I don't know about you, but I've been sick of The Twilight phenomenon pretty much since it started. It's not that I don't like vampires...Hello? My favorite show of all-time is "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I just like a little creativity and substance with my fang-friendly creatures. Despite their popularity, I just never felt like I got that with Twilight or shows like True Blood.
And honestly, I always thought it was a bit of a cop-out that after Twilight became the "It" book series, that everyone jumped on the vamp bandwagon. Come on, everyone...is it impossible to come up with the next big thing, without riding on the coattails of the current obsession?
Okay, rant over now. Apparently Twilight author, Stephenie Meyer, is officially sick of the pale characters herself. So much in fact that she's balking on writing the much-anticipated companion book to the series called Midnight Sun. Midnight Sun is supposed to be Twilight told from the perspective of Edward Cullen. As much as her fans are itching for another book, Stephenie is feeling a bit vamped-out.
“I know that’s what everyone cares about,” the New York Times quoted Meyer as telling bloggers who met her personally. “I also know that the right answer would be for me to say, ‘Oh yeah, it’s done! And it’ll be out next month!’ But that’s not true. What’s true is that I’m really burned out on vampires. And I don’t want to write it badly,” she said.
“I want to wait until I’m excited about the material again, and I’m excited about Edward, and that it’s something that’s motivating. You know, when a story is keeping me up at night, and I’m waking up at four in the morning and thinking ‘Yes! That is what is what should happen in this moment!’
“So right now it feels like homework, it really does. And when things feel like homework they go very, very slowly for me. You know, I have my share of human stubbornness and I have to tell you, it’s a little bit hard when people are like, ‘This is the only thing you can do, and it’s the only thing we care about!’ And, you’re kind of like a 3-year-old, you want to be like ‘I’m gonna do what I wanna do!’ Yeah. ‘You’re not the boss of me!’” she added.
Waiting until people aren't sick of vampires again? Hey, that's fine with me. In the meantime, what do you think will be the next big obsession? Witches? Werewolves? Zombies? Leave your guesses in the comments below!
There was a point growing up when I went from loving my summer vacations with my family to resenting them. I hated the fact that I was being pulled away from my friends for a week and being forced to hang out with my parents and sisters. I was convinced that my BFF's were all having so much more fun than I was and I was going to be missing out on something big back home while I was away. Because of this, I insisted on complaining and scowling the whole beginning of the trip, trying to make everyone around me just as miserable as I was.
What ended up happening was that I eventually got over myself and actually had fun--although I never would've admitted it to my parents (Check out the pic here for proof...can you find me?). So, if you're headed away for your family vaca, why not cut out the teen angst and get right to having fun? Here are a few ways to have a good time right from the start and maximize your enjoyment while you're away...because the truth is, whether you complain or not, you're stuck going. Might as well enjoy it.
1. Be pleasant and get what you want. Like I said, you're stuck on this vacation, so arguing about it is pretty much pointless. If you have a good attitude from the beginning, your parents are more likely to say "yes" when you ask whether you can have desert for breakfast, go play mini-golf with your siblings or stay up an extra hour to finish the movie you've been dying to watch.
2. Go on an adventure. Whether you're at the beach, in the woods camping, at an amusement park or visiting family in another state, there are always opportunities for adventure. Look for buried treasure, search for the perfect pair of sunglasses, find your summer crush, or simply seek out your secret hideaway. Whatever you choose to do, will get your adrenaline pumping and leave you feeling excited and happy.
3. Try something new. Make it a point every day to try something you haven't before. Whether it's a new food (chocolate banana cake, anyone?) or waking up at sunrise to watch the view, venturing into the unknown will keep you on your toes and open your eyes to fun and exciting experiences.
4. Make new friends. No matter where you end up, chances are there are other kids your age bored and looking for something to do. This is the perfect time to get to know your neighbors and possibly make a new friend. Not only does this mean more fun for you while you're away, but it allows you to go home with a new Facebook friend.
5. Enjoy the food. Vacation has a way of making people indulge. And this can be great for you, because you'll end up reaping the rewards. Desert every night? Yes, please. Steak instead of burgers? Mmmm! Cool watermelon, smooth ice cream and heaps of french fries...Vacation's not a time to diet and since you're away from home, your regular meals don't apply. Enjoy the food free-for-all before heading back to more healthy fare.
6. Sit back and relax. You can do this on the beach while you're getting a tan, or on the porch in a hammock while reading a book. Whatever you choose, make sure to schedule in some down-time in between all the fun activities you've set to do. It's never fun heading back home feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation.
7. Leave your cell in your room. I know this one's hard to do, and you're probably thinking, "Is this girl crazy?!?!" But trust me...the world's not going to end if you give yourself a few hours sans phone and computer. Truly allow yourself to unwind and enjoy the carefree atmosphere--free from drama, responsibility and stress--by turning all your electronics to "Off" for a few hours each day. Chances are, when you power back on later, you'll realize that no one but you knew that you were even gone.
