Alright all of you bloggers out there. While some of you have been staying on your toes and being good little bloggers, many of you have been slacking since the holidays. Well, it's time to get off your butts and do some actual writing. The time for being lackadaisical and phoning it in is over. I present to you the A-Z Blogging Challenge.
Beginning Sunday, April 1st Blogging from A-Z is challenging all writers and bloggers alike to write a blog for each letter of the alphabet. Don't panic! You can do this. Start getting your ideas together now. Personally, I have a list of all of the letters and every time I have an idea for one, I write it down. Then whenever you have time, you can start writing blogs, keep them in a file and post them on the correct day in April. A-Z has even been nice enough to give you Sundays off with the exception of the 1st Sunday of the month which kicks off the challenge.
So if you have been feeling uninspired or just haven't been able to conjure up something worth writing about because of restricted blood flow to your head as a result of your New Year's diet resolution, here's your chance to dust off the old brain and get back into the swing of things. No more excuses! Going on vacation? Having a baby? Busy with family? No worries. You can set it up so that your blogs post automatically on the correct days.
Go to http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/ and sign up now. Doing this challenge will not only help you learn to meet a deadline, but will also give you the exposure you have been hoping for since you started blogging.
And don't forget to follow my blog Seriously, WTH? at http://shannan-afterwife.blogspot.com/
Good luck and have fun!
Monday, January 30, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
A few days ago, I was watching the news and heard a story about a North Carolina man in his late fifties that robbed a bank. He woke up, got dressed, called a taxi, then walked into a random bank and handed the teller a note demanding the staggering amount of $1.
Why would a 59 year old man bother to rob a bank and for such a ridiculous amount of money?
|James Richard Verone - Bank robber|
James Richard Verone was in financial ruin. He had worked his whole life and then, like so many Americans, found himself jobless. Desperate for work but unable to find anything substantial, he was forced to take a job as a convenience store clerk. Soon the heavy lifting and daily routine proved too much for his deteriorating body to handle and he reluctantly had to quit. He lived off of his savings for a while, but with no other source of income coming in, quickly exhausted his funds. That is about the time he noticed a protrusion in his chest.
He tried to apply for state aid, but was only approved for food stamps. Refusing to be a burden on his siblings and not wanting to accept money from a charity, he came up with another option: rob a bank.
His intention wasn’t to hurt anyone. In fact, after the teller gave him the dollar, Verone said told her he
|Claude Monet's Water Lillies|
I mean, seriously, WTH?
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t get caught?
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
|Beyonce' and Jay-Z|
While I am certain that upon hearing the name, the first inner reaction from everyone was WTH?!?, the coattail riding, moochers, suck-ups and assistants that are the music industry, fearing banishment from the Kingdom, refrained from the obvious and instead responded with a collective, "Awwwwwww."
|Blue from "Blue's Clues"|
According to reputable websites, and by reputable I mean gossip websites such as OMG, TVNZ and other hard hitting, trustworthy news sites, the couple apparently came up with the name as a tribute to Jay-Z's album "The Blue Print." They were also drawn to the fact that Blue has four letters, and the number 4 is significant to the couple with several birthdays and an anniversary occurring on the 4th day of different months. It is believed that is where the middle name originated from as well. Ivy is allegedly a play on the Roman numeral IV. Although, some sites claim Ivy refers to the strong, hearty vine that grows on houses and trundles. Whatever the thought process was behind the strange moniker the point is this poor kid is going to be saddled with this horrible name for the rest of her life (or at least until she turns 18) because her parents thought they were being cool and trendy.
Blue got me thinking about other trendy, stupid, asinine names celebrities give their children:
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis:
Rumer Glenn (Because everyone loves rumors and Glenn is such a feminine name);
Scout (Also feminine , WTH?)
Tellulah (Seriously-what were they smoking when they came up with that?!?)
Gwenyth Paltrow and Chris Martin:
Apple (Because apparently, she is fruity)
Any of the Pheonix kids:
Rainbow Joan of Arc (Seriously who has "of" in their name?)
Moon Unit (What exactly is a "Moon Unit?")
Diva Muffin (No doubt bedazzled and filled with fiber)
(I swear, I'm not making these up)
Sage Moon Blood
Zuma Nesta Rock
Shannyn Sossoman (Actress: A Knight's Tale; 40 Days and 40 Nights):
Courtney Cox and David Arquette:
Coco (As in hot chocolate or the monkey)
Puma (As in the cat or the shoes)
Seven (George Costanza is going to be SO pissed!)
OK he didn't have celebrity parents, but his grandfather that named him was a comedian. Shia's name means "Thank God for beef."
I am assuming most of these names were decided upon during a drugged out haze, but I just can't believe there are that many drugs in the world that could ever make a parent burst out with glee, "Yes! Yes! That's it! I christen thee Moon Beam Shitface!" and even worse have your spouse agree with your revelation. The really sad thing is pretty soon all the wannabes will start popping out kids and there will be little Blues, Audio Sciences and Moonbeam Shitfaces showing up on playgrounds everywhere.
I guess these kids should all be thankful that their parents have so much freakin' money that they will never have to go on a job interview. And as for Blue, I guess it could be worse. Jay-Z could have named his album "The Orange Print."
What is the strangest celebrity baby name or non-celebrity baby name you have ever heard?