Rachel Morgan, a new blogger friend from the Fourth Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign, has tagged me in the 11 random questions game. The rules are that I answer Rachel’s 11 questions, and then I tag 11 people and ask them my own 11 questions. Rachel had some toughies, but it was fun figuring out my answers. Here they are:
My baby is seven years old today. I can’t believe how fast time is flying. It seems like just yesterday she was learning not to pee on the floor. Although to be honest, I’m not really sure today is her birthday – it’s just a rough estimate and an easy day to remember to celebrate. My pride and joy was found on the side of the road, so her history is a mystery. I adopted Freya in March of ‘05, and the vet guessed she was about three months old, so December 1st became her special day. My sister’s dog Molly and my parent’s dog Chloe also share the December 1st birthday. Chloe was adopted the same day from the same shelter, while Molly was adopted 4 years earlier.
I’m such a proud Duke fan right now - huge congratulations to Coach Mike Krzyzewski! My beloved Blue Devils beat the Michigan State Spartans 74-69, giving Coach K his 903rd victory and making him the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. He passed the record of his mentor Bobby Knight, and I’m not gonna lie, I got a little teary when they embraced at the end of the game.
The game was part of the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden, and the first half was a tight back-and-forth as both teams seemed to feel the pressure and play a bit sloppy. Then Duke returned from halftime and surged ahead. They were up by 20 points with nine minutes left to play, and I was finally able to stop watching the game through my fingers. But just as I relaxed back into the couch, Michigan decided they were back in it and made me very nervous in those last few minutes. I can’t even imagine the turmoil happening in Coach K’s head (and stomach). But luckily his boys were able to hold on to the win.
People talk a lot of crap about Duke and especially Coach K, but I think the man is a class act. I know I’m biased because I’m an alum, but I think he’s always humble and respectful, and tonight was no different. Maybe it’s all just an act, but I think even the die-hard UNC fans would have to begrudgingly admit that he’s an excellent basketball coach. I just wish I could have been back in Durham tonight inside Cameron with the rest of the Crazies watching the victory on the big screen. I bet it was AMAZING!
I do think it’s funny that an unathletic, nerdy bookworm like myself ended up graduating from two schools where the athletic reputation often overshadows the academic one. Although both Summerville and Duke are highly respected for their academics, they are probably more famous for their record breaking coaches. As I mentioned in a previous post, my alma mater Summerville is home of the winningest high school football coach – John Mckissick. And now here's Coach K breaking the winning record on the college basketball side, with many more coaching years left in his career (I hope!). So even though I’m practically allergic to exercise, I’m glad I’ve been part of and had a chance to cheer for these two sports dynasties . . . and at least getting excited about the games keeps my blood pumping and prevents it from turning to sludge!
Congratulations again to Coach K for reaching such a momentous milestone! Fight, Blue Devils, Fight!
I’m guessing since I mostly write thriller/suspense/horror, it’s no surprise my favorite holiday is Halloween. I love dressing up in costumes – my ‘usual’ is a fairy gothmother. Unfortunately, with all the craziness of filming the movie this month, I didn’t have much time or energy to get into the Halloween spirit this year. Although I think filming a hoodoo ghost story . . . in a cemetery . . . at night . . . the week before Halloween . . . has to earn me some bonus ‘spirit’ points, even if I didn’t actually have a chance to dress up this year, right? But to maintain the spooky spirit, I’ve included a picture of me and my reluctant witch-y sidekick from last year.
October 31st also means it’s the last day of Rachael Harrie’s Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign. What an amazing event Rach has put together!! I'm new to blogging, but because of her campaign, I’ve met so many wonderful people and discovered so many fantastic blogs. Heaps of extra special thanks to Rach for coming up with such a great idea and having the energy and enthusiasm to keep it going. I’m sad to see it come to a close, and I'm bummed I wasn’t able to fully participate during October, but I’m eagerly anticipating the next one.
