Another Random Unofficial Made-Up WordPress Blog Award Thingy

Real Neat Blog Award

This time, I have received (or been nominated for?) the Real Neat Blog Award. I guess somebody thinks this blog is real neat.

Thank you, Star Wars Anonymous, for the nomination.

Here is what I need to do in order to achieve this prestigious award:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

Let’s get started.

Real Neat Blog Award

Boom. Got the first one done. It didn’t specify where on the blog, so I should be good.

Now to answer seven questions.
1. What is one of the most embarrassing things to happen to you? (Note: I didn’t say THE most embarrassing, just one of the most embarrassing)
My answer to question six.

2. What’s your favorite book? Why?
1984 by George Orwell because Big Brother is watching.

3. Who is your favorite Star Wars character and why?
Jar Jar Binks. Just kidding! I could be cliche and say Boba Fett because he kicks ass. Other favorites are Yoda because of his wisdom and Chewbacca because I’m part Wookiee. Don’t believe me? I do an awesome Wookiee howl!

4. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I can only pick one? I would love to go someplace tropical like Hawaii or Jamaica. I’d also like to visit several countries in Europe. Oh, and of course Japan.

5. What would be your ideal date?
Only one way to find out! ;)

6. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
That time I got first place in the Boonta Eve Classic. Oh wait, I’m confusing fantasy with reality again. How embarrassing.

7. What’s your favorite candy? Not dessert, candy.  Like Halloween candy.

Now that we got that out of the way, what’s next on the list? I already thanked Star Wars Anonymous and linked to her blog.

Now to nominate others. Who shall my victims be this time?

Rejected Realities

Shehanne Moore


JLynn Cameron

I choose y’all! MWAHAHAHA!

Your mission, if y’all choose to accept it, is to answer these seven questions… If you dare!

1. What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

2. How would you describe your ideal man?

3. Was that previous question too personal?

4. If you could be any kind of sea creature, what would you choose?

5. Who would win in a fight between Gandalf and Darth Vader?

6. What is your opinion of Doritos?

7. On a scale of one to ten, how lame are these questions?

Now answer the questions or suffer the consequences! Actually, there are no consequences. But I’ll feel lame if you don’t. Actually I won’t. I’ll be fine. Really. Seriously. Don’t worry about me. I’m just sitting here being awesome, so it’s all good!

If you decide to accept this challenge / mission / nomination / waste of your precious time, then let me know by commenting with a link to your post.

[Insert witty and amusing closing statement here.]

Lay Versus Lie

Lay Versus Lie

One of the most common grammatical errors is mixing up “lay” with “lie”.

I hope to shed a little light on things.

To put it simply:

  • A person lies down.
  • A person lays an object down.


  • I need to lie down.
  • You should lie down.
  • Take off those filthy boots before you lie on the sofa.


  • I can’t lay this book down.
  • You should lay down your weapon.
  • I had to lay the blanket on the grass.

The examples above were all in the present tense. Things become tricky once you use the past tense or past participle.

Instead of explaining those to you, I’m going to let Grammar Girl do it. She does a fantastic job.

Check out Grammar Girl’s guide to Lay and Lie here.

And remember, you need to lay the sheets on the bed so you can lie down.

Lay Versus Lie

One Year


It’s been one year

Since you sent me here.

To the place where

I’ve always feared.

How the time went by

Since you made me cry.

I wanted to die

When I learned of your lie.

What you did really sucked

And now I am stuck.

I feel like I’m old and fucked

But I’m rekindling my luck.

I won’t cry for you anymore

Or even call you a fucking whore.

I’m not sorry that I swore

Because loving you was a chore.

So now that you are free

How much better will your life be?

You don’t have to worry about me

I’m just here sipping tea.



Today’s Post Is Dedicated To…


Today’s post is dedicated to:

The whiners, the groaners,

The bitchers, the moaners.

Those with an axe to grind,

And other people’s business to mind.

