Meet My Main (Character)

Since I have the memory of a goldfish, I totally forgot that my lovely friend Ms. Zbasnik tagged me with this little quiz ages ago. (Sorry, Sabrina. =/) This is becoming a bit of a habit on my part. But now that I have apparently pulled my head (and, subsequently, my memory) out of my butt, it’s time to address the situation and hold up my end of this little tour. Let’s meet my main character!

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The Case Files of Detective Meow (Pt. 1)

For about three years now, I’ve wanted to start a silly, purely-for-fun fiction project for my blog. And about two years ago, I first had the idea for a series involving the noir-themed adventures of a hard-boiled Maine Coon named Detective Meow, a curious cat looking to use up his nine lives solving crimes and rescuing dames. (Or, more likely, trying to con them out of their catnip.) The whole thing kind of came to me in a rush, as a result of a silly conversation with a friend, but as with many projects I kept putting it off and putting it off.

Well, no more. The time is now. The world could definitely use a few more laughs these days, and I want something that’ll keep me writing on days when tackling my bigger WiPs is a bit too daunting. I’d also like this to involve a lot of reader participation–I’m using writing prompts and my own imagination to craft my narrative at the moment, but I welcome comments and suggestions for What Happens Next. I want this to feel like a story we’re all a part of. So please, feel free to leave a comment with your own writing prompts or ideas for hilarious plot twists. The sillier, the better!

And now, without further ado, I give you…Detective Meow. :)


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DIY Project: Cat Scratching Box

As some of you may or may not know from my constant stream of squee on Twitter, my family is getting a cat this weekend! :D I am SUPER excited, not only because ZOMG, KITTEH, but also because I hope the cat’s presence/smell will chase away whatever strange creatures have been hanging out in my walls lately.

Because my family doesn’t have a lot of money to burn, I really wanted to make something for Kitty that will help keep it from scratching on our furniture. I also happened to have a lot of empty, unused cardboard boxes lying brain put two and two together and this little DIY project was born! :D

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably seen a lot of the new fun and cool-looking scratching posts, beds, and other nifty things that are available these days. But a lot of them can be a bit pricey, and while I’m not saying they aren’t worth the money, who wouldn’t want to recycle and save a few bucks in the process?

Remember, you can click on the pictures to embiggen!

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#AbuserDynamics: We’re Not Alone

Originally posted on Allison Granted:

[First comes the Content Note:

This post will be discussing abuse, abusers, specific instances of verbal, mental, sexual and physical abuse. This will be a personal post because all I really have are the experiences in my past with my abuser.

Commenting on this post will be monitored. Victim blaming, shaming or otherwise gaslighting of anyone I mention in this post, including myself, will result in deleted comments and banning from commenting in the future.

The things discussed are personal and hurtful and might be very triggering for some. Take care of yourself and do not ever feel obligated to read, comment or share.

I have asked permission for all the tweets linked and all the personal info/pages/comments that are shared. If there is one thing that we all know is important, it's that we all have control of our own narrative.

Thank you to all of you for sharing…

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Monday Morning Music

Originally posted on M. Fenn:

Found myself in the mood for Janelle Monáe this morning (not an uncommon thing) and came across her performance at the “Women of Soul” concert held earlier this year at the White House. How could I pass up sharing her rendition of “Goldfinger?”

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