Weekly Recap (Week of Sunday, 7 May to Saturday, 13 May 2017)

Okay, so my grandbabies are being particularly annoying right now because I think at least two of them (and possibly three) are in heat right now…they can’t just all be at the same time, along with their mom, as annoying as that would be, because then it would be over and done with for the rest of the month…believe me, even that short of a reprieve can work wonders on my nerves.

I managed to work ahead a few posts, and even found a few more writing prompts yesterday and today that I can’t wait to use! 😀  At this rate, I should easily have material for NaNoWriMo in November (yay, because last year the only material I had was fan fiction for one, and for another I’d already started the stories I could have used, so they were off-limits for use this year) and possibly even a few more years down the road as well.  With any luck this momentum will continue for quite a while, and I’ll have a lot more material to use for the foreseeable future.  😀

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Mother’s Day 2017

I have had five mothers over the course of my life (I know, I’m extra special 😛 )—my biological mother, Judy Clark; my paternal grandmother, Deloris Clark, who raised me after my biological mother died; my stepmother, Linda Clark, who married my father in 1980, and who took care of him while he was dying of lung cancer in 1994, even though they’d been divorced for several years at that point; my mother-in-law, Shirley Boudreaux, who had never had a daughter of her own but still claimed me as her daughter even after her son and I divorced, and who insisted I be present at every family get-together, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas; and my best friend’s mother, Elaine Knipp, who after both my in-laws had passed away welcomed me into the family as a daughter—on Mother’s Day 2010, seven years ago today.

Every one of them has been special to me in their own way, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them—their love and support has seen me through some of the toughest times in my life, and I’d have been lost without them.

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Late (Hermione’s in Trouble) (Response to a writing prompt found on Pinterest)

He’d been waiting for an hour.  She’s never late.  Something’s wrong.

“Hermione doesn’t know how to be late.  She couldn’t be late if she tried.  She even made sure to get to St. Mungo’s three hours before she needed to check in each time she went into labour.  If she’s late, it’s not by choice, and that means something is most definitely wrong.”

“You worry too much, mate.  She said she’d be here, and she’ll be here.  She’s probably just dropping the kids off at Grandma and Grandpa Granger’s, you know how long that takes.  You wait, she’ll come rushing up all out of breath going ‘Oh thank Merlin, the kids are finally asleep!  They just wouldn’t let me go!’ or some other such excuse.  It happens more times than you’d think, it’s perfectly normal.”

“Along with having the emotional range of a teaspoon, Ronald, you also have the sense of a pygmy puff,” Harry replied, exasperated.  Ron just snorted.  “I’m telling you, something’s wrong, and if she’s not here in another five minutes, I’m going looking for her!”

“Fine, fine, you go looking for her, and when she shows up, I’ll let her know that you went into Molly Weasley mode and went off looking for her, she’ll get a laugh out of that.”

“Does your mum know you talk about her like that behind her back?”

“I’m still breathing, aren’t I?”

“That’s what I thought,” Harry said with a smirk.

Just as he was about to start searching for his other best friend, Hermione came running up to the pair.  “Sorry I’m late, the kids were being extra clingy tonight, you just wouldn’t believe—why are you laughing?  What’s so funny?”  She looked over at Harry, who was staring between her and Ron and looking like he wanted to hex Ron, which come to think of it was an almost everyday occurrence, but what was so bloody funny?

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Karma (Response to a writing prompt found on Pinterest)

“Dear Karma, I have a list of people you missed,” Hermione muttered as she walked through the front door.

“Bad day at work?” Harry called from the kitchen.

“Sod off, Potter!  What are you doing, anyway?”

“Attempting to cook supper… It’s not going too badly, but I’d be careful of the bread pudding, I think it got burnt on bottom.”

“How the hell do you burn bread pudding?”

“Apparently it’s not that difficult, especially if you let the stew start to run over and then have to attempt to save it.”

“Oh, so now your saving people thing extends to supper as well?”

“Ha ha, very funny, Hermione.  Just get cleaned up, supper, such as it is, is almost ready.”

