TBM 1609.11 – Sunday Brunch: Hope Springs Trek-ternal

Live Long & Prosper

Description:

In which the Bathtub Mermaid talks about Star Trek‘s enduring message of hope.

Excerpt:

And now it’s 2016, and every social, every cultural step we’ve moved forward seems, at times, to be counter-balanced by a step back. Darkness encroaches upon our lives through politics, through economics, and through civil unrest. Our media – especially our fiction – is filled with heroes and villains who seem to be locked in never-ending battles or filled with zombies, vampires and demons.

Don’t get me wrong; I love fictional horror as much as anyone, but when the darkness, both real and fictional, gets too intense, Star Trek is my safe space (and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this). Sure, I’ve seen every episode at least twice at this point, but every time, I find some new nuance in a performance, some new detail in the script, that adds depth.

If macaroni and cheese is comfort food, Star Trek is comfort-viewing, as much because of the familiarity I have with it as because of that message of hope.

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Credits:

  • The Bathtub Mermaid: Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the BossJock iPad app and Audacity.
  • Bathtub Mermaid album art was created by Rebecca Moran of Moran Media
  • Music used for the opening and closing is David Popper’s “Village Song” as performed by Cello Journey. This music came from the podsafe music archive at Mevio’s Music Alley, which site is now defunct.
  • Image credit unknown.

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DDOP-19 Sunday Brunch: Kite & String

kiteandstring

Description:

In which the Bathtub Mermaid compares her marriage to the relationship between a kite and string.

Excerpt:

If there are times when his somewhat introverted, often pedantic, stoic, engineer self makes me feel like I’m actually married to the android Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, I’m certain that my tendency to bounce from topic to topic, change my accent on a whim, and wander around the house talking to myself as I work out lines of dialogue for an audio drama I’m in, or a story I’m writing, makes him feel like he’s married to Sibyl.

Links & References:

Credits:

  • The Bathtub Mermaid: Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the BossJock iPad app and Audacity.
  • Bathtub Mermaid album art was created by Rebecca Moran of Moran Media
  • Music used for the opening and closing is David Popper’s “Village Song” as performed by Cello Journey. This music came from the podsafe music archive at Mevio’s Music Alley, which site is now defunct.

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DDOP-1607 – Sunday Brunch – August Nocturne

Eclipse

 

Transcript (excerpt):

With the flip of a calendar page (or a swipe of finger on a smartphone) July is gone for another year, and it is August, my month. The first summer month when, even though the sun is still reluctant to set, the days are discernably shorter, and the nights incrementally longer.

I’ve always been attuned to the night. While some people are morning people, happy and chirpy at first light, the only time I typically see dawn is when I haven’t yet been to bed. I have never been afraid of darkness; rather I crave it.

I come by it naturally.

The night before I was born, there was a full moon and an eclipse. If that doesn’t lock you into a special relationship with nighttime, I don’t know what does. (Recently, I asked my mother if she remembered any of that, and she reminded me that she’d been a little preoccupied with being in labor.)

You can read the rest of the post at Modern Creative Life, and if you’re so inclined, consider submitting an essay, poem, or piece of short fiction to our next issue, which launches in September and has the theme of  Wisdom.

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Credits:

  • The Bathtub Mermaid: Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the BossJock iPad app and Audacity.
  • Bathtub Mermaid album art was created by Rebecca Moran of Moran Media
  • Music used for the opening and closing is David Popper’s “Village Song” as performed by Cello Journey. This music came from the podsafe music archive at Mevio’s Music Alley, which site is now defunct.
  • Image Credit: solerf / 123RF Stock Photo

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Holidailies 2014 #09: Sunday Brunch – Tinsel

Excerpt from Today’s Show:

I also had childhood adventures with Merrell. He taught me how to bait a hook, one year, when he and my grandfather took my cousin and me fishing off the fisherman’s pier. He had a voice thick with fallen dreams and made for telling stories, and I’m sad that I never knew him as an adult, that he was, at the time he died, little more than a name to me. But I was named for him (he called from where he was AWOL in Canada to instruct my mother not to give me HIS name, as he felt it was cursed, so she used the first letter instead), and I suppose I’ve always felt it was a sort of bond between us. And he loved tinsel. He loved tinsel so much that when my mother and her siblings were growing up, putting the tinsel on the tree was his special job, just as in my house, it was mine.

Links:

MissMeliss: (MissMeliss: The Bathtub Mermaid)
All Things Girl (Sunday Brunch: Tinsel)
Holidailies (http://www.holidailies.org/)

Credits:

The Bathtub Mermaid: Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the BossJock iPad app.

