Mirth and Laughter


Monday, April 30, 2007

I'm a Wimp

Three pieces of evidence that I'm a super wimp (or my writer's imagination needs to be reined in):

Don't be surprised if I announce next week that I've become a vegetarian. I love meat - the dishes, the flavor, and the undeniable protein that it gives you. But, if I think about where it comes from for even a second, my appetite is ruined.

Yesterday, my son got a little lizard as a pet, and he's feeding it beetles. All I can think about is how painful it is for the beetle to be eaten, and how my son's friend caught the lizard in his yard for my son, and how the lizard probably had a family who is missing him and whom he's missing.

Then, I took my son's friend home and we saw a groundhog slipping into a hole in his neighbor's yard. He said that the owner offered to pay him to shoot the groundhogs since their horses are stepping in the holes. So, I started thinking about the groundhog families under the ground and how that will be a nightmare for them as their loved ones are shot for peaking their heads above ground.

Is this not all ridiculous? Do you ever waste your time empathizing with creatures smaller than your pinky finger?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Real You?

The Part of You That No One Sees

You are balanced, peaceful, and sincere.

You're the type of person who goes along to get along.

And you're definitely afraid of rocking the boat.

Underneath it all, you fear your world falling apart.

You'll put up with a situation that you don't like in fear of changing it.

Disruptive and forceful people intimidate you - and sometimes exploit you.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Philosophy Before Dozing

Rene Descartes wrote, "I think therefore I am."

When I programmed years ago, I had a comic strip taped to my computer. It had a PC dancing on the desk saying, "I think therefore I am. I AM. Alive with light and love and happiness!" Then the plug came out of the wall it it fell over. LOL.
In a way though, it's all about attitude while we're here - before our plug slips from the outlet. I've been thinking about that a lot. There's something to this power of positive thinking thing.

I've also been thinking about fate. If we don't get a job or our writing doesn't sell, is it because we're meant to do something else? At the time we might find these things horribly painful, but perhaps in the long run we'll be happier with alternative road. Do you believe in predestination? OR, if we work hard enough, can we accomplish anything?

I'm going to cop out and say that I believe in both ideas -- at least in democracies where people have the freedom to choose. If we work hard, we CAN realize our dreams. But also, some of the best moments of my life have opened up to me because a door closed somewhere else - I believe those things were fated.

I guess I should go to bed before I start quoting Plato. *snort* But tell me what you think about hard work versus predestination. Oh and how was your weekend? :)

Thursday, April 19, 2007


My friend Kim Amburn's DREAMS is out! I started reading it this morning and so far it's terrific. So go buy it everyone! It's available for download here:

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Join us tonight at The Knight Agency!

Come one, come all! RWAOnline authors of paranormal/fantasy/futuristic will be featured in a special chat tonight in The Knight Agency's chatroom. Everyone's welcome to come and ask questions of the authors about their work or the subgenre.

Deidre Knight, successful agent and author, will herself be answering questions!

The chat is tonight - Wednesday, April 18th at 9pm EST. So come and join the fun and invite your friends! The following link will take you there:


Monday, April 16, 2007


I'm so glad I remembered to watch the premiere of DRIVE last night. I wondered how hours of watching people drive in their cars could remain interesting, but it really is full of action. Also, the story, while about the race, is more about the people involved. You get the sense that every driver/partner has a secret, something in their past - a reason for being selected.

It's action wrapped in mystery, and the different characters are terrific. Nathan Fillion is awesome as Tully, a supposed landscaper whose wife was kidnapped. Like Firefly's Mal, he is a hard-ass with a dry sense of humor. The pilot continues tonight, in case you missed it last night.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I'll Try Anything . . .

From Charmed ~

Spell To See A Muse:

'Being of creativity, show yourself now to me, your light which shines upon our face, let our vision now embrace'

To Track a Muse:

'Being of creativity, we call ourselfs now to thee, your light now darkened in a ring, shall fell the power of three we bring'

To Hide a Muse:

'Being of creativity, hide yourself now from me, your light that shines upon our face, from our vision now erase'

** Now why would I want to hide my muse? Clearly, based on this blog, I'm just too damn creative and need to tone it down. *snort*

I WILL write today. What goals are in your immediate future?

Friday, April 06, 2007

Spring Break Blues

Blues. As in music.

You know the kids are getting bored on their Spring break when they've learned to play Amazing Grace on the plastic flexi straws from their water bottles. There was even a discussion of a YouTube video.

It might be time for them to go back to school. I'm just sayin'.

Weekend plans, anyone?

Monday, April 02, 2007

Topsy Turvey

Okay, here's the deal. My kids are getting along and it's scaring me.

Are they plotting against me?

Why else would they be in constant companionship these last few days without yelling, hitting, blaming "it was her/him!" and claiming "it wasn't me!"? (okay, maybe a couple of moments like that, but barely any).

Surely they can't . . . LIKE each other. *gasp!*

Nope. That would be unheard of. It must be a "them" against "the old folks" conspiracy. Nothing else makes sense. I'm going into defense mode now.

How was your weekend everyone?