Father’s Day 2014

Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!

This is the third year that I am celebrating Father’s Day as a father. To continue the tradition that was started on last year’s Father’s Day, I took my soon to meet up with my dad at Buffalo Wild Wings.

After that, my son’s mother treated me to boba tea and we played at the park. It was a good day. I love my little buddy and I am proud of him.

I hope that the rest of you fathers out there had a great Father’s Day as well.

If you are interested in father’s rights, then you need to watch this inspirational video:
Tommy Sotomayor Speaks At The Capitol In Washington DC About The Rights & Importance Of Fathers

Poet Spotlight: Marie Smith

PoetryI’d like to take a moment to give a shout out to another great poet named Marie. She goes by the handle maegnas-sting on her poetry page. Please pay her a visit and check out her writing.

Poems by maegnas-sting

I Dream Of Jeannie

A wormhole opened through time and space,

Allowing me to glimpse your face.

A star died in my galaxy,

Now I float adrift at sea.

Being drawn into this big black hole,

Searching for remnants of my broken soul.

Another dimension is where you stay,

Trapped in a cage day after day.

Oh how matrimony can change someone.

It can drive a man mad when it becomes undone.

For others it can feel like a living hell,

Being stuck inside a prison cell.

We met too soon or perhaps too late,

We’re worlds apart and that is our fate.

We connect well and our spirits could be climbing,

But dammit all, we have horrible timing.

Maybe one day when our demons are dead,

This thing we have could be more than in my head.

Until that time comes I’ll settle for this curse,

Of sending you digital love across the universe.

I’ll sit and wait and drink my martini,

And I’ll always have sweet dreams of Jeannie.

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5 Things Every Server Wishes They Could Say to Their Customers

ShiftgigI have worked as a restaurant server for over four years. I finally escaped the service industry about a year ago. Let’s just say that it wasn’t for me. I am far too introverted to stand talking to people I don’t know for any length of time. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad. I met a lot of really cool people. But I also met some less than cool people.

My experience as a server isn’t all for nothing, though. I recently began writing for a website called Shiftgig. It’s kind of like Linked In, except specifically for people who work in the service industry. They were looking for freelance content creators and I managed to become one.

So far I’ve written one short article for Shiftgig. The exciting news is that it’s been published on their site!

Without further ado, I present my first article for Shiftgig:

5 Things Every Server Wishes They Could Say to Their Customers

I will soon write more articles for Shiftgig. I would really like to impress them, so it would be awesome if that article received a lot of hits.

Please do me a favor and Share that article with anyone you know who has worked as a server. I’m sure they will be able to relate. Thank you.

Stars And Scars

PoetryI drift alone through time and space,

Floating past moons and shooting stars.

Remembering when I last saw your face,

Brings tears that drip down to my scars.

In space, no one can hear me scream,

If they could, would they even care?

Time slips by like a blurry dream,

As I come face to face with my biggest fear.

So far from you, I feel lonely,

I wonder if I’ll ever get home.

You were always my one and only,

But you shot me into space where I now roam.

I continue my mission in search of life,

Perhaps an alien will take me in.

Maybe she will become my wife,

And greet me with a great big grin.

Or maybe I will be lost forever,

And get drawn into a black hole.

If only I were a bit more clever,

I could finally reach my goal.

Exploring planets is a waste of time,

When there is no one to explore them with.

I waste away while in my prime,

In search of nothing but a myth.

If there is life out here, I need to know,

I want to put my mind at rest.

Until then, more galaxies will I go,

I can only give it my best.

Sign the Petition to Protect Net Neutrality

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Net Neutrality is a major issue.

Considering that you are reading this in the Internet right now, it would be in your best interest to learn how important it is to protect Net Neutrality.

These brief videos explain what Net Neutrality is, how it is in danger, and what the consequences will be if it is not protected.

 

 

 

Help Save Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality
Public pressure has recently gotten the FCC chair to backtrack on his assault against Net Neutrality.

For the first time ever, there is a new proposal that would reclassify the Internet as a public utility, like water. This would make it equally accessible to all.

You can help by signing this petition.

After you sign, please spread the word. We MUST save Net Neutrality!

Inspiration – An Invitation

Dan Hoger:

What inspires your writing / art / music / creative outlet of choice? What is your muse?

Submit your story to this blog and it could be posted.

