Monday, July 21, 2014

My Monday Inspiration

In no particular order, these are the things that have inspired me over the last month.  I missed Insecure Writers Support Group earlier this month, but I still wanted to contribute.  It seems like I spend a lot of time doing projects with work or with my family.  That said, it's hard to fit my writing projects in sometimes.  And I am a writer dammit!  Anyway, I saw this found it inspiring.


Moving on to other things that have inspired me recently. I like all types of music for writing, but one band I admire is Foster the People. To say that I love this song is an understatement, but what's even better than the tune is the video. Remember, Kill Bill when Tarantino added the animation part to the film?  Between the story and the motion graphics, this video reminds me of it and is pretty psychedelic video too.  Feeling inspired yet?

Lastly, I saw this on Friday and it made me smile.  There's something about Loki, isn't there?
What types of things do you turn to to get inspired to write every week?

Okay Loki.  I'll get right on that. (Source

Got any thing planned this week?  What about this month?  Any book releases, blog hops, vacations or anything else planned?  Have a wonderful week.

Mina B.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Video Mania: World Cup/USA Soccer & Hunger Games!

Today is a BIG day for the the USA and #World Cup.  BIG.  For all you soccer fans out there, the USA will play Germany at 12 noon EST on ESPN.  Keep your fingers crossed that the US does well because without a doubt the entire world will be watching.  Or at least US will.  In fact, I heard earlier on radio this morning that this soccer game is supposed to break records with the amount of Americans watching the game at home.  #Crazy, huh?  Anyway, I'll be one watching too! Go USA!

Soccer:  Art Imitating Life

On another soccer note, I had the pleasure of watching this video created by NBC Sports Network:  An American Coach in London: NBC Sports Premier League Film featuring Jason Sudeikis.  I'm not sure if you've seen it, but I had to post it with the World Cup frenzy going on.  The funny thing is I actually had a high school soccer coach like this when I grew up in Texas.  He was a football coach turned soccer coach because the school didn't want to hire a real coach.  He didn't know squat about soccer, but he did know a heck-of-a-lot about winning.  It was a kickball style of game he taught and it was an interested experience to say the least.  The scary part about what you see here in the video is...its not so far from the truth.  Enjoy!

Hunger Games new Trailer!

Oh my gosh did you see this?  Look at Peeta!  Oh, I loved the books and can't wait for the movie too.  Enjoy and share if you haven't seen it already.


How's your month so far?  Everything good?  I hope so. 

Mina Burrows

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday the 13th Mixup: Campers Not Wanted & Fred

A person can discover a lot things about themselves when they go camping.  Before I began my adventure, I researched, pinned and planned like you wouldn't believe for my family's camping trip.  My goal was to create a wonderful experience with my family.  My husband was on vacation, the kids were on break, I slowed down work for a few get my point.  The idea of jumping into pseudo-survivor mode really had me excited for this excursion.

Well I found out something new about myself.  I'm not a fan of camping. In fact, if the apocalypse heads my way, I probably would be one of the first to go.  The realization is a bit depressing, but that's the truth.

Take away the heat, the noseeums and mosquitoes, my kids whining and Fred almost having a heart attack, it wasn't all that bad.  And yet, it wasn't all that great either.

I never once complained though.  When you're a mom, you often try to please everybody else that I find it's never a good thing to start complaining.  Once you do, then it's like the little ones follow your lead and everything goes down hill.  Camping takes so much work it's mind boggling.  In the end, we left early because the truth is we suck.  Fred wasn't doing so well and the other dog we have, Spike, became ill at the boarders.  All and all it wasn't the best trip, but we did try.

When did I realize that camping wasn't for me?  When we left and I ended up asking my husband to stop a restaurant so I could have a rum runner.  Yeah, just 40 minutes of drinking a rum runner and enjoying a mahi mahi sandwich did it for me.

Anyway, I thought I'd share some images of Fred during our trip.  He seldom poses for me anymore.  In fact, he hides.  Bless him he's getting old.  Still, my husband captured these wonderful images of him.

That's it!  Happy Friday the 13th!  And a special Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there.

Mina Burrows

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

IWSG: June is here!

Well, I missed the last two Insecure Writers Support Group because of A-Z but I'm going to do a quick one for today. Thank you Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating this monthly meme and also thanks to this month's co-hosts are C. Lee McKenzie, Tracy Jo, Melanie Schulz, and LG Keltner!

Well, I don't have much to relay this month.  I feel like my life is a series of days passing by and I can't seem to get enough accomplished.  Like most of us, work takes its toll and raising children does too.  On a great note, my nine year old son got straight A's for three quarters this year, which has me beaming with pride.  And my seven year old daughter is such a wonderful reader, I can't express how proud of her I am too.  That said, I do my best at balancing it all, but there are days when I'm completely exhausted.  I remember when I used to be able to write to the wee hours of the night.  Bah!  Not so much now. I'm lucky if I can keep my eye lids from closing at around 9:30 pm.  Eh, whatever.  I'm not complaining.  I love my life, I just wish I had more time. 

Anyway, I saw this and it made me smile.  I hope it does the same for you.

Do you have any insecurities you'd like to share with me today?  

Friday, May 30, 2014

My A-Z Reflection Post & Showtimes's Penny Dreadful (A MUST SEE!)

