#7QT All the Search Terms

This week, my #7QT are going to be SO quick, you may not even recognize me as the person writing them. It’s been a super busy week. The hubby returned from his trip to Poland yesterday. This means that I was #allthethings for 10 days. I’m pooped. BUT, I was still writing.

I wrote a series for the illustrious author, Katie Cross on social media. In three posts, I tackled niches and groups, Instagram, and Twitter so if you need a boost on any of those social media platforms, head there! I also interviewed a novelist turned publisher this week, Ericka Clay. You don’t want to miss that – she’s looking for submissions! Finally, I shared a bit about a Dominican Blessed yesterday in my monthly cross post with Tiffany on saints. Busy much? Yeah! So when this week’s #7QT fell in my lap, I cradled and cuddled it like a teddy bear, or a sequin, your choice.

On with our show – be warned, you may choke on your beverage.

In my little tribe group, my friend Jen noted the silly search terms used to get to her blog.

#7QT All the Search Terms by @fillpraycloset #searchterms #funny #bloggingWell, I shared just a few from this last quarter, and had them all in stitches. Because I love to share, I thought – you guys needed to get in on this too. I present to you, the latest search terms to get to my blog, with commentary from me.

#7QT All the Search Terms by @fillpraycloset #searchterms #funny #blogging

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“my filling is very sad”

And for that I am so very sorry. What are you filled with? Vegetables? Maybe some brussel sprouts? How about we change that to Bavarian creme? Jello? Whatever it is, I do hope there’s a donut in there somewhere.


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“prayers for bowling”

Um, really? Ok, let’s see, quick search on Google says, that I can’t believe I’m searching for this  “Many legends ascribe thunder and lightning to some activity of Saint Peter in Heaven (usually bowling).” Thanks, now there’s more of this search term for other blogs.


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“real vs fake pencils”

Who needs…Wait. Fake pencils? What are they made of? Pixie dust and unicorn powder? I.can’t.even.

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“fleeting glimpses of the fleeting”

I wonder if they saw anything. Ha! This has to be in relation to the book review I did for Fleeting Glimpses of the Silly, Sentimental and Sublime by Michael Seagriff, O.P.


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“sometimes you mean friend”

Now this can be read two ways: “sometimes you mean friend” or “sometimes, you mean friend”. Either way, this friend thing ain’t working out for ya. Time to move on!

— 6 —

“hot latina christina arms tattooed nude”

Thanks whoever you are, but you spelled my name wrong. Secondly, just because I am in my late thirties doesn’t mean I am going through the ‘pause, just yet. Some people. I won’t even talk about the nude, unless it’s my favorite new nude lipstick, Maybelline Color Whispers in “Bare to Be Bold”. Take that!

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And this last one, is suggestive. I debated on whether or not I should share it, but when I saw it, I fell.out.of.my.chair. So, if you have delicate sensibilities, please move on to another post.

Did they leave?

No. We have a couple more peeps that are gathering their things…






The best/most provocative/OMGOODNESS search term entered to get to this little blog was:

“i want to be filling you” 

My response? NO COMMENT. Eiw. But please, if you have a blog, share an off the wall search term or two? I don’t want to be alone here (and know that I’m not!).

If your curiosity won, and you need something to make you feel better, have a look at this cake I baked last night. Because surely, this person meant cake frosting.

#7QT All the Search Terms by @fillpraycloset #searchterms #funny #blogging

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Church Triumphant: Bl. Terrence Albert O’Brien

Today is our saint day In case you missed the last few installments, head there and have a look!

Tiffany at Life of a Catholic Librarian, is blogging about Pope St. John Paul II and I am taking a Dominican saint (of course!) with Bl. Terrence Albert O’Brien, a timely saint for the upcoming Solemnity of All Saints. Please head over for her installment.

You may be wondering why I chose this Blessed. There is a connection to Tiffany’s saint. In 1992, then Pope John Paul II beatified 17 Irish martyrs, two of which were Dominican, with Bl. Terrence Albert O’Brien being one of them. Let’s dig in…

Church Triumphant: Bl. Terrence Albert O'Brien #OP #catholic #irishmartyr
Stained glass of Emly Parish “The Window of the Saints in St. Ailbe’s Church. Featured are, Bl. Terence Albert O’Brien, St. Patrick, St. Ailbe, St. Bridget, Bl. Dermot O’Hurley.”

