Out with the old and in with the new. With a new year comes new challenges, new adventures, and probably new friends. Now I know Drake said, “No new friends,” but I believe there’s always room to meet new people. There’s also room to let go of some of those old friends. In this case I mean Facebook friends.
I remember a time when I used to want 1,000 Facebook friends. I thought that would be cool, to say I knew all these people. The thing is you might know 1,000 people but you don’t actually know them. Either you met them that one time at a party or you were once friends but you’re not anymore, or you don’t even remember how you became friends with this person. Either way, there’s a bunch of people that you probably don’t actually need to be friends with on Facebook and although it might be hard to let go it may be for the best. Here’s a list of some of the people you may want to delete before the New Year:
Your ex – Yes, Facebook stalking might be fun and vindicating but it’s probably not healthy
Ex-friends – see previous
Someone you haven’t spoken to in the last six months
Someone who’s name you can’t immediately recognize
Any organizations that you felt obligated to be friends with at some point but now realize you don’t actually have to be friends with someone that’s not even a real person (unless you’re in that organization, in which case you might want to leave it alone for now)
Anyone you’ve only remained friends with to stalk them (#StopFacebookStalking2015)
That one person that you added because they looked cute but then never actually spoke to (or you did and it didn’t work out, see #1)
Anyone that’s still poking you, sending you invites to games (Candy Crush especially), or is just generally annoying you on Facebook
Of course, there are exceptions to the rules. Family members are off limits (even if they’re your third cousin twice removed). Childhood friends that you haven’t seen in a while but you still have fond memories of are totally allowed to stay. And really anyone you just feel wrong parting with, don’t. Obviously these exceptions could make all these rules invalid and that’s fine. Maybe you don’t want to get rid of any of your Facebook friends. No judgment.
Just remember all those people that you’re friends with can also back stalk you. Just a thought. Happy cleansing!
If you’ve never had the chance to meet Elizabeth Eulberg you are certainly missing out. Besides being one of the sweetest authors I’ve ever met, she’s also very talented and very cool. Not only can she write amazing books, such as The Lonely Hearts Club and Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality, she also knows how to play multiple instruments and is an exquisite traveler. Check out my interview with her below.
What first inspired you to start writing?
“I always enjoyed telling myself stories as a kid and thought it would be fun to write a book, but I was too intimidated to start. Then Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants) encouraged me to write. It was the boost I needed to start. I’m so thankful for him!”
What was the first book you ever wrote and what was it about?
“My very first book was The Lonely Hearts Club, which is about a girl who has decided to give up dating guys in high school because they aren’t worth the trouble. What started as something for her to get through heartbreak ends up taking over the school and craziness ensues!”
When will the sequel to The Lonely Hearts Club be released?
“We Can Work It Out is coming out early next year! There are going to be three e-short stories about Penny Lane and the Lonely Hears Club that will be online for FREE this fall [as well]. I can’t say much about them, but the first [one] is coming out Oct. 1 and will be Halloween themed. The others will be out Nov. 1 and Dec. 1. Hopefully I’ll get to share more soon!”
Besides the TLHC sequel, are you working on any other projects right now?
“I’m working on a couple different projects. Unfortunately I can’t say anything about them yet but I’m excited about them both!”
What was the best place you ever visited and where do you still want to go?
“Australia is one of my favorite places – it’s a gorgeous country with wonderful people. I got to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef and hold a Koala – what more could you want! I really want to explore South America more – especially Brazil and Chile.”
Who is your favorite music artist?
“I’m a huge fan of CHVRCHES, Ingrid Michaelson, Tegan and Sara, Panama Wedding, Bastille, Ed Sheeran, and of course, The Beatles!”
What instruments do you play and what kind of music do you like to play?
“I play mostly the guitar and piano (although I can play the clarinet and drums, but it’s been awhile for both). I generally play rock music on the guitar (The Beatles, Oasis, OK Go, Snow Patrol, etc.), but play classical on the piano (Mozart and Beethoven are favorites).”
What do you like to do in your free time?
“What is this ‘free time’ you’re referring to? I’ve actually been working on one of my secret projects for nearly three years now in any spare time I have in between edits, but at night I go to concerts, read, or go to karaoke and pretend that I’m a rock star!
