Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Goins’

The first time I emceed a big awards ceremony, I was given a script and clear instructions: announce award, nominees, winner, present it, shake hands, pose for picture, next award. Simple, right? So I take the stage in front of about 400 people. Following my handy script, I present the first award to a narcissist named Cross. He accepts it, we do the picture thing, and instead of going back to his seat, he sits on the edge of the stage and waits. Because he figures he has more of those babies coming (which he does). I look to the event coordinator for direction and see her impersonating Munch’s “Scream” offstage so I decide to wing it.

“Could be a long wait, are you comfortable over there?” I ask.

“Fine,” says Mr. Cross who is now spotlighted (how did he wrangle THAT?).

“Get you a pillow? Maybe some water?” I’m an accommodating host.

“I could use a drink.” He waves to his fans (i.e. the unfortunate crew that works for him).

“Couldn’t we all? When the waitress comes by, order me a little something, too, could you? Heck, just get a round for everybody. Thanks. “

The crowd roars. I go on to emcee that same ceremony for four years in four different cities and they never give me a script again. Because when it comes to recognizing others for the amazing things they do, I like to wing it. So here goes. Some weeks ago I was thrilled to be nominated for the Most Versatile Blogger Award. Many thanks to Lynnette Dobberpuhl of “Wordtabulous” for the honor. To fulfill the nomination, the nominee must:

  1. Give credit to the person who nominated you and create a link to their blog in your post (coming up so watch for it!).
  2. Create a list of 15 blogs that you enjoy most and link to those as well. You must then tell those bloggers you have nominated them for the award. If you don’t have 15, you can’t do this step. If you can’t do this step, you can’t claim the award.
  3. Finally, you must create and post a list of seven things about yourself.

I know this looks suspiciously like a script and instructions and we’ve already established that I’m an off-the-cuff kind of girl but there are some fantastic blogs out there you could be reading and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to tell you about them. Here are my “Fave 15” in no particular order:

The Surfing Pizza http://thesurfingpizza.com/

A slice of pop culture with extra cheese! Pizza riffs on everything from 1980’s vending machine toys to taking dance lessons before his recent wedding. It’s the kind of crazy every day stuff that anyone can relate to. Delivery is free.

Ramblin’ Christian Gypsy  http://kierstenwarren.tumblr.com/

In addition to being a talented actress, Kiersten Warren is also an amazing writer and photographer. Funny, sentimental, quirky, thought-provoking…you never know what she’s got hiding in that closet of hers but it’s worth opening the door to find out.

I’m On the Bandwagon  http://imonthebandwagon.com/

“Spinal Tap” meets “Still Crazy” (a 1998 Bill Nighy/Billy Connolly comedy about a 1970’s rock band). Bandwagon follows the hilarious conversations of an unnamed British band and Jowett, who is chronicling them on the road. Be you roadie or groupie, don’t miss the tour.

Jeff Goins, Writer  http://goinswriter.com/

When I’m looking for writing inspiration, how-to tips, or validation that even on my worst day of writing, every word counts, Jeff Goins is my go-to guy. Great guest posts, too.

Renee Weatherbee and Meaningful Mementos  http://www.reneeweatherbee.com/

I “met” Renee in an online Starving Artists Club organized by a mutual friend, but when it comes to talent, her plate is more than full. She’s a skilled photographer, poet and observer of life.

Pithy Pants  http://pithypants.com/

I’ll admit it was the blog name that drew me in but it’s the sharp witty writing that keeps me coming back. A quick, fun read.

So Then SHE Said  http://dobberpuhlthompson.wordpress.com/

A moment of shameless self-promotion: She Said is a joint blog between myself and my BFF which celebrates those conversations you can only have with your chick circle. We’re just growing the blog so stop in and see us (dudes are welcome, too).

Halfcnote  http://halfcnote.com/

Imagery is a huge part of writing and halfcnote celebrates the special connection between what you see and what you think. I love the Weekly Photo Challenge!

What I Wore  http://whatiwore.tumblr.com/

When it comes to fashion, if they made Garanimals for grown-ups, I would totally buy them. Jessica Quirk would not because she doesn’t need to. Her blog features the daily outfits she’s worn for the past four years. The girl’s got sass and style!

