Guide to Caring for Humans


I try to limit this blog to writing related posts. Maybe I’m celebrating reaching the National Novel Writing Month goal of a draft novel of 50,000 words (yay!). Or maybe I really am just a crazy cat lady…

However I thought this was one of the best cat videos I’ve ever seen.  The narrator sounds so sincere.  It made me laugh, so naturally I wanted to share the smiles with you.  If you are not a cat person, then forgive my silliness.

Enjoy the video below.

A Cat’s Guide to Taking Care of Your Human


NaNoWriMo Got to Get Better

First, to all of you in the USA…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Now, back to NaNoWriMo.  It’s all about improving my skills as a writer.  That’s my relationship with National Novel Writing Month.nanowrimo-Bernstein

I’m always trying to find a way to get better as a writer.  Every time I sit down and open a story/file, I think “I’ve got to get better.”

And yes… I have another song to inspire me.  I love blues.  I repeatedly go back to an old version of “Stormy Monday” that Eric Clapton did back in the days of Cream… But today I’m not indulging myself in that tune — because I’ve got to get better and…


NaNoWriMo — Prison of Your Word Count

Nanowrimo 1There are just a handful of days left for National Novel Writing Month 2013.  Is your muse roaming free and supplying you with details?  Or are you trapped in the prison of your word count?  Are your ideas orderly?  Or did your train of thought chug away to parts unknown?

A rhythm helps — a steady, quick beat.  Can you hear that?  It’s your word count going up.  In time for you to finish NaNoWriMo and win.  Can you hear it coming?  It’s rolling ’round the bend.

 Now WriMo-mo-mo!

Because that NaNoWriMo train keeps rolling…

(Okay… so I admit that my “stay-cation” is over and being back at work inspired the prison theme.  But it was still a fun song.)

Liebster Blog Award

liebsterMany thanks to Debra Paulson for sending me this “Internet hug” as she so charmingly named it.  And I’m thanking her for her patience, as she sent it back in October.  I never forgot though.  I’ve just been trying to “WriMo-mo-mo” for National Novel Writing month.  (Follow the link and take a look at her great blog.)

What is a “leibster” you ask?  Well, this is how Debra described to me:

The Leibster Award is given to up-and-coming bloggers. You must answer the questions your nominator gives you, and you must nominate other bloggers. So it’s a sort of “share the love” award – a great big internet hug, if you will — to share the love.  Well you know that I’m a hugger so here goes!

Here are Debra’s questions for me:

1. Is proper grammar important 2 U?  OMG absolutely, LOL.  Seriously though yes, but I bend that for novels.  I think you have to step outside “proper” (somewhat) to make an enjoyable novel.

2. Is it hard to be honest in your writing? No.  Not being honest is harder.

3. Why did you start blogging? (Take note of question 2).  This blog is the beginning of what I call my “Grand Experiment” in indie publishing.  I’m trying to learn the ropes.

4. Do you wish you could stop blogging? Ummm… no.

5. Do you believe in ghosts?  Yes.  Bwahahahaha!

6. What do you do when you’re not blogging?  I work to pay the bills.

7. What would your once-in-a-lifetime day be?  Since I can only do it once, let me get back to you on that.  :o)

8. What are you terrible at? And are you really?  Taking a compliment. Even if I think I deserve it, I have a devil of a time doing that.

My Nominees

Okay… the rules said “up and coming bloggers.”  I don’t know many bloggers at all… And the ones I know have all been blogging longer than I have.  So I’m going to bend that rule and nominate a few of my favorites, and not worry about how long they’ve been blogging.  And I hope they can take a moment for a few fun questions.

Now, here are my nominees, or hug recipients. Maybe I should call them hugees. Check them out!  (Don’t worry “hugees” I know many of you are participating in NaNoWriMo, or are otherwise very busy.  I’ll extend the same patience that was given me, and hope you accept this award.  🙂  )


Questions for My Nominees

I’m taking it easy on you with just a few questions.

  1. If you could go anywhere for as long as you wished, where would you go?
  2. Have you become what you wanted to be when you grew up?
  3. If you could say one sentence that the whole world would hear, what would you say?
  4. What is your definition of success?

Liebster Rules

Here are the Liebster Blog Award (entirely optional) rules:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog (that’s me).

2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you (that’s my site).

3. Answer the questions posted for you in my blog.

3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to three blogs with 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.

5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.

