Emily Kinney and Norman Reedus in May to December Romance

PDA of Emily and Norman at Hulu Plus Event
While it may be a little unfair to refer to the news of Emily Kinney and Norman Reedus allegedly dating as a May to December romance, but to be honest a lot of months in this supposed relationship lay between the two. 46 year-old Reedus plays Daryl Dixon in the AMC cult hit The Walking Dead and until recently 29 year-old Kinney played Beth Green in TWD.

The two characters got really close in season four, after the breakdown of the group’s prison sanctuary, only for Beth to be kidnapped and then killed in season 5. Many fans of the show believed that the two would have become a couple in the show had the younger Green sister lived. Certainly Dixon’s reaction was on par with a man who just discovered his true feelings for the girl. There was even talk of a petition to bring Beth back.

In real life, according to Emily, Norman was very supportive, and still is, with her transition from The Walking Dead regular to singing at concerts. Firstly it was all about texting and showing up at conventions and singing gigs. This attention to Kinney has led to love according to a source close to the “new” couple.

Other media publications are full of pictures that seem to prove that with that much PDA going on, there can be little doubt that the two former cast members have found love between the cons.

Kinney was distraught and shocked to learn of her character’s death as were her many fans. Beth may not have existed in the comic book world of The Walking Dead, but she was a favorite in the TV verse. Sadly, her story was cut cruelly short just as the girl’s character arc made an upward swing. That Beth died so soon after growing so much was bitter and ironic, proving that she did not “need” Daryl apparently doomed the girl.

Reedus has been a fan favorite from the beginning. The crossbow carrying laconic character, brother of Merle, was rumored to be gay or have a thing for Carol. In real life, Norman, father of a 15 year-old boy, named Mingus, is now attached to Emily Kinney, although the romantic aspect of their relationship is a recent thing according to sources.

Looking at the pictures splashed across the Internet, the two seem to be in that delirious stage of the relationship where they find it hard to not touch one another. While a chorus of “awww’s” may be drowned out with loud hisses of dismay, Norman as Daryl is the show’s biggest “pinup,” the two do look very happy and excited about this recent development.

Happy Anniversary: Has It Really Been Three Years?

Author's photo 2013
Sitting here recovering from being forced off the road on my bicycle Tuesday, my Internet came up briefly to show I’d gotten a trophy from WordPress. My connection then disappeared for hours so I hobbled around and did dishes and continued to put frozen vegetables on my swollen legs and ankles. Later, it came up long enough to reveal a Happy Third Anniversary award had been bestowed upon my little blog and the first thing that came to me was, “Has it really been three years?”

Really??

So much has happened in that short time span. Injury at, my then, work, returning to work, heart attack, ill-health retirement, Guardian Liberty Voice, South Africa, USA, Las Vegas, Arizona…

Sadly, throughout the Guardian Liberty Voice and Vegas time frame, I ignored my little WordPress baby. There were so many people I met in the business that should have been written about here. Stupidly, I put too much effort into an organization that was never going to amount to its owners’ claims.

This is about my blog, however, and not about shysters conning writers into over producing articles in a sweat shop content mill that pays less than nothing. I did take one thing away from my experience that hopefully will make my little blog a better place to hang out, I’ve gotten better at coming over here and posting.

While I’d like to say that I am also a better writer, my ego will not let me make a claim like that without laughing so instead let’s just say my confidence level has increased exponentially and leave it at that. And as you can see, I still have a tendency to write paragraph long sentences, so that has not changed!

But at least one thing has. My profession has gone from Prison Officer to professional writer. While I never made a fortune writing for my former employer I was paid to write. On the same token, it tickled me to death that I was paid to watch films and review them, something I did for free before and I also got to interview some awesomely talented actors, like Tony Todd, Tiny Lister, Terry Kiser, Stephen Bishop, Jordan Hayes, et al.

I got to meet some great folks at conventions and I was not paid to do that, it was expected that I attend all the con’s scheduled days, meet and greet and write a minimum of three articles a day. That never happened, and, somewhat unsurprisingly, despite what had been agreed upon, which was one article per day, this was not where the publisher saw the paper going, it was content mill or nothing.

All the fun I was having being duped into believing that what I was doing was crucial in building up a solid entertainment section kept me from my own “words and music.” My reasoning was that if I was getting paid to write, I had no time to write for free.

This from a guy who was writing, for quite a while, 8 to 10 500 word-plus articles a day. Now I have made up my mind that the only thing which will keep me from stopping by daily will be lack of Internet or death. Although I probably should make an allowance for healing time, as I just now put another bag of frozen broccoli on my leg.

I will say, again, how much I appreciate all those folks who have come along for the ride. Those who started off with me, only to leave through frustration, and then came back; I thank you for returning. You must have been checking up on me occasionally. That pleases me no end. For those who stop by to comment I also thank you. I have learned a lot from folks who took a moment or two to let me hear another point of view.

I raise my metaphorical glass to you all and I will try to never desert you, or my little blog again. Oh, and if the editors of WordPress ever feel the need to award my little blog another Freshly Pressed, I wouldn’t say no.

Just saying…

Cheers!

21 March 2015
Quartzsite, Arizona
USA