Monday, September 20, 2010

The Inconstant Blogger and Motley Mondays

Turns out, I'm not very good at being consistent.  I mean, I can consistently brush my teeth in the morning, and walk my dog, and write, and (usually) remember to eat food when I'm hungry... but the blogging thing still isn't second nature.

In an effort to instill some consistency into my blogging self, I've devised a plan.  It's called:

Motley Mondays.

mot·ley[mot-lee]  adjective, noun, plural -leys.

1. exhibiting great diversity of elements; heterogeneous: a motley crowd.
2. being of different colors combined; parti-colored: a motley flower border.
3. wearing a parti-colored garment: a motley fool.
4. a combination of different colors.
5. a parti-colored effect.
6. the parti-colored garment of a jester.
7. a heterogeneous assemblage.
8. a medley.
1350–1400;  ME; see mote1 , -ly

1.  varied, mixed, incongruous.

The idea is that Mondays will be reserved for whatever I have floating around in my brain at the time of the post.  Naturally, I'll try and corral those thoughts into useful things--like links to good blog posts, book recommendations, beet recipes, gold nuggets, writerly quotes, etc.--but the idea is that there is no rhyme or reason to it all.  Now, be warned: sometimes strange things float around in my brain.  So you might encounter anything here on Motley Mondays.  But this plan guarantees me at least one post per week.  And it gets better.
I want YOU to be involved, too.  Any given Monday, if you find you have an incongruous assortment of things to share and you don't want to tie them all together into one coherent and artful entry, just show up here and post your link, and we'll all celebrate being Motley together.

So, with that being said, I'm going to share a few awesome things.

If you like bumper stickers and/or Harry Potter and/or Shakespeare, you should have a look at this sticker.  If I didn't already have a sticker of the Hogwarts crest on my back windshield, I think I'd buy this.,196686770

Also, if you are among the lucky humans on the continent who is currently experiencing that crisp and elusive season we call Autumn, or Fall, you might enjoy this scone recipe.  (Because scones are wonderful in the fall.)  I've made it a handful of times to good results, and since I am an incompetent cook, I think that makes it foolproof.

And if you've never been to Hyperbole and a Half to laugh your face off, I think now is a good time.  Mondays seem to need extra laughter, and this blog sure does provide.

Finally, I'd like to point out that we are exactly 41 days away from NaNoWriMo.  I'm excited.  How about you?  If you're planning to participate this year, do you know what you're writing about yet?  Do share!

Happy Monday!  I hope it is very motley indeed.  (Post your link in the comments if you have an entry you want to share.)


  1. I'm ready for NaNoWriMo. But can it be changed to OctNoWriMo? I want to start writing NOW! Guess I'll keep going with an outline and random brainstorms.

  2. Amie, I agree totally. I've been chomping at the bit to start, because sometimes the outlining just isn't enough. Oh well. November will probably be here before we know it!