Happy New Year!!!
The posts here are a mash-up of interesting things I’ve found or learned from during the preceding week. This could be material from blog posts, articles, video clips, etc. As we continue ringing in a new year (par-tay), I’m including a smattering of goodies found over the past few weeks.
Current (Pop) Culture Chattering
- People are in an uproar that Cee Lo Green changed John Lennon’s lyrics while singing “Imagine” last night. Like deranged tweets to him wishing him death and destruction.
- American Idol fans may be sad to hear that David Archleta, or little David as I like to call him, is leaving his music career to complete a two-year Mormon mission. His voice is so pure and sweet that I hope he finds some way to tie back into music once he’s done.
- In other performance reality TV news, I am stoked–still dancing–that Pentatonix won The Sing-Off, NBC’s a cappella challenge. To quote show judge Sara Bareilles, they are “sick.”
- Fans of The X Factor, are you happy that Melanie Amaro won? I was rooting for my Ohio guy Josh in the end. Funny how the drama of the show occurred before the finale, with Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger get death threats after sending home Drew. Then witnessing the live meltdown of contestant Rachel Crow (jump to 4:18 for her reaction). Hers was the wail heard around the country.
Wicked Writing Wisdom
Kristen Lamb’s 5 Common Writing Hazards is a great reminder of errors that writers can slip up on. Like “adverbs are evil.” Sniff.
Kristen rocks again with Aspiring is for Pansies – Tough Love & Being a Writer where she reminds us that writing is about putting the work in.
Jami Gold’s post Write Fiction? Why You Should Try a Short Story provides a great option to give some writers a change. I started my work in fiction with short stories and they’ve led me to the point of now starting a novel. Love the short form.
In How Long Should a Book Take to Write (On a Writer’s Natural Rhythms and Pace), Julija Sukys shares how we, as writers, need to find our own timing.
Making Media Magic
Site Stats – Who Are These People and Why Aren’t There More of Them has Carrie Spencer’s WordPress guru Woodie sharing with us some great tips on understanding our site stats.
Angela James gives us a great etiquette reminder with 10 Thinks Authors Should Know About Twitter.
Frolicking Fun Finds
Piper Bayard has a knack for finding creative video clips and delivered with the quirky fun in This is All Kinds of Wrong – Holiday Video. The guy’s mirror dance is priceless. And creepy. Heh.
With Why Men and Women Can’t Just Be Friends, Jillian Dodd brings us a funny video showing interviews with both sexes and how much they disagree.
Who doesn’t love babies? Tameri Etherton’s post A Gift of Laughter. Happy Holidays to You! Babies, babies, and more babies had me at hello. The Mafia Babies clip is a must-see!
With Urban Word Wednesday: Bettse, Natalie Hartford had folks confessing about Kama Sutra cards, possible Mile High club memberships and best stretches.
Imaginative, Insightful, Inspirational
Jenny Hansen hit 200 blog posts this week. Yeah, that rocks! In How Important are Milestones, she shares her thoughts on how far her year-old blog has come as well as how participating in ROW80 and the Life List Club have changed her writing mindset–and by extension–life.
Sign-up is open for 2012 Round One of ROW80. My first time participating was 2011 Round Four. I learned so much about what works for my writing process, how I manage goals now, how to celebrate small successes and met some way cool peeps. I encourage you to join in. Plus when we party, we par-tay.
The ringing in of a new year inspires many to embrace healthy eating and exercise goals. I got a chuckle reading Nina Badzin’s admissions in My Juvenile Eating Habits and a New Blog Series. Yes, enjoying a “party on a plate” does eventually catch up with us, but it is so good going in.
Naomi Bulger’s blog is a regular go-to of mine for the beautiful images she shares. Her pictures never fail to transport me to a new place. She finished out the year with the wonderful Oh boy, 2011 (in Instagram). Delightful.
Tameri is back with An Attitude of Gratitude 365, I mean 366! I head into the new year with this spirit.
Remember – This year we can be anything we need to be. Just press go.
Thank you so much Barbara! I’ll be reporting in after four weeks to reveal how the healthier eating is going!
You are welcome, Nina. I’ll be following along with Twizzlers (cough) popcorn in hand. 🙂
I’d been happily reading through this post and making notes on the many links I need to click through to when I reached the end, and found your little link to moi! I don’t need to click through to that one, but I’m certainly honoured to be on such a fab list. Thank you!
I always love your pics, Naomi! What a wonderful way to capture life moments and sum up a year.
Thanks for the link and helping me spread the word! 🙂 I appreciate it, my friend!
It is a great opportunity you are sharing, Jami! Don’t know if I’ll have anything that fits–most of my stories have not so happy endings. Heh, heh.
Thanks so much for the FAB shout out and the amazing lineup. I’m off to check out all the awesomeness!
Happy reading, Natalie!
First of all, I can’t believe that people got so fired up over CeLo Green. Considering the song he’s most famous for, I think he was pretty tame in his change of the lyrics. And why not? I wonder what Mrs. Lennon thinks of the change. I bet she likes it.
Secondly, that girl! O.M.G. She’s going to look back on that someday and scratch her head. Or not.
Lastly, THANK YOU!! Two links? I’m blushing! Thank you for putting me in such awesome company. Keep dancing and keep the par-tay going! You simply must write a blog on how you stay in such great shape and look absolutely fabulous while living on a diet of twizzlers and coffee. Jealous!
Happy 2012, my friend!
You are more than welcome, Tameri! Great posts.
On Cee Lo, I’m with you. When I read that article and the level of hate people spewed, it seemed so nutty. I get people’s devotion to Lennon and that song, but amping it up to wishes of death? Yikes.
As for the commitment to daily lattes and occasional Twizzler treats, it is a trade off. 🙂 I am considering brewing more coffee at home for cost savings. Also, with Twizzlers, Milk Duds and M&Ms, I don’t purchase them myself since I wouldn’t be able to stop from eating the whole pack. If I happen to get some in the office, it is the snack sizes. I’m halfway to my weight goal and definitely need to ramp up the cardio time (a la ROW80 goal) to be more regular so I can get there. I will say that the strength training I do once a week with a trainer is what has toned me and given me core strength for fun stuff like planks.
Dang, I’m jealous too now that I know about the Twizzlers and coffee. 🙂
Thanks for the shout out – I agree that the company is rockin’ over here!! I’m off to check out Julija Sukys’ post…and Carrie Spencer’s… and one of Tameri’s that I missed…
You are welcome, Jenny! Coffee is life sustaining. Well, at least in my mind. 🙂 I do this funky balance thing with caffeine to keep my migraines controlled and was like a mad scientist until I figured it out. Once I dose in the am, then it is decaf if I want more. And I typically yearn for more.
Thanks for the links. Looks like I missed quite a bit over the holidays 🙂
P.S. I loved Pentatonix!!
Happy reading, Marcy! Check and see if some of Pentatonix’s live performances are still available on iTunes or Amazon. You won’t be sorry. Their first performance of “E.T.” is still a fave. 🙂