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Having spent some years "in the shit," I so appreciate these lines: "In the midst of being in that state, it is hard to imagine that any other feeling can exist. But if we get to the other side, we can discover something remarkable we wouldn’t have noticed otherwise." Yes, yes, yes. And thank you.
1 year ago on My Hilarious Depression
Yuvi, I love this reminder to just be my own damn self. Brilliant, as always.
1 year, 1 month ago on video: Too Hip for the Room: George Carlin
Damn, now I can't decide what to do first. Get an ass tattoo or send you some My Little Ponies.
Fabulous video. Made my day.
1 year, 5 months ago on video: Ponies Are Magic
I went through something similar with my umpteenth revision recently, taking a few of the minor elements and drawing them out. Love this video and the reminder to keep infusing those obsessions with high octane. Thanks Yuvi.
1 year, 5 months ago on Obsessing (with Elizabeth McCracken)
I'm looking forward to seeing more Yuvi videos! Great news for the New Year.
1 year, 6 months ago on video: My New Video Series: The Scribbling Bucket
Smart and brave! Good luck with the new projects, Yuvi.
1 year, 9 months ago on Blog Hiatus
Thanks for setting the challenge. I loved reading the rest of the posts -- new ways to see and, sometimes, tackle fear and failure. Beautifully honest, too. Congrats Yuvi!
1 year, 11 months ago on Fear & Failure Results
Congratulations on your book launch! Here's my contribution to the fear and failure experiment, where I ask "What's the Worst Thing That Could Happen?" Sometimes, it's not good to have an active imagination.
1 year, 11 months ago on The (semi-) Great Fear & Failure Experiment of 2012
Oh, I loved, loved my elementary school library. Once, they thought I had lost a book and I was crushed. (They later found it). I don't remember half my childhood, but I could draw that library from memory. And I loved the encyclopedias (later, in grad school, it was the OED -- all those word secrets!!).
I tend to be fairly focused in social media (except on Pinterest, where I wander). I mostly spend my time on blogs, a little on FB and then Twitter. If there's something that's going around that seems fishy, I check it out on snopes.com.
Great post -- lots to think about.
1 year, 11 months ago on Facebook and the Death of the Encyclopedia Man: Who Can We Trust?
Thanks so much for the feedback. I'll work on these ideas!
1 year, 12 months ago on The Hollywood Guide to a Better Blog Tagline
Okay, my tagline right now is "tales of quirk and wonder". Feedback welcome!
2 years ago on The Hollywood Guide to a Better Blog Tagline
Yeah! Thanks so much. I'll send my information to your email. (And this explanation is so purely Yuvi Zalkow -- humble, funny, anxious . . . pantless). Love it! Can't wait to read (and tweet up) your book.
2 years ago on Crowdsourcing My Anxiety
I vote for "Fresh Ways to Look at Your Crappy Writing" or "10,000 Hours" -- but I'm a fan of all the videos. Good luck! I wish I were on the West Coast so I could cheer you on, or make goofy faces from the audience.
@JudyDunn Sounds fascinating! I love multi-generational tales. I'm working on a novel that is part family saga -- grandmothers, mothers, daughters -- and the complexities of those relationships. I hope you keep us updated on the progress and intricacies of your memoir.
2 years, 1 month ago on Why I’m Dumping the Cat’s Eye Writer Blog
@JudyDunn Thanks so much for checking out our fables. As for our process, Brenda selects the photos and sends them to me, and I write from there. She always, always inspires me, with every picture. I have more fun writing these fables than anything else I'm working on right now. What book are you working on?
This sounds like a great plan! My website is my personal name -- and the blog starts that way too, but the subtitle is "tales of quirk and wonder", to give a sense of what I'm about.
I've been meaning to tell you another little story. Last summer, you held a blog contest, and in the process of entering, reading, and commenting, I met the blogger and photographer Brenda Gottsabend. (http://www.gottgraphicsdesign.com/)
That initial meeting has led to a great friendship and a really fun creative collaboration called "Wing-Feather Fables", a combination of Brenda's amazing photographs and my flash fiction. Here's a link, if you want to check it out: http://lisaahn.com/wing-feather-fables/
Aside from the collaboration, Brenda has become a fantastic, supportive friend. Thank you for providing the space to make that all happen!
Brilliant! I've got to try this with my kids.
As for blogging, much of the reward comes from my interactions with other bloggers!
2 years, 9 months ago on Why Successful Bloggers Always Win The M&M Game
It's funny, because I'm definitely an introvert, but it shows up more in how I need to "recharge" myself -- by spending time alone, writing, reading, thinking. I LOVE twitter chats for many of the reasons you mention here. I've found them to be a great way to connect with other writers and readers. I learn a lot on them -- one example is a recent chat on kid lit that gave me more than a dozen great titles for my kids. I definitely get new followers, but I also find more people to follow as well, which builds my community for the long-term. I actually like the pace of the chats, the rapid fire. It's a fun challenge, and there are so many mini conversations going on at once. I may be an introvert, but I'm also a inveterate multi-tasker. Twitter chats were MADE for people like me. :)
2 years, 10 months ago on Why Twitter Chats Can Be Hard for Introverts- Part 1
I love the advice to learn by trying on new ideas. Fantastic post, with a lot of great points for bloggers and writers.
2 years, 10 months ago on Why You Should Be a Copycat Blogger
Thanks for including my blog, as well as the ones I love to follow! ~ lisa
2 years, 11 months ago on CatsEyeWriter's Readers Know Best: Your Favorite Blogs
@callagold Thank you :) We can all use a good laugh to brighten the day.
3 years ago on Building a Bloggers’ Community: What I Learned at Recess
@bgottsab Thanks Brenda! I always love the beauty of your photographs and artistic insights at http://www.gottgraphicsdesign.com/.
This is why I love to follow your blog. You are so right here -- the best thing about blogging, or about social media in general, is the conversation. And the conversation can only work if we're . . . talking, contributing, putting ourselves into it.
As for my favorite blogs, I always find gems of humor and truth in the writing of Amanda Hoving at http://amandaswrinkledpages.com/
Tawna Fenske makes me laugh milk out of my nose at http://tawnafenske.blogspot.com/
And I can't read enough of the lovely writing of Sarah Callender at http://sarahrcallender.wordpress.com/
@JudyDunn Thanks Judy. I read (lurked!) for a long time first, before I started diving in to make the connections and before I mustered the courage to start my own blog. Twitter helped me get my feet wet. I got used to the camaraderie there, the flow, and transferred that to my approach to blogs. Double the fun!
3 years, 1 month ago on The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Bloggers: It’s Not All About Content
I really like this post for its emphasis on conversation and community. I just started my blog about a month ago, but what I love the most in the blogging world is the connections, the sense of give and take. Thanks for this.
Thanks for the helpful step-by-step and the links. Really good information. ~ lisa
3 years, 1 month ago on Are You CatsEyeWriter’s First Guest Blogger?: Show Me Your Best Post
@bgottsab I loved this post too -- "The Open Road" Artists have their own, magical ways of traveling. http://www.gottgraphicsdesign.com/2011/06/10/the-open-road/
@juliamunroemartin This is a very funny post! Thanks for sharing : ) ~ lisa
@bgottsab Thanks so much Brenda :)
@bgottsab Beautiful photographs and a great post! ~ lisa ahn
This was a really great post for writers -- thanks!
How exactly did the fish end up in the flower pot? http://lisaahn.com/2011/05/18/calamity/