YOU can help save the lives of 250 people…every year

Donna Jean Kennie (Mamma K)
April 5, 1949 – August 1, 2009
Killed by an impaired driver.

If you think impaired driving isn’t your problem or doesn’t concern you, think again. If it could happen to me, it could happen to you. Maybe the next death or injuries sustained will be someone you love…or YOU! Read on and take action to make a change!

Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. You’ve heard the numbers. On average, every single day 4 Canadians die on our roads and 174 are injured in impairment-related crashes. That’s almost 1500 deaths and over 63,000 injured every year.

Look around you. Chances are someone you know has been affected by impaired driving. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one or been injured yourself or maybe you know someone who’s lost a loved one or been injured. If you don’t…sadly, if nothing changes, one day you will.

But there is hope.

One Canadian life could be saved each and every single day (that’s 250 lives and over 12,000 injuries saved each year) if the Canadian government implemented Random Breath Testing (Source: MADD Canada). Nearly two years ago, I wrote a blog post about the need to bring random breath testing (RBT) to Canada and I am sad to report that this life saving measure is still. not. in. place.

Why does Canada need RBT?

If you think that Canadian police already have the power to just “demand” you submit to a breathalyzer, you couldn’t be further from the truth! As the law stands now, police can only demand a roadside breath sample if they have reasonable grounds (smell alcohol, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech etc) to suspect the driver has been drinking. This makes investigation and prosecution more complicated than you can imagine. As a result, millions of Canadians continue to drink and drive, in part, because the likelihood of ever being stopped or charged is low.

In fact, MADD Canada data indicates a person would have to drive impaired, on average, once a week, every week, for more than 3 years before being charged with impaired driving offence, and for more than 6 years before being convicted.

How sick is that?!

Random breath testing would authorize the police to demand breath samples from all drivers pulled over at checkpoints, greatly increasing the number of drivers screened and thus increasing the deterrent impact of our impaired driving laws. Source: MADD Canada.

International success speaks for itself!

RBT has an impressive record around the world (source: MADD Canada):

  • In Queensland, Australia, random breath testing was estimated to have reduced total fatal crashes by 35% between 1988 and 1992, preventing an estimated 789 fatal crashes.
  • New South Wales’ random breath testing program was estimated to have prevented 522 serious crashes, 204 fatal crashes and 686 single-vehicle night-time crashes in its first year.
  • In Ireland, the introduction of random breath testing in 2006 reduced total annual road fatalities by 19% from the previous year.

MADD Canada has the research to back RBT up

MADD has researched RBT to prove that the majority of Canadians support it and that IT IS constitutionally sound. As well, they did an analysis of the impact of implementing RBT on the criminal justice system’s resources and were able to prove that RBT will not only save hundreds of lives and prevent tens of thousands of injuries, it will also reduce the social costs of impaired driving by billions of dollars annually. Visit the MADD Canada RBT page (about half way down) to peruse and read all the extensive research that backs RBT up.

Join MADD Canada in the fight to save lives

MADD Canada’s CEO and national staff along with hundreds of volunteers have been working tirelessly advocating for RBT. They’ve marched. They’ve met. They’ve written.

And so far…nothing!

But…MADD Canada, its staff and volunteers are tenacious people. You’ve never seen a group of more committed and determined folks. They are seriously intense and impassioned to see RBT implemented in Canada; no matter how long or what it takes. The government can run and it can try to hide but these peeps won’t stop until their mission is met!

Canadian government, if you are reading…resistance is futile my friend. Make it happen already.

This October, MADD Canada will be hard at it again; meeting with key ministerial officials advocating once again for changes criminal code to implement RBT. And they need OUR help to make this happen. We have to have their backs, people!

What can you do? Plenty!

Write. Email. Tweet. Facebook.

I’ll include some samples you can use below.

Write: your Member of Parliament (you can find a list here) now….and periodically…and let him or her know your wishes to see RBT in Canada. Encourage him or her to raise the issue with colleagues in Parliament and to ask Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to introduce random breath testing legislation. Ask that he/she address this now…not in a year or two when 1500 to 3000 more lives are lost. You can write your own letter or adapt this MP Template Letter (Word document). Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament.