Bl. Terrence Albert O’Brien’s was born in Limerick in 1600 taking the name “Albert” for the Dominican saint St. Albert the Great. He is also known as Toirdhealbhach Albert Ó Briain. He was raised by his mother and an aged priest. No doubt that’s where he got the first stirrings of devoting himself to God. Later, he reached out to his uncle, already a prior in the Dominican Convent of Limerick, and was soon received into the Friars Preachers. When he turned 20, he went to the Dominican School of Toledo where he spent 8 years studying and was ordained. He was then sent back to Limerick to assist his Dominican brothers in mission and lived with them for 15 years. During this time, he was elected prior of his convent in Limerick. In 1647, he was made Bishop of Emly. Throughout this time, there was political upset (especially for the Franciscans who were, at the time, more politically engaged).

In 1651, Ireton, an English general in the Parliamentary army during the English Civil War, took over his town of Limerick. It’s recorded that 8,000 people died of a “pestilence” during this time as well and where the missionaries of St. Vincent de Paul attended to the sick and dying.  On October 27th of that year, the town was compelled to surrender to Ireton. Bl. Terrence Albert O’Brien knew what was coming, as 24 others were arrested, and so he returned to where the sick were, to spend whatever time he had left helping the sick. Officers eventually found him and Ireton informed him he would be court-martialed and imprisoned until his sentence (read DEATH!) was to be pronounced because he refused to accept the Crown than to renounce his Catholic faith. What did he ask for? His confessor. BOOM.

According to The Acts of the General Chapter in 1656 stated that, “he went with joy to the place of execution and there with a serene countenance, turning to his Catholic friends, who stood in the crowd inconsolable and weeping.” Once he arrived at the gallows, he gave his own final testament and prayer.

Jesus despised the shame for me upon the Cross, and God forbid but I should despise the shame for him upon the Gallows….I am not in love with this passage through the Red Sea, for I have the weakness and infirmity of flesh and blood in me, and I have prayed as my Savior taught me, and exampled me: ut transiret calix ista, that this cup might pass away from me; but since it is not, that my will may, his will be done; I shall most willingly drink of it as deep as he pleases, and enter into this Sea, and I pass through it, in the way that he shall be pleased to lead me.

He was martyred on the Vigil of All Saints Day. In Lives of the Irish Martyrs and Confessors  it states that Bl. Terrence Albert O’Brien “summoned” Ireton to answer for his crimes and just 18 days after O’Brien’s martyrdom, he was “seized with the plague” and died 16 days after that. I was also able to find Bl. Terrence Albert O’Brien’s execution speech in The Harleian Miscellany, Or, A Collection of Scarce, Curious, and Entertaining Pamphlets and Tracts

Church Triumphant: Bl. Terrence Albert O'Brien #OP #catholic #irishmartyr‘O Lord, I beseech Thee, give grace of repentance to all people that have a thirst for blood; but if they will not repent, then scatter their devices so, and such as are, or shall be, contrary to: the glory of Thy great Name, the truth and sincerity of the ancient Catholic religion, the establishing of the Royal Posterity in their just rights and liberties, the preservation of this poor Church in her truth, peace, and patrimony; and the settlement of this distracted and distressed people under their ancient laws and in their native liberties.

‘And when Thou hast done this in mere mercy for them, O Lord, fill their hearts with thankfulness and with religious dutiful obedience to Thee and Thy Commandments, all their days.

‘So Amen, Lord Jesus; and I beseech Thee receive my soul to mercy.’

When he had finished his prayer, he took his leave of some friends there present, saying, “God’s blessing and His mercy be upon you all;” and so went up to the ladder, where he again prayed as followeth.

‘Lord, I am coming as fast as I can. I know I must pass through the shadow of death before I can come to see Thee, but it is but “umbra mortis”, a mere shadow of death, a little darkness upon nature. But Thou, by Thy merits and Passion, hast broke the jaws of death. So Lord, receive my soul, and have mercy upon me.’

No sooner had he uttered these expressions, but immediately he was turned off the ladder.

Bl. Terrence Albert O’Brien, pray for us.

Head over and read Tiffany’s post all about Pope St. John Paul II.

Get Published!

