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MLM No “G” – I Need 40 Hour Days!

Published February 19, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

I would really like to improve the quality of what I write on here.  Whenever I look back on what I wrote in the first year or so, I shudder to think how much worse what I produce currently is.  (Ack, that was a tortured sentence…)

I need to return to myths and ancient cultures, I think.  That was what produced most of my best work, and it’s a subject I can easily wax…well, not exactly “eloquent” or even “deep” but certainly one in which I can be quite verbose.

Which returns me to the title of this post.  My life would be so much better if there were 40 or so hours in every day.  Then I’d have time to work, spend time to meet the demands of others (esp. my family), have some time to waste on entertainment products, and still have time to actually accomplish personal tasks like this.  It could even be possible that I’d be able to have a proper amount of sleep!  (I usually don’t turn in until around 12:00, and then rise at about 7:00…which now that I say it out loud is totally plenty of sleep and I have zero excuse for always being tired.)

I mean, for example, this A.M., I was unable to write, because it took me so much time to fix the mis-named .mp3s to make up my playlist that I didn’t have any time left over to write before I had to leave for lunch.   Admittedly, my own fault in about five different ways, but the net result is still that I didn’t write even one word.

But if days were 40 hours, then I’d still have tons of time to write today.

On the other hand, if that was the case, it’d be even more time before my new phone could arrive here, and it’s actually rather unsafe to drive around without a cell phone, so…

Well, maybe we can coax them to switch over to 40 hour days after I replace my phone…


MLM No “F” – Worrying

Published February 12, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

You ever think “yeah, this is it; I’m going to be sacked any day now” or something like that?

That’s what’s been going through my mind lately.

I think I’m just being kept around until my exhibit opens, so that I can be the one to go down when the board hates it and/or it causes a publicity nightmare.  (It’s already two weeks late in opening.  Not really anything I could have done about it — display cases needed to be bought, and that’s not something I’m authorized to do — but I could and likely will still be assigned the blame.)

Were I being told the truth about that, it wouldn’t bother me so much.

Only I’m totally not.  Every time I bring the subject up to my co-workers, they assure me that I’m being paranoid and that’d never happen.

I don’t know why they think I’d believe that.  I’m totally untrained to hold this job, and I suck at it.

Why wouldn’t they send me packing?

I mean, I don’t even know why they didn’t do it ages ago.


MLM No “D” – Stats

Published January 22, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

For lack of anything more creative to post about, I’m gonna share a bit about my blog’s pathetic stats.  (Yes, I am aware of the fact that the low number of views are entirely my own fault, reflecting the lack of interesting new content.  So I’m not complaining.  I’m just commenting.)

From 1/22/17 to right now, my blog has 3,632 views in total, with November making the best month, at 450 views.  (Even though only one post went up in the entire month!)

My best posts (hit-wise) were:

My analysis of the relationship between Zeus & one of his brothers, with 262 views,
The Ahhiyawa Texts,” with 189 views,
Homophone Trouble,” with 129 views,
The almost-conclusion of the Perseus saga, with 105 views,
My post about snakes & other serpenty things in Greek myth, with 105 views,
My re-telling of the Sisyphus myth, with 102 views.

Also, the home page got 803 hits.

Many of those hits might be from spambots, though.  These are the posts that get the most spam comments, so if a spambot hitting a post for a comment counts as a view…



I really ought to get back to writing more re-tellings of Greek myths.

Hopefully I can get to that this year.


MLM No “C” – Thinking about Read Harder 2018

Published January 15, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

Okay, so, really I’m just late.  As, you know, life happens and I keep missing things.

But I have been thinking what books I want to use for Read Harder 2018.

I’ve made up my mind what to read for about ten of them, and have some ideas for several more.

Some of them are going to be pretty hard to find the right book to read.  #13 is all kinds of unusual, in that there’s a finite number of possibilities, y’know?  I had a look at them, the other night, via GoodReads.  I have a small list of them I might read, though I’m leaning towards two of them.

#20 is just plain nuts.  What, how, I mean, who…who even thought of something like that?!

Oh well.  I better post this before Monday ends.


MLM No “B” – Liar!

Published January 8, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros


Open request to the designers
Of automatic telephone surveys everywhere:


“This survey will only take up four minutes of your time.”

On what planet?
Whose definition of “minutes” are you using?
It isn’t the same as mine, that’s for sure!

That thing couldn’t take “only four minutes”
Unless you said “No, I’m not registered to vote.”
Rather, pressed #1 when it told you to,
In order to indicate that no, you’re not a voter.

Total waste of time, too.
All they had to ask was
“Are you an idiot?”
And then they’d know how I was going to answer,
As only an idiot would say they approved.

That’s not what gets me, though.
It’s the “only four minutes” malarkey,
As I had hastened to answer the phone,
Half-way through changing clothes.
“Only four minutes” my fat, naked ass!

It’s too cold in my house for this crap.

I need to learn to just hang up the phone.