Those who fight under a label,

Who are mentally unstable.

Those who won’t agree to disagree,

Who think they have a pedigree.

For those who claim their cause is just,

And think of me with sheer disgust.

For those who claim to be oppressed,

Without a clue that they are blessed.

Those who claim to want equal rights,

But take extremism to brand new heights.

For those whose views are quite insane,

Somehow functioning without a brain.

For those who lack common sense,

With skulls that are rather dense.
For those who want better pay,

But go about it the wrong way.

For those who won’t listen to reason,

And dream of genocidal treason.

For those who generate censorship fusses,

But openly bleed on public buses.

For those whose logic they have forsaken,

Always claiming to be mistaken.

For those who wage war, but call it peace,

Whose hateful slurs will never cease.

The brainwashed, the misinformed,

The ignorant, the raging storm.

Those who can’t see the truth,

Having been hypnotized since youth.

Those who wish to be left in the dark,

Those whose bite is just as bad as their bark.

Those who cannot plainly see,

Their obvious hypocrisy.

Those who never stop to think,

Who in fact believe that their shit don’t stink.

Those who need someone to blame,

Trying to make others feel the shame.

Those who want the world to divide,

Declaring superiority with selfish pride.

Today’s post is dedicated to you,

Because your time here is almost through.

You’ve run your course, you’ve had your say,

But the world will be better once you go away.

Sorry, not sorry, if now you feel glum,

But not everybody is freaking dumb.

First Day of Magic School

First Day of Magic School

First of all, Missing the Muse is two years old! Woot!

When I started this blog two years ago, it was a writer’s blog about everything except writing. Now it’s a writer’s blog about hardly anything at all. Le sigh.

But hey, here’s a new post for you.

Instead of tooting my own horn, I’m going to take this opportunity to toot someone else’s. Er, wait… that didn’t come out right.

Let’s start over, shall we?


A friend of mine named John has started a Kickstarter to help raise funds for an awesome project. Basically, he created an interactive children’s book that incorporates a blacklight to solve puzzles. It is totally fun for both kids and adults.

Check out the preview for First Day of Magic School:

Pretty neat, huh?

Check out the Kickstarter page for more details.

First Day of Magic SchoolI encourage you all, my loyal minions readers, to help John turn his creative vision into a reality. Even if you can’t pledge any money to the project, you can help by spreading the word and sharing the link on your own platform, so that other people will have the opportunity to help bring this cool project to life.

The beauty of the Internet is that we can spread information like herpes and exponentially infect countless others. (Remember, it’s all about suppression!)

So if all of my followers posts this on their blogs and/or social media platforms, and then all of their followers do the same, then it will reach at least two more people. (I’m not good at math.)

Did I mention the book uses a blacklight?

So what do you say? Pledge money or spread the love word so that my son can enjoy this thing.

Click here to do the stuff and be awesome!

Fantasticon 2014: Part 3: Dealers’ Room


Fantasticon 2014 took place last October in Milwaukee, WI. I posted two out of six review articles about the event. Then I got caught up with NaNoWriMo in November and forgot about it. Now that it’s February, maybe I should finish this up.

Part three of this mini-series is about the Dealers’ Room, where a myriad of vendors set up booths to sell their wares. These are the photos that I took.

Click a picture to enlarge it.


The first thing I saw when I entered.


Nintendo lovers are welcome.


They had a thing set up to scan people in their costumes and make a 3D model of them.

Check out Bodastone Photo Sculptures for more information about their photo sculpting services.


What convention would be complete without lizards?


Cute little fellow.

The lizards were brought in by the Madison Area Herpetological Society. Check them out if you like reptiles.

Indiana Jones

We found the lost Ark of the Covenant!

Indiana Jones

Dr. Henry Jones with the Holy Grail.


Indie writer Lauren Jankowski.

Lauren Jankowski, one of the indie writers I met selling their books in the Dealers’ Room.


