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Inspiring Quotes

Author: Inspiring Writing Quote, Alice Walker✏️

“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.”

-Alice Walker

Author YouTube

Author: Bean Bunny Painting (YouTube Video)

I am slowly, but surely, learning my way around my video editing software a bit more. I completed my Bean Bunny painting today and compiled my footage together into a video on my YouTube page. I had a bit of trouble with the quality of the paint as I went along, but I think we got somewhere. Cheers!

Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: House Projects & Zealotry, Oh My (Five Minute Humorous Snippet)

I am an avid house project kind of person, when I’m not writing. With YouTube, Google, Logic and Experience latched into my toolbelt, I know no bounds. I’ve embarked on everything from upcycling, painting, tile work, gardening to other DIYs. I have chanted the oft repeated phrase: “Can I fix it? Yes I CAN!” until the neighbors took up a timeshare in the Bahamas. I have also have run into my fair share of mischief and oopsies (that’s a technical term) along the way. Painting is one of my favorite DIY projects to do.

Today, I began to paint some heater vents that were original to our house. I think they were last painted in 1647 by the looks of them. In my zealousness to try out my new paint and sponge painting technique, I got the very white paint all over my hands and even (as I discovered anon) in my hair. This paint (I did not realize until later) has primer in it. Primer in Latin means “forever with you, sucker.” I looked it up. I then realized (anon, again) that I have a hair appointment tomorrow morning with my hairdresser (in order to look like a halfway decent human being, etc.). The saint, my husband, turned to me and said the following after I bemoaned I couldn’t get said paint off my hands and probably wouldn’t have much luck with my hair before tomorrow’s appointment.

“Don’t worry; you look beautiful.”

My response?

“I look like a pigeon who poo’d on itself.”

And that, ladies and gentleman, is a glimpse behind the mirror of my writing, humor and life. Please remember to tip the attendee on your way out. All proceeds go towards pigeon safety training, feeding times and rehabilitation. Coo coo, cachoo.

Happy writing.

Arcian Art

Author: Painting in Progress (Henson Bunny)

Some in progress artwork. If the footage comes out halfway decent, this will be turned into a YouTube video (I hope). Five worthless points if you can name the character, the movie title, the movie scene, what song the character was singing during this scene AND the director.

Happy New Years. Cheers.

Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: Jim Henson & 233 Scene Takes

Just a quick check-in to wish everyone a Happy New Years. My second novel (GOTD) is going better–slow and steady. I’ll be focusing on that over the holiday weekend to get as far as I can.

In the meantime, here’s a fabulous video of 233 takes from Henson’s “Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas.” The director wanted the drum to fall just right against the milk cannister out front, and land sideways halfway off the curb (which finally happens…233 tries later). I read somewhere in the comments that when they tried this during rehearsal, they nailed it the first time. When they went to tape it…well, you’ll see.

Two hundred and thirty three tries. I admire the tenacity. A necessary skill to have in writing.

Oh and Frank Oz, you’re a genius. God bless The Muppets. ❤

Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: Seasons Greetings (Out ’till New Years)

Just a quick note to say I’ll be using the rest of the year to (finally) finish up my second novel–GOTD (acronym given only, until published). I’m currently beta reading for a fellow author, and I hope to be done with this for him by the end of the month/sooner. It’s been a great exercise for me to see how other people write and look at the process from different angles. It’s been helpful in getting my gears going again, clearing the cobwebs and giving me the courage to finish my book.

The saint and I also picked up a bunch of horror movies we found at a dollar store. I plan to watch these to see if 1.) if they’re any good (I’m so very picky about my horror; a lot of it is junk) and 2.) if they are good (or fail abysmally), I will take a look at the plot (story structure) and see what went right and what went wrong. When I write, it’s a very visual process for me, so I feel this will help strengthen my writing. This can also be done after you read a book, of course.

So Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great New Year. I’m off to Wonderland, ta-ta.

Christianity: My Journey & Thoughts

Compassion International: Sponsor a Child in Poverty

The saint and I sponsor several children through Compassion. This Christmas season, if you are able, consider sponsoring a child. You’ll exchange letters, get to know your child, and see how they are progressing in school, health and life skills.

This is an organization I’m very passionate about. This is the real Jesus–caring for children–the innocent and very vulnerable–in a kind, compassionate and faith driven way. Building up communities with well thought out, phased planning.

Find out more here. Thank you.

YouTube Shares

Close to a Cure: Epidermolysis bullosa (EB | Butterfly Skin)

Link is in the video description if you want to donate to the research fund; consider sharing the video to spread awareness. Sounds like they’re really close to a cure! 😁👍❤️
Brief Humor & Check-Ins, Introversion/INTJ

Author: Poking Pesky People, Introversion (Humor | Bring Snacks)

I’m going to go out on a limb here and offer an observation. You’re welcome to swing it back over the net and volley it around. I’ll walk away and let you chew on the little birdie. 🏸

Introversion is seen as a problem by many people as a personality “quirk” that is less than ideal. If you’re not a card carrying member of the fabulous trifecta F’s of American society (see: football-family-and forever fiestas), you might get the coveted ‘weirdo’ sticker plastered onto your forehead. This sticker doesn’t come off in the shower, but one can fix their bangs around it quite stylishly. Sassy…

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Ponderings

Author: Veganism & Responding to Rude People (Bring Nunchuks | Humor)

Many people, I’ve learned, choose to have closed minds and closed hearts. They do what they do, like what they like, hate who they hate and think they’re right 99% of the time–the 1% they’re “wrong” is them being gracious. They may chew on something you present, to the best of your knowledge and patience, that is novel and slightly interesting to them–only to have them spit it back out on the table and return to their life, as-is. These are people who refuse to grow. Unique dietary choices are one of these topics…

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