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Thursday Things: My Current Favorite YouTuber

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Do you have any office pets? I’ve got two fish tanks in my office, and I’m always looking to learn more about how to take the best care of them. FishyReview is a great YouTube channel for learning more about filters and fish care. I’m posting the link to their latest video below. Do you have a favorite YouTube channel you enjoy? Let me know!


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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: A Little Bit of Art History I Never Expected

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Did you know that Pablo Picasso was once accused of stealing the Mona Lisa? Or that, until the theft happened, the Mona Lisa wasn’t really all that famous? I ran across this fantastic little story (I swear it was all research for a book!) and I just had to share!

Side Note: I got to see some of Picasso’s works in person at an art exhibition recently. I’m glad I got to see them, because hey, it’s Picasso. But I can’t say that I was moved me at all. I was disappointed.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: Tell Me About Your Local Cryptids!

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I know everyone wants to talk about crypto, but I just want to talk about cryptids! Tell me what legendary creatures live in your neck of the woods. After some freelancing projects, I’ve gotten a little extra interested in the subject.

Here in Murphysboro, we have the Big Muddy Monster. A bigfoot-like creature, he’s been honored numerous times in the naming of products and festivals. Our city has even published his case file online, which includes all sorts of great old documents from the 70s.

So, tell me all about your local cryptids!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: The Hobby of Collecting Hobbies

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As I’ve been working over my current journaling and focus system (something I’ll be writing about at some point), I’ve come to realize that I have way too many hobbies! In fact, you could almost say that one of my hobbies is to collect more hobbies! The main ones that I spend the most time on are writing, and reading. But I also cross stitch, quilt, crochet, paint, draw, play guitar, hike, kayak, go thrifting, collect fountain pens, collect old sci-fi books, and work with tarot and oracle cards. I also like to learn new things, so sometimes I take online classes. I think there are actually a few more hobbies than that, but I can’t remember them. Hmm.

What are your hobbies?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: What’s Your Least Favorite Chore?

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There’s no getting around chores, at least not unless we want to end up on an episode of Hoarders. I don’t always feel like cleaning, but I definitely admit I like the result. Shows like The Home Edit are one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

However, one of my friends recently told me that her husband asked her when they got together what chore really overwhelmed her. She picked laundry (not a shocker), and he took it over completely. She hasn’t done a single bit of laundry in 15 years! (Definitely a shocker!)

So, what’s your least favorite chore? Not that I’m going to do it for you. 🙂

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: They’re Growing Up On Me

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My youngest child is now 13. I really can’t say that I have any more babies, even though I often still think of them that way. It’s a very strange thing to know all my kids are closer to adulthood than they are their toddler years. Half the time I can’t decide if I want to celebrate or cry. I’m sure I’ll do a little bit of both over the next five years and then go from there.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: It’s Not Really About More Hours in the Day…

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Most people complain about not having enough hours in the day, myself included. There’s just always so much that I want to do, and I can never get it all done! The thing is, I probably still wouldn’t get it done if we miraculously had more hours in the day because I simply wouldn’t have the energy. And hey, I’m old enough now that I actually like going to bed, so there’s that.

What would you do if you had more hours in the day? Or more energy?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: What Are Your Favorite Smells?

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As a writer, I’m often trying to convey every aspect of a scene. This absolutely includes smell! The way a place smells can make a huge impact on how we feel about it. Books are probably my favorite smell, both new and old. I also love the smell of coffee, so I guess this just makes me a basic writer nerd. 🙂

What are your favorite smells?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: Tech Rage

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Do you ever get tech rage? You know, when a piece of electronic equipment that’s supposed to make your life so much easier simply refuses to work and makes you want to smash it Office Space-style?

I tend to think of myself as a pretty calm person, but my printer did this to me the other morning. I just needed to print out ONE document that only required ONE piece of paper. But I guess the printer had decided it was angry with my computer, because after twenty trips back and forth it still just wouldn’t do it. I finally uninstalled and reinstalled (probably should’ve opted for that earlier) and got my one tiny document printed.

Didn’t help that I got about twenty spam phone calls in the meantime. Gotta love technology.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: What Are You Watching?

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Today I’d just like to know what you’re watching on TV! We have more streaming services than I’d care to admit, so throw a few good ideas at me! My current favorites are the new Star Trek series (both Discovery and Picard), Ghosts, and Call Me Kat. I like a lot of older sitcoms, too. But wait, this isn’t about me. It’s about YOU! What are you watching?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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