I can’t remember how I met Ericka Clay in this land of blogging and my own personal journey to write, but it’s been a ride – and through her I’ve met a slew of other writers, bloggers and cats (she travels with them virtually). She never ceases to amaze me with her hilarity on social media, not to mention being a published novelist. I had to pin her down and ask about her latest transformation – publishing. A mother and wife as well, asking for any little bit of time was a tall order and I knew it. I did it anyway. Expect anything less? Let’s see what I found out:

Ok, so Tipsy Lit has gone through many changes recently. Was this planned? Or did you find something shimmery beneath your feet and EUREKA! You’re publishing? Share.

I definitely wanted Tipsy Lit to be in the publishing space, but I really wasn’t sure in what vein.  I tried going the literary magazine route which was great because I was able to read so many brilliant pieces by very talented writers.  And this got me thinking, “How many of these writers have longer compilations they’d like to promote?”  I’ve always wanted to combine creative writing, publishing and my background in social media marketing and all of a sudden a glittery light bulb turned on: PUBLISH THROUGH WATTPAD!

Get Published! An Interview with Founding Editor of Tipsy Lit, Ericka Clay on Wattpad @fillpraycloset @tipsylit #writing #publishing #author

How does your day look? I mean, you’re an author, poetess, publisher, social media maven, mommy and wife!! *gasping for breath here*

Hold on, I need a second.  I feel a panic attack coming on!  Seriously though, as long as the “wife” and “mommy” parts come first each day, I try to give myself a break when it comes to everything else.  My daughter goes to school for four hours, so as far as publishing and writing goes, I complete my work in that time.  I like to make sure that Tipsy Lit stuff is under control for the first two hours of my day (answering emails, promoting our work through social media, updating the blog, etc.) and then I write for an hour every day and try to hit anywhere from 500 to 1,000 words on latest novel, White Smoke.   I also do social media marketing work for a production company based in LA, and I schedule that work in the evenings after my daughter has gone to bed.  Oh and if I have time I write a poem.  I just reread all of that, and I seriously sound like a lunatic.

What do you see on the horizon for Tipsy Lit? What do you want it to be when it’s all growed up?

Right now, I’m taking it a day at a time.  As long as we’re publishing high quality literature and growing our reading and writing community, I’m happy.  I’ve thought about possibly crossing over into small press territory, but having a publisher myself, I’m fully aware of the hard work, dedication and investment it takes to make a publishing company thrive, and I’m not at that point in my life right now.  But maybe someday.

What are you looking to publish, specifically, and why Wattpad? Give us the quick and dirty.

Jessica Sita (our anthology editor), and I discussed what we’re looking for, and we’ve decided to consider all genres, as long as they’re literary quality.  I’m personally looking for passionate writing and authors who are creative yet still critical when it comes to editing their manuscripts.  And neither of us are fans of erotica or gratuitous violence.

Ah, Wattpad.  Did you know there are over 35 million users on Wattpad, all just sitting there, patiently waiting to read YOUR work?  That’s why I love Wattpad in addition to the fact that it speaks to my social media marketing heart.  At the end of each story, Wattpad includes a set of sharing buttons so readers can send your story through their social media channels.  Love that!  And really what’s amazing is the psychology behind it.  Say you’ve self-published a book and you submit it to Tipsy Lit to have us republish it through our Wattpad account.  You then receive an entirely new readership who will not only want to read any other work you’re currently selling, but they’ll most likely spring for the hard copy of for the self-published version of your Wattpad story because, what reader doesn’t want a signed copy?  So you’ve basically boosted your sales by publishing through us and widened your exposure as an author.  All without spending a dime.

I think it’s important to note that what makes publishing through your personal Wattpad account different from publishing through Tipsy is our online prowess.  We have over 10,000 subscribers on our blog alone, not to mention our  built up social media networks, so you already go in knowing that you’ll gain a whole new following.

Lastly, the Wattpad app.  Readers can put it on their phone or tablet and read FREE stories and they’re formatted to be read just like on your Kindle.  Now, that’s pretty sweet.

How do you unplug? Or do you? Are you really just Small Wonder 2.0?

I loved that show, so probably yes.  But really, I try to find time to read, I take baths, I drink Sleepy Time Tea Extra and pretend it’s a vat of wine.  So that.

Get Published! An Interview with Founding Editor of Tipsy Lit, Ericka Clay on Wattpad @fillpraycloset @tipsylit #writing #publishing #author

Advice for dare-to-dream writers, ahem, me.

