31 day blog challenge (Day 7)

This has got to be an easy one, really. I have a list of pet hates as long as my arm, which probably makes me quite a difficult person. Still, suck it up! Here we go…

1: Racism. There are no words for how angry this truly ugly character trait will make me. I absolutely loathe anyone with these tendencies.

2: Bad spelling: I understand not everyone has a grasp of English. Really, I do. But I am prone to correcting people’s spelling and worse, their (there? they’re?) grammar. Facebook is perhaps the worst place in the world to see people write the biggest load of gibberish. If I have to decipher your status, I am not going to read it.

3: Bad manners. I’ve worked with the public my whole adult life, and it’s difficult to stay positive about mankind when you see the absolute scum of the earth. I hate rudeness. Rudeness coupled with arrogance and self-importance just pushes me over the edge!

4: People using ‘karma’ incorrectly. This concept had been hijacked by the West and does not actually mean what people think it does. I hate people saying “karma’s a bitch” because it is wrong on so many levels. Still, I suppose not everyone shares my interest in Eastern philosophies!

5: Queue jumpers. I am not standing in a line for the fun of it. I did not wake up this morning and think ‘oh, I know a good way to kill a couple of hours.’ If I am standing in a line, I want out of it as much as anyone else. Don’t you dare jump in front of me! Ha!

Well, that’s 5 of my pet hates. There are more, but I wouldn’t want to waste too much energy on negativity!

Come back tomorrow for Day 8…. What’s in my handbag!

31 day blog challenge (Day 6)

My five senses right now:

1: I see the mess my desk is in. I have had no motivation to tidy it.

2: I hear my music through my earphones. Michael Bublé “Me and Mrs Jones”

3: I smell my shea butter body lotion from The Body Shop. I LOVE it.

4: I taste the coffee I am drinking. Even though I shouldn’t after 6pm.

5: I feel… well this is an odd one… the clothes I’m wearing I suppose? Can’t really think of anything else for that one!

This was a quick post today. Tomorrow is my pet hates… you should definitely come back for that!

31 day blog challenge (Day 5)

ImageTen songs you love right now

Music is a HUGELY evocative thing for me. I am one of those people who truly believes our lives are enriched by music – and I have big loves in all genres, from pop to classical, Hindi to jazz and instrumental. Picking TEN songs is almost impossible for me.  Still, I have picked a selection of songs I have been playing a lot recently, and that’s about as good as I can give you. Favorites, there are too many.

1: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.

I simply LOVE the idea of reincarnation, and something about this song makes me think it is possible to live over and over for the chance of meeting that one special person.

I have died every day waiting for you, darling don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years and I’ll love you for a thousand more.

2: When You Say You Love Me by Josh Groban

You are going to discover I am an outrageously romantic person. Most of my songs will have romantic or erotic musings behind them! This one, because I love the idea of loving so much that the world takes on higher meaning and importance.

When you say you love me, the world goes still, so still inside. When you say you love me, for a moment, I know why I’m alive.

3: Insatiable by Darren Hayes

Very sexy song. I have loved it since I was a teenager, dabbling in my first naughty writings. I always hoped there was such a thing as this kind of love making. There is!

Footsteps outside somewhere below, the world revolves I’ve let it go. We build our church above the streets, we practice love between these sheets. The candied-sweetness scent of you, it bathes my skin…I’m stained in you.

4: Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai (Ja-du hey na-sha hey)

This is a Hindi song from a famous movie called Jism. Please don’t laugh, westerners – in Hindi it means ‘body’ and NOT what we know it as! This song is incredibly emotive, even if you don’t speak the language. I even mentioned it in my first novel ‘Stolen Nights’. It means “It’s magic, a spell, intoxication” – which can refer to love or good sex. I like to think both!

5: Kaal Ho Na Ho

Another Hindi song from my huge collection. This is a sad song and translates as “If there is no tomorrow”. I think we can all infer what the song is about. Again, it’s a song that doesn’t require much – or any – knowledge of the Hindi language to feel the emotion behind it. I can sing all the lyrics to these songs and honestly feel like I know what it’s about. I suppose it’s like Italian opera, and not needing to speak Italian to feel what is happening.

6: If Walls Could Talkby Celine Dion

This is another very sexy song. I recommend listening to it the whole way through… and the story it tells about two people who want to keep their lovemaking a secret between themselves. It talks about how perfect their lovemaking is. I have listened to this song on repeat. The lyrics are simply wonderful.

These walls keep a secret that only we know, but how long can they keep it – ‘cause we’re two lovers, who lose control. We’re two shadows chasing rainbows, behind closed windows, behind closed doors. If walls could talk, they would say I want you more, they would say ‘hey… never felt like this before’ and that you will always be the one for me.

Two people, making memories, just too good to tell… and these arms are never empty when we’re lying where we fell.

7: River Flows in You by Yiruma

This is an instrumental piano piece by a South Korean pianist. I think it was something to do with the Twilight movies… I could be wrong. But it’s such a mellow, gentle tune and very romantic. I love almost anything played on a piano anyway, but this is great. It’s also really good remixed into a dance track. Who would have thought it!

