Archive | April, 2014

MMM… Hercules and Some News

28 Apr

Welcome to Mirth and Music Monday.

Or as we call it on Twitter #MirthMusicMon.


I had planned on using something else today, but it lacked that little something. I don’t know exactly what, but it was definitely, eh, something.

After a little wandering around I came across this first song and did some laughing, then a suggested video was one of my all time favorite Disney songs and I just had to put these together.  🙂

I hope you enjoy the pair. 😀




Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m a romantic. *sigh* 😀


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Now for the news.

I am sad to say that we will be losing the weekly attendance of the lovely ReGi McClain. She already had a crowded schedule and now something else has been added. Something had to give, and I have to agree with her, parenting is more important than a Monday giggle fest. She is also bowing out as the main caretaker of the linky. She asked if I would take on the privilege and I accepted.

So now I’m responsible for this fun thing we call Mirth and Music Monday. This should be interesting.  😉


That being said, we are always open to more people like you to play our weekly game with us. If you’re a blogger, or have been thinking about it, now is a great time for you to get in on the ground floor of this amazing opportunity.

Ahem… Yeah, I would stink as an infomercial personality.

Seriously, though, if you read these and think you could do it, go ahead and give it a try. We would love the company.  🙂


Rosebud, over and out.


Have a Great Week, Everyone!




Can I Be An Addams?

23 Apr

I’m sitting beneath a thunderstorm, listening to the crash and rumble and drinking tea.

What a lovely day.

No, I’m not being sarcastic. I love a good thunderstorm.

It’s an even more interesting experience these days. Since we live up on a hill it’s not uncommon for the road out front of our house to be struck. I don’t know why all the trees around here aren’t interesting to the lightning. Perhaps the pipes beneath the asphalt call to it. Perhaps the stone used in the mixture is a little magnetic.

It’s a mystery.

Occasionally I think I would fit right in with the Addams family. Aside from the liking pain and eating the strangest parts of animals, of course. (I tried chicken hearts a while back. Eeew.)

I love to dance, and really, really want to learn the tango.

I keep begging my husband to start teaching me swordplay.

I don’t look too bad in black.

I talk to my plants.

By the end of a long winter my skin is so pale I almost glow in the dark.

It would be amazing if snapdragons actually belched little flames, and if a giant Venus flytrap would eat the neighbor chickens that keep trying to roost on our front porch. (It’s annoying having to tiptoe around their leavings).

If it would help get me a little closer I offer up the fact that I married a man who’s 1/2 Italian. And has a habit of swearing in Italian, and Vietnamese, I think. *shrugs*

Then there’s my long dark hair, desire to employ a butler at some point in my life, and my need to suppress these urges that tell me to vindictively give some of our neighbors a taste of their own medicine. (You know how they say ‘good fences make for good neighbors”? We’re saving up for a good fence. We’re also pricing out cyclone wire for the top.)

But, until I get my notice that I’m an honorary cousin, I will have to be content to sip tea during thunderstorms. And perhaps learn a little French. 😉


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MMM… On The Goofy Road

21 Apr

Another week has spun past us. Probably going a little faster and spinnier because of all the Easter hubbub. Ours was a quiet little affair. Pretty much a typical Sunday but with ham and mashed potatoes for dinner. Yum!

Now that the snow is gone all I can think about is that it’s getting closer to an amazing time of year. That time when I can get in the car with a couple other people and drive far away… sometimes for the thinnest of reasons.

I can’t wait!

And in case you were wondering, no, I don’t drive that badly. Quite. 😉


Mirth and Music Monday! or on Twitter it’s #MirthMusicMon. Giving the world a few little reasons to laugh on the most widely dreaded day of the week. If you enjoyed my offerings this week go ahead and visit the other blogs in the list.

There are ReGi McClain and Emily Witt, both lovely and entertaining writers.

You can join us and be on the list if you would like. It’s a lot of fun. I mean, when else are you going to be able to sit at your computer laughing your head off at YouTube videos and be able to say that you were doing research?  😀


Have a Great Week!




P is for Pleasure

19 Apr

So, I’m not alone with the affliction of having an overzealous inner editor pointing out all the tiny (and not so tiny) flaws in the books I read. My case is not quite as bad as Kate’s, but it’s kinda close.

disregard the prologue

…and reading for it.

It used to be that I could get completely lost in a book with no problems. Heaven help my family if it was a series– they might not have clean laundry for a while. There was very little that bothered me about anyone’s writing, at least not enough to distract me from the story.

