Saturday, October 28, 2006

While in Memphis several months ago with family and friends. I got the bright idea of getting a 'mascot' to pose in pictures. Mainly this idea came from a French movie, where the subplot was a grieving widower's daughter, who took the gnome from his garden and gave it to a stewardess friend, who then took pictures of the gnome in various sites around the world. I wonder which came first, the movie or the Travelocity ads.

Then, another friend, received a stuffed bear from her beloved...she wanted jewelry! So, to get back at him she brought the bear on all their trips and took pictures of him on all their globetrotting adventures. Now, she won't go without him!

So, there we were in Memphis, in yet another Elvis souvenir shop, when I noticed a small bear with an Elvis print different ones with various prints! I couldn't resist, I asked my friend which one she liked the most and picked up 'Spike' for myself. After explaining the purpose of the 'mascot' she got busy and soon ran out of film of her Elvis bear being posed around anything and everything that had to do with Elvis in the store, outside, etc. You can get the idea.

And I had Spike.

Spike's real name is Sizzles, due to his bright red color and fuzzy strands that stick out all over. But I prefer Spike.

So far, beside Memphis, he's been to Reno, where you can see him sitting on the Jukebox at Mel's Diner. Atlanta, where I didn't get any pictures of him. Which is a shame, as he travels well.

Right now, he's sitting on a sofa on my desk. Yes, I have a small sofa on my desk which is next to the computer screen, so I have a visual of him whenever I'm hacking away on the keyboard.


Why not?

He makes me smile. And somedays I really need to smile just to get through it. I think we all need that smile.

Saturday, October 21, 2006


National Novel Writing Month begins the first of November. I signed up. This is the year that I'm going to do it. Write a fifty thousand word novel in a month. It's doable. Hundreds of people do it every year. And this is my year as well. They even have a little symbol to put on your website.

So far, I have two 'buddies' to go along with me on this process. I have two ideas, well, really more than two, but I've narrowed it down to two. One is an inspirational, I do have the title, and some thoughts on the main characters, nothing fully developed. And the other one really needs to be longer, so...I guess it will be the inspirational.

Check back with me to see my progress.

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