Monday, December 30, 2013

Leggings and Writing Trends


I did something this week I don’t think I can forget. I bought my first pair of leggings. It was at a little kiosk in Vegas and I loved the brown and cream print. I’ve seen everyone wearing them and I’ve wondered forever if I could pull them off. At first, I was so stoked because I think they’re super cute on most people. But I’ve always been hesitant because… well, they’re LEGGINGS.

Even though I was a dancer my whole life (being used to wearing form-fitting clothes), I just wasn’t sure if I’d be comfortable wearing them out in public. Walking around in pants that are not really pants … (?)

So I took a selfie (Don’t mock me!) … to see if they really worked on me. 

And ya know… they were cute. I felt cute in them. I could do this. I could wear something trendy and pull it off. Right?


As I was walking around in them the next day, I felt off. I spotted these trendy printed leggings EVERYWHERE. Some people rocked them. Some didn't. But still, everyone was wearing them.

I began to feel like I was wearing fake skin. Like I was a walking trend. This wasn’t me--I wasn't comfortable in them. And even if I could give the appearance of pulling them off, I couldn’t mentally.

Which immediately made me think of my writing.

This year, I’m not going to feel pressure to write what the world says I should write. What the world says is hot or not. Not that I’ve ever written to trends, but I think there’s always a little voice in my head that (consciously or unconsciously) steers me when I write—that’s always whispering at me to write what will sell, what is hot, what people want.

I’m not going to let that voice affect me anymore. I’m going to write purely from the heart—and tell the story I know I’m meant to tell. I don’t think I realized how much that little trendy voice affected me until my leggings experience.

Some people can pull leggings off. Just like some people can pull a rocking dystopian off. So even though leggings aren't bad, it just means I might wear them with a sweatshirt tied around my waist--or I'll probably just admire them from a distance. ;-) 

I think the important thing is for each of us to know who we really are and stay true to that. Because that is when the magic happens on the page.

I hope you all have an AMAZING New Year! 2014 is going to be AWESOME. I can feel it!

Red. Head. Out. :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

CheersFest 2.0!

I am so very, very excited to be co-hosting the CheersFest 2.0 this year! The other co-hosts are Mark KoopmansDavid Powers King, Stephen Tremp and our own celebrity, Alex Cavanaugh. The 2013 recipient as you know is the FABULOUS Arlee Bird.

To join in on the fun, sign up on the linky list below. For the "rules," click here. :)

Now on with the roasting!

Four Questions:

Why did Lee come up with the A-Z Challenge? Definitely because Lee knew Madman Mark would come up with the "Got Green?" bloghop, so Lee had to make a splash before Mark outshone him.

If someone dreams about being a juggler, what does it mean? Ooo... I love dream questions. I think it means your life is in absolute chaos and it's time to a) join the circus b) create an insane month-long bloghop or c) wear lots of Hawaiian shirts, straw hats, and sun glasses ;-)

Is a post by Mr. Bird worth two in the bush? Absolutely! And more. Lee is so REAL. He definitely is a strong motivating force in this community. I enjoy all his posts.

Who could play Lee in a documentary? Hmmm... let me go google a few names... Okay I'm back. I'm thinking Sean Connery or Richard Gere?

100 Word Flash Fiction: (Using the words: Bird, Juggler, Challenge, Brown Jacket, and Tossing)

Mr. Bird took a whiff of his cigar and kicked back in his recliner chair. He was ready for his next challenge. Already he had bested the blogging community into thinking he was the notorious Alex Cavanaugh. But it wasn’t enough. He wanted to be more. More than a juggling ninja.

He smirked to himself. If only everyone knew the other identities he hid from them. “Michael” in Chicago. “Gary” from Canada. He needed one more identity to rule the blogging world. Tossing the cigar over his shoulder, Mr. Bird jumped up from the chair and smoothed down his brown jacket. He knew exactly who he would be next...

And lastly, my caption for Lee's Facebook picture:

The Writer's World Version of a Pin-Up Guy
This was SO MUCH fun! Enjoy the roasting, Arlee! You've done so much for this community so I hope you can somewhat enjoy the attention. :)

And I hope you guys are all doing wonderful. It's been quite the end of the year. Can't wait to catch up.

Red. Head. Out. :) 


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