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Wow, you included the trailer in G & T! Yes, This:"The books made me want to wash my eyeballs out with bleach because the writing was so atrocious"... so so so atrocious. To this day whenever I read that he or she "cocked" their head in any book I cringe.

I saw the trailer thinking that the writing was so darn awful so the script by default has to be better.... and yes curious but the trailer didn't have me convinced. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Gin and Topics: Kid Calls 911 for Help with Homework

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Ha! Will be stuck in my head too all day I'm sure.

Gini, I miss the old days of twitter too. Sigh.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Seven Step Process for Media Relations

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Happy Friday Bob! Although I heard Bob speak at last year's Social Capital Conference in Ottawa (great session; great sense of humour) I actually got to meet him and chat with him  at Gini's book event in Ottawa. Bob, lovely to learn a little bit more about you today and looking forward to seeing you again sometime. Have an awesome weekend.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Bob LeDrew

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While I was decompressing with a glass of wine, he slid a box of stationery to me. He’d picked it up in the museum because he wanted me to have a little bit of the art to take home.

Great gift!

1 month, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Bob LeDrew

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I pulled up to the museum, Bob took one look at me, and said, “We’re ditching this idea.” He took me across the street for a drink.

Smart!

1 month, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Bob LeDrew

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Do it Tara. I love it for so many reasons too. There are so many different kinds too. You can find the one that's right for you :)

1 month, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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Absolutely love this post and couldn't agree more. Everyone's definition of success and having it all is different. Far too many people judge others based on their own personal definition of success which of course may not apply to you, me and the other ones.

1 month, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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But it got everyone up in arms, including Kim Kardashian who very clearly is an expert on having it all.

Of course, clearly :)

1 month, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@KateNolan @ginidietrich done! It's on my summer list . Thank you!

2 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laney Namanny

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Hi Laney, so nice to *meet* you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  I know, it's so hard to pick just one book! The Book Thief is on my list of books to read, I have heard many great things about that one recently. Pintology sounds very interesting - I will be sure to check it out. Hope you have an awesome birthday!

2 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laney Namanny

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@DeltaJones I saw your suggestion about February. It looks good and eventually I hope to pick it up. I love adding to the book list even if I don't get around to all of them. 

2 months ago on 10 Books To Read This Summer

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@Genene Murphy @RobBiesenbach Thanks for this recommendation. I'll have to check it out although I hope the "big book" part doesn't deter me.


2 months, 1 week ago on Summer Reading: Five Novels and One Business Book

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@Genene Murphy You are right. The last pages are golden. I actually read them several times. Yes, so worth it to get to the end. @biggreenpen it's such a rich story - there is so much more good stuff. Enjoy!


2 months, 1 week ago on Summer Reading: Five Novels and One Business Book

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Love the summer reading posts. I am working on mine this week as well. I am glad you got around to reading The Dinner and it made the list! He has a new one that just came out I believe - Summer House with Swimming Pool. I plan on checking out.  I enjoyed The Husband's Secret as well. She has a new one coming out in July called Big Little Lies.

I finally  finished The Goldfinch and would definitely recommend it. Also I just finished The Rosie Project if you are looking for something cute and a fast read!

2 months, 1 week ago on Summer Reading: Five Novels and One Business Book

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@ginidietrich @danielghebert uh oh! Here she goes again :) but yes Dumb indeed.

2 months, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: Word Sneak and Baby Giggles

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@danielghebert I hate when you click on something and it's not available in Canada! Boo is right!!! And Jimmy Fallon... Thanks for sharing that one. So funny, Keanu Reeves was indeed priceless @ginidietrich 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Word Sneak and Baby Giggles

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@ClayMorgan I agree with you about my shopping experience at Target in the states- yes usually very good. Unfortunately in Canada, not so much. For the large part, it feels like all they did was remove the old Zellers  sign and slapped on the Target sign. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Target in Crisis: Five Lessons from the Chief Marketing Officer

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@ginidietrich @jasonkonopinski It's stuck in my head since yesterday. Thanks a lot! Have a great long weekend!

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: A Memorial Day White Pants Phenomenon

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@LauraPetrolino Yes!!!!!! would so love to meet you in real life with or without unicorns!! Chances are better now that you are moving closer geographically. Plus I am in the Boston area on average every year.... Hope you love New England as much as I did while living there.  @lizreusswig  

3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laura Petrolino

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@lizreusswig  Agreed. Seeing/hearing Laura either makes me smile or laugh hysterically - both wonderful things


3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laura Petrolino

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@ginidietrich I find it exhausting justifying myself all the time and I wish it didn't bother me the way it does.  How do you deal with it? Do you just say no and laugh it off like you mention  or do you take the time to set it straight (even if they still won't get it despite that)?

