Wednesday, October 31, 2012

50,000+ Words in 30 Days

Back in 2008, during the month of November, I decide to see if I could go without High Fructose Corn Syrup for 30 days.  It was tough, but I did it.  Last November, I attempted to blog for 30 days straight.  I missed a day or two because due to a nasty cold, but writing 28 or so posts in one month wasn't too shabby.  Especially considering the fact that I up until that point I hadn't been posting as much as I had in the past and had an uber hectic schedule.  This year, I'm taking on a very ambitious challenge...

November is NationalNovel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  The idea behind NaNo is to make writing a novel fun and adventurous.  Trust me when I say, the idea of writing a novel is daunting.  Think about it.  Once I was told the average novel is approximately 85,000 - 90,000 words.  That's 3,000 words if you break it up over 30 days.  HOLY CRAP MONKEYS!!!  

I like that NaNoWriMo participates are encouraged to write only a total of 50,000 words (175 pages), not 85,0000+ words.  I think it sets a realistic goal.  For me, what I want to get out of this next month of writing is a strong foundation for a book.  As I stated in the beginning of this post, taking on such a task is daunting and this challenge, at the very least, is a good way to get started toward that goal.  With all the writing I do for Chick Lit Central and work sometimes it's difficult to get motivated to do writing for me... Hopefully this will be the motivation I've been searching for so desperately.

So, as of tomorrow I will be feverishly plugging away at my NaNoWriMo goal... after I say a little prayer of course!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"Find Your Understanding"

This week for the Thursday Blog Project, Susanna ask us to write about our favorite commercial and why it's our favorite commercial.

When we were given this topic I immediately thought of this one:

Now, I can't say that this is my "all time favorite" commercial, but it's pretty damn close.

The reasons I like this commercial are as follows:

  • Use of the "product" (in this case, Expedia's travel services) are implied, not explicitedly thrown in your face.
  • Like the memoirs I love to read oh-so-much, it tells someones story of a journey they took and where they are now in their life.
  • It expresses a two viewpoints on a controversial issue of our time in a calm manner.
Over all, I think this is a smart, articulate and well-made commercial and, as far as I know, the first of its kind.

Now that I've told you about my (recent) favorite commercial, please take a moment to read what my fellow bloggers have to say about their favorite commercials.

 • Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Mom of Many (Susanna)

 • Momarock (Sara)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?"

Share your favorite memories of "Sesame Street" or talk about the role it has played in your life.

When I was a child, watching Sesame Street was just a given.  It was just as essential to me as eating and breathing. Here are some clips of the show that standout for me:

Monsterpiece Theater:

The Death of Mr. Hooper (played by Harold Hooper):

In 1982, Harold Hooper, who played Mr. Hooper on Sesame Street, died. This is how the show addressed the event...

Death is a scary thing for children, and I think the Sesame Street did a great job of addressing it.

The Pinball Count:

Oscar the Grouch:
Need I say more?

Now that I've shared with you some clips of Sesame Street, please see what my fellow bloggers have to say about Sesame Street:

 • Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Mom of Many (Susanna)

 • Momarock (Sara)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Also Known As ... Shayna Reamington

After a serious topic last week, Sara gave us the following topic for this week's Thursday Blog Project:  We've all heard of creating your own "stripper name" based on this equation: your first pet= first name. Street you grew up on= last name. What is your stripper name? And, tell us about that first pet and the street you grew up on that inspired your name.

When I applied to my life, the equation yields the following name: Shayna Reamington

HOT name, isn't it?!

My first name, Shayna, is for the cat I adopted in December 2002.  I got her from a local shelter called Orphans of the Storm.  I still remember that day as if it were yesterday.  My BFF came with me.  After looking at all the cats in cages I went into the cat room.  I tried to get some of them to come over to me, but my BFF suggested that I just wait for one to come to me.  So I did.  That's when I met Shayna.  She was a short hair domestic, tortoise color, 8-month-old cat.  After playing with her for a few minute I knew she was "my cat".

There were many things I loved about Diva Shayna, but the thing that stands out to me is our Sunday morning time together.  After I got home from the gym, I would sit on my sofa, eat breakfast and read the newspaper with my beloved cat sitting right next to me.

I had "Diva Shayna" for about a year and a half (give or take a few months) and cried when I choose to give her away.  Thankfully, I know that she is alive and well, living with the individual whom adopted her after me.  (Yay!)

