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The Orples Are Admiring Gerry’s Nano Awards.

Gerry has been laying low, writing quite a bit, it seems.  Let’s all Restawlye and go check him out.  Oscar and Olivia are admiring his first Nano award, but Gerry didn’t stop there. To see just how many awards Gerry has achieved, you will have to visit him, but I will say the one shown here is only the first.

Now the Orples want their own laptop computer so they can write like Gerry does.
Now the Orples want their own laptop computer so they can write like Gerry does.

Olivia is so excited, she wants her own laptop computer now, so she can write while she and Oscar travel among your blogs.  I think after we’ve checked out computers on Amazon, we will visit the neighbors as we usually do this time of day. Please come along if you like. :)

[New post] Photography 101: Mystery

I don’t know who comes up with these challenges, but the orples and I came across a mystery just the other day. Madhu is always shooting off really, really interesting subjects during her travels in her blog, theurgetowander. Being the sweetheart that she is, Madhu invited the orples and me to come play in her domain. We came across this sleeping leopard. It’s a mystery to me as how that poor cat can sleep with those noisy orples chattering away.

How does that leopard sleep with all of that chatter going on?
How does that leopard sleep with all of that chatter going on?

I think Olivia is more mystified by the size of the huge feline. And Oscar is wondering if Olivia is brave enough to wake the leopard up. I certainly hope not. I don’t think Olivia would stand a chance if he’s not a happy camper when he opens his eyes. If you want to see what other adventures the Orples and I have been up to, come with us to visit the neighbors. Today’s post will be the first subject you come to, so just toggle down to see our previous postings, from the newest to the oldest in this category. Enjoy your travels. ;)

The Orples Go to Madrid

Today our travels take us to Spain with Meg. We will be in Madrid, admiring the many beautiful sights their ancient city has to behold. Not again! There go those silly orples. It appears Oscar has fallen. Thank God Olivia is there to save the day. What would he do without her? While Olivia and I rescue Oscar, you can check out more cool arches on Meg’s blog.

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It looks like the orples are in trouble in Madrid. I hope Meg hasn’t wandered off too far. Olivia might need some help pulling Oscar up from the ledge below. These two! What’s an orple-keeper to do?

Come, join our adventure as the orples and I tour other people’s blogs. Please feel free to stroll through my blog category, ‘Visiting the Neighbors‘. The selection varies—and grows–with each new orple adventure. If you would like to be an orple-keeper, too,  grab your badge here.  If you’d like to play along, allowing the orples to play on your blog, with due credit given, of course, please let me know. I’ll add your name to my list. You can see what we’re up to by scanning my other posts. And of course, ping-backs are welcomed.

[New Post] The Daily Post . Bad Signal

Those nice people at the Daily Post have really done it now with their Bad Signal’ Assignment. “Oh man, I hope Olivia hasn’t checked my voice mail. My friend, Sally, called and left a message about my newest book, she just bought.  I’ve been writing an adult trilogy about the Sanderson family, and some other people.  My newest series is a family saga, stretching over about twenty-three years, so, of course, the peopling varies. Olivia was upset, thinking we were still in the prototype stage of that series, and we probably should be, since I’m sure I didn’t catch all of my errors, prior to self-printing. Olivia is still going to be bent out of shape, and she even likes the story. But she’s a perfectionist. She said I should pay an editor, instead of doing everything myself. I told her, I’m broke, and am playing catch 22 with fate. One day, when I’m back on my feet, I’ll reprint, then I hope the first printing will be valuable to anyone lucky enough to own a copy of this version.I keep hoping I’ll run into a big wig, publisher who thinks my Brides trilogy is the bees knees, and will want to reprint the story under their banner. Right now, the first printing is available for sale for both books 1 & 2, warts and all, on Amazon.com. Olivia is too busy being mad due to her competition to care why I self-published behind her back. I might have to spank her if she doesn’t straighten up and act like an adult. I wonder how old orples have to be, to be considered an adult? Who would I ask?

Olivia and Oscar have just found out Brides has been published.
Olivia and Oscar have just found out Brides has been published.

Back to my dilemma. What on earth am I going to tell Olivia to appease her? She and Oscar are my sidekicks. Besides, Olivia can be difficult when I hurt her feelings, which happens anytime she not in the spotlight. I think I’ve created a monster. For anyone unfamiliar with what an orple-keeper (me) has to put up with, you should check out ‘How Orples Came To Be.’.

The Orples and The Model Bridge

As the Orples and I have been traveling around, with one eye on other people’s blogs, Colline has given us permission to play on her turf. She told me to come check out what she’s up to, and we did. You should come see the model bridge she built for her class.

