Wise Words from a Wise Man

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Social Media and You: A Cautionary Tale

Hey guys, So it seems every few months someone who just doesn’t quite get how social interactions work pops up. They maybe be innocent mistakes, or may have a more sinister ulterior motive. Problem is, this is social media, so you JUST DON’T KNOW. I’m not going to go into details here, this isn’t so much my post as a plea for you to stop by Leigh Ann Kopans blog and read her post on appropriate Social Media behavior. I know all of you are amazing and don’t need the reminder, but it’s still astonishing to me there are so many other people out there who just don’t quite get it. I’m also linking to John Scalzi’s great post on how not to be a creeper. His post focuses on conferences and many in-person interactions, but I think it’s completely valid for social media as well. I highly suggest you check it out – it’s funny and very target. Some of his points include: 1. Acknowledge that you are responsible for your own actions. 2. Acknowledge that you don’t get to define other people’s comfort level with you. 3. Acknowledge that no one’s required to inform you that you’re creeping (or help you to not be a creeper). 8. That amusing sexual innuendo? So not amusing. So what about you guys? Have you had to deal with creepers before? What do you think the best way to handle them is?     Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post...

The Ones You Love

This morning, I had to attend a memorial service for a coworker who passed away much too soon. Her family was there, including her 16-year old daughter. It was astonishing how many people attended, and how influential this woman was. Over and over I heard that “She didn’t shy away from the hard discussions” “she was an amazing mentor and friend” “She made this a better place and influenced so many people” And I had to wonder, had anyone ever said that to her? Told her how much she was appreciated? Did she know how much we respected and cared about her? Did she have any idea how deeply she’d be missed? And then I wondered about my own life. Do the people in my life know how much I care about them? Do they know how important the are to me? How they’ve influenced me? So I’m telling you guys right now. YOU ARE ALL IMPORTANT AND AMAZING AND FANTASTIC.  I am SO LUCKY to have all of you in my life and you’ve made it better in so many ways. I’ve learned so much from all of you, even those situations that were challenging. And I am so thankful you’ve all shared this journey with me, however it twists and turns, however big or small part you’ve played. I love you all. Thank you for being a part of my life.       Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark...

More AMAZING CP News!!!

You guys know I’m part of an amazing group of writers, right? (Hey Misfits!) Well, there has been all sorts of fantastic news lately. Maggie Hall’s The Elite is going to be published. Megan Whitmer’s Between is going to be published. And NOW, Leigh Ann Kopans’ One is going to be published! Check out her announcement post HERE. I am SO excited for you guys to read this book. It’s totally one of my comfort reads. I love the characters and the story SO MUCH. Check out the blurb and add One to all your lists: Add ONE to Goodreads “Like” ONE on Facebook Sign up for Leigh Ann’s newsletter Pre-order ONE I’m so SO happy for Leigh Ann and this Amazing book!! Can’t wait for you guys to read it!   Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a...

Do It Anyway

I’ve always been the kind of person who struggles with fear – fear of not being good enough, fear that I’ll fail. Fear that people won’t like me. It’s exhausting living in fear. And I work really hard to make sure I don’t let it worm too deeply into my life any more. I’ve also always been a huge Jim Henson/Muppets fan (just watch all my Muppet flails around the blog and you’ll get the point.) So when I saw Ben Folds had a new video, with FRAGGLES (produced by the amazing Chris Hardwick – yeah total nerd crush)! I was all over it. I link it here for your viewing pleasure. More than once this past week, I hummed the chorus – I might be feeling fear, but I was sure as hell going to do it anyway 🙂 Some lyrics: And if you’re paralyzed by a voice in your head It’s the standing still that should be scaring you instead Go on and Do it anyway Do it anyway   So what do you guys do anyway, despite the fear?   Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a...

What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank – And a Giveaway!

You GUYS! I am so excited! I have been waiting a LONG time for Krista Ball’s newest book – What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank. I was lucky enough to read an early version, and was TOTALLY HOOKED. Usually Krista is a fantastic fiction writer (I’m partial to her fantasy series Tranquility’s Blaze), but with her latest book, she’s branched out into non-fiction  and let me tell you, you’re going to want to pick this one up. Here’s the blurb: Equal parts writer’s guide, comedy, and historical cookbook, fantasy author Krista D. Ball takes readers on a journey into the depths of epic fantasy’s obsession with rabbit stew and teaches them how to catch the blasted creatures, how to move armies across enemy territories without anyone starving to death, and what a medieval pantry should look like when your heroine is seducing the hero. Learn how long to cook a salted cow tongue, how best to serve salt fish, what a “brewis” is (hint: it isn’t beer), how an airship captain would make breakfast, how to preserve just about anything, and why those dairy maids all have ample hips. What Kings Ate will give writers of historical and fantastical genres the tools to create new conflicts in their stories, as well as add authenticity to their worlds, all the while giving food history lovers a taste of the past with original recipes and historical notes.   If you write fantasy, or even if you’re just interested in the historical perspective of food and how our relationship with it has evolved over time, this book will be right up your alley....