The Most Unexpectedly Hilarious Thing EVER

Chasing the Promise

Sometimes you stumble across something that makes your day and other times you find things that make you cry. This gem had me in tears, laughing uncontrollably in the street until I couldn’t breathe and had people staring at me like I was nuts. It really is that funny.

So without further adieu I present you with the Haribo Gummy Candy, Sugarless Gummy Bears Amazon Review. It’s worth the read and will have you cracking up all day.

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Roll up, roll up….

Multifarious meanderings

 The Daily Prompt caught my eye this time: “As seen on TV. Write a script for a late-night infomercial — where the product is your blog. How do you market yourself? What qualities do you embody that other “products” don’t? What are the benefits of reading your blog?”. Here’s my entry – it was harder than I thought to blow my own trumpet!

Do you need a break from 24/7 news and long for an escape route to accompany that glass of Chardonnay and bar of chocolate in the evening? Could you do with a quick fix of humour to blow away the blues? If you’d love to have a good laugh without having to invite friends around for dinner and getting all the washing up to deal with too, then switch off the TV and get over to Multifarious Meanderings to poke some fun at everyday life.

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The Art of Naughty Words

Madge Madigan

In the past few years as I have tried to expand my writing opportunities, and in doing so I have often encountered the dilemma of profanity.  The naughty word, the swear word, expletives, obscenities.  Should I use bad words if I am trying to appeal to the masses or get a certain job and need to have a certain image?  I’m still trying to figure it out.  I keep going back and forth.

One thing I have ruled out is profanity just for profanity’s sake.  I’m beyond the whole “shock value” thing and I really don’t have that filthy of a mouth.  I have been known to go a little heavier on the obscenity-peppering in the past but that was when I was writing for a different crowd.  And the subject matter was a little more on the raunch side.  Now I like to be the fabulous proper lady who…

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If I wanted your opinion, I’d…Oh, wait…

CHALK the SUN

It’s been a wobbly week here in Paradise. I received, in two separate batches, the first sets of anonymous critiques of my opening chapter.

And that’s my post. Thanks for stopping by.

No, seriously. When the critique bundles landed in my e-mail, I scanned for disaster, then perused them without breathing (maybe that’s why I nearly passed out). I set them aside and eliminated 5,000 words from Chapter One. As a start.

A few days on. I reread the critiques. And I smiled. Eight writers saw my work. Eight published authors had criticisms and suggestions–some delivered far more gracefully than others–to make my story cleaner, snappier. Richer.

But I have to admit, I’ve put myself in a bit of a sticky place. I submitted these pages to a group of writers planted within a specific genre of fiction. More than that: a sub-genre of genre fiction. I picked a thematic…

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I have a bad case of the English

I is International

English is my second language and learning it did not happen overnight. I’ve been studying English since I was a little girl, but becoming fluent was a different story.

Some people think that because I’ve been living here for a while that my language skills should be automatically perfect. Living in an English-speaking country doesn’t necessarily means you will master the language without putting some effort in it.

When international students first arrive in the US, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I sure did, and would often get headaches in the beginning. Adjusting to the new language takes some time and you might feel lost trying to translate and understand.

“One day at a time”, my host mother would advise me while I stared at textbooks and scrambled through my notes trying to understand and decode American Literature. Headache again.

Finding other ways outside the school to improve your language…

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