Vampires, Mockingjays, Writers, and Giveaways

When I first heard about Vampire Diaries, I cringed. I said “Hahaha, no” because, let’s be honest: We’ve all been a little scarred about vampires in today’s pop culture thanks to a sparkling, brooding one we all know and hate.

Then it was on Netflix. As someone who works from home and needs background noise during the day, I figured, why not? It’d play on the background and I wouldn’t have to pay attention because I’d probably end up hating it anyway.

I really should know better.

I finished the first two seasons in 5ish days. Because that’s how I do shows. I marathon, I obsess and then if the show is no longer on the air, go through withdrawals. Lucky for me, there’s a new episode of Vampire Diaries tonight because I need my Damon fix.

Speaking of obsessions, did you guys know that Hunger Games movie is coming out? I mean, in case you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know. And if you’re on any of my social networks, you’re also aware of my obsession.

I have never gone to a midnight screening of a movie.

Ever.

You bet your sweet ass that I will be buying my tickets early and going to the midnight show for this movie, because, I’m a little obsessed.

I even have a “May the odds be ever in your favor” bracelet.

I will, more than likely, read the books again before the movie comes out.

In case you missed it, there’s a new trailer for it.

Moving on, I have two announcements:

1) If you’re a freelance writer looking for work, or know of someone who’s looking for work, I need a few great writers for a few of my clients. All the information can be found in this post.

2) I have an AWESOME giveaway for you guys on Monday. Get ready because you’re going to love it.

I know I’ve been MIA lately but what’s going on in your world?  How did the first month of 2012 treat ya? 

How to Avoid Ruining Shows on Twitter

*I originally wrote this post back in 2009 but from a few complaints I’ve seen on Twitter already, it was worth reposting*

Everything is instant and we’re all connected globally.

So what happens when our Twitter feed has the potential to ruin our night of television?

Back in the day, when I did reviews, I’d wait to post a review blog on TV show until the west coast had aired it…and even then, the title and the first five lines of the blog would read: SPOILERS!! STOP RIGHT THERE!! giving the reader plenty of warning.

Where’s the warning on our Twitter feed? How about Facebook?

I made the mistake last week, during the episode of Glee, to Tweet lines while watching the show live. Realizing my mistake, I then tweeted @ those users that I knew were watching it at the same time but then you run into the problem of having common friends who can still see your Twitter feed. Even if you give fair warning, the instant Twitter feed will quickly bury your warning tweet. If a friend is following 500 people, your tweets probably won’t stand out too much but what if you’re just one of 20?

Posting REACTIONS are different than actually narrating the show itself. “Whoa, what just happened?” will incite excitement and anticipation for the friend who has yet to watch the episode over “Wow, I cannot believe she just threw a rock in his window!” will make them resent you for ruining a surprising moment.

Be considerate and wary of the people that you share your daily insights with…Here are a few tips on not alienating your friends during Fall 2011:

1) Find out which of your readers watch the same shows you do. Send out a poll tweet to get an idea.
2) Be aware of the time zones that your friends live in.
3) Use your direct messaging/IM. Keep the spoilers out of the public timeline. (One of my favorite things to do is chat on IM with a friend who’s watching the same show as me, especially for shows like Glee)
4) Give reactions to the show without giving away plot details. (Quotes are usually OK during comedies, as long as you aren’t giving away a surprise)
5) On Facebook, consider opening up a running note to talk about the show with those watching it at the same time, instead of posting status messages.
5) ENJOY THE SHOW! You can tweet/facebook about it the next day!

A Tweet is not a blog…There’s nowhere to bury the content.

Remember that as excited as YOU are to watch the new episode of your favorite show, so is everyone else who is a fan. We’re all busy people with very different schedule.

We integrate our lives with each other instantly on Twitter & Facebook. Let’s extend the consideration and remember the golden rule: NO SPOILERS.

Is this a problem that you’ve run into? Do you have any other tips/suggestions/complaints?

