Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Brand New Undercover Private Eye Supersleuth Detective Theme

Everybody who knows me even a little bit knows that forever I said I’m the future Chief of Staff of Artie Q International, and also I’m going to be a undercover private eye supersleuth detective solving all kinds of cases.  Instead of waiting until I’m a grown-up, I’m starting my detectiving career early.  I’m already a for real member of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce (in case you didn’t know) so I’m good to go when it comes to being part of the business community where me and my family live.

It’s important when you’re serious about doing something to have a way for people to figure out who you are and what you do, and my mom says that’s called branding so I talked with my brother Josh about getting branding for what I do and he came up with a great idea.  I loved it so much, I didn’t even need to ask for any changes because it was perfect for me and plus, it says everything about how excellent my detectiving work is.

Then Artie Q agreed to turn one of his songs into my theme song mostly because it’s perfect for the kind of detectiving I do, and he agreed to do that, so now I have a superly perfect theme song and you can hear it on his website by clicking RIGHT HERE.  You’ll know you got to the right website because when your browser goes to the landing page, this is what you will see.  So click on the link, and listen to the song, and then check out all the other stuff because you probably would have boatloads of fun doing that.

I’m working on a case right now, and it’s The Case of the Vanishing Valise.   This case started because of a certain plaque on a certain wall at a certain vaudeville theater in Gatlinburg (Tennessee) that maybe you already heard about:  Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre.  You can read all about it at the end of April when the first book in my Detective Series gets launched at an awesome launch party at a location I am going to announce a little bit later on.  You don’t want to give you all the surprises all at one time so there’s no more surprises between now and then, right?  Here’s how my logo looks on the advertising for my next book.

Right now, Josh is working on some special artwork for a Columbo In A Car video.  I think it’s going to be as excellent as the song by Artie Q.

Anyway, stay tuned for more news on my blog and on my Facebook page, and be sure to tell all your friends and family about Missy Barrett — undercover private eye supersleuth detective — coming soon to a book shelf near you!

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Valentine’s Day On A Missy Barrett Style Shoestring Budget

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and maybe you’re thinking you’re a bad kid because you did not get something for your mom or dad or grandma or grandpa. Maybe you did not have money to spend on getting them something or maybe you did not have a way to get to the store without them knowing about it.

You are not out of luck because I have some great ideas that will make Valentine’s Day superly special.

First off, Valentine’s Day really should be like all the other days in the year. If you love someone, don’t wait for a special day to tell them you love them. Just tell them and some of the best telling is by showing them how much you love them.

I love making coupons up for people I love. Just fold a piece of paper in half and then in thirds so you have six sections. Draw a nice border around the sections, leaving the middle part clear. Then write something on the inside like “One free hour of garage cleaning” or “One free hour of weeding” or something like that. Just make sure it’s not a chore you already do because that wouldn’t make any sense to put that on a coupon.

Then cut the coupons out and put them in a safe place while you make a homemade card to put the coupons on.

Take a piece of paper or cardstock, and fold it in half. Draw a very loving picture on the front. Be sure to put lots and lots of caring and loving and attention in it when you do the drawing on the front of your card. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It has to be loving.

When the front is done, write something very loving on the inside of the card in your best handwriting even if it’s printing and not the curly writing grown-ups do sometimes.

On Valentine’s Day, slip your card and coupons under the person’s coffee cup at breakfast or at their computer desk so they will find it right away.

Here are some more great Valentine’s Day ideas.

1. Make the best breakfast you can make even if it’s just cereal in a bowl with milk in a cup to pour on the cereal.

2. Write a note about why you love the other person and put it in their briefcase or purse or backpack so they will find it when they get to work or school.

3. Go hiking with them after school (with permission from any grown-ups that should be giving permission to kids that want to go hiking any time).

4. Make a computer collage of some of your favorite pictures of the other person, and send it to them by email. Print it out if you have permission from your mom or dad or grandma or grandpa, and give it to them in person.

5. Write them a letter and share some of the great memories you have of that person and things they did with you or for you.

6. Tidy up their closet for them even if the closet you tidy up is the linen closet and not the closet where they hang up their clothes.

7. Pour them a glass of ice-cold milk and have a sit-down with them so you can talk about all your favorite times together.

8. Just tell the person you love all the things you love about them but that you hardly ever tell them because you think they already know all those reasons. Sometimes it’s nice to hear someone tell you nice stuff about yourself you already know.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. If you’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day, make it superly special, not crazy expensive.

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