I feel cold just looking out my window. You have no idea how good it feels to know that I don’t have to go out there and freeze. It’s nice just sitting in my little apartment all warm with my bottle of Pepsi. (You were expecting coffee? Ew.)
In other news, I’ve been invited to become a contributing writer for FanSided’s Cleveland Indians Blog: Deep Left Field. Once I get my first post up, I’ll let you know.
Coming this week on the Cleveland Examiner, I’ll be reviewing Angelo’s Diner in Garfield Heights, and Tequila Pancho’s in Hudson. Links to those will be posted when I get them completed and posted. (It might even be today for the first one!)
I have a bunch of other stuff in the works, too, so keep checking back!
I’ve been busy writing for the past few days (minus Thanksgiving and most of the day before it.)
Here are some new reads for you:
My thoughts on today’s Ohio State versus Michigan game: Disrespect and unsportsmanlike conduct reign during OSU vs Michigan game
and my Examiner post from Tuesday: Sample cheeses and brews as Winterfest takes over Public Square
My new blog is up and running. Click here to go to:
On my new blog (don’t be alarmed, this one will by no means be abandoned) I’m going to share my opinions on local sports: Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cav’s, Cleveland Indians, Akron Aero’s, and… whatever the hockey team is called now, oh wait, the Lake Erie Monsters. Don’t expect play by play or game descriptions. This is going to feature my opinions on things only.
I know I promised some sort of organizational tip today, but I’m in the middle of a very busy (crazy!) week and haven’t really had a chance to think about it. So that might be delayed until next week.
But I do have some updates and announcements and things pertaining to my writing world. I’m starting a new blog pertaining to sports. It’s going to focus more on my opinions and less on actual play-by-play. After all, everyone knows that I have plenty of opinions! I’m not sure what to call it yet, since the best title that I came up with is already taken. Maybe “Crazy Mandy Talks Sports?” I don’t know. Any suggestions?
I have a million other ideas and projects in the works, and a bunch of reviews to post on my Cleveland Restaurants Examiner site. Basically, just a TON of things and huge to-do list.
I’m sorry this post is so boring, but I just feel the need to blab about all of my deadlines to relieve some of the stress!
Posts coming soon to this blog:
- How I slowly became a football fan
- Tomorrow awesome beef stew (food post!)
- What I want for Christmas (but won’t get)
- My thoughts on eBooks VS real books
- A history of video games – my personal perspective
Things coming soon to the Examiner:
- Review of Angelo’s Diner
- Review of Tequila Pancho’s
- Review of Five Guys Burgers and Fries (first in a series of burger joints)
- Info on next week’s Winterfest on Public Square
Now, I need a break. I’ve been on my computer for five hours straight!
As you can see, my blog has a new look! I received an email this afternoon from WordPress, informing me that my old theme – PressRow – was being retired in two weeks, and that my blog would be transferred over to its replacement. I had to check out the new one, Pilcrow, and liked it so much that I switched it right away.
As much as I loved the old theme, the new one has newer, cooler features – one being the background. I can set it to whatever I want. I can also change the sidebars – move them from the right side to the left, or set them up in a double-row. But I won’t. Just changing the background is enough for now. I hope to someday design a new banner headline, but I love my airplane shot, so I’m keeping it.
What do you think of the new design?
November is National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) as well as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.)
NaBloPoMo Goal: write one blog post every day for the entire Month of November.
NaNoWriMo Goal: write 10,000 words of a novel during the month of November. (Or in my case, 10,000 words of a non-fiction book.)
Are you ready? I am!!!
It’s been exactly a week that I’ve been full-time freelance, and I just completed my most productive day yet. I’m FINALLY organized, and have a nice list of assignments to complete. One of them involves something new that I’m working on for my Examiner column: something I’m tentatively calling “The Great Burger Experiment.” I’m going to eat at (almost) every local restaurant that specializes in hamburgers. My first was Five Guys Burgers and Fries, which I ate at last Friday. My review will be up in a few days.
