Hello, it’s nice to meet you, (please fill in your name here.) I’m Mona, an emerging writer who enjoys sharing stories about the absurdity in my life.

 “Who, moi? I’m just an ordinary woman dealing with life’s absurdities.”

One of the best things that tends to happen when I share one of my stories − it often reminds others of one of their stories! Then the storyfest is on. I love when that happens!

What I’ve found is that we’re all joined in the absurdity of life. You know what I mean − one minute everything is going well and then seemingly − out of the blue − life takes an unexpected and sometimes wicked turn. Suddenly, you find you’re on some weird trajectory.  Up is now down and down is left and right is diagonal and oh-so-wrong! In other words, your life has gone astray.

If you’re anything like me, you find yourself dealing with some of the most ridiculous or outlandish situations − just trying to get back on track again − even though “astray” has its strangely wondrous and uniquely insightful moments!

So whether you’re dealing with asinine people or technology that’s supposed to make life better or easier but, instead, leaves you going WTF!!!!! − or whether you sometimes feel like a freaking cartoon character with an eternal cloud following you around with a stupid punch line just waiting for you in the next frame of your cartoon existence − or whether you’re dealing with some other quandary and you aren’t quite sure what happened or how you got to where you are – I’m listening and − OMG, me too!

Even when that’s the case, though, I know that whenever I get to the other side of whatever “stressful moment” I’m going through − there’s eventually going to be a helluva story to tell − a wayward sparkle. That makes the experience much more bearable than just wallowing and whining. Though, I can whine and wallow with the best! As long as there’s wine with the whine! And cheesecake. Good music helps too! But then it becomes a party. Oh, well. If we have to party, we have to party.

So whatever your circumstance, I hope you visit often and we can share, support and encourage each other! And if it turns into a party, then party we shall!

With that said, there’s just one or two-ish more things you should know about me:

David is my husband. He’s loving and supportive. I tend to exasperate him. I, also, have two adult children, Ryan and Lauren, who are also loving, supportive and exasperated!

Speaking of exasperation, at times I use the entire, glorious spectrum of curse words. I even stream them all together as one long swear at times. Because, as Atticus Finch’s brother, Jack, once explained to Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird − and I paraphrase − such language should only be uttered when sorely provocated. Dear God, sometimes I’m sorely provocated! (God bless you, Harper Lee!)

Also, I have a warped sense of humor. If  you’re easily offended, consider this fair warning! But hey, this is how I cope with the dastardly pitfalls and challenges of life. I’ve never met one stressful situation when shouting at the top of my lungs − with feeling − SONOFAMOTHERFUCKINGBITCH − hasn’t helped!

And it just did.

So welcome to my blog, y’all!


P.S. I go by a pen name: M.L. James. I use this to protect − you know − loved ones.

P.P.S.  My work is copyrighted. If you want to reprint any of it, just let me know. I’m usually pretty nice about this stuff.




34 thoughts on “About”

    • Welcome to my blog, Miriam! So glad I found you today and I’m tickled pink that you found me back! I hope you don’t mind but I gave your amazing blog a shout out on my post, Light and Airy Followed by Dark and Twisty…and Itchy! I look forward to reading a lot more from you, too — both older and future posts! I’ve got a lot to catch up on, my friend! 😎

  1. Hi Mona, so sorry for the late reply, I’ve only just found this comment. Seems I’ve got a bit behind as well, see what happens when I go away camping for just one night!! 🙂 I’ll have to go and try and find your “shout out”, thanks so much, you’re very kind. Cheers my friend. 🙂

    • Miriam,
      Absolutely no worries! This is a stress-free blog (mostly)! Feel free to wander in and out as you please and comment here and there in the same way! I’m just so glad to have you as a new friend!

    • Hey there, Vibhu!

      Welcome to my blog and, absolutely, please join in! I offer a random mix and I always love to hear others’ stories as well. I don’t know about being a “child”; however, if you card me when I order my next drink, you’ll endear yourself to me for a very long time!


  2. Hi Mona,
    I’m Jayne, a newbie blogger writing about chronic pain at SeeJayneRun.com. Thank you so much for liking one of my recent posts! I appreciate it! I’ve been poking around your site and am liking what I’m seeing. Life is beautiful and hellish and sad and frustrating and ironic and…absolutely bloody absurd! And I love that you have a site dedicated to that! I can see that it is going to be great fun as well as a comfort. Living with chronic pain, well, it’s easy to fall into a dark place. Your site will be a regular reminder not to lose one’s sense of humor and wonder of the absurd!

    • Hi, Jayne,
      Welcome to Wayward Sparkles! I’m so glad that you are liking what you’re finding here. I do hope that you are able to lose yourself in something interesting or absurd and that it helps as a distraction! I know that you and others dealing with chronic pain have your own special kind of struggle that I can’t even begin to imagine. I’m such a wuss and I bow down to your strength and resolve. Anyway, I have a feeling that I’ll be spending time on your blog as well! Take care and peace be with you! Mona

  3. Hi Mona. I love your about page and why you write; to share stories that help each other along the wayward path. May we lighten each other’s journey. Brad

  4. Good to get to know you, Mona! This reminds me, I lost my About Page when I lost my original blog last December, now no one knows who Tom really is! I’ll have to correct that. With your permission I’ll add some sparkles to my tale and maybe a curse word or two. 😁

    Sparkle on, my friend!

    • Hey Tom,
      Welcome to Wayward Sparkles! I always love when people add in their “sparkles,” whether they sparkle or prickle or what have ya! Curse words are warmly accepted. You get extra brownie points if you get creative with your curse words, too! Anyway, I hope you find something here worth reading or that amuses you. Chime in anytime you’d like! Mona

    • Pamela,
      I’m so glad that we found each other! Welcome to my neck of the woods! Feel free to come and hang out anytime you’d like and give us your two cents! By the way, do you prefer to be called Pamela or Pam? I like to call people by the name they like to go by rather than just guess. Mona

    • I completely agree with you, Ellen! Thanks for stopping in and saying hi and using the word “provocating” which I believe is a fun word to say and use. ~ Mona 🙂

  5. So in the picture above which is you and which is David? Basically I’d like to know which of you can synthesize sixty gallons of genuine ancient rocket bourbon–strictly for cooking purposes, you know.
    Anyway I’m so glad to have dropped in, and while I’m sorry for not having done so sooner, I’ll be dropping back frequently to make up for lost time.

  6. Christopher,
    Welcome to Wayward Sparkles! Here, pull up a chair and let me pour you a shot of ancient rocket bourbon! There, now we can talk. Don’t you worry about when you got here–the point is, you made it; and I’m much obliged. Know that you’ll always be welcome to drop by anytime you want. I hope when you do, you’ll consider sharing stories with us over in my neck of the woods because you have some awesome ones over at
    See you on the flipside, my friend! 🙂 Mona

  7. I’m so glad I found you (stumbled across you?). To be truthful, I’m not sure how it happened, but – here I am! Keep on coming!

    • Hey Barbara,
      I’m so glad you found me, too! Now I’m much less lost or maybe we’re both lost. Either way, welcome to Wayward Sparkles, my friend! 🙂

    • Hey Aaron,
      Welcome to Wayward Sparkles! I love your blog Cereal After Sex so much that all of a sudden I had a craving…for which is no one’s business. Anyway, I look forward to reading your stories and hope you enjoy mine as well. Mona


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