8: Why This Kolaveri Di by Dhanush

This is a part English part Tamil song from a Tamil film. I’ve mentioned it before in another blog post. It became a viral hit across the globe, spurning flash-mob dancing in Australia, UK and US. It’s a song about a lovelorn boy singing about a fair-skinned girl who has broken his heart. It is sung mostly in English but with a heavy Tamil accent. This means the singer – Dhanush – adds a heavy ‘uu’ sound to the end of his words. ‘White-u skinned-u girl-u” for example. I don’t know why, but the accent makes it better! The title translates to “Why this murderous rage, girl?”

9: Hanging by a Moment – Lifehouse

This is another romantic song. I listened to this as an angst-ridden teenager, and just thought the lyrics were beautiful. I kind of liked the rock-y beat to it as well.

I’m falling even more in love with you, letting go of all I’ve held on to. I’m standing here until you make me move, I’m hanging by a moment here with you…

10: Ai se eu te pego – Pitbull and Michel Telo –

It just has really, really good memories for me. When it plays, I remember feeling happy and with music, you can’t wish for much more than that.

I feel guilty for not including Michael Bublé in this – because I love EVERYTHING he sings. So a special mention to him, for all the hours of pleasure and joy his wonderful voice has given me!

31 day blog challenge (Day 3)

Happy Saturday everyone! I am joyous because I am off today and it’s a lovely day outside. Well… by Northern Irish standards anyway.

So today on my blog challenge I have been asked to list my favourite quote. It was tough. I went through all the motivational, inspirational and generally kick-ass quotes from all over the globe – including a few from Gandhi and Nietzsche. In the end, I went with my first instinct. It’s a quote I use often, especially when I refer to my writing. In fact, I believe I have even used it already on this very blog.

No matter what level you reach, getting better never stops – Sachin Tendulkar

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For those of you who don’t know who Tendulkar is, he is arguably the best cricketing batsman to have ever lived. He started playing cricket from an insanely young age and was playing for the Indian national team by the time he was 16. He has broken all records in cricket in terms of runs and matches played, however despite his incredible wealth and godlike status in India, he remains remarkably humble. If you were inclined to watch an interview with him, you would be astounded at how softly spoken he is.

His quote is my favourite because, as a huge star with incredible talent that is already difficult to match, Tendulkar believes you can always be better than you are – even if you are already the best. I think this is so inspirational, and it drives me to improve upon my writing. Even the greatest writers in the world can always be better than they are – and I think you can’t really do anything more in life than strive to be better, to improve upon yourself.

So there you have it! My favourite quote! Come back tomorrow for Day 4 of this awesome little challenge I have undertaken. Don’t forget, if you liked this – “like” it and subscribe! I so love it when you do that! ♥

31 day blog challenge (Day 2)

I have a funny feeling this challenge is going to remind me of just how quickly the month goes. Same as when I take out my diary and flick through all the pages I have filled out and wonder… where the heck has the past six months gone? Anyway… on with day two of the challenge and today I am giving you 20 facts about me. They are all totally random and pointless – but all facts nonetheless!

TWENTY FACTS ABOUT REA THOMAS

1: I was insanely obsessed with The X-Files as a teenager. My obsession almost took over my life and I spent my days after school and weekends writing fanfiction. Which I supposed honed my skill for writing professionally!

2: I often get into trouble for correcting people’s grammar.

3: Sometimes when I can’t sleep, I put on old episodes of Moonlighting and let the 1980s goodness put me to sleep.

4: I used to play the violin.

5: My favourite alcoholic drink is Strawberry and Lime Cider. This is a new thing for me and it’s delicious.

6: I wrote my first sex scenes when I was 13. Well… kind of. I wrote “and then they…” to end the chapter because I was worried my parents would find it.

7: One day my older sister DID find a sex scene I wrote, and teased me about it.

8: My sister is now the manageress of the sex-toy store where I work. So pffft!

9: I am very untidy. My living space is chaotic – however I cannot work in a messy environment and am forever tidying my desk area.

10: I recently stopped biting my nails after years of nibbling them to nothing. Why I stopped, I will never know because I wasn’t even trying.

11: I am double jointed.

12: When I was a little girl I used to take Mills and Boon/Harlequin books outside my house and walk around, reading aloud from the book – except I wasn’t really reading them at all… I was making up my own stories.

13: My belly-button is an innie – and outies freak me out. I secretly think outies belong to aliens. Kidding. Sort of.

14: I have never smoked a cigarette. Not even to try it.

15: I believe money can buy you happiness. I’m almost certain it could buy ME happiness.

16: I cannot drive. I am convinced I would cause carnage on the road. However, not driving makes my life very difficult so I might have to bite the bullet.

17: I am terrified of spiders. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and my brain imagines I see them running across the walls, so, still half asleep, I get up and turn the light on. I’ve been known to wake up in the morning with the light still on.

18: Despite the general consensus that cricket is an extremely boring sport – I really enjoy watching it.

19: I suffer from insomnia. Some of my best work has been written at 3am.

20: Although I was born in the 80s and have little memory of that era, I absolutely love it. Everything from the music to the crazy fashion to the décor. If I could time-travel, I’d go back to then.

Well, there you have it! I’m certain none of these will have enriched your lives in any way – but perhaps gave you something to read while you ate your breakfast or drank a coffee this morning. Which is exactly what I am going to go do now. Ciao!

Random fact 21: I really drink too much caffeinated beverages!