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.