I don't know about you, but I was a fan of Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell without even reading it...and this was mostly because I was already such a huge fan of the show. And if the show was based on the book, then how could I not like it? (I have to admit here that I still haven't read the book...I know, what kind of book nerd am I, choosing a TV show over the original creation?)
When have you ever heard of a couple meeting on a reality show and actually staying together? Neither had I...until I discovered something truly shocking about my newest co-worker, Jess.
Now, I've known Jess for several months now, but we've never really sat down and had a serious girl talk. You know, about her hopes and dreams, her most embarrassing moments, her biggest secrets and fears or even about her relationships. I knew that Jess was dating someone and had been for over a year and a half. That was about the extent to my knowledge about him, though. Until we were at a diner the other day brainstorming for our annual edit calendar, and Jess dropped the bomb that she met her boyfriend on a reality show!
I know! I was as shocked as you are!
But it's true. Jess's sorority sponsored an event one night and MTV was there, looking to cast a bunch of their reality shows. On a whim, Jess signed up...and they called her in! She went through a few rounds of meetings with MTV and interviewing with them, and they liked her so much (I mean, come on, how could you not like Jess? She's seriously the cutest, sweetest, coolest girl around!) that they showed up at her house one day and basically kidnapped her for the show, "Room Raiders: 2.0."
If you're like me and don't watch reality TV (or MTV's reality TV, that is), "Room Raiders" takes one guy (or one girl) and lets him/her raid the rooms of three elegible bachelorettes (or bachelors), and then choose between the three based on what he finds in their rooms. In the end, Jess' room won, and she won the guy!
But the surprising thing is that they're still together today. In a way, the fact that they met on TV means that they have a video record of the first time they met. How many of the rest of us can say the same thing?
Anyway, take a look at the episode and you can watch love bloom...now that's reality!
Tonight after work, I'm leaving NYC behind and heading to Ocean City, MD for a week+ of fun in the sun. And to be honest, this getaway couldn't have come at a better time...I am in serious need of a week off to refresh, reboot...and get my tan on!
Take a look at who I'm interviewing today!!! Yep....that's miss Ashley Tisdale! I'm so excited and nervous at the same time to be talking to her again. I hope the call goes well and I'm able to get all my questions in...she's filming a movie in Vancouver and she's taking some time out of her busy shooting schedule to talk to me. Woo hoo!
Just took a look at the extended show trailer for "Hellcats" and I've gotta say, besides a few cheesy parts, it looks absolutely delicious. Take a peek here!
EDIT NOTE: Just talked to Ashley and she is SOOO sweet. A perfect interview, so friendly and had great things to say about cheerleading. She even talked to me briefly about dating. Love her! You're going to have to stay tuned to our next issue to read the whole thing! So giddy right now!
The other day, I was looking at myself in the mirror (this is easy to do when one of your walls is floor to ceiling mirrors) and got the idea that it might be time to cut off all my hair again. I asked my boyfriend, Matt, what he thought about it and he said, "I think that would be a great idea, babe." I looked at him, a bit surprised by his response. "You do?" I asked. "Sure," he said. "I think it's a great idea...if you don't want to have a boyfriend anymore."
Of course he was kidding, but I started to think about the power of hair. I've had my hair all different lengths over the years: really short (think pixie flip), chin-length bob, shoulder-length with layers, long and blunt. Right now, it's long with layers. Now, I love the idea of my long hair...I like what other women do with their long hair and wish I could do the same. However, my hair tends to end up up in a bun, ponytail or claw clip about 90% of the time. And that makes me wonder why I even have it long if I'm just going to pull it up every day. In fact, I tend to style my hair a lot more often when it's short than when it's down to my butt.
My friend Colleen and I worked together at cheerleader for several years before she decided to move upstate. We were really close; sort of went through our young, single and fun in NYC phase together. When Coll told me that she was moving away with her then boyfriend, Donny, I was sad to see her go and worried that since she was beginning a new phase in her adult life that I wouldn't fit into, and that we'd grow apart.
But the exact opposite ended up happening. Her moving away actually brought us closer. And my fears that we wouldn't have anything to talk about now that our lives weren't on the same track were put to rest when I realized that she wasn't going to change just because she had a baby (hi Sailor!), got married (to Donny, Woo Hoo!), and then had baby #2 (hi Beckett!!!).
Colleen is an anomaly. Yes, she has kids. Yes, she's a busy and dedicated mom. Yes, she's a wife and holds down the house. But she's still managed to stay Colleen. When we talk, it's not all about the kids and husband (although we do talk about them, too). She likes to talk about what happened on "The Real Housewives" and what Lindsay Lohan did this week. She loves to read and write and calls every time she hears about something involving the cheer world (once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader, right?). And most appreciated is that she never makes me feel weird because I'm not married with kids. We can still relate to each other and enjoy each other's company no matter where either of us are in our lives.