From left to right: Leo Perez, some girl I was giving a hard time (she was a trooper), and Jon Michael Lennon.

Leo Perez and Jon Michael Lennon are great artists. Check out their stuff at Cheese Lord Comics.


Artist Dominic Lobello and his lady friend.

Another great artist, Dominic Lobello.


Leticia Figueroa (the Giggler) and her sidekick.

More great artists. Leticia has the best giggle ever. I could hear her giggling from the other side of the noisy Dealers’ Room. So I named her the Giggler. Check them out at Nerd By Design.


These video game peddlers are living the dream!

Love video games? Check out Gorilla Games.

Saving the best for last…

What I got the most out of the Dealers’ Room was getting to know a couple self-published authors who were peddling their novels at booths. This was inspirational because I realized that someday I could have a booth at a convention to sell my novels.


Harry L-B and his novel, Billy in Space.


“To Dan, good luck writing!”

Harry L-B writes sci-fi comedy. I bought a copy of Billy in Space, which he signed for me.


Donovan Scherer with his novel, Fear and Sunshine. And a ZomBean.


“To Dan, write them books!”

Donovan Scherer has a lot going on. As a graphic designer, author, and publisher, he runs Ratatat Graphics and Studio Moonfall. He wrote and illustrated the light-hearted horror comedy series, Fear & Sunshine, and Monsters Around the Campfire. He also created a fun game called ZomBeans.

He was kind enough to sign my copy of Fear & Sunshine: Prelude.

Check back soon for more Fantasticon pictures.

  1. A Taste of the Con
  2. Lightsaber Duels
  3. Dealers’ Room
  4. Celebrities
  5. Gaming
  6. Cosplay

Indie-Visible Publishing Pack Giveaway


Calling All Indie Authors!

Indie-Visible is an organization dedicated to helping independent authors navigate their way through the world of self-publishing.

They currently have a giveaway worth $3,551.

All you have to do is enter the contest by clicking here.

One lucky winner will receive:

  • an exclusive stock photo from Regina Wamba ($500)
  • full structural, line, and copy edit from Plot Ninja ($1200)
  • website design from Starling Magic ($585)
  • Amazon and Smashwords formatting from EK Formatting ($50)
  • interior print layout from Indie Books Gone Wild ($300)
  • PayPal cash from Clean Teen Publishing to start your marketing fund ($25)
  • custom cover design from the creative team behind the Indie-Visible brand ($300)
  • S.M. Boyce’s Branding Cheat Sheet ($99)
  • Author Logo/Branding Graphics from Whit&Ware ($150)
  • 3 Month Marketing Map & Planning session w/ Victoria Faye, Owner/Designer at Whit&Ware ($99)
  • a release day blitz from Red Coat PR ($85)
  • a release day blitz from Ink Slinger PR ($100)
  • 3-month ALL ACCESS subscription to The Haven, a community for artists of all kinds ($58)

The more you share the contest, the more entries you will get.

All entries must be received by February 17, 2015 at 6:00pm EST.

Enter the giveaway here. Good luck!


Faith, Compassion, and Love

Faith Compassion Love

Dan Hoger:

Faith Compassion Love
A good friend of mine started her own blog as an emotional outlet. She doesn’t have many posts yet, but they are pretty deep and relatable.

Check out Musings from the Mind of MAEhem. Be sure to follow it, because it will continue to have great posts.


Originally posted on Musings from the Mind of MAEhem:

  1. FAITH
    1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something
      • – this restores one’s faith in politicians
    2. Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof
    3. A system of religious belief
      • – the Christian faith
    4. A strongly held belief or theory
      • – the faith that life will expand until it fills the universe

Now that the definition is out of the way, allow me to get to the point……

The first definition, as it describes is trust, confidence and belief in someone or something.This is the one I’m focusing on. Which, is believing beyond a shadow of a doubt that a certain someone or something is never going to let you down and will always live up to your aspirations….. But in reality, every human that walks this earth has slippery, clumsy fingers. The majority of broken hearts, shattered dreams and…

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2014 In Review

New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015! May this year be better than last!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

WTF is the Liebster Award?

