Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Camel with the ANSWERS!

Do you ever wish you knew all the answers? 

Good news! This guy does:

By Berit from Redhill/Surrey, UK (Portrait  Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Well, he looks like a know-it-all, anyway. Regal, a little bit snooty perhaps, but obviously just chock full of wisdom. 

So, I'm opening up the floor. Got a pressing (or not so pressing? possibly even...dare I say it...silly?) question that needs an answer? Just leave it in a comment, and Mr. Smartypants will give you an answer.* 

Go ahead. Ask Mr. Smartypants anything! 

* Note the careful phraseology of that statement. An answer. Not necessarily the right one, or even a good one. ;)

Edited as needed to add questions:

Patsy: Will it ever stop raining?
Mr. Smartypants: No. It will always be raining somewhere in the world. 

Diane: Bacon, booze, or chocolate?
Mr. Smartypants: Yes. 

L.D.: Who does your hair?
Mr. Smartypants: No one. Who could possibly enhance what Mother Nature gave me? 

Carol: One hump or two?
Mr. Smartypants: Depends entirely on how satisfactory the first hump was. ;)

Susan: Who's gonna win the Superbowl, and does anybody really care?
Mr. Smartypants: A football team. What, you need it to be more specific? Okay. Either the Seahawks or the Broncos. As for anybody caring...

Photo courtesy of
This guy cares so much he's already front-loading for the game. ;) 

Tracy Jo: Will it ever warm back up in MN?
Mr. Smartypants: Technically, yes. Most likely on a Tuesday afternoon in late July. But it will be for such a brief interval that if you blink you'll miss it. So don't blink in July. ;)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Freezing My Humps Off

Hello again. 

It's still winter here in Grimesville. This is a view of my deck. No, I didn't go outside to take the picture. It's 5 freakin' degrees F out there! I'm thinking I won't be venturing out until, oh, say, April. 

TG is outside trying to convince the snow blower that the layer of white powder hasn't frozen solid overnight. He's made of hardier stuff than I am.

Apparently, these camels are, too:

By MJCdetroit (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of

Me? I plan to settle in with another cup of tea and Book 4. I much prefer to do this "winter" thing vicariously, so...

It's cold in Ciel-land right now. Maybe I'll bury her in a snow drift and see how she handles it. Or perhaps I'll let her go sledding off an unexpected cliff. Or ice skating...without skates. Skiing? Snowboarding? 

Hmm. Where can she get into the most trouble? *thinks cruel authorly thoughts*

Question for the day: How do you feel about winter weather? 

A. LOVE IT! I'd live in an igloo if I could.

B. I'll venture out into it for the sports, but give me a nice hot tub afterward.

C. Eh. Maybe a quick walk, if I have the incentive of hot cocoa waiting at the end of it.

D. I'm willing to look out the window at the gently falling snow as long as there's a fire in the fireplace beside me.

E. Pardon me while I hibernate until the spring thaw.

Happy Hump Day! Stay warm. :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesday?'d that happen?

So, have you missed me? 

No, wait. Scratch that. Sounds too needy. 

Actually, I've missed you. Yes, you. You know who you are. No, don't look over your shoulder--I mean you. And, if I might I be so bold as to say it, you're looking particularly snazzy today. Is that a new outfit? And have you done something new to your hair? Love it! 

(Okay, relax. I can't really see you through your webcam. But, if one is to believe reports, the NSA can, so you might want to nix those naked web-surfing plans...)

Me? Oh, I've been keeping myself busy with this and that. 

You know, taking care of business. Spending time with family and friends (both real and imaginary). Pulling people's heads out of camels' mouths (er, so to speak), etc. Becoming appalled at how rapidly time is whizzing by while I try to keep up with it. I mean, come on. 2014? Seriously? How the hell did that happen?

(Oh, before I forget, that first picture up there is from:  Not that I'm advertising for them. I've never even heard of them. I just liked the picture.)

Anyway, in between playing nurse for various family members and waiting for my editorial letter on The Big Fix, I've been working on other writing projects. Book 4, of course, tentatively titled Fixer Upper, is my priority. Contracts are highly motivating. 

Here's a teensy-tiny bit from it: 

"Weightlessness, I decided, was way overrated. My stomach concurred." ~ Ciel Halligan, Fixer Upper 

Oh, dear. What has Ciel gotten herself into this time? 

I've also been toying with a high-stakes thriller and revamping an old paranormal suspense. Gotta keep some extra irons in that fire!

So, what have you been up to lately? Has 2014 (!!!) been treating you well so far? 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Humpy New Year!

Wishing you all the very best in 2014!