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Welcome to the BOMB.

The Blog Of the "Mother" of Bandit.
Bandit is my Hairless Chinese Crested--he's the "normal" one. I, on the other hand, am unrepentantly "pet-crazy." You know the type--the spinster who lives in the haunted house three blocks over with 72 cats...okay, so I don't have 72 cats, and my house isn't haunted--but my dogs wardrobe is better than mine! Need I say more? :~)
I've never been consistant at journaling, so the timing of my blogs will be sporadic at best. I just hope they are as entertaining to you as they are to me; however, be forewarned: Most of my blogs will be about The BaldOne. In spite of his Don King "do," I think he's just as cute as any of the Brothers B!
Now, if I can just remember not to get him wet--or feed him after midnight...

About Me

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My bags are packed and I'm always ready to seek out an adventure with Bandit and Moggy in tow. Bandit is my thirteen year old Chinese Crested, who I frequently call The Bald One or The BaldOne Boy (like he was one of the Baldwin Brothers). Moggy’s full name is Pip-Moggy. He’s my two year old gansta-resuce kitty. I couldn’t decide between Pip (which are the spots on die and domino tiles) and Moggy (or Moggie when I mistakenly thought he was a she), so I combined the two. Moggy refers to the British term for "cat of unknown parentage .” So in essence, I have an almost bald dog, and I’ve named my cat “Spot.”

Fun Stuff (I'm doing now or have done)

  • Artistic Attempts weekly (alternating between Painting With A Twist, That Art Place, and Peniot's Palette).
  • Bunko with the Belton Bunko Babes monthly.
  • Participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge.
  • Spades and Liverpool Rummy with the Spadetts weekly.
  • The Mighty Texas Dog Walk, Austin (fund raiser for Service Dogs, Inc--they train shelter dogs to be Service Dogs, then give them free of charge to people with disabilities.)

Friday, April 10, 2015

I Is For Inspiration (A to Z Blogging Challenge 2015)

I love to read or listen to interviews with writers. Invariably someone will ask, "Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?"  The writer will almost always say they get their ideas from the "world at large," or "ideas are all around them"—something along those lines. Perhaps they are inspired in the reading of a news story, or overhearing a conversation on the subway, or seeing an interaction between a couple in the mall, etc.  I myself am a listener  and a people watcher, and I sometimes have an over-active imagination, which can lead me to think some pretty preposterous ideas.  Even with alternative stories and possibilities running through my mind, I also  often wonder how an author came up with a particular story line. Each of us has a unique perspective, and what occurs to me might not occur to you, and visa-versa.

When asked about inspiration Stephen King said, “You see something, then it clicks with something else, and it will make a story. But you never know when it's going to happen.”  I love that.  He  plucks two totally unrelated ideas out of the air—or the newspaper, or an overheard conversation, etc.—and puts them together.  That actually is a great writers block activity—taking two totally unrelated ideas and marrying them to breathe life into a new form.

Today I’m afraid I’m not very inspired—I’m preoccupied with finding out how my soon-to-be 80 year old Mama, who lives 900 miles away in Florida, is doing after her recent surgery.   All this week she reports she has steadily improved her post-surgery stamina and she hopes to be discharged home today.  With my preoccupation I have not been observing the world outside MaryLou Land, so I know I’ve missed many stories. But, really, is that any different from any other day of distractions?  Orson Scott Card said,  “Everybody walks past a thousand ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”

If I want to strive to always be among the few who see the five or six stories—if not more—then I need to remember to be open to the possibilities every day. Even the distracing days. Especially the distracting days, because that next odd idea might become a NYTBS. Or the quirky new guy at the grocery store could become my next protagonist.   
I'm look forward to relaxing after this stressful week and reading a few blogs this evening and over the weekend.  I love seeing what has inspired others. And I'm sure I will read several blog posts that will inspire me. 

Yesterday I wrote about my attempts at pseudo-Haiku, and as often happens after I dabble in a specific meter, I am currently stuck in 5-7-5 meter-land,  so here’s a pseudo-haiku on inspiration:

unconnected thoughts
married to form a new life
i am inspired

I guess I should be thankful—Christopher Walken visited my dreams last night—I could easily be stuck in Iambic Pentameter being chased by a madman...


  1. Yes... I get my inspiration everywhere, from everyone and everything. Very well written post and your dog is adorable. I have a Chihuahua
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  2. Wow, really liked how you wrote about inspiration. Yes, when we take 2 totally different ideas and then mix them to create something raw, the result is really worth reading. Inspiration is everywhere, even in sadness, distracting moments. Beautifully written. Have a nice day.