Okay, I apologize for not blogging in awhile.  I wanted to do the reflections post, but I couldn't get to it. I think I was a bit blogged out after the A-Z Challenge.   You would think after all that planning I did for A-Z, I'd at least plan on that post, but no.  Nice one, Ace.  Anyway, I picked up my badge though.  Score!

My A-Z posts for the month of April were about Classic Monsters.  I'm not sure how many people read my a-z posts, but honestly, I enjoying researching and writing them.  Most people know how much I love classic horror literature so it was a natural for me to write about it.  I think the fact that I love the genre so much made it easy.

Penny Dreadful - A MUST SEE!

Purrrr!  Bow chica bow wow!
After I finished the series, I caught an interview with Josh Hartnett, where he talked about his time away from Hollywood and his new project, Penny Dreadful.  One click led to another and I thought how strange that I finished my classic monster stint with A-Z and then I find out about the Penny Dreadful series on Showtime.  Well, long story short, I watched the first episode and I was hooked.  It's really good.  I mean like classic creepy good.  Unfortunately, you need to subscribe to Showtime for an extra $10 bucks a month. Damn you Comcast!

From Showtime's website, Penny Dreadful is based on "some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama."

Penny Dreadful features other talented actors like two former James Bond stars, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green.  Oh and trust's good.  The free episode is available here.  Here's the trailer below.  Watch and let me know what you think.

That's all I got for a Friday.  Fred sends his love.  My boy is getting old.  :(
I hope you all enjoy your weekend.  

Mina Burrows

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A-Z: Classic Monsters: Z is for Zombie

Z is for Zombie for the last post of the A-Z Challenge and in terms of classics, I'll highlight their origins and also the classic film, Night of the Living Dead.

About Zombie Folklore

Did you know you can trace zombies back to Haitian folklore and specifically, Voodoo magic.  A zombie is defined when a dead corpse is brought back to life by a supernatural force like magic.  Zombies served as evil minions to a powerful master.  Cool, huh?  I love the whole evil minion angle.

Nowadays, we see zombies as more of a scientific accident or a deadly outbreak like the undead plague.  Books like World War Z, Patient Zero and The Reapers Are the Angels are some of the top zombie books that feature the undead as we know them today.

About the Night Of the Living Dead

The Night of the Living Dead debuted in 1968 and is one of America's classic horror films.  It features our classic monster, the zombie and since sparked our love and obsession with the undead.  The film is about two siblings who travel their home to visit their father's grave.  Long story short, there is a group of "inhuman creatures" who were created from "the radiation from a satellite that was returning from Venus has somehow reactivated the brain of the dead."   Read more about the film here.

Have you seen this film?  What about the remakes?

Are you a zombie fan?  Do you have a favorite movie or television show?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A-Z: Classic Monsters: Classic Monsters that start with Y?

The letter Y for the A-Z Challenge post has me stumped.  I finally settled on the Yule Cat.

According to Wikipedia, "The Yule Cat (Icelandic: Jólakötturinn or Jólaköttur) is a monster from Icelandic folklore, a huge and vicious cat said to lurk about the snowy countryside during Christmastime and eat people who have not received any new clothes to wear before Christmas Eve."

The history of the cat dates back to the nineteenth century.  Supposedly, it was created to get people to work harder.  If you worked hard and did your chores, then you were spared the wrath of the bad kitty.  If you were lazy, then you got the cat's paw!  Ouch!

The Yule Cat has been referenced as a troll cat and is closely related to the mischievous Yule Lads, which are essentially trolls and remind me of Snow White's dwarfs.  Most people familiar with the hellish cat know about the poet, Jóhannes úr Kötlum and his traditional poem The Yule Cat.

The Yule Cat by Jóhannes úr Kötlum

You all know the Yule Cat
And that Cat was huge indeed.
People didn’t know where he came from
Or where he went.

He opened his glaring eyes wide,
The two of them glowing bright.
It took a really brave man
To look straight into them.

His whiskers, sharp as bristles,
His back arched up high.
And the claws of his hairy paws
Were a terrible sight.

He gave a wave of his strong tail,
He jumped and he clawed and he hissed.
Sometimes up in the valley,
Sometimes down by the shore.

He roamed at large, hungry and evil
In the freezing Yule snow.
In every home
People shuddered at his name.

If one heard a pitiful “meow”
Something evil would happen soon.
Everybody knew he hunted men
But didn’t care for mice.

He picked on the very poor
That no new garments got
For Yule – who toiled
And lived in dire need.

From them he took in one fell swoop
Their whole Yule dinner
Always eating it himself
If he possibly could.

Hence it was that the women
At their spinning wheels sat
Spinning a colorful thread
For a frock or a little sock.

Because you mustn’t let the Cat
Get hold of the little children.
They had to get something new to wear
From the grownups each year.

And when the lights came on, on Yule Eve
And the Cat peered in,
The little children stood rosy and proud
All dressed up in their new clothes.

Some had gotten an apron
And some had gotten shoes
Or something that was needed
- That was all it took.

For all who got something new to wear
Stayed out of that pussy-cat’s grasp
He then gave an awful hiss
But went on his way.

Whether he still exists I do not know.
But his visit would be in vain
If next time everybody
Got something new to wear.

Now you might be thinking of helping
Where help is needed most.
Perhaps you’ll find some children
That have nothing at all.

Cute, huh?  Well, that was the best I could do for the letter Y.  Did you have any other classic monsters you would have preferred?