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Elle Magazine’s JOE ZEE tweets Glitzburgh – for the 2nd time :)

11 Jun

Not the first time Joe Zee’s given some Twitter-love to Glitzburgh!

RT @mrjoezee: A big hello back!! RT @Glitzburgh: @mrjoezee – #Pittsburghfashionistas sending a big friendly hi to the fabulous @mrjoezee! ☺11:52 AM Jun 7th via UberTwitter

Photo of the Day: Cartoon Me!

24 Apr

Using www.FaceYourManga.com I created a “cartoon me” just for fun.

Cute, eh??

What Kind of Survivor are YOU? ~ Just for Fun!

10 Apr
This was a widget that I found on a friend’s webpage. It is a ‘survior quiz’ to see what type of ‘survivor’ you would be in any given situation. (The quiz was initially intended for anyone with chronic illness but anyone could do it and apply to any area of their own personal life, so give it a whirl!)
My “Survivor Type” was “Connector” and I was compared to celebrities like Olivia Newton John, Elie Wiesel, and Michael J. Fox:

My Survivor Type: Connector  ~ “You are deeply devoted to family and friends and your social bonds give you the strength to overcome any adversity.”

WHAT’S YOURS?

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Bookshelf: “The Last Song” and “L.A. Candy”

3 Apr

Who would have thought that Nicholas Sparks and Lauren Conrad would have anything in common?

Well, they do. Both penned novels that I finished during the past week while recovering from knee surgery. Moreover, both penned novels that I enjoyed!

I usually pride myself on reading more “deep” works and/or classics. However, while I’ve really been trying to broaden my horizons, I can never pass up a good Nicholas Sparks book despite the unrelenting predictability in regards to setting and general plot. (North Carolina, small beach town, boy meets girl, falls in love, yada yada yada.)

As for L.A. Candy, I chose it because it seemed like quick, easy, mindless reading – “fluff, if you wll. I got what I expected. It was fun, breezy….but no Pulitzer-caliber work. Perfect for the days when I was running on 2 hours of sleep, and on meds that made me drowsy. While usually I enjoy books that make me think, I was grateful that, for this one, and under the circumstances, I didn’t need to do so.

Read on for my “reviews” …

THE LAST SONG – by Nicholas Sparks

If you read Nicholas Sparks, you know the deal. All of his stories are set in the south, usually if not always in NC, in a small beach town. Two seemingly mismatched characters always fall in love, there’s usually some sort of snafu or disapproval of the relationship, and so on. However, “The Last Song” hits some deep notes, and delves not only into romantic love but also into familial love AND learning to love one’s self. It is a story about growing up, letting go of the past, and learning what is important in life. There is humor and passion, spunk and romance, sadness and contemplation. I feel that the characters really come to life int this story, and was interested to know that the screenplay for “The Last Song” movie was actually written BEFORE the book, which usually isn’t the case. Additionally, the screenplay was wrote FOR Miley Cyrus….which made sense, because, reading the book, she (no matter how much she may get on my nerves) is the perfect “Ronnie.”

I think that “The Last Song” is one of Sparks’ best, and I’d advise any fan of his to read it. I would also recommend this book to just about anyone, as it has a charm all of its own and can stand alone from his other works.

L.A. CANDY – L auren Conrad

I always hated “Laguna Beach” on MTV…..but, somehow, I admit, “The Hills” and “The City” got me. I figured that it was  probably for 2 reasons: I liked LC (Lauren Conrad), Whitney, and Audrina….AND, both of these shows revolved a lot around fashion and the fashion industry, which I’m a definite sucker for. However, while watching these admittedly silly and scripted “reality” shows, I never once thought about what went on behind the scenes and how it affected the characters.

Nor did I ever picture Lauren Conrad writing a book about it all. A clothing line? Sure, why not. A book? Never did that thought cross my mind.

