Back in the Studio Again

Been singing this to myself a lot this January. But I replace the word "saddle" with the word "studio" because I've made a return to voiceover work. Sing it Gene!


Dr. Who and River Song: The Diagram

So, a guy (my husband) walks into a bar (Raglan Road) with a gal (me) and tries to explain how River Song and Dr. Who know each other to the gal who missed a ton of really important episodes that explain that particular backstory. You can imagine the confusion.

Quick Sidebar: How AMAZING is she as a character? I've added her to my list of dream con costumes. Specifically, I want this one:

I won't spoil anything, but fans of the show will understand how my husband spent about half an hour trying to explain her presence to me over a round of pints. We were getting nowhere, until he drew this.

That about does it, you reckon?

And then there was bread pudding. So no more talky talky for us.


Posting Positive - 6 Ways to Defeat Humblebrag Accusations

Be happy, like Zelda's biggest fan!
I brought navel-gazing to new heights here at BFG in 2012, so one of my resolutions for 2013 was to be more positive on the internet. Despite my strong desire to cheer up, something gave me pause.

I was afraid of being accused of the humblebrag.

Humblebragging has been around for a long time but really took off as an internet meme a couple of years ago. It is essentially where you try to sneak in a brag about yourself while trying to look humble.

So how do we all navigate the space between genuinely wanting to communicate in a more positive light and looking like a constantly self-promoting narcissist/serial humblebragger?

Let's take a side road to answering that question, shall we?


The Great Deception of Bettie Page Bangs

Aside from the fact that said blog title would also make for a fabulous mystery story, it's also the story of my life. You see, I cut bangs because in my mind, I think they will look like this...

Or this...

When in reality, ON ME, they look like this...

Someday, I will learn to listen to the well-meaning hairstylists who try to politely let me know that the style doesn't quite work on me. Until then, bring on the denial and break out the scissors.


2013 Character Study - Leslie Knope

In addition to a theme for each year, I like to choose a character study.

Having a character inspiration doesn't mean I dress like that character or do what they do, it just means, I pull inspiration from something that I like about them.

My Character Inspiration for 2012 was...

At the start of 2012, I was feeling pretty drained. I was only six months into living in a new state and I still felt like I was in a whirlwind. I liked the idea of choosing a character who was strong in resolve, someone who was a healthy skeptic and someone who was an independent person. Dana Scully is a tough and disciplined character full of traits I needed to emulate at that time. 

But 2013 is beginning in a very different way. I'm rested. I'm feeling prepared after a lot of very specific, focused hard work in 2012, especially in the fall. While, of course, nobody is every really in control of big life events, at this time, I'm feeling a lot more centered and self-aware.

So my Character Inspiration for 2013 is...

Leslie Knope is a wonderful role model. She has a strong conscience and very strong convictions. She's intelligent, motivated, not afraid to be different and she's a loyal friend. She's feminist, she's fast to admit when she's wrong and she's not afraid to be successful or go after what she wants, even in the face of strong opposition.

But most of all, she is well aware that her ambition and her ideas annoy people...but she just goes RIGHT ahead and pursues them anyway.

Being outgoing is not the same thing as having a backbone. You might be surprised to know that. Being outgoing or extroverted can mean you accidentally spend your energy on entertaining others instead of taking care of yourself or your family or pursuing matters that are important to you. Which can be a runaway train that takes you away from your best intentions much more quickly than you ever thought it could.

I've always been outgoing. This year, it's time to use the backbone. Not to earn one by the end of the year. To start using mine right away, today.

Leslie Knope has this way of being kind AND barreling through obstacles while somehow maintaining positivity.  It's what makes her such a funny and ridiculous character. The very idea that there's such a thing as a clean and honest politician, in and of itself, is what makes her so interesting. She's such an optimistic character. But I don't think it's because she, as written, doesn't hear criticism. She just doesn't give quarter to it when it comes from untrustworthy sources. The woman is a machine. I'd love to access some of her better-written qualities.

How about you? If you could rob a fictional character of any of their qualities, which one would it be and what would you take?

They Say We Need a Resolution

So long, Year of the Tap!
Well, you know. We all want to change the world.

My favorite time to talk about New Year's Resolutions is when everyone is so sick of them that they want to take those shiny fresh-start sentiments and ram them up the other end of one of those obnoxious noisemakers.


My husband and I don't really do resolutions. We do themes and we put a special focus on things. Last year, we very wisely and very maturely decided that 2012 would be the Year of Spinal Tap. (The fictional band, not the medical procedure.) Because you know, that's practically helpful.

We had an absolute blast pulling up to video shoots and singing "Folks lend a hand in a...". We definitely analogized the heck out of "turning it up to eleven". I think all of our friends will want to strangle us if we use Nigel's British accent ONE-single-solitary-more-God-blessed-time. But at the end of December, we were driving to work one day and we kind of looked at each other and went, "Hey, maybe this year we shouldn't base the entire theme of our year around a once-successful rock band that slowly self-destructs. Just a thought."

With that, we bid our Year of Spinal Tap adieu and re-adopted the idea of a more basic theme. Separately, we thought about our nominations. When I asked him what he had been thinking, he said, "Get On It". Which is funny, because mine was, "Make It Happen".

Like everyone else, I've already started with my calorie-counting and my healthier eating and my attempts to banish inner-negativity. Yes, I'll be re-arranging our home office (again) trying to keep the house more clean and reading more often and pledging to spend more time with the people I love.

But "Make It Happen" is in effect too. If it's not a part of "making it happen", then I'm not doing it.

What's your theme for 2013?