On Awards and Learning to Be Grateful, Damnit

I believe I wrote all of three posts when someone nominated me for my first blog 1966_Griffin_Awardaward. I won’t go into all the reasons I ignored it, or every award I received after. There were numerous reasons, but the overriding one was this: They came with so many rules!

I mean, holy cow! You had to post the award on your site, you had to link the blogger who awarded it, you had to answer a bunch of questions, nominate scads of other bloggers, notify them they won…

Honestly, what’s your friendly, neighborhood anarchist to do in such a situation?

I believe there are two kinds of people in the world. The first kind, you tell them the rules and they say, “Thank you so much for telling me the rules! I shall follow them most diligently.” And they do.

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On the Mysteries of Mailing Lists & Ted Cruz

Not sure how it happened, but somehow I got on the mailing list for Ted Cruz. A letter WP_20160211_19_51_35_Pro[1]came about a week ago, in an ordinary envelope, addressed to me. In the upper left corner it read:

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
Personal Business
Not Printed or Mailed at Taxpayer Expense

Normally I toss all political materials in the recycle bin, but this one was mysterious. Why was Ted Cruz writing to me? What personal business (not conducted at taxpayer expense) did he wish to discuss with me?

The letter began with: Dear Fellow Conservative…

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Do You Believe in Magic?

Some of you might remember, about a month ago I mentioned the book “Big Magic” by Big MagicElizabeth Gilbert, saying I should probably read it.

I’m here to tell you I did.

Full disclosure: I wasn’t part of love fest surrounding “Eat, Pray, Love,” Gilbert’s memoir and wildly successful bestseller. To be perfectly honest, I read two chapters and gave up on it, because I simply wasn’t enjoying it.

The only reason I decided to give this book a shot was that it was recommended to me by someone I trust. I’m extremely glad I did.

I can’t even begin to tell you what my favorite part was. Instead, I’m going to throw a few quotes at you.

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I’ll Have One Existential Crisis, Hold the Mayo

Editor: Exciting news readers! Our Writer Self is being interviewed by our Reporter Self! This is just further proof of the sparkling innovation we’ve got going here at Feeding on Folly. (Not to mention insanity.) So without further ado, let’s get to it. I’m just going to stand over here and eat my sandwich. One damn fine sandwich, it is. Take it away ladies!

writing at computerReporter: Hello, Writer Self. Thank you for speaking with me today.

Writer: Glad to do it. I like your shoes, by the way.

R: Thanks! They are cute, aren’t they? And sooo comfortable. I got them on sale.

W: Nice. So, how does this work exactly? I’ve never been interviewed by an alter ego before.

R: I’m not sure. You’re the first writer I ever interviewed.

W: Oh really?

R: Actually, you’re my first interview ever.

W: Wait… what?

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Resolving to Be a Better Blogger; Well, Better-ish

If I were to create a new religion, I would make New Year’s Day its holiest day of the year.

Don’t worry, I’m not starting a new religion.

Only think of it — this is the time of year we feel both the desire and the ability to start over. To give up bad habits, start good habits — to basically become the person we’ve always wanted to be.

Now, I admit, I’ve never had any serious addictions to overcome, but I deeply admire those who have.  The closest I’ve come to it was giving up Blistex. (Hey, you don’t think that was hard? Chapped lips are hell, man!)

The point is, we long to be better people, and that constant striving is something almost holy. Don’t you think?

Of course, there are all sorts of goals we can make to improve lives. Career goals, health goals … a more organized closet. That’s a good goal.

emailI’ve noticed quite a few bloggers are using this time to make goals for their blogs. After giving it some thought, pondering new things I could do with my blog, writing goals to make, challenges to aim for … I came up with squat.

I don’t think I’m ready to make any big changes or set new goals for the blog just yet. However, I did come up with a few things I can do to support other bloggers: Continue reading “Resolving to Be a Better Blogger; Well, Better-ish”

A Year (Minus 3 Months) in Review

lazyI told you I was taking a week off, right? But I promised I’d throw an old post at you just so you wouldn’t forget about me. Well, it turns out the good people at WordPress have a word for bloggers who merely reblog old posts, and that word is: Lame.

Actually, I may have misquoted them. Even so, they have a point. So what I’m going to do is review the past year and select three posts to share with you. Only since I haven’t had this gig for a full year yet, we’re doing a nine-month review instead. (Man, this post just overflows with originality, doesn’t it?)

