MonthMarch 2012

A Life Full of Love, Laughter, and Salt & Pepper Shakers

This week has been a difficult one. On Tuesday at 12pm, my great-grandmother, Margaret Ramsey Plummer, passed away – one month and a day shy of her 90th birthday.  Margaret Ramsey PlummerApril 28th, 1922 – March 27th, 2012 It has definitely been quite an emotional week for me. And the funeral will be tough to get through tomorrow. But the one thing I believe we have to keep reminding ourselves is that she had almost 90 years on this earth. […]

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Writerly Wednesday: How a Scene Can Turn on a Word – Comedy or Tragedy?

It goes without saying, but Woody Allen is a master story-teller. Sure some of his movies can move a little slow, but there’s no denying the complexity of emotion in each one. While I have a few favorite movies of his, there is one that spoke loudly enough to make me start thinking. One that actually had two storylines: one comedic, and one dramatic: In Melinda and Melinda, the story opens with a small group of writers at writers. Their […]

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This Week in Favs….

Playing on the Zune: Abraham’s Daughter by Arcade Fire from The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond My apologies for not having the one-sentence breakdowns again this week. Been away all night at the urgent care with a sick hubby. :0(  Enjoy this week’s links and: HAPPY HUNGER GAMES!!!!! Social Media, Author Websites, Platform & Marketing “Everything Else I Know about Social Media I Also Learned from the Bloggess” by A. Victoria Mixon “Twitter Tips Part 1: How […]

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Writerly Wednesday: A No-Go Contest, Alligators, and Another Contest

Where in the world did the month of March go?!? Is it just me or is 2012 starting off a bit too fast for you? So, today’s a bit more of a mid-month check-up here on Muse, Rant, Rave. For starters, I held a Playlist Plotting contest on the blog last week, complete with a special guest judge, Lisa Gail Green of Paranormal Point of View, but unfortunately, there were no entries. *insert sad face* But no worries! That just […]

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This Week in Favs…

Playing on the Zune:  Kids by MGMT My apologies, but this week I didn’t do one-sentence sum-ups for each link (still traveling for work). Enjoy and remember to dial for help if you find yourself buried under too many tabs! ;0) Social Media and Author Websites “Everything I Know about Social Media I Learned from the Bloggess” by A. Victoria Mixon, Editor “How to Get Your First 1,000 Blog Readers” by Stanford on Pushing Social “Is a ‘Niche’ or a […]

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Writerly Wednesday: Lesson Learned from ‘Across the Universe’…and a Playlist Plotting Contest

Welcome to the first of two contests that I’m holding this month. Both contests are based off the lessons that can be extracted from two particular movies. Today’s movie: Across the Universe Plot per IMBD: “The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.” First we’ll start with a quick introduction: Hi, my name is Melinda Collins and I am a perfectionist with OCD […]

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Song of the Week: Across the Universe by The Beatles

Good Monday, everyone!! This week’s song choice was chosen mostly due to the contest that I’ll be having on the blog this week: ‘Lessons Learned from ‘Across the Universe’….and a Playlist Plotting Contest’ Here’s a preview of what we’re looking for with this contest (more details will be provided in the post on where this idea stemmed from): Your mission: Create a plot using Playlist Plotting. OR you can take one you already have and create the perfect playlist to […]

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Writerly Wednesday: When ‘Real Life’ Interferes With the ‘Writing Life’

Before we dive into today’s post, I just want to remind everyone that next week on the blog I’ll be having a contest based on a super-fun writing lesson I learned from Across the Universe. I have a fabulous fellow author who will be joining us and judging entries for two awesome prizes! Needless to say, putting together another awesomely-fun Writing Lessons from the Movies post was just so not in the cards this past weekend. And so that brought […]

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Song of the Week: My Immortal by Evanescence

Happy Monday, everybody! I first heard this song while watching the movie Dare Devil. The music and lyrics resonated with me and to this day, I still turn to this song to write scenes with heavy emotional power, scenes where a character sits back and reflects on the feelings they have for a loved one they’ve lost, the scenes that pull on a reader’s heart strings and never let go. My hope is that this song may resonate with you […]

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