We may not talk as often as we used to, but let's be honest, we're both really busy. But no matter how swamped we are, we always call to catch up at least once a week. In short, Colleen amazes me. She's an incredible mother, wife and friend. She truly does it all...and always with a smile on her face. Coll makes it look easy. But most of all, she's retained her identity as her life has expanded to include a family. Not a lot of people can do this, and I'm so grateful to have her in my life.
I went up to Greenwich, CT, this weekend to visit Coll and see her brand new baby boy, Beckett William Wood-Smith. He's so cute and tiny and I got to get in my baby fix for a few hours. And even with her hands full with two babies, she managed to still be an incredible hostess. Coll is truly a Super Mom!
Take a look at some of the first pics of little Beckett! How adorable is he? Seriously!
Just a few book news bites to tide you over on this beautiful (in NYC at least) saturday!
Time for my weekly Likes and Gripes. So, here they are:
I just finished reading the book Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye by Allison DuBois. And not the TV version who helps the cops catch killers on the wildly popular show, "Medium." I'm talking about the real Allison DuBois—the one that the show is actually based on.
Yep, "Medium" is based on a real woman named Allison DuBois, who is a medium and psychic, lives and grew up in Arizona and is a jury consultant for the district attorney's office. She also has a husband named Joe who's a rocket scientist and three daughters who all have shown psychic abilities.
In Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye, Allison lets readers in on her daily life: what it's like to be a psychic, what we should know about the dead, how parents can help their kids develop their own special abilities. Now, I'm totally open to psychics and believe that there are people out there who are more intuitive than others. I can't presume to know everything that exists in the universe, so I choose to keep my mind open to all possibilities, and the idea that there are those who can see the future, talk to those who have passed...well, just the thought intrigues me. So, what did I learn from the real Mrs. Allison DuBois? Take a look:
1. There's a reason you attract the wrong people. "I felt as if I sometimes attracted people who had bad energy. Dark entities are naturally attracted to light and will try to manipulate it. A dark entity can see a light entity from a mile away."
2. You can't stop death. "I knew that my dad was going to pass and I knew the cause. Trust me, I did everything to prevent it, but found out it had not been in my hands; it never had been. When someone's number is up, it's up."
3. You may not be "just seeing things." "Sometimes I thought I was hallucinating. I could see faded human figures standing next to people. I was overloaded by the other side and I didn't even know it."
4. Don't ignore the voice in the back of your mind saying to run. "I know in my heart that if I had stayed put even thirty seconds longer, I would have been pulled through the window of that car and been a victim of a violent crime. I also know that because I listened to that powerful, authoratative voice on that hot afternoon in 1983, I am here to share my life story with my readers. I listened and I survived. Listen to your guides, whether you feel they are angels, family members on the other side, or simply guardians. They try to guide us through life safely and successfully, so pay attention to them. Don't dismiss them. Don't question whether they are really there—they are."
5. There is a reason for the madness. "Sometimes it's not in the grand plan that profilers ever find the murder victim. Sometimes others' lives are supposed to be affected by the discovery of a body—for instance, a hiker may be meant to stumble upon someone's remains."
6. Work on keeping a childlike mind. "Children are easier for spirits to access than adults are. Adults have issues and emotional walls built up that can make it difficult for a spirit to come through to them. Often a spirit has whispered messages or tried to be seen by a loved one, only to be dismissed. We have to realize as human beings that sometimes something bigger than us can call the shots. Feel loved and connected and try not to get bogged down in the whys, because eventually we all receive the answers to our questions."
7. Go with your gut. "Encourage your kids to trust their first instincts and the original information received. They shouldn't alter the information by mixing in preconceived notions."
8. Your feelings of overstimulation may not be social anxiety. "My oldest daughter occasionally comes to me and says that she feels crowded. By this I know she means that she is experiencing strong spirit activity and is feeling the people she sometimes can't see. Sensitive people (those who are extremely empathetic or feel other people's energy around them) sometimes feel bombarded by too many energies at once. This type of thing can happen to anyone. Most people have had the experience of standing next to someone and for no apparent reason being repelled, not by the person's appearance, but by a feeling that they get from him or her."
9. It really is about the vibes you get from people. "People are drawn to others who seem to have an approachable energy or an energy similar to theirs. People have their own individual energies and, like personalities, these energies vary. What one person finds attractive, another person might find repellent. The more people are clustered around you, the more variations of energy you take in."
10. Maybe your friend isn't the party girl you think she is. "For me, alcohol would temporarily soften the voices from the other side. If I had a beer in my hand, nobody thought twice when I laughed to myself in a solitary conversation. Of course, it wasn't really a one-way conversation, because I was never truly alone."
If you know me, you know that I watch a lot of TV. Seriously, a LOT of TV. Sometimes people are shocked that I manage to find time to write books, blog, read books and have a social life while watching as much television as I do. Shows have the power to impact my mood. They have the power to inspire, the power to give us strength. They have the power to teach us lessons about life.