WP_20150920_10_14_03_Pro[2]First up, may I just say it has been great fun doing this, and what has amazed me the most was the community aspect of blogging. I think many people think of blogging as an egotistical pursuit, but if anything, by reading other blogs and having people comment on my own, it has made me more aware of other people’s opinions, cultures and backgrounds. And when I see people from Russia, India, Malaysia, Austria, etc., visiting my blog, I feel both honored and humbled. (Do you suppose it’s the same for people with ham radios?)

This first post I’m highlighting is one I rather liked, but it had the fewest views. It was my fifth post and was the first one I didn’t link on Facebook, mainly because I was afraid I was starting to spam my friends. But it was my first “like” by another blogger — Claremary from Around ZuZu’s Barn.  Not only does she have a cool name, Claremary is a writer who lives in New England with her husband and two cats. In other words people, she’s living the dream!

I Never Claimed to Be Erma Bombeck

My second year of college I took an evening class in writing. WP_20150512_19_46_13_Pro[1]From what I remember there were only about a dozen of us in the class, including the teacher. It was called “Writing for Publication,” or something hopeful like that. We were young. We didn’t know any better. …  read more

Next up, this one was my most popular post for two reasons: 1) I linked it on Facebook and tagged three people in my comment, which was a shameless beg for attention, I know, but I was getting desperate, and 2) the charming Margo at That Little Voice reblogged it. Thanks Margo!

What Your Choice of Beverage Says About You

I’m not a bartender, so I can’t claim to have expert knowledgei-love-my-coke-1556134-640x480 on beverages and the personalities of those who drink them, but I am a person who has opinions and a blog. A dangerous combination, to be sure.

If you order a beer … read more

Finally, I want to highlight this next post because it’s the only one I wrote that was purely fictional. Also, given the malicious tone to many of our political discussions lately, maybe we all need to become just a little more understanding of other viewpoints. (And frankly, I’m still surprised this wasn’t picked up for a movie option.)

A Little to the Left — A Crazy Tale of Political Leanings

Each day began with the same routine: upon rising from bed, heWP_20150428_16_07_05_Pro[1] stretched, touched his toes five times, did a quick jog in place, and finished with a growled affirmation that this day, as were all days prior, would be his day. … read more

So there’s my highlight of the last nine months. Thanks for stopping by and reading a bit, and I hope 2016 is your best year yet. So until next Wednesday, have fun!

Mistakes Happen

doddI haven’t done any book reviews and I’m not going to today. As a matter of fact, I haven’t even read this book. For all I know, it could be the creme de la creme of romance tales. But my God people, look at this cover!

Okay, so you have your prototypical romance cover. The strong male with the bulging biceps and unfortunate hairstyle, the swooning female with the long neck, the heaving chest, the three hands …

Wait … what? Three hands?

One on the ground, one resting on her leg, one holding his hand.

You have to wonder, how many people reviewed this illustration before it was selected as the book cover? And how long did it take for it to be noticed?

I don’t know about you, but these are the sorts of things I really enjoy.

I have no idea how Christina Dodd felt about it.

On Freedom and Fear and All That Lies Between

UnderwearYou may remember my post from last Saturday. I gave a writing prompt involving a cast off pair of undies and challenged you all to write a little story about it.

Many people visited the post, many clicked on the picture for a close-up of the undies, and many clicked on my “contact me” page, as if they were considering submitting a tale. (Can you tell I’m addicted to my stats page?)

Alas, no tale was submitted. This leads me to believe one of four things happened:

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The BEST Writing Prompt Ever — Plus a Writing Contest!

I know I’ve told you before about the park near our house where Dog and I like to walk. Truthfully, as far as parks go, it’s not much to brag about. But it’s serviceable and allows Dog a good run.

It’s also a nice place to walk if I need a bit of inspiration. Case in point, what I saw this week:

UnderwearAlright, so what’s the story here? What causes a person to throw their underwear up in a tree? And before you immediately leap to something scandalous, remember this is a park within easy view of a major city street. (Also, this is a G-rated blog. Well, most of the time.)Sign

On the other side of the brick wall are a number of thorny, desert plants and a sidewalk about eight feet away. So, pretty sure the underwear disposal happened on this side of the fence.

Also, you can’t tell from the photo, but the underwear is covered with little peace symbols. I think that should somehow play a part in the story.

I took a picture of the park rules, to give you a few guidelines. You’ll note that while we must keep Dog on a leash, there is not a rule against nudity.

For a bit of fun — email me your submission and the selected story will be highlighted on Feeding on Folly next Wednesday (Nov. 18). Added challenge: the story must be 500 words or less.

Deadline for submission: Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. MST.

The best part of this is that it will give me a chance to test my brand new Contact page — see it there? Way up on the menu bar? Click there to submit your story.

Ready … set … write! 🙂