Mozart Doesn’t Live Here

The worst part of 2017 was when I realized that I had become a WalMart shopper.

I can’t explain how it happened, but it did.

Why confess it at all?

Because I’m a writer and it’s a story, but I don’t want to hide it in a poem or a fictional story. So this is me telling your how I started to do something that rubbed me the wrong way and what I did about it.

It all snapped into focus for me when found myself standing in line behind woman with tramp stamp showing above the waistband  of her fleece pajama bottoms. On other occasions I noticed that people don’t say ” get ” they say ” git ‘er  ” ( which I get if you’re from the South, but NOT South of Seattle )  and on the bad days the entire store reeks like aqua net and cigarettes and motor oil.

What I saw was that all of these things were beginning to look normal to me.

The babies in  Camouflage  onesies, the woman with big hair 1980’s hair, the pinched up angry faces barging down narrow aisles with giant shopping carts.

One day I asked myself, ” Really Anita, what the hell are you doing here? Mozart, Anita will never be played over the sound system here.”

So yes, that’s when I decided to shop elsewhere, because Mozart doesn’t live at Walmart.

I think that maybe Mozart kept me true to myself and the things that I would like to see in my life and the things I don’t need to see in my life.

Thank you W.A.  Mozart

Our Random View Writing Prompt #5 Worst Part of 2017

 

 

 

 

 

That Was Fun

If I had to pick some stand out moments of 2017 I would have to say what made it great to me was:

The movie ” Get Out

It snowed on Christmas Eve and On Christmas Day.

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I discovered the fun to be had with The Mysterious Package Company

 

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I found out I’m going to be a Grandmother in March of  2018

My Granddaughter!

I got to experience the Solar Eclipse from my loading dock at work and I caught this picture of it on accident

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My favorite picture of my dog, Hamish Macbeth. It sums up his personality.

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I got published in an E-Zine called “Modern Creative Life” !

I was really happy about that.

I wrote a Halloween story called, ” Wax Lips “  It was slightly twisted and  featured two of my  favorite characters- Milo and Jingle

 

My friend Heather is putting together a new hub for creatives at her new Website

While Waiting For Godot.

I’d tell you more, but that would spoil the fun.

Check it out and CREATE!!!

I went to my most FAVORITE place in the  world for  a short vacation.

I took the Clipper to Victoria BC- where I spent oodles of time at the Royal BC Museum AND I went on a Ghostly Walking Tour and I sort of developed a liking for chocolates. Actually, I gave chocolate  a chance because the shop was awesome and it’s supposed to be haunted by a ghost with missing fingers.

Yum.

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Ghostly Walk HQ

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Royal BC Museum

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Halloween was pretty neat in ’17- Space Aliens and Alien Autopsies  were a big thing- which I found to be far more cool then the Zombie theme.

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I also discovered that I like to write poetry! What do you know. Weird right? I thought so. I’ve spent most of my life avoiding writing it, but I gave it a try and it was fun.

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In a word I guess I thought 2017  was BRILLIANT because it was a full of adventure. I just hope that 2018 lives up to that!

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Our Random View Writing Prompt #3- Best Part of 2017

Funny You Should Ask

Did I make any New Years Resolutions.

Hmmm.

You know what Post Its are, right?

You write things that you don’t want to forget on them. Things that you intend to do.

I had like a dozen of them filled out with my New Years Resolutions. I wrote them out in fancy writing with my nifty Gel Pens. I even used some Glitter Gel Pens for variety.

and then…

I really wish I could tell you what happened to my New Years Resolutions  after I did that, but only my garbage disposal knows for sure and it’s not talking.

Our Random View:

WRITING PROMPT #2 – NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

Yes. Really. I Had Fun.

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Oh. Yeah. What did I do on New Years Eve.

Well. It’s like this.

Not much.

I played with my dog, ate a bunch of food and listened to a lot of music- Abba, Mozart, , Tom Waits and my favorite radio program- ” The Strange Seeker ” and I wrote a lot.

I wish I could have done something more exciting, but really- what’s more exciting and more satisfying then doing exactly what you want?

I’ve learned that valuable lesson from my dog.

