Sunday, June 16, 2013

Quote of the Week: Talking and Speaking

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things.  A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
Ben Jonson

Miss Melody Muffin

Friday, June 14, 2013

Poem of the Week: Compensation

Goodness, it has been a LONG time since I did a Poem of the Week.

I've been enjoying this lady's poems.  She has a delightful way with words.

Helen Gray Cone

The brook ran laughing from the shade,

And in the sunshine danced all day:

The starlight and the moonlight made

Its glimmering path a Milky Way.

The blue sky burned, with summer fired;

For parching fields, for pining flowers,

The spirits of the air desired

The brook's bright life to shed in showers.

It gave its all that thirst to slake;

Its dusty channel lifeless lay;

Now softest flowers, white-foaming, make

It's winding bed a Milky Way.

Have a good weekend!!

Miss Melody Muffin

A Stretch of Loyalty

I'm happy to announce that my friend Miss Jack Lewis Baillot has released her second book - A Stretch of Loyalty!!!!!!!  Congratulations, Jack!!!!!!

Last fall, Jack released her debut novel- Haphazardly Implausible- a steampunk story about a band of misfits in an airship.  Now she is back with a fantasy tale of friendship and loyalty.

A Stretch of Loyalty can be bought here: LULU

Jack blogs HERE.  Head over and check out her blog.  She always has good posts and a great sense of humor.

And don't forget- the Amazon blitz for Mirriam's Neal's book Monster is tomorrow!  Mirriam's blog.

Miss Melody Muffin

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Interview With the Locksley Twins!

Today is the birthday of Robert and Robin of Locksley from Sew, It's a Quest, written by Kendra E. Ardnek.  They graciously agreed to an interview in honor of the day.

These questions were asked by my younger siblings and my mother- all of whom have read and enjoyed Sew.

The time period for these questions and answers is the end of Sew.

Do you like to look at the stars?
Uhh ... I guess so. They're pretty.
Was the Quest to find your fairy godmother fun?

It was way more fun than sitting around waiting for some prince to finally beat me. (Not as though it was ever going to happen ...)

Did you ever play with paper dolls?
Paper dolls ... no. I got paper cuts. Thank-you very much.

Have you ever jumped into a waterfall?
No. But it's a good idea. I think I'll add it to my list ...

Do you wear earrings?
I did. If you'll remember from chapter one, it states,

The heavy sapphire earrings were what really bugged her, but they couldn’t be helped. - Sew, It's a Quest.

But then earrings are never mentioned again in the rest of the book! That's because I "neglected" to pack any, and thus my holes have grown together, thanks to neglect. I'm sure that mother won't be happy when I get back, but I don't care. Poking holes in women's ears is a barbaric practice.

If so, do they get in your way when you are swordfighting?

They did. They also had a bad habit of becoming infected, which was painful.

Now, don't get me wrong. Jewelry is nice and all that, but in moderation, and not stuck in holes that have no business being in a girl's ear!!!

How far can you shoot an arrow?
Over three hundred yards with the longbow.

(Robin: You should have seen Kendra scrambling all over the internet to find out how far a medieval archer could realistically shoot!)

Do you like target practice with your bow and arrows?
Oh, definitely. Almost as much as embroidery.

How many waterfalls did you see on your Quest?
Two. After rainstorms.

Do you prefer silk or cotton thread for embroidery?
I prefer silk, but am not beyond using cotton when necessary. I've also used woolen thread, which was interesting.

Thank you very much Robin and Robert!!

Head over to Kendra's blog today to join in the birthday party fun!!  There is a lot of information about the world of Bookania, a fun game and even a hairstyle tutorial.

Miss Melody Muffin

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


The first official trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been released.


I was SUPER excited when I saw this!!  I watched it right away and then hurried to tell my family about it.  (I have converted some of them to at least liking Tolkien, and one sister is now almost as big a fan as I am.)


Miss Melody Muffin

Book Review: The Prior Quest

A prequel story to Sew, It's a Quest, written by my friend Kendra Ardnek.

The Prior Quest

Kendra E. Ardnek

TYPE/GENRE: Fairy tale/fantasy
SERIES: Bookania Short Stories
LENGTH: 10 pages
RATING: 10 out of 10 stars
READ ALOUD:    5 out of 5 stars

When a miller turned soldier saves his life, Push au Kim vows to repay him.  Years later, Push goes searching for the miller, only to discover he has died.  Undaunted, Push decides to repay the debt by helping the miller's sons.  The two older sons are unimpressed.  How can Push help them?  But the youngest son, known simply as Boy, agrees to follow Push's instructions.  Thus he begins a rather bewildering adventure.  Where and how will it end?

This new take on an old fairy tale kept me chuckling.  Push is one of my favorite minor characters from Sew, It's a Quest and Do You Take This Quest? and I enjoyed reading his backstory.

I recommend this book for all ages.  I read it aloud to my little siblings and they laughed heartily through it.  (They love the world of Bookania.)