My last name, Reamington, is a blend of two streets that I would say I "grew up" on.  One was in the city and the other in the suburbs.  Of the two places I liked the city locale the most.  Mainly because there are more happy memories there than at the house in the burbs.

Now that I've given you some background on my "stripper name," please take a moment to see what my fellow bloggers have to say about their "stripper names":

 • Momarock (Sara)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Mom of Many (Susanna) 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Books, books, and more books!

One of the unexpected things that has taken place in my life in 2012 is that I'm big into writing book reviews for the blog Chick Lit Central.

Originally, my involvement with the blog was suppose to be behind the scene working on social media, publicity and whatever else I could help out with.  However, back in February/March through a series of events I ended up writing my first book review for the site.  It was the book, "Let's Pretend This Never Happend" by Jenny Lawson.

From there my role at the blog changed.  I would remain doing behind the scenes work for them, but also write reviews of memoirs since I am a self-proclaimed memoir junkie.  Before I knew it, I had a stack of books to review. Since my first review, I've written seven other reviews and am currently working on my eight, even though it's not going to be posted until early 2013 since the book is scheduled to publish on February 5, 2013. However, all the reviews I have published thus far are below:

"Making Piece" by Beth Howard

"Mum's List" by St. John Greene 

"Let's Pretend This Never Happened" by Jenny Lawson

"Wedding Cake for Breakfast" edited by Kim Perel and Wendy Sherman

"Unorthodox" by Deborah Feldman (Joint review with Melissa Amster)

"My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me" by Hilary Wilson

"In the Pink" by Susan McBribe

"Boy Meets Girl" by Meg Cabot

When I look at the above list, I smile.  A lot of those books have side stories associated with them.  For instance, "Making Piece" got me addicted to pie baking.  My "Mum's List" got praise from the publisher's publicist. (This was a first.)  And, I was suppose to review "Boy Meets Girl" back in February, but instead ended up writing an author tribute to Tori Spelling.  (I'm not quite sure how I got from Meg Cabot to Tori Spelling, but I somehow did.)

In addition to my reviews for CLC, in the coming months it is my hope to start post book reviews on this blog as well.  Some of the books will be in the Women's Literature genre, but not all of them.  Though I enjoy reading books in this genre, there are books in other genres I enjoy reading as well and would like to write reviews of as well.

It is my hope, that you (whoever you may be) will take time to read my reviews, and even comment on them if you are so inclined.  Additionally,  will also continue to post my latest and greatest CLC book reviews as well.

There is a lot more reading to be done going forward, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Four Score and Seven Years Ago..."

The Thursday Blog Project topic for Thursday, October 4th was choosen by me.  I asked the group to write on the following topic:  If you could have a conversation with any President of the United States who would you want to talk to and what would you talk to them about?

My inspiration for this topic was the Lincoln Monument which gazes upon the reflecting pool in Washington, D.C.

I've now been to this monument twice.  Each and every time I've visited it I've gotten goose bumps.  It moves me.  It especially moved me the last time I visited because of what is going on in our political world today.

Abraham Lincoln has always been one of my favorite Presidents.  When I was in grade school I even cut the hair off my Tracy Bride Babie doll's hair to make a diorama of Abe Lincoln.  There has always been something about him, and his Presidency that's stayed with me since I first learned about him. 

These days I think about President Lincoln because of the challenges our country faces with some lawmakers trying to pass laws regarding matters that are personal to each and every citizen and shouldn't be controlled by the government.  Furthermore, the basis for these laws stem from some law makers religious belief which don't reflect the religious beliefs of all US citizens.  So, as one might imagine, I start to think about when our great landed was first founded, and the battles that were fought for such thing like "separation of church and state" and freedom from slavery and civil rights.  In someways, I feel like we are regressing from the principles our country was founded.

If I were to get a chance to ask President Lincoln a question, I'd ask him how he would approach these challenges.  Part of me assumes that he would already know what is going on when I present the question.  A part of me would phrase the question so he wasn't aware of specifics as I feel having such a general understanding could yield interesting answers as well.

Now that I've talked about what President I would ask a question to, please take a moment to read what my fellow bloggers had to say:

Mom of Many (Susanna)

Momarock (Sara)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)