Strange, Entertaining Things

I never used to read blogs, unless the Oatmeal counts. Or the occasional read on io9. But it wasn’t until I actually started blogging that I discovered how awesome the blogging community was. Especially here on WordPress (no offense to Blogger users). We’re a fairly tight knit community on the WP. I try to keep up with Blogger blogs, but have found interaction on that platform to be extremely lacking. I still get to them sometimes, when I can.

So, having that in mind, knowing how rarely I get over to Blogger, there is one blog I make the time for, even with the annoying Blogger platform. And that, my friends, is the blog It Just Gets Stranger.

It’s thanks to the BFF I found this blog at all. She put me onto the post that put this Stranger blog on the map: the infamous Snuggie Texts (they even made the news). And since then there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think: “Hmmm, wonder what that weirdo’s up to today?”

I’m kidding! Okay, only sort of. (See Meow That Tune).

But more often than not, these posts easily work as inspiration for comics. I’ve given the Scribbles treatment to a few of my favorite posts, but fear not ye time-wasters, there’s plenty of hullabaloo to be had on Stranger for hours and hours to come.

SNUGGIE TEXTS

Let’s start at the very beginning. For me at least. Warning! Reading this post may cause you a fit of the giggles you won’t soon see the end of.

snuggieEver received an accidental text? Well, Eli did, and instead of ignoring it or texting back she had the wrong number, he decided to run with it. See what shenanigans follow when Eli and the Unknown texter fight about what’s better to get their “mutual” friend Beth for her wedding.

Snuggie Texts is a part of a series on the blog called “Messing With People.” If you don’t have time to scour the whole blog, go to the “Messing With People” section for the giggles. Be sure to follow up with with Snuggie Texts Part II.

And the comic I drew is my favorite part of the whole interaction, especially that Unknown didn’t think something was up at that point and continued on texting. 🙂

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Rice-A-Roni and a Win

For the next two weeks I’ll be in the San Francisco area, which means blog posts will be more sporadic and infrequent until the 24th or so. It’s vacation time! I intend to see all that San Fran has to offer, maybe meet up with some friends, and eventually heading up the coast to the Redwood National Park. Maybe I’ll just do some picture blogging. I think I can handle that. No promises though.

So, probably like you, I think of Rice-A-Roni when I think of San Francisco. Well, that and clam chowder and Ghirardelli chocolate. But the point is, I was curious as to why it is the San Francisco treat. Well, once upon a time, an Italian immigrant named Domenico DeDomenico moved to San Francisco and had a bunch of kids who were friends with these Armenians who served a rice pilaf dish that inspired the rice macaroni combination. Add a little chicken broth, bada bing, bada boom: Rice-A-Roni. It was one of those “I came to this country with $5 in my pocket and created this food empire” stories. Aaaaaaah, good ol’ American dreams.

So it really is the San Francisco treat. I probably still won’t eat any while I’m there though.

Okay, and now for the win. No, not that kind of win. Trust me, when I’ve accomplished that win, I’ll use the big font.

Like this!

My friend and likely many of yours as well, Emmie Mears has gotten together with a bunch of cool peeps to for the Searching for Superwomen blog, where geek girls get their geek on. They’re inviting everyone to contribute, male or female, when it comes to talking about showcasing superhero women, girl heroes, and addressing remaining attitudes of feminism in media today. I encourage you to check it out.

Searching for Superwomen

The part where the win comes in, is they recently had a design contest where contestants were invited to design the header, Twitter, Facebook, etc. profile pics. And yours truly, was the winner. 😀

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What did winning include? Oh, a little Amazon cash, and goodies like a Walking Dead comic. Plus a chance to get a little more of my designs out there. Who knows, I may want to freelance a bit in the future. 🙂

Check out the Twitter account and Facebook page to see more of my designs and definitely stop by the Searching for Superwomen blog to check out great articles and maybe see if you want to contribute one yourself in the future.

Next time we meet, I’ll be broadcasting from San Fran, hopefully with awesome pics (or maybe if there’s an incidental plane ride along the way).

Did you know about Rice-A-Roni? Have you been to San Fran? Any places you’d recommend I see or go to eat? Can you catch all of the geek references in my banner design?

AFB: Emmie Mears

Welcome to April’s Featured Blog, something I’ll be posting here on Lit and Scribbles most of the month to introduce all of you to perhaps some new future friends and get to know a little more about your blogging community.

Today we’re going to chat it up with my friend Emmie Mears whom I got to know via Pitch Wars and who has recently acquired representation. Emmie writes about vamps, Scotland, writing and other fun stuff over at EmmieMears.com and soon she’ll be the published author of SHRIKE, an urban fantasy.

WHO IS EMMIE MEARS?: Student of history. Gamer. Language nerd. Displaced Celt.Emmie spends at least an hour a day preparing for or thinking about the zombie apocalypse.Future calamity notwithstanding, Emmie hunts stories in dark alleys and in stone circles and spends most nights listening for something that goes bump.

Emmie lives outside D.C. with her husband, a husky puppy who talks too much, and a tabby who thinks she’s a tiger.She is currently mucking up the lives of demon-hunters and mythology professors for her current projects. Emmie is represented by Jessica Negrón of Talcott Notch Literary Services.

