Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Baycon, here we come!

Who wants to join me for a road trip? I'm thrilled to have been invited to represent The Academy of Omniosophical Arts and Sciences at Baycon 2018 in San Mateo, CA. Hoping to meet some of you there!

Monday, October 9, 2017

The perils of flickery

Today's featured question comes from Susan G.
"When at a formal dinner with a mermaid, is it polite to flick the water from your finger bowl at them?"

Dear Aquatic Querent. As you know, formal affairs are breeding grounds for ruffled fins and offense. Among younger mers (those only a few hundred years in age), water flicking is an innocent form of flirtation used in the first stages of courtship. As such, it is generally viewed as harmless and charming. For adults however, this practice is not without peril. If you notice a neighboring merdiner showing signs of dehydration, certainly a quick flick can restore them and garner their thanks. However, if your finger bowl contains a lemon (as opposed to flower) the citrus juice could very well land in the mer's eye -- not only stinging, but causing the mascara she claims she never wears to run down her coral-red cheeks. Certainly, flicking lessons can solve the whole problem for those with inconsistent aim. ~As always, your Manners Maven

Monday, September 11, 2017


Featured question comes from Bonnie R.
"The wind blows your hat off and it lands on someone's you wait for them to give it back, politely ask for it, or just grab it back?" 

Dear Updraft, 

After the expected second or two of admiration for the fact your hat landed squarely on the other party's head, you will face two primary options as to how to proceed. (A) If your hat is feminine in nature and lands on a man, you sweetly mention you have a 'hat just like that' and how fetching it looks on him. You'd be surprised how fast the head covering is returned to you as its rightful owner. (B) When dealing with a woman, this can be tricky. Chances are she will claim 'possession is 9/10ths of the law' and seek to purloin your chapeau, regardless of how graciously you apologize for the windy debacle. If you reach an impasse, simply part ways, and when the offending thief makes a move to leave, 'accidentally' stick your leg out. When she trips, reclaim your property, armed with the 9/10ths regulation should she dare complain. 

~Your Manners Maven, Joy

Monday, July 3, 2017

CampNaNoWriMo - July 2017

Cracking the first lines of book #3 in the Tea Cozy Mysteries series as part of July's #CampNaNoWriMo :) Always entertaining to see where things go:

She’d never looked more beautiful.
She’d never felt more scared.
It wasn’t as though she thought she was making the wrong decision—more like she feared she’d make a hash of it.
When the first chord of the wedding march pealed through the organ’s pipes, instinct kicked in.

from the work-in-progress Objets d'Artifice