I’m ba-ack! Clearly, I’ve been “back” for over a week now, but I think I missed “Friday Faves” the most during my mini-vacation and blogging break. For more deets on my adventures, check out my post on Backseat Reader, “Where She (Me) Went,” which also includes links to a ton of giveaways!
Now on to new business…I have survived a vicious attack by a [Boston terrier mix] werewolf named Bloodthirsty One [Buddy]. What, you ask?! Werewolves in Macungie?! Yes, friends, they’re not just in London anymore. I suspect by the next full moon I will be howling at the sky, joining a pack of hairy dudes, and maybe getting a T.V. show of my very own called “30ish Wolf”, that won’t be nearly as awesome as the original movie starring Michael J. Fox. I would show you a picture of the injury I sustained, but I fear the pictures are far too horrible to publish on the Interwebs. Suffice to say, I had to get the BIG band-aids at Target, and yes, I did cry.
Fortunately, Bloodthirsty One [Buddy] doesn’t seem be accepting any new members into his werewolf pack [is up-to-date on his shots], only maimed me for life [my injury isn’t serious], and didn’t steal a bit of my soul [all my flanges are intact]. However, due to his heinous behavior, I will not be reading any werewolf novels for a very long time. I’m sorry, Andrea Cremer, author of Nightshade and Wolfsbane, but I can’t read your books now after what Bloodthirsty One [ Buddy] did to me.
I won’t [will] relent, not even [especially] if you, Andrea Cremer, personally send me autographed copies [or even random used ARCs] of your fascinating books. Someone’s got to take a stand against these werewolves or we’re going to turn into that town on the Red Riding Hood movie starring Lehigh Valley native Amanda Seyfried. I don’t care if her werewolf-boyfriend *is* hot; we can’t let these beasties push us around anymore. Well, maybe the hot ones can take a little nibble…
Enough of this werewolf talk! I have a lot of faves to share with you and anti-werewolf legislation to draft, so on with the show…
*Currently the Summer Giveaway Hop is in full swing! Around 300 bloggers are giving away bookish goodies, including me! Right here at Backseat Writer, you can win a copy of the book that “ruined me”—Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly L. Smith (read review)! The giveaways end on August 7, so get enterin’!
*Know what makes a great pet? (Not wanna-be werewolf Boston terrier mixes, that’s for sure!) Guinea pigs! In fact, my first pet was a lovely brown and white guinea pig I named Darcy. I was a mere 6 years-old, but I was ready for the responsibility of caring for my guinea pig (my dad changed her stinky cage), feeding her healthy food (let’s just forget about that time I almost poisoned her with grass doused in weed killer), and of course, dressing her up in little outfits and carting her around in a toy baby carriage. Come on, what girl doesn’t take her guinea pig for a stroll around the block? When I saw PetFinder’s information on guinea pig adoption, I felt a little nostalgic about my ol’ guinea pig, Darcy. Then I remembered Vanessa, Gwynne, Mya, Harry, and Abigail (R.I.P. one and all!) and decided that I should leave some GP’s alive for the rest of y’all. Still, guinea pig adoption–what a great idea!
*You may think I only love Jonalyn Grace Fincher’s book, Ruby Slippers: How the Soul of a Woman Brings Her Home, because of its pretty sparkly cover. While I admit Jonalyn’s book cover does start me into a Wicked sing-a-long, Ruby Slippers offers freedom for women who have long felt out of place in a patriarchal church society. Similarly, Jonalyn continues the work she started in her book on her Soulation blog. Recently, Jonalyn posted an intelligent response to Mark Driscoll’s “opinions” of gender roles. I’m not going to lie; Mark Driscoll scares me. Jonalyn, however, doesn’t back away from stating her opinion, even using *gasp* the Bible. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from Jonalyn’s post: “Mr. Driscoll is another unfortunate example of theology that justifies strict gender roles wedded to a fallen male-driven honor culture. The mixture is toxic, not just for women, but for the men who must now take all responsibility for success or failure. Not even God thought Adam should handle all that.” To read more of Jonalyn’s excellent insights, visit her at Soulation.org/jonalynblog. You will love her, be challenged by her, and most of all, you will find unwavering honesty in Jonalyn Fincher. (Her husband, Dale, is pretty special, too!)
*Maybe the video’s been posted on YouTube since May, maybe I told Bebo’s publicist that I would post this video 2 or 3 months ago. Maybe. After the stress of my recent werewolf attack, I can’t be sure about anything. And isn’t the important thing that I’m posting it now?! The song is called “God of My Everything” and it is from Bebo Norman’s latest album, Ocean (Read interview.) I have a very special post about Bebo coming up in the next week or two (it’s heart-warming!), but until then, just watch this video repeatedly. After all, Bebo Norman is my absolute favorite singer/songwriter on the planet.
*Finally, Crystal at SoulMunchies mentioned on Google+ that she started reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, and I said, “Crystal, what are you doing? We need to read that together!” Well, Crystal told me that she isn’t that far along and with my awesome reading skills, I’d be able to catch up to her in no time! Without Crystal’s approval or knowledge, I invited other people to join us in reading the book, and I guess Crystal was OK with it since she ReTweeted it on Twitter. Anyway, so if you want to read the book with us, let me know! I have no idea what it means to read the book with us, but I’m sure it will be fun and glitter will be involved! While I’m on the topic of glitter, I mean Crystal, I’d love for you to check out a wonderful post she wrote this week on BibleDude.net called, “I Will Not Leave You Orphaned.” And it’s not a big advert for adoption either. Read it, think on it, pray over it. Thank you, Crystal, for your beautiful writing!
And, thank you, lovely reader, for supporting, reading, commenting, and subscribing to Backseat Writer! A lot of writers say they write for the pure joy of writing, and while that’s why I write in my journal, Backseat Writer is all about reaching out to you! So if you’re reading this, then I want to let you know how much I value you and thank you for being a part of Backseat Writer. Have a wonderful weekend!
So…do you like or dislike werewolves? What about Michael J. Fox–do you like him? What do you think his best T.V. or movie role was? What was your first pet? Are you thinking about adopting a guinea pig? If so, what will you name him or her? What did you think of Bebo Norman’s “God of My Everything” music video? Did you enter my giveaway? Want to read One Thousand Gifts with Crystal and me? Do you think I need to talk about more manly topics to get in touch with my male readers? Doesn’t Jonalyn have beautiful hair? I mean, doesn’t Jonalyn have a beautiful style of writing?