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My friend, Deb, has a blog, and other news

My friend, Deb, is a fellow writing group groupie. We’ve been meeting in various configurations of 6 – 7 people for six years, if memory serves. Maybe it’s time I send her flowers.


Deb is a really good writer. She’s funny. She can be light but also thoughtful.

We’ve both had essays published in a couple area magazines. But alas, essays are not in great demand these days so when she brings her terrific pieces to the group, I tell her, start a blog.

I figure she can at least post some of her work there. Have a public record of her writing abilities. Display initiative. Get some feedback from readers. Etc.

The problem with blogging, or the thought of blogging, is that bloggers/writers (or maybe it was just me) think or hope or dream or fantasize that blogging is a short-cut to fame or success or at least getting noticed.

However, success in writing seems to come through a lot of little steps that over time add up to something that can be summed up as real progress.

And yet, there’s always another mountain to climb filled with a million little steps.

Here’s my advice to Deb or anyone who’s aching for success in a creative endeavor: don’t fixate on the mountain. Instead, take the journey one step at a time, said the wise old woman, Pam. I feel a Jordin Sparks song coming on.

All that to say, check out Deb’s blog, What (a) Debbie Does.

Wait! I’m not done!

I was going to get out and see the The Sapphires this afternoon, by myself. It’s a based-on-a-true-story movie about four Aboriginal girls who tour Vietnam as a Motown-inspired girl group back in the late ’60s. But alas I think my to-do list is too long today, plus I have to get to Target to buy sensitivity toothpaste for me, and a special kind of dental floss, one that doesn’t require two hands, for my son who had wrist surgery last Thursday. I know, I know, you envy my lifestyle as a woman whose primary focus today is dental floss and toothpaste.

If you are looking for a funny book and don’t mind bathroom humor, I really enjoyed Sarah Silverman’s memoir, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee. However, if you are an uncommonly good and virtuous person, I would not recommend you rush out and buy her book. She indulges in so-called dirty humor, but in such a silly way I think she’s funny.

The National Geographic channel is doing a three-night, six-part documentary series on the ’80s. I watched one hour of it last night, and taped the other hour. It’s quite well done. I hated the ’80s when I was in them; they were the complete opposite of the ’70s, that decade when I dreamed of becoming a social worker who helped inner city kids learn how to read. But watching one hour of it last night, I have to admit I was feeling a bit nostalgic. Was it because technology hadn’t yet splintered our attention in a billion and one different ways?

What are your thoughts on the ’80s? Or anything else? Anything! I’m listening!

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April 15, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Debbie - Thanks for the plus, Pam–now I better post, instead of more responsible things. As for the 80’s, I’ve been missing their sweaters. Sure, they were too big and bulky, but they kept us WARM. I always miss those sweaters for about 2 freezing months in the winter. Of course, mine were also nice and preppy. The Official Preppy Handbook spared my hair gallons of ozone destroying Aqua Net, while simultaneously forbidding me to dress like 80’s Madonna. (Although that did look like fun. The Official Preppy Handbook was also a snobby killjoy.)

April 15, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Pam Houghton - I forgot about that preppy handbook. Yes, it sounds like a killjoy.

April 18, 2013 - 6:50 pm

Lucy Ball - I’m thinking I feel about the 80’s, the way my parents reminisce about the 60’s. There great and not so great events. I have to admit, I sort of wish I could press rewind sometimes. And then I remember how bad my hair was. Eeeew. By the way, being good writers and all…do you submit to BlogHer Publishing Network for syndication?

April 18, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Lucy Ball - There WERE great and not so great events…erg! I hate typos.

April 18, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Pam Houghton - I have not submitted to BlogHer for syndication. Do you do that? Is it worth the time and effort? I’ve always thought of myself as the hare and not the bunny, but I may be toooo slow when it comes to promoting my blog. Thanks for your comment!!

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