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Friday, July 26, 2013

C.J.'s Top 10 Movies Countdown (#5)

I thought it'd be fun to share my top 10 favorite movies with you. These are the shows that I have to watch at least once a year or I'd go into withdrawal. So in no particular order, here is #5:





 If you missed #6, here it is.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Just A Thought...

So in my seemingly endless quest to find the perfect new story idea to write next, I came across the memory of Goosebumps books. Did any of you read those books? I devoured them as an older kid. I guess they'd be considered "Mid Grade Horror." Mid Grade seems to be the category in between Children's books and Young Adult books. You've got kids who can read but who aren't quite ready for the romance and other adult themes of Young Adult. (If I'm getting this wrong, please feel free to chime in because so far, I've only written fiction marketed for grown ups.)

Anyway, remembering how much I loved those Goosebumps books made me start thinking about writing something for that age range, maybe even in the horror genre. But I'm so behind the game when it comes to what's popular in that age range of fiction today! So I ask you, are there any Mid Grade fiction stories that you have read and enjoyed or that your kids have read and enjoyed?

This is all just a thought for now, but you never know which thought will blossom into more...




Thursday, July 11, 2013

C.J.'s Top 10 Movies Countdown (#6)

I thought it'd be fun to share my top 10 favorite movies with you. These are the shows that I have to watch at least once a year or I'd go into withdrawal. So in no particular order, here is #6:








If you missed #7, here it is.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Jim Morrison, My New Tillandsia

Hi, this is my new plant. I named it Jim Morrison because I just watched Oliver Stone's The Doors this week for the first time.




Doesn't he look cool in his new house:




It'll be really hard to kill him because tillandsias don't require planting, only a light mist of water once a week or so. I got some seaweed emulsion to give him extra vitamins. I think he's pretty groovy.



Here's some of the real Jim Morrison to honor his new home on my desk. Hope y'all all have a great 4th of July Weekend.




Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"Please don't change!" No, Please Do!

Has anyone ever told you, "Please don't change"? Most people mean that as a compliment. I get it. But the fact is, many people do change if they live long enough. And it's not always a bad thing.

Imagine yourself at age five. For me, it was pig-tails and wearing pink and purple jumpsuits my mother made for me. It was missing teeth. It was eating very few yucky vegetables. It was watching shows like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or PBS's Nature. It was painful shyness and school anxiety. It was childhood.

Now, take me at age 30. No more pig-tails (unless I'm dressing up for something). I choose and buy my own clothes. I have all my teeth. I love vegetables and trying new ones. I no longer have social anxiety or any kind of shyness. I'm an adult.

Imagine if I hadn't allowed myself to morph and evolve as a person, what I'd be like today. What a hot mess!

Now, please notice, I didn't say I no longer watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Nature. Because I still do! I love those shows. You see, there are things about us as individuals that don't change over time because they're part of our personalities.

But many things can and do change. And unfortunately, a lot of people are afraid of change. It's a shame, really.

Think about this: people like seeing things in a categorized box. It gives us comfort. For instance, "Jane's a swimmer who likes to paint" or "Mark is an accountant who grills hamburgers every Saturday." We find peace in knowing that certain things are predictable. Jane's fellow swimmer friends love the fact that she's a swimmer like them, so they tell her "Please don't change!" But what if Jane starts to pick up another hobby? What if she becomes a mountain-climber who likes to paint? What if Mark becomes a vegetarian? His grilling buddies are going to be kind of bummed.

The truth is, a lot of us don't like people to change for selfish reasons. But if nobody ever changed, we wouldn't have growth and maturity and insight and enlightenment.

Look at yourself a decade ago. How are you different now than you were then? How are you the same? You're still you, but chances are, you've grown and shifted internally as well as aged externally.

Let's embrace change. Let's let people be who they are today and not who they were yesterday, even if we don't like it. Because the journey of life is incredibly personal. And change is good for the soul.