I’m not even allowed to think about watching Mindhunter.

Last night I took Gio out to go to the bathroom, but it was really dark and I got scared, so I only let him pee, which makes me a terrible dog owner, but in my defense I took him inside so that I could tell The Mr that he had to take Gio outside again to poop because I was pretty sure there was a murderer hiding behind the tree in our yard and I knew that if I stayed out there any longer he would sneak up on me and stab me, you know right in the base of my spinal column or something? That way I'd be paralyzed and unable to move or say anything and The Mr would never know. So I ran inside.

The Mr basically just looked at me like this when I explained everything:

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Which is justified.

It should be noted that what spurred all of this on was Kate McKinnon's SNL IT sketch in which she was Kellyanne Conway/Pennywise/Kellywise. This was a comedy sketch. I had nightmares.

 

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I mean... I also laughed. But mainly because I was terrified.


And now for some business:

  • I'll be volunteering at the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest today and on Sunday in Kent, CT! Come say hi! I'll be the one in a volunteer shirt who looks like me. The Mr will be there on Saturday. If any of you are there and you see him, take pictures and tag me. It'll be like a fun scavenger hunt!
  • The giveaway is still open (because am I really not popular enough for even 10 of you to want some free books and patreon perks? Maybe that means you'd be ahead of the trend by becoming an Awkward Ambassador so early... Think about it.)

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It's GIVEAWAY TIME!

Hi friends! First of all, a massive thank you to all of you for your lovely comments, emails, tweets, texts, hugs, etc. after my blog post on Friday. I can't say that I'm totally out of my rut yet, but your encouragement has helped me more than you can possibly imagine. I love you all so much.

And because I love you all so much, I wanted to do something fun.

So... I have a box of books. Books that I helped write, along with some really amazing writers that I know, and I want to send one to you.

Here's how this is going to work: The first ten people to go sign up to be an Awkward Ambassador on Patreon will receive an autographed copy of This One Has No Name. I don't care which tier you sign up for: $1 or $20 or anywhere in between. If you sign up, you're getting a book PLUS all the awesome perks you get on Patreon for being an Awkward Ambassador anyway!

Sound like fun? Great! Now GO AND BE AWKWARD, MY MINIONS! GO!!!!

P.S. My dogs are GREAT models.

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A Birthday Giveaway!

It's my birthday today! Yay!

 

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Not only is the universe providing an awesome solar eclipse, but while the world has been seemingly crappy lately, I've found myself refusing to give up on optimism. Because that's how we let the crappy things win.

One thing that I'm especially thankful for is all of you, which is why I'm doing a giveaway for my birthday! The prize? A box of some of my favorite books shipped to you with a personal note from me telling you why I loved them and I hope you will, too!

Here's what you have to do to enter:

Leave a comment down below telling me three things that you still love about this world. 

That's it. Just tell me three things that make you happy. Do so before 11:59pm (EST) tonight and then tomorrow morning I will announce the winner, which will be randomly selected from the comments below.

Ready? GO!

This contest is now closed (but keep commenting with happy thoughts!). Congrats to Merima for the win! 


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Get ready. This is a Nerd Style Giveaway.

So, it's no secret that I'm a bit of a nerd. My staircase is decorated like a game of Space Invaders and I have Undesirable #1 Wanted posters from Harry Potter hanging up in my living room. My books are stacked everywhere and my TARDIS blanket keeps me warm during my Netflix marathons. And I wear this nerdiness with extreme pride. I don't leave it at home for people to discover, should they ever come over. In fact, I take it to the work place. I usually walk around with my TARDIS to-go coffee mug and sporting my Gryffindor scarf in the cold weather. (When I was a kid, I wore The One Ring on a chain around my neck because I obviously was just passing through class on my way to Mordor.) All the while, though, I try and keep my nerdiness trendy and stylish so that if you didn't know what the reference was, it wouldn't be distracting or take away from the professionalism that I also need to maintain in the workplace.

This is why I was really excited when I was approached by JordanDene to do a review and giveaway. This shop creates some of the most gorgeous items to wear that will keep you feeling both stylish and like a true fan throughout your day. They're shirts that you can dress up or down. For example, this is how I wore my Harry Potter shirt to work the other day:

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This shirt is absolutely amazing. The fabric is so soft, and yes, I've washed it a few times now, and it has maintained its shape and feel. I love how it fits because it doesn't make me feel like I'm showcasing my body, but it also doesn't make me feel like I'm hiding anything either, which is the perfect balance, in my humble opinion. Even my super trendy, never nerdy sister approved of this outfit and she basically looks like she's always walking out of a Calvin Klein ad, so... woohoo!

Anyway, enough of my yammering because here is where the fun begins! I GET TO GIVE ONE OF YOU LUCKY FOLKS A FREE SHIRT OF YOUR CHOOSING FROM THE JORDANDENE STORE! (See, this is why it's important that you stick with me).

Normally when I see these giveaways, the giver is asking for you to follow them on every single social media platform in existence. I'm not going to do that because I believe that if you're following me, it's because you want to be, and not because I teased you with free merch.

SO, instead of that, I'm going to ask you to have some fun with this. Send me a photo that shows how you let your Nerd flag fly in the workplace. You can do this using any ONE of your preferred social media platforms (ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON). Just tag me (links to my profiles are at the top of the right sidebar) and use the hashtag #NerdyWorkPlace and I'll pick my favorite to WIN A FREE SHIRT FROM JORDANDENE. If you enter at all, you will get a discount code to use at the Jordan Dene shop, too, so there's really no downside to this.

This is especially fantastic if you have to do any holiday shopping for your friends who are also nerds. Just saying.

This contest ends at 11:59PM EST on December 15th, 2014.

It's Time for a Giveaway! Yay!! Part II - The Voting.

Alright, "Readers"! If you didn't read yesterday (for shame, first of all), I'm doing a giveaway based on the idea of calling you guys something other than "readers" - the fun part is that you get to choose the name! Based on the comments from yesterday's post, here are my three favorites:

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Who will win the adorable Facebook journal that Jane created?? It's up to you... :)

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It's Time for a Giveaway!! Yay!

Happy Thursday, Readers! I've decided that I don't like calling you guys "Readers" anymore. It's so plain, and let's face it: I am nowhere near plain, and by association and the fact that you willingly read my blog every day, neither are you. In fact, even if you don't willingly read my blog every day, you're not plain, because if someone is forcing you to read my blog, you're life is definitely interesting and I need to know more about it.

Anyway, I've decided to hold a contest. It's a giveaway, too, so let your inner selfish kid out to play and get creative!

Here are the rules:

  • Post your collective nickname suggestions in the comments.
  • I'll go through those and then post my favorites tomorrow for all of you to vote on.
  • On Saturday, the winner will be announced!
  • The winner gets this:

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It's a mini-notebook with blank pages. He's about 7"x5" and my friend Jane makes these for part of her crafty living. If you want more details about the product, go check out Jane's Etsy Shop.

Alright, "Readers" - let the competition begin!!