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Mr. Scruffy — The Muse

BEING A MUSE IS A TOUGH JOB!

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Mr. Scruffy, a dedicated owl who is Pam’s Muse.

Mr. Scruffy here — I serve as Pam’s Muse. And, let me tell you, it is a tough job, Bub! Gees, she can be hard settle her in a chair. Getting her to put her thoughts down is even harder. She is easily distracted. Between you and me, I believe she has a touch of some affliction that takes her off task so easily. Don’t get me started about her reading e-mail, reading news, and then, when she settles into reading other blogs — Oh Lord! It is hours later.

I sit here at her side, on her little table field with all kinds of articles she wants to read. I look at her like she is going to listen to me. Oh yeah…only if! I do have to say that she appears to think a lot about writing. You should see the piles of post-it notes with ideas on them. If she put those down on paper, even if she just listed them, she’d have two thick books as thick as a large dictionary.

But, alas, she doesn’t settle into writing on her novel like she should. Ugh! It’s driving me plumb batty. I mean, what is an owl to do? What do you think should happen? How do you help someone with “delay-in-writing” syndrome?

Getting Back on Track

Don’t get me wrong. Pam can write when she sets down to it. She’s already written four books. You want proof? Look at her Books page for the details. Right now, she is supposed to be working on her latest speculative fiction journey – The Chronicles of Eldershire. She has this really evil witch – Nukpana Fraener – that Pam appears to be struggling with her character.

Why the struggle? I’m not sure. But, I will tell you, it seems to eat her up inside when she does write about her. I see Pam stop and go. I see her reading other books with strong antagonists. She gets an idea, sits down to write, and then types some. Just as suddenly, she stops.

Do you have any ideas of how I might be able to help her? Can you point me to an evil protagonist that you liked, but wished would die? I can think of a few, but I think she is still searching for the type of antagonist that will inspire her to write. What do you think? Why do you think she is having trouble?

Lately, in the evenings when her husband, Hobbit King, comes home, after dinner, they spend their late evening hours watching GRIMM. Kinda of a marathon “catch up.” Oh, if you haven’t seen this show, which I think is a new twist on a contemporary soap opera, you need to watch it. It is full of twists & turns and lots of evil folks. Pam and Hobbit King are currently watching Season 5.

Pam said to me she thought it might help her inspire her writing. I’m not sure it has. But, then again, she is blogging today. Something she hasn’t done for two weeks. What do you think? Do you have any advice for her?

Thanks in Advance

Well, I’ve got to get back to helping her. She’s heading out now to go do some errands. She says she hopes to sit down and get back to her novel. (She hasn’t written on it for a week. She hasn’t been on any social media for two weeks. She kind of separated herself.) I’m not worried about her yet. But, I see the struggle in her face. (Yes, pun intended for those of you who watch GRIMM). So, any help you can give. She will very much appreciate. And, so will I!

Until later — Write On, My Friends!
Mr. Scruffy

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Mr. Scruffy’s News – February

February 2017Hello, Friends!

UPDATE: May 05, 2017: It’s funny. This particular post I decide to do quickly. Alas! It blew up in my face because the idea that the following happens only 823 years is a hoax! In reality, as a commenter shared, it happens on every non-leap year. What is more rare is the listing of five days for each day. Silly me! ~~ Thanks for reading!

Hope you have or are having a most fantastic Tuesday, January 17!

Today, I’ve been charged with helping Pam. I’m her muse, you know. Well, she’s got some writing and some business paperwork to do. So, my post today is rather simple. It is all about February!

Here it is sent to me via e-mail from Pam’s handsome husband, Hobbit King.

FEBRUARY 2017 CALENDAR

This February 2017 calendar structure will not occur again in your life time.

The February 2017 calendar has:

4 Sundays,
4 Mondays,
4 Tuesdays,
4 Wednesdays,
4 Thursdays,
4 Fridays, and….drum roll please….
4 Saturdays.

This happens once every 823 years or so.

That has to be the coolest thing I’ve seen! I am a very old owl, too, you know.

Have a great day!
Owlways,
Mr. Scruffy

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Mr. Scruffy’s Happy News – January 10, 2017

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Mr. Scruffy, a dedicated owl who offers news and advice for those who want to read it.

Mr. Scruffy here. How have you been? It’s been cold. We got about three or four inches of snow here at Hobbit’s Bend, and then the deep chill came on. Sunday morning it got down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. That be cold, for sure. Burr. Am I glad I was snuggled up close to the wood stove. The warmth of a fire can not be beat. And, it makes me happy. Enough of my dribble…

On with the news

1. Stop Chasing After What You Think Will Make You Happy — How do you help yourself to be happy? Let me recommend – Pursue the things you love. You know all “creatives” need a jolt to get them back on track, stay on track, or just walk the track. Pursuing what you love, helps you stay on track. At least, it does me. What do you love? What do you wish you had time to do? Where would you go? Do you have places you’ve dreamed of visiting? Where would you go if you only had one trip you could make? This past Sunday, Pam shared about how she returned to doodling and it was helping her be more creative (See Bullet 3). Not that she hasn’t been creative lately. She thought me up. Hahaha. Besides doodling, I’ve found some other things you might want to try:

  • Find a website or blog that offers suggestions you can wrap your mind around. One such site is http://www.lifehack.org <– Life Hack offers a variety of resources besides a blog and you can get daily briefings sent to your e-mail to ponder.
  • Find things that are fun for you and do them. What do I enjoy? Watching the snow fall while sitting on a glassed-in porch with a blazing wood stove keeping me warm. My mind wonders as I watch the birds flying around outside, the bald eagles soar, the creek frozen from the temperature dipping below 15 degrees. I’m happy, warm, and content.
  • Find things that you enjoy listening to from poetry to songs you can sing along with because you know the words from years of singing along with the radio. Hearing Poetry Out Loud is a fine example. Music is another matter. I’m not sure there is enough room for all the songs I’ve come to love to listen to while Pam works. She’s made YouTube listings for her songs. For, The Fire Within – she has this YouTube song list, while for her current writing The Chronicles of Eldershire — this is a YouTube song list in progress (See point below for an update on her progress).