Email: your thoughts or even attach your own letter or adapt this MP Template Letter (Word document) to your MP. Email forward this post to all your Canadian friends and family and ask them to join you in supporting RBT by reaching out to their MP!

Tweet: your MP often that this is something you want to see he/she support. Let your followers know that this is something you are doing and ask them to join you in the call to action!

Facebook: “friend” your MP and post on his/her wall that you’d like he/she to support RBT. Make your wishes known. Let your friends know that this is something you are doing and ask them to join you in the call to action.

Sample email, letter, tweets and Facebook posts you can use

Sample Email (attach your letter):

Hello Honourable NAME,

As a citizen in your riding, I have attached a letter asking you to make your colleagues in Parliament aware of random breath testing, an important anti-impaired driving measure. I would like you to ask the Justice Committee and the Government of Canada to implement random breath testing in Canada.

I ask you – what would do if it was your daughter, mother, mother-in-law that was killed by a drunk driver – a 100% PREVENTABLE death?

Thank you in advance for your support!

YOUR NAME

Sample Letter

First and last name, Member of Parliament
House of Commons
Parliament Building
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
K1A 0A6

DATE

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing to you today to bring the very serious matter of impaired driving to your attention.

Every year, hundreds of Canadians are killed and tens of thousands are injured in impaired driving crashes on our roads and highways. Even with provincial and territorial administrative laws, enforcement programs, and awareness and education campaigns, impaired driving is still causing carnage on our roads. Something more needs to be done.

MADD Canada is calling on the Government of Canada to introduce random breath testing, a roadside screening test to detect impaired driving. This measure has been introduced in many other countries, with significant results. Random breath testing deters people from getting behind the wheel because the chances of them being caught are much higher. It has significantly reduced impairment-related crashes, deaths and injuries in those countries where it has been introduced.

We need this anti-impaired driving measure in Canada. The laws we have now do not adequately deter impaired drivers.  Far too many people continue to put their lives and the lives of others at risk by driving impaired.

Random breath testing will save lives, prevent injuries and make our roads safer.

As a citizen in your riding, I am asking you to make your colleagues in Parliament aware of this important anti-impaired driving measure and to ask the Justice Committee and the Government to implement random breath testing in Canada.

Thank you for your time and for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,

Name
Address

Sample Tweets

@TwitterHandleofMP as a citizen in your riding, know that I support Random Breath Testing in Canada http://goo.gl/ApTs2

@TwitterHandleofMP We need random breath testing in Canada http://goo.gl/ApTs2

@TwitterHandleofMP Random breath testing will save lives, prevent injuries and make our roads safer. Pls support! http://goo.gl/ApTs2

@TwitterHandleofMP Please make your colleagues in Parliament aware of RBT & ask the Government to implement in Canada  http://goo.gl/ApTs2

I support MADD Canada’s call to action for Random Breath Testing – join me! Write your MP today! http://wp.me/p11YyX-1m6 Help save a life!

Sample posts for your MPs Facebook page

Random breath testing will save lives, prevent injuries and make our roads safer. As a citizen in your riding, I am asking you to support this critical anti-impaired driving measure in Canada.

As a citizen in your riding, I am asking you to make your colleagues in Parliament aware of this important anti-impaired driving measure and to ask the Justice Committee and the Government to implement random breath testing in Canada.

Sample posts for your Facebook wall

I support MADD Canada’s call to action for Random Breath Testing – join me! Write your MP today! Help save a life! http://wp.me/p11YyX-1m6

I wrote my MP today asking for his support of MADD Canada’s random breath testing, an anti-impaired driving measure that would save hundreds of lives, save tens of thousands of injuries and save the government billions of dollars. Join me and let your MP know you want to see RBT in Canada. http://wp.me/p11YyX-1m6

Together…we can make a difference!

For my US friends and family, you can visit the MADD US website to see what public policies they are advocating for and how you can support them in your cause.

Will you write, email, Tweet, and/or Facebook your MP? Will you use your superhero social media powers to make your wishes known and garner support from your fellow Canadians for this crucial anti-impairment measure? What do you think about random breath testing? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web. Text MADD to 45678 to donate $5.

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Urban Word Wednesday: Lightweight Reader

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Lightweight Reader: Someone who gets sleepy or passes out shortly after starting to read.

