Boys basketball practice has been canceled and will meet again on Wednesday.
Okay, okay. Corny; I know. Moving on.
Happy Monday! In honor of MLK Jr. Day, this post is being written on behalf of other people.
There are some exciting things taking place on the Internet this week. My buddy Josh (aka The Weed) is hosting his 100 Follower Giveaway. Even though your participation reduces my chance of snatching that $25 gift card to The Cheesecake Factory, Josh is good people so you should visit his blog and see what he's about.
Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting a music blogfest on January 24th. Bloggers from all over the world, including myself, will be counting down their top ten favorite songs of all time. If you are a music junkie like me, this is bound to be an enjoyable experience to take part in - Bloggers own VH1 special! I. Am. PUMPED!!
If you have yet to discover the talent that is Draven Ames, what the heck are you waiting for??? Draven is an incredibly gifted writer who has introduced horror to a new voice. He has taken the Internet by storm with his philosophical blog posts and offers a wealth of knowledge to aspiring writers like myself. His short story Nothingness was recently awarded the first place prize and can be read online via SNM Horror Magazine. If you get a chance, stop by and read his piece. You won't be disappointed.
If you are a fan of dark fantasy, allow me to suggest Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux. Kevin and I are from the same stomping ground. We actually graduated from the same high school, though not at the same time. Despite never meeting in person, I can tell you he is a friendly, helpful, respectable person. In one conversation, he gave me so many resources. I'm excited to read his work.
And finally, my hero and pal JM Tohline is hosting his last Twitter contest to win an advanced copy of his debut novel The Great Lenore. I'll be sitting down to read it the day it hits bookstores in June, so anyone who has a chance to read it sooner should take advantage of the opportunity. I just have this feeling his book will teach me things I never expected to learn.
In other news, I finally got to see Black Swan yesterday, and other then that, I have no idea what to say. I'm still processing the movie; I think it's one I may need to see again to decipher all the undertones I most likely missed. What I will say is the acting was phenomenal, the storyline was different, and I love Mila Kunis - but that last one started long before I saw this movie. Just sayin'...
And finally, congratulations to all the winners of the 2010 Golden Globes. I love award shows; I find them inspiring. People spend their lives chasing certain dreams, and even though my dream is a different kind of art, it is an art nonetheless. I enjoy watching others being honored for their work.
Favorite quote from the ceremony: the man from Glee who said, "I want to thank public school teachers. You don't get paid like it, but you really are doing the most important work in America." Salary component aside, on behalf of my former co-workers, I appreciated that comment. Those words should not go unheard - I won't say any more.
I leave you with a quote stated by the man of the day:
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." ~ MLK Jr.
Just something to ponder.