One of the awesome people I’ve met during the Campaign is Jessica Therrien. A few weeks ago she passed several blog awards to me: the Liebster, the One to Follow, and the One Lovely Blog. I’ve been such a slacker, I never publically thanked her, so here I am doing it embarrassingly late - thank you, Jessica! She’s a generous blogger, a great writer, and her YA paranormal OPPRESSION is coming out in February - I can’t wait to read it!
I hope everyone has had a productive October, and that you have a magical Halloween!
What is your costume for this year’s Halloween? How are you coping with the end of the Writer’s Campaign? Are you like me in using candy to fill the void?
Over the past week and a half, I’ve been lucky to receive several pieces of good news. Not three-book-six-figure-publishing-deal good news or even landing-my-dream-agent good news, but still things that made me feel like this:
Seriously, y’all, my appallingly out-of-shape self is starting to feel a little winded from all the happy dancing. Despite being excited, I wasn’t sure if I should share all this in a post. For one thing, it feels a bit too much like braggity brag brag, me ME ME! And second, I’m also worried that Karma might read this and think, “Hmm… that’s an awful lot of good news for one person in one week - I best get around to balancing that out with some giant zits and food poisoning.”
However, good news feels even better when shared with friends (especially writer friends who understand how these small victories help us keep going when the process gets rough), and I’ve made so many new friends on the Campaign that I’ve decided to tempt fate and share my news.
Then I was awarded two Liebster blogger awards: one from Wendy Terrien and one from Bethany Lopez. They are two more awesome ladies I’ve met on the Campaign, and I’m honored to get the Liebster from them. The Liebster is intended to highlight deserving blogs with less than 200 followers, and since I am significantly under 200, I really appreciate the shout out from Wendy and Bethany - thank you! Technically I’m supposed to pass it on to five more people, but as I mentioned here, I’m a crazy rule breaker. And since all the blogs I was going to award it to already have it, I’m just going to end my acceptance speech here before the orchestra plays me off the stage.
Then I was contacted out of the blue by the programmer at another film festival who saw our website and trailer and asked to see the film for possible inclusion in her festival. It doesn’t mean it’ll get in, but it’s a welcome change from filling out applications and sending in hefty submission fees.
Then my casting director told me that two of the actresses we really want for our new movie both really, really, really want to be in the film (that’s a sentence with a lot of ‘really’s).
So I was already feeling pretty high on life when I found out my first campaign challenge story won fifth place! I had so much fun writing it, and I’m so thrilled people enjoyed it. Thank you to Rach and the judges! Also big thanks to the folks helping Rach organize things, as well as to all the people who donated prizes. And thank you to everyone who stopped by to read my story.
There is one more piece of exciting news, but it’s not absolutely final yet, so I don’t want to talk about it and possibly jinx it. I know I said I was tempting fate in this post, but I see no need to wave the red cape in front of the surly bull.
Thank you for indulging me while I got my brag on. There is a lot of rejection in both the publishing world and the movie-making biz, so it’s nice to have a week where the stars seem to align in my favor. Now if I could just figure out a way to freeze the stars in that particular configuration, I’d be good to go!
Do you have any exciting news to share? Do you use your blog as a place to share good news with the world? Do you worry that too many good things happening at one time means a really bad thing is lurking around the corner?
On Friday, I was honored to receive the Versatile Blogger award from Stevie McCoy (aka the Glitterlady). But because I’ve been out of town the past several days, I wasn’t able to post about it. Then today Jessica Therrien and K. T. Hanna also passed the Versatile Blogger award to me. I’m doing the happy dance around the room that three awesome ladies thought enough of my blog to give me this award. Fortunately, none of you can actually see me doing said happy dance, since it’s a mortifying sight that would leave all of us feeling a bit awkward. So a million thanks to Stevie, Jessica, and K. T.!
Here are the official guidelines:
- Post a link to the person who gave you the award.
- Tell your readers seven random things about yourself.
- Award 15 newly discovered blogs.
- Send them a note letting them know you nominated them.