Examples Of Use:

Hubby and I started back to Death by Swimming this week. We were waiting in the pool entrance area to go to our class along with a couple of our adult co-swimmers and dozens of kids and parents. We enjoyed the following conversation much to the parents’ delight.

Hubby: I woke up at 2 am last night with the light still on and my Kindle on my chest! I was so mad. This new Ted Dekker book is fantastic but I can’t seem to get very far…I read for like 2 minutes and then I pass out.

Me: sorry to tell ya, it was more like 2 seconds big guy!

HubbyI know…it sucks. And I’ve always been like that. It was a struggle to get through school.

Meyou’re lightweight reader. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, you start reading and BAM, you are asleep…in like seconds. Last week camping, I looked out to find you in your folding chair, head on your chest, sound asleep with your Kindle on your lap. Like who can fall asleep sitting UP in those uncomfortable chairs!?!?! Only a lightweight reader…

HubbyI know. It’s crazy and I don’t know what to do. It’s like my Kindle is a sleeping pill.

Me: well, you are gonna have to man up if you want to read with the big dogs. I can get through a book a week. Try to keep up would ya?

Hubby: I am gonna have to take up drinking coffee…or try reading at the kitchen table!

Are you a lightweight reader or can you breeze through words on a page for hours? Even lying down? Know a lightweight reader? Any tips for hubby on staying awake? Come on…share the wealth…

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  • Jenny from the Blog’s post on who wouldn’t want to be a MILF (mom I’d like to f*ck) is a riot! I near fell over. So true!
  • New blog I found and LOVE. Kat O’ Nine Tales. Calen Spindler’s post on dating over 30 and the follow-up to the wrongest story ever was hysterical (and yes, follow her link to read the wrongest story ever)!
  • Paige Kellerman always cracks me up but her eviction letter to her baby had me rolling on the floor. Note: Paige has since had the BABY! A gorgeous baby boy born September 4, 2012 weighing in at nine pounds and seven ounces. Wowzers!! Congrats Paige!!

Urban Word Wednesday: Sexpiration Date

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Sexpiration Date: When a man or woman has reached the maximum amount of time he or she can go without sexual intercourse.

Example Of Use:

Hubby and I were at the movies on Friday night. We went and saw Expendables 2 (loved it). By the time we got to the theatre, it was nearly full. We were having our popcorn, waiting for the movie to start while enjoying our usual banter. Much to our neighbors delight.

Hubby: do you think this could be a real “date night” tonight?

Me: what do you mean?

Hubby: you know….dinner…a movie…home for a little quality nookie?

Me: you call eating at the mall food court dinner?

Hubby: ok…since I short-changed you on dinner, I’d be willing to opt for a quickie when we get home. A little wham bam!

Me: hmmm…you’ve got yourself a deal! What’s up with your need to confirm here and now?

Hubby: I’ve reached my sexpiration date.

Me: sexpiration date?

Hubby: you know….the max amount of time I can go without getting it on.

Me: what happens if you pass your sexpiration date? Do you go chunky and awful smelling like the milk?

*I thought the ladies in front of us were going to DIE”

Hubby: nice…of course not. But I do get kind of cranky.

Me: True enough. Not worth the risk. We’ll take care of that tonight!

What’s your sexpiration date? Is it the same or different from your partners? Come on…share the wealth…

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Urban Word Wednesday: Glamping

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Glamping (a most beloved portmanteau): Shorthand for glamorous camping; luxury camping. It’s like regular camping but with nicer things than usual, being warmer, and more comfortable.

Examples Of Use:

Hubby and I were doing some shopping at Canadian Tire when I struck gold.

Me: OMG! It’s perfect. I can’t wait to go glamping with this treasure!

Hubby: glamping?!?

Me: you know…DUH….glamour camping!

Hubby: I should have known if there was such a thing, you’d find it.

Me: I am totally taken that as a compliment!

Me: don’t you think this stainless steel wine glass says rustic, glamour? It’s glamping baby. It’s our new camping style! Consider it like an upgrade…

Hubby: I must say, it suits you perfectly!

Me: I know, doesn’t it?!?! I think I’ll bedazzle it with some hot pink rhinestones to really glamp it up!

Hubby: that’d be swell – can you make me one in blue?