Sunday Thoughts

It’s been a while since I blogged and that feels strange to me. This past week was the week from hell. I’ve always had problems with tooth pain and since I haven’t had my wisdom teeth taken out just yet, they’ll occasionally act out. This past week, they decided to put me through the worst pain possible while hitting me with an ear infection. Let’s just say pain killers and antibiotics were my best friend.

In the meantime, while I was dying from pain, I had the best blog ideas go through my mind with absolutely no energy to formulate the words.

Hopefully, once I’m caught up on homework, finish midterms and get caught up on work, I can find the words once again.

Despite the pain, and the stress of not getting much work done during the week, I’m feeling pretty good. I took about 100 steps backwards when I found myself sinking into the same quicksand that was my emotional home 4 years ago. A good friend told me that I was backtracking way too much and needed to snap out of it quickly.

So I did.

I’m the kind of person that is fully aware of every thought that goes through her head so I analyze every feeling. Sometimes, the number of steps I’ve taken forward in my life and how I have the happiness I never thought was real throws me off. It’s hard to accept it at times and I wait for the other shoe to drop. I see traits of my old self in other people around me and it feels like an out-of-body experience.

I’m a different person yet the same.

The word ‘maturity’ gets thrown around a lot between my friends who have known me for years.

All I know is that I really like who I am, and where my life is going. Oh and ya know, having an amazing boyfriend who loves me and supports me more than I deserve (at times) is pretty awesome too.

I’m also reminded, daily, that I have the most amazing friends and even though new people will enter my life, none can ever replace the bond and love that we share across the miles and years.

On the random side of things:

– The Boy & I ordered the XBox Kinect. I am SO excited!

– I started a finished a book this week. It has been so long since I’ve read a book, and it felt so good. I need to do that more often.

– We went to see Megamind (3D) last night…It was really cute and funny. I just…should’ve been more sober for the first half of the movie.
– I <3 Peppermint White Mochas.
– I will be working on a financial blog once everything is caught up with work and school. A lot of people have been asking me for tips on budgeting, etc and I know that I owe Mister J. Money a guest post so that’s on my list of things to do in the next month or so.
– I’m slowly but surely catching up with my Google Reader so I apologize if I’ve sucked at commenting lately. But I’m reading.
The Walking Dead is so amazingly awesome. I cannot wait for the new episode tonight!
– I miss NY. A LOT. I need to write a NYC blog post.

How was YOUR week? What’s new in your world?

This is my world. You’re just in it.

“Tragedy blows through your life like a tornado, uprooting everything. Creating chaos. You wait for the dust to settle and then you choose. You can live in the wreckage and pretend it’s still the mansion you remember. Or you can crawl from the rubble and slowly rebuild.”Veronica Mars [AKA My new obsession]

It’s the middle of the week and I can say that things are going good.  Tonight, I go to my first soccer game [GO DC UNITED]. Tomorrow, I have an interview at a kick-ass company for an internship. [Fingers crossed please]. Next week, I start my internship at another kick-ass company. [myImpact. Check ’em out and support them!]

Oh and I started my Etsy shop. Go buy my pictures (and pimp me out, etc. I have a My Etsy tab on the PQ Productions fan page on Facebook. Speaking of, have you ‘Like’d me there yet?!)

Life is good and I’m pretty happy.  When moments of doubt overcome me, I remind myself that taking control of my life and actually doing things that I want to be doing requires patience. It won’t always be easy and working from home has its perks, as well its downfalls.  I’m attempting to take what I love doing and what I have been doing for years and turn it into a business. That, my friends, is not easy.

In addition to the task at hand being difficult, then there is the nay-sayers, and the anonymous hate comments, etc etc. [Anyone having flashbacks to our Myspace days?] Price of not being a coward I suppose.  I’ve never claimed to be super talented or super smart. Everything I’m doing, from photography to design (did you see my new blog header? COME ON OVER) to being a freelancer, is new to me. I am, however, working my ass off to make sure that I work from the ground up and get my foundation in order so it doesn’t come crumbling down on me 3 months from now. So yes, I’m an amateur and you know what? I’m not the smartest person out there.  Since day one, as long as I can remember, I have worked hard to get to the next point in my life. All that hard work earned me a scholarship, respect among my peers and coworkers and respect from people who took the time to give me a chance.

