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Why You May Wanna Do VEDA. Maybe.

Lately, Twitter has been all a twitter (see what I did there?) with talk of VEDA, or Vlog Every Day in August, a tradition started by someone a while back to be done in April, but which my BFF Ashley decided to do in August and got all the really cool people to do then with her. If you're reading this blog, there's a half decent chance that's how you know me. Or you're reading back to see how my infamous writing career all began. Hello, reader. Please don't forget to buy one of my many New York Times bestselling books, or check out my new Star Trek series I'm running, starting this fall on HBO.

For those of you calendar-deprived folks, August is soon, yo. And you may be thinking to yourself "Self, should I do VEDA?"

My instinct has been to yell at you "YES, JOIN ME IN AWESOMENESS" but I have to hold back my inner camp counsellor here. Hell, I didn't even know I had one. VEDA is not for everyone, but since folks are asking, I thought I'd lay out my case for it in one easy place. Rather than retyping it via email, text, Facebook chat, and whatnot. What can I say? I'm lazy sometimes.

Why you may want to do VEDA

  • Learn to Vlog. Vlogging, or video blogging, is the act of talking to a camera for 1-3 minutes on a topic (or not on topic). And I found it scary as Hell the first few times. I don't like the way I sound. I don't like the way I look on camera. Why is my chin doing that? AHHHHH! VEDA helped cure me of a lot of that. Well, my chin still does that thing. But I care less about it now. Overcoming my fear of vlogging is a good thing, as I'm generally of the feeling that overcoming fears is a good thing. But vlogging opens up a whole new means of expression, which is definitely good.
  • Learn YouTube/iMovie/Other Video Stuff. Vlogging also made me learn iMovie, relatively quickly. Yes, you can just film yourself for 3 minutes and throw it on YouTube, but you can also make an intro! Edit it down, so folks don't have to listen to you say um for 14 minutes. Not that anyone did that last year. (Ed. note; someone totally did, but it wasn't Tom).  You also learn a bit about the features YouTube offers, among other things. And, again, I think learning things is generally a good thing. Call me crazy.
  • Meet awesome people. The stories you hear, of people who met through VEDA, who got to know each other, who are now friends, perhaps even romantically involved. I'm not sure if that one couple actually met through VEDA, or knew each other beforehand. Probably the latter. But still! The VEDA community is full of awesome people, sharing themselves. I felt inspired from some of the insecurities videos last year, and it was wonderful, in a terrible kind of way, to hear so many people share my insecurities and fears. Then to get drunk with them on webcam later on. Meet up with one of them this year, and meet so many, many more next year. I say this as a surety, even though it's not, but I will MAKE IT HAPPEN.
  • Do something for 31 days straight. How often have you said to yourself you're gonna do something, every day, and then do it for a few days and give up? This is something you can do. Not only will you have a record of what your life was like in August, but you'll have something you can point to, yourself, and say "I did that." I think that's pretty cool.
  • Spur your creativity. Perhaps this may be the most important one, at least for me. Ashley talks a lot about Ze Frank, and some of the awesome, creative things he's done, and how a lot of what he did started through blogging and vlogging. Although it may not be fiction, by making these videos you're creating something, sharing something. You'll be exposed to dozens of people, doing exactly the same thing. For me, that is awesome, and that alone is reason enough to do it.

I could go on and on, and likely will think of more reasons the second I hit publish on this. Not that I couldn't go back and edit more in, but I think I've covered everything I have to. Even if you don't want to participate, I'd encourage you to keep an eye on my YouTube channel, and others, and see what we do in August. I think it's going to be amazing and that you're gonna see some hilarious, heartfelt and inspiring videos from some hilarious, heartfelt and inspiring people.

So, join me. Or, at least, watch me.


Wine and Love: 3

So today I'm doing Wine and Love again, hosted by Suki! Here we talk about the things making us reach for the wine glass (or alcoholic beverage of choice) and the things we love this week!


  • Didn't get a job I interviewed for. Spent almost a whole day in interviews too. While it was a good experience overall, and looking back it may not have been the best fit, I still can't say I was too pleased to get that news.
  • I'm slowly getting sick. Every morning I can feel my throat aching a little more, and I'm just waiting for it to blossom into a full blown cold. Definitely need to sleep much this weekend.
  • Eaten poorly the last while. Given in to stress/emotional eating a few too many times.


  • I'm feeling a renewed passion for blogging and vlogging. Been reading and watching more and feeling excited, with some new ideas of things to do and maybe some new projects coming up. GFM's been writing some drabbles lately, which has got me thinking about trying my hand at some creative writing as well.
  • I've been trying to walk a bit. I'm aiming for just a short, 10 minute walk every day, just to get moving a little bit. I've also been trying to keep off my phone, mostly, and do a bit of walking meditation. It's nice because it's very hard to say "nah, I don't have time for that." Cause I totally do. Though the weather lately has been the biggest deterrent. But it's been nice.
  • I'm getting a handle on things at work. Saying that may be the kiss of death, of course, but I'm getting there, for now.

What are you loving, and not loving this week?