping and doing work. Every time I leave the bed, I cough. I’m tired as it’s been over a month since it started. There’s no infection and I’m taking my chronic sinus meds but I need to get better now. I’m tired of this. It’s sapping my energy. Luckily it’s still Summer so I’m not dealing with this in cold weather.

    Hope y’all are having a warmer time of it.

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    1. Starting today, the ten day forecast is for above freezing temps during the daytime. Ten days of no ice. I’m so happy. Even Milton is annoyed by the ice.

      Get well soon, ST.

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    2. Stick with me here, you cougher, you: On one of my *eccentric* garden blogs, I read about a bottled tea Costco (Orange County, CA) sells, 12 bottles cased, 8 ounces each, $52. The tea is steeped in sparrows nest from farms, finest kind, once reserved to Chinese nobility. Stops coughs within a day, reputedly.
      I’m gobsmacked.

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        1. Stick to lemon, honey and maybe ginger in hot water

          Hope you feel better soon, Pretty sure the whole birds nest thing probably came about when some broke person wondered how far they could push their luck 🙂

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    3. Sure thing…I got it 4 times. After the 2nd Z-Pack I finally got better…but this started the Tuesday before Christmas. Praying for you. It does take a while and its the tiredness that really gets to you.

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    1. It’s the only movie where I was really invested in a potential love story between cartoon characters. They were so perfect for each other. The fan art for that can get kind of disturbing, but a lot of it is charming.

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      1. We watched the first half of Zootopia with our toddler last night (until someone goes savage, at which point he said “We should pick another family movie. Dis one is too scary.” (Excellent self-advocacy!) But I’m looking forward to the rest of it, and I’m intrigued to hear there’s a romance coming!

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        1. It’s not in there. They’re just extremely close friends. The internet did the rest because they have more chemistry than most real couples.
          Evidently the DVD extras shows there was some brainstorming about a romance–her parents weren’t happy at the predator/prey mixed marriage–but the movie doesn’t have the romance. However, there’s talk of a sequel . . . (the first did extremely well including winning an Oscar).

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          1. Ha! Ok, I feel better then that I didn’t see it being telegraphed. But the friendship definitely makes sense… And I’ll admit, the mixed (species!) scenario seemed tricky to handle…

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          2. Yeah, much as I love them together I have no idea if it would be okay in Zootopia to date interspecies, if the anatomy would even work, etc.

            Yeah, I think like that.

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          3. I think that’s the theme of Zootopia: no segregation. Without segregation, you’re going to get intermarriage. And really cute kids that are a fox/bunny mix.

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          4. A romance shouldn’t be a problem, the muppets have had a frog & a piggy together for years, they even had children in Muppets Christmas Carol

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          5. It’s funny how in fantasy we create some structures and reject others. In Shrek I went with donkey/dragon babies, because ogres/fairies/Pinocchio, etc., but for Zootopia it’s clear to me that bunny/fox romance is not a thing. Maybe because there are cars and trains and television, scientists.

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        2. My kids did/do something similar. They’d wander into the living room and ask “Is this appropriate?” They’re 8 and 9 and still do it sometimes.

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  2. Beauty and the Beast – Beast, am I the only one that thinks that underneath Beast should have been an equally hulk of man-meat, but it turned out to be Dan Stevens. Thank goodness I contained my inner snark because I was watching it with my grandchildren.

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    1. Ah live action beauty and the beast, Where a man who says I love you with a beautiful library sigh.

      Was a good film, but they had to give Ewan McGregor a big moustache to make him less attractive then the Prince and Stanley Tucci was criminally underused.

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    2. Was it as disappointing as the Prince in the cartoon version? Is that even possible? Even as a child, I was thinking “That’s him? Really?”

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      1. Eh, I think Dan Stevens is pretty, though he did look kind of frightening in the French makeup at the start of the movie.
        But yeah, they didn’t put much work into the movie dude.
        I always think it’s interesting to watch the stage show (seen it 3x) to see how they handle the Beast/prince reveal. One show had a guy who looked kind of like/was built like Meat Loaf so he wasn’t terribly hot once the mask was off, other dudes were more attractive once the mask came off. One guy had more of a painted on face paint/mane look going on rather than a full on head so you could see his resemblance throughout the show.

