Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Musings

What is it about going out of town that makes life so busy? It's a good busy: cleaning out the house, cleaning up the yard so it doesn't look like we've died, making sure we have enough sunscreen. Thankfully, my work scheduled shifted and I don't go back in until Wednesday. That means I've had a solid week to get things in order before we go on vacation. Woohoo!

In other news, I've been editing a brochure for said work place, reading a first novel for a high school student (who is VERY talented might I add) and putting some finishing touches on some personal projects that shall grab me by the wrist and drag me along (whether I'm ready or not) come the first of September. All in all, it's been a bright, shiny week and it's only going to get better!

I got to meet the first of two new babies this past weekend. Two friends had back-to-back babies and I get to meet the second new arrival tomorrow. Talk about lucky! I get a cuddle fest times TWO! Auntie Jen is more than excited :D Heck, with eight nieces and nephews, what's two more "friend babies"? Seriously...oh, and we've more than enough of those as well!!

Speaking of making your yard look like you haven't died, have you ever cleaned out a mint patch where the mint was several feet tall? Seriously, I cut down Hobbit-sized mint yesterday! That is not counting the tendrils that are creeping along the back patio. When they say mint takes over, they mean it! But it's a good take over-very fragrant and oh so convenient when you're craving a mint julep :)

Some of you may have seen my Facebook post about finding a snake in the house last week. Well, yesterday Colby (the fierce beast that he is) cornered and ripped the tail off a lizard in the living room! Geez...when did suburbia become Wild Kingdom? After releasing him back into the overgrown yard, I informed all other reptiles that I appreciate their bug-eating abilities but to please limit it to the OUTside!

That's about it for today! A jumbled mess of a post for sure, but a lot has been going on! I may not have a post next Monday. We'll be out of town for a joyous FULL WEEK!! First time in twelve years for me! But, if you are on The InstaFace, I'm sure you'll see ridiculous amounts of food pictures, beach photos and random shots of me frolicking in my natural habitat: SAVANNAH, GA!

Happy trails!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Maaahvelous Mondays!

Well good morning! I trust you all had a fabulous weekend. Thanks to everyone who stopped by for the IWSG. Thank you also for being patient as it usually takes me the rest of the week to make my rounds. Whew! I honestly don't know how you all do it, reading blogs and commenting and writing and publishing and...

I'm going with the fact that you are all Super Heroes. There. You can proudly tell everyone you meet today that you are, indeed, a Super Hero. Choose your strength, your super power. Mine would be breathing underwater. Oh and time travel...time and dimensional travel. Ok, skip being a Super Hero, I just want the TARDIS.

You see that little guy on my coffee mug? He's a reminder to me that I can do everything I set my mind to. He's also there to remind me that I can't do it all. He's only got two hands but he chooses to only use one. He's conserving his energy for that which really matters.

Many bloggers are going to one day a week posts. That sounds like a fantastic plan to me! Mondays are perfect for me and that's where I'll stay. Except of course for the IWSG Wednesdays! Never fear! I wouldn't give those up (again).

Happy Monday to everyone! Have a spectacular week. Whether you blog once a week or once a day, I hope you get everything accomplished that is important to YOU. Remember: life is short and we should concentrate on what makes us happy, what helps those we love, and what we are called to do - NOT on what others expect us to do.

That is all :)

PS: Oh! And Magpie Tales, I'm swamped today! Sorry I'm not participating this week!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Excerpts - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

...Harry spent as much time as possible out of the house, wandering around and thinking about the end of the holidays, where he could see a tiny ray of hope. When September came he would be going off to secondary school and, for the first time in his life, he wouldn't be with Dudley. Dudley had been accepted at Uncle Vernon's old private school, Smeltings. ... Harry, on the other hand, was going to Stonewall High, the local public school. Dudley thought this was very funny.

"They stuff people's heads down the toilet the first day at Stonewall," he told Harry. "Want to come upstairs and practice?"

