Interview with Pauline B. Jones an Author Showcase #TENMINITT @PaulineBJones @kidecals @TenMiniTT

Posted on October 21st, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Interviews

Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town Episode 8 PART ONE with Pauline Jones and Keyara Fleece

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In my interview with these two fabulous women, we discuss language, identity, and learning life’s lessons.

It was neat having an author and a life coach on the show. I have never met either woman in real life. One from Wyoming, who lived for over a decade in Louisiana, now settled in Houston, Texas. The other born and raised, educated, and still living in Virginia. And myself, a native Southern Californian. We had a lot in common though – a love of reading, the drive to make something of ourselves, and an appreciation of sharing knowledge with others, in our own ways.

One of the first things we talked about was the use of profanity. In Keyara’s social climate, it is perfectly acceptable and although she would not use foul language in front of her preschool students, she is fine associating the words with her online persona, website, and podcast. She exclaims gleefully, “You are F-ing Amazing!” Pauline and I are a little more conservative, in our writing and in life. In fact, Pauline said that her mom would say something if she used profanity in her books. However, one of her books is entitled, “Kicking Ashe.” I am careful not to do so on my blog. I also work with school children and have kids of my own – I was reminded of the episode of SpongeBob Square Pants, when he and Patrick discover “bad” words.

What’s the Big F-ing Deal?

Sailor Mouth” is the 18th episode of the second season and the 38th overall episode of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. The episode was directed by Andrew Overtoom, and was written by Walt Dohrn, Paul Tibbitt, and Merriwether Williams. It originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on September 21, 2001.

In this episode, SpongeBob reads a “bad word” off a dumpster behind the Krusty Krab, but does not know what it means. Patrick explains to him that it is a “sentence enhancer” which is used “when you want to talk fancy.” The two start using it in every sentence they speak. However, when Mr. Krabs hears them, he warns the two never to use the word again or any of the 13 bad words. Later on, SpongeBob accidentally swears again. Patrick then runs to tell Mr. Krabs with SpongeBob trying to stop him. However, when Mr. Krabs accidentally injures his toe, he utters all 13 bad words. The two cannot believe it and run to Mama Krabs to tell on him. Mama Krabs, who is appalled by their use of the words, makes the three paint her house as punishment.

The episode received positive reviews, while various members of the SpongeBob SquarePants crew consider the episode to be one of their favorites, mainly due to the satirical nature of the episode. However, the episode was not immune to negative reception, and was criticized by watchdog media group the Parents Television Council and fans, who interpreted the episode as an example of promoting and implicitly satirizing use of profanity towards children.” (From Wikipedia)

To say that Pauline likes to read, is an understatement. She is a writer and for fun she likes to read writing that is not her own. She beta reads for friends of hers who are also writers. She is very much like Carolyn West who likes to “squirrel away” when she has a moment and read. Pauline calls herself a hermit. Well, even hermits like to have fun! I found out that right now Pauline’s favorite thing to do is work on her Grandma Project. She has twin grandbabies that she is wild about. Check out her project on her blog.

Pauline grew up in Wyoming and she says that about all you can do there is read. She read so much and so fast, that she started writing to pass the time and have more to read. When she moved to New Orleans, Pauline experienced what is was like to live in the polar opposite of Wyoming. It was definitely not a place where the hermits live! It was wet, lively, loud – all the things that Wyoming was not. It was in New Orleans that she learned to cook. She lived there for eighteen years. She loves the show NCIS New Orleans because it feels like going home.

Pauline is most passionate about identity. In her books, she writes about women’s roles, their identity and the opportunities they have that she didn’t have when she was younger. She has learned valuable lessons with her characters about succeeding in life.

“You have to not judge your progress by anybody else’s. I just try to do better personally, with every book.” ~Pauline B. Jones


Author, Pauline B. Jones

Connect with Pauline on her website:


Pauline’s book, The Spy Who Kissed Me, (the novel that I am currently reading) was re-released years after she wrote it. Find out what changed and why the title is different in my interview with her on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town…


Did You See My New Miz Meliz #TENMINITT Stickers?

Here is more info on the stickers I mentioned in this episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. I absolutely LOVE them!

Kidecals are personalized labels that are dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer safe!
They stick to any surface!
You can use these stickers on clothing, backpacks, tupperware, devices…you name it.
There are plenty of options to choose from for both kids and adults, check out the keyboard stickers, canning/baking labels, chalkboard labels, and more.
You can check them out at and browse through the hundreds of options!

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And…Coming Soon….


Save the Date for A #TenMiniTT HALLOWEEN EPISODE 10-26-14

Posted on October 20th, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Interviews

Coming soon on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town

I am thrilled to death to have as my Halloween Special Guest, a real life Hollywood horror expert!

jmJoe Moe is an expert in horror having been a published writer, producer and designer of films and having worked in special FX makeup. He was best friend and caretaker of the late Forrest J. Ackerman, who is best known as the world’s greatest private collector of memorabilia from horror films, science fiction epics, and monster movies.

Joe really knows his stuff! He is the editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine which has inspired Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Peter Jackson, Stephen King, John Landis, Ray Bradbury and many more. He currently promotes a national horror convention called Mad Monster and he is the editor in chief of Mad Monster magazine. Joe edits the retro issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and the auction catalog for Profiles in History, the leading auction house for movie memorabilia.

