Sunday, August 31, 2014

Watsky ft. Jimetta Rose - All You Can Do

I've been following George Watsky since 2010 when he uploaded a video of his spoken poetry piece, S For Lisp (seriously, if you haven't seen it, watch it, listen, and soak it up along with all of his other spoken word performances). He then went on to post a video entitled Watsky Raps Fast, and it went viral - like, crazy viral - resulting in mad attention and publicity. It was about damned time.

He has consistently created solid album after album over the years, recently releasing his new project, All You Can Do, so I have decided to share the titular* song from the album with my readers to further his brand (not that he needs my help).

So listen. Listen and buy the album (or all of his albums) if you like his style.

What do you think?


*Is it just me, or does this word make anyone else giggle like a 13 year old boy?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

100 Happy Days

This is going to be rough, guys, but I'm going to do it.

For those of you who haven't heard of it, a little while ago THIS WEBSITE went viral for a bit amongst my friend group.

The challenge is simple enough: post a picture of something that made you happy that day. Add the hashtag #100HappyDays to your post, and you'll be good to go.

Ok, you say, a bemused smirk creeping across your face, why?

I'm so glad you asked.

It might sound like a bunch of bunk, but it's true. If you just remind yourself at least once per day (that's all... really) of something that makes you happy, then you are setting yourself up to be happier.

So that's what I'm doing.

Starting on September 1st, 2014, I will be posting one post per day at 8PM here on 52 Weeks with a picture of something that makes me happy. It will not be replacing any of my currently scheduled posts; instead these posts will be in addition to my weekly schedule, so prep to hear from me a lot over the next 100 days!

Who will be joining me? Post links and such in the comments section!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Be Gentle With Yourself.
You're Doing the Best You Can.

This is a major problem for me. There's a saying - "You are your worst critic." - and that is oh so true when it comes to how I deal with myself and my accomplishments and failures.

I am beyond harsh on myself. Every failure is the end of the world, and every success isn't nearly good as it could have been. I require perfection from myself, and it often leaves me drained and hesitant to put myself out there in any capacity.

So here's what I propose: let's do it together. Let's be gentler with ourselves, realize that we're doing as well as we can, and respect ourselves enough to realize how awesome we actually are. We can do that, right?


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Little Suns - Sunboat

Another one brought to my attention by the wonderfully fantastic drama, It's Okay, That's Love, this song is super fun and simple with great orchestration. Plus, that horn section. Just love it.

Have a listen below and bounce along!

What did you think?


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Reason #92356829 Why I Never, EVER, Want to Be President

You've all seen it blasted across the news. James Foley has been murdered by ISIS, and they uploaded a video showing them do it. As someone who was stupid and morbidly curious enough to click on the link, I implore you,

I cannot stress this enough.

It is not worth your time, and it is exactly what ISIS wants. Just... don't watch it. Please.

For those of you who haven't been keeping up with the news and constant reminders of how human being are awful, terrible monsters, James Foley was an American photojournalist who has been MIA since November 22nd, 2012. 

Well, he's no longer missing. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Blog Series!!
Dear Sissybug Book Review - An Introduction

Why, yes. I'm sure my sister is very happy with my logo choice. Why do you ask?


I present to you Dear Sissybug Book Club, in which my sister, Sissybug* (of Twitter, A Little More Juju, and The Legion fame), and I will write corresponding reviews regarding a book of our choice on a bi-monthly** basis (1st and 3rd Thursday of every month).

The books for this month have been chosen by Sissybug, and I will be choosing October's books (mwahahahahaaaaaaa... the power!!!), but after that we will each choose one book per month: Jenn's pick will be the first review of the month, and mine will be the second. She will also be posting her reviews on her blog as well, so you can see her viewpoint as well should you want to read more.

Our first iteration will post on Thursday, September 4th, 2014. We're starting out with a novel entitled Her Sky Cowboy by Beth Ciotta, and as a rip-roaring steampunk romance, it sounds like it's going to be an interesting read at the least.

Wish us luck!


Monday, August 18, 2014

One of my biggest problems is constantly thinking about what could/might/will/won't/should happen in the future. I have expended so many hours of my time worrying over things that haven't even happened yet, and I refuse to simply live in the present, letting myself react to stuff as it occurs.

I fight with myself every day. Stop planning, stop freaking out, stop worrying. It'll be ok. It's not the end of the world. Here's hoping that the honorable Lao Tzu can help me a bit with that.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Jolene - Miley Cyrus (orig. Dolly Parton)

For those of you who have an irrational hate of Miley Cyrus (much like my dislike of Taylor Swift) and call her a talentless hack, I present to you her performance of Jolene, a brilliant tune originally sung by the incomparable Dolly Parton. While I'm not a fan of Miley's current methods to shed her bubblegum-farts Disney persona, I stand by that she is a talented performer who can actually sing when she's not humping foam fingers and disgusting, chauvinistic men who are way too old for her.

Just watch the video below and let me know what you think in the comments!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shave Time, Shave Money
9 Ways I Line My Wallet With Extra Cash

DISCLAIMER: For the sake of full disclosure, I want to first make it clear that, while Dollar Shave Club did contact me about writing this post, I have in no way been compensated by them or cajoled into selling their product with promises of free stuff and monies.

A few days ago, I got an email from a lovely representative at Dollar Shave Club named Tracey. After being a dear and not only calling me a "savvy deal sleuth" but also an "influential blogger" (she sure does know how to make a lady feel special), she asked me if I wouldn't mind sharing with my readers the ingenious ways (my words, not hers, but who is she to say that they're not ingenious?) in which I save money. Let me tell you, do I have some good ones, and some of them are pretty surprising and easy.

