Monday, March 3, 2008

Opinions are a lot like...

What's Jack up to? Today I'll be calling him Stinky because he's in desperate need of a bath. Jack, I'll be washing you and Febreze-ing everything in sight so there no escaping, dude.

This was a weekend full of highs and lows. The low being my migraine getting so bad that I ended up in the ER. There must some budding scientist out there that can cure this thing once and for all. Where are you? After years of this mess I am so over it.

The highs of the weekend, singing Happy Birthday to Nana and going to my local RWA/NYC chapter meeting and hearing my most excellent PIC, Megan give a talk about Plotting By The Seat Of Your Pants. Megan, whose Regency, A Singular Lady, is out with Signet, will be giving this talk at the New England conference in April so if you're attending definitely go see her. You won't be disappointed. I've already tapped Megan for an interview on the subject here which will be coming soon. She had lots of great things to say and one thing that really jumped out at me was when she said, you really have to analyze if you are true pantser and not just a plotter looking to get out of the work. Ah-ha. Something to think about.

On another note I'm really looking forward to watching Barbara Walters' special on The Royals tonight. I just love all things British. Don't ask me why. I guess beneath this tough exterior I'm a girl who longed to be a princess.

That said, this all may be interrupted by Oprah's online class on Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth. You know I love all things Oprah (my motto:all roads lead to Oprah) so of course I picked up Tolle's book. Sadly I'm only up to page 75. It's one of the hardest books I've ever read. Is my brain not on the same plain as his. I read a sentence and am like, huh? Oh well. From what I can understand, Tolle gives really good points on ego and it does have me thinking. That brings me back to my subject line. I really can't stand it when people state their opinions like they are actual facts. Maybe because of Tolle's book that I noticed it jumping out at me all weekend and it really bugged me. It seemed that everyone had something that they thought was really "important" to say. Ugh. Sometimes I feel like no one is listening, but just waiting for the moment that they can jump in and give their opinions. Which goes back to the old saying, Opinions are like butt-holes (clean blog here), everybody has one.

Now, I know that having this blog is the ultimate in ego, but I hope I'm going about it the correct way and never forget that the things written here are just my opinions, not facts. Hmm...Oprah may be on the right track with all this new earth stuff.



keri mikulski :) said...

I picked up "New Earth" too.. I got through about 75 words.. :) Felt too much like school. I think my daughter is drawing on it right now. Glad you're feeling better. Keri :)

Kwana said...

I'm glad I'm not alone with A New Earth, Keri. I'm not totally giving up yet. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for the well wishes.

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

Wow, I'm not alone!!! I was ecstatic to see "A New Earth" on my job's "free table." I grabbed it quickly so I could see what Oprah was talking about.

That was until I started reading it...I think I might be on page 4!!! LOL!! It really is a hard read. I might revisit it and then again...I might not! LOL!!!

Kwana said...

Hi Brown Girl. No you are so not alone! I have to say it does get a bit easier around page 25. What I'm doing is underlining when something actually clicks with me. That said, there is a lot not underlined.

pve design said...

I remember studying Art History and it all making sense when I finally traveled and was able to see it so much of what I had learned from school, from books.
Perhaps it is the same with "A New Earth" - we will need to read it, re-read it, study it, digest it, interpret it (Oprah will do that for us!) and then understand it.
Wonder if he is a pantster?

Megan Frampton said...


Thanks for the props, KJ. I do hope someone discovers the cure for your migraines. And I keep thinking about the need to talk that a lot of people have, too.

Kristen Painter said...

I have too many books already to deal with an Oprah recommendation. I know a lot of people love her (and I do watch her sometimes) but man, most of the books she picks are such downers! Romance hasn't killed anyone yet, you know.

Kwana said...

Thanks Patricia. I have a feeling he is a pantser! Not that that's a bad thing, just be clear, please.

You're welcome, Megan. It was a great talk.

Hi Kristen, I know, wouldn't it be great if for once she picked some wonderful historical fiction romance. No one's ever down after that.

Eileen said...

I hope you are feeling better. The only reason I didn't get the book is because you said it was hard to get into. If you couldn't do it I know I wouldn't want to. I will just watch the show and listen to the Oprah radio show and catch the cliff notes.

Kwana said...

Thanks Eileen I'll let you know if the online class is easier than the book. I hope so. I know you'll get to hear all about it on XM. Smart move.

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