Hamish lives in the moment and when something upsets him he grabs his favorite toy and chews the bejesus out of it until he feels better  then he gets on with the rest of his life.

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It would be cool to be able to go somewhere exotic, maybe a little dangerous for New Years Eve- but until I NASA gets it together and finds a way to get us to Europa without having Jupiter’s radiation belts  fry our cells the minute we show up to pop open the champagne I guess I’ll stay earthbound and continue to have a little fun…

my way.

 

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WRITING PROMPT #1 – KICKING OFF THE NEW YEAR

It Was The Best Ghost Story EVER

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I ‘ve done a few posts about what my favorite Christmas films are- so what I’d like to share with you is how one in particular became my absolute  favorite and how it went on to inspire me in my own writing.

That film is  A Christmas Carol starring Alistair Sim.

I saw A Christmas Carol for the first time when I was a little girl. Very little. I was about five or six years old. So this would have been around 1969

I remember sort of catching bits and pieces of it, but the part I zeroed in on, the part that got my attention was when Scrooge came face to face with the  The Spirit of Christmas Yet-to-Come .

I was a scary movie buff by this time ( one of my favorite TV shows was called ” Nightmare Theatre” ) and it had recently brought me into the universe of spooky movies and  educated into the world of Ghosts, Witch Doctors, Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Mad Scientists and things from Outer Space.

So when Scrooge ran into this dark, faceless obviously merciless apparition I was impressed beyond words-enchanted and pulled into the story right then and there with my blanket over my head and my arms wrapped around my dog who was NOT into being squeezed to death by his young mistress judging by the way he desperately tried to get out of my arms.

Not to worry. I was not defenseless.

I just ran after him and dragged him back to the front of the tv with me. It took some doing because I refused to turn loose of my blanket and that was one strong little dog. He was fond of taking lungfuls of air. What can I say?

Anyway.

I was terrified and falling in love with this movie scream by silent scream on that Christmas Eve.

It was a magical experience and from then on not only had I become a life long fan of the movie I went on to read every single book from Dickens that I could get my hands on.

To this day I read those books slowly- I savor each word. I only allow myself a chapter a night so that I can prolong the experience.

A nod to that Christmas Eve when I discovered one of the best ghost stories on film EVER

Favourite Christmas film (Christmas Special 2017 Writing Prompt #21 answer)

Carols From My Enduring Bones

One of the best things about Christmas Carols are the many interpretations of the songs that are out there.

As a Writer I know that a story is meant to be told and that the best thing that can happen to it is that it will grow legs and run on it’s own- and if you’ve really done your job it will inspire others to tell a story too.

Here are three standard Carols  ( I couldn’t chose just one as suggested by the prompt )with a new ‘do’ that I really do enjoy.

Give them listen!

Christmas Special (2017) Writing Prompt #18 – Favourite Christmas carol

 

Margaritas and Cupcakes

There are two holidays that I will throw myself into, headfirst with  blind gelato bingeing passion:

Halloween and my dog Hamish’s Birthday.

I missed Hamish’s first birthday because I was in Las Vegas- every time I think about that I feel guilty and buy him some new toys. I buy him toys buy Kong- which means I blow some serious coin on toys that he drops into mud puddles or drowns in his swimming pool ( you read that right, he has a swimming pool) when he gets tired of them.

My guilt knows no budget.

So this is how I feel about Hamish Birthday and Halloween as a rule:

They need to be bankers holidays.

I want businesses  to close, I want stamps and coins minted in their honor and if you even think about making gluten free treats on those days instead of real treats that make your teeth scream in agony before the sugar even crosses your lips I will personally show up at your house and kick you out of the human race.

I do like Holidays for the most part- they’re fun, some involve food and music and if you don’t get the day off,  other people do and your commute to work is a light one.

I just don’t want to take bankers holidays seriously, I don’t want to be forced to reflect on the day if I don’t want to and I don’t want to argue about their significance to the world or the community or the greeting card industry.

Who’s with me on this?

I should mention, cupcakes and margaritas are involved in my vision the new Banker’s Holiday calendar. If they were a staple of all the banker’s holidays I wouldn’t feel the need to cut so many of them loose.

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Our Random View Prompt#71

DO YOU LIKE BANK HOLIDAYS?