Liebster Award

Thank you, Star Guy, for nominating me for the Liebster Award, whatever that is.

Liebster Award

The rules are as follows:

  • Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers. The bloggers you award are to do the same.
  • Ask 11 questions to those you have nominated.
  • Let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.

11 random facts:

  1. This is the first time I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award, and I honestly don’t know whether or not it’s a big deal.
  2. I am a cheese enthusiast.
  3. I see a therapist.
  4. The random facts I am choosing for this are the first things that come to wine mind.
  5. I am drinking Moscato as I type this.
  6. I don’t know when I’ll get back to blogging on a regular basis. Probably when whatever readers haven’t jumped ship yet start to prod me enough.
  7. I’m not sure if number 6 made sense.
  8. I work retail.
  9. I like video games, but don’t play them nearly as often as I’d like to.
  10. I was about to tell you something personal that y’all probably don’t need/want to know.
  11. I forgot what I was going to write here.
  12. I’m not taking this too seriously.
  13. Yes, I know I surpassed 11.
  14. Don’t judge.

11 Questions from the blogger who nominated me:

1. When was the first time you watched Star Wars, and what did you think?

I was around 11 or 12. Maybe 10. It was 1 or 2 years before the Special Edition came out. Maybe the same year. All I really remember is that obviously I loved it. It still holds a large place in my heart, and I can’t wait for Episode VII!

2. What is your favorite animal? (Can be alien – Wookie is a legitimate answer  :D )

Hey now! I am actually part Wookiee, and I take offense by your statement. Firstly, you misspelled “Wookiee.” Secondly, Wookiees are not animals. We are just as (if not more) intelligent than humans.

To answer the question, my favorite animal is humans monkeys.

3. What is your favourite book?

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.

4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?


5. What is your favourite hobby?

Exploring forest preserves.

6. What is the funniest picture/gif you have ever seen?


7. Old or new WordPress Stats page?

I just switched to the new stats page. I like it so far.

8. Lord of the Rings, or the Hobbit?

Are you talking about the books or the movies? Either way, it’s The Lord of the Rings.

9. Rather a nerd or the cool guy/gal?

A cool nerd!

10. Are you in the Christmas spirit? (in other words, how many times have you said Merry Christmas?)

I didn’t realize I was supposed to keep track of how many times I’ve said, “Merry Christmas.” Regardless, I suppose I am in the Christmas Spirit.

11. What should this last question be?

What’s your favorite question?

11 Nominations:

  1. Wibble
  2. Poetic Parfait
  3. The Chris Brake Show
  4. BigBodyBeautiful
  5. Teagan’s Books
  6. Conscious Cacophony
  7. Gilhooley’s Poetry Corner
  8. Robert Medak
  9. Talin Orfali
  10. The Iridescent Bubble
  11. Don Charisma

11 Questions for the nominees:

  1. What is your favorite question? (Something my 3-year-old asked his uncle once.)
  2. What would you most like me to post on this blog?
  3. How long did it take you to complete the requirements for this so-called award?
  4. Was it worth it?
  5. Are you somewhat annoyed?
  6. If I promise never to nominate you for another award (unless you like awards), would you like to read the first draft of my novel (when it’s ready) in exchange for honest and blunt feedback?
  7. Do you love me?
  8. Why not? :(
  9. Was it something I wrote?
  10. Was anything in this post slightly amusing?
  11. How lame are these questions?

Sorry if this post was lame!

Happy Christmaskwanzayulekkah (did I include them all?), everyone!

Disclaimer: The intention of this post was to (hopefully) give the readers a chuckle or two. I meant no offense to whomever created the Liebster Award or anyone whom takes it seriously. I am honored that Star Guy thought of me when choosing whom to nominate. I hope that those whom I nominate also take it as a compliment. I like saying, “whom.”