Costumes Decor and More | Buttercup of Doom ep 60


This week through the haze of cold meds, I attempt to discuss costumes and decor, and the difference between racism and being offended by a costume. Definitions, rights, and silliness. Plus some fun things to check out!

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Mentions/Shoutouts and Linky-Links: Doorknocker Funny (click it, damn it!) • Roaming Millennial’s Hands Off My CultureTeal Pumpkin Project

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Coming up: #paranormal #ghosthunting #halloween …and your suggestions

This Week’s Rating: PG13 (language) buttercup ratings system info here

Do Over | Buttercup of Doom ep 03

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In this episode I hijack my own formatting and replace the reading with a fun twist. Then I merge that topic into how and why characters need to be three-dimensional rather than cardboard cutouts in Writing 101: Tips from the Kiddie Pool. Then I bitch piss and moan about people oversharing on the book of many faces. But rather than hanging you out there all peeved, I offer a smile worthy video for you to peek at and leave you with a great reason to go underwear shopping!

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Mentions: Amy Schumer’s Last Fuckable Day

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Shoutouts: Mike Lombardo • Brian Keene • Bob Ford • Amy Schumer • Joe Branson • Julia Louis-Dreyfus • Tina Fey • Patricia Arquette • Rob (name withheld) • Jacob Haddon • The Twilight Zone • Outer Limits • Bela Lugosi • Mary SanGiovanni • Mercedes Yardley • Damien Angelica Walters • Nick Mamatas • Jim Moore • Gary Braunbeck

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Second Place | Buttercup of Doom ep 02


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In this episode I read from a childhood favorite and then discuss reading with your kids (or with your parents when you were the kid). I cover cliches vs tropes in Writing 101: Tips from the Kiddie Pool. I lose my mind completely on the topic of participation awards, trigger warnings, and political correctness on a whole. But I lighten it all up with an amazingly funny comedian and a little piece of chocolate…

Sponsors: Project iRadio | The Horror Show with Brian Keene | Anathema, book 1: The Evil Men Do, by Rachel Deering

Mentions: The Hatch, by Kelli Owen | A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle | Nicole Arbour (this week’s funny) | Offend This, blog entry | “The Coddling of the American Mind” article from The Atlantic

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Shoutouts: Dave Thomas • Brian Keene • Christopher Mooneyham and Wesley St. Claire

Welcome to the End | Buttercup of Doom ep 01


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In this episode I discuss this, smile about that, destroy the idea of that while I rant about that, and have a moment about that other thing… and while I may tell you what I will discuss in this spot for future episodes, I will not for this one. The virgin voyage should be a surprise.

I will tell you the following people/parties are involved on some level… with love and respect and, of course, some snark.

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Mentions: The Horror Show with Brian Keene | Three Guys with Beards | Scares that Care

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Shoutouts: Dave Thomas • Brian Keene • Jim Moore • Joe Ripple • Wrath James White • Ellen Datlow • Tim Lebbon • John Urbancik • Kim Coates (of Sons of Anarchy, among other things) • Mary Shelley • Shirley Jackson • Anne Rice • Sarah Pinborough • Caitlin Kiernan • Melanie Tem • Sarah Langan • Mehitobel Wilson • Tamara Thorne (*ahem* Chris Curry) • Deborah LeBlanc • Mary SanGiovanni


butterfly-wordsWriters write. It’s what we do. Whether it’s a coherent tumbling of sentences that happen to fall into a pile of paragraphs and make sense, or it’s just a random thought bouncing along a breeze like a flitting butterfly—we write. We jot ideas onto postie-notes and the backs of envelopes. We scramble for our voice recorders and voice-to-text apps. We will stop talking in the middle of a sentence, eyes glazing over, as we wander off to some thread of the muse’s whim. We may or may not always come back from that last one, and we do apologize for the interruption. But it’s what we are and what we do.

And we have to react. We have to jot it down and get it out. Whether we’re exorcising it or just sharing (there is a difference, “Blood Type” blog coming), the snippets must go or we’ll go crazy. You can only have so many voices in your head before you snap—just ask Sybil.

The following is one of those moments. It has been sitting, untouched though often thought of, in the “Random Passages” folder for years. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know if it will ever be anything. But it’s there, like a lost child in an overcrowded department store. So for #throwbackthursday #tbt, I’ll toss out some ancient words originally scribbled on the back of a napkin…


The most dangerous things in the history of the world have been children playing with things they don’t understand. A child’s imagination was responsible for the original flood, as he pulled his hand through the mud and drowned the little pile of ants he had collected. A little girl’s whim toppled a mountain and destroyed a town when she wished fire would rain from the skies. And possibly most unknown, but with the most impact, was the little boy who made an entire civilization disappear with a handful of straw braids and his mother’s ink pots. By twisting magic together into one braid, and declaring what each was capable of, Carson destroyed Atlantis. And changed the future of the Earth, forever.

Thursday has become about sharing. Today I share with those who read my drivel, and nod to others who have the disease. But hey, you can all play along. Think outside the box for #tbt. Put the pictures away and share something else from the past. Here’s mine. What are your mental hallways harboring? Do you have ancient unheard words in your hard drive haunting you?


gucklesMy love of pickles is not a secret (deal with it Nate). I have always loved them. Forever. Period. And as I giggled at my little Raynebow munching on one the other day, my mind went off into a whirlwind of thoughts regarding the little green treasures that excuse cucumbers for their existence.

I have been known to get just a pickle when the work crew orders from the local sandwich shop, and the delivery guy knows exactly who that for and smiles at my child-like joy. When I was a teen, my brother called them guckles (he was a toddler at the time). Not sure why. He could say “p” but in this instance, he preferred his own word for the happy dill treat. And going back even further, when I was six, my mother bribed me with pickles.

Yes, bribed.

And that’s where the whirlwind stopped.

My mother used to stop on the way home from work at some mysterious place and bring home ginormous pickles, individually wrapped just for me by a group of fairies living near the dill tree in the woods. Hmm… I was six. I believed this. She would then show me said pickle and put it in the fridge and tell me I could have it if I would just be a doll and rub her back (and/or feet) for a few minutes. I was the youngest masseuse to ever work without a license! And I had a lot of fairy-wrapped giant pickles Monday through Friday that year.

And looking back now, as an adult, the woman was brilliant! It wasn’t even about the pickles. It had nothing to do with getting tiny masseuse to work on her kinks. Nope. It was her walking in the door and being able to plot on the couch and just be still and quiet and let the day melt off her for 20 minutes. It was mommy time, not pickle time. Brilliant. Kudos to the woman I often refer to, with love, as crazy (what? she is!).

So here’s a fun wayback-machine question for you… thinking back now as an adult, did your parents ever trick you into something for “you” that was really for them? How brilliantly evil were they?


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