Join me on and be in the LIVE audience for this special thirteenth episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town…if, you dare!

Joe and I will discuss horror from classic literature and how it has influenced writers of today’s scary movies.

Do YOU have questions for the master of horror, Joe Moe?

Tune in to at 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 26th for the LIVE show.



A Prayer for My Friends, Do Not Fear

Posted on October 11th, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Prayers

I was inspired by this letter I received that I will share with you. I hope that it helps you in your time of need my friend. These are concepts that I believe, they give me hope when I can’t explain things. When you ask for prayers (positive vibes, good mojo, a universal or cosmic hug) this is where I go…

Dear Friend, Prayer has the power to transform our fear into faith. Prayer reminds us that we are never alone. Everything we are, body and soul, is in the hands of God. God’s presence fills the universe, and He is as close to us as our own breath. No matter what pain sends our way, with God by our side, we can find the strength to confront our fears. With God accompanying us on our journey, no matter what the path, no one walks alone. God invites us “not to be afraid.” The Lord tells us throughout scripture that He is with us, and so we need not fear. In Christ, Father Pat Father Patrick J. Tonry, SM Spiritual Director Marianist Mission Province of the United States

Comfort for Those in Pain

Yesterday is gone.

Tomorrow has not yet come.

We have only today.

Let us begin.

~Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

Pain is limited…

It cannot cripple Love,

It cannot cripple Hope,

It cannot destroy Peace,

It cannot erase Memories,

It cannot silence Courage,

It cannot invade the Soul,

It cannot steal Eternal Life,

It cannot quench The Spirit,

It cannot lessen the strength of God’s Love for us.

Prayer for MizMeliz

Do Not Fear

Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you… Isaiah 41:10

 For Laura and Christine

Do You Have Character?

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Quotes & Notes

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Blogging Bonanza with Carolyn West of ThisTalkAintCheap #TenMiniTT @CarolynRWest

Posted on October 6th, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Interviews

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What is it like to have a true friend support you in all you do?

From Blogging to social media, to becoming a life coach and writing and self publishing a book, and now having a video podcast – Carolyn West has been there for me through it all. She wrote the forward for my book and came through for me at the final hour. This was fitting since she is the one person that I told about my dream who believed in me, encouraged me and held me accountable. She motivates, inspires, leads, and demonstrates how to be an entrepreneur and a fantastic mom all at the same time. I don’t know how she does it.2014-07-16 18.17.25 2014-06-29 22.59.43 But she does, very well. She is the kind of Super Star I believe in. She is a celebrity in my World. There isn’t anything she can’t do. Crafts, check! Events, done! School Council, she is on it! Book club, but of course. Women’s group, she started one. Conference speaker, yep, she does it. In fact, she co-produces an annual blogging conference, too. Oh yeah – she just finished doing a work out boot camp and now she is starting a 100 Day Challenge.


I asked Carolyn to tell me about all that she does, how she does it, and why she does it.

This was a long interview, it was quite enjoyable and incredibly informative. So, as they say, grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy this episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town as you get to know, Carolyn West:

Carolyn has three wonderful, smart and well mannered daughters. She manages her household with her husband, two dogs, three kids, and a cast of colorful characters, er um… her extended family. She heads up campaigns for bloggers through Collective Bias. She started her own social media consulting business and she is the leader of So Cal Lady Bloggers, which by the last count has over 750 members – all of whom turn to her for direction and advice. Knowing what a huge task that is, she partnered with another blogger, Melissa Dell and together they have grown the group which has doubled since they started working on it together.

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A former interior decorator who had to travel to Hawaii on business as a regular routine – this little lady is a power house. Carolyn will long be remembered for her contribution to blogging and social media and has Super Mom status being well known for her hands on active role in her daughter’s schools, their activities, and in the community in which she lives.

She is someone you can count on. She is kind and thoughtful. She is the legendary, Carolyn R. West of This Talk Ain’t Cheap.

Funny how when you get to know someone online and you cross that bridge to friendship, you miss out on the discovery of what makes that person tick.

This is why I looked forward to our interview.

I asked Carolyn the “typical” questions for Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town -

What do you like to do for fun?

“I spent my free time with my kids… going to lunch or a movie. I’m finding that as they get older, they are actually really fun people to hang out with.”

What projects are you working on right now?

My life right now is trying to juggle working from home and managing life as a mom with three busy daughters. That’s a project in of itself. I’m not working on any specific projects right now other than my job as a Campaign Leader with Collective Bias and running SoCal Lady Bloggers. Oh, and I recently started a Social Media business with Melissa Dell, called Social Elements Media, where we teach small businesses how to use social media.

How can my viewers connect with you?

What is your favorite Hollywood Hot Spot?

I don’t spend time in Hollywood, but my favorite place to eat outside of Santa Clarita (because there isn’t much worth talking about here) is The Hummas Bar in Tarzana. It’s awesome and they make homemade pita bread that is to die for. I could live on bread.

Watch the video/podcast to hear more of what Carolyn has to say about:

  • Her all time favorite thing to do.
  • The future of blogging and her predictions for what is next in social media.
  • New web design for This Talk Aint Cheap blog.
  • 100 Day Challenge – what is it?
  • Best of all, during our discussion it is quite possible that Carolyn had an “A-ha Moment” – discovering what she is most passionate about! That was exciting!

What did you learn about Carolyn West?

Do you have a question for her?

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