J: Okay Emmie, when did you first start blogging and what is your blog about?

EM: I’ve been blogging for over a decade, but I started this blog about four years ago. At first, I wrote intermittently about writing, but in the last couple years I’ve moved toward writing about fantasy, urban fantasy, television shows, and superheroes. For the funsies!

J: Which of your posts was the most fun to write and why?

EM: Oh, there have been a ton! Anything Buffy-related is usually a blast to write about, because a lot of my readers are big Buffy fans. I also have enjoyed some of the list style posts, ie: Top 10 Superheroes It Would Really Suck to Be.

100postemmieJ: What type of stories do you write?

EM: I write adult urban fantasy, usually of a gritty-yet-quirky variety. My books tend to get dark, but I am an adherent of Joss Whedon’s admonition: “Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.”

J: Protagonist excluded, which of your characters is your favorite?

EM: Hmm. Good question. I have a character called Jezebel in the trilogy that was my first real fiction project. She started out a secondary character and had such a distinctive voice that she became a POV character sheerly because she was so fun to write. In my current WIP, I really love this half-demon hybrid called Mason. He struggles against his nature and has a deep love of the mother who died giving birth to him, and he wants more than anything to believe that others like him will try to be better than they were born to be.

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AFB: Miss Alexandrina Brant

Welcome to April’s Featured Blog, something I’ll be posting here on Lit and Scribbles most of the month to introduce all of you to perhaps some new future friends and get to know a little more about your blogging community.

Let’s chat with Alex Brant, writer of the blog Miss Alexandrina Brant. Tell us who you are Alex:

AB: I’m officially Alexandrina, but friends call me ‘Alex’. Alex Brant. A 17-year-old student of Latin, Religious Studies and Psychology, with stupidly curly hair, I spend most of my free-time thinking about writing, but when I’m not doing anything serious, I puzzle-solve or play computer games. Such is the life of a teenager!

J: When did you first start blogging and what is your blog about?

AB: I created the Miss Alexandrina blog January last year, but didn’t really start blogging until about October time. My tag-line is ‘the thinking space of a not-quite novelist’, and it’s true that I post anything I come up with. I’ve tried structure; it doesn’t quite work for me. Overall, I try and keep to topics of writing, music, psychology and philosophy and photography.

J: Which of your posts was the most fun to write and why?

AB: Probably the Next Big Thing one – it’s certainly attracted some of the most visitors for one post. I had to put faces to names, hunting for the perfect actors to fill the faceless mannequins in my visuo-spatial sketchpad; and, thereafter, the characters did take on a new depth. Plus, it made the idea of publishing a novel more real for me.

J: What type of stories do you write?

AB: Although When the Clock Broke, my biggest novel, is a NA steampunk-sci-fi romance, my favourite genre is actually the mystery genre, and I have written both contemporary mystery and Agatha-Christie-era novels. I tend to stay away from shorts under 10K, but, genre-wise, I think the only genres I stay away from are urban supernatural (think: werewolves, vampires, zombies) and gore-horror. I prefer psychological horror because there’s that mystery element to it.

J: Protagonist excluded, which of your characters is your favorite?

AB: Apart from the main character(s), I don’t really have firm favourites. At the moment, I like the young maid, Tia Carnassus, because she’s recently become a RC (Recurring Character) for the planned sequels, so I’m happily delving further into her character. Although she says she’s an orphan, I’ve recently found out that she has a long-lost niece, and this adds to the self-centred young women, willing to trick others for the sake of her ambition, who’s just getting acquainted with her antagonistic side.

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Come April, It’s All About Blogs

I’ve learned a lot about blogging over the past year and one of the greatest benefits of blogging is being part of a great community. That’s why for a significant portion of April I’ve decided to feature the blogs of some of my followers so you can get to know them and expand the circle of your blogger friends. These are great peeps whose blogs I pay extra attention to, and I hope once you get to know them you’ll find you want to do the same.

QUESTIONS

I’ve posed to each author of the blog some questions, such as who their favorite authors are and any advice they have on writing. Some of them are published, some of them are working to become such, but they’ve all got great experiences to share. I also throw in a few things like what superpower they’d want and where’s the farthest away from home they’ve traveled.

COMMUNITY

I’ve encouraged these fab bloggers to be available when their posts go up so you can ask more questions and get to know them better. And with this crowd, you’ll definitely want to know more about them.

But since this is all about community, I think it would be fabulous if you featured a few blogs yourself so we can also expand our circles of blogger friends. If you want, you can pingback to this post or any of the posts featuring bloggers, then we’ll know to come looking.

Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I find it difficult to navigate WordPress in search of like-minded individuals—even when I do use tags. That’s why I like the idea of featuring bloggers, so everyone doesn’t have to work so hard to find friends. If we all share, we all gain.

THE PLAN

My intention was to feature a new blogger Tuesdays-Thursdays of April (if everyone I’ve asked responds). But you don’t have to do so many. It could be one a week or just a couple. But here on Lit and Scribbles, expect Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of April to be a chance for you to make new friends.

Oh, and people whom I’ve sent emails to who haven’t responded… You may get some gentle prodding from me today. 😉

The featuring begins Tuesday!