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Bringing it to You–Interesting Stuff I Need to Share

Filed under: Check-it-out, Pondering

I ran across a couple of interesting articles and videos this week and decided to share…

You Can Never Predict Your Bad Reviews by Nathan Bransford

Hell with What Sells by Chuck Wendig *Warning there is some offensive language in this blog post

How to Write a 1-Page Synopsis by Susan Dennard via Publishing Crawl

(video) Dustin Hoffman Breaks Down Crying Explaining Something that Every Woman Sadly Already Experienced via Upworthy

There is a grassroots movement to get a song called FIX ME UP by Zach Sobiech and Sammy Brown on the sound track of the movie FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green. I didn’t know Zach personally, but a writer friend of mine did and I would love it if you would take the time to acknowledge Zach and his journey.

On May 20, 2013, cancer took the life of Zach Sobiech but his legacy will live on through the beacon of love and hope he delivered through infectious lyrics and memorable tunes have imprinted on the minds and hearts of millions around the world.

Help fulfill Zach’s dying wish to help kids with cancer by supporting the charity he set up before his death- the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund at Children’s Cancer Research Fund:

Zach and his lifelong friend Sammy Brown have a band called A Firm Handshake. They just released a new album with seven original songs, including “Clouds” and “Fix Me Up.” A portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will benefit the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.

Download Zach’s new album here:…

Zach Sobiech and Sammy Brown met on a picnic blanket when they were toddlers. Since then, they have remained close friends who have shared life’s most important moments. They began playing music together when there were twelve–shortly after Zach got his first guitar–and never looked back. When Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2009, the fall of their 9th grade year, Sammy remained a constant and dependable friend. As treatment options began to run out for Zach, the pair, now in their senior year of high school, formed the band A Firm Handshake, along with their elementary school friend Reed Redmond. The title song to their new EP, “Fix Me Up,” is Sammy and Zach’s goodbye song to each other. It is based on the many conversations they have had dealing with terminal illness, a refusal to let cancer define their lives, and a belief that someday they will sing together once more.

If you’d like to help get the word out you can use this tweet or make up your own…

Help us get #ZachSobiech’s duet “Fix Me Up” on The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack #TFIOS #FixMeUp PLEASE RT!

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Odds Are I’m Mean, Cranky and Hungry Right Now

Filed under: Check-it-out, Pondering, Wolfson Literary

For awhile now, I’ve been suffering with what Chuck Wendig likes to call, Authorial Sludgebody. I love the terminology–it sounds as bad as it feels. I know of which I speak. I’ve got a stubborn case of it and it looks exactly like this…

Fat in Office


Authorial Sludgebody

Now, because I believe in being observant to the signs around me, a couple weeks ago when one of my friends was posting about doing a 9 Day Isagenix Cleanse–I knew what I had to do. *mops forehead dramatically*

I’d been toying with the idea of doing a cleanse again (I’ve done them before) but I hadn’t really worked up the motivation to do more than contemplate it. (This itself, being an actually sign that I really do need to clean out my toxic sludge.) So, I ordered my 9 Day cleanse and began looking for the perfect time to do it.

Today is that day.

Nothing says cleanse like the after effects of a weekend with an all you can eat buffet. *moan* I am more than ready to do this!!!! I’m PUMPED!!!! But in just a few short hours I won’t be ready and I won’t be pumped. I’ll be mean and cranky and hungry. I’ll be in heavy-duty sugar with drawl.

That’s why I’m posting this on my blog. I respond to public guilt and humiliation. If I know you are watching me, or even if I just think you are, I will do what I have to do. I will toe the line. I will believe that I can do anything for 9 days and be better for it on the other side. Or something like that–seriously I think my stomach is eating itself. Plus–I always know that a healthier me is also a healthier author. It’s a fact. I’ve seen it in action. Of course the healthier me doesn’t show up until you’ve had a good dose of the mean, cranky, hungry me, but authorial sludgebody isn’t easy to shake. Friday’s blog post should be interesting LOL!

Michelle Wolfson, if you are reading this, there is to be no talk of Pop-tarts and candy on twitter for at least 9 DAYS!!!!! Thank you. *smooches*

So, how do you get rid of authorial sludgebody? And why can my agent eat candy for three meals a day and look like a pixie ninja??? Do public declarations work for you? Or do you keep your challenges on the down-low? What’s the hardest part of getting yourself in the best health? Does it help to have a specific program to follow or do you like to wing it? What’s healthy living mean to you? Are you eating candy while you’re laughing at me????



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