Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Newbies Guide to Publishing: Konraths Resolutions for Writers 2012

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A Newbies Guide to Publishing: Konraths Resolutions for Writers 2012.

‘Tis the Season to be Grumpy

 

I’m not feeling Christmas this year.  And I’m not the only one with this sentiment.  A scientific poll conducted with three friends, my sisters and six random co-workers reveal that “Christmas just isn’t the same this year.”

What caused this anti-Christmas phenomenal?  Could it be Christmas overload from the way retailers shove holiday cheer on us before we can swallow the candy from Halloween?  Maybe it’s because Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer came on television before Thanksgiving?  Or maybe it’s because I missed the annual shopping kill or be killed event otherwise known as “The Day After Thanksgiving?

As I have gotten older my kids have gotten older, Christmas has lost some of its magic.  I relished the role of “playing” Santa and secretly wrapping presents.  Now Princess and Diva only want one gift.  Money and a ride to the mall.

Maybe I’ve gotten lazy.  Why spend a month stressing and decorating for one day and then it’s over?  Why struggle to maintain a false sense of holiday cheer and being nice to people you can’t stand for 364 other days of the year?

I’m sure I’ll snap out of this funk in a day or two.  After all, I am looking forward to some days off from work and spending time with family.  I can focus on the true meaning of Christmas and not worry about my meager Christmas budget.  I can be thankful that my family is healthy and that I am loved.  See, I can almost feel the warmth of Christmas cheer.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.  I look forward to more adventures in the New Year.

This picture is just too cute!

Movie Review – Crazy Stupid Love

Let me start by saying I LOVED this movie.  Yes, I know it came out in July 2011 but I just rented it and stayed up late to finish watching it.  It was worth it.

For anyone who hasn’t seen it yet here is a quick summary courtesy of IMBd:  A middle-aged husband’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a new-found friend Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.

What made this movie different from the hundreds of other romantic comedies?  Short answer:  the characters are fully developed.   I once read a quote that described a good book.  Simply put, a good book is one that once you read the last page, you miss the characters like old friends.  The same can be applied to a good movie.  The casting and acting were heartfelt and realistic.

I am a huge fan of Steve Carell (The Office) and he brought the right amount of charm and vulnerability to the character of Cal Weaver, a man who has been married for years and is happy and content in his life.  Watching him struggle with learning to date again was touching.  Seeing a playboy be redeemed (Ryan Gosling) was done in a refreshing manner.  The additional subplot involving Cal’s 13 year old son and his crush on his babysitter was priceless.  The writing and dialogue were on point.

I enjoyed this movie so much I’ve watched it twice.  I plan to buy it for Christmas.  It is a case study in character development and story structure.  I recommend you go out and rent it immediately.  You won’t be disappointed.

Dream Deferred….Dream Realized

I attended my sister, Baby’s graduation on Friday. She is now a licensed cosmetologist.  The ceremony was held at the school and was relevantly simple.  Each graduate had to write a paper about their time in the program and the things they learned.  I was nervous when Baby’s turn came because she hates to speak in public.  She walked to the front and needed a tissue before she said one word.  This made my water works flow.  (Sidenote:  The tears are nothing new for me.  I am a known crier.  I’ll tear up at a sad commercial.)  But my sister did her thing and I was inspired by  her speech.

Here is a summary of what she said:

  • She talked about how she always liked doing hair.  In fact, after high school we (my family) all expected her to go to cosmetology school.  Instead, she wanted to get away from home so she enrolled in college.
  • She got pregnant after a year away so she came home and got a job.  Twenty months later she had another child.
  • She didn’t want to depend on the government for assistance so she would work any job she could get.  Then she got a good job with benefits and made decent money.  She got comfortable and forgot about her dream.
  • Then her entire division was laid off.
  • Unemployed and depressed, she talked to LA about her life.  Expecting sympathy, she got a kick in the behind.  “DO something about it”, LA said.
  • So, she did.

I listened to my sister talk about the financial hardships and other obstacles that she had to overcome.  She talked of being grateful for the support of family and friends.  And there she stood, a year later finally realizing her dream.  She already has two job offers from different salons.  I know she will do well.

The lesson I learned that day was that although your dream may be deferred, you can still achieve it.  My baby sister did it.

Congratulations, Victoria.  I am so very proud of you.

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

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30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself.

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