Music for The Bathtub Mermaid is provided by Mevio’s Music Alley, a great resource for podsafe music. The standard opening song is “Soap in a Bathtub,” by Stoney. The standard closing song is “You Can Use My Bathtub, by Little Thom. Additional music used for the Holidailies project is “A Podcast Christmas Theme” by Tom Shad, and “Village Song” composed by David Popper and performed by Cello Journey.

Holidailies 2014 #00: School Figures

Excerpt from Today’s Show:

But daily blogging, in many ways, was my version of skating school figures. They’re not particularly pretty to the uninformed, but they teach discipline, help you hone technique, give you stamina…and sometimes you do something when practicing a basic figure that informs or inspires a larger piece – leads you to your long program.

Special Thanks To

All Things Girl (School Figures)
Holidailies (http://www.holidailies.org/)

Credits:

The Bathtub Mermaid, Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the BossJock

Music for The Bathtub Mermaid is provided by Mevio’s Music Alley, a great resource for podsafe music. The opening song is “Soap in a Bathtub,” by Stoney. The closing song is “You Can Use My Bathtub, by Little Thom.

Questions or comments? Use the comment form at the bottom of each entry. You can also follow me on twitter: @Melysse

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20140921 – Sunday Brunch: Welcome Autumn

Excerpt from Today’s Show:

The summer wreath on my front door will be replaced by something involving dried leaves, multicolored corn, and brilliantly-colored sunflowers. The dining table will play host to a bowl of knotty, knobby gourds. I will change out the placemats, and gradually bring my autumn and Halloween pieces into the house – a pumpkin here, a votive holder shaped like a haunted forest there.

Special Thanks To

All Things Girl (http://www.allthingsgirl.org/2014/09/sunday-brunch-welcome-autumn/)
Gypsy Audio (The Doctor Chronicles) (http://www.gypsyaudio.org/show/the-doctor-chronicls/)

Credits:

The Bathtub Mermaid, Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the BossJock

Music for The Bathtub Mermaid is provided by Mevio’s Music Alley, a great resource for podsafe music. The opening song is “Soap in a Bathtub,” by Stoney. The closing song is “You Can Use My Bathtub, by Little Thom.

Questions or comments? Use the comment form at the bottom of each entry. You can also follow me on twitter: @Melysse

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201409.07 – Sunday Brunch: A Friendly Game of Cards

Show Notes

In which the Bathtub Mermaid talks about card games, kickstarter, and watching her relatives from behind the hutch.

Excerpt:

Growing up, we always had the typical Bicycle cards in red and blue, lying around the house. So many of my childhood memories involve watching my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and older cousins gathered around the dining table with it’s vinyl floral tablecloth. Cups of strong coffee and glasses of homemade iced tea would share space with ash trays and plates of cookies (Stella D’oro anisette toast and Pepperidge Farm Milanos). Voices would be raised in affectionate bickering or exuberant laughter, and all of it would just be counterpoint to the real action: a friendly game of cards.

Read the full essay at All Things Girl.

Special Thanks To

Nuchtchas of Nutty Bites, for support, and for providing her promo.
Visit her at NIMLAS.org

Credits:

The Bathtub Mermaid, Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the BossJock

Music for The Bathtub Mermaid is provided by Mevio’s Music Alley, a great resource for podsafe music. The opening song is “Soap in a Bathtub,” by Stoney. The closing song is “You Can Use My Bathtub, by Little Thom.

Questions or comments? Use the comment form at the bottom of each entry. You can also follow me on twitter: @Melysse

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DDoP #22: Sunday Brunch: The Best Advice Nathan Fillion Never Gave Me

Dog Days of Podcasting

Notes:
In which the Bathtub Mermaid babbles talks about advice that Nathan Fillion shared with his Q&A attendees at Dallas Comic-Con in May, 2014.

Read the entire piece at All Things Girl

Credits:
Music for this episode was provided by Mevio’s Music Alley, a great resource for podsafe music. Visit them at music.mevio.com.
Opening: “Soap in a Bathtub” by Stoney
Closing Music: “You Can Use My Bathtub” by Little Thom
Recorded and Produced using BossJock
For more of the Dog Days of Podcasting, click HERE.

Dog Days of Podcasting #17: Cello-bration

Dog Days of Podcasting

– Recorded 29 August 2013
– Includes random babble about cellos, and music.
– Mentions Aaron Minsky, aka Von Cello
– Mentions Darling Violetta
– Mentions Apocalyptica
– Includes reading of my piece, “Sunday Brunch: Cello Hands,” from All Things Girl
– Links: Sunday Brunch: Cello Hands

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