Me: absolutely…and I found you a little glamping treasure I think you’ll love. I mean, you know I wouldn’t want you to feel left out. How about THIS for cooking up our yummies while we are roughing it?

Hubby: that’s certainly an upgrade to our frying pan over an open fire. I could adjust…I think I’m gonna like glamping!!!  

What’s your camping style? Would you go glamping? What other glamping gems have you seen that are “must haves”?


P.S. Remember, hubby and I are on vacation until April 23, 2012 but have fun and talk amongst yourselves!

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Urban Word Wednesday: Ambisextrous

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Ambisextrous: having the ability to masturbate successfully with both hands.

Examples Of Use:

Hubby and I were in the ice cream section of the grocery store picking up supplies for my birthday dessert.

Hubby: I discovered the neatest thing last night.

Me: really? What’s that?

Hubby: I am ambisextrous.

*weird looks from passerbys*

Me: what in God’s name is that?

Hubby: I can make my own pleasure palace with either hand!!! It used to be that if I used my left hand, it was like a stranger (which was fun and rocked in its own way) but I think I overused it and now…I am ambisextrous. Right, left, either, both; it’s all the same difference.

Me: well, that is a talent baby. I’m so proud.

Hubby: I know…sooo cool!

What do you think? Is ambisextrous a natural talent or a learned skill? Come on…share the wealth…

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Urban Word Wednesday: Nowhere story

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Nowhere story: a tale or recount of an event or events that doesn’t ever reach a particular point or meaning.

Examples Of Use:

Hubby: have I ever told you about the time I fell off the jungle gym when I was 8 and broke my elbow. We were living in Sussex and I was climbing. Suddenly out of nowhere my foot slipped and…

Me: wait a minute…is this another one of your nowhere stories? Cause I don’t have all night! I need to get writing. My WIP is a priority you know? You said you supported me?

Hubby: I hate you sometimes…

Me: I know….

Ever find yourself telling a nowhere story? How do you get away from someone telling you a nowhere story? Come on…share the wealth…

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The latest in snowball fighting gear

You’ve heard me talk about our New Brunswick winter; tons of snow and cold beyond your wildest imagination. Lord, last week as part of the weather reports we were advised to keep our dogs and cats indoors. That’s cold!

So how do we combat the winter blues with all this cold and white stuff? Well, some people downhill ski. Some go show shoeing. There’s always ice skating. Or…one of my personal and all time favs, snowball fights!

Snowball fights are like dodgeball played outside with snowballs. And we take our snowball fights pretty seriously. We build massive snow forts to hide behind as we plan our snow attacks with tactical military precision. It’s a hoot!

Well, this year I found the latest and greatest in snowball fighting weaponry that’s going to ensure my team’s success on the winter field.  First, meet the snowball slingshot!

This bad boy will take my snowball throws to a completely new level. It’ll hurl my white fluffy balls of pain an amazing 60 feet giving me a real edge against the competition! All I do is place a softball-sized snowbullet into the slingshot’s muzzle, draw the handle back and release it, which then launches the snowball. With technology like this, I am guaranteed many more withdrawals and surrenders.

And get this, it will also allow me to engage in indirect fire opportunities, such as shooting over the crest of a hill. They won’t even SEE me coming! How insane is that!?!?!

But wait. This only allows me to load one snowball at a time. What if I am in the midst of an onslaught attack from the enemy and I need more fire power?!?! What if I have to go on foot and need to be prepared for MUCH more fire power.

That’s when I break out the big guns! Meet, the snowball launcher!

Grrrowwwwllll!!! This beast makes and blasts softball-sized snowballs up to 50 feet AND allows for a rapid, long-range assault. I just load my snowballs in the forming chamber, close the lid and now I’m locked and loaded packing 3 snowballs of destruction. 

Imagine hubby and I armed and dangerous with this kind of snow weaponry. Him with the slingshot, me with the launcher. With such distance potential, we’ll have the opportunity to dive bomb the neighbors with a snow fiesta while hiding neatly away in bushes or behind lamp poles. They’ll have no idea what or who hit them…eeekee…hubby and I will rule our snow laden neighborhood!

For only $39.95 US plus shipping, you can order your snowball slingshot here and for 29.95 US plus shipping, you can order your snowball launcher here. Now you can join me in becoming king of the hill.