That’s changed, and I’m sad about it.

These days, I feel like reading is a chore a lot of the time. There are too many books I need to read: things I’ve told friends I’ll read and critique for them, great books in the genres I write in that I’ve never got to, books in other genres that I think will broaden my horizons. And there are the ones I don’t need to read, but want to: the ones I’ve grabbed for free or cheap on the Kindle, ones I picked up…

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MMM… Shirley Temple

14 Apr

This has been an interesting week of home improvement, planting part of the garden and sticking to my diet like a good girl (it’s not usually difficult, but this past week had some serious temptations).

Let’s celebrate the fact that we survived another whirlwind week, and weekend, with some fun.




These are both clips from the movie Captain January. The first movie I can remember crying to. It’s alright, though. It has singing, dancing, humor and, most importantly, a happy ending, like all feel-good movies should.  🙂


If you liked this sample of Mirth and Music Monday go ahead and check out ReGi McClain’s blog. She’s the creator of this meme and host of the linky where you can find out who else is playing along this week.

You’re more than welcome to join in the fun. All that is required is something funny and something musical. They can be just one funny music video, or several of each. It’s your style, your choice. 🙂


Happy Monday!





MMM… Computers!

7 Apr

It’s Monday!

And you know what that means. It’s time for Mirth and Music Monday.

For your entertainment (and for a couple giggles on the hardest day of the week) I have scoured YouTube looking for something that would tickle your funny bone.

Here it is:


Also, to sooth the savage beast (stress) I have combed through countless songs and musicals to find this :

House of the Rising Sun done completely with electronics.


If you liked this post, or if you hated it but are willing to give the concept another try, head on over to ReGi McClain’s blog. She’s the creator of this Monday fun, and has another post waiting for you.

You’re also welcome to join in the fun and post your own Mirth and Music Monday post.

One of these years it would be kinda cool to see our hashtag up on the trending list on Twitter:  #MirthMusicMon


One of these days.  You’ll see.  Bwahahaha!


Alright. That’s enough out of me. Getting a little power crazed in my lack of sleep.  😉


Have a Great Monday!





A Note to Young Writers: Honor Your Obscurity

4 Apr

Boy howdy did I really need to read this. I have been so occupied with why my numbers aren’t where I want them to be that I have become numb when it comes to my other projects. This is what I needed. A reminder that I need this time of quiet, of obscurity, to take my first few stumbling steps without a large audience to magnify my mistakes.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have to find some place where I can set down this big load of worries. Uh, anyone know where the nearest volcano is? 😉

WordServe Water Cooler

woman praying--parodic

In the last month, I spent time with two younger women, both of whom had just released their first book. Sarah and Andrea are both fine writers whom I expect will continue to write and publish books. In the short time I had with each of them, I found myself dumping all my writing and marketing advice, talking about websites, blogging, Facebook, twitter. But I forgot to say the most important thing of all: honor your obscurity.

Very few young writers, musicians, artists value their obscurity. For good reason. We know if we’re to be published in any form, we need an audience, a sizeable audience. We know that most of the time we have to find that audience before that first book contract even lands on our desk. And once it does, and the book is out, we’re tasked to keep racking up bigger numbers. But how do we…

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“More girls should go on adventures”

3 Apr

You guys should read this!  🙂 

  As a young girl I never really wanted to be the ‘main’ hero, but I always wanted to go along on the adventures. I still do. Perhaps that’s why I have so many dreams of conquering the writing world, creating a few businesses, building my own kind of empire (of friends and allies), and traveling through Europe and certain parts of South America. All with my strong, brave and true husband by my side. It wouldn’t be the same without my carefully chosen knight in shining armor.  🙂

Inkspelled Faery

A while back a seven year old young lady by the name of Charlotte sent this letter to the LEGO corporation.

It reminded me of a blog post I read by Maggie Stiefvater about how, growing up, she didn’t have crushes on the male action-adventure leads, she wanted to be them. When I read that, I had a “You, too? I thought I was the only one!” moment.

Now, I have never wanted to be a boy. As a little girl, I was required to always wear dresses (not as unfair as it sounds, a long story), even with my jeans. I played with Barbies (G.I. Joe dolls, too), had tea parties, loved fairies (still do), and was a fan of every Disney princess. But none of that stopped me from rolling in the mud, climbing into trees, crawling under barbwire fences, building forts out of juniper trees, wrestling goats…

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