So let's begin, shall we?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Exercise #211 - One Eye

Your character has lost an eye. This creates all sorts of unexpected challenges for him or her. What are they? Be specific. Sketch out a couple of mini-scenes.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

O Captain! My Captain!
Robin Williams: The Man, The Comic, The Entertainer

Today's Sumptuous Saturday is going to be on Tuesday, because I need to post this as quickly as I can, just to make sure that I get it out there, to air out my thoughts and feelings. Lord knows I'm not the only one.

Yesterday, we all found ourselves with our jaws collectively dropping to the ground like a ton of bricks as news broke of Robin Williams' death: an apparent suicide.

What? Just... what? WHY?

Robin Williams was a beacon of joviality throughout my childhood and well into my adulthood, all the way until the very moment that my Facebook feed was inundated with reports that he was gone. I imagine that he'll still be that flagpost for me for many years to come.

At first, I thought it was a hoax. There are so many celebrity death hoaxes throughout the year (Why is that even a thing? I mean, what a bizarre, horrible rumor to start. Humans are terrible monsters.) that I always first assume that any reports are fake.

But no. This one was not fake. It was unbelievably real, and it has affected me more than I'm capable of expressing and understanding at the moment.

I have never cried upon hearing that a celebrity has died... until today. Yes, I have been upset, and I have mourned the loss of some truly great talents, but I have never had to excuse myself to hide away in the bathroom for a moment at work just to allow myself to cry from the shock caused by the death of someone I did not know.

And that's just it: I didn't know him. I only met him once while I lived in New York, and even then our meeting was brief and perfunctory.

But there was something there... something amazing about this man... this Robin Williams... that made us laugh, cry, think, express, communicate... 

There was just something...

The first time I encountered Mr. Williams was through the old television show, Mork & Mindy. It was a silly show about an alien named Mork (Robin Williams) who had come to Earth to study its inhabitants. He befriended Mindy (Pam Dawber), an incredibly accepting woman who allowed him to room with her during his stay on our planet, and they experienced many an adventure together, all of which was shared with viewers across the country and the world.

As a comedian, he could have taken the easy way out from there and done fluff pieces for the rest of his life, but Robin had grander ideas in mind. Taking on beasts of projects like Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, and Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams proved that not only was he funny, but he was also an incredibly deep individual capable of grabbing his audience by the proverbial balls and making us listen to what he had to say. This man wasn't just a comic. He was so, so much more.

As a child, I grew up watching his movies, but they weren't just films to me. They were life lessons - fables even - that taught me invaluable information that I still hold on to today. As strange as it sounds, he was a sort of father figure to me, guiding me toward the woman that I am today.

No one could have played Euphegenia Doubtfire with as much honesty and feeling as he did while still making us fall out of our chairs with laughter. All of his characters were like that. In my mind, there is no other Peter Banning, Genie, Armand Goldman, Alan Parrish, or Chris Nielsen, and I am so saddened that he will never make another unforgettable character for the world to enjoy.

But it's like a friend of mine wrote: [the] great thing is that he lives on in memory and through his films.

So let's remember him not for his death but for his legacy. Let's remember him as Peter Pan, Patch Adams, John Keating, Sean Maguire, and all of the other countless, brilliant performances that he blessed us with over the course of his long, fruitful career.

Rest in peace, Mr. Williams.

And thank you. Thank you so much.

Robin Williams: July 21st, 1951 - August 11th, 2014
If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, please tell someone. 
Please, please, please talk about it. 
If you have no one to talk to, then please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

As someone who has been there, I know. 
There are no words to describe it, 
and you feel utterly helpless and worthless.

But please. Please, I beg of you, tell someone. Open up. Allow yourself to be helped. 
You can't even begin to imagine how gaping the hole is that you will leave behind.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Let Me Go - Family of the Year

I was recently introduced to this song by a Korean drama I'm watching called It's OK, That's Love (quick, go watch it, because it's really good!!) and I have quickly and deeply fallen in love with it.

It's perfectly simple, and my writerly mind keeps imagining different scenarios to write based on it: a superhero who's weary of his life under the constant scrutiny of the public, a young adult who can't handle being the role model for a young kid who thinks she's the most amazing person since Dora the Explorer, a man who is afraid that the only reason his girlfriend stays with him is because he's handy around the house, etc. Honestly, I'm expecting to see this featured in some Paul Rudd movie at some point in the near future.

At any rate, I'm here today to share this song with you and hope that you love it as much as I do. There's also an official music video, but I love the lyrics so much that I've chosen to share the official lyric video (below).

Let me know what you think in the comments!



Saturday, August 09, 2014

How to Sell All of Your Worldly Possessions

Tempus Fugit
Remember how I said I was going to South Korea? Yeah, that's still a thing, and this year is quickly evaporating right in front of my very eyes. Seriously, where has this year gone? IT'S ALREADY AUGUST! I'm freakin' out, man!

Monday, August 04, 2014

It's cheesy and a bit pandering, but I want you to take a moment, even if it's just a little one, to really think about it.


Saturday, August 02, 2014

The Giver

Coming soon to a theater near you... is Hollywood's film adaption of Lois Lowry's The Giver. I'm on the fence about it, because I have grown to expect them to turn everything that I loved as a kid into the most vapid, worthless drivel (why, Hollywood, WHY????) that has ever graced the silver screen. It's like their aim is to alienate all of the old fans just so they can "revamp" it for the younger masses.

SIDE NOTE: The day they remake Back to the Future or The Goonies, I will officially give up on Hollywood forever. You know it's coming, guys, and when it does, I will ignore it like the paltry attempts at Star Wars prequels George Lucas threw up onto a film role back in the early 2000s (they're not real movies, and they don't exist in any capacity).

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