And of course, the both products comes with the Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee so if it sucks, for any reason, we can return it for exchange, credit, or refund. Eeekeeee…love that!

Any snowball fight stories to share with us? What’s your technique? What do you do to make an unfavorable season pass by faster?

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

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Thursday’s blog love fest…

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Social Media Out Loud:

  • You’ve seen it around WordPress: Press This. I know…what the heck is it? Well our furry friend, Woodie (on behalf of Carrie Spencer) brings us the deets. Thanks Woodie…phew!

Write Out Loud:

Life Out Loud:

  • Last week I wrote about living our passion. This week I read an amazing post by Liza Kane on the art of letting go, which was super timely for me. It’s about letting go of the sometimes automatic overachiever in each of us so we keep the real priorities in sight.
  • So…I’m always worried after cleaning my bathtub how much residue is left behind that I end up soaking in!?!?!? Ever thought of cleaning your bathroom with a grapefruit and some salt??! I know…me either! Well, Myndi Shafter tested this little ditty out and says it works like a charm!! I can’t wait to give it a go!
  • This time of year, a lot of people lean towards the idea of giving puppies as pets. And who wouldn’t want to pass along that ADORABLE little face?! But is it the best idea?!?! Our resident pet expert, Amy Shojai, gives us some amazing tips and resources on puppy gift giving you must check out IF this is something you are considering.
  • Fears. They can wreak havoc in your life sometimes totally unbeknownst to you! Barbara McDowell wrote a fantastic post with some uberlicious resources on how to run toward your fears!
  • Have you heard of the Layaway Angels? I cried when I read this post by Diana Murdock and then the subsequent news piece. Wow. I had no idea and how cool is that?!
  • Christmas. A wonderful time of year for most people. But for some, it’s an extremely painful time of year dealing with grief and loss (my family still struggles with the pain of our third Christmas without Mamma K). Debra Kristi knows about that pain too well herself and she offers some most amazing suggestions on how to deal with grief through the holiday season. Thanks Debra – loved the candle burning idea!
  • Did you visit August McLaughlin’s blog and check out her ORIGINAL Holiday Tune (her gift to each of you). Ahhhmazing and beautiful!!! Thank you August!

Laugh Out Loud:

  • I nearly died reading Leanne Shirtliffe’s naughty letter to santa…OMG!
  • Piper Bayard and Holmes did another hilarious rendition of holiday survival advice that had me snorting coffee!
  • Are you at a loss at what to get that hard-to-by-for person on your list? Well then I have a real treat for you. Ellie Ann Soderstrom did a holiday gift buying guide for JUST that person…it’ll be just perfect! I nearly peed myself!
  • I don’t have children but I still got a huge kick out of Paige Kellerman’s post on how to have a cup of coffee after children. Thought all you parents out there might enjoy it!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

Better late than never…linky love

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Better late than never. Sorry for the delay on today’s post but I’ve been home nursing a migraine. Hope you enjoy the line-up.

Social Media Out Loud:

  • Our furry little friend, Woodie and his creator Carrie Spencer, gives us a little WordPress magic knowledge on working with headers, footers, and widgets. Eeekeee…time to personalize that WordPress blog!

Write Out Loud:

  • Trish Loye Elliott did a fantastic post on how she lost her writing mojo but then, rediscovered it through reading!
  • Donna Newton did a fantastic post on writing with your active vs passive voice. Her examples really helped me see the difference.
  • Debra Kristi gets her writing inspiration from music. Then she uses photos to help solidify the ideas in her mind’s eye. She gives us all a beautiful and mystical peak into that world. I was simply blown away by the beauty of it. Definitely inspiring!
  • Ellie Ann Soderstrom did a very powerful post on what she learned from The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. It blew me away. I don’t think I’ll watch the movie (too much for me) but I do think I’ll read the books.
  • I absolutely loved Lani Wendt Young’s post on why she won’t ever be a best-selling author. Super cute!
  • David Gaughran did a fantastic and extensive post on Amazon’s new KDP Select program and took a look at the bigger picture of subscription models and how authors will collectively define future compensation for their work.
  • Jennifer Eaton gave us a great look at why beta-readers are so important. Because no matter how much editing you do, you will always be reading what you think you wrote.