I’m not here for you. I’m here for me and for those who value my efforts, even if I don’t succeed 100% at the end.

This is my journey, my detours and my struggle to succeed. This is me working my butt off to become someone I respect.  When I look back at my life 50 years from now, I want my efforts and the fruits of my labor to stand out instead of my regrets.

This is how I choose to define my life.

Since I’m almost done with Veronica Mars [*tear*], I am looking for shows that you love, whether they’re old or new (I prefer ones on Netflix Instant, but you know). I’m currently catching up on Mad Men & Dexter as well.

I am also looking for new blogs to read…Who are some of your favorites? Enlighten me, my loves 🙂

And then I leave you with this.

Positivity Fairy

I had a super strange night last night. As I stepped into the shower, a strange calm came over me about what has been going on. The accident? Telling my dad? I wasn’t worried about it anymore. I realized that I was more stressed out about my dad’s reaction than the actual accident and how *I* would deal with it.

The epiphany I had? I’m an adult. The car may be in my dad’s name but I pay for it and the insurance. This isn’t my first accident. I am responsible for handling the consequences and I will. All my dad has to do is go to the police station to sign to have the car released to me and/or the insurance company since he’s the title owner…as co-signer, I apparently have no choice.

Then I realized that no matter how upset my dad might get, I’m an adult. Almost 25, I’ve taken a big step in my life this past year by moving out and taking my life in my hands. Every decision I make, every mistake that brings a consequence lies on my shoulders. I wasn’t hurt physically so my dad doesn’t have to worry about that…and sure, they might use this as an argument for me to move back home and not having a car will make my visits to my parents’ home a little stressful but…In the end…my life will continue.

As I was cleaning my room after my shower, I noticed that my driver’s license and registration were nowhere to be found. After texting the Boy to see if I dropped them in his car, I realized that I was due for a new license after turning 21 and my car registration needed to be renewed anyway so I remained calm.

“Good thing I don’t have to drive for a while”, I put on Twitter with the tag #positiveandshit

I’m normally not THIS calm and positive, despite trying to stay positive everyday.

I guess I realized there are some things that are not worth worrying about because I have no control. I just walked away from a car accident that could’ve left me injured or even worse…dead.

Life is stressful and full of surprises but I’m prepared to deal with them. One day of stressing out and being in shock was enough. It’s time to move forward, clean up this mess and continue living my life.

In order to continue living my life and stay positive, I need your help with this Good Mood gig…I’m exactly 1000 votes behind. Normally, I don’t ask for pimping but what I would love is for you to pimp this on Twitter & your blog, reminding people that they don’t have to sign up for anything, they can vote everyday and it just takes 10 seconds. I have this crazy goal of getting the 1000 votes today to catch up…Crazy yes…but doable with your help. Thanks to those who vote & pimp everyday…You guys rock 🙂

Remember to use the hashtag #berrakthevote on Twitter whenever you mention this!

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Good Mood Gig from SAM-e

And now…some awesome music for you. What songs always put you in a good mood? Have you been touched by the Positivity Fairy lately?

**That man can ‘bust a move’ on me any day.**

You’ve Been Cut (TV Edition)

As the Fall TV Season 2009 launches (Which I will get to in a blog at a later date), I can’t help but be reminded of great shows that somehow got canceled…and thanks to Hulu and awesome roomies who buy awesome shows, I was introduced to a couple of great shows…and then my supply was cut because those shows are now cancelled.

WTF Television? W…t…f? How many CSI spinoffs can we have? Was 90210 REALLY necessary to be brought back?

The first show that was brought into my life was Dead Like Me…I watched both seasons and the movie and I was left wondering…Why was this amazing show canceled?

Meet Georgia Lass (who prefers to be called George). She is a young Seattle college dropout who is unhappy with life. She is always at odds with her mom, Joy. One day coming back from her temp job as a filing clerk, she is hit by the toliet seat of the re-entering Space Station Mir. Finding out she is now dead, she is recruited to become a grim reaper. As in life, she is a pain in the butt in death. She does not like the details of her job, and is always at loggerheads with her boss Rube. Her fellow grim reapers don’t really take much of a liking to her either. She also learns grim reapers don’t even get a free ride in death, as they must hold down regular jobs along with their death duties.