Don’t dream.  Do it.  See, that’s what separates the Oprahs from the non-Oprahs.  Oprah didn’t just place her chin on her palm and lovingly sigh, “Gee, it would really be nice to be a universally known amazing mega superstar who’s a billionaire and shouts cars at people – You get a car!  And you get a car!”  No, Cristina.  Oprah never dreams.  She does.  So my advice?  Be like Oprah.  P.S. – I love Oprah.

Seriously, what’s the deal with the svelte ankles?

You’d have to ask God.  He’s the one who delivered the gift.

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That’s all she wrote, folks! If you want that kind of glittery-power behind your writing, head over to TipsyLit for all the details. It’s all about connections, meeting people, building genuine relationships, and presenting them with boxes of Sleepy Time Tea Extra, I’m thinking. In all seriousness, this is the real power of social media and creativity. TipsyLit is harnessing that into a platform where you meet like minded people, or not so like minded, but stretching you all the same – and that’s what it’s all about. What have you got to lose? Your dreams, so says Ericka – and we can’t afford to lost those.  Now start writing!

If you have any questions leave them in the comments, I’m sure she’ll answer them, between robot charges.


Get Published! An Interview with Founding Editor of Tipsy Lit, Ericka Clay on Wattpad @fillpraycloset @tipsylit #writing #publishing #authorEricka Clay is a published novelist and the founding editor of Tipsy Lit, a publisher that cuts the @#%$^&.

Ericka has been awarded a number of times by Writers Digest for various short fiction pieces, she has written four novels (one of which placed as a quarter-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest) and is in the process of writing her fourth novel, White Smoke.

#7QT Still Friends?

I’m writing like a mad woman still, and getting ready for NaNoWriMo. If you’re doing it this year, let me know and buddy up! I’ll need all the pushing I can get not to scare myself out of finishing.

#7QT Still Friends? Wherein I chronicle the crazy, anxiety-riddled-madness that is life-without-my husband #anxiety #family #marriage #nanowrimo by @fillpraycloset

I will say this, all the work that I’ve been doing since August has just been hijacked by my antagonist. Now, his background story is what I’m focused on fleshing out. I wonder, does this mean that all the work I’ve done thus far was for naught? Nah, I am sure I can use the 10K+ words I’ve written already as a help when creating the new plot. What is wrong with me? I know, we ask this all the time.

I thought I would give some updates on all-the-things today, just because you can’t make this stuff up, but mostly because we’re friends.

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Mike left for Poland on Tuesday. He’ll be gone for 9 days. I always make it seem like I’m fine and it’s no big deal, but when he’s at the door about to go, I start to cry. I know it’s totally silly, but he’s really my best friend. I mentioned to him a few days ago how we have our little sayings in both English and Spanish – not like lovey-doevey stuff, were talking funny stuff – taglines that we add when we find something particularly funny. Think adding Adobo to anything, instant awesome! That’s what our banter is like at home. Loving to laugh is only surpassed by loving to make each other laugh.

He got to Poland safe and sound and will attend mass at St. Mary Magdalene church for me on Saturday, take pictures and video of the short walk to the house St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross stayed at when she visited her mother.

We just celebrated his birthday this weekend and he loved all of his gifts (dinner, a G1 Vintage Transformer – a Dinobot if you must know, tickets to our local Comic-Con, a Transformer T-shirt and a new Autobot Transformer – we had a theme – I also baked red velvet cupcakes!).

#7QT Still Friends? Wherein I chronicle the crazy, anxiety-riddled-madness that is life-without-my husband #anxiety #family #marriage #nanowrimo by @fillpraycloset

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Just before Mike left, Gabriel got sick – as in, what the fever, oh my goodness, I am already paranoid and now it’s all in overdrive. So we took him to the doctor Monday. Diagnosis? Strep. Gabriel was excited. Excited? Yeah, it’s all about the “Bubble gum medicine” for him. True to his silly nature, he provided status updates via a makeshift thumb dashboard. All the way down was “feeling super horrible” to a thumbs up being “totally awesome and ready for gym class”. He had Monday and Tuesday off and now he’s back at school.

