As always, book reviews are spoiler-free, designed to highlight the the best qualities of a book and examine its weaknesses. The Halloween Tree is a children's book by Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451. The story follows eight boys on a cinematic adventure through time and place on Halloween night. Here's what you should know: Read Aloud—The Halloween Tree begs... Continue Reading →
The Rithmatist is a YA novel by Brandon Sanderson. The story is set in a steam-punk alternative United States, called the United Isles, where magic-wielding rithmatists protect the people from creatures called chalklings. I will admit, seeing that past sentence in letters on the page makes the book sound super nerdy. Any I suppose it is.... Continue Reading →
When the heatwave hit Nebraska the cows keeled over dead— Not really dead, but nearly dead, (at least that’s what the farmers said) when the heat wave hit Nebraska. When the heatwave hit Nebraska the cornfields went bone dry— Not real bones, just dirt and stones. The baking skies were filled with moans when the... Continue Reading →
You can’t have this poem. I called it first. Shotgun. No do-overs. Can’t be reversed. It’s mine—finders keepers. It’s mine—pinky swear. It’s mine—losers weepers. Sorry. Life isn’t fair. I thought it first. I went and picked it. You sure you still want it? That’s why I licked it. -M.M.
credit: tasteofomi.deviantart.com "The Writer" is a piano waltz I composed. Originally, it was titled the "Elipses Waltz" because of the reoccuring "dot dot dot" motif. (. . .) Below you can find links to the pdf sheet music as well as a rough audio recording of the piece. The Writer [PDF Sheet music] The Writer [mp3... Continue Reading →
Here is the sheet music for a piano piece I composed called "Snow Sprites". It is moderately difficult, but not too hard. Click the link for the sheet music pdf link. Snow Sprites [PDF] Happy Winter! -M.M.
Credit: lucfonzy.deviantart.com "Evinrude" is a hymntune I wrote a while ago. The name itself means "Riverboat". I can't seem to write words for it, so if you come up with some, feel free to share! Sidenote: It has no real title, so it is called "Irish Hymn" in the sheet music in the meantime. The sheet... Continue Reading →
*Note: Each R or L in this poem is replaced with a W for specific effect. I will let you decide which effect I was going for. Widdow Wabbit Walfie Widdow wabbit Walfie, Went Whooping down da woad, Where da weeping wiwwows cwy, So soft dat no one knowed. He was soon confwonted,... Continue Reading →
I do not usually write nonsense, but when I do, I don't. -M.M. The Empathy Amphitheater Welcome to the Empathy Amphitheatre. Really, we know how you feel. You feel like the door greeter-meeter, Who’s waiting for cherries to peel. Just Joking. No Nonsense. I hear from the heart, And speak from the... Continue Reading →