George: This is where I felt it the first time. The universe was cocking the fuck-with-me gun.

As if the premise wasn’t awesome enough, you know who’s George’s boss?

Mandy Patinkin.

Yes.

While I was still dealing with the disappointment of the fact that Dead Like Me is no longer on the air…I watched the first episode of Arrested Development on Hulu because LiLu always raves about it…

Big mistake.

Why?

Because that show is EPIC. So as I plowed through the first two seasons of the show in the matter of 4 days, saw the “On the next season of Arrested Development” only to find that there is NOT a next season…I was devastated.

Michael: [after George Sr. has been handed a jail sentence] They’re going to keep Dad in jail until this whole thing gets sorted out.
[silence amongst the family]
Michael: Also, I’ve been told that the company’s expense accounts have been frozen…
[everyone gasps]
Michael: …Interesting. I would have expected that after “They’re keeping Dad in jail.”

*sigh*

And now a show that not a lot of people are familiar with…In 2006, a great show started on NBC called Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, created by Aaron Sorkin, that offered a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional sketch-comedy TV show.

Matt: How is it possible that at a time when the entire country is completely in line, including the two of us, that… how is it possible that people are so offended by a thoroughly benign sketch?! Is true patriotism really that fragile that it can be threatened by a late night comedy show?!

I guess TV shows that make you think without the introduction of rapists and pedophiles just can’t cut it.

The fact that “Life” is currently not listed on the NBC site is making me VERY upset. Is that show cut too?

Can I please cut someone? Please?

What are some TV shows that you miss?

My awesome Numbah 2 is also doing a similar blog called “Whatever Happened To? Wednesdays” and today is all about Saturday Morning Cartoons!

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How to Avoid Spoiling TV Shows on Twitter

I never ask for Retweets on my blog but if you like this one, pass it around? Thanks 🙂

Everything is instant and we’re all connected globally.

So what happens when our Twitter feed has the potential to ruin our night of television?

It’s a new phenomenon but it’s something that raises concern. Back in my Myspace blogging days, I’d wait to post a review blog on TV show until the west coast had aired it…and even then, the title and the first five lines of the blog would read: SPOILERS!! STOP RIGHT THERE!! giving the reader plenty of warning.

Where’s the warning on our Twitter feed? How about Facebook?

I made the mistake last week, during the episode of Glee, to Tweet lines while watching the show live. Realizing my mistake, I then tweeted @ those users that I knew were watching it at the same time but then you run into the problem of having common friends who can still see your Twitter feed. Even if you give fair warning, the instant Twitter feed will quickly bury your warning tweet. If a friend is following 500 people, your tweets probably won’t stand out too much but what if you’re just one of 20?

Posting REACTIONS are different than actually narrating the show itself. “Whoa, what just happened?” will incite excitement and anticipation for the friend who has yet to watch the episode over “Wow, I cannot believe she just threw a rock in his window!” will make them resent you for ruining a surprising moment.

Be considerate and wary of the people that you share your daily insights with…Here are a few tips on not alienating your friends during Fall 2009:

1) Find out which of your readers watch the same shows you do. Send out a poll tweet to get an idea.
2) Be aware of the time zones that your friends live in.
3) Use your direct messaging. Keep the spoilers out of the public timeline.
4) Give reactions to the show without giving away plot details.
5) On Facebook, consider opening up a running note to talk about the show with those watching it at the same time, instead of posting status messages.
5) ENJOY THE SHOW! You can tweet/facebook about it the next day!

A Tweet is not a blog…There’s no where to bury the content.

Remember that as excited as YOU are to watch the new episode of your favorite show, so is everyone else who is a fan. We’re all busy people with very different schedule. We integrate our lives with each other instantly on Twitter & Facebook…Let’s extend the consideration and remember the golden rule: NO SPOILERS.

Is this a problem that you’ve run into? Do you have any other tips/suggestions/complaints?