"No, thanks," said Harry. "The poor toilet's never had anything as horrible as your head down it - it might be sick." Then he ran, before Dudley could work out what he'd said.

 JK Rowling. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, pg. 32.
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I'm happily re-reading Harry Potter and laughing out loud just about every third page. Are you reading anything fun these last few weeks of summer? Got a crazy desire to join me in reading seven humongous books in a row? Come'll be fun!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group_August

Once again, it's the monthly gathering for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Click HERE for more info on this daring group of fantastic writers who willingly elect to air their insecurities and writerly dirty laundry the first Wednesday of every month :D

I'll admit, I haven't been doing that much writing about which to be insecure, but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about writing.

I narrowed down some story ideas, got them solidified and can see them going smoothly in two, completely different directions than I'd originally planned. Isn't that the way it goes? An idea comes to you and you think, "Hey, I like this. This could be really good! A...B...C...yes! It's perfect." Then, you sit down to write it and, woah! No longer is there a well thought out plot. Your characters begin to revolt and a couple of them walk out of the screening room entirely.


The easy way to handle this is coffee. Chocolate helps. As does a good moment or three of a good, old fashioned pity party. BUT, once that's all over and you've ranted to your cat and the neighbors are convinced you're insane, it's time to park it at the work bench and start filing down those rough edges.

Guess what? When you do, you'll be surprised at how lovely the sculpture becomes. It's just a hint, you know. Just an outline or a synopsis or a pile of notes but it's SOMETHING. And it's YOURS. And, if you stick with it (and let the story tell you where it wants to go), it will be GLORIOUS!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Magpie Tales 231

This week's Magpie Tale stems from the golden age of film. Check out Magpie Tales for more information and for more links to poems sparked by this gorgeous image of Elizabeth Taylor!

My poems and vignettes are written spur of the moment. It's much more fun that way. I treat these picture prompts like stream-of-consciousness practice. I never know what's going to show up on the screen. Hope you enjoy!

Elizabeth Taylor, Set of "Giant", by Frank Worth.

So much sass!
The sun beating down, think I'll lasso it.
Ain't nobody got a thing on me.
Popped hip, sunglassed gaze,
Come and get me grin.

Nobody gonna catch me,
Ain't got time for chit-chat.
Boots and spurs and tumbleweeds
draggin' me down to the next terror town.

Like to stop but I lost my brakes
Somewhere past Alberqerque.
I wonder sometimes if I could make it all stop;
Hop in, sister,
We're goin' for a ride.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fabulous Fantastic Friday

...and also with you.

Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves it's own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” 
~ JK Rowing, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I started my first ever re-read of the Harry Potter books. I read them as they came out, one by one, with years in between. It was the first series I ever pre-ordered and stood in line for at book stores. When The Goblet of Fire came out, I devoured it in two days and had to wait more than a year for Book Five. And, joy of all joys, I got to know all the characters BEFORE the films came out. All in all, I'd say that's the greatest blessing of all. Don't get me wrong; I LOVE the movies. The  cast is superb and could not have been better. Still, there's something to say for the way YOU envision a character and not how Hollywood interprets him.


This week has been a jumble of projects and experiments. Have you ever had an idea that niggled at your mind for years upon years to FINALLY have it fall into place? That happened for no less than three different projects this past week. I'm relieved and tired but oh so excited! I know I'm being a bit cryptic, but for now let's just say that these projects are going to take up all my time but will allow me to be creative AND get some stories out there. I PROMISE, just as soon as I feel I am able to share more, I will :)


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend planned! I'm sorry (again) for not making it around to visit more often. As mentioned above, I've been swamped with self-imposed creativity deadlines. A good thing, yes, but a bit stifling where the social media is concerned. I am pretty active on Instagram and, if you're so inclined, feel free to follow me there. The link is to the right on the sidebar or look me up JENCHANDLERWASHERE. I'd love to keep up with you there!

Have a wonderful weekend!
And may the Norse - I mean FORCE - be with you. Always.