Thursday, May 15, 2008

Much Ado About Nothing

"There seems to be a kind of order in the universe, in the movement of the stars and the turning of the earth and the changing of the seasons, and even in the cycle of human life. But human life itself is almost pure chaos. Everyone takes his stance, asserts his own rights and feelings, mistaking the motives of others, and his own." - Katherine Anne Porter

Just FYI, one of my older short stories is posted as the Free Read at The Long and the Short of It today.


Also, if any of you purchased and read "A Change Of Heart", I'd love if you went back to the Wild Rose Press site and left a review. You can do that on the "buy" page of the story. Thanks! And, I hope you enjoyed it :-)

It's the number two bestseller in the Yellow Rose category, but hasn't hit the front door, overall best seller list yet. :::fingers crossed:::


I got the first round of edits back for "Kitchen Matches" (and, yes, it seems we're going to stick with that title after all, lol). They aren't so bad, phew! Maybe I am getting better at what I do, but it's clear that an author can't edit herself well because some of the things I look for (like words that distance: felt, heard, saw, smelled, etc) and the dreaded "THAT" still slip through. Not as many as used to be there, but still... when you consider how many times I check for those things, it's frustrating to still miss them.


Dakota has taken some form of a puppy pep pill. Seriously. There seems to be NOTHING we can do to wear her out. Yesterday she went on FOUR bike rides -- each of two miles or more. Understand that she runs full out the entire time, usually holding the leash in her teeth and pulling me. She also went outside twice to fetch the ball, and once just to run around on her own while I watered. And she was still bouncing off the walls all day long.

Dear heavens. A word of warning: DO NOT GET AN IRISH SETTER. EVER.

And, I don't care what the breeder says, she's at LEAST 3/4 Irish Setter, lol.


Another picture from DD -- the maples trees leafing out:

And the model horse grandma got DD for her birthday:


Your Score: Much Ado About...

You scored 35% = Tragic, 52% = Comic, 29% = Romantic, 33% = Historic

You Scored Much Ado About Nothing!

First published in 1600, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's most enduring comedies, and probably his most performed to this day.

Much Ado About Nothing tells the story of two pairs of would-be lovers and the hysterical events that happen surrounding the wedding. As Claudio and Hero prepare to marry, Don Pedro and his friends, bored with the length of preparation time, take it upon themselves in the meantime to play matchmaker to Benedick and Beatrice, two sharp-tongued would-be lovers whose love for each other is masked by the "merry war of words" in which they are engaged that both of them are too stubborn to lose.

Based on your results, we believe you to be a quick-witted, light-hearted romantic who is probably very charming and charismatic. While your stubbornness may sometimes get the better of you, we are confident that you always eventually come to your senses and do what's best. You probably have a lot of friends and we like you too!

Link: The Which Shakespeare Play Are You? Test


Judy Thomas said...

Your test quiz does NOT surprise me.. esp. because of the humor ratio! I'll have to try that one. After all, I guess it's about time I update my blog, y'know??

Judy Thomas said...

OH... and not only did I miss K.. I missed L, too... :-)

Dru said...

Good luck with your edits for Kitchen Matches.

I tried to take the quiz, but it wouldn't let me finish without supply email address.

Melissa said...

Dru - I didn't have to supply an email address. On mine it was optional.

Romeo & Juliet

You scored 27% = Tragic, 31% = Comic, 55% = Romantic, 28% = Historic

You are the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps one of Shakespeare's most memorable works, Romeo and Juliet tells the story of two star-crossed lovers of warring families and their untimely deaths in each other's arms. What your score tells us about you is that you are most likely a romantic person who is willing to go to extremes for the ones you love. For this, your family and friends love and respect you (even if they may tease you from time to time). While you may be a bit of a fickle-heart, you are also a spontaneous and adventurous person with a big heart and a lot of love to give. We certainly love you, and we're sure that a lot of other people do too!

Amy said...

DD is quite the budding photographer. I was The Merchant of Venice. Bleah.

I thought of you as Indy was pulling 9 on his scooter this morning. I thought, oh, a 2-mile bike ride might be better. But then I figured we'd just be helping her condition for longer runs. I don't have time for that...

Tori Lennox said...

I got Much Ado About Nothing too. :)

Brandy said...

I was:"You are Measure for Measure. Originally classified as a comedy but now regarded amongst the "Problem Plays", Measure for Measure is a story of truth, justice, mercy, forgiveness, and humility. What your score tells us about you is that you are most likely an outgoing person, who believes in doing what is right. While you may sometimes abuse your power in certain situations, for the most part you are kind-hearted and sincere. Not that abusing your power is necessarily a bad thing. Remember, as the play tells us "some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall." We just want to make sure you don't get too greedy for power and end up like that Macbeth guy!"
Okay. Sounds reasonable. *g*

Glad the edits for Kitchen Matches were so light.

Have a delightful day!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Much Ado may just be my favorite Shakespeare play!

groovyoldlady said...

Loved "Lost Sheba". It was a nice little story!

Dru said...

Interesting that I was able to take the quiz at home as opposed to at work - probably a firewall thing.

Your Score: Problem Plays

You scored 44% = Tragic, 65% = Comic, 31% = Romantic, 42% = Historic

The Problem Plays are a group of Shakespeare's plays that cannot be readily identified as either Tragedies or Comedies because they have an equal amount of both.

The Problem Plays often present the protagonist with a situation that must be overcome, but after a toilsome journey, the hero almost always comes out on top!

Often called "tragicomedies," the Problem Plays contain elements of dark psychological drama, light-hearted comedy, and a bit of romance.

This means you are most likely a well-rounded individual with a perfect balance Tragedy, Romance, and Comedy in your life.

While you may experience some hard times along the way, odds are you will fight through them and come out on top!

Jaimie said...

Our next door neighbor got an irish setter and it was the same thing. They had to build a dog run in the backyard because she never got tired!
I loved the quote at the beginning of your post.