While her writing skills are nowhere near as perfect as her side braid, Lauren did not disappoint as I thought she would. She proved that she could tell a story, use wonderful descriptive writing, and capture the essence of her characters.

Of course, some of it seems forced and contrived….but, it is a book about reality television, an MTV-esque network,

and young Hollywood, so what do you expect?

It was a nice, easy read. No brain surgery, but entertaining. I’ll read the sequel.

A for effort!

Next up, I’m going to finish two books that I’ve started but yet to finish: Committed” and “The Shack.”

After that? Anna Karenina. I’ve read excerpts, but never the whole thing. If my former lit teacher AND Oprah recommended it, I’m in. Plus, the main character of “The Last Song” was reading it….so I took it as a sign that it should definitely (finally!) be up to bat soon on my to-read list!

How Social Media Changes Things – Online Bullying, Mean Girls, and Cowards!

31 Mar

Today, I got harassed on Formspring.me. Ever seen the movie “Mean Girls?” Yeah, it was like that. As one of my Twitter friends called it; it was a “jealous high school cheerleader rant.”

Sure, by having profiles on Facebook and Twitter, Formspring, Gluten Free Faces, LinkedIn, and other social networking sites, in addition to developing this blog and writing for various others, I am certainly “putting myself out there” and “setting myself up” for this childishness.

Does that mean that I, or anyone, deserves it? No. I still am baffled.

I got some nasty, mean, malicious, and hurtful messages in my Formspring inbox this evening. From 2 days ago, they told me that I am ugly with bad hair, my blogs are terrible and not going anywhere, that I complain about my illnesses too much, and that I am shallow, whiny, and self-absorbed. (Oh, and they also dissed on Pittsburgh, wondering why I’d write a blog called Glitzburgh when Pittsburgh is not a big city and is never going to be?)

I cried for a little bit, because I am nice to everybody, and I didn’t feel I did anything to deserve it, and thus, it hurt my feelings. I treat people with kindness and respect, and go out of my way for others. I’m always very conscious of, and aware of, other people’s feelings – more than most people I know – and  I would do anything for my loved ones. I’m rather analytical and on the deep side….but, apparently, to my little online frenemy, I’m shallow. (Maybe because I decided to do this type of entertainment blog for fun? Because I like clothes? I don’t know. They said I’m shallow, but obviously not shallow enough to do anything about my “horrible 1990’s hair.”)

Nonetheless, after I shed a few tears (hey, it all hurt me pretty badly!) I did what I do best: thought about it, and wrote about it.

I’m writing about it now; and I vented a bit on Facebook. It is simply how I deal with my feelings. But what it really made me ponder was how social media and the Internet changes things.

Sure, girls could be mean in middle school, but you almost always found out about it, and who said it, etc. Online, people can hide on anonymous message boards, or under fake accounts on various websites. Sure, maybe I, as a blogger and a fan of social networking, am putting myself out there.

But, what about young kids? Are kids in middle school and high school getting harassed even more now, with the invent of social media and all of it’s various apps? If I, a mature, emotionally sound, 26 year old, had such a reaction to this cruel and spiteful messages, how would a 14 year old girl react? I‘m old enough to realize that people can be two-faced. It is why I, for a long time, had trouble trusting people. It is hard not to be suspicious when there is so much backstabbing.

I know that not everyone is kind, though. I also know that some people never mature, or “grow up” even as they grow older. I also know that people who go out of their way to hurt others, are somehow hurting themselves.

Does a teenager or “tween” know this? When I was in high school, AIM was the big thing. Now, there are so many ways for kids to be mean online, without ever having to confront their target face-to-face. I worry now about online bullying, only for the sake of younger kids.

I hope that their parents are educating them that these “mean people” and “cyber bullies” have no life of their own, and that meanness is almost always a result of hurt or some unfulfilled void. (Mine had to have been someone I knew – in fact I have a few suspects haha – and I wouldn’t say that I have a bully per se, but, same type of thing….)

