Say “Hi” to the Neighbors


Today’s Blogging 101 challenge was to follow five new topics and five new blogs. Unfortunately, I’m already following enough blogs and feeds that I have difficulty keeping up with them all. So, instead, I’m going to list five blogs (of the many) that I follow:

  1. According to Hoyt The ramblings of Sarah Hoyt (and friends). This includes political commentary, novel chapters, discussions of writing, and the writing industry, and much more.
  2. The Elfyverse My friend Barb Caffrey discusses writing, her books, sports, politics, book reviews, whatever else is on her mind.
  3. Mad Genius Club A group of indie writers discuss various aspects of self-publishing, from making covers, to editing. They discuss the perils and perks of self-publishing. And have great fun doing so.
  4. Nathaniel Hoover’s Blog Nathaniel Hoover posts many game play-throughs on YouTube, under the names GeminiLazer and GameCola (he also is an editor at the GameCola site). My son loves watching his videos (among others), and so I get to hear them (over and over and over). Somewhere along the line, I’ve gotten to really like his sense of humor, and started following his blog, and commenting frequently. (Probably not as frequently as I do at According to Hoyt or Mad Genius, but it stands out more.)
  5. Be Swift, Be Precise My husband’s blog. ❤ He tries to blog every day. Frequently it’s on things he covers in the classes he takes, some thought on movies, books, life in general.

I have numerous other blogs that I enjoy and follow, but I limited it to five. I had a tough time deciding which ones to include. (Other than my husband’s. That one was easy.)


Who am I?

No one can see Rocky on the couch.

I know it’s been a long while since I blogged. Every so often, I just get tired of broadcasting into the void, and lose heart and take a break.

Since I do want to get back into the discipline of writing a blog at least a couple of times a week, I’ve decided to sign up for WordPress’s course, Blogging 101. The assignment for Monday is to tell a bit about yourself. (I know, it’s Tuesday. So, sue me.)

Any, I’m Jasini. I’ve been Jasini, or a variant thereof, on-line for probably close to 18 years. I pronounce that as jah-SEE-nee. I’ve heard other people pronounce it closer Jazzy-knee. Since this is all written text, it probably won’t matter too much.

I’m a home-maker, with two teen-aged children in high school. (When did my babies get so big?) I’m married to a handsome husband, and we have a big black dog who likes being walked in the cold weather (hot weather, not as much).

The last few years I’ve tried to get back into my life long idea of writing. I know I don’t write as much as I really need to to do what I want, but I’m working on that.

I expect to post various thought I have from time to time, story snippets, bad poetry, etc. If I put my stories out in Indie (Amazon, Nook, etc.,) I’ll let you know here. I’ll also probably put out reviews of books I’ve read, movies I watched, and other things. The books and movies are unlikely to be new (though anything is possible).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading my ramblings. 😀


Star Spangled Banner


For our National Anthem’s 200th anniversary: (A day late)

By Francis Scott Key

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!