3 months, 1 week ago on Run a Virtual Company with these Seven Tips

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@ginidietrich @DigitaleMspace Sometimes nothing sucks the energy out of you like listening to other people complain about one another. (Note the use of the word suck in that sentence. Not a bad word connotation at all ;) !!! )

3 months, 1 week ago on Run a Virtual Company with these Seven Tips

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Totally agree with this. And no doubt there are challenges like with anything but agreed with the comments, you are ahead of the curve. Many people just don't get that I am working because currently I freelance from home. Even if I accomplished half as much but went to an actual office space, I'd be working, according to

them. Perception I guess. As for productivity, the days my boss allowed me reluctantly to work from home in my previous job (crown Corp) were leaps and bounds more productive. Beats someone coming in to your cube every 5 minutes to complain about how so and so got in at 10:00 am and other such things that just make the environment toxic by the end of the day.

3 months, 1 week ago on Run a Virtual Company with these Seven Tips

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@jptoyrental  ah! I should have given you Three Cups first  to read before donating it. If you are still interested,  borrow from the library first or download a preview before buying it. As for donating more, there'll be more opportunities for sure :)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Books: To Have And To Hold or Give Away

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@StefanyPage  I attempted to read it three different times. I just couldn't get past the first 20 - 30 pages each time and just found the writing style wasn't really for me. So finally, it was time to let go. Also, I have heard similar feedback from many - that they just couldn't get through it. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Books: To Have And To Hold or Give Away

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@ginidietrich Yes I can just see it - the next big blockbuster or maybe it will be a story line on next season's House of Cards - the govt. conspiracy behind it all.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Lip-Sync Battle and the Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy

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Absolutely. So sweet, easy to get teared up with him.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Lip-Sync Battle and the Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy

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Aw! (Grandpa's reaction) - so sweet. The boys cracked me up, love Emma (good question re. bobby pins) and OMG, the woman ... wow. just wow!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Lip-Sync Battle and the Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy

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Yes good idea and timing given that the namesake is back in a couple of weeks! Yay!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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Love the story of how you both met. Also the part about letting her know why you wouldn't call till you could - awesome. 


We hear  about you from Gini from time to time and see your G & T submissions, but lovely to get to know you better. Happy early birthday! Have a fantastic one.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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@ginidietrich @EdenSpodek  If you did measure/track the campaign, I'd be very interested in seeing those insights as well (Blog post part 2)

3 months, 4 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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@Eleanor Pierce  So true! Well put.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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Interesting results and learnings. A great case study. Thanks for sharing.. Also thank you for letting me be part of the Ambassador program. It's been great fun. As you know, I loved the book. And YAY! Finally got to meet you IRL.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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Friendships were formed, I was made fun of pretty consistently (see above photo), and we solved some world problems.

I would be totally fine with being made fun of pretty consistently too if I got to stand next to RDJ (even if it's only picmonkey'd) :) Eden Spodek, this was my favourite of all your amazing artwork!

3 months, 4 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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@ginidietrich I just finished The Husband's Secret a couple reads ago. Enjoy!

4 months ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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@ginidietrich ok. If you do let me know what you think (especially compared to the following two references). I'll just say that I am not sure why the WSJ  called it the  "European Gone Girl".  If I had to compare I would put it more in the Defending Jacob category. 

4 months ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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@ginidietrich  I hear that often about that one. Have you read The Dinner by Herman Koch?

4 months ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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@Danny Brown @ginidietrich  That's a shame (that he was a huge a**). Good to know and ha! true now you really don't have to worry about it either way:) 

4 months ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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Most times if I don't it does bother me. I'll give it my best shot especially if it's won awards/critical acclaim or I've paid full price and despite that if it doesn't work then I let it go and I'm ok with it. Like Three Cups of Tea. Tried three times over a few years, couldn't get past the first 20-30 pages each time. I know the story sounded great but couldn't get through that style of writing I guess.

4 months ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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I make such promises too. They help! Currently I have told myself that I am not allowed to pick up another book until I finish The Goldfinch. Perhaps it's the size of the book but I started it in Jan, read like 8 books in between (including Spin Sucks), and just picked it up again.

4 months ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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Love this post. Thanks for sharing the study/findings. That, in general,  reading more makes you a better writer has always inherently made sense to me (study or no study) . My issue currently is that I have mostly only been reading and not writing as much as I'd like to. One of the "problems" I have with reading that it's addictive. Once I finish a really satisfying read I just need more and move on to the next one. Last year I wrote a lot more than I read. I am working on finding that balance.

4 months ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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They discovered literary fiction versus commercial fiction was more results-producing when it comes to empathy because, with the former, you read about the complex lives or a person (or people) and put yourself in their shoes throughout the story.

Very interesting. Makes sense.

4 months ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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If you are a long-term reader of Spin Sucks, you know I’m a big fan of reading fiction to help your storytelling and content development.

Yes!

4 months ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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You highlight it, click the little balloon that pops up and a comment box appears.

Cool!

4 months ago on Livefyre Sidenotes: Super Cool New Feature

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@biggreenpen I believe it and it gets very frustrating to watch them expend all that effort trying to fake it and then get away with it while you are working hard. sigh! 

4 months, 1 week ago on Don’t Maintain Your Reputation, Build It

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