Making it Happen: A new website, and a Pinterest party (and a chance to WIN)!

Making It HappenCheck this out. It’s brand-spanking-new! The Shrilugh Saga has it’s very own home now, at I know you’re DYING to go have a look, but wait a second! DON’T GO YET! I have other stuff to tell you about first! Want to win a signed page from my rough draft of Shrilugh? I thought so! Here’s how to do it: 6666666 I’ll draw three winners from the names (oh my gosh, I hope more than three of you participate! *grin*) and let you know next week who won. Sounds like fun, right? Okay, NOW you can go. (p.s. work on book three is coming along…slowly. Better slow than not at all, right?)

Myndi’s BEST OF: Backhanded Compliments


Welcome to Myndi’s Best Of...where I pick a topic, and we dish about the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it. Is your glass half-empty or half-full?) of said topic.

Sound fun? Yeah, I thought so, too.

So, let’s talk about the backhanded compliment. We’ve all had the pleasure of being on the receiving end of these bad boys, and whether we choose to laugh them off, or shoot a snarky comment back in the giver’s direction, it’s always fun to gab (or gripe) about them.

Here, I’ll start. This is a verbatim quote, from my grandmother, to me, and is my all-time ‘favorite’ (if I can be allowed to call it that) backhanded compliment.

“Oh, darling, you look so beautiful!” (This was said in a tone of utter shock.) “It’s amazing what make-up can do for a girl, isn’t it?”

At first I was all like,

And then I was all like,

And then later that night I crawled into bed and stared at the ceiling, thinking of all the things I should have said, like,


(Because even when the pressure’s off, I suck at making up good comebacks)

Until finally, I came to the conclusion that

So now it’s your turn. I want to hear your BEST and BRIGHTEST backhanded compliment, and of course, how you responded to it!





pinterestaloozaAnybody who knows me even a little teeny-tiny bit knows that I HEART PINTEREST. Pinterest is my happy place (aside from books, of course). Pinterest helps me find heroes and villains for new stories. Pinterest gives the Happy Hausfrau in me new ideas for cleaning my haus. It gives me hotties to drool over and honey-do projects for my Lifetime Hottie. It gives and gives and gives and doesn’t take (well, aside from the time I waste there), and that is why I love Pinterest.

Hence, this little Pinterestalooza. Here are some of my fave finds:

These are from my board CraftyGirl:

*Magnets from bottlecaps. These are ridiculously easy to make, and so frigging cute.

*Frigging fabulous bookends. Get some blocks. Get some plastic toys. Add glue and spray paint and voila! WHIMSY! Zoey and I will be making these as soon as it warms up outside (spray paint indoors is a baaaaad idea people. Speaking from experience here).

These are from my board SaltMine (an inspiration board for a new book I’m working on):

*This is Joby. He belongs to Johanna. Nat gave him to her. He calls Joby ‘Satchmo’. Nat was Johanna’s brother‘s best friend. Johanna used to live like this. Then she lived here. Now she lives here. This woman wants Johanna back, alive. She’s sent this man to find her. He is Johanna’s grandfather, and is the reason Johanna’s brother is dead.

You totally can’t wait to read that story, right?

One of the things I really love about Pinterest, is that it wants my house to be clean as badly as I do!! This is my new favorite shower-cleaning tip, taken from my board, Squeaky Clean.

And y’all know how much I love food. My obsession with Sweet Tooth Wednesday has led me to these babies (on tap for this Wednesday). I took it from my board ME WANT FOOD.

The Hubster likes to joke that I have a pallet-project obsession. He might be right. Most of the projects in my Honey-Do, Would You? board include pallets of some type. Except for this one. This one is pallet free, and a lovely way, I believe, to recycle a piano.

THIS IS THE BEST WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EVER. Taken from my Gift Ideas board.

Sometimes we just need a little eye-candy. And Pinterest is always willing to oblige. (Taken from my DROOL board)

*Best breakfast ever.

*Oh, Dr. Jones.


And finally, a REALLY fabulous make-up tutorial on banishing those dark circles from under your eyes. As a mom of four who is in a constant battle with dark circles, I can tell you – these tricks work WONDERS. (Taken from my board Aren’t You Pretty)

Do you love Pinterest as much as me? If you do, you can follow me and my boards here!

Big love,