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Sarah Smyczynski
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This is not cool, Glee.
 
Hey, Coulton fans, does this version of "Baby Got Back" from Glee sound reeeeeal familiar? Because it is: http://j.mp/W4N4aI
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This is true. And I don't always do very well.
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stephen and.... stephen.  

i don't know which one is more thrilled
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Are they holding hands? Yep. LOL. 
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I found these white paperweights at Target this fall. They're about the size of a baseball. I decided to paint them up for our DnD group, and this is how they turned out.
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Yes, this needs to be shared. Doesn't matter if you're a writer, creative type, or just human. The "talent myth" needs to be debunked.
 
A #Blog Post on #writing entitled The Talent of Hard Work

Copy pasted for your convenience. I didn't share this with any circles to keep the notifications down, so if you got something out of this, please feel free to pass it to your writer friends.

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I've been focused a lot on National Novel Writing Month the past few days. Today, I'm taking a sharp-left turn to discuss something that I think all writers should be aware of. Writing a good novel isn't about having natural writing talent. It helps, but it isn't the primary factor. Natural talent, if anything, is the curse and bane of anyone who wants to be a successful novelist.

Stop staring at your monitor like that. I haven't grown a second head. Not yet, at least.

I'm going to use artists as an example. There are children and young artists who are amazing young talents. They don't have to work hard to produce something that is of high standard -- for their age bracket. They're encouraged and told they are such a fantastic artist, and that they will become something greater than their struggling counterparts.

The young artist continues to draw, completely satisfied with their little place high up in the clouds. After all, they've been told they are a natural talent. They will succeed at their artistic dreams! Right?

Wrong.

The seed for failure has already been planted.

Artists, just like writers, need a lot of skills in order to be a truly adept artist. No matter what people say, you can't just slap paint on a canvas and call it a masterpiece. The same applies to writing.

Those with the 'natural talent' for writing (or art..) are actually at a disadvantage. How many of you have encountered someone who said, "Well I won an award as a child for my excellent writing!" as a way to escape criticism? Have you said something similar?

There is a talent that can be learned that will serve you much, much better than natural writing ability and talent. (Which, for the record, is a learned!!! skill.)

The talent of hard work is the ability to persevere despite criticism, despite self-doubt, despite not being good enough, despite rejection, despite failure, and despite our very natures.

Natural talent will only get you so far. Without the talent of hard work, someone with no talent can surpass them. Someone with natural talent and the talent of hard work can become truly amazing, but unless you possess the will and the drive to go break the barriers, natural talent is a crutch, a disadvantage, and can ruin a writer's (or artist's) dreams as easily at it can build them up.

Consider this as November swiftly approaches. Will you be someone with natural talent who only gets so far? Or, are you someone who has been told that you'll amount to nothing and want to -- at any cost, at any price -- prove them wrong?

Having motivation and encouragement can help, but at the very heart of it all, the matter is determined by how badly you want it and how hard you will work for it.

Instead of making excuses, learn. Instead of writing without direction, strive to improve. You don't have to take creative writing courses. But, you do need a thorough understanding of the grammar rules so you can break them.

Don't know the difference between their, they're and there? Learn it. Learn it until the occasional time your fingers screw it up, it is just a typo, not a consistent error. Are you uncertain of whether people lay in bed or lie in bed?

As a quick side trip, this is how I was taught to remember lie vs lay:

As I lay me down to sleep...

I am an object that I am laying down on the bed.

I lie in bed with my husband, as I am not an object in this case! (Thus, I am lying in bed with my husband.)

Do objects lie? No! People do, though.

Back to the real subject at hand:

The only difference between the people who understand the grammar rules and those who do not is the amount of effort and time they put into learning them. I'm a firm believer that anyone can learn proper grammar. We all make mistakes: That is an undeniable part of our very nature. But, people often make excuses more than they make changes in their work habits and their determination to succeed.

Will you be someone with natural talent or someone with the talent of hard work?

Me? I'd rather be someone with the talent of hard work. That is something learned. When it is all said and done, it is an accomplishment I can be proud of because I earned it through my own effort, sweat, blood, and tears.

For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo, keep the talent of hard work in the back of your mind. Writing 50,000 words in 30 days isn't hard if you want it bad enough.

The question isn't whether or not you can succeed -- you can. The question is whether or not you really want to succeed and are willing to put in the hard work and effort required to make it so.
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So true. And our DnD group would have stolen the glass from someone else. 
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Merry Christmas, all!
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We're watching the extended LOTR movies this weekend - Matt hasn't seen them, so time to brush up before The Hobbit next week.
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Now that is a true movie marathon.  The nice thing about watching them in the comfort of your own home is knowing you can push the pause button whenever a kitchen or bathroom run is necessary.    Enjoy!!
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Abandoned pets to be possibly euthanized if not claimed

Wagner High School on STATEN ISLAND is currently housing about 80 lost pets due to Sandy, and they're considering euthanizing them if they are unclaimed or not checked in on. PLEASE re-post this on your wall and GO ADOPT if you are able!

Wagner High School, 1200 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY 10314, phone: 718-698-4200

/via FB and source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-06/frantic-dogs-cats-await-as-saviors-drive-to-the-rescue.html

Edit: I've cannot 100% confirm that the unclaimed will be euthanized or not.

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This past week, I've started feeding my westie an 'all natural' diet, trying to get her stomach problems under control. I'd say that it's been a huge success - other than one instance of over eating, her only problem is trying to extort food from me. (and if you went from 9 years of kibble to chicken and potato, wouldn't you try and milk it for all you could?) She's been getting a little better each day, so I'm hoping within another week, she'll treat this like any other meal thing. 
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Nope! I'm surprised. I offered her a piece of real chicken and she completely snubbed it.
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I wrote a bit about my experience with my first 5k last weekend. It was really difficult (due to the heat! I really don't do well with heat), but very exciting. I hope to do more - and more difficult things -  in the future. 
http://leianajade.com/2012/08/lessons-from-my-first-5k/
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I'm hoping to run my first 5k next year. Have to find a local one, but I have time!
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