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My Funny Valentine: Monday Monster Mashup meets the Weekly Writing Challenge!

In today’s entry, I take the Monday Monster Mashup and mash it even further with the Weekly Writing Challenge!

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What’s your Valentine’s story?

Today’s prompt comes from the WP Weekly writing challenge: Weekly Writing Challenge: My Funny Valentine?

First, the MASHUP:

Then, the photo:

12 roses for 12 years 2nd shot

Now, the story:

Our wedding anniversary is on December 12th.  Sometimes, it gets eaten up in the Christmas fervor.  In 2010, we had a church Christmas dinner on the 12th.  While Cimmorene said she was fine with attending a ward Christmas dinner on our anniversary (and we did), I didn’t think this was sufficient.

So come February, I decided I needed to make up for it.  I figured I would act early, and beat the Valentine’s Day rush.  On a whim, I stopped in to the local Just Roses flower shop, and asked for 12 white short-stemmed roses, in a vase.  They had such on hand.  Wow.  I told one of the florists, as she was ringing up my purchase, “If I do this right, she’ll…

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a little more flourish and flow

Hello dear readers!

It’s been a long transition since the VOX platform closed in 2010, but I think I’m finally settling into the community at WordPress.  I’ve been making new friends, quite a few who have VERY well-designed blogs.  They’ve given me some new ideas that I hope will make this blog easier to navigate and read.

Jen and Tonic, upon her triumphal finish of NaBloPoMo 2013, suggested that all her readers should check out Speaker7, who she said persuaded her to participate.  So, I did.

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So I read about Speaker7’s finish of NaBloPoMo, and she mentioned using Wordle to analyze her writing for the month of that challenge.  I thought, “Hey, that’d make a snazzy sidebar alternative to a word tag cloud!”  I fed this blog’s URL into the site and came up with this:

jakwordle

After some experimentation and consulting with Cimmorene, I decided that I would keep the tag cloud widget after all.  The Wordle is quite eye-catching, but it’s not interactive, while the tag cloud can still be used to navigate my posts.

So the Wordle is listed as “interconnection 1” and the tag cloud is listed as “interconnection 2”.

stephrogers pointed me to her Category widget to find posts on Asian pop (I agree– hours of fun!), and I thought that would be a good addition here as well.  I’m not sure if it’s as immediately eye-catching as featured posts (as I do for tutorial-style posts on TechsWrite). but it’ll do.  I featured I should sort out my posts a little better into those Categories as a result.

I did notice that a number of dear visitors and readers have left me Likes on my About page, which is featured among the Page tabs for this Superhero theme I’m using.  So I put links to posts and post Categories there and in all my Pages, as an invitation to read the archives.  I’ve worked really hard on some of the Hero’s Journey posts for comic book and movie characters, so I hope y’all will come take a look.

There are a few other changes under the hood, like a rework of the Flickr widget.

I notice some of my ex-VOX friends have made some great new theme changes– as I’ve said to some of you before, your blogs look snappy!

[Uh-oh, I think I’m going to use some invitation questions… no, no, anything but that…!  nooooo]

Have you made changes to your blog design recently?  I hope you’ll leave a comment.  Please let me know what features you’d like me to look at, and please tell me what you think of the changes I’ve mentioned above, if you like.  Your feedback is welcome.


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Death and the Abyss: Concerning the Norse Gods

For the short-term, foreseeable future, my posts on Iron John are in limbo.  I’ve made some audio clips reading Robert Bly’s version of the tale, but I am waiting until Cimmy has enough willpower, motivation, time, focus… whatever to edit the clips.

I was tempted to upload them to Soundcloud and post them as they are.  Or to try to edit them myself.  But this pain is so intense and it’s hard to sit for any work for too long.  Plus I want to let Cimmy do it… although inwardly I want to crack a whip, or wave a magical wand, and get our messy house creative clutter sorted.

My parents are helping my maternal grandparents transition, i.e. get some help for Grandpa to help Grandma.  They are with them now until tomorrow.  On an earlier trip, they brought back some books and magazines, mostly old textbooks from Grandma’s time as a teacher.

I picked up one last night/early this morning called Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.  I thought it would have a compilation of tales, but it’s more of a primer.  It mostly concerns Greco-Roman mythology, but there is a short section on the end about Norse mythology.  I am primarily Anglo-Jute in my American heritage, so I guess these are ultimately the tales of my ancestors.

Edith Hamilton, the author, wrote much about the Norse mythos being strikingly different to the Greco-Roman one: the gods are solemn, conflict is ever at hand, and doom is prophesied to be inevitable.  Cimmorene believes this grim outlook is the fault (or at least is marked by their forcible influence) of early Christian missionaries determined to stamp out paganism, but, it seems fitting to me nevertheless.

In fact, my father, being ill for over 20 years now, is trying to get me to accept that pain may be a part of the rest of my life.  I think he is right, more than he realizes, in what I remember, but he does not, of a life before.

I can only hope that I will be able to face this pain with courage.  If foreordination holds true, and the path to destiny is clear, my eventual demise is already written, but I dare not reveal that ancient source, now.  It is not time.  For now, I hope to be the father, husband, and all things that are asked of me now.  I hope that I may do it with honor, virtue, and dignity.

Challenges, Temptations, & the Abyss

Challenges, Temptations, & the Abyss