Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Shoulda been a flapper

I have come to the conclusion that I should have been born a wealthy heiress in the 1920s. I love Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, I DIE for fringe and sequins and 20s-esque fashion and I could probably quote you the entire book "The Great Gatsby". I dream about being a free spirit in the 20s, dancing the night away at a giant party that ends with fireworks and everyone falling asleep on the grassy lawn of a spacious estate. I imagine wearing a feather in my hair, stockings and short dresses that are heavy with dripping with adornments.
But instead, I was born in 1987. Time of the acid wash jeans, scrunchies, crimped hair, neon colors, L.A. Gear light up shoes, and some of the scariest shoulder pad situations I have ever seen.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

what am i doing and why i am here

Sometimes I stop for a second and think of the lyrics from Leanna Womack's song "Twenty Years & Two Husbands Ago". She says, "With all the wrong turns that I've made,
I'm right where I should be." SOMETIMES I feel that way. I feel like Josh pointed me down a better path than the one I was taking and that being with him actually made me better....
But other times I wonder what in the world I am doing. My adventurous side comes out and makes me want to be mysterious and unknown, instead of being "Wendy's daughter" walking the cobbled streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico with a flowing skirt and wind in my hair without a care in the world and just writing to write instead of to pay the mortgage.
Then I remember that my family doesn't live in PR, I LIKE that people remember who I am (usually) and that Millie's knows that the voice saying "I'd like a cheeseburger without, a regular fry, and a HUGE lemonade" is mine. I also could never afford to just write for fun and how would I pay bills, rent, or whatever without a job? I also know Joshua would not like Puerto Rican life too much, not to mention he doesn't QUITE speak the language.
So instead I focus on the positive things. I am so blessed to have a job, especially one in my field (even though it's a field I kind of want to get out of). I love Macclesfield and being from a place where people hold the door, greet you by name, and treat you with respect (most of the time). And while Macclesfield doesn't have cobblestone streets, it has plenty of endless fields and grass for my dog, Josh and I to play in and Puerto Rico doesn't have a Millie's.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

plot overload

I have a problem, in fact I have several. I promised myself that I will complete at least HALF of my book before 2011 gets here... however I feel like I have a billion different ideas I wish would just spill out my head and into my laptop, instead of me having to sift through each idea in my mind and figure out where they could go before writing them down.
I want to write a book that combines the fashion of books by Cecily Von Ziegesar & Lauren Weisberger with the southern-isms of Dorothea Benton Frank & Mary Kay Andrews. I want people to see the South how I see it, magical and full of life with rolling fields, smiling faces, manners, charm, and family values, not as a close-minded place full of back-roads hicks and trashy country girls.
However, my brain is overloaded with ideas about how I want to say what I've got to say.
Do I want to write a book about Temperance Hall from the point of view of a Yankee who likes a Southern boy and comes home to meet his entire family and falls in love with him as well as the T.Hall community?
Do I want to write about a Southern girl leaving her fiance who she has dated her whole life to run away to a foreign country and meets a new exciting guy and a whole new world?
Maybe I want to write about a successful girl from the South who moves away to the city to write for a big publication only to return home after a failed marriage and layoff to write for a small town newspaper and fall back in love with her high-school sweetheart whose wife (who just happened to be the girl's old best friend) just died?
I wish I could write all of them at once, only I keep getting all their names mixed up and their plots all seem to end up in the same place. I wish I could simply plug my head into computer and just UPLOAD how I see it happening into words.
So, stay tuned. Also, I need help with pseudonyms, because if I write a book about my hometown, I may not want everyone to know I wrote it... how about Lauren Lauderdale, or Elizabeth Edmondson or maybe Kay Dizele....

Thursday, January 7, 2010

i titled this blog inaccurately

I just realized that I my have mis-titled this blog. "On a lighter note" would imply that I write light, funny and carefree things when really I tend to use this blog to vent, rant, & moan. So new rule, I am going to try and be more positive..... after this last little rant.
I am still on the job hunt and I am getting a little fed-up with ECU and their inability to send me my transcripts ONLINE. Which I requested on December 21st. I know they are on break, but shouldn't they have left somebody in the dag-on office during winter break so that they could handle requests. Therefore, my resumes and applications are just hanging out in their giant manilla envelopes (suggestion: always send things you want people to really look at in big envelopes, because they are usually the first thing they open, not the boring little white ones) waiting for my transcripts to join the party.

I thought maybe I'd give out a few secrets to searching for jobs (even though I am apparently not to successful at it)
Here are some great sites to visit for PR, Editorial, and Marketing jobs in the Publications field:
www.mediabistro.com you do have to join this site, but it's free and they don't send out useless emails or anything
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/ Time Warner owns HBO, Time, inc., Southern Living, Warner Brothers, and several other big names, jobs at CNN are also posted here
http://www.meredith.com/meredith_corporate/careers.html (just click on the "Search Jobs" link on the site) Meredith Corporation owns Better Homes & Gardens, Parents, Fitness, Family Circle, Traditional Home, and several other magazines
http://hearstcareers.silkroad.com/hearst/Employment_Listings.html (click on hte Employement Listings link on the site) Hearst Corporation owns magazines such as Cosmo, Country Living, Popular Mechanics, O, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, Seventeen, Esquire, House Beautiful, Marie Claire, Veranda, and the list goes on and on and on...

Happy hunting darlings!