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“Cigarettes and chocolate milk, these are just a couple of my cravings. Everything, it seems, I like’s a little bit stronger, a little bit thicker, a little bit harmful for me” Rufus WainwrightLet’s be clear – we all have them. Vices are things that get a girl through the day, week, year, or life.I don’t smoke. I don’t really drink. I’m not violent. I recently minimized my sugar intake and completely gave up soda. I even go to church every week and sing in the worship band.That really makes me seem square, but I’m not. Not remotely. So what are my vices?Well, I tend to swear like a sailor. I’ve cut down since my son started talking, but every now and then I can’t help myself. It just slips out. Usually when I’m tired or frustrated – and the more of either, the more frequently I drop bombs. That may  be a consequence of another tendency I have to go big.I cannot go halfway. Ever. If I decide I want to do something, I do it completely. That means bingeing. When I watched Buffy for the first time, I watched the entire show in about a month. Then I watched Angel immediately after.It was awful. I was depressed the whole time. But it didn’t prevent me from future television binges or binges in books.When I read something I like, I don’t stop. I have to force myself to go to sleep. And usually that is much later than desireable. If I stop reading after an hour (or even two) when I have a block of time, it’s because the book sucks. Either it’s boring or it’s bad. Which is really bad because I tend to give creative work the benefit of the doubt.That is because I have the ability to suspend my disbelief like crazy. I’ll go along for a story ride, whatever form the media takes. That includes music. For example, while I like Cheb Khaled and Habib Koite, I also like Justin Timberlake and Ke$ha. I can get behind The Wanted and Gogol Bordello. I have no shame when it comes to catchy melodies, fun lyrics, and or fat beats.Yes. None. This extends to my preferences within media. I do not like serious or real. Life is too short to spend my entertainment time on something recounting real drama that breaks my heart and keeps me up at night. So instead, I prefer werwolves, superheroes, scifi, and fantasy. It doesn’t matter the tropes – I’ll watch or read it (currently working through Killjoys and Dark Matter). Sometimes, even if the writing is atrocious, I’ll power through, ignoring gaping story holes or unrealistic characters. For example, Jupiter Ascending – I watched the whole thing. And while I was disappointed in those holes and unbelievable jumps, I kind of liked it. And I would watch a sequel. Seriously.Feeling a little solidarity? What’s your guilty pleasure? Leave a comment below! Or if you want to blog with us, click and join our hop!Also, if you’re looking for entertaining historical or fantasy fiction to round out your summer reading, check out K. Williams’ blog and books. Considering my vices (and my love of Hungary), I think Shadow Soul looks particularly interesting.  🙂Save

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