2015-08-16_1439751401Hey!
I’m Rara. Rawra.
The Saur. Rarasaur.
Radhika. Radha.
His wife.

Ra.

Oh, call me whatever you want so long as you say it kindly.  The important thing to note that is that I’m obviously basically a dinosaur.

Welcome to my little bloggy town! <3

‘Round these parts, you’ll see that I blog (nearly) everyday about what makes us tick, the awesome internet, cryptobeasts, prison, widowhood, muppet philosophy, and blogging.

Before you get started, here is a list of things you probably should know:

  1.    I love lists.
  2.    I live in Southern California and can’t stand the beach.
  3.    I’m a techie, nerd, and geek. (Yeah, they’re different things.)
  4.    I don’t eat sugar. Usually.
  5.    I spent 438 days incarcerated and was released July 18th, 2015.
  6.    I’m here for you if you need something– just email me.
  7.    The moon is 63,057,742 very tall giraffes away.
  8.    I read thousands of books a year and never blog about them.
  9.    My husband — artist, blogger, writer, Dave Martinez (Pen name, Grayson Queen) — passed away in May 2015 from reasons unknown.
  10.    This blog turned 3 years old in August 2015.
  11.    The picture above was picked by popular demand.  I generally don’t like pictures of myself where I’m not holding a cup of caffeinated beverage, or sitting by a dinosaur.

I love people who do things, people who hate things, people who love things, and (probably) you.

Well, don’t just sit there… get comfortable, say hey, and tell me a little something about what makes you tick so we can start doing frightfully wondrous things.

Come on, let’s go!

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    1. I’ll drink to that CitizenVII! I usually have 3 books going at once, but I’ve been slacking of late. Not enough hours in the day.

      RaRaSaur, I probably love you too. I think you may be my brand of wacky.

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    2. Citizen– I just trained myself (and everyone else in my life, ha!) to help me make time for my reading. I’m always the most sane when I’m in the middle of a book. :) The Nook helps a lot with reading on the go, but the quantity comes down to the speed reading. If it took me longer than half an hour to get through the average book, I don’t know what I’d do….

      SA — ❤ All the best people in the world appreciate wackiness.

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    1. Done, and done. :)

      the lure of taco’d fish
      is undeniable
      because great fish tacos
      make big dreams viable.
      their very existence
      proves destiny pliable–
      since even fish-fate
      is unreliable.

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  1. i’m new to this blogging thang and pleased as berry punch to have your follow… thank you! i envy the time you find to read… if wishes were fishes, i’d live in a sea of pages. xo

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  2. Dear Rarasaur. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Sounds like you know how to make life fun. I would love to read a lot of books like you do. But, I have quite a few commitments with work. And work. And work. Sigh!

    I hope we’ll keep crossing paths on the blogosphere!

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    1. Just explain to them that you have to read while working and talking to customers because it’s part of your religion. :) Or, I guess, you can do what most people do and be more discriminate in your book choices than I am. :D

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  3. Very interesting introduction! I’m a psychotic reader too, and can never remember what a story was about a year later because of this. Thanks for your visit!

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  4. OK, so I DID come over to see you and to say thanks for following my blog, but in reading your “About” post, I am intrigued and entranced. And into your blog, too. It is the most intriguing description for that hard to fill About post!

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  5. Wow all those interests and still time to read!! I was hooked by your love of shiny things!! I love shiny sparkly things and the colours of autumn. I look forward to reading your posts x wonder what i wrote that grabbed your attention!?!?!? But I am honoured x

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    1. It’s all those interests that motivate me to read. :) I found you from your haikus back in October, which I promised myself I’d be back and comment on as soon as I wasn’t working mostly off my phone again. Yay for shiny things!

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    1. Yay! (My posts will get more eclectic again after my November commitments are over, but for now I hope you enjoy learning about diabetes, novel writing, poetry chapbooks, and picture book ideas, ha!)

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  6. WOW! I love what you’ve done here. My brain is exploding with all your cool eclectic energy. I know I’ll enjoy following you, as well. You have good taste, and I know that because you decided to follow my daughter, Lily in Canada! She’s a funny kid.
    Also, I’m about to move from Illinois to Southern California – maybe we’ll run into each other? ;)
    Lisa

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    1. You’ll love it here in SoCal! :) Yep, I found your blog’s from Lily’s, haha… I went from why I should feel sorry for the Trix Rabbit to all about sumo wrestler strength– loved the journey from her blog to yours. You guys sound great! Hit me up when you’re in town :)

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  7. I have a short story on my blog about coffee drinkers and fantastical things, you should read it! It’s the only one up (on the page short stories and serials), so you can’t miss it.

    That being said, thanks for following. Your tagline is awesome and made me lol soda (I don’t know why, it just struck me funny).

    Yeah, lol is a verb now, I’m calling it, and you’re welcome for linguistic history being made on your blog comments.

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    1. Read it, love it! In fact, it’s why I followed. I keep re-reading it to collect my thoughts before commenting, but it may take some time. I process slowly. My tagline makes me smile evilly every time I see it, though I don’t know why, glad to know that others react to it, as well. :) Of I go to lol my way through the funny blogs of the wordpress.

