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Top quality. My husband and I would travel for two or three months. And then we'd return, glad to be home and looking forward to moving into a new house. Of course, I'd hire people to take care of the house and grounds and barn s and livestock because I loathe housework and I'm getting too damned old to enjoy mucking stalls.
You didn't think I'd get rid of the critters, did you?
Heck, no! If I had that kind of money, I'd probably add to the herd by indulging my penchant for taking in rescues. That, of course, would mean hiring farmhands to take care of the livestock and trainers to do their thing. The agricultural aspect of the estate would also supply us with almost everything we need and the surplus to sell.
If we're really going to indulge in fantasies, then I'd have a castle built upon vast acreage. What girl doesn't want to live in a castle? As mistress of my own quasi-modern fiefdom, I'd build a village for folks engaged in cottage industries: brewer, farrier, weaver, potter, glazier, etc. Of course, I'd have to go hog wild and turn the castle into a resort or hotel of sorts, offering people the castle experience, but with modern day amenities like indoor plumbing and chocolate.
Yes, chocolate is an amenity and one I prefer not to live without. Now, if only money could buy eternal youth, beauty, and good health. Don't scoff. Part of my fantasy in winning a fabulous fortune like that would involve setting up businesses to train and employ people. I have high standards, but I'd pay those people wages commensurate with those high standards.
I establish a school with a classical curriculum, because kids need more than screen time to learn: they actually need to do things. Yeah, there's a strong social element in my fantasies. The kind of money dreamed of here wouldn't change the world, but it could and would change that little corner where I live. I think it would be a good change. What would you do if you won the lottery?
By Kristalen Babb. Some people use writing as a hobby, while others use it as a career. I, on the other hand, use writing as a therapeutic stress reliever. Although writing isn't my only stress reliever, it's one I use often in addition to gospel music. Now, what does all this have to do with the Dark Forces series?
The first book of the series is The Game by Les Logan. Bad club members! Who could forget that cover? Anyway, Doug is an expert at arcade video games. I guess they had a more pop-oriented style before I hate pop!
So in sum, with current synopses to backup my memory, I describe these books as simple stories easy to read that are warning manuals in disguise. Even as a teen, as I enjoyed reading these books, I became annoyed with the not-too-subtle warnings. Now here is a question: Was each and every book of the series like this?
This is very possible. So I decided that I needed to read one of these books and review the material from a more current mindset. Yes, I found one. Waiting Spirits 11 in the series by Bruce Coville. This is not one of the books I had read as a youngster. This would be my first reading. Would I feel differently reading one of these books as an adult? Are there story elements that anyone, both young and old, could enjoy? And I did find out. A family spends a summer at a house by the beach.
She has her life back home, which includes a chance at dating a guy she likes. You found a boyfriend, You learned a lot of family history. You got possessed and tried to kill your younger sister. Good times! Who is all in the household?
They get along quite well. Mom just does mom stuff. She is a retired professor and it is her house. She grew up in it.
And of course, there are some ghosts inside the house. They always help to make a summer eventful. In various places in the book, there is the death of a child, the terror of an insane ghost, and the startling repercussions of a teen possessed. I had serious reservations at the beginning. Oh well, what should we do next? Despite that weak beginning, the story does mature a bit. And guess what?? Coville, thank you for not doing that. I have done this. I was once, back when these books were published. I am not anymore.