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    3. Half of Beast’s appeal is that even on your most pudgy days, he can toss you around like a little old jelly bean. He didn’t even have a name for Pete’s sake, because who needs a name when you’ve got those shoulders and gravelly-deep voice? ‘Beast’ is just fine by me, you furry hunk of burnin’ love.

      And then they had to go and cast a slender British metrosexual. Womp, womp.

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  3. Zootopia is in my Netflix list, but I still haven’t watched it. Everyone keeps telling me it’s great, and I keep forgetting it’s there. The cat and it’s teddy bear are adorable, but that clown is absolutely terrifying. Why isn’t that girl running away from him?

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          1. I try not to judge but that clown looks like he wants to have her liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

            Or, perhaps, she’s just luring him in pretending to be a helpless, kinky sweater girl and really she’s Sweater Girl, the Creepy Clown Slayer. I like that.

            I have serious clown phobia. Pennywise doesn’t freak me out though, he’s an honest evil clown, not one of those bastards pretending to be all happy and good and not creepy at all with their face paint and fake smiles and not being able to pick them out of a police lineup. Shudder. I do not understand people who aren’t freaked out by clowns (like my beloved but obviously insanely lax in realm of personal safety husband who thinks they are funny). Gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it.

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        1. Have you seen Puddles of Puddles Pity Party? Or rather, have you *heard* him? I don’t often sexualize celebrities, but I’m awfully close to it with him. Any number of people in the YouTube comments have fallen in love with the sad clown with the golden voice . . . .

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          1. That’s some kind of Tom Jones hiding under that makeup. Yowzah. I am now a sexually clown-confused woman.

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      1. I try not to judge, but clowns mostly remind me of John Wayne Gacy, so that’s one kink I’ll just never understand. Seriously, the people who want to do it in front of the hobo seem way less weird then the girl with the clown.

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          1. Yeah, based on the cover image, he doesn’t seem concerned. Either he’s cool with it or he’s unconscious. Either way, he’ll be fine.

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  4. The Amazon blurb for Taken by the Pterodactyl is – um – eye-opening. Apparently there’s a market out there for human/dinosaur erotica. Female humans of course, and male dinosaurs. No sign of any men trying to hump a Tyrannosaurus regina.

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      1. The Last Hour of Gann is almost dinosaur/human — although he’s a reptilian alien. Really quite good; Jilly W. recommended the story to me a few years ago.

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    1. There are gay dino/human erotic stories. Chuck Tingle writes some. He has branched out into other creatures, as apparently, the market also wanted unicorn/human pairings.

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      1. I’ve stumbled across the dragon erotica stuff before. But in those the dragon also becomes a human, so really they’re just beefcake with an extra talent. Had no idea about the dinosaurs.

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    2. Dino prom got a bit of coverage a few years ago. Most of what I know comes from SNTB.

      Elyse at SBTB hilariously reviewed a couple dino porn books – http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/the-billionaire-dinosaur-forced-me-gay-by-hunter-fox/

      And then CarrieS wrote a pitch perfect parody called Jurassic Jane Eyre: the dinosaur made me lesbian. (Reader, I mated with her. Multiple times).

      http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/2014/11/jurassic-jane-eyre-a-holiday-gift-from-the-bitches/

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  5. I watched Disney’s Hercules this afternoon (it’s raining here too). Not sure how I’ve been missing it all these years. Meg is fabulous.

    And I’m attending a ska themed wedding next week. So that’s a nod to creative romance. I think i might be excited for giving the pterodactyls a miss.

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  6. It’s hard to believe that flying reptiles in a world full of big-toothed predators would not be hardwired to accomplish sex during mating flights, like so many avian raptors. In which case, just think of the unfairness of having to do all the extra flying and lifting and clutching work during the Big Moment while the mammal babe just accepts the privileges of the passenger.

    Personally, I think he should dump her, but maybe that’s just me.

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  7. I had to try to find out what The Hungry Ones was about. It’s a love story about adultery. I’m not curious enough to read it …

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      1. That’s all I can tell you. Apparently no one wanted to read it. No reviews on good reads or amazon . What I have I found on WorldCat. But it turns up on lots of bad cover lists and at least one plot description based solely on the cover.

        You could convince me that sweater girl is getting someone to cheat with her and clown is using it for blackmail.

