In other news…I made Inception Cupcakes

So I found this marvelous looking recipe online and since I’m super compulsive I decided that I had make it. I’m calling them Inception Cupcakes because it’s a cupcake in a cupcake…though my sister argued it wasn’t technically Inception because the cupcake wasn’t within a cupcake. Whatever, ‘technicality,’ whatever. I was pleased with myself, so that’s all that matters.

I loved the Reese’s peanut butter cup disguised as a miniature cupcake on top! And the peanut butter frosting combined with this doctored cake mix made for a glorious combo. It’s seriously one of the best things I’ve made in a while.

Word of the Day: Pharisaic Writing Prompt [1]

I love words. When I graduated from high school I received an unabridged dictionary as a gift and I was absolutely ecstatic. (Yeah, I know I’m a nerd, okay?)

Anyway, I have the mobile app for Dictionary.com and I love how they send me the Word of the Day and I wanted to find some way to incorporate it into my daily life. So I thought it’d be cool to do a 100 word writing prompt with the WOTD. That way maybe it would stay in my head and I’d also be doing some writing.

So, without further ado, my latest addition to the blog: WOTD Writing Prompt!

Julie May couldn’t help but wonder if her neighbors invited her to church because they feared for her wayward soul, or if they were simply observing a strict set of pharisaic principles. Being a rambunctious 12 year old had its perks, but even Julie May wasn’t sure if her usual inquisitive nature could handle asking religious questions of Mrs. Matthews. For months she avoided her neighbors until one day little Jimmy Matthews let it slip that the reason Ma invited Julie was because she thought Julie didn’t get enough food at home and their church always served a picnic lunch afterwards.

pharisaic

\ far-uh-SEY-ik \  , adjective;

1. Practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to the spirit; self-righteous; hypocritical.

2. Of or pertaining to the Pharisees.

Please don’t psychoanalyze my dreams

For most of my life I’ve had crazy dreams. Dreams that really don’t make sense and are often more confusing than a mashup of Shel Silverstein poetry and Dr. Seuss characters.

For instance, I’ll give you an example from a weird dream I can STILL remember from a couple of years ago. I don’t know what I was doing in the dream, but I woke up being deathly terrified of an orange pool noodle shaped like an otherwise cute animal (seriously, it was like a sea-horse or something) and I vividly remember thinking that if that pool noodle found me I’d be dead. Weird.

Pool animals — Not nearly as scary when becoming conscious again.

Also, another freakish example of my late night brain shenanigans: I was on a cruise with my family and before I could go ashore I had to buy all new clothes from the cruise ship mall and eat my biscuits before the deflated shark on the pool deck got to them first. Yeah, like I said, kind of strange.

And these dream musings lead me to think about a few things…

  1. Haven’t I always heard that people dream in black & white?
  2. Is there some possible way I can harvest the creativity in my dreams and use them in my writing?
  3. Do I have such strange dreams because I’m a freak?

So I did some internet probing to figure out what was up with my preconceived notion about B&W dreams. And this is what I found. (Actually, I found a lot of things, but most were hokey-looking sites, and this seemed  kinda/sorta/hopefully legit.) It’s an interesting snippet saying that people used to think they dreamed in B&W, but that may have been strongly influenced by their B&W media. Now they think the majority of people dream in color. I know I dream in color because it’s usually a central part of my dreams…like that orange pool noodle, or that pink floral & denim dress I had to buy from the cruise ship mall.

Also, I’ve heard about some authors who are directly influenced by their dreams and use some of that material for their writing. And I’m always so jealous. This seemed like such a cool idea. But if you’ll kindly recall the two snippets of dreams I described for you…you can see why this would just make all my novels awkward.

It’s a little strange, because I’ve often had dreams that are super epic when I’m asleep and the back of my mind is making comments like: “When you wake this up, you should write this down, it’d make a great story.” or “Make sure you remember this, it’d be a super duper fantastic plot twist!” and other happy thoughts. But when I wake up and actually remember my dream it’s not super epic, it’s usually horribly lackluster. I really wish I could use this fountain of creativity for my writing…but it’s too bizarre to filter out anything worthwhile.

Also, have you ever been so caught up in a dream that when you finally wake up your mind has trouble distinguishing what’s reality and what’s fantasy? Because I’ve done that. And it’s kind of annoying because it leaves me with this cryptic sense of deja vu for the rest of the day.

So what about you? Strange dreams? Creepy dreams? Funny dreams? No dreams?

That awkward first post…

I’m not sure why, but first posts kind of stress me out. It’s probably because I feel like the first post has to set the tone for everything I want to accomplish in my blog. And that’s a lot to handle.

So I usually freak out and write several drafts before giving up and writing something short. And this post is already following that format…drat.

But here’s a list of things I’ll probably write about in my blog’s future.

  1. Writing
  2. Photography
  3. Rants
  4. People watching
  5. Eavesdropping
  6. Poetry
  7. The publishing industry
  8. Food
  9. Family
  10. Quotes
  11. Writing how-to articles

Also, some magnet fridge poetry? Yeah, probably.

Thanks for checking out my blog! Here’s to many more posts!