Whoo hoo, I’ve now finished my first round of the writers' campaign blog trail - I’ve visited/commented/followed/friended/circled/linked everyone in my horror, suspense/thriller, and YA groups. I’ve seen so many funny/insightful/informative/enjoyable blogs the last few days and met some really great people. It’s been fun, but it has turned my brain into a whirling, seething mass of goo. And now I really need to post something new to entertain my new visitors, but of course I’m drawing a blank. It’s probably stage fright knowing all these new friends are watching.
While reading though all the lovely comments, I saw several people were supportive of my weakness for putting party hats on dogs. Either that or they were just being kind to avoid chasing the weird girl back into her corner. So I decided to do what any proud parent does when someone shows the slightest interest in their ‘children’… pull out pictures!
For the record, all five of these dogs are not mine. Freya is my girl, Lily and Chloe belong to my parents, Bailey is my brother’s handful, and Molly owns my sister. So the hat obsession is not a Jocelyn thing, but a Rish thing. Enjoy!
Lily looks so sweet in her party hat that Freya and Chloe are giving her kisses. It has nothing at all to do with the fact that Lily is a messy eater and the other two are keeping her clean.
Bailey does not like to share.
Chloe has always been a rebel, so she wears her hat with style.
I can read doggie minds. Molly is clearly thinking about how much fun she’s having. The phrase “I keel you!” never once passed through her brain.
The reward for all this adorable humiliation? Delicious cakes made from canned dog food and doggie treats.
And it’s not just birthdays….
But I promise, putting hats on the dogs is as far as we go . . . or is it?!?
Do you dress up your pets in any way? Do they like it or do they give you sad face? Or did you quit reading halfway through to run find the number of the Humane Society to report the crazy hat lady?
I bought my domain name two years ago, but I didn’t know anything about building a website. So I created this little animated clip with the help of a fun website called xtranormal to be the placeholder on the site until I had the time and knowhow to make the real one. To my embarrassed dismay, that took much longer than I anticipated; however, with a lot of help and patience from my brother Brian, I now have an honest-to-goodness working website. Although this little movie has a special place in my heart, since it was long the lone emissary for jocelynrish.com, so I’m keeping it here for sentimental reasons.
When I first dipped my toes into the scary waters of interacting with people on the internet, it was in forums that talked about television shows. I needed a screen name that properly displayed my intense devotion to watching TV, so BoobTubeJunkie was born. I liked the way it sounded, and it certainly described me. Seriously, no sane person should watch as much television as I do. Hmmm, I guess that gives you a sneak peek into the state of my mental stability.
Anyway, I began frequenting other forums, and I used the same screen name since it seemed to fit me so well. I’ve now made a lot of great friends in cyberspace using that name, so I wanted to carry a part of it with me as I embarked on this new blogging adventure. And since I will be talking about all kinds of things, I think that definitely qualifies as babbling. Besides, I love me some alliteration. So there you have it: Babblings of a Boob Tube Junkie.
For a writer, I’m getting a really late start with this whole personal blog thing. I didn’t think I had enough clout to blog about the craft of writing, and there were already so many people out there blogging about writing in funny and creative ways; but I kept hearing platform, platform, platform, so I decided it was time to put on my big girl panties and take the plunge.
It’s not my first blogging experience, since I’ve been writing the blog posts for the movie I made with my brother called Saying Goodbye. But making a movie is interesting and exciting, so that’s easy to blog about. I fear my own life is far less fascinating . . . some might even call it snooze worthy.
Since my boring life is not enough to interest any readers other than my immediate family, the focus of “Babblings of a Boob Tube Junkie” will be on exploring the magic of stories. The stories we read. The stories we watch on the big and small screens. The stories we write, and the ways that we write them. And if something interesting does happen in my life, then I’ll share that story as well. Thank you for stopping by!
Babblings of a Boob Tube Junkie
I’m a writer and filmmaker exploring the magic of stories. I’ve always loved to read and watch television and movies, and now I'm creating my own stories via YA novels, short stories, screenplays, and even short films. I’m also an animal lover with a menagerie of pets; and, yes, I’m one of those people who puts party hats on their dogs and makes them “cakes” for their birthdays.
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