Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thirteen People I'd Like to Meet


Thirteen Things about Samara Leigh

The Thirteen People I'd Most Like to Meet
(Living or Dead)

  1. My Maternal Grandparents
  2. Princess Diana
  3. Madame CJ Walker
  4. Angelina Jolie
  5. Mahatma Gandhi
  6. Leonardo DiCaprio
  7. Jane Austen
  8. Angela Bassett
  9. Madonna
  10. Sean Penn
  11. Oprah Winfrey
  12. Judy Blume
  13. LL Cool J
See the rest of the list here.

Other Thursday Thirteeners

Lara @ LaraChronicles.blogspot.com

Vixen @ VixensDen.wordpress.com

Nancy Bond @ NancyBond.blogspot.com

Gabriella Hewitt @ GabriellaHewitt.com/blog

The Diva @ IAmTheDiva.blogspot.com

Mom Huebert @ chocolateaftersupper.blogspot.com/

(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)



Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!


The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!





Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Living in the Now


Planning is important. Without goals and plans we don't get very far in life. But it's not healthy for us to spend so much time thinking about the days, months, and years ahead that we miss the joy of experiences in the moment, in the now.


This a subject that GQ Jones and I often debate. From the moment my son turned 17, GQ would keep telling him "You're practically 18." He starts every vacation day by counting the number of days until he returns to work: "Well, just four more days left of my vacation." I love him to death, but it drives me freakin' crazy.


Now my son - who is at times like GQ congealed - has started to do the same. Here was today's conversation at 1PM:


Mini Record Mogul: "Wow, it's almost Friday again. The weeks are passing so fast these days."


Me (Who has trouble keeping track of my days of the week): "It is Tuesday, isn't it?"


MRM: "Yeah, but I'm just saying. It's almost Friday."


Me: "But, it's Tuesday."


MRM: "But in three days it'll be Friday."


Me: "But, that's three days from now."


MRM: "I know. But before you know it, I'll be chillin' and relaxing."


Me: "On Tuesday-Friday?"


MRM: "Yep."


Alrighty then. I've spent enough of my life waiting for this or that to happen. Like this one thing would make everything good, better, or at least okay. Maybe it's just being on the other side of 35. But, I am determined to get the maximum out of every single moment of my life. I'm planning for tomorrow. But, I'm living in the now.





Saturday, August 25, 2007

Where Did These Psychos Come From?


Okay, first of all, I'm not going to jump all over rapper, DMX, until more substantive information comes forth. That having been said...

Are these guys out of their f#*%ing minds?! First Michael Vick is discovered to be running a dogfighting ring - and thank goodness, we are no longer forced to claim that these are 'alleged charges.' Dude copped to a plea agreement after his boys started singing like birds. The NFL quickly reacted by delivering a indefinite suspension for the former star quarterback. Now they've recovered 12 undernourished pit bulls and recovered the bodies of at least 3 dead dogs at the Arizona home of rapper DMX.

Ironic that his last album is entitled Year of the Dog...Again. On his website he's holding on to the chain of a fierce dog, teeth bared, and looking like he could eat Manhattan. The dog, that is. Not DMX.

The more I talk to people on this issue I've discovered that in many sectors of the United States dogfighting is considered - and I quote - "a legitimate sport," much like greyhound racing. The difference - I always remind people who offer this argument - is that in dogracing or horseracing the animals are not there for the sole purpose of fighting to the death. Cockfighting, while not currently in the limelight, is just as cruel and ugly. People are more passionate about dogfighting vs. cockfighting is because of our strong affinity, as humans, for dogs.
Both sports are bloodthirsty and cruel. They put us just inches away from being like the Colisseums full of Romans whose insatiable thirst to see human blood spilled fueled the Gladiator games.
If we're being reduced to becoming a society where large segments find watching animals fight to death entertaining, is it any wonder that we live in such a violent society? But then again, I think boxing and wrestling are pretty damn barbaric, too.

What do you think?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thirteen CDs Currently in Rotation


Thirteen Things about Samara Leigh

The Thirteen CDs I Currently Have in Rotation

  1. The Evolution of Robin Thicke
  2. Introducing Joss Stone
  3. Elliott Yamin
  4. Daughtry
  5. Chris Brown
  6. Luvanmusiq - Muziq
  7. Worldwide Underground - Erykah Badu
  8. The Great Works of Johann Sebastian Bach
  9. Putumayo Presents: Asian Lounge
  10. X&Y - Coldplay
  11. 2:35 PM - Calvin Richardson
  12. Stripped - Christina Aguilera
  13. Kingdom Come - Jay-Z

Other Thursday Thirteeners

Lara @ LaraChronicles.blogspot.com

Vixen @ VixensDen.wordpress.com

Nancy Bond @ NancyBond.blogspot.com

Gabriella Hewitt @ GabriellaHewitt.com/blog

The Diva @ IAmTheDiva.blogspot.com

Mom Huebert @ chocolateaftersupper.blogspot.com/

(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)



Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!