Other than that, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month, which takes place in November. Rather than writing a novel, I’m breaking the rules a bit and hoping to finally get some work done on a non-fiction book that I’ve been pondering. The subject is Gettysburg, and that’s all I’m saying on that, until I manage to at least complete the outline!
I know I promised that I wouldn’t write any more about my kittens, so I’ll keep this short and quick: Osirus wound up getting stuck under the fridge yesterday. It took Josh and one of his friends to pull her out. Poor cat. She’s fine, but I was a bit shaken up.
‘Til next time…
Local Iron Chef, Michael Symon, has a new tv show on the Food Network called Food Feuds.
Photo courtesy of the Food Network. Used with permission.
Thanks to my local Restaurants column for Examiner.com, I was given the chance to interview him the other day. Not only did the interview go smoothly, but he was really nice! My article on the show can be found here.
(And I will definitely be eating at and reviewing the places featured on the show.)
My husband thinks that because I majored in Journalism and English, I spent 4 years diagramming sentences and separating my pronouns from my verbs. He’s sorely mistaken.
The Journalism half of my degree consisted of courses in Media Ethics, Advanced Reporting and Writing for the Media. Those were okay, although I didn’t really get along with my fellow “media” majors. Most of them were headed to the TV news anchor chair and took themselves way too seriously.
The English half was the fun half – I read, and I wrote.
In college I took classes in British Literature, The Short Story, Literature and Film, American Studies… I can go on. I read everything from the classics (Wuthering Heights, The Scarlet Letter) to more contemporary literature (Snow Falling on Cedars, Dharma Girl.) And what did I learn from that, besides the fact that after the third time ’round, I had Hamlet memorized?
That you can take classes all day about sentence structure and past participles, but will they help you become a better writer? No. The only to do that is to read. I just gave that advice to an aspiring high school student who’s torn between becoming a nurse and becoming a writer. I told her to do both.
I always cracked up in the bookstore at the beginning of every semester, because I wound up buying a giant stack of paperbacks while other students lugged 30-pound textbooks. And I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
To this day I prefer reading over anything else. Just yesterday I received a box of books in the mail. I’m lucky enough to have been picked as one of the 15 members of the Reader’s Panel for Elle Magazine. I can’t give away the books, but I have about two weeks to read them and submit my thoughts. I guess what I’m saying is: pick up a copy of the December Elle when it comes out. You just might see my name in print!
When I was in college I took a class called Advanced Composition. My first assignment was to read Annie Dillard’s “The Writing Life” and write a paper in response to it. My paper started out with the basics: I wrote my first short story at age 7; went to my first writing workshop at 12 (a summer-long playwriting workshop at the Cleveland Playhouse); participated in the Power of the Pen essay competition at 13 (and didn’t win squat); blah blah blah… The gist of it is, writing for me is like breathing. It’s just something I do.
Since I have minimal drawing skills and a very weird imagination, if I weren’t a writer, I probably would’ve turned to crime or something.
Seriously though, it makes my day when I get a bit of recognition. Like when this happens: Original Steaks and Hoagies (the restaurant I reveiwed last month for the Examiner) put a link to my review on the home page of their website. Check it out here. It’s the little things and small accomplishments that make my day.
I figured out long ago that writing fiction isn’t for me. I’ve tried to write short stories (actually, I’m not fond of reading them, let alone writing them) and it’s just something I can’t do. My attempts at fiction stand out like personalised number plates in a parking lot. Not particularly good, not horribly bad – just different!
I’m more of a non-fiction/memoir/news story/article/blog person. I’ve been writing for over 20 years (that sounds scary, until I realize that I’m only 31 and am some sort of weirdo “prodigy” or something), and I’ve only recently been able to admit that to myself. Imagine what I’ll be writing 20 years from now!
(We’ll probably all be “wrtng n txt spk” by then.)