I am happy with my life and with who I am, and after the initial shock, I’m over it. I mean, it still hurt, and I’m still appalled – at a loss for words, almost – about how a person could be so mean, but, I’m over it. I just hope that other people do not let this type of  ridiculousness get them too down in the dumps.

As for whoever wrote it to ME – I cordially invite you to come forward! Why hide behind Formspring if you have such strong feelings? Don’t be a coward, have the courage and maturity to come clean! I welcome it and look forward to hearing from you, since you have so much to say!

Since you knew so much about my life and my writing, I’m sure you’re a fan and will find a way to contact me   🙂

After all, you aren’t emotionally involved enough to be hateful or hurtful unless you know someone or have some sort of connection, so, I’m curious to see who you are and what I ever did to you. Let’s work it out!

xoxo,

Ashley

glitzburgh@gmail.com

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS: For more information on online bullying:

http://www.besafeonline.org/English/bullying_online.htm

http://www.businessweek.com/careers/workingparents/blog/archives/2009/03/facebook_twitte.html

Time to Rejoice! (Maybe) … Apple is Developing 2 New iPhones – and one may be coming to Verizon!

29 Mar

Mashable.com, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal are reporting today that Apple may be working on 2 new iPhones – one of which will be coming to the Verizon network!

Currently, the Apple iPhone is only available on AT&T, and there have been no confirmations…YET… that the exclusitivity agreement has been altered in any way.

However, while many rumors have surfaced in the past about a Verizon-compatible CDMA version of the Apple iPhone, this one seems markedly more legit.

Apple reps won’t comment just yet, but the official announcement and big reveal is expected to come in June or July when Apple typically releases the new iPhone models. One will  apparently still be for use with AT&T only, while one will be compatible with the Verizon network, which has better service and about 6 million more users than the AT&T network.

No one expected that Apple and AT&T would remain exclusive for the long haul, and this report doesn’t come as a shock to many.

Bets are on that by early 2011 or even sooner, Verizon will see its own iPhone, which, according to analysts, is one of the most important devices we’ve seen in recent times. Even if we won’t see a VZW iPhone within this suspected time frame, experts agree that it is only a matter of time before Verizon does get its very own iPhone model.

Check out the Glitzburgh WORDLE for March 2010 – Pretty cool ..

27 Mar

http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/1839658/GLITZBURGH

Social Media Update – Visit GLITZBURGH Blog on Twitter and Facebook!

27 Mar

Follow Glitzburgh on Twitter @Glitzburgh ~ http://twitter.com/Glitzburgh


And Become a Fan on Facebook, here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glitzburgh/105096099524875?ref=ts

Don’t forget to spread the word – this blog is just a baby – brand new! And leave COMMENTS …

Feedback is welcomed and encouraged!!

Thanks for reading…

Little ol’ me? Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who To Follow on Twitter? Yes, say Network Pittsburgh polls.

26 Mar

Network Pittsburgh is a great site for useful resources on, well, networking in Pittsburgh!

They have local news, blogs, event promotion, and more, but they also have polls and contests.

For those of you who do not know, I am proud to announce that in 2009 I was voted “Best Blogger in Pittsburgh” and in 2010 was voted, “Who to Follow on Twitter 2010″ in the Individual competition. The Arthritis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, who I “tweet” for, was #2 in the “Who to Follow on Twitter Business/Org Edition.”

*Patting myself on the back&

Please, friends – follow my personal Twitter account @BuellaMarie

Follow the Arthritis Foundation at @AFWPA

And NOW ANNOUNCING a NEW official “Glitzburgh” Twitter account @Glitzburgh – please Follow us!

Don’t forget to check out @NetwkPittsburgh, too!

Thanks, please keep on reading!

~ You can also become a fan of mine on Facebook – Ashley Marie Boynes, Writer … and/or of Glitzburgh (page under construction ~

TGIF, and have a great weekend!

Happy Google Day from Pittsburgh

26 Mar

Bring Google Fiber to the ‘Burgh!