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Doyle is a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning blogger of Momastery. •Event: Marion County Today-Oct. 8. •Exhibit: Selections of Marie Hull Art, Lucile Parker Gallery, 512 Tuscan Ave., adjacent to William Carey University, 1-4 p.m
"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of... ' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp. I am so excited to be a part of the Blog Friends Forever Tour hosted by Fiction Fare and Swooney Boys Podcast. These awesome four ladies put the word out there that they wanted to celebrate all of us book crazy nuts who blog, vlog, instagram, podcast, and just generally get excited about books. I'm happy to help shine some light on this amazing and welcoming community that I have been a part of for the last almost 5 years (my blogoversary is November 29th). That's Erin, or better known on the 'net as Uniquely Geeky Girl. We were both Creative Writing majors, but we actually met in Spanish I. She is so sweet and soft-spoken that at first I was like "I'm going to completely alienate this girl. But luckily, she didn't care and we struck up a friendship filled with Spanish tutoring (her helping me. I'm hopeless at Spanish) and mutual love of tuna with jalapeños (we hit up Subway every day after class. they started pur order when we walked in). From that class on, we tried to make sure to have at least one class together. it helps when your majors are the same. And through all of these situations where we were together, we found that not only was writing a passion we shared but books, and more importantly Young Adult books, were totally our jam. By our senior year of UG I had already started my book blog. At first it was an everything blog, but my second major (sadly of which Erin was not a part of) Education really jump started it with an assignment for one class where we had to "blog" about attending the NCTE Annual Convention. So with that a gateway to book blogs opened up and off I went. Meanwhile, Erin and I were talking all the time about books: which did we like, which we hated, which would make good movies and on and on and on. And then the time came for graduation and the BIG QUESTION: What the heck are we going to do with... That answer, luckily, came in the form of Graduate School and the Library and Information Sciences Master Program at our university. Okay, so now HERE's where book blogging really starts up for both of us. I'm still going strong with my little ole blog here, and Erin is embarking on a grand adventure of co-blogging with two of our friends over at Y. A. Book Addicts. As some of you who also co-blog may know that can come with blessings and curses. But they do still post over there, and now that all three are in a more stable place with their adult lives (ahhhhh adulthood is sooooo much fun), hopefully that blog will be getting some good ole TLC. So on top of Y. A. Book Addicts , Erin also has a personal book/pop culture blog over at Uniquely Geeky Girl. I think she is doing a really great job of infusing the blog with all of her multiple geeky interests (superheroes, vampires, hobbitsies, all kinds of things) and so I really want you to check her out. She is working on still building this particular blog up, but she does some really fun features, like Top Ten Tuesdays, Waiting on Wednesdays, and Fanart Friday (which I believe is her own invention). She also highlights the books and comics (we're both huge comic nerds) that are newly released each month and which she is excited about. So this is my Blog Bestie, who also happens to be my Real Bestie. I think the best friends are the ones you share interests with, and Erin is just the girl I want to geek out over books. And now that you've read this looooooong diatribe (hey, cut me some slack, I love the girl.
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