Holy Crap This Thing Is Aweseome #4: My Writing Group Has a Book Now!

Hey blog followers!! BIG NEWS!!! For the first time ever you can now purchase a thing in which my writing is printed and stuff!!! WHAT?!

It's just two short little essays from me, but this is exciting because when I first moved to Stars Hollow, I was invited to join a very special group of writers who are all far more talented than I am, but they think I'm funny and they always give me great advice, so I'm keeping quiet about the fact that I totally don't deserve to be in their presence. Seriously. This group has been meeting for over 30 years and has seen many writers come and go, but one thing is for sure: the level of talent here is baffling. To say that I'm honored to be a part of this is the understatement of my year.

Anyway, so we all decided to pool our money and put together an anthology of our work: nonamebookcover

Oh, how pretty... I love it.

And you can buy it from our local bookshop (to whom the collection is dedicated), The Hickory Stick Bookshop, by either clicking on the image or by clicking right here. Whichever you choose.

And I sincerely hope that you do buy it, not for the sake of reading my stuff, but for the sake of exposing yourself to the ridiculous amount of beauty that is everyone else's work. Seriously. You will be baffled when you read it and you'll want to read so much more.

Oh! Also, if you're interested, we're having a reading and a signing at The Hickory Stick Bookshop on Sunday, December 4th at 3pm! There will be refreshments and everything!

This is big, you guys. This feels good.

*This is an installment of the Holy Crap This Thing Is Awesome series in which I pick one thing that I am loving right now and I tell you all about it because I want more people to be aware of the existence of that person or thing. I do not get paid for these and I pick them purely based on my own interest in them. 

Holy Crap This Thing Is Awesome #3: Stress and Joy with Sabrina

Earlier today, after wrapping up my NaNoWriMo word count for the day, I rewarded myself with some time to catch up on some of my favorite YouTubers. If you watch the vlogbrothers channel, you know that Hank just had a baby and is on paternity leave (yay fatherhood!), so on Fridays, his usual videos are being taken over by the lovely Sabrina from Nerdy and Quirky, and her debut video in this slot was AMAZING.

I'll let you take a moment and watch it right now. In fact, I'll join you.

 

I love everything about this.

Yes, stress can be a bad thing, but... what I love about Sabrina's point is that stress, like fat, comes in good and bad forms.

I am the type of person who performs well when time is of the essence. For example, I've set a goal for myself to write a blog post every Friday, and I'm holding myself to that goal while also trying to attempt NaNoWriMo, while still working a full time job, and working with teens twice a month for a few hours at a time and planning a wedding and saving up to buy a house (or maybe build one) and taking care of a really smart and active dog and reading more and trying to also spread joy and happiness and good vibes in one of the undoubtedly negative periods of our country's recent history. And then there are all the shows on Netflix to catch up on. It's exhausting.

But Sabrina made me realize that if I was doing none of these things, if I was just sitting around and drinking coffee and working on nothing, I would feel no reward. I would get none of the joy that blogging and noveling and bookselling and the wedding planning and everything else brings me.

Good things take work to create, but it's good work. It's fulfilling work -- and when you've worked really hard to get something good, that thing feels so much better.

I'm so glad that I watched this video today and was reminded that some forms of stress are worth having. They are the fires under our asses to get us moving towards the joy in our lives.

So the next time that you're sitting at your desk, wanting to tear your hair out because STUFF ISN'T HOW YOU WANT IT RIGHT NOW, just take a moment and remind yourself why you sat down there in the first place and try to smile even though your blood pressure is rising. Think about what it is you're working towards and why this will all be so worth it.

And remember, you can do it. I believe in you.

Speaking of which, what are you working on that's a source of good stress in your life? Tell me about your happy projects in the comments and let's support each other through it all!

Spread joy, everyone.

*This is an installment of the Holy Crap This Thing Is Awesome series in which I pick one thing that I am loving right now and I tell you all about it because I want more people to be aware of the existence of that person or thing. I do not get paid for these and I pick them purely based on my own interest in them. 

Holy Crap This Thing Is Awesome #2: The Dirty 30 Movie, etc.

So Fiancé and I were pretty darn stoked when we found out that our favorite YouTubing trio, Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig, and Mamrie Hart were coming out with a full-length, studio-produced, fully legitimate movie, Dirty 30.

 

But we were also a little nervous.

What if the movie wasn't good? What if the rest of the world just thought it was just a sad attempt at trying to be "real" performers? If it didn't go well, it would be a small form of proof that millennials are, after all, just idiots who are pretending to do real stuff, right?

But oh my gosh, you guys: This movie was fantastic. It was so good. It was funny, it was well written, the quality of the production was amazing, and the acting was great! We freaking loved it - and not just because we wanted to. The movie ended and we were relieved. And then we watched the special features and Hannah said something that was really awesome:

"When you run your own channel and make all your own content, you wear all the hats, you know, and you're trying to make sure that lighting is right and that sound is right, and you're writing and you're editing in your head while you're performing, and it's this... this beast. When I came to set the very first time for the first film that we did together, I almost felt like I wasn't doing enough. I wanted to help rig something..." -Hannah Hart

This hit me in a weird way, because I feel like it's the exact thing that everyone who craps all over the millennial generation needs to hear.

Let's take a quick moment here to define a millennial: A millennial is someone who was born between 1981 and 1997. So... at the time of writing this, millennials are anywhere between the ages of 19 and 35. I don't know how many people actually know that. So... there it is. Millennials are adults. We're not just starting to enter the workforce. Many of us are already in it.

And there is a stereotype that millennials are vapid, selfie-centered jerks who don't want to work hard or put in the effort to get what they want.

But that's just not true. Sure, there are members of my generation who are that way, but you know what? There are crappy people in every generation - and there are amazing people from those generations, too. We're all just human beings.

And in a small, but cool way, this movie proves that the millennial generation is so much more than the general public likes to say we are. Yes, I do realize that it is a silly comedy movie. I don't think it's a world-changing documentary or anything, but can we just take a minute to recognize how much work goes into making a freaking movie? A lot. And I could go into a lengthy post about the importance of "silly comedy," but that's a post for another time, I think.

This film was written and produced by Mamrie Hart. She worked really, really hard, and gathered together a group of YouTubers who were dedicated to making this project great. Why? Because they have all had to generate their own success. Grace Helbig had to go out on her own and start making her own content in order to get to where she is. Hannah Hart has created a community of loving ad caring viewers who get out in the world and make a difference. If you don't believe me, do your research. Start watching them and paying attention.

Fiancé and I have been long-time viewers of these creative women in our generation and we could not be prouder of them right now. They've looked at the world and said "You're wonderful, but we're going to shake things up a bit and do things our own way," and it has worked for them. I'm really glad that they represent our silly, weird, instagramming generation in a spectacular way.

So go rent or buy Dirty 30 on iTunes. Go check out the stars' YouTube channels (links below) and following them on social media if you don't already. Because holy crap, you guys, they are just so awesome.

Links:

The Dirty 30 Movie: http://dirtythirtymovie.com/

Mamrie Hart's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/YouDeserveADrink

Grace Helbig's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/graciehinabox

Hannah Hart's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MyHarto