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My Favorite Christmas Songs

img_slider_4112I have 3 all time favorite Christmas songs (Warning: off-color humor & language – 2 of my favorite things! Real Christmas lovers will HATE these!) Special thanks to my sister, Avis, for turning me on to these classics years ago, and to Gail Martin for reminding me what I like about Christmas songs. My wife, Melinda, LOVES Christmas, but we rarely get each other gifts. We try to treat each other like it’s Christmas every day of the year. We don’t wait for one day to get a gift or do something nice. That being said, our house looks like the North Pole.
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Forced to be Super-Gay pt2

Lipstick Lesbians & Tight Leather Outfits

Caity Lotz plays White Canary, smoking hot lesbian

Caity Lotz plays White Canary, a smoking hot lesbian

If Greg Berlanti wants to use his TV shows to promote an over-the-top gay rights agenda (hey, they are HIS shows after all!), cool. I have the choice to NOT watch them if I feel the writing insults our intelligence.  But let’s get real, for real. Not all lesbians wear tight leather battlesuits with super-model figures, styled hair, perfect makeup, and are smoking hot. I guess in the Berlanti-verse they are. But doesn’t that insult the Body Positive crowd? In the real world, gay people come in all shapes and sizes. (See Modern Family) On these shows, they only come in size 2. On Arrow, the White Canary was gay (“bi”? she did do Oliver Queen for a while) until they moved her over to Legends of Tomorrow, because one sixth of every Berlanti super hero team MUST be gay. Greg then replaced her with a handsome (gay) black man on Arrow. As a matter of fact, every character in these “dramas” are required to be pretty (yes, I’m talking to you, Stephen Amell!). I guess an agenda is fine as long as it sells soap. Reality be damned! View Full Post »

Forced to be Super Gay?

super-symbolLet’s start off by stating: I am NOT homophobic. I AM agenda-phobic, stereotypically-adverse, and anti-populist (No, I didn’t watch Seinfeld and never will, just because everyone said I HAD to). My rant is not even about the fact that EVERY TV show feels it must portray at least one major character as LGBTQ. But … can’t we just use being a superhero as a metaphor or do these producers think the American public is so stupid that we must be literally hit in the face with it?

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Writing Rejection & Other Funnies Part 3

1400fYou just received your fifth rejection letter for a book you submitted. You’re in good company. A few other writer’s received their fair share of rejection before “doing okay” with the whole writing thing.

LitRejections & Online College

From http://www.litrejections.com/best-sellers-initially-rejected/ and http://www.onlinecollege.org/2010/05/17/50-iconic-writers-who-were-repeatedly-rejected/ View Full Post »

Writing Rejection & Other Funnies Part 4

1406Rejection slips getting you down, Bunky? Well, stand back, because a few the best have gotten some of the most.  Keep submitting, keep writing. Keep editing and re-writing. Check out http://www.right-writing.com/rejection.html.

  • An endless nightmare. I think the verdict would be ‘Oh don’t read that horrid book.” Publisher rejects The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells. It is soon published in 1898, and has been in print ever since.
  • Our united opinion is entirely against the book. It is very long, and rather old-fashioned.” Publisher rejects Moby Dick by Herman Melville. It is later published by Harper & Brothers, who release a first print run of 3000 copies. Only 50 of these sell during the author’s lifetime. View Full Post »

Writing Rejection & Other Funnies Part 2

1400bYou know what’s worse than being rejected by an agent or publisher? Being the agent or publisher that rejected Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, J.D. Salinger, or Dr. Seuss. These come from a site called LitRejections.com. Have faith, fledgling author, maybe your book is like one of these greats… or not. Sometimes a dog is just a dog. Make sure you are telling a good story. There is no excuse for bad punctuation, formatting, typos, or word mis-usage. Yes, you can break a few rules, but be prepared for rejections. We all get them. Wear yours like a badge of honor. Perseverance is part of the business.


From http://www.litrejections.com/best-sellers-initially-rejected/:

  • 5 years of continual rejection – After 5 years of continual rejection, the writer finally lands a publishing deal: Agatha Christie. Her book sales are now in excess of $2 billion. Only William Shakespeare has sold more. View Full Post »

Writing Rejection & Other Funnies Part 1

1400dYou are a writer wannabe. You  are banging away on that Great American Novel. It’s finally finished. You submit to various agents and publishers to get a few rejections letters. You are despondent. The bath tub and some razors are calling your name. Buck up, Bunky. You are not the first to ever get a rejection letter. Some of those authors actually did okay for themselves. Check out: OnlineCollege.org View Full Post »

CPCC Digital Marketing Course

CPCC Charlotte NC Web Design CertificateIf you are in or around the area of Charlotte, NC or Mecklenburg county, you can definitely benefit from this. Central Piedmont Community College‘s Continuing Education program is offering a one-month-long course in Internet Marketing Fundamentals, Nov. 7th, 2016 (and also in the Spring April 18, 2017 – May 11, 2017).

Upon completion of this training, the participant will be able to:

  • Perform Search Engine Optimization basics – begin understanding SEO
  • Utilize Pay Per Click Advertising keywords – get an overview of PPC strategy
  • Understand Web Analytics – to know where and why your traffic is coming (or not!)
  • Maximize Email Campaign tools – for more opens and greater results
  • Use Blog marketing to drive traffic to your business web site
  • Understand the basics of customizing Social Media for your business

To learn more about the class, you can read it’s description at: https://services.cpcc.edu/cceoutlines/MMG7030/ and https://schedule.cpcc.edu/myschedule/show_sections/11997/

Register today as registration will fill up fast!

About the Instructor

Paul Metheney, Metheney Consulting, Our Marketing Group Paul Metheney, Metheney Consulting, Our Marketing Group With nearly three decades of advertising, Internet marketing, and management experience Paul Metheney brings his expertise to instruct part-time at Central Piedmont Community College. Paul brings a diverse set of skills including marketing, technology, and brand strategy. Paul's decades of management experience focuses on marketing and Internet communications. Expert in social media, search engine optimization, email campaigns, blog development, graphic design, and web design, Paul excels in promoting organizations through the latest and most appropriate technological marketing venues.

Experienced in Real World Web Development & Marketing

Paul is president and Senior Consultant of Our Marketing Group and its parent company, Metheney Consulting, Inc. while Paul has been working in Internet management since 1993, Metheney Consulting has been providing clients with expert advice, consulting, and websites since 1997. Prior to working in Internet, Paul worked as a graphic designer and art director for nearly a decade as well as management in the entertainment industry. With an MBA from the McColl School of Business at Charlotte's Queen University, Paul is one of those rare individuals who combines a creative advertising & marketing design background with a profound aptitude for the emerging electronic media field and business. From technical expertise to methