Finding Something Friday on Chicken Soup’s Family Matters (and Tweeting Such)


Sometime this week, I found an email in my Inbox from the Chicken Soup folks. But I just got around to reading it today. Perfect for Finding Something Friday!

Apparently, people just love nutty family stories. You know what I mean: those knee-slapping tales about your mom or dad or cousins or sister-in-law doing those weird and wacky things that made you want to slap them smack in the…um, well, someday you’ll laugh at those stories. Right now, other people will find them HI-larious. So, write them down, send them in to Chicken Soup, and make a bunch of money off Uncle Bob backing into your car so he wouldn’t hit a pregnant squirrel. You won’t make enough money to fix the car, but you can wave the check in Uncle Bob’s face. Oh, and act fast. Deadline is February 28th.

I also found out that on this day in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta. I got that factoid from the Atlanta History Center. Technically, I got that bit of info from a tweet, ’cause the Atlanta History Center is on Twitter. So, if you think Twitter is just 140 character lines about what’s for dinner, it’s time you checked out your museums, aquariums, news services, and even charities. Twitter’s amazing. And okay, a little bit weird and wacky.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that the photo of the Beneficent Mr. Hall that goes along with this post in no way is meant to imply that he is weird and wacky. I can’t help what you infer.

Finding Something Friday: Dark and Light Connections

This week, a friend asked me about Linkedin. She wanted to know a little something something about this business network, and since I’m on LI, she thought I could answer her questions. Namely, what do I use it for?

Hmmmm. So, I had to think a minute. What DO I use it for? Well, connecting with other writers, and interesting folk. This week, I joined in a discussion about the noir genre, and met Mike, who edits the Noir Journal. Which I zipped over to check out, and found lots of fantabulous stuff about Noir.

Now, I don’t write Noir, but I enjoy a good, dark, nobody wins read every once in awhile. And I like when folks kindly link to me in their publications. So, go read Journal 4 (www.noirjournal.typepad.com/noir-journal)and find something dark to read. And if you’re on Linkedin, give me a shout and we’ll make a connection.

And now for something completely different, and a bit lighter. And all about the dog connection. I’m not gonna lie. This video made my day.

Finding Something Friday on Meyers-Briggs and Blogs

Have you ever taken the Meyers-Briggs personality test? The one where you find out if you’re extroverted, or introverted, thinking or feeling, and such? Way back in the day, when I was (apparently) a different personality, I took the test. I came out ENTJ, which was affectionately called “The Field Commandant.” Hmph.

When I took the test (online) today, I came out ISFJ or ESFJ, depending on which test I want to believe. Either way, I’ve changed personalities. I suppose that’s what thirty years of living with the Beneficent Mr. Hall will do to you. I’ve completely lost my bossing around skills. (Um, not even I believe that.)

Most writers tend to be introverted, I think. And probably most fiction writers will score higher on the sensing, feeling side of the test. We have to have that imagination factor in order to write spiffy stories. Blog writing, on the other hand is completely different. Maybe that’s why my blog scored a different personality than me. (I don’t want to get into a whole Frankenstein thing here, but it kinda weirds me out that I created this blog that’s gone and developed its own personality.)

Try it yourself with this Meyers Brigg personality test for your blog. Turns out Cathy C.’s Hall of Fame is an ESFP, known as The Performers. We’re fun and entertaining blogs. Maybe I’m not particularly fun or entertaining, but wheee! My blog is!

Of course, I had to check Cathy on a Stick’s blog. That blog came out ESTP, The Doers. They’re the active and playful types in the blog world. Now, that’s just scary accurate, isn’t it?

Many thanks to Shrinking Violet Promotions, which I found this week, for providing me with this info on the Typealyzer. If you’re looking for a fascinating blog for the shy types, (or any types, really) Shrinking Violets is packed with promotional stuff for writing types .

Now, fly, fly my blog buddies, and find out what type blog you have! And maybe you could share your blog’s personality with the rest of us. (I’m keeping an eye on the old Hall of Fame. It’s already got a personality. Next, it’ll go get a mind of it’s own. Talk about scary!)