“A kind of pale jewel open and closed within your eyes…”

I blame this entirely on Jenny and Katie. When Jenny had the marvelous idea to create a makeup look based on her fabulous world of Plenilune, I thought, “I like it.” And then Katie followed suit with her own look, and shamed everyone with her beauty – and then they coerced me into following as the third party. (I’ll admit, I didn’t really need much in the way of coercion.) The only hitch was, as the makeup look is fairly dramatic and not exactly everyday fare, I had to apply it all at night so I could wash it off before morning. Hence, while my face might look relatively done-up, I’m wearing a ratty gray sleep shirt. I apologize for nothing except my dramatic expressions.


For this look, as Jenny so aptly described as ‘Plenilune meets Labyrinth,’ I used nearly all e.l.f. products – shimmery white, shimmery gray, shimmery black; with a shimmery black eyeliner and lots of mascara. I used a deep red lipstick and applied some silver eye shadow to the lower lip for a more metallic, glamorous effect. I used a dark orange blush to create the illusion of cheekbones, and added light pink on top so I didn’t look cadaverous.

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And a smiling picture because trying to look glamorous is a strain…576

And then some – what Ashley calls – ‘hipster model’ pictures because I like them a lot and don’t know what to do  with them.



 (And the title is taken from David Bowie’s song ‘As the World Falls Down,’ which happens to be one of my favorite songs of all time.)


Cary Grant, smoshes, and the velocity of swallows

P1030757I’ve been tagged a few times by the delightful Liebster awards (even though I have nearly 300 followers, and that’s breaking the rules) – and so I decided to answer all the questions at one go! According to the rules, you list eleven interesting (or at least true) tidbits about yourself, answer the questions that were asked you, then tag someone else with other questions. As I’m not really much one for tagging, I’ll just say anyone who wishes to be tagged, is. (And if tag was played like that in real life, nobody would ever get anywhere.) As I was tagged twice (three times, actually, but I lost the third somewhere) I’ll just give you a random amount of facts.

 Almost overnight, I lost my taste for most young adult books and moved on to adult novels – months after claiming I would probably never do just that/caramel is the best flavor in the world/my face either looks cheerful, or as though I’m mentally slaughtering my enemies. These are, apparently, the only two expressions I have/I find it hard not to begin a novel when inspiration strikes, but if it isn’t well thought-out it falls by the wayside and I feel bad/half the shirts I own are black or gray and have metal on them, so I’m excited when I find something brightly colored or more feminine that fits me/I recently watched ‘Kung Pow’ with my brother-in-law and am not ashamed to say I laughed the whole way through/hot, sunny days make me want to curl up and go to sleep/I don’t really enjoy swimming or playing in the water/I adore ear cuffs/I’ve never been attracted to Cary Grant/I can – and do – quote many things I’ve never seen/I never iron anything if I can possibly help it/hipster coffee shops are my favorite/My friendliness is often mistaken for flirting and yes, it’s irritating/I would much rather be a wizard than a jedi/

• What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? An African swallow, or a European swallow?

• How many licks to the center of a lollipop? It depends on your enthusiasm and the size of your tongue.

• Top five movie/tv show smoshes (not necessarily in order)? It’s impossible to have only five, so I’m just going to name a few names without guaranteeing I don’t have fifty more favorites. Finnick Odair (Catching Fire, Mockingjay) Bucky Barnes (Captain America, The Winter Soldier) Dustfinger (Inkheart) Madmartigan (Willow) Trip (Star Trek: Enterprise) – note that these are only the characters off the top of my head, and it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re higher in the pecking order than others.

• How many active books currently? Three, tentatively – This Mortal Coil is the book I’m working to finish before the others, but I also have Impossible Things and Natural Disasters (both are on the back burner, as TMC has taken over as first literary priority).

• Given the chance, would you go bungee-jumping? Oh, yes.

• Top five songs in your playlist? Which playlist? I have nine current playlists – some songs I’m really enjoying, however, would be  Bastille & Gabrielle Aplin’s rendition of ‘Dreams’; Creedence Clearwater’s ‘Bad Moon Rising’ (Mourning Ritual’s cover comes in frequently, too); Christine Aguilera’s ‘Fighter’; The Secret World of Arrietty maine theme; and the Pacific Rim main theme.

• Favorite Mario Kart character? Having never taken an interest in Mario Kart, I wouldn’t know.

• Favorite Disney film? It’s impossible to choose a favorite Disney film.

• How is a raven like a writing desk? This question has several answers, but I doubt any of them are the truth.

• Time-travel or space-travel? Time-travel. I’m up to be the next Doctor’s companion.

• If you had to pick another name for yourself, what would it be? This is an answer that changes depending on what mood I’m in, but I would probably take the name I was nearly given – Myfonwy – and add an ‘O’ to my last name. Myfonwy O’Neal. It sings.

• What nationality are you? ‘Murican, although I have a good deal of German and Celtic blood.

• Do you believe that the end justifies the means? More often than is probably healthy, but I tend to keep this for hypothetical life-or-death situations.

• Do you work well under pressure, or do you snap? I’ll procrastinate until a deadline is approaching, in which case I’ll buckle down just before the whistle blows. I’d say pressure helps, unfortunately; but I can’t stand being under pressure frequently.

• What is your favorite music genre/band?


• Batman or Superman? Ironman.

• Do you like to bake? More than I like to cook, but no kitchen activities exactly spin my record.

• Would you rather get burned to a crispy chip of a human, or be skinned alive? I’d rather die peacefully, of old age, or in battle. Thank you just the same. (Although if I’m going to answer up-front, I’d have to say burned; I’ve read accounts of both and burning is quicker.)

• Honestly, how many friends do you have? Not acquaintances, but honest-to-goodness friends? It’s difficult to categorize this, as most of my honest-to-goodness friends I’ve not met in real-time. That being said, I have many friends and many honest-to-goodness friends, but only one friend who lives in my state. I’m blessed to know many people who would happily listen to me talk about my problems, pray for me, and care about what I’m going through; and I believe anyone who would do that is an honest-to-goodness friend.

• What was your best subject in school? Anything to do with reading or writing, I would say. It surely wasn’t anything math-related.

• Do you do your own thinking, or do you allow others to give you information? I do my own thinking. The problem is trying to stop thinking so I can focus on doing things.

• What’s your favorite ink color? If it’s inky black, I like that; but I love reddish-black ink.

time is the gold in every person’s pocket – a mother’s day tribute


love is…

a sink full of dirty dishes

a laundry basket piled high

books stacked on the table

a fancy dinner traded in for chinese food


because love is time, not spent counted out but being spent.


love is…

(dirty dishes) because she was playing hearts with her youngest daughter

(dirty laundry) because she was watching a movie with her grandson

(books stacked) because she was discussing a novel with her second youngest daughter

(chinese food) because she was late getting home after a  day spent shopping


because time is the gold in every person’s pocket, but rare is the person who knows

not only how to spend it, but spend it wisely.

love is time well-spent with the ones you love

because she has learned what seems important,

and what is.