Alissa – Writer, Seller, Mother

Alissa blogs at iequalsAlissa.com in addition to being a freelance writer, cheesy novelist, mother along with 9,997 other projects.  These are her good things.

Good things to read.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire.  I was very disappointed by the play, ONLY because I read the book first.  The play is really, really cute-sy and I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I didn’t go into it thinking it was going to be a lot deeper than it was.  The book was full of political undertones that weren’t even hinted at in the musical… Usually I say read the book before you see the play/show/movie, but in this case read it after.

Meredith Gentry Series by Laurell K Hamilton.  I haven’t read this series in a while, because once I start reading any of these books I can’t stop.  They are like book crack. If I let myself pick up one of these books, I would never get anything done.  My house plants would die (if I had any), my kids would run off to join the circus and my fiance would starve to death.

Without a Net by Michelle Kennedy:  I’ve read this book three times and I like it even more each time I read it.  I also like that the author, Michelle, is so approachable.  I have gotten the pleasure of corresponding with her a few times over the years and she’s also a friend on my Facebook page.  I don’t know if it’s just because my early twenties were somewhat similar to hers, but I can really relate to her story and I love that she was able to triumph over her problems to get to where she is today.

Good things to watch.

How I Met Your Mother.   Slightly cheesy show, but the characters are relate-able and it will keep you laughing.

Teen Wolf.   I was very surprised by this show.  I’ll admit that I judged it for being on MTV, apparently I have a prejudice against certain cable channels… but it is a really, really good show!  I watched all of the episodes that were on Netflix this past summer (and I got to use the excuse that it was research for my novel).  Viewers do need to keep in mind that this show rates pretty high on the cheese-o-meter.

Glee.  This show is the Kraft Macaroni of television.  It is extremely cheesy and not afraid to admit it!  I ❤ Glee, and yes, I cried like a baby during the episode where the show dealt with Cory Monteith’s death… and so did my 6’3” 200 lb macho-man fiance.

Good things to use.

Google Voice.  I love Google Voice, because it lets you set up a free phone number that will ring to any phone (even multiple phones at once).  It also lets you view your messages in text form, allowing you to skip messages you aren’t interested in and go straight to the ones that are actually important.  Before I found Google Voice, I never checked my voice mail.  In fact, I kept it purposely full so I couldn’t get new messages.

Google Maps Phone app.  I use the Google Maps phone app whenever I need to use a GPS.  Sure it drains the phone battery, but as long as you have a car charger it isn’t really an issue.  When you’ve reached your destination, it will even show you the street view so you can be sure you are in the right place.

Etsy.com.  Want to find one of a kind Christmas/Birthday/Wedding presents?  Go to Etsy.com!  Etsy is an awesome e-commerce site where you can find just about anything handmade or vintage.  I’ve both bought and sold products on this site and I’ve had nothing but good experiences.

Connect with Alissa on Twitter, @iequalsAlissa.

Demian Farnworth – Copywriter for Copyblogger Media

Demian Farnworth is the chief copywriter for Copyblogger Media, he also writers at TheCopyBot.com and these are his good things.

Good things to read.

The Bible.

Gulliver’s Travels.

The Iron by Henry Rollins.

It took me years to fully appreciate the value of the lessons I have learned from the Iron. I used to think that it was my adversary, that I was trying to lift that which does not want to be lifted. I was wrong. When the Iron doesn’t want to come off the mat, it’s the kindest thing it can do for you. If it flew up and went through the ceiling, it wouldn’t teach you anything. That’s the way the Iron talks to you. It tells you that the material you work with is that which you will come to resemble. That which you work against will always work against you.  Full Article, reprinted from Details, 1994

 Good things to watch.

The ocean on the Northern California coast.


The sun set behind a mountain.

Good things to use.

Your brain (to think critically).


Your library.

Connect with Demian on Twitter, @DemianFarnworth.

Erin – Red Debted Stepchild

Erin writes at Red Debted StepChild about her journey to beat debt while searching for freedom and quoting The Office along the way, these are her good things.

Good things to read.

I specifically did not list Harry Potter because that’s too easy. But, Harry Potter.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Food, travel, and self-discovery. What’s not to love? The Italy section is definitely the best because you know, Italian food. And Italian guys. And more Italian food.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi. Do you know why people don’t want to learn about finance? Because it’s so ridiculously boring. Ramit presents the “boring” information in an entertaining way that really speaks to twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings. And cracks a few good Indian jokes at his own expense along the way. Hilarious.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. Most of my life is dictated by food and entertainment, obviously. It’s a funny, light-hearted read that fans of The Office & The Mindy Project will love. Mindy is hysterical and incredibly relatable and I want to be her best friend.

Good things to watch.

Wicked. Actually any Broadway/off-Broadway/way-the-hell-off-Broadway show will do, but Wicked is just beyond belief incredible. I never did get into the book, but the show is gorgeous! The songs, the story, the set – it really can’t be beat. Anyone who is a fan of The Wizard of Oz will love it – it’s a whole new twist on a classic tale.

And as I recommend with any show, if you are going to see it, actually SEE IT. For real, don’t pay for obstructed view. Save up the cash and get close enough to see the actors’ facial expressions.

How I Met Your Mother. It’s worth it for the Canadian jokes alone (says the American).

Barney Stinson’s Canadian citizenship test: “Question One: Do you want to be Canadian? Question Two: Really?”

Other than that, it’s just an amazing show. You really can’t beat Marshall & Lily’s relationship, Barney’s hilarity, Robin’s Canadian references, and Ted’s neuroses and love addiction. The twists and turns are fabulous and the episode foreshadowing is brilliant. And obviously, it’s the most epic “how we met” story ever.

Food documentaries. I am OBSESSED with food documentaries. A few favorites include: Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead, Forks Over Knives, & Ingredients. There is nothing better than sitting on your ass learning about food. Check out Netflix for a great selection.

Good things to use.

Your freaking eyes. This is a rant. A two-part rant.

Part 1: Stop viewing the world through the camera on your iPhone. While you are picking out a filter on Instagram, you are missing out on really seeing what you just snapped a picture of. Live in the moment.

Part 2: Stop texting while driving. You are putting your own life and the lives of others in danger. I promise you, no text is that important.

Inspiration and a PSA – look at me being all awesome.

Erin Condren Life Planner. If you’re old school like me, nothing beats a good old fashioned planner. Erin Condren planners are cute and the setup is perfection. They are a bit pricey but well worth it in my humble opinion.

A corkscrew. You just can’t beat a nice glass of wine at the end of the day. Pour yourself a glass and curl up with one of the books I listed above. Bliss.

You can talk to Erin about food (movies) and wine on Twitter, @reddebted.