Originally posted on Dragonscale Clippings:

For the first time ever, I am opening my Wednesday Words slots to guest writers.
I would like to post a series of writings on the subject of what inspires you as a writer / musician / artist / dancer / craftsman etc and am looking for short, concise pieces of writing. These posts will appear between August and November this year.
Focusing on just one of your creative outlets eg writing, fix on one thing only that inspires you to write. What is it? How does it inspire you? What has it made you write / re-write? How do you feel when you are inspired to write? You have just 200 words in which to describe your Inspiration.
If you would like me to consider your piece of writing, (200 words maximum) please send it in the body of an email to dragonscaleclippings (at) gmail (dot) com…

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Diablo III Anniversary Treasure Pack Giveaway

I have been playing Diablo III a lot lately (when it isn’t disconnecting, grrr!).

It is fun taking out your frustrations by shooting demons in the face with a crossbow.

May 15th marks the two-year anniversary of Diablo III.

To celebrate, Blizzard is hosting a Treasure Pack Giveaway.

25 winners will receive the following:

  • Reaper of Souls backpack
  • Reaper of Souls lanyard
  • Funko Pop! Diablo vinyl figure
  • Funko Pop! Tyrael vinyl figure
  • Diablo III coffee mug

If you enjoy Diablo III like I do and want some free stuff, you have a chance to win by visiting here.

If you know anyone who plays Diablo III, send them to that link.

Just thought I would share. Carry on!

Diablo III

What’s Next For Missing The Muse?

What's nextNational Poetry Writing Month is over, but I have a backlog of haikus and other poems I wish to post on here. I’d like to pair the poetry up with images to add a visual element. I’m waiting for the weather to change from this soggy mess to a decent day so I can get into nature with my camera and snap some photos. It might be a few days before I get the chance.

I’d like to go through my old posts and clean them up a bit.

I also have an idea for a logo I would like to use. I tried drawing it myself, but it’s not turning out the way I’d like it to. I asked a few artistic friends of mine to help, but they’re too busy. :( So if you know an illustrator/cartoonist who could help out, please let me know. Thank you.

As I focus on building my freelance writing career, I may not be able to post on Missing the Muse every day. So if you don’t see me for a day or two, don’t be alarmed. Keep checking in, and be sure to add me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

If you know someone in need of writing or editing services, please have them check my professional page: http://danhoger.com.

Thanks for reading!

Unknown

Last day of National Poetry Writing Month! I had fun, and I hope you did, too. As this month ends and we look toward the future, I ask what the future holds in my final poem for NaPoWriMo this year.

NaPoWriMo

Unknown

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Where do I go from here?
I wish my head was clear.
Oh, dear.
Sometimes I fear
I may not make it.
I try to fake it.
This feeling inside,
I mistake it
For something it’s not.
I sit and rot.
Don’t know if I’m
Cold or hot.
I feel old a lot.
Thinking of the past.
Time moves too fast.
I wish it would stop.
Press pause.
Let me catch up.
Figure things out.
Get rid of my doubt.
If I shout,
Would anyone listen?
My tears glisten.
I wipe them away
And face another day.
But days blur together.
Need to pull myself together.
Start moving forward.
Toward…
The unknown?
Mind blown.

© Dan Hoger, 2014.

NaPoWriMo 2014

April 29th – Return Of The Cast
April 28th – This Rainy Day
April 27th – Seduced
April 26th – Shaggy
April 25th – Vivid Dreams
April 24th – Flushed
April 23rd – Missing The Pieces
April 22nd – Prisoner’s Lament
April 21st – INTP
April 20th – Easter Haiku
April 19th – Little Lad
April 18th – Writing Words
April 17th – Virtual Escape
April 16th – About Me, About You
April 15th – Worlds Collide
April 14th – Gloom
April 13th – Short Prayer
April 12th – Thank God It’s Spring!
April 11th – Drained
April 10th – Pride And Joy
April 9th – For Richer, But Not Poorer
April 8th – Wasting Away
April 7th – Cry Another Day
April 6th – Inner Struggle
April 5th – Show Class, Not Ass
April 4th – Empty
April 3rd – Seeing Stars
April 2nd – My Words
April 1st – You Left Me

Return Of The Cast

April 29th: The cast of Star Wars Episode VII has been officially released. There were many rumors until now, but they have been confirmed. Mark Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker. Carrie Fisher returns as Princess Leia. Harrison Ford returns as Han Solo. Peter Mayhew returns as Chewbacca. Anthony Daniels returns as C-3PO. And Kenny Baker returns as R2-D2. Obviously, I am very excited by this.