Terrible Minds  http://terribleminds.com/ramble/

We all have that one nasty “oh, no he didn’t” blog that you don’t want to admit to reading. This one’s mine. Self-proclaimed “pen monkey” Chuck Wendig can be irreverent, razor-sharp and funny as hell.

Tinkerbelle  http://laughteriscatching.com/

Things I like about this 20-something Londoner: she doesn’t take herself too seriously, she’s got a great cast of supporting characters, and her light, witty writing style is just fun to read.

Misadventures with Andi  http://www.misadventureswithandi.com/

This is a new blog find for me but if you’re a traveler, you’ll appreciate this one. Fantastic photos, travel musings, awesome guest posts – the virtual vacation you’ve been looking for.

Jacob Murphy’s Photoblog  http://jacobbmurphy.wordpress.com/

Jacob hasn’t posted in awhile but I hope he gets back to it because the kid’s got a good eye for subjects and a great gut for what makes a compelling picture. His street portraits are especially good. Jacob, where are you?

The Office of Letters and Light  http://blog.lettersandlight.org/

Those crazy people who bring you National Novel Writing Month (which is actually what I SHOULD be working on right now because my word count is dismal) and Script Frenzy (I’m still waiting for the SyFy Channel to call me on my amazing offering for that).

And last but not least…

Wordtabulous  http://wordtabulous.wordpress.com/

This personal blog is written by Lynnette Dobberpuhl, my BFF of 26 years and the supportive amigo who nominated me for this award. From humorous to spiritual, her posts will just make you feel BETTER.

Alright, gang, those are my 15 blogs. Now, for my…

Seven Things About Me

  1. I’ve been playing the banjo since I was 13.
  2. As a 23-year-old editor for United Press International, I reviewed Stephen King’s “Four Past Midnight” for Time magazine. Like an idiot, I lost the galley proof right after reading it.
  3. I have a self-designed “angel on my shoulder” tattoo.
  4. I’ve been on the air at the same radio station for nearly 23 years.
  5. My culinary specialty is breakfast.
  6. My first motorcycle was a 550cc hardtail chopper with a six-foot front end.
  7. Most humble writer moment: meeting the family of a deceased Army nurse who served in Vietnam whose story I included in a commemorative publication I wrote for the dedication of a Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.

There. Obligations met, new badge posted. And to the “Fave 15”? Your turn, kids!

In the summer of 1981 while on our annual family vacation, my sister, for no apparent reason, began to speak in French.

It happened on a streetcar in San Francisco and only my parents and I heard it. When it became clear that she was speaking to me, I answered her in kind. She had two years of high school French to my one which really didn’t matter because what followed was a nonsensical exchange of whatever French phrases we could come up with. It was funny, harmless. That is, until THEY got on the streetcar.

They were on vacation, too, a family of three. They also spoke French. The “Hi, my name is Pierre and I’m from France” kind of French. Being unaware of this, we continued our babbling until an unfamiliar voice asked, “Parlez-vous francais?”

We should have owned up then. Should have but didn’t. “Oui,” we answered.

Suddenly they were chirping at us like caffeine-fueled hummingbirds, too fast for us to catch more than an occasional random word. We looked to our parents for help, and got nothing but benign smiles that said, “Look at those poor idiot children. Where could their parents be?”

When my sister finally managed to convey to this family that we weren’t actually French, they didn’t seem surprised by nor angry at our deception. They just smiled a lot. The moral of this story, boys and girls, is obvious: don’t pretend to be something you’re not. Unless you’re a writer.

In a recent post, blogger Jeff Goins (whom I read frequently at http://goinswriter.com/), said “Writers write. Posers talk about writing.” While I agree with the deeper meaning of his statement, that to be a writer, you should actually WRITE, on face value, I have to argue that some posers ARE writers.

Writing fiction gives you an opportunity to be anybody you choose. In the two years I’ve been actively writing fiction, I’ve been a young widow turned international assassin, a 60-something woman battling cancer, a man on death row making amends, a kindergartener planning her wedding, a corporate drone who loses her job and finds herself. I’ve “posed” as many things I’m not and make no apology for it. Because that’s what storytellers do. Who do YOU want to be today, poser? I say pick one or two or a crowd of characters and laissez le bon temps rouler!

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