Oscar waits for the glue to dry, while Olive rushes him along.  She appears to be in a hurry.
Oscar waits for the glue to dry, while Olivia rushes him along. She appears to be in a hurry.

Olivia is hoping you guys will enjoy Colline’s hard work as much as I did. Plus, Oscar is finally getting to do something useful. If you want to see what else the orples are up to, check out their Category, Visiting the Neighbors, on my blog page. And please, feel free to re-blog. Also, if you’d like to participate, just speak up. I’m sure the orples will find plenty of places to play on everyone’s blogs. Actually, when I read the article that went with this, Colline was admiring this bridge, not building it,  but don’t tell Olivia. Sometimes she gets so excited, she gets her stories mixed up. Please forgive her for her hastiness.

[New Post] The Orple’s New Friend

Today, Olivia and Oscar found out about Sonel’s monkeys. They were a bit tiffed with me for not having introduced them to Mr. Monkey earlier, but they do realize that all things come with good time.  I need to ask Sonel if this little Monkey has a name so I can extend formal introductions. But for now, it’s Mr. Monkey and the orples, playing together, in Africa on Sonel’s blog (link below). She has some fun little critter’s to play with, So I’m sure we will be visiting her often. In the meantime, tick, tock. Gotta Run. It ain’t easy being an orple-keeper, you know. :)

Hanging around at Sonel's place, playing with her monkeys.
Hanging around at Sonel’s place, playing with her monkeys.

Okay,  Sonel,  I neglected to copy the link from which I pulled this particular photo on your blog. If you would like to direct me back to the source, I’ll share THAT link. For now, THIS link is directing others to enjoy your monkeys via another post from your blog. I get side-tracked trying to keep up with Olivia and Oscar. You would have to be an orple-keeper to understand the frustrations, I imagine.  But we try.:)

[New Post] Literate for a Day

This is a daily post suggestion which is perfect for an orple-keeper, such as myself. Except, we’ll have to pretend that Olivia can’t read, so you guys play along, and don’t tell the folks setting the challenge. I don’t want to get disqualified for some silly little white lie. This is all in pretend anyway. So I think I’ll write to Olivia and tell her what I’m up to, Oscar can read along with her, to keep him in the loop. Although Oscar usually tags along for the adventure. He’s happy with about most any activity Olivia and I choose to participate in.

Hey Everybody, check this out.
Hey Everybody, check this out.

Dear Olivia (and Oscar), While I have some super photographs myself that I can use to propel my blog, what do you think of the idea of inviting other bloggers to join us? I was thinking you and Oscar could borrow photos from other people’s blogs. Remember that blog we did yesterday entitled ‘What in the World?’ Sonel loved to see her work with you and Oscar serving as host. We can link back to anyone’s blog who wants to share. Robin, over at Reflectionsformysoul, wants to jump on this bandwagon, too, so we’re already building an audience. Are you and Oscar willing to work with me here? Just as I am asking other people’s permissions to use their stuff, I want to be sure it is cool with you, too. So be sure and speak up now. Drop me a line when you get time and let me know if you and Oscar are up to the task. I am looking forward to a speedy reply, Your loving friend and orple-keeper, Marcy P.S. Please tell any blogger you run into, the invitation is open to them to jump in on the fun. They’ll just need to let me know if they’d like to share their work. Thanks for spreading the world. .

[New Post] Blogging 101 . Your Dream Reader . Part 2 … Orples

Olivia is loving yesterday’s Blogging 101, writing assignment, which is why we’ve circled back to it, in spite of being a day late. If you read Part 1 of this post set, you’ll understand why this post was divided into two parts, this one being Part 2. Olivia is getting ready to garner some attention, and she can’t wait.

Olivia and Oscar discussing the  purpose of today's posting.
Olivia and Oscar discussing the purpose of today’s posting.