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Return Of The Cast

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A long time ago,
In a galaxy far, far away…
Han, Luke, and Leia
Teamed up to save the day.

The Death Star blew up,
Not once, but twice.
Luke lost his hand
With an agonizing slice.

A place in our hearts,
They always will last.
We had no idea
How much we’d miss that cast.

But today I read
The amazing news.
The band is back together
To dissolve all our blues.

I had only hoped.
I was just a wisher.
But today it’s official,
The return of Ford, Hamill, and Fisher!

© Dan Hoger, 2014.

NaPoWriMo 2014

April 28th – This Rainy Day
April 27th – Seduced
April 26th – Shaggy
April 25th – Vivid Dreams
April 24th – Flushed
April 23rd – Missing The Pieces
April 22nd – Prisoner’s Lament
April 21st – INTP
April 20th – Easter Haiku
April 19th – Little Lad
April 18th – Writing Words
April 17th – Virtual Escape
April 16th – About Me, About You
April 15th – Worlds Collide
April 14th – Gloom
April 13th – Short Prayer
April 12th – Thank God It’s Spring!
April 11th – Drained
April 10th – Pride And Joy
April 9th – For Richer, But Not Poorer
April 8th – Wasting Away
April 7th – Cry Another Day
April 6th – Inner Struggle
April 5th – Show Class, Not Ass
April 4th – Empty
April 3rd – Seeing Stars
April 2nd – My Words
April 1st – You Left Me

This Rainy Day

April 28th sure is rainy around Chicago. Hence the inspiration for my 28th NaPoWriMo poem.

NaPoWriMo

This Rainy Day

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This rainy day,
An outward reflection
Of my inner
Affliction.

The ground is wet,
My brain is soggy.
The air and my head
Are quite foggy.

The clouds are dark,
The sky is gray.
Right now my heart
Feels that way.

This too, shall pass.
Weather will be shifted.
The sun and my spirit
Will again be lifted.

© Dan Hoger, 2014.

NaPoWriMo 2014

April 27th – Seduced
April 26th – Shaggy
April 25th – Vivid Dreams
April 24th – Flushed
April 23rd – Missing The Pieces
April 22nd – Prisoner’s Lament
April 21st – INTP
April 20th – Easter Haiku
April 19th – Little Lad
April 18th – Writing Words
April 17th – Virtual Escape
April 16th – About Me, About You
April 15th – Worlds Collide
April 14th – Gloom
April 13th – Short Prayer
April 12th – Thank God It’s Spring!
April 11th – Drained
April 10th – Pride And Joy
April 9th – For Richer, But Not Poorer
April 8th – Wasting Away
April 7th – Cry Another Day
April 6th – Inner Struggle
April 5th – Show Class, Not Ass
April 4th – Empty
April 3rd – Seeing Stars
April 2nd – My Words
April 1st – You Left Me

Seduced

27 poems so far. NaPoWriMo is almost over. This poem expresses mixed feelings about mixed signals.

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Seduced

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You seduce me
The way you used to
As if we had never
Grown apart.

A tender smile,
A gentle kiss,
Shooting daggers
Through my heart.

If I knew no better,
I would believe
Things were the same
Like we had not changed.

I lay you down
Like I did before,
But afterward
I feel deranged.

Your caring eyes,
Your loving touch,
It’s hypnotizing.
I cannot see.

The pain you caused
Fades away
As you let me in
And put a spell on me.

© Dan Hoger, 2014.

NaPoWriMo 2014

April 26th – Shaggy
April 25th – Vivid Dreams
April 24th – Flushed
April 23rd – Missing The Pieces
April 22nd – Prisoner’s Lament
April 21st – INTP
April 20th – Easter Haiku
April 19th – Little Lad
April 18th – Writing Words
April 17th – Virtual Escape
April 16th – About Me, About You
April 15th – Worlds Collide
April 14th – Gloom
April 13th – Short Prayer
April 12th – Thank God It’s Spring!
April 11th – Drained
April 10th – Pride And Joy
April 9th – For Richer, But Not Poorer
April 8th – Wasting Away
April 7th – Cry Another Day
April 6th – Inner Struggle
April 5th – Show Class, Not Ass
April 4th – Empty
April 3rd – Seeing Stars
April 2nd – My Words
April 1st – You Left Me

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