Life Out Loud:

  • Lesann Berry did a great post awhile back that inspired me. It had THE greatest motivational image for women. It was about aspiring to be the best we can, and try to do right. As she wisely said “we might not always make it there – but efforts are meaningful.” I agree.
  • Marcia Richards did a truly wonderful post on how sometimes abstaining from venting for a period of time and allowing that steam to build, you can harness the power of your frustrations to cause a change in your status quo.

Laugh Out Loud:

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

A little linky love for US turkey day

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US peeps. I hope y’all have a wonderful day with family, friends, and lots of love and good food. Here’s to continued health and prosperity to all! Being Canadian, we celebrated ours in October.

Blog Out Loud:

  • If you haven’t been over to visit Annette Gendler’s blog to see her new design, go check it out today. The digs are beautiful. She’s got a gorgeous, bright, happy header; a quote that sort of sums her up; and a fabulous layout and white background. It’s all changes she learned and implemented from Kristen Lamb’s blogging to build brand course. Great job Annette – I love it!
  • Have you thought about doing vlogs on your blog? I just watched/read this post by Darren Rowse from ProBlogger on the benefits of posting videos on your blog and I gotta tell you, I am kind of sold. I am really looking forward to his upcoming vlogs on the “how tos”. I know Amy Shojai uses a lot of vlogs at the end of a number of her posts that I find really effective. Another of my favorite bloggers, Lindsay of Designer Wife, does vlogs and I’ve always enjoyed them. In both instances, they make the blogger seem more real and personal. Maybe I’ll do a little intro video on mine? Hmmmm…you?

Write Out Loud:

  • Loved this week’s post by Roni Loren on 3 things you can do now to prepare for published authorhood. I like it because I totally believe on what you focus on, grows. So, if you are focusing on what life will be like when you are a published author, then that is what will come. It was also practical advice. My fav tidbits; find balance and let go of guilt.
  • Patricia Sands gave a shout out to the recent, amazing success of self-published author Torre DeRoche. I went and read the whole story on Torre’s blog and it’s an inspiration. Essentially she self-published her book on her blog September 7 and by November 11 she landed an agent, four major publishing deals, and a movie deal. Shut up! She’s a walking success story for the power of social media!
  • Kristen Lamb has been giving us a steady stream of tutorials on structure (thank you Kristen) and this week she delved into the mastery of scenes. As she points out, it’s easy to get lost when dealing with a structure as complex as a novel so she gave us a nifty tool to keep everything straight.
  • Join me in sending a huge congratulations to Angela Wallace on the release of her self-published book Elemental Magic. I love the cover and the book description – sounds like a FAB read. Go check it out!

Life Out Loud:

  • Elena Aitken did a fantastic post on the importance of finding your inner athlete. What I loved most is that she helped me realize that I don’t have to be a pro on the court or the next swimming champion to be an athlete. My inner athlete is any size, shape and weight. She’s just a fitter, more active me.
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  • For all you single gals, Jenny Hansen wrote a fantastic post on how she put a dating disaster record behind her with the help of a dating committee and landed herself a prince. You can to! Also, be sure to check out Jenny’s post on why she’s thankful for the military (there’s a book give away involved).
  • Jillian Dodd never ceases to impress me with her Philanthropy Thursday line-up where she encourages us all to be more philanthropic in our lives. And she reminds us that philanthropy doesn’t have to be donating to charity, it can be anything from helping a neighbor, lending an ear, or giving a thoughtful word. And Jillian puts her money where her mouth is. She donates 20% of the proceeds from the sale of her book, That Boy. In October, she donated $780 dollars to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the University of Nebraska Foundation. That Boy donations total $2010. Isn’t that amazing!
  • With the holiday stress on the way, we need all the help we can get to stay positive and upbeat. Angela Orlowski-Peart put together 11 simple, and practical, tips on staying positive that I know I’ll put to good use!

Laugh Out Loud:

  • I am sure you are all regular visitors to Noa Gavin’s blog but if not, you have to go check out these two posts. I nearly died watching the video her and a couple of friends made on brainstorming for shows for TLC – RIOT! Then she did another hilarious post on rules for DisneyWorld. Seriously? I nearly died! Just the laugh I needed this week.
  • Paige Kellerman was in true form when she wrote her letter to Kim Kardashian with some wonderful marital advice. I nearly peed myself.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

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