Monday Morning M Words

Letter posts are an interesting and intriguing way for bloggers to learn more about each other. They’re also entertaining.

Recently, travel blogger and WANA alum Tami Clayton shared her list of 10 things she loved that began with the letter “A.” Her post was fascinating. Her word choices and the accompanying pictures and graphics wonderful. I left a comment telling her so. She gifted with me with a letter to share about myself. Introducing…

It’s Monday. It’s May. I’ve already done a post about the whole month. But couldn’t resist choose MOTHER’S DAY for my word list. Here’s a picture of the clan minus two granddaughters who gathered to celebrate.

I write as Judythe MORGAN. It’s a pseudonym combining my first name and my husband’s middle name. My latest novel, THE PENDANT’S PROMISE, is available. Click here  to read more about Lily and Alex’s love story or buy a copy with a click Kindle or Nook

I love MOUNTAINS. Soon we’ll be leaving the rising heat and humidity of the Gulf coast and head for the San Juan Mountains and the Rio Grande National Forest of Colorado.

MAD MEN As a writer I find this TV series  fascinating. I thought it too edgy at first, but now I’m so hooked. I even read the blog  for inside info. The script writing is excellent. Don Draper makes an intriguing main character. Not a particularly likeable hero, leading a double life and yet still flourishing. The show represents well the era.

MR. MAROO My high school mascot. It’s crazy, but it’s true. My high school mascot is a fuzzy little maroon ball.

The first published cartoon featuring the modern mascot was in the September 20, 1957 Austin Maroon Newspaper, where the Mascot (about 1.3 meters tall and hairy) is attacking the football mascot of one foe or another. Mr. Maroo doesn’t speak – you have to look him in the eye to see if he’s your friend or your foe. And he wears the beanie because beanies at one time were the traditional headwear for a freshman. Since Maroo never goes to class, he’s still a freshman, more than 50 years later.

I’m including Mr. Maroon for MARYBuckham. Her recent BREAK INTO FICTION workshop in my hometown of Austin coincided with my high school reunion. We met and I shared about the school’s history. I think she’s still laughing over our school sport teams being Maroons.

Btw, if you’re a writer and you don’t have a copy of her book BREAK INTO FICTION you should get one. Plotter, or not, the templates in this book will help you nail down your story. Click here to order.

MAJOLICA is any earthenware with an opaque glaze of tin oxide. I collect pitchers and love the majolica glaze. The colors are vivid and the designs have intricate details. All of these pitchers are examples of 19th century Majolica.

M&M This was the very first M word that popped into my head. I count the little chocolate candies as a major dietary component. M&Ms first appeared in 1941 as a treat for the G.I. Before my time, but I’ve certainly eaten my fair share since my birth. We keep my dispenser on the kitchen counter. I count walking downstairs as exercise that entitles me to an extra handful. As you can see g-kids were here over the weekend and the dispenser is empty!

MUSE  No writer’s list of M words would be complete without including this word. Muse is a writer’s awareness of our environment beyond the level of most people. Anything and everything can be a source of story ideas, no matter how large or small. I hear a fragment of a conversation and have a story starter, the way the light falls on a rose petal gives me a description to use, how a wine tastes or the caress of a fabric provides sensory feeling that translates into a character’s emotional reaction. It’s quite true what my tee-shirt says: Careful or you’ll end up in my next novel.

Thanks, Tami for selecting the letter M for me. It worked so well. You’ve stirred my muse. I didn’t realize I used so many M words.

Do you have M word favorites? Make a comment and request a letter to join the Word List blog challenge fun.

11 responses to “Monday Morning M Words

  1. I’d never heard of Majolica aren’t they beautiful. I hope Kobo books have your book I’d love to read it Judy.

  2. Great blog, Judythe! I love all your M’s. I had to smile about Mary’s response to the Maroons. She was still talking about it later that weekend during plotting breaks. ;) I totally agree with your recommendation of her Break into Fiction book. I will NEVER write another book without using it!

    Happy Monday!!

  3. Fun list! i don’t need a letter, since I’ve already done this one – just wanted to stop by and say nice things. I’m a sucker for majolica too…and lustreware…and just about any late 19th/early 20th century china & ceramics. ;)

  4. Magnificent M list, Judythe! And I’m glad I could help inspire your muse. :)

  5. Love your M words Judythe ~~ even the Maroon one which I am honestly still chuckling about, Can’t help it. But I also realized I attended a high school with NO mascot [another M word]. So maybe I simply have mascot-envy :-) Cheers and great post as always!

  6. My fav m word right now is Moo. It’s just FUN to say when passing a field of cows on a summer road trip.

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