Meet My Stalker and Fave Posts of November 2012

A redhead in a dark green sweater whispered in my ear. “Did you ever break in those boots?”

I am usually pretty good at recognizing faces, but this woman?

I had nothing.

The redhead rattled off a few facts about my son. She knew about my attitudes toward gift giving for bar & bat mitzvahs. She knew I drank Canada Dry Ginger Ale. I was flummoxed. Who was this woman, and how did she know about my boots?

“I’m Madge!” she announced with a little curtsey.

“Madge…” I stuttered. “Madge.” I tried to get my synapses to fire, but my neurons were not being cooperative. Holy shizzlesticks! I thought. I think I have a stalker!

Finally, it hit me.

“Madge Madigan?!” I squealed a little too loud. “You don’t look like your avatar at all!”

I might not have recognized Madge because her mouth wasn’t bedazzled by a ginormous ring.

And that is how I met Madge from Madge’s Adult Survival Guide. Y’all, Madge is a hoot. This woman is not afraid to speak her mind. You like politics? Madge is controversial. You wanna hear from a woman who raised three kids, sometimes while on welfare? That’s Madge. You wanna know what type of person type you are at a party? Madge will tell you. Drop in on Madge, and tell her I sent you!

Can you believe I thought Madge was a stalker?

And no, Madge, my boots still pinch. I’ll let you know when I can wear those suckers for longer than four hours. Right now, I’m stuck on Band-Aids. (And Band-Aids are stuck on me.)

Meeting stalkers bloggers in real life is fun.

And speaking of bloggers, a bunch of them wrote fabulous stuff this month.

• • •

Chuck Wendig’s Failing Versus Quitting (Or; Your Lack of Confidence is Neither Interesting Nor Unique gives a good spanking to writers. But this post has applications that reach  beyond the writing community. Got a dream you haven’t been following? Read Chuck’s post and take off those pants of shame and just run around all naked go do it.

Darla from She’s a Maineiac wrote about how she receives signals from her deceased father. I believe this is possible. I do.

Mary reminds us that receiving extravagant gifts is nothing to be ashamed of. (ateachablemom)

Marcia Richards’ Slow Blogging Manifesto made me breathe easier about blogging less frequently. David Walker wondered about this practice and wrote about it, too.

While the presidential election feels like it was a bajillion months ago, Kathy Owen wrote about the history of a woman’s right to vote. Good stuff.

August McLaughlin wrote about Girl Boners. Yes, she did. You wanna know what turns women on? And then what happens. Read this piece of hot stuff.

As usual, Alexandra at Good Day, Regular People says it just right. And her piece on Thanksgiving 101 well… just read THIS.

Gigi at Kludgy Mom wrote about feeling like she’d lost her mojo. Nice to know big bloggers feel this way sometimes, too.

Both Pegoleg and ArtyOldBird wondered about the whole “Freshly Pressed” thing. Lord knows, getting Freshly Pressed on my birthday was a wonderful surprise, and — frankly — my piece didn’t stack up to either of these.

Lisha (The LuckyMom) got to see the performance of a lifetime when an awkward boy stood up to make a public speech.

So proud of Amber West over there in my magical sidebar of love. Her book The Ruth Valley Missing is now available on Amazon! Be sure to watch for the next Tingo Tuesday. Apparently, people who land in my sidebar get their books published. Congratulations, Amber!

Can’t wait to share more of your delicious nom noms next month!

42 responses to “Meet My Stalker and Fave Posts of November 2012

  1. Ooh, some interesting reads here, off to visit!


  2. I am so not a stalker! lol I purposely tried to creep you out because I’m a smartass like that. And that’s a God-awful picture of me, I had had a couple that night… and what animal died on my shirt? Thanks so much for the mention/roast! xoxo


  3. Thanks for the blog love, Renee! Glad you got a meet one of your bloggers friends in real life. Maybe we’ll meet one day! BTW, who won your “grief bacon” contest?

    Have a great weekend,


  4. Thanks, Renee.
    Off to read “GIRL BONERS” immediately. ❤


  5. I always love your mashups! Gives me a new place to go, to read, explore. It’s a a beautiful day here – I wanna write – i have a story that’s a bustin’ to get out and I am short on time and long on jobs to do and places to be… thanks for giving me ideas and fuel. have a great day – make it count!


  6. That Wendig post? Fucking fabulous! Applies to many things in life, not just writing. Thanks for sharing it.


  7. I love your stalker friend! I’m always looking for fellow sassy redheads! There are so many new names in your list I’ll have to check out! Thanks so much for including me, Renee. Alison already stopped over to visit me. I love making new friends!


    • Hi Marcia! I’m glad you got to meet Alison. But I’m even happier that I read your “Slow Blogging Manifesto.” Seriously.

      I know some of the “mavens” say bloggers HAVE to post 3 times a week — and maybe there is some merit to that when one is just starting up — but once you’ve been at it a while and you have developed an audience…well, I think it is actually better NOT to bombard one’s readers, but to spend the time making sure one’s content is consistently excellent. (And leave time to work on other projects.) 😉


  8. Thanks Renee – and I’ll visit the other blogs in due course (if my ‘net connection works later… it’s been a pain).


  9. Love this blogger boost of a post! And how cool you met Madge! I love that name by the way! Well, that and she’s a redhead, I’m biased to love her instantly! I’ll be back after work to check out all the fun links!


  10. You may’ve just inspired my first bout of stalker envy.

    Thanks for the fun post, Renee, and including my link! Off to stalk, I mean mingle with, your stalker. 😉


  11. I’ll have to check out some of those links, now. thanks for including me, Renee. How cool you met your stalker/blogger buddy!


  12. Very nice list and new blogs that I haven’t visited. Thanks


  13. You are a sweetheart! Thank you for the linky love! I can’t wait to check out the other posts and do a little stalking of my own. I’m hoping to have a stalker moment with you one day! Any plans to visit Chicago?


    • You know I told you that piece was very important to me — but I haven’t written WHY yet, so I’ll be linking to it AGAIN when I write the piece that it inspires. BUt that won’t go until January or February, most likely. THanks, Mary. Your wise words have been wonderful all month! Hard to pick ONE piece from you.


  14. It wonderful that you got a chance to meet one of your blogging friends in real world. I am now on my way to check those links. 🙂


  15. Good stuff here, Renee. I checked out several of the links and told them you sent me!


  16. Sweet ha-ha’s. The Girl Boner post was perfect 🙂


  17. Remember there was a moment when you thought I was a stalker or a psycho-killer or something?? You need to be more trusting of people you know from the internet. 😉


  18. The boys are sleeping and the little girl is content on the floor (maybe I type too soon…), ergo I am about to check out those links! Woohoo! Also, forget about being FP’ed. I want to write a post that will get me on *this* list. Mmm hmm.


    • What? A full page of LOVE was not enough for you? 😉 I have been thinking about your post all day today. I am coming back now to see what others said. I found the topic very thought-provoking. We are about to figure out our year end donations. We just gave to the Federation on Super Sunday, but now we have to figure out everything else. I wonder — is it consider a lack of humility to self-gift a little bit? Hmmm indeed.


  19. Thanks for the shout-out, Miss ReneeNay. We’ve got to meet somehow. How can that happen? I’m busy working on my Star Trek-style Transporter so as soon as I get the bugs worked out….


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