Thursday, February 11, 2016

UNDER MY THUMBS

When I learned to type
My fingers fit the keyboard
And I used all my fingers
I could get a rhythm and flow going on
Much like playing a piano.
But now I've had to learn
To use only my thumbs or my pointer finger
For texting
And it’s driving me crazy!
My fingers don't fit the tiny keyboard!
Yeah, yeah I know
I can speak”  my comments
But I don’t always want others to hear me
And if I call that person
They won’t answer!
What’s up with that?
Only their thumbs are available?
And then there’s the hassle of Skype or Facetime.

SFX: Video call coming through

Shit! 
Be right there,I yell off camera.
I then scramble and grab more to put on
Because I'm in the tropics and it's hot here
And my grandkids don’t need to see
Barely clad grandma.
So? 
Ever have to dress or redress for video calls?
And what about long conversations via texting?
Thumbs up? Thumbs down? 

Always,
Em-Musing

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

FRANKENBLOG

Much like Mary Shelley
Who wrote about a doctor creating a man
From  body parts not yet cold in their graves
I wanted to write on a cool blog
But I didn't like any of Blogger's templates
So I created one myself
Piecing together bits of this and that
Until I created 
EEEEEEAAAAA!
FRANKENBLOG!
It looks like a real blog
But doesn't behave like a real blog.

And if that isn't horrifying enough
After months of my blog acting lifeless
Not able to handle new changes
EEEEEEAAAAA!
It's come alive again!!!
IT ZOMBIE-FIED!
I know this to be true because the other day
I went to write a post and
EEEEEEAAAAA!
My blog background was changed!
All by itself!
From black to white!
And I didn’t do it
It had to have been my zombie-fied blog!

And then for the last week
Every time I open up my blog
EEEEEEAAAAA!
I’ve lost followers!
But I don’t believe for a minute
Thirty people have taken the time
To “unfollow" me.
Because you know how it is

You follow someone
But you don’t always comment
Nor do you “unfollow” them.
So my zombie-of-a-blog 
Must have devoured those followers!
Or wait
Do you ever unfollow someone's blog?
And 
Do freaky things happen to your blog too?

Always,
Em-Musing


Thursday, January 28, 2016

ETHER YOU DO OR ETHER YOU DON'T

I live in a part of the world
Where spirituality is everywhere
Or perhaps I should say
Spiritually-minded people are everywhere.
I like this kind of thinking
We of this mindset
See the world more peaceful
Everything happens for a reason
Something  is neither good nor bad, only
 “It is what it's supposed to be”
And I get it
For the most part
But there are times when I must draw a line
Like a couple of months ago
I was traveling with a friend in my car
When all of a sudden
SCWINCH SCWINCH SCWINCH 

Damn it! It’s my brakes - again!
I hate this car!  Waa waa waaaaaaaaaaa!

“Don’t be so hard on your car," my friend said 
"It’s taken you many places 
Perhaps you need to learn something from this.”

Learn something? Are you frickin’ kidding me?
There's only one thing I've learned
And that's this car is a piece of crap!
There’s nothing spiritual about this
Is what I wanted to say
But he was dead serious
And I kept quite.  

Well, two days ago
SCWINCH SCWINCH SCWINCH 
Are you frickin' kidding me? Again?
So yesterday
A fourth trip to fix my brakes  
Ah, but this time to a new mechanic

“Whoever worked on your brakes before
Didn’t lube the calipers and brake pads
Yada, yada, yada," the mechanic said. "The brake
pads are worn and you need new ones."
(thank goodness my nephew speaks Spanish because
I have no clue how to say calipers in Spanish)

So? 
What am I supposed to take away from this experience?
What spiritual lesson do I need to learn
From three crappy brake jobs
By three crappy mechanics?  
Hmm?
Perhaps to keep going, searching, and finding?
Until I get the best?
And if that is the lesson I need to learn
I just hope the next lessons won't be as costly! 
What about you?
How much spirituality
Do you put into your day’s/life's events? 
And do you find lessons in everything? 

Always, 
Em-Musing

Monday, January 25, 2016

FORBID ME NOT

Hmmm? 
What’s with all the forbidden messages
On the Internet?
The other day
I clicked on a website and got this
FORBIDDEN: You don't have permission to access!
Suddenly 
I felt like I was standing in front of a door
A heavy wooden door with clunky metal hardware
And a little window
With a burly guy on the other side
Who snarls out the window
“You are forbidden to enter!”
Really? Forbidden? 
And then just yesterday
I clicked to follow someone on Twitter
And got this message: 
FORBIDDEN It looks like you've hit a following limit!
Jheeze Louise!
I just started posting on Twitter again
No way I’ve hit my limit.
And really
The messages could have just said
Access Denied. Not allowed or
Oops, no can do
And then this morning
Another FORBIDDEN message from Twitter 
With a link directing me to a page
With all the Twitter "no-no" behavior
Warning me not to do any of it.
Hey! I'm not that kind of gal!
But seriously
All this falderal 
Is why for Social Media, for me
Is a time-consuming royal pain in my
Day!
** sigh **
I know it’s necessary
And all published authors do it
So I’ll quit all the whining and
Just do it!  
How about you?
Love or hate social media?
** Blogging not included **
I LOVE to blog and follow.

Always,
Em-Musing

P.S.  The Best Exotic Writer Retreat is moving forward! 
      More info and pics coming soon.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

BEGINNINGS

As John Lennon wrote in one of his songs...
It's...
Another year over...
And a new one just begun...
For me...
This year begins with much excitement...

And anticipation...
I have several projects already in the works...
First...
And literally on January first...
I found a beta reader for one of my manuscripts...
That I will get published this year...
With an Indie publishing house.
This manuscript is NA dark fantasy...
(not the current genre I write in)
And has been lingering in my computer...
For far too long. It’s time!
.Second...
Tah, tah, tah DAH!!
 I, along with another published writer... 
Am opening...
THE BEST EXOTIC WRITER RETREAT
Here on the Riviera Maya...
At a fabulous place called Taninah.
The web page is being designed now...
And I will post it as soon as it is finished.
It will be a retreat like no other...
OK, and yes, of course...
Some elements will be like other retreats...
But this retreat will focus on...
Well, I’ll let the web page explain more later.
And of course, I will bring in an agent...
Publisher, or editor plus other guest speakers. 
would love your input...
If you were attending a writer retreat...
What would you expect for your investment?
How many days would be good for you?
Have you ever attended a writer retreat?
What was your experience?
And last but not least...
Are YOU or do you know of any... 
Guest speakers, agents, or editors?

Thanks!

Always,
Em-Musing