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        1. Amazing that nobody wanted to read it. People are reading that pterodactyl romance. Evidently, clowns are where the line is drawn.

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          1. Yeah, but that pterodactyl is a modern (?) update on the classic theme — totally Lydia and the Swan, except maybe Lydia is a bit more willing? (Haven’t read the book; just guessing, with my own emotional and literary baggage.)

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        2. Clowns get such a bad rep, mainly from terrifying us while young.

          You know sweater girl might be using him, she may have married a rich older man with a clown phobia and seduced the lonely clown to make sure she gets to use her lovely custom made black outfit before the honeymoon’s over. He is a ready made patsy, they’re sure to believe her over a clown 🙂

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          1. I like that.
            But the clown is a good guy so he goes to the local cop and they fall in love and solve crimes.
            I basically have one plot.

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  8. I’m surprised that nobody commented on “I want the hobo to watch” so I tried to find it on Amazon, but it’s not listed. Instead, I found a very disturbing title called “I just ate my friend”. Well, it’s a children’s book which will be published in the summer, but for a moment, my fantasy just went wild.

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    1. Tell him to get writing and be the change he wants to see in fiction.

      I did a bookcover for him. I added it to the end of the post.

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      1. See, now that pairing doesn’t weird me out as much as Sweater Girl and the clown. The dinosaur and the clown look equally murderous; that’s a well-matched couple.

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  9. The painting of Barack Obama unveiled yesterday at the National Portrait Gallery reminded me of one of Daisy’s paintings described in “The Cinderella Deal” — I don’t think there are any eyes in the Obama portrait, but the living look of the greenery.
    http://npg.si.edu/exhibition/obama-portraits-unveiled

    Someone on Facebook said he didn’t get the leaves in the Obama portrait, and another person explained, “It’s the flowers. They represent Chicago, Hawaii, and Kenya. The plants are in the soil that made him.”

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    1. I really liked Barack Obama’s portrait, but I’m partial to greenery. It’s by that same guy who does portraits of black celebrities while borrowing from Renaissance portrait memes, IIRC. By chance, the medieval tapestries, “The Lady and the Unicorn”, also showed up on my radar this week. The colors are very different and so is a whole lot else, but that background of flowers and animals seems very resonant with the president’s official portrait.

      I wasn’t so crazy about the first lady’s portrait. The dress seems to dominate, but I think the biggest problem I had was that it didn’t seem to “go” with the president’s portrait. I haven’t looked at many of the other official presidential portraits, let alone compared them to the official first lady portraits, so I might be wrong in wanting them to be a set.

      I will say that out of that context, it’s a striking portrait and a wonderful piece of art.

      The president’s portrait also breaks a lot of traditions with past portraits that I’ve seen, so it’s entirely possible that if I saw Michelle’s first, I would have thought the president’s was too weird. (But then again, I’m very fond of greenery.)

      Oh well, in a world of new normals, these are some nice normals to have to get used to.

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      1. They are not hanging the portraits together. Obama’s is hung with the presidential portrait gallery. There is not an equivalent gallery for first ladies. There is some question where Michele’s will be hung. Right now it is to be hung with the new acquisitions.

        As an aside, my husband was in a post office recently and did not see Trump’s photograph. He said it was the first time he has ever seen a post office not have the sitting president’s photograph displayed. I told him it was probably because this is Oregon and they could not count on keeping it safe from a particularly adept graffiti artist, either from outside or an employee.

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        1. I do not remember seeing a president’s photograph in a post office since…maybe Eisenhower? If then, I was too small to see over the counter then, so it might have been displayed in some other building.
          Maybe it’s a regional thing.

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  10. Is it just me or does the portrait of Michelle Obama not look like her? I look it and think Joanna Gaines from HGTV not Michelle Obama.

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    1. I don’t think it looks a lot like her, but I’ve heard a lot of people say that it does in person.
      I love it; it’s a gorgeous painting. Not sure it looks enough like Michelle to invoke how amazing she is. There’s so much life in her, so much strength and enthusiasm, and the portrait is a sedate beautiful woman. Which she also is.
      I love, love, love it as a painting, though. Just stunning.

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      1. I dunno. I looked at it long and hard and thought: “This doesn’t do her justice”. In particular, the big empty light blue background is … boring. It takes away her energy. While his portrait is great. I’d hang it on my livingroom wall in a heartbeat.

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