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Hello!It’s WIPpet Wednesday, time for the WIPpeteers to share snippets of their works in progress. To join, post an excerpt of your current WIP that somehow corresponds to the date, add your blog to the linky, and send a bouquet of poppies to our hostess, K. L. Schwengel.

This week I’m saying no to complicated WIPpet math and offering 16 lines. I’m sorry for leaving you hanging last week. Something came up. We last left Arvid clutching a knife under her blankets, waiting to see what made that twig snap…

A smiling face popped into view. A very familiar face. “Oya?”

“I knew I couldn’t sneak up on you.”

“What are you doing here?”

Oya knelt on the edge of the bedroll. Arvid shifted to give her more room. “Following you. You didn’t think I’d let you go without saying goodbye, did you?”

“I didn’t have a choice.”

“There’s always a choice.”

Arvid rolled her eyes. “Well, anyway, I didn’t have much of one. What did Master say when you told him you were coming after me?”

“He didn’t say anything to me. He must have told the Elders, though, because a messenger caught up with me a couple hours after I left to warn me to be back home in ten days.”

“Or else…?”


Or else, indeed. Either Oya could be exiled with Arvid, or I could come up with something different. Maybe some kind of loss of status or a threat to her family. Something motivating. Any ideas?

Oh... just chillin'

Oh… just chillin’

Mmm… Laugh Out Loud


“The truth is, laughter reduces stress, pumps up the immune system, diffuses squabbles, lifts the spirits, broadens the perspective, and feels great. Best yet, it has no calories and can’t make you pregnant.” ~ Karen Scalf Linamen


It also happens to be the best abs exercise, hands-down. A good, deep belly laugh involves all your abdominal muscles. So skip those neck-straining crunches, get a nice cushion for your seat, make yourself comfortable, and whip that flabby belly into shape by visiting all the Mirth and Music Monday folks. Better yet, join in by posting some humor and music on your blog and clicking on Froggo (in the right-hand menu) to add your link.

Be sure to laugh hard, now. Huffs and chuckles won’t do it. Remember, we’re going for the six-pack, people.


By the way, I’m not a medical professional. Laughter really is a great ab workout, but sitting comfortably all day is probably not a healthy habit. For more information, see this article.

Oh, and, I’ve been known to indulge in facetiousness from time to time.






Hi! It’s once again Monday, and once again time to share some mirth and music. We would absolutely LOVE it if you joined in. Just post something mirthful and something musical on your blog (it can be a single video, or a joke and a video, or 2 videos, or a humorous story and a song that plays while we read, etc.) and use the smiley frog to the right or click here to add your linky. It’s very easy. :-) Be sure to check out what the other Mirth and Music Monday folks are offering. If you’re like me, you can use every laugh and wow you can get on Mondays. ;-)


This week, my family has been on a Darkwing Duck kick. Beloved bought the first season on DVD, so we’ve been reliving our cartoon-watching days whilst we file papers or tidy something… O.o Wait! that’s grown-up stuff!  Oh, well. Who wants to completely relive childhood anyway?

Anyhow, I decided to look up a Darkwing for all of you. Watching it through an adult’s eyes, I’m really impressed with how willingly and whole-heartedly Darkwing stepped into the roll of father. And it seems I’m not the only one. There were several father-daughter tributes to the show on YouTube. I decided to pick one featuring a Josh Gorban song I hadn’t heard before. Enjoy!



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