The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!





Tuesday, August 21, 2007

It's So Nice to Be Understood...

I absolutely love this commercial. It is the cutest thing. It does a great job of illustrating the special relationship you share with friends who really "get" you.

I am thankful to have friends like that.

Namaste,

Samara Leigh

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Thursday Thirteen: Thirteen Things I Do When I Am Supposed to be Writing


Thirteen Things about Samara Leigh

Thirteen Things I'm Probably Doing When I Should Be Writing

  1. Checking email
  2. Answering instant messages
  3. Rearranging my desk
  4. Updating my website
  5. Creating a new website
  6. Surfing the web
  7. Reading a book
  8. Writing a new story
  9. Playing Scrabble
  10. Walking
  11. On the telephone
  12. Family time
  13. Watching The Closer or Burn Notice

Other Thursday Thirteeners

Lara @ LaraChronicles.blogspot.com

Vixen @ VixensDen.wordpress.com

Nancy Bond @ NancyBond.blogspot.com

Gabriella Hewitt @ GabriellaHewitt.com/blog

The Diva @ IAmTheDiva.blogspot.com

Mom Huebert @ chocolateaftersupper.blogspot.com/

(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)



Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!


The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!





Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Fast Draft - Get That Novel Done

This week I've been participating in Candy Haven's Fast Draft. The idea is to essentially write about 5,000 words, or 20 pages per day of either a new novel, or a work in progress. I'll admit, my initial goal was only 3,500 and I was quite happy with it, but I am teamed up with some really great women who are motivating and encouraging.

One of the things that we are repeatedly admonished is to banish all distractions - email, telephone, voicemail, IM, TV. Okay, I've been doing so-so there. Then there is the big one: To send your Internal Editor (IE) packing. While I am not in my usual frenzy, I am doing a little bit of revising. Not on purpose, of course. It sort of happens before I even realize it. Mostly because rereading the last few pages before I begin writing is a ritual for me - and another rule I am not doing so well at keeping.

Fast Draft lasts for two weeks. By the end of the week, I hope that I will be able to conquer many of these tendencies. My current progress on the project I'm working on is displayed on the meter below.

I'd like to introduce you to my teammates - funny, amazing, inspiring women who are definitely worth meeting. Hop on over to their cyber homes to say hello:

Margery Scott

Carol Burge

Nancy Kay Bowden.

As Carol would say, Happy Writing. As Margery would say, Go Team, Go!. As Nancy Kay would say, Hugs!

Namaste,

Samara

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
24,543 / 50,000
(48.0%)

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

What Lessons Have You Learned Since Turning Thirty?


A funny thing happened after I turned 30: I began to feel a rushing sense of what ifs and why nots. What if I'd gotten married later in life? Why not have an actual career, instead of just a job? What do I really want to do with my life? And let's not forget... Why do people keep calling me ma'am? (That seriously makes me want to hit a teeny bopper).

I began to feel like a bit of a rebel. There was no bra-burning or door slamming. Yet, I definitely had feelings of rebellion and resentment. I was at a point where I felt I had not made the most advantageous use of "the best years of my life" - hold the booing, I was still naive about how great being 30 and beyond could be at the time. I questioned the things I'd been taught, the things I'd chosen to believe, and the fact that I'd summarily dismissed my hopes and dreams for the greater good.

I was resentful. I primarily resented myself for letting it happen, yet still lacked the courage to really do anything about it. As any positive thinker knows - which I now am, thank you very much - such negative thoughts are bound to lead to trouble. Bad decisions were made. However, there were lots of really important lessons learned, too.

As I talked to friends, family, etc. I discovered that many women experienced this same sort of period of pain and growth in their 30s. Thus my Adventures of a 30-Something Rebel was born. I wanted to create a space where women could share the reflections, experiences, and wisdom earned during their 30s for two reasons:

  1. Catharsis - Anyone woman over 30 knows the importance of sharing her experience with other women. We're not usually looking for answers, just a listening ear. Someone to tell us that they understand, or that they've had a similar experience. That we're not crazy. That things will work out in the end.
  2. To help other women learn from our mistakes and from the things that we got right, but only wished we'd done sooner.
You'll find some really wonderful women profiled on the site. Many of them are fabulously 40, or Baby Boomer Divas who have graciously shared the lessons that they learned in their 30s and what it has helped them to achieve later in their lives. Hop on over to the site. We'd love to hear your story.

Namaste,

Samara