2. Watching PBS anything. It doesn’t matter what you watch, or if you have a favorite – support the public broadcasting because the service is worth it. A couple of favorites of mine – Masterpiece — many of its shows, but especially Sherlock – Season 4 – Episode 1 – The Six Thatchers are down right fun and some are maddening. America’s Test Kitchen with Christopher Kimbell is not only informative, but entertaining. Pam loves cooking. I love eating her food. It’s a win-win. Need I say more?

3. Enjoy good comedy. Cartoons are a must. Shaun the Sheep is so funny. I almost fall off my perch each time I watch an episode. There is even a Shaun the Sheep movie. I can’t wait to watch it with my human protectors. “Oh, it’s Shaun the Sheep; It’s Shaun the Sheep…” duh, duh, duhahahaha. Love it!

4. News from Hobbit’s Bend: Pam has been hard at work. Here’s her latest report—

“I’m writing, editing, erasing, blogging, journaling, and doodling. Trying to get my second trilogy written. A few snapshots of the story in the first book: A magical hat. A sixty-three year old woman wants to die after she caused the deaths of her family. Wood sprites. Tree spirits. Crazy, wicked witch who thinks she’s a dragon, of all things. An owl that talks (Shhhh…that’s me). A boy who should be a man. Will KC help save the Elderwians and the Brooks Forest? How will she get home?”

Now that Twelfth Night is over, we’ve also been slowly putting up our Christmas decorations. Do you celebrate Twelfth Night? I never knew it was a very old British folk custom. Shakespeare wrote about it in this way:

“…no spirit dare stir abroad;

The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike;

No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,

So hallow’d, and so gracious is the time…” (Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1)

Thanks for reading…see ya next week!

Mr. Scruffy

 

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Mr. Scruffy’s News 01-03-17

Mr. Scruffy’s News for You!

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Mr. Scruffy, a dedicated owl who offers news and advice for those who want to read it.

Each Tuesday, Mr. Scruffy’s News will try to make an appearance to share with you the news he has learned about since the last post. This news may not be recent in the sense that it is just breaking, but it may be new to you. Its purpose is to highlight the fact that as life and things change, they stay the same. We, Mr. Scruffy and I, hope you enjoy these little bits of news, sayings, and tidbits. And, if you feel so inclined, share some tidbit you encounter or think others would enjoy reading. We welcome your thoughts and comments. Write On!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017 – News. Sayings. Tidbits.

  1. I love to be read to late in the evening. Do you? Pam was reading in the 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac and came across these lovely tidbits of information:
    a. A sleep study from Hong Kong Shue Yan University said that if you sleep in multiple positions (I do), the position you wake up in is the strongest influence of the types of dreams you may have…whether pleasant or not. (Need to check my nest for keeping my head to the left!).
    b. Austrian scientists have determined that people who prefer bitter tastes, such as that of black coffee have a tendency toward Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism, and every day meanness. (Hmmmm– I take stevia and cream. Whew!)
  2. Each holiday, Pam purchases Olde English Crackers (some people call them poppers – also available here). They are the funny looking twisted tubes that when pulled, Crack or Pop loud and hold tiny gifts and surprises. She popped one on Christmas Day. The proverb inside read: Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. (I agree).
  3. The Annuals of Time: Nothing is as interesting as reading history when you aren’t preparing for a test on the subject. During school, I was a wise, old owl, but I also failed horribly any test that required reciting dates, times, and places. This little list of important events that happened on this date are interesting.
    a. Saturday, January 3, 1920 was the birthday of Pam’s Dad. He would be 97 today, if he had lived. He was a tall, lanky gentleman who could be a true friend, but also was the consummate curmudgeon. He is missed.
    b. The year of 212 saw every freeborn subject of the Roman Empire receive Roman citizenship – “Civis Romans sum!
    c. January 3, 1496 – saw Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully test a flying machine. (My, I could have told him how to do it.)
  4. Music Candy: In the year 980 a.d., a 400-pipe organ was successfully installed at the Winchester Monastery, England. (Shhh! I was there. It was majestic).
  5. Eye Candy: Nothing is as majestic as to see a bird (in particular, an owl) soar in the air. How about this bird? Snowstorm. This is a flying machine to watch as its inventors work to perfect it.
  6. Writing Candy: For those of you who like to create. Here is a book you may want as a reference. Pam says that it is full of great ideas, prompts, and ways to get you to be your creative self – WonderBook by Jeff Vandermeer.
  7. Reading Candy: I differ to the WonderBook above. It is a good book to read. Pam has read it to me, too. The pictures are works of art.
  8. Stuff: Literature, writing, reading, and genre stories are a staple of my life, thanks to Pam creating me in her latest novel she is writing. But, writing in all its forms has been around a long time. Records depict early Sumerian writing, done on clay tablets are shown with pictographic signs as early as 4,000 to 3501 B.C.C. That’s before my time. Read more about them and learn how what is new is old again. Wait! Reverse that!

Well, folks! That is all for now. Hope you’ve enjoyed our little time together! Leave your comments and plan to come back and visit. Pam’s off to work on tax preparations for last year’s work. I’m going to sit here and cheer her on. I’m at your service…

Woot! Woot!
Mr. Scruffy

 

Mr. Scruffy’s News was first published on January 3, 2017 by Pam B. Newberry.