My ‘Dream Audience’? Hmmm, let me see, now… An orple audience would be fun loving people with open minds, opened to the playful side of life. Strategic Publishing has pegged How Orples Came To Be‘ as a children’s book, but I disagree. I think all of my ‘kiddie’ books, and especially my first book, explaining how orples evolved from oranges, are appropriate for any kid, of any age, right up through, and including one-hundred and two! My dream audience would appreciate the lessons to be learned though Olivia’s wisdom and loyalty. The orples help, Jack, their human friend indirectly rekindle his relationship with his father, after his mother’s passing away.  This book starts out sad, but ends on a happy note, with the door having been left opened for sequels. My dream audience would be writing to me, again, begging for more. They would appreciate the encouragement book 2 — ‘The Orples Make A Tree Home‘ gives children to think outside of the box in coming up for solutions as the orples turn their orange tree into an orple environment. And after my dream audience has read books 1 & 2, they would be eager to find out all about Olivia’s schooling in the book, ‘The Orples Learn To Read‘,—book 3 in the series, encouraging children to want to read and learn, in general.Olivia has a lot of spunk, while Oscar is laid back and lazy. I dream that my dream audience will, one day, wake up and realize—orples rule—especially Olivia!  And then they’ll rush out, buy orple books, and start telling their friends, and movie producers, and they will make me as popular as J.K. Rowling. Geeze, I think I need to go take a Valium. Olivia really is beginning to rub off on me, you know. Oh, and while I’m thinking about it, I wanted to mention that all of my books are self-published through CreateSspace  at Amazon, with the exception of my first book, which is printed by Strategic Printing, for the time being. Maybe you cared, maybe you didn’t, but now you know. Blessings to all who have stuck with me and read to the end. .) Olivia, Oscar, and I truly thank you.

Olivia Wants To Get Married

I think I’ve lost Olivia to love, or maybe she’s just infatuated with the idea of marital bliss? Either way, we can all thank Ralph over a post he made back in July. Evidently he is a thoughtful person, and was thanking his followers for his 1,000th sign up. “Well, goodie two shoes for him,” is what Olivia told me, kind of huffy like. Personally, I think Olivia is jealous over Ralph’s popularity.  She changed her tune as she continued to read and came across a list Ralph had made. She got to option #4 on Ralph’s list and is convinced he was asking her to marry him.  I keep telling her, he was being playful. She says that ‘I’m the one’ who is jealous. I don’t even know Ralph, although he does have a cool blog. Anyway, I hope Ralph doesn’t get mad when he sees what this silly little orple is up to now. You know, though, it could be since my book series, Brides just came out, Olivia is contemplating tying the knot herself. There are two main characters named Ralph in this trilogy, so maybe she’s got  a crush on one of them? — and now here comes this guy named Ralph, and Olivia is confused. Then again, Olivia is usually pretty smart, but then again, love does make people do stupid things — like marry a complete stranger — sometimes.  I hope Ralph steps forward and tells her, he was just joking. I think Olivia mistook the question anyway, to be honest. if you ask me, I think Ralph was asking her/you/me what ‘she/we’ thought, not what ‘he’ thought. But I couldn’t convince her of that concept. It is not easy being an orple-keeper, you know. You have to stay on top of these two little characters constantly to keep them in check. Olivia_Bride_Oscar was so upset when he found out about Olivia’s plans, he went fishing all by himself. He’s pouting right now, if you’re wondering why Olivia showed up alone. I keep telling Olivia that Oscar and I need her, here, with us. Why, just yesterday they were playing together at Swannanoah. Those two are the best of friends, or so I thought. You should check out some of their adventures in photos. They have a whole section of action shots, just click on the title of whatever post you might care to comment on.  The  Orples Overview category  gives you a better feel in the world of orples, too, for anyone interested.  As you’ll see, we were getting along just fine, then here comes Ralph, and his stupid list. I sure do hope Olivia changes her mind. You’d think she would at least want to meet Ralph before she just trots down the Isle with him. Ralph, if you stop by to visit, let me know if you want me to delete Olivia’s marriage announcement, or maybe your could even talk some sense into her for me. Sometimes she just sort of takes liberties, but always according to the Golden Rule. After all, she is a good little orple, and good little orples, as playful as they are, do respect other people’s wishes.

Olivia To The Rescue

Being the helpful little orple that she is, Olivia is hanging posters for me to announce my new Brides Series. Even though only two of the three books in the trilogy are complete at this writing, she insists I should be getting the word out. In the meantime, Oscar is the one drooling over the pages of what’s about to happen next. Who’d have thought Oscar would even open a book? Hmm, these books must be pretty good to attract Oscar’s attention. He’d usually rather be out running around, exploring the physical world, or sleeping. Then again, Oscar likes to eat, too. The Orples books tell you all about Oscar and Olivia.  Or you can check out the topic in the margins of my blog page to get a glimpse into the world of orples, in general.   Brides_Ad_103014 Olivia was pretty upset when I told her she had competition.  However, at this point, I’ve convinced her to read my books before she discounts them.  Besides, the way Olivia loves to read, you’d think she would eagerly pounce on the story of the Sanderson family and their adventures. She snooped a little,  and decided to give my ‘other’ books a try. I think she was a little shocked at some of the language, since orples are not accustomed to such colorful words as Roger sometimes uses, especially if Yvonne has been pushing his buttons again.  Plus, Olivia and Oscar both like horses, which are abundant throughout the Brides books.  The orples have even been horseback riding themselves, and have a picture to prove it!