My Reading of “The Wee Memoirs of a Victorian Mourning Doll”

I’m linking this wee audio-tale to Sanaa’s Prompt Nights: Sûrement vous plaisantez – Surely you jest (which might explain why so many people think that I’m not funny… just a tad creepy). 😀

Friends are a delicious blessing. No, my Wicked Luvs, I’m not advising you to go and devour all your friends. I’m just saying that good friends are the best at the gentle art of nudging us towards doing things we were not planning to do. And sometimes, that can be a wonderful thing. Other times, you can go to jail. But that’s a different post…

Earlier today, a good friend of mine said, “All I want for my birthday is a recording of you reading some of my favorites of your poems, nothing else.” When I offered to leave the poems on her phone, as a voicemail, she said that she wanted an MP3.

It’s her birthday. I can’t gently kick her in the teeth, and shout, “Stop being such a brat!” Instead, I called Rommy and begged for help—I had never used any of my computer’s voice recording software… Besides, Rommy is a great reader… I am not… so I was hoping some of her greatness would rub off on me. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Rommy’s reading voice, stop by her blog and listen to “Fangs, Sheathed”. Delicious!

After I finished recording my friend’s birthday present, I went ahead and read “The Wee Memoirs of a Victorian Mourning Doll” to share with you. I hope you like it:

– inspired by Long Gone Dolls’ delightfully creepy “Victorian Mourning Dolls”
– read the text HERE

I am adding the original image (I dislike that it gets cut off in the audio preview)
Victorian Mourning Dolls, by Long Gone Dolls

I Shall Not Cry over Dead Flowers…

…unless I must; if I must cry over the withering carcasses of what used to be, then I will wail for my blooms in style.

Three days ago, I found out that if my health continued improving (or if it remained stable) then I would be able to do all the things I’ve wanted to do for a while. As you may imagine, the news had me over the moon. If we are Facebook friends or if you visit my blog regularly, then you probably read my delight oozing out of everything I shared.

Then, yesterday, I cut the tip of my left middle finger… and didn’t feel it… in fact, I didn’t realize I had cut myself until I had already bled all over my keyboard… The cut looks angry right now, but I can squeeze it until it bleeds and still feel nothing. It seems that I’m not healing as yummily as my doctors and I hoped. And a gazillion and three tests will be added to the million and one that had already been scheduled for the next few weeks.

What does this mean for me, aside from lots of future time at the hospital and many bad jokes about how I might not be able to flip people off with real feeling anymore? Well, it means rearranging my writing and publishing plans, yet again. I had planned to publish something big in April… and a smaller something in December. Only a handful of people knew this—my Piano Man and a few of my closest friends. I didn’t want to get you all excited and then have to disappoint you.

I was very sad, last night… for a couple of hours… I even cried a bit… okay, I kind of screamed with rage (and probably gave my neighbors ideas of calling the police or animal control). But after a few hours rewriting my schedules and glaring at Fate while baring my teeth, all was well again. Life happens, and I will happen with it; when life throws me lemons, I’ll make mojitos… and all those other super-annoying (and rather tasty) clichés.

I can’t publish what I wanted to, but I can do something else. I’m thinking a very short collection of poetry featuring all my loves and the mayhem that makes them wonderfully mine. Imagine it, my Wicked Luvs: December poetry set in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ world, winter with Lum and Darlene, and what does Drusilla do for the holidays?

So there you have it, Fate dearest, I won’t cry for my dead flowers… I’m a witchy woman, remember? I’ll rearrange the remains, until the corpses of my blooming ideas look pretty.

I Shall Not Cry over Dead Flowers…

Pumpkin Chili, Laughter, Masks and Skull Mayhem

The last few days have been a delicious blur. I did some Halloween decorating, dreamed about my little brother at least thrice… such wonderful dreams that burst with laughter and familiar mayhem. I danced, cooked and shared great food with family and friends. My urban witchy garden fully embraced the season. The pain squatting in my flesh and bones wasn’t a bastard at all. I ate meat and I didn’t get sick (I used one of the three to five diet cheating days I allow myself every year); there is some discomfort, but no intense tummy pain. And the night of All Hallows’ Eve was quite perfect. Here is the visual tale:
All Hallows' Eve 2015, Magaly (1)

Pumpkin and Black-Eyed Peas Chili (Um… who forgot to write down the recipe? *sigh*).
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Carrot and Pineapple Cake (the Little Princess requested a healthy but yummy treat).
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All Hallows' Eve 2015, Magaly (8)I’ve no idea who drove that huge knife into the Carrot and Pineapple Cake’s skull *cough*.
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