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  8. Hey you, thank you for following my blog..for whatever reason you have chosen, it’s humble, it rambles and majority of the time possibly doesn’t make sense. :-) I love your openness about yourself and your site. ..and now I shall read some of your snippets :-)

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  9. A girl after my own heart.

    You sound just like me; down to the thousands of books a year (although I think I’m in the mere hundreds). I also like talking about anything and everything. Although I will draw the line before talking about poop and vomit.

    Anyway I’ve just started blogging and was debating my inability to talk about just one thing. Thank you for making it look good.

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    1. Yay, another twin! I also don’t like talking about poop or vomit. You can’t even win me over to the poop-conversation-team with kitschy jokes. Blogging about multiple things is the only way to keep my interest, I’ve found, which will hopefully make my blog last longer than most of my hobbies. 2 months and counting, wahoo!

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  10. Glad you got out of a book long enough to find my blog. Now I have found yours! So many interests you have! Many things in common except the sand between my toes…I personally love it… : )

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  11. So far the most funny and interesting blog I´ve found! – Thank you for finding me so I could find you! I really don´t have the time to be on the look out…there are heaps of National Tests going on now, and I´m the one who gets the honour of correcting them all.

    You sound like family. We are a bit lika that. Jealous I am though…books, books – when will I find time to read them? The positive side of my job is that I get to read many books written for people the age of my pupils, 16-19 year olds. Some of them are really good…

    Savoured your post on Sherlock…my daughter, son and myself are simply entranced by him. Nice analysis. My students will love it too – may I use it?

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  12. I’m intrigued by your blog – I love the dino bot! But I’m even more intrigued what got you following ours?! (Big Thanks btw!) Do tell, so i can keep it up! Also, I really hope you’ll join in the conversation on all our adventures in Hong Kong, we love hearing from friends back in the States! Blessings, JK.

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    1. I loved the Heroes Worth Knowing section! Geeks like myself often get caught up in the fictional heroes and sometimes forget to look around the world and see the real heroes amongst us– I figure having a little reminder in my life is a good thing. :) Thanks, the DinoBot is a little glitchy, haha, but I love him!

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      1. Good to know! Will keep adding more heroes!!

        I think what I loved most is that you made sure to tell us your bot was better than your husband’s! LOL, I love teasing my hubby, so that made me laugh! – Have a great day! -jk

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  13. I did pop in to thank you for following me and, oh wow….I’m sure glad I did! Love, love, love your blog. It is so entertaining and I love the eclectic-ness of it. I will be stopping by often! Oh, thanks for the “follower”.
    Cheers!

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  14. Rarasaur, it’s amazing how we random geeks and lovers of most things do find each other. It’s always reassuring to know others whose love of things is a long list. My lists knows no bounds as my photography proves. Welcome to my family, it’s a pleasure to join yours. :D

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  15. I also dislike sweating, except when I workout. Then it makes me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile with my time, other than simply lifting a weight (for no real reason). I’m glad that you decided to stop by and follow my blog, especially after reading your about page and some of your posts. Keep in touch ^-^.

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    1. Oh and since I committed the irksome crime of just saying “thanks for following” (even though I upped the ante by using an exclamation point) I’ll follow up with a “I like your R2D2 on your banner”.

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    1. Ghost stories! Oh, the things I put into my WordPress reader make the list above look small and normal. :) Glad to have you around, hope you can glean all the cheer you need. :)

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  16. You following my blog makes me really happy and surprisingly jealous. Happy because it made me find your amazingly wonderful and inspiring blog. Jealous because now my blog doesn’t seem special at all. :D

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  17. Dear Rarasaur,
    Thank you for reading and following my blog.

    Not sure how you found me, but glad you did. I used to aspire to read as voraciously as you do and once upon a time I could consume three or for epic length books a week. Now I am fortunate to catch up with a few blog posts every couple of days. I click “follow” in an effort to remind myself of blogs that may fall off of my radar and drift out of my memory due to my specific life and health challenges. I am starting to feel less guilty for doing so. I think I’m luck to type 50-60 wpm. You are the me I wish I could be in so many of the things you spoke about. However, I’m coming to accept and appreciate me and be able to admire and like those who are able in ways I am not without criticizing the me I am now. I hope that made sense.

    Nice to meet you.

    Blessings,
    Kina

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    1. Hi Kina! Yes, it does make sense. You’re a wonderful you, and I’m a wonderful me, and it’s good to find wonderful people. :) I’m enjoying your blog, and I hope you feel right at home here on mine. :D

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  18. You are all kinds of awesome! I’m afraid that if I don’t get off your blog and go to bed I won’t sleep tonight! I love rabbit holes filled with words and pictures and all kinds of fabulousness! Thank you for you! :D

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  19. hi. first, I would like to thank you for following me. second, sorry it took me this long to thank you (lol). third, OMG I love your blog. it’s so refreshing, it reminded me to remain a kid (by heart). I am definitely coming back for more. looking forward for more of your posts…

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  20. I love this blog – haven’t been in the ‘blogging business’ long – but I haven’t yet found one quite like this! Thank you for following me and I’m sure I’ll enjoy following you.

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  21. If you are any indication of the writing community here on WordPress, then count me in!!! You are crackin’ me up and making me want more. Inquiring minds need to know though…..Was it the Crack of Dawn or the One Very Long Cold Night for Cooper?

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