Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Scat Examples

Here are some examples of scat singing that I referenced in yesterday's post.

Ella Fitzgerald : One note Samba (scat singing) 1969 (6:36)

Konnakol - Indian Scat Singing (4:36)

Sesame Street - Hoots the Owl teaches scat singing (2:57)

What? LJ 5,000 Questions: Part One (1 – 20)

I can’t remember which blog I saw this on (if it was you let me know and I will give you credit) but here’s the LiveJournal 5,000 questions.  I am answering these as part of my Day Zero project. Let’s see what happens.

 Part one

1. Who are you? I am still trying to figure that out.

2. What are the 3 most important things everyone should know about you? I need lots of quiet-time; green is my favorite color; I am not dead yet.

3. When you aren't filling out 5,000 question surveys like this one what are you doing? Writing, reading, arting and crafting.

4. List your classes in school from the ones you like the most to the ones you like the least (or if you are out of school, think of the classes you did like and didn't like at the time). I liked any class where I could read and write. I hated spelling (I am horrible at it.)

5. What is your biggest goal for this year? Finish one book so it is reading to submit for publication.

6. Where do you want to be in 5 years? Living in the mountains of Pennsylvania and writing novels for a living.

7. What stage of life are you in right now? The best, I think. It’s taken 50 years to develop some focus.

8. Are you more child-like or childish? I think I am child-like (I like to be silly) and rarely childish which I equate with pettiness.

9. What is the last thing you said out loud? Sounds good to me.

10. What song comes closest to how you feel about your life right now? Chumbawamba – Tubthumping 

11. Have you ever taken martial arts classes? Yes.

12. Does your life tend to get better or worse or does it just stay the same? I have a very good life (despite the way I whine) but it does have its ups and downs.

13. Does time really heal all wounds? I’m not sure as I have not run out of time but so far I would say no.

14. How do you handle a rainy day? I love rainy days. I would read.

15. Which is worse...losing your luggage or having to sort out tangled holiday lights? Losing my luggage would be worse – I leave the lights to my husband.

16. How is your relationship with your parents? Better than it’s ever been but some things can be forgiven but not forgotten.
Will you miss them when they are gone? Yes.

17. Do you tend to be aware of what is going on around you? I suffer from hyper-vigilance every where except at home where I am most comfortable and secure.

18. What is the truest thing that you know? Every opposite to every truth is valid.

19. What did you want to be when you grew up? A writer and artist.

20. Have you ever been given a second chance? Many, many times, thank you, God. Otherwise, I’d be in serious trouble.

Monday, August 30, 2010

microfiction Monday – Scat Singing

My Story:

rat atat tat badda bing badda boom zing zag zowie zoom schlapp schapp lapp lop loom toop too tow whoa low slow so so so low slow hush hush 

Book review at

microfiction Monday: Write a story in 140 characters using the picture Susan provides as inspiration.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday 160 - Do It, Write!

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I ran out of paper 
and I had to write.
What the heck is a person to do
 with such a dilemma?
Suffer the stares of all of 
the normal people:-)

Visit me at 

 to see my 
writing project/group/workshop,

Write in joy. Write in pain. Do It, Write! (c)

Sunday 160 - Tell a story in 160 Characters

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Weekend Funnies - True Zenism

This was sent to me this week in an email.

Inner  Peace: This is so true     

If  you can start the day without caffeine,

If you  can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and  pains,

If  you can resist complaining and
 boring people with your troubles,  

If  you can eat the same food every
 day and be grateful for it,  

If  you can understand when your loved
 ones are too busy to give you any time,  
If  you can take criticism and
  blame without resentment  ,

If  you can conquer tension
 without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If  you can sleep without the aid of  drugs,

....Then  You Are  Probably

The  Family Dog!      
And you thought I was going to get all spiritual.  

Play Weekend Funnies and help spread the laughter.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Flash 55 - Don't Let the Evil Road Runner Keep You Down!

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In my dreams, I stand upon the cliff's edge, 
toes dangling in the breeze. 
I fling myself into the air and soar. 
Sometimes I do a Wile E. splat 
and like the coyote, 
I get up and do it all again. 
I survive the tortures of my mind, 
what is there to fear in life?

There is a new book review at 

I am going to start an online writers' group. 
If you are like me and 
can't seem to get out of your own way, 
stop back over the weekend to see what I'm doing.

Write a story in exactly 55 words.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday 13 – Color Me Silly

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Last Sunday, I read 3 posts about crayons

so I had an incredible urge to color

but not in a coloring book.

I took an 18" by 24" pre-stretched canvas,

big, kindergarten crayons

and colored.

I used my embossing heater to do some melting,

used Mod Podge to attach crayon wrappers

and cover the whole canvas

to make it shiny

and seal it all together.

Now I feel better.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Future

you’re cozy at home
in my world of make-believe
reading books I wrote

You may or may not have noticed but beginning with yesterday's posts, I am responding to comments again (on my other blogs too.)
 I make no promises. 

Write a haiku based on the week’s theme.
“The basics: Haiku is simple! It is 3 non-rhyming lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively (a great way to use your fingers!)”

0 - v

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tableaux on Tuesdays - Philadelphia

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Philadelphia, PA from Camden, NJ

tableau – noun, plural tableaux: 
a picturesque grouping of persons or objects; 
a striking scene.