kat’s musings

Talking Gaming on #InterviewingAGamer by @ipod1reviewer

Everyone has opinions, right? I’m no exception, so when I was given the opportunity to share some of my opinions on gaming with Lynn from the YouTube channel, Ipod1Reviewer, I didn’t hesitate to say yes!

I was really nervous to be on camera, but she made it really comfortable and easy to get through. Lynn asked me 10 questions about various aspects of gaming. I didn’t realize how weird my camera position was, because it didn’t look that way during the preview on my end. So it’s a little dark and gives us a headshot.

I’m looking forward to doing more chat style videos like this in the future. Do check out Lynn’s channel, show some love on the video, comment, and subscribe as the spirit moves you.



Doodles I do during quiet periods.

Reaching up when the negativity tries to pull me down. Swirling in the black of my own self-doubt.

Looking to the distant stars. Hoping for an answer. #doodles #ThePathIWalkIsLonely

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I write to escape the everyday madness that is the mundane world. I also write to make sense of it. It’s cathartic for me to put some of my inner most thoughts on the page.

On the flipside, it’s just fun! Creating another person on the page and making them feel real is another reason I write. When I have readers tell me that they feel my characters are real people based on the way that I write them, it makes me happier than I can really describe. That’s why I write.

Why do you write?

Cynical at the New Year

While a new year begins, the struggles of the last year can’t really be forgotten. They’re always brought to mind, when one opens their mailbox and finds a bill or gets a call from a collector. While this is not my situation currently, it certainly has been. There are many others whose situation is far worse off than mine and I think about them at this time of year. Were they able to get the extensions that they needed in order to keep bills paid and food in their home? I know the worries of the world can’t rest on my shoulders, that would be a most difficult burden to bear, but I can think about those closest to me and myself. I really want to be more optimistic and  hold on to a hope that things will turn around.  After working so hard at trying to make that happen, I think we deserve a bit of a break. I hope that good fortune will come our way. Maybe this year will be that year. We’ll just have to wait and see.

The VMAs

For those of us that grew up in the 80s-90s the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) was something to look forward to. The awards show had all of the fun stuff that the Grammys didn’t and it was always just before school started. The end of summer hurrah, so to speak. 

I thought the show back in the day was far more relevant than it is today. An awesome host (Arsenio Hall is the best show host ever, in my opinion), all of the pop stars that made that summer hot and some unexpected hijinks (Anyone remember Howard Stern’s horrible Fartman gag? *facepalm*). Now… I just don’t get it. It seems that every year there has to be something even more shocking than the year before. Maybe it’s because I’m in my late 30s and I just can’t relate anymore but I’m finding the shows far from entertaining, so now I just catch the YouTube highlights. 

Did you watch the VMAs? Did you have a favorite moment? Was there a moment you could’ve done without?


Daily Prompt: Goals

When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?

I started this blog in August of 2012 with the intended goal to write more and also begin to consolidate pieces that I had on other blogs. I have started to write more because of having this blog, which has been wonderful. It felt good to be able to write things for myself to share that were more personal.  As for the consolidation part of my goal, I haven’t been very successful on that front. I’m working on it though.

Are there any goals that I’ve set for myself since I started the blog? Yes. I wanted to start working on some story ideas that I’ve had swirling about in my head for some time. The first is called In The Spy Game.


In The Spy Game is an original fiction blog done in the spirit of the modern spy genre. I love action, romance, intrigue and espionage. My goal there is just to create story and share it. I hope you’ll take the time to check that out as well.

The Me Inside

“Is it really that bad if someone sees who you are? Why is it humans have a problem with letting someone else see that they are human?” Joseph Gogler

Sometimes it’s difficult to put away the mask. If it were so easy, people wouldn’t really see a need to create alternate personas or use creative pen names. We’d all just be ourselves without worry or pretense. (How I wish it were that easy.) I don’t think there is really one answer as to why we can’t let others in. Past trauma? Fear of not being accepted? So many reasons it’s hard to pinpoint.

As for me, I’m always surprised that others would even be remotely interested in knowing what makes me tick, find out what I’m really like.

Being noticed is one of the weirdest things about an introvert on the internet. Once we’re out there and people pay attention, we’re ready to run back into the corner and hide. At least that is the way it is for me.

And it’s a habit that I’m slowly trying to break.

The Bouquet of Three

Here are the criteria for this award:

1. Display the award!


2. Thank the person who nominated you.

Thank you soulfoodwords for the award. It gave me a reason to post to my blog, which I haven’t done much of and it also gave me a reason to visit your blog again. I like how much you share insight into your life and make it relatable.

3. Pass the inspiration on to 15 recently discovered bloggers. I’ll work on this one. – K.

4. Contact the Bloggers. As soon as I pick them, I’ll let them know =)

5. Share 7 things about yourself.

I have a vivid imagination. I’m a quiet person until you get to know me, then you can’t shut me up. I can’t sleep if it’s too quiet in the room. I have a love/hate relationship with technology. I also have a love/hate relationship with my cat. Being a nightclub owner/promoter in Las Vegas is my dream job. I collect postcards.