Thursday, March 31, 2011

This is war!

We've had a prank war going on in my house over the past week or two. It's still going on, but I thought I'd post the videos of the prank to date.

It all started when my sister did this to me. Notice the guy laughing so hard he can't stand up? That's my caring boyfriend. (Sorry I can't embed them for whatever reason... but they're SO WORTH the click-through)

Shower Prank

On the same day, my boyfriend dared my sis's fiance to do this:

Peppermint Extract

Then I tried to get her back but my accomplice and I were way too loud and K's not nearly as heavy a sleeper as I am. It's still a funny video.

Prank FAIL

FYI: If you're able to seal the door up, it creates a vacuum when they open the door and everything flies into the room. At least, that's how it's supposed to work.

My sister retaliated for my failed prank....


Then I finally got her back.

Sweet, sweet revenge

Since today is April Fool's Day, I'm a little worried about what might happen in the morning.

Also, there will be another non-prank (but awesome!) related video up soon, so keep an eye out on my sister's youtube channel for it.

Here's a hint:


PS: You might have noticed it's a new month. Which means a new Month. It's going to be Sketch Month! I'll try to sketch something every day - this should be interesting! I can't really draw anything but stick figures.

Meditation Month went really well. It's something I think I'll continue on a semi-regular basis. I definitely felt more centered and my mind felt clearer. I'd recommend it!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Me? Creative?

As most of y'all know, I'm currently vastly underemployed. That means I have a lot of time & very little money. I also happen to have a big box of jewelry-making supplies....

So I started an Etsy shop. At this moment, it only has four items on it, but I'll be adding more as I have time to make more. I'd really appreciate if you go check it out and - if you see anything you like - consider making a purchase. Thank you.

Also, when my sister gets the last few prank videos uploaded (we're having a prank war in my apartment right now) I'll be doing a post with all of those! :-)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

AWESOME Pitch Contest

Just popping in to say we're hosting an awesome pitch contest over at YAtopia.

Super agent Ammi-Joan Paquette (WHO, BTW is currently CLOSED to queries!) is our judge.

So hop on over as soon as possible because it will be capped at 150 entries. Only YA and childrens entries will be considered.

ALSO, this contest has pushed us over 200 followers, so that means I'll be doing a giveaway on my next YAtopia post - so keep an eye out for that!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Facebook and Open Discourse

A while back, a friend of mined posed this question to his Facebook friends: Have you ever unfriended someone due solely to something(s) they posted? If so, why?

I answered that I had unfriended one person I only knew through Student Government due to the vulgar and misogynistic nature of his posts. But what surprised me? What other people answered.

One girl said she unfriended people if they were "boring." I sympathize with that (the other day one of my friends posted about how she had given her toddler just a little more cereal than usual but she ate it all and wasn't she such a good girl? You'd think the kid had invented a perpetual motion machine or something) but I don't understand removing them entirely from your network. Of course, I'm assuming these people are actually her friends so I'm wondering why you would cut off what is probably the only form of interaction with a person because everything they post doesn't entertain you.

And here's where I really start getting to the crux.

Another woman said she hid friends from view if they had different political views from her. That stopped me cold in my virtual tracks. I literally raised my hands and shouted "What?!" at my laptop. I'm fully aware that I'm more open-minded than most people, but I still can't believe someone would choose to isolate themselves in this way. This is a slap in the face of democracy and it's something I would expect only from cult members or extremists. I wanted to respond with so many snarky comments, but I don't know her so I held back - and am posting my response here instead.

Do people really do this? I don't know about y'all, but I welcome differing viewpoints. How else do you discover the difference between something you truly believe and something you were led to believe because you're lacking insight? And if you don't allow this difference of opinion in friends, what hope does that leave for intelligent political discourse between strangers and politicians? This is one of the things I think Facebook is good for - so long as both sides are open and peaceful (no name-calling). Maybe I'm overreacting, but this made me a little sick to my stomach. And it reminded me of this TED video that I hope everyone will watch.

(Now, it can be argued, and I know someone will, that maybe she only meant the type of people who are hateful and vulgar in the expression of their opinions. Like little wannabe pundits. But I'm pretty good at reading between the lines and I didn't get that feeling from her, so we're going to pretend this isn't the case.)

Anyway, I'm not really sure what the point of my post is. I just want to encourage everybody to be open-minded and to welcome thoughtful, peaceful discourse on all divisive matters - no matter what side of the spectrum you fall on. Because where the discourse ends, that's often where violence begins. And I think we've all seen enough of that lately.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Twitter Pitch Contest!

Lovely British writer and fellow YAtopian Chanelle Gray has an awesome contest going on right now. So polish up your short pitch and head on over to her site for the chance to pitch to Michael Carr of the Veritas Literary Agency. (Note, you don't have to be on Twitter to enter the contest)

Wanna know what mine looks like? Here's my Twitter pitch for THE DEMONS YOU KNOW:

When supposedly-extinct demons kidnap her mother, Fire Mage Miranda must partner with a young Holy Knight on a cross-country rescue mission.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is 140 characters exactly. I should so get extra points for that :-)