“Can’t wait,” Hermione teased, then headed back toward the stairs, calling over her shoulder, “Don’t forget to Floo Ron at work, he was still there when I left and he’ll miss your amazing supper if you don’t call him!”

“Sod off, Granger!” Harry yelled after her, but grinned and walked over to the fireplace, throwing some green powder in and calling, “Ron Weasley’s office, Ministry of Magic!”

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Jedi Academy to Open on Naboo

Jedi Academy to Open on Naboo


Jedi Master Corran Horn announced earlier today that a new Jedi Academy will be opening on the planet of Naboo within the next few months.

“Due to the recent discovery of Force-sensitive children on several Outer Rim worlds, we’ve come to the realization that we just don’t have the facilities to teach them all on Coruscant, at least not until renovations are completed.  Apparently efforts to rebuild the original Jedi Temple there were not attempted until after the war, as the Emperor and Darth Vader would have discouraged any such attempts—and I know that’s a galactic understatement.

“Master Skywalker and I feel that it would be unfair to put off training the recently discovered Force-sensitive children until after renovations are completed—considering the amount of work yet to be done, we may still be working there when our grandchildren are able to attend the Academy.

“Anyone willing to help with renovations is welcome, I’m sure the construction crews will be hiring by the thousands for the foreseeable future, as this is a massive undertaking…whole wings of the Temple are nothing but rubble, and the foundations are completely caved in at several points.

“In the meantime, the new Jedi Academy will be up and running by the end of the year.  The Gungans have graciously allowed us to build on their land, and the Queen has granted us land as well, for expansion as needed.  Construction is being undertaken by both our current students and some of the locals, using local materials whenever possible.”

Jedi Masters Luke and Mara Skywalker are onsite supervising the construction.

(Note: This is entirely my own creation, not from a writing prompt or any article found on any SW-related site…more wishful thinking on my part, especially since Disney’s screwed everything up since they bought the franchise…I liked the EU way better than what they’ve done with it.)

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Quidditch Through the Ages

Quidditch Through the Ages is the title of a book that Harry Potter first spotted in Ron Weasley’s (admittedly small) collection and borrowed in an effort to learn more about this popular wizarding sport that he’d never heard of before his first trip to Diagon Alley.  Hagrid’s attempts to explain the rules told him practically nothing then when he met Draco Malfoy for the first time the sport was mentioned but that was about it (along the lines of “Do you play?” and “Do you have a favorite team?”).

Then Harry met Ron, and Ron explained the rules to him (sort of), but Harry still didn’t know much about the sport until McGonagall introduced him to Oliver Wood, who seemed to be the only person capable of sensibly explaining the rules of the game to anyone (probably because of his obsession with love for the game).

Harry finally broke down and ordered his own copy of Quidditch Through the Ages by owl so he wouldn’t have to keep borrowing Ron’s, and amazingly it seems to have escaped their habit of writing notes in and around most of the pages, as they did with Harry’s copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (notes written to each other, commentary on certain creatures, even a game of hangman in the back).  I suppose it was out of respect for the subject matter, as they both easily were way more interested in Quidditch than in magical creatures.  Either way, I’m sure the book would thank them if it could.

It turns out there’s a lot more to the game than we get to see in the books, having been around for centuries (since about the 1300s, when the Golden Snitch was invented—a similar but differently-named ball was used before that), and in the first Quidditch World Cup, held in 1473, all 700 known fouls were committed by both teams before it was over.  That’s an awful lot of fouls!  Anyway, I’m glad I’m not on the committee that has to decide those things, or there would probably be 1000 different fouls mentioned in the rule book. 😛

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I don’t think I get enough credit (Response to a writing prompt)

“I don’t think I get enough credit for the fact that I do all of this unmedicated.”

“All of what?”

“Everything.  This job, dealing with stupid people, life in general.  You all seem to think I’m able to do this with no problems at all, but I tell you my life would be so much easier if someone would just have the good sense to hand me some Prozac.”

No one is going to be stupid enough to just hand you some Prozac.  If they did, you’d never get anything done, because you’d spend your days being zombified, drooling in a corner.”

“Hey, that works just fine for me.  Either way, I would no longer have to deal with other people’s b.s. unmedicated.  It’d be a win-win, I say.”

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