#7QT Still Friends? Wherein I chronicle the crazy, anxiety-riddled-madness that is life-without-my husband #anxiety #family #marriage #nanowrimo by @fillpraycloset

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Last night, I had a lay Dominican meeting and brought the boys with me. It was pouring out so we left early enough to make up for the traffic that was expected. I am still presenting every month (next month and in December, I’ll present two modules at a time). We were stuck in such traffic that Gabriel had to go to the bathroom. What should have been a 15 minute drive, became a 45  minute crawl. I couldn’t pull over, so Alex and I were talking him through some very dry visualizations.

Alex: The desert, crackers, the sun, the beach!
Gabriel: NOOO! The ocean!
Me: The GPS says 4 more minutes
Alex: Let’s go back to the desert
Gabriel: No, the oasis!

Needless to say, we made it to the meeting, but were so early that the door was locked. No bathroom in sight. What’s a mother to do? I couldn’t leave and find someplace, traffic remember? I for sure, couldn’t have him relieve himself outside. Now we all know about my love of glasses of water. This also means I have bottles of it lying around in my car, unfinished. Not many, mind you, let’s not have that picture.

#7QT Still Friends? Wherein I chronicle the crazy, anxiety-riddled-madness that is life-without-my husband #anxiety #family #marriage #nanowrimo by @fillpraycloset

Think like 2 or 3. I took a deep breath and jumped in the back seat and had him “relieve himself” into the bottle. Purell for one and all as I dumped the contents, head facing away and eyes closed, at the curb. I know. I had to improvise because it was that, or a very wet, and embarrassed boy.

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It’s just me, and just the boys. I love it. I get all the hugs, kisses and rough-housing I can stand. Our first night alone fell on an evening night mass! They only offer evening mass during the week on Tuedsday. The boys wanted to pray for their father and light a candle, we got there a little early to pray before the Blessed Sacrament too.

#7QT Still Friends? Wherein I chronicle the crazy, anxiety-riddled-madness that is life-without-my husband #anxiety #family #marriage #nanowrimo by @fillpraycloset

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We set up camp in my bedroom and have sleep overs each night while he’s away. This means I also get all the snoring, so it’s like Mike is still home. :)

I’m not sleeping well. At all. When Mike is gone I am in charge. I know that sounds silly, but I rely on him to protect me, the boys and the house – because I’m a bit of a mess. Generally, we “shut it down” early. There’s a routine, we turn off the lights, we draw the blinds, he puts the last few dishes in the dishwasher and turns it on, wipes all the counters (see how much I don’t do?) and sets the alarm. I’m already upstairs at this point when he’s home, tucking the kids in. Well, Cristina the most anxious person this side of Pennsylvania, thought to herself last night what happens if I never wake up? How will Mike know? The kids need to know how to call him. 

Me: Gabriel, wanna play a game on Mommy’s phone?
Gabriel: We can’t play games during the week Mommy. It’s a school night.
Me: This is a special game.

And I proceed to teach Gabriel how to call Mike (on both his cell and his work phone – double points, Gabriel!) from my phone. Alex was already asleep, but he was given a recap session at breakfast. With a test immediately after. I know. Totally embarrassing.

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It didn’t ease my anxiety. I was up in at 2AM wondering if a pain in my neck (that has been there for the past couple of weeks) could be something more than just a pressure point that my friend Cathie rationalized for me earlier in the day. Why be rational?! It’s 2AM, it’s dark, I’m alone, in charge of everything and it’s raining!! This meant that I had to test the theory to see if I was right. I searched for my neck heating pad and used it for 15 minutes a couple of times.

I texted Mike to let him know I couldn’t sleep and God bless the time difference, he was around to talk. I scurried to the boys room so I wouldn’t wake them. We talked about nothing, but he made me laugh about “something-something-something I need to chill”. I tiptoed back into my room and turned on my awesome sleep app. I drifted off at 4:30AM or so.

This morning, the pain has subsided significantly. Cathie – 1, Cristina’s Anxiety- zero (Always zero, actually)

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Back up at 6AM! See, Mike usually takes care of the boys while I get ready, so when he’s gone, I have to get up an hour earlier than usual to get myself ready and then spend 7-8AM getting the kids ready. This isn’t so bad, but when you have a crazy night like I had, it’s a tough morning for all involved.

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print. Welcome to my world people! Still friends?

#7QT Still Friends? Wherein I chronicle the crazy, anxiety-riddled-madness that is life-without-my husband #anxiety #family #marriage #nanowrimo by @fillpraycloset
This is why I drink wine. Cheers!

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