To those of you in the USA — Happy Thanksgiving.

Mega hugs,


Three Things: 28 – Sublime, Dragon, Funds

BBCA Doctor Who 50th AnniversaryToday is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.   As a long time “whovian” I had to give a nod to the television show, because it is sublime.  If any of you are not familiar with this phenomenon, it is a BBC science fiction television series about a “time lord,” known as The Doctor.  He travels in what looks like a blue police box called the TARDIS.  The sound this time machine makes reminds me of a dragon coughing.  Apparently in the early days the series didn’t have a lot of funds for special effects.  However, I loved the old campy episodes with their low budget special effects.

“Doctor Who?” you might ask.  My favorite Doctor has always been the fourth incarnation, Tom Baker.   The late Jon Pertwee, the third Doctor, is dear to me as well.  If you like vintage fashions from the early 1970’s you should take a look at some of those episodes.

If you need a refresher of where our 1920’s serial left off, go to the Three Things Serial page.  So today I give you three things supplied by Provincial Lady that I have just taken the liberty of turning into…

Three Doctor Who Things

28. Sublime, Dragon, Funds

Boris leaned on Andy heavily as they boarded the yacht.  As they got closer I noticed cuts and bruises on the faces of both men.  Poor Mona looked like she didn’t know which way to turn.  She was as conflicted as ever over the two men.  She fluttered between them, trying to help both.  Mr. Ringling sent for a doctor.

Countess Babikov sat back down looking like she was still a bit dizzy.  I picked up the blanket Ringling had brought earlier and tucked it around her lap.  Everything on the yacht was luxurious, even the blanket.  It was soft to the touch and embroidered with a Chinese dragon.  A thought suddenly popped into my mind — the bent key.  It had some kind of design engraved on it, but it was distorted by the damage to the key.  Could it have been a dragon?

The expression in Countess Bepa’s eyes was sublime as she looked at her grandson.  Something seemed to have been settled between them just with that eye contact.  She was gracious, despite her own injuries and calmly asked for introductions.  By then all the Fabro boys were onboard as well.

“Pip dear, who are these fine young men?” she asked and I supplied all the “F” names of the Fabro brood.

They were all polite, even Andy.  Our poor little Astronaute man, who was so sweet on Mona watched sadly as Mona tended a cut over the Russian’s eye.  However, when I introduced him to John Ringling, his face lit up.  I gave a glowing description of the science fiction stories Andy liked to write.  The next thing I knew, Andy boldly pitched an idea to the circus magnate.  I was stunned, because I had never heard of anything like what he described.

“It’s a kind of advertisement, Mr. Ringling.  A very short film clip… of course staring Mona,” Andy said with a glance at the brunette and a blush.  “It could be shown just before a film.  Imagine this if you will…  A young woman sits on a swing, day dreaming of performing on the trapeze at the circus.  Then the film segues through a fog, and then shows a brief clip of one of your trapeze acts.”

I was fascinated by the idea.  Everyone had gotten quiet. Ca d Zan-1

Andy offered a bit of encouragement.  “The funds required to produce it would be minimal.”

The circus millionaire gave Andy a blank look and I was half afraid he might throw Andy off the yacht.  But then he tilted his head to one side, looked from Andy to Mona and pursed his lips as he studied the two.

“Oh, why not,” said Ringling.  “Now that I have Bepa and Boris both safely onboard I’m ready to go back to Ca’ d’Zan.  You could come with me and we’ll film this advertisement there,” he said.  Then he spread his arms wide and added, “All of you could come.  There’s plenty of room.”

You should have seen the look on Andy’s face!

NaNoWriMo — Fire then Rain

You can’t be “on fire” all the time.  You’d burn out.  Fast.

Periods of being on fire, no matter what your passion, need to be followed by times of rain.  Not quenching rain — you don’t want to put out the fire of that ambition.  What I’m talking about is nourishing, steady rain.  A rhythm that is almost hypnotic, moving you forward, unflagging, pure in its insistence.

Gently it wakens the muse — here it comes again…

A memory…  A new emotion…  The open wind…

And finally…

Here comes the rain again.

Now, get ready to


NaNoWrimo – On Fire

hunger gamesYay!  This week I took leave from work for an entire week of “stay-cation.”  And i’m excited to say that I’ve been on WriMo fire!

So I couldn’t resist a new theme song for today.  I’m with The Doors again.  Can you guess which song?


Light My Fire