Free Pattern Friday! Gnome Wall Hanging

This is a fantastic pattern created by Crystal at Crystalized Designs!!! She does some incredible work, and if you join her newsletter, you’ll get access to lots of great content!

This pattern features a cute gnome in three different ways. It’s well written and easy to follow.

Gnome Wallhanging

If you decide to do this pattern, I’m sure both me and Crystal would love to see what you made!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Movie Review – Burlesque

Has anyone else seen this movie??? It was released in 2010 by ScreenGems. The screenplay was originally written by Steven Antin and it was revised twice, first by Diablo Cody and later, by Susannah Grant. It starred Cher and Christina Aguilera. It was Cher’s first musical – this surprised me because I’ve seen her in movies before and just assumed she’d done some musicals I’d never seen. This was also the first film Aguilera had ever been in.

I’m not a big fan of Aguilera’s music or her singing, but she did pretty good with her acting. Cher did a great job in her supporting role, and I really wish she’d done more singing. The movie itself was fantastic, all the dancing, singing and even the little risque comedy routine during one of the shows. I really enjoyed the movie. I recommend it to anyone who likes comedic musicals.

Don’t take my word for it, check out Burlesque starring Cher and Christina Aguilera!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Writing Prompt: Book Exercise #3

This week, we’re doing another exercise from the book, What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter. This is from Chapter 68 about Adverbs and Adjectives.

It’s a long standing debate between using adverbs in dialogue or not :

“To be or not to be,” quoteth Hamlet sadly. vs “To be or not to be,” quoteth Hamlet.

*Yes I know that’s not a perfect quote. It’s just an example.*

Personally, I try very hard not to use adverbs in my dialogue. I try to let my words convey meaning and feeling though it’s all open to interpretation by the reader.

In this exercise, the focus isn’t on using adverbs in dialogue. It’s about using adverbs and adjectives in everything else, and mostly about the detrimental effects of using weak ones. These descriptors should be used to enhance the mood, the scene, whatever they’re a part of – not detract. Here’s an example used in the book where they were used well:

She had been to Germany, Italy, everywhere that one visits acquisitively. – Elizabeth Bowen, The Last September.

Within the parson’s house death was zealously kept in view and lectured on. – Isak Dinesen, “Peter and Rosa”

Page 190 Exercise 68 Taboos: Weak Adverbs and Adjectives

Exercise:

Find a story you really like and go to page at random. On this page, find all the adjectives and adverbs,circle them and determine if they’re weak or strong. If you think they’re weak, change them to those you think are strong.

The objective is to learn how to avoid using them unless they add to what you’re trying to say and then, using only strong ones.

While I reluctantly leave you now, I eagerly await our next meeting.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

YouTube Tuesday: My Son on Twitch Instead

My youngest son, Joe, has begun streaming himself playing some of his Steam games like his YouTube hero, Mark Plier. Only thing is, he’s not streaming on YouTube, he’s streaming on Twitch. He’s also just doing it for fun right now as he learns how to stream and use Twitch. He may, eventually move to YouTube but then again, he may not.

The main game he’s playing is Phasmophobia. He enjoys playing with other people as long as they actually want to play the game and not just clown around. He’s also playing Forest and Uno just not as much. He often lets his viewers decide what he’s going to play when he first starts his live stream.

He talks to people as well, as long as it doesn’t interfere with game play. He will greet viewers when they first show up, but he doesn’t text or anything because it will interfere with game play.

I am very proud of him for doing this as he’s always been a bit on the shy side. He’s also not that tech savvy, but he’s willing to learn. If you’re interested, the link to his stream is below

twitch.tv/moffittfam14

If anyone out there has any tips or advice to give him as far as streaming or his live feed goes please, let him know. He’s very open to constructive criticism.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Personal Update: 8 Feb. 2021

My Mimi Queen of Fluff. Just found out, she’s a 3/4 Maine Coon Cat and 1/4 American Shorthair. She’s just a bit smaller than the full blooded Maine Coon, and she’s all sass. She was outside right after it finished snowing (In East Texas below the snowbelt!!?? I know, right!). She didn’t like walking in the snow, but she didn’t mind the cold. This is her first time seeing snow in her young life.

So yes, it snowed here. I was sick with bad sinuses, but I watched my son and our roommate, his close friend, play in it. They had lots of fun, and we have a snowball in the freezer lol.

Writing:

I’ve finished Vice’s side of the story, and I’m now working out the ending. I’m trying to make it exciting and all while also having the participants be people who would actually be participating. I had thought to bring back the Boomer Brothers, but I don’t think this would fit with the way things are flowing. Earl Asric and at least one son should be leading an army, and Vice has his men. I’m wondering about a contingent from the Crimson Ravens as well, but I don’t know. Things are still changing so, we’ll see what happens.

Learning

I’m always trying to learn something new. It keeps my brain occupied and gives me something else to do. So, here’s what I’m learning:

Language: On Duolingo I’ve restarted learning French from the beginning just to refresh myself. I started at the beginning of the year. On the first of this month, I added Spanish to my list. The Spanish taught on the site is from Spain, not Mexico. I speak border Mexican which is a dialect spoken on the border between South Texas and Mexico – around Brownsville and McAllen. Still, the languages are close enough learning Spanish isn’t that hard.

Crafting: I’m learning Tunisian crochet – it’s a style whose stitches mimic knitting, and I’ve just learned the simple stitch. I’m participating in a Crochet A Long that is Tunisian Crochet for beginner’s, and we’re making a set of washcloths, 12 in all, using only Tunisian stitches. This first stitch was actually quite easy as was the slip stitch used for binding off.

