My Top Ten Pet Peeves

We all have them, don’t we? Things that annoy us, like fingernails scraping down a chalkboard. And everyone has their own list. Below you can find mine, which are shared in no particular order.

1. Noisy chewers

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When people chew with their mouth open or when they chew so quickly that they’re anything but quiet, even with their mouth closed. I want to plug my ears because it drives me crazy.

2. Sirens on the radio.

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I’m not sure who thought of the idea of putting sirens in a song or Advertisement on the radio; but, as someone who suffers from anxiety and who has seen accidents on corners because of people missing an emergency vehicle, I’m very hyper-aware. I’ve actually come to a stop at a green light, thinking there was an emergency vehicle coming, but then I discover that it was just on the radio.

3. Overzealous Honkers

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People who honk at you while driving because you don’t move fast enough for them. I’ve had people honk at me just because I came to a stop at a red light before turning right. A lot of people tend to treat red lights as a yield as opposed to coming to a full-stop before proceeding.

4. Facebook Refreshing

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I’m sure you know this one. You’re in the middle of reading a post and the page refreshes, and the post you were reading disappears into oblivion. Sometimes I can remember the name of the poster, but sometimes I can’t because it’s a group post.

5. Hook-up messages in DM’s from men supposedly in the army

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Am I right? Does this make it into your top ten pet peeves. You’re sitting there scrolling nicely through social media when a new Direct message pops into your inbox, and it says:

“Hello, pretty lady, how are you doing today?”

“Hello, beautiful, how are you doing today?”

Or some variation of the above. Uh, hello, my profile says I’m married. I may be separated, but I’m still married. And they are almost always people supposedly working overseas. Does that make them look more interesting to us?

6. Waking up 30 minutes to an hour before your alarm

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I tend not to fall asleep very fast, so when that happens, I’m usually awake for the rest of the day. It’s the joy of getting older, I have to wake up to go pee more often. *lol* Reminds me of when I was pregnant.

7. Personal space encroachers

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I’m someone who likes my personal space. I’m very easy going and friendly, so I have a hard time enforcing my own personal boundaries…but jeepers, if I take a step back, that does not mean for you to take a step forward. It means that I’m uncomfortable with how close you are.

8. Strong smelly perfume

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I like pretty scents, don’t get me wrong; but, like many others, I have a sensitivity to strong smells, and I’m not the only one. There are some that actually take your breath away, not in a good way, and can trigger an asthma attack.

9. Ignorance over mental health

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It’s really surprising that people can still be ignorant these days, but apparently, it’s still possible. Some still want to believe it’s all made up or just all in your head. They say things like, why do you do that to yourself? Can’t you just be happy, or why don’t you just stop? Things are rarely so simple. Mental illness is complicated and diverse.

10. Dropped calls

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Sometimes you have to wait on hold for a while during a customer support call. Eventually, you get lucky enough to get through to someone, and then the call drops; or, you finally get through the entire automated message, only to have the call drop Now, you have to call back again and go through the same crap again. *Ugh*

What about you? What are your pet peeves? Share them in the comments below. And if you haven’t already, I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog. 🙂


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Believe in Yourself

By this time last year, I only had three stories published:

“Her Lover’s Face” (Novel)
“Wanted: Courage” (Flashpoint: The Inner Circle Writers’ Group Flash Fiction Anthology 2018)
“Never Far Away” (Rapture: The Inner Circle Writers’ Group Flash Fiction Anthology 2018)

It’s amazing what can happen in a year. I’ve had a number of ups and downs since June of last year, non-writing experiences that could have made me give up again, overwhelmed by my challenges; but, if there is one legacy I want to leave my kids, it is that no matter what happens in your life, you never give up and you never quit. Follow after your dreams and never let anything stop you. Did you get knocked down? Well, get back up and try again. No one else can forge your path for you. You have to find the strength inside yourself.

In the last year, I had the following stories/poetry published:

“The Stranger” (poem published on Spillwords)
“Love Knows No Apocalypse” (Mystic Desire: a Supernatural Anthology)
“Love from the Mist” (Mystic Desire, a Supernatural Anthology)
“Not You Again!” (Novel)
“The Dinner Call” (OCEANS: A Dark Microfiction Anthology (Dark Drabbles Book 9)
“The Ocean’s Thief” ( OCEANS: A Dark Microfiction Anthology (Dark Drabbles Book 9)
“Poseidon’s Revenge” (Forgotten Ones: Drabbles of Myth and Legend)
“Into the Fire” (Slow Burn: The Fires That Bind Us Charity Anthology)

“Patricia Elliott” (Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2020)

Upcoming publications:

“The Handcuff Proposal” (a novelette being published in a Black Velvet Seductions anthology)

I also have four, just about five, completed novels and two novellas that need editing, and another series I’m working on that revolves around a zombie apocalypse, in which two stories are already done. And I have two other series in mind. I guess the point of my blog post is that we can live our lives dreaming, wishing we were doing something, or we can get out and do it.

Has someone told you that your dream isn’t realistic? Show them that all you need is motivation to prove them wrong. Want to be a doctor? A writer? An astronaut? Then it’s up to you to set that in motion and never give up, even when the road gets tough. Life will always try to throw you curve-balls, and some of them will be doozies, trust me I know, but you can’t let the negative experiences determine your path.

Rise above them! Life is what you make it. I believe in you.


“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” – Neil Gaiman


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