(At least I got a post out of it…)


MLM No “A” – Enter 2018

Published January 1, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

Enter 2018.

Hopefully, 2018 will be better than 2017.

I don’t do resolutions, but there’re still things I’d like to do in 2018:

  1. Get my house in order.  This isn’t some question of choice; it must get done.  Period.
  2. Get more clothes, esp. more clothes for work.  This, too, must be done.  Most likely within the next week.  My closet of winter clothes is pitiful.  (Most of them shrunk & got too short.)
  3. Rework the project I wrote in November.
  4. Try to stop spending so much money on my hobbies.  Not going cold turkey, just not spending quite so much.
  5. Losing some weight would be good, but…
  6. Improve myself entirely.  (Why not, right?)

Yup…not much, yet completely overwhelming.


Good luck in 2018, folks!

MLM No “Z” – “Loki’s Christmas Guest”

Published December 25, 2017 by Iphis of Scyros

Loki’s Christmas Guest*

*Warning:  has very little Christmas-related content

            A particularly raucous — and raunchy — office Christmas party was playing out at full volume on the central television.  The one to the right featured the usual maddened, last-minute shopping at a particularly wild American mall.  The one to the left, of course, featured a rapid montage of mortals being trapped underneath the mistletoe:  that was always Loki’s favourite.  The chaos of the conflicting audio streams of the three monitors was the best music to his ears.  (Certainly far better than listening to just one of the streams by itself:  how the mortals could stand listening to so much of that unfiltered dreck mystified even him.)

The noise of someone pounding on the front door could be heard even over the delightful cacophony, however, and Loki wasn’t fool enough to think it was someone dropping over for a casual chat.  The friendly guests knocked:  they didn’t try to break the door in.

The obvious ill-will of their visitor didn’t stop Sigyn from answering the door, naturally.  She was far too dutiful for that.  Besides, she knew that Loki could handle anything any half-wit might want to dish out.  And only a half-wit would behave in such an uncivilised manner as their current guest.

“Where is he?!”

Ah.  Who else could it be, really?  Most of the other gods in Asgard had calmed down over the centuries, but that hot-head…he was never going to learn.

“My husband is observing mortals in the hall,” Sigyn replied, her voice melodious as always, uncowed by their guest’s barbaric fury.  Her constancy was both a blessing and a curse:  sometimes, it irritated Loki so much that he couldn’t stand to be in the same world as her, and other times it made her the loveliest female he had ever set eyes on.  Just at the moment, it was slightly annoying, but not worth more than an eye-roll or two.

As the interloper stormed his way into the den, Loki took the opportunity to revise his appearance a bit.  Visitors from other realms might not do more than twitch an eyebrow at the sight of a comfy, microfiber robe and warm, furry slippers, but an Aesir?  A risky prospect at best, and with that Aesir, a recipe for disaster.  But by the time Odin’s most comical son entered the hall, Loki was ‘appropriately’ dressed:  like his visitor, he suddenly looked as though it was still the Middle Ages.

“It’s all your fault!” Thor bellowed as soon as he arrived, beady eyes glaring at Loki above a fearsome scowl that was almost overwhelmed by the bushy, blond beard that hadn’t been groomed in eons, by the looks of it.

“That is usually your assessment for everything,” Loki agreed.  “What, exactly, have I done now?”

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MLM No “Y” – I suck

Published December 18, 2017 by Iphis of Scyros

This is just getting stupid.  I’m so overwhelmed in life and online and all that I don’t seem able to produce blog posts other than lame, last minute random garbage even for the once-a-week features, and forget about other posts.


I don’t even know where the time is going!

That might be the most irritating (and confusing) part.

MLM No X – Slightly Disturbing

Published December 11, 2017 by Iphis of Scyros

Or maybe more than slightly.  I’m not sure yet.

So, I get home today, get my mail, and start looking through it.

I find a postcard with a passcode on it, addressed to someone I’ve never heard of.  I think, “Oh, they sent me someone else’s mail again.”  (Right before the cold weather hit, I had to walk half a block to deliver someone’s package that got put on my porch by mistake!)

Then I check the address and see that it’s at the right address, just addressed to someone who doesn’t live here.

And the passcode, on looking at it more closely, claims to be a requested one, to grant access to the website of the neighborhood association of my subdivision.




Seriously, what’s going on here?  The name it’s addressed to is a really, really weird one.  Like, I can’t even tell what linguistic tradition it hails from.

I want to say “yeah, it’s just some scam,” but it doesn’t make any sense if it is.  The login the passcode is supposed to grant requires a pre-inputted e-mail address and password, so it’s not like it’s a snail mail phishing scam.  And yet, what else could it be?

(Though the weirdest part, to me, is the fact that next to the passcode is written that it stops working after three days.  Um, yeah, the USPS is not that reliable that you could count on it arriving before it’s useless.  Especially not in December.)

I’m thinking my best bet here is to write “Return to Sender; Wrong Address” on it and drop it in the slot at the post office.

Anyone else have better ideas?


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