In addition, I was given a loom from what appears to be the 60s. It’s a metal frame you put together with wing nuts, and it makes squares, octogons, up to 9 sided gon. The frame has 12 prongs on each side, and you use it to weave things. The instruction booklet has some patterns in it, and they’re all pretty simple. I am working on a placemat that I need more yarn to finish.

Work

I’m still doing freelance writing, mostly on Verblio.com, but I am still hunting for a regular job too.

I think that’s pretty much it for this month’s update. Not much to really talk about. I’ll write another update around this time next month.

Blog Sharing Saturday: The Writing on the Padded Wall

Jack Canfora is the author of this fantastic blog, and I am amazed by him. He’s not just a blogger, he’s also a playwright. An Award Winning playwright!!! I was floored when I read that about him because his posts are just so straightforward and simple. There’s no hubris, no beating his chest and demanding attention – none of that.

What’s more, he has the same issues a lot of other people have, not just writers and playwrights. I guess it makes him more relatable to me. I care about the things he writes about. I highly recommend you check out his blog and see what he’s all about. He’s begun a new project involving theatre you can find out more about in his blog.

The Writing on the Padded Wall

I hope you enjoy reading his blog as much as I did.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Change of Topics for Fridays

I’d begun the year writing about fake games and apps for my Friday posts. The games, the majority of them, were scams, and I had to spend way too much time just trying to get the minimum amount required to request a payout. It became too time consuming, and I have too much to do to waste time. So, my final word on the matter is a small piece of advice: If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

So, what will I be writing about on Fridays from now on?? My second favorite thing to do by myself:

Crochet!!

I happen to enjoy crocheting a great deal. I was taught at the tender age of 10 by a nice old lady who volunteered her time at the children’s home I was living in at the time. The Rio Grande Valley Children’s Home was the name of it, and I lived there for a few years in the late 70s and early 80s.

Ever since I learned how to crochet, I’ve never wanted to stop. I could keep my hands busy while watching television and even focus better on conversations – Attention Deficit Disorder was unheard of back then. My mother thought I was mentally deficient because of the issues I had, and she never missed a chance to tell me – it was a difficult time.

Now, a million years later, I want to share my love for crochet with you, my readers, better than just showing you things I’ve made. I’m not a designer, but I am a researcher. I tend to lose myself for hours looking at patterns. I have nearly three pages full of bookmarks on my computer, I kid you not! I’m thinking about going through my bookmarks and finally doing the projects I’ve got earmarked. They’re all free patterns so you won’t have to buy any. With this is mind, I’m going to share with you a lovely pattern I found just in time for Valentine’s Day!! It’s called the Sweetheart Spike Scarf, and the pattern was created by Whitney at Pine Tree Crochet. Go to the link below for the pattern:

Sweetheart Spike Scarf

If you decide to make the scarf please, let me and Whitney know – especially Whitney, and I’m sure we’d both love to see what you made as well!! Have fun!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Audiobook Review: Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

The audiobook version of this classic I listened to on Audible. I vaguely recall seeing it on a late night classic movie channel back when I was a kid. I think it was in black and white but don’t quote me; I’ve slept a lot since then.

The story was written by Dashiell Hammett in 1934, and William Dufris is the narrator in the audiobook version.

It was hard to get into the story. Nick, the main character, sounded bored most of the time while he was telling his side of the story and when responding to others. The wisecracks fell flat because there wasn’t much emotion in them.

The story itself was good,a well thought out murder mystery I would’ve enjoyed more if I’d read it myself.

I give the audiobook three stars mostly because I got bored because the narrator sounded bored a lot. This said, don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself here. You can purchase a print copy in a bunch of places cheaper than you can get the audiobook for, and you might enjoy it more – in my humble opinion.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Writing Prompt – Writer Igniter

This week’s prompt is from a random shuffle of the Writer Igniter! Let’s get going!

Character: Class Clown

Situation: Goes on an exotic vacation

Prop: Paint chip sample

Setting: village street, narrow and lined with compact cars on one side

Mark was looking out the curtainless window at the road below when his mother came into the room. The asphalt road sloped down a gentle hill like a river between cliffs made of pastel colored, three-storey houses. He’d never seen houses like these before.

“Mark,” his mother said,”you haven’t finished unpacking.”

Mark’s shoulders slumped.

“I thought we were going on an exotic vacation.” He didn’t try to hide the sullenness in his voice.

“If I had told you we were moving, you’d have refused to come, and it would’ve been stressful all around,” she said. “This way, it’s done, and you just have to live with it. Cheer up, you get to choose the color of your room.”

He stared down at the paint chip sample she tossed onto the bed as she walked out of the room.

It’s not award winning, but I think I did ok. Let me see your work – leave it in the comments or just link to it! I’d be happy to read it.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

YouTube Tuesday: Become Inspired with Anshley

I discovered Ashley, a fantastically multi-talented woman last year when I was researching lace making. She has a wonderful 8-part video series on Armenian lace making aimed at the beginner, and I watched the entire series in one sitting I was so taken with her. I love her voice and her teaching style. She repeats things several times in every video building on the lessons and repeating some not because she thinks the viewer is stupid but because she wants to ensure everyone gets what she’s doing whether they’ve seen the previous video or not.

Below is the video that brought her to my attention and made me a fan. She’s been on YouTube since 2009, and there’s plenty I still haven’t seen. Be sure to like and subscribe if you feel so moved!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!