Who are some of your favorite writers and what are some of your favorite books to read?
“So many! I’m fortunate that I get to be friends with a lot of the writers I admire. Some recent favorites are Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski, The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith, Only Everythingby Kieran Scott, and I’ll read anything by Ally Carter and E. Lockhart.
How do you come up with ideas for your novels?
“My ideas come from a lot of different places. The seed for Better Off Friends was planted by my editor, so that was the first book where the original idea didn’t come from me. Take a Bow was inspired by my love of music and my desire as a teen to go to a performing arts high school. The Lonely Hearts Club came from a friend who always dumps her friends when she gets a boyfriend. After I get the original idea, I start building the character and plot from there.”
Do you think you’ll ever write adult novels?
“There may be a possibility that one of my projects that I’m working on is not YA. That’s all I can say.”
What’s your writing process like?
“Everything starts with one idea. Then I work on building on the characters and the arc of the story from there. I spend a lot of time on the characters before I sit down to write. I use index cards to do a basic outline of the plot and I also have a notebook for every book that includes character profiles and chapter outlines. I usually have everything figured out before I sit down to write a single word. I’m a very fast first drafter (I believe in just getting to the end) and then I revise several times on my own before a single person reads it.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write for yourself, first and foremost. Don’t worry about if anybody will like it or if it will sell. Write the story you want to read. And no matter what, do not give up!
Is there anything else you would like to add or say to fans?
Yes, a BIG THANK YOU! I get to have the best job in the world, which wouldn’t be possible without readers. XOXO
I don’t remember the specific moment when YouTube became so popular but I do remember being in high school and our friends would come running in telling us about this hilarious video they just found or they’d post it on our Facebook wall.
Well today I went back into the archives of my Facebook and saw all these videos that I’ve completely forgotten about that were hilarious to me back in the day. An eclectic mix of the strange, funny, and awkward these videos still make me laugh today.
1. Charlie the Unicorn
About three years ago, FilmCow was killing the YouTube game. Almost all of these gems were made by FilmCow. I wish they would come back but my guess is they’ve moved on to bigger things by now.
I’m not 100% certain but I believe this may have been their first video and it definitely had me and my friends rolling for days. Although it’s sequels didn’t have as much appeal as the first this one will always make me laugh.
2. Charlie teh Unicorn
Rather than a sequel this was more like a remixed version of the original. I actually find this one to be funnier than the original but I’ll let you decide.
I honestly don’t even know what possessed this person to make this video. I’m assuming their obsession with shoes. I for one love this video because I also love shoes. This one’s a keeper.
4. Buy You a Drank (Acoustic Version)
Honestly, this video wouldn’t have been funny at all without the addition of, “Pepsi!” For some reason that just killed it for me. I still find myself singing Pepsi when I hear this song sometimes.
5. A Depressed Whale
FilmCow had a knack for making videos that literally made no sense but were still hilarious. This was one of their best. You honestly have no idea where this video is going and truthfully neither do the characters. Awesome.
6. Llamas with Hats
This one will always be a classic to me. My friends and I would quote this in school all the time. “Carl,” became one of our best exclamations. Unlike Charlie the Unicorn, these sequels were still pretty funny. Not as good as the original by any means but still pretty good.
7. Adventure Time
Before the TV show, there was the original Adventure Time that was actually a random cartoon on Nickelodeon. This is another one me and my friends would quote and even get the paraphernalia from Hot Topic after school. This is still my favorite Adventure Time episode to date.
8. Hot Pockets
Jim Gaffigan is a hilarious comedian and this was one of me and my friends favorite routines by him. We would sometimes find ourselves singing the “Hot Pockets” jingle at random times and cracking ourselves up. Great stuff!
9. Can I Have Your Number?
Sadly, MadTV is now no more but they had some good sketches back in the day. This is probably their most well known one. My friends and I still quote this one to this day: “The back of your head is ridiculous!” Classic.
10. Bon Qui Qui
Lastly, this is another MadTV favorite. Bon Qui Qui represents the server at ____________ (insert your favorite fast food chain) that you can’t stand. Best line: “Welcome to King Burger where you can have it your way but don’t get crazy!” Hilarious.
That’s all the one’s that I could think of but if you have any old YouTube videos that you still love, feel free to comment them below.