My favorite quotes:
"We go next country.  You no worry, it adventure and all in plan." Push au Kim

"No worry, no worry.  All part of plan, dear master." Push au Kim

"Ah, the trials of being the beautiful daughter of a king." Princess Corliss

And now for an announcement:

Kendra is hosting a birthday party for Robert and Robin tomorrow!!!!!  Be sure to stop by her blog Knitted By God's Plan and join in the festivities.  Click on the picture to find out more about the party.

Miss Melody Muffin

Monday, June 10, 2013

Author Interview with Mirriam Neal!!!!

I have some VERY exciting news.

My friend Mirriam is publishing her book Monster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was privileged to be able to beta-read Monster last fall.  It. Is. GRIPPING!!  And fantastic!!!!  And superbly amazing!!!!!  Seriously, I love this book. 

Mirriam is doing a series of interviews about Monster on various blogs this week, leading up to June 15th when there is an Amazon blitz for Monster and a giveaway on Mirriam's blog: Thoughts of a Shieldmaiden.

And now for the interview:  (My comments are in italics.)

Hello and welcome to my blog Mirriam!!

First, please tell us a little bit about yourself!
My favorite music is kpop. I love blue fingernail polish. I get overly enthusiastic about things I like (read: I’m a huge nerd). I have trained horses, sold artwork, been to Disney World twice, traveled across the United States, and winter is my favorite season.

Please give us a synopsis of Monster.
The year is 2053, and the world is recovering from a Morbus, a plague that swept across the globe, destroying millions of lives. Eva Stewart is a promising young WorldCure scientist assigned to a facility in Alaska where she is made a Handler and given her own human Subject for research and experimentation. What she believes to be a step up in her career becomes a nightmare when she discovers writing on her Subject’s cell wall. I still have a soul. Soon Eva is drawn into a horrific plot kept quiet by WorldCure, and as everything she knew collapses around her, she must discover the truth behind her Subject, her beliefs, and herself.

What inspired you to write Monster?
Big Bang’s “Monster” song and music video inspired the book, but it was a person who inspired Mir. Lee Joon of MBLAQ – he IS Mir. He was constant inspiration.

How long did it take you to write it?
It took me about six months to write it. I finished it on vacation. It was intense.
I know some people who write their first draft in a week, but time still seemed to fly by for me.

What is your favorite quote from the book?
I don’t know if I have a favorite quote, honestly. It’s like picking favorites among children.

Emotionally, what was the hardest part to write?
Emotionally, the hardest part to write was a scene where Eva is talking to Pocky about Mir. I can’t tell you any more (spoilers, sweetie) but it’s a sort of reveal. It was physically painful – the experience was so bizarre, I don’t really know how to explain it .

Which character was the easiest to write?
The character that was easiest to write…he was both difficult and easy. Mir. He came naturally to me, like no character ever has before, but at the same time his complexity was difficult to grasp.

What is your opinion of character casting?
I love character casting!! It’s helped me so much – half the time I have to find a face for my character, the other half I see a face and it inspires a story.

Was there a scene that was the most fun to write?
Oh, a fun scene to write was the first kiss. I enjoyed having a romantic moment after all the intensity.

Did you plot out the story before writing it or did you just sit down and write?
I didn’t physically plot the story, but I knew where it was going from the first line. (Which happens once in a blue moon where I’m concerned.)

Who was your favorite minor character?

My favorite minor character…Fyodor. He surprised me, too.

I HATED him at first.  By the end of the book, he was one of my favorite minor characters, too.  :)

What was the most unexpected part of writing Monster?
The most unexpected part of Monster was probably June. I did NOT see that coming.


What is an interesting 'fun fact' about Monster?
An interesting fun-fact…I listened to Big Bang’s song “Monster” over 200 times while writing my novel. The other songs on my Monster playlist were DMTN’s “ER,” Tritops’ “Love Addiction” and “Bad Boy,” Bang Yong Guk’s “I Remember,” and Owl City’s “Gold.”

Why did you choose self publishing?  I know a traditional publisher had offered for Monster- what made you change your mind?

I chose self-publishing because I wanted to be in full control of my book. I had a few offers for Monster from small traditional publishers, but they didn’t feel like the way to go. I prayed a lot about it, and felt God pointing me toward self-publishing.

Do you have any interesting writing quirks or behaviors?
I get accused of burning the keyboard because I type around 100 WPM generally speaking. I almost always have a cup of tea or coffee or a glass of water when I’m writing, I will listen to my favorite songs while I write over and over and over and over…Also I make strange faces and talk to myself frequently.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Just that, whether you think Monster is the book for you or not, don’t try and stuff it into one genre. It sort of defied genres for me, and quite a few people who adamantly don’t read ‘that sort of book’ read it and loved it. So basically, give Monster a chance, please! *bows*

I am one of those people who don't normally read that sort of thing but loved it!

Mirriam blogs at Thoughts of a Shieldmaiden.  Head over there for more posts on Monster and the giveaway on the 14th.

While waiting for the 15th and to learn more about Monster, read the other interviews Mirriam has done:
The Dandy Lioness
Katherine Sophia

Thank you so much for doing this interview Mirriam!!  It's been wonderful having you!

Miss Melody Muffin