Last month, a fellow blogger asked for submissions for her February series on love. I loved the idea. When I started thinking about it, I decided that I love everything, it seems. I love hiking, biking, dogs, my family, traveling, talking, singing, writing, eating, drinking and well, there’s just no way to choose. The word is definitely over-used, but that was not the question. What would I write about? The answer came in the form of a selfie. I know, right? Gack.
My dear, and multi-talented friend Kara, sent me an amazingly gorgeous, GREEN (I love green too) hand-knitted (just for me!) neck warmer! In utter delight, I slipped it on and modeled it for a picture so I could text it to her immediately. I loved it! When I looked at the photo, I thought, “I must really laugh a lot!” and BOOM! There it was. I love those laugh lines! Those are some rockin’ wrinkles. Why would I ever try to hide that billboard to the world that proclaims that I love to laugh?
Thus, my piece on “Lovin’ My Laugh Lines” was born and thrust into the ether. Please go visit Musings By The Bay and check it out. I hope it makes you look in the mirror and laugh!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ They say that everybody has a double, but how often do people ever see their spittin’ image? How often do people investigate the murder of their unrelated twin? Better yet, how bout go under cover as that person? Well, of course, this whole scenario is completely ridiculous when it comes to real possibility, but this is fiction! So, with that out of the way, what if?
I’ve so enjoyed the Dublin Murder Series of books, and this was no exception. I enjoy Tana French’s writing wholeheartedly, and Heather O’Neill’s narration on this audio book was great. Her Irish accent makes me happy, and makes it feel authentic. I’ve read the first 4 in this series, and I’ve loved all of them. I keep trying to convince my friends to read them, but so far as I know, nobody has.
Anyone out there in the blog-sphere read Tana French? Am I all alone?
In the past year or so, I’ve begun sharing my blogs with friends and family. Because I am surrounded by very intelligent, successful and talented people I was, frankly, intimidated. Things I write aren’t just words. I don’t write fiction, and I can’t peak out from behind my characters to see reactions and create distance. I’m out there on display, and though I don’t do it solely for my audience, I still want to touch them.
My goal to make people feel something, anything, and to write these words that bounce around inside me and poke at my bones until I put them out there where they’re intended keeps me tapping these keys. They feel good under my fingers and seeing the words arrive on my screen fulfills something inside me. Whether what I write is good or bad, better or worse, something — anything, is better than nothing. Guts.
I hope that if you are follower, you are still here! When I first started my quest to read 52 books this year, I wrote reviews and faithfully posted them every week. However, I was goofing up on how I posted them. Rather than posts, they were pages and blah, blah, blah…
Anyway, it seems like I’ve posted a thousand things today, but in truth, I was fixing my previous posts.
If you have been pinged a million times, I am so sorry! If you’ve seen something you missed that you liked, then, I am so happy! 🙂 I’m sorted now, thanks for hanging with me.
2014 Books Start soon!
Tonight I attended the WordPress Austin MeetUp group and <NEWSFLASH> I’ve discovered I am technically termed a “popcorn head.” This is no surprise to anyone who knows me, and I’m frankly thrilled that I’ve got a new amusing way to describe myself. I love the image! It made me doodle.
The term came up when talking about blogs and audience. They asked, “Who is reading your blog?” I shrugged. “What do you write about?” Whatever pops into my head, I thought. “Or are you a popcorn head…” I immediately stopped listening and identified closely with that term. Oh, you can stop right there, I have found myself! I just never thought of myself in those precise terms, however, it is stunningly accurate.
I realize that in blogging, you are supposed to have a purpose. You are supposed to have a target audience. You are supposed to be focused and organized. I know, I know, and I’m confident that with the right help and the right classes, I will get there.
So, for now, if you’re reading this, who are you and why are you here?
More importantly, salt? Butter?
At Word Camp Austin the other day, I heard that blogs can increase traffic to websites for businesses up to 65%. Are you kidding me? I thought that we bloggers were just a subculture of people who like to hear ourselves write. I enjoy reading my fellow bloggers’ posts. I LOVE it when another blogger likes one of my posts and tend to click their link and read something of theirs. We’re just cool that way, and talented too!
65% has been bouncing around in my head this week because, well, it’s impressive. Today, I’ve been back and forth with a Realtor friend, Eileen Gill, about finding the time to go to lunch. I clicked a link from her Facebook Business Page and found her company’s blog. Curious, I dove in. Admittedly, this crew of agents are highly educated and uber cool with life experiences that span the globe and weave in and out of the music industry, my type of Realtors. Just saying that I should not have been surprised at the quality of the blog, but here I am, writing away.
Well, this is a story of a time long ago when two young girls became very best friends with funny nicknames. It’s not just two random girls though, this is about me and mine. Our story is featured at Heifer.org’s blog “When Cows Fly.” You’ll see why I donated a Pig in honor of our moms. I hope you might just think of a reason to donate too. And in case you’re wondering, we seldom used plates when we made cakes. Usually we just sat down with the cake and our forks. If only we could eat, okay, get away with eating, that way now! OINK
Word Camp! Sounds fun, I think. Sounds uber-geekydiculous (my latest portmanteaus) too. I can take that, though. Geek might look like a four-letter word, but so is cute. I decided a long time ago that being called cute, rather than hot, or beautiful was a whole lot better than the other adjectives that might also apply, so I’d just go with it. Wise choice, I think, and it’s served me well. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time (maybe just a little) wishing I was gorgeous knowing that being cute fit my lively personality so much better. So, I’ve decided to do the same with the word geek. I enjoy writing. Throwing words around is just about as good as throwing balls around; jock is a four-letter word too, and I embrace that one. So, yes, I (and my husband) are attending Word Camp tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll learn how to geek this blog!
Strange and wacky, often filled with nonsense, the internet sometimes produces a gem. Sometimes. This morning, up and at ’em early, (shocker) I started on Twitter. This led me to a story by Jordan Kushins about a veteran who makes felted animals. What? That sounds lame, sorry, they’re not just animals, they’re works of art. After the really cool story, I read her byline which led me to follow her on Twitter (@kushkush) and then start reading her tweets. I know, I fell down one of the bajillion rabbit holes that is Twitter, but Continue reading
So, we all think we’ve written the perfect post. We’ve sweated, we’ve agonized, we’ve proofed and sometimes we’ve trashed it and started over. But, what should we do when we’re really ready to post it? Well, according to Write with Warnimont you should do things like check with Google AdWords tool Continue reading