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In one way or another, I have kept a journal since age 12. I've kept an online journal called Musings since late 2002. My topics range from things that happen in my daily life to my thoughts on pop culture to my ponderings about everything from dreams to the secret thoughts of pets. In November 2007, I began mirroring it here, although I often included extras to this version, such as memes and quizzes. In February 2010, I stopped updating the original journal on my home page and instead started a writing journal there.


For some insight into who I am, read Intro to Alyce. For a guide to the many nicknames I use in my online journal, check out Who's Who in Musings.


The beautiful, sweet dog in one of my icons is Una, my best friend and nurse dog for nearly 11 years, who passed away on October 22, 2010. She was my inspiration, and she taught me how to be a better friend and mother; a better person. My son, Kung Fu Panda (KFP for short), benefits from all the caregiving skills I learned in those 11 years. My husband, The Gryphon, probably does, as well!


The goals I established when I first begin an online journal remain the same: this is a way to explore the tangential, the seemingly accidental observations many of us overlook but which may, ultimately, be where all life and all mystery hinges.

This is my entry for Week 5 of LJ Idol (therealljidol), Season 10. This week's topic was "heel turn."

Who do you think you are?Collapse )

LJI 10 Week 5: Two Ears, Only One Mouth

This is my LJ Idol entry. This week's topic was "Fear is the heart of love."

Listening is hard work.Collapse )

Vote - Week 4

The vote for LJ Idol week 4 ends tonight. KFP kfp_rawr needs your support! He is having a lot of fun and wants to do more comics next.

Originally posted by clauderainsrm at Vote - Week 4
A few words from clauderainsrm:


It’s Week 4 of LJ Idol, and we aren’t going to where the season is - we are going to where we want it to be!

Wayne Gretzy may have supplied the quote, but our talented group of writers took it from there!

Before we get to the action, there were a some people who “byed-out” of the competition and will be leaving us. 4go10cheshire, alexpgp ,alohaanna ,crisp_sobriety, dizzydog, dreamchaser, dreamsofspike, improper_me, lapis_lazuli615, lealila, lemonbloomjones, ryca, sherriola, sra33, thesammichfox and tinylegacies

Thank you so much to all of you for coming out this season, and I hope you consider coming back for Second Chances.

As for the rest of you, the two tribes have been switched around, with all the byes this week going into Tribe 2. Which means all the entries this week are in one convenient spot.

The bottom two vote-getters will be eliminated. So make sure to get out and read, comment and vote for your favorites!

The poll closes Tuesday, Jan 10th at 9pm EST

Good luck to everyone!



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LJI 10 Week 4: The Mommy Motto

This is my LJ Idol entry for Week 4, based on the Wayne Gretzky quote: "I don't skate to where the puck is. I skate to where the puck is going to be."

Antici.... pation is a mommy skill.Collapse )
This is the fourth of four poems written for LJ Idol Season 10's Break Week. This one addresses the saying, "A possum walked over my grave," which is an unexplained shiver based on the concept that people once believed death and life were interconnected in such a way that your future grave was already foretold, and someone passing over it could produce an involuntary shiver. I decided to play with both the nonsensical nature of the saying as well as things which might actually make someone shiver. The slant rhymes (or near rhymes) are used intentionally, to heighten the sense of unease.

Like a poem composed of nonsense.Collapse )
This is my third of four poems for LJ Idol (therealljidol} Season 10's Break Week. This is on the topic "jantelagen," a Swedish concept of humility and restraint of personal ambitions in favor of the collective. This is a response to the ten rules of Jante from the Wikipedia entry.

Never confuse yourself for the subject.Collapse )
This is my second for four entries for LJ Idol Season 10 (therealljidol) Break Week. This one is on the topic "Sang-froid."

The blood of the bear runs through my veins.Collapse )

LJI 10 Break Week: Grief Bacon (A Poem)

This is one of my entries for the LJ Idol Season 10 (therealljidol) Break Week, the first of four poems. This one tackles the topic, "Kummerspeck."

I wear my grief like a hot dog wears dough.Collapse )

LJI 10 Week 3: The Infinite Lovebot

This is my entry for Week 3 of LJ Idol, Season 10 (therealljidol). The topic this week is "Brushback Pitch," which is when a pitcher throws a ball very close to a batter, in order to get him or her to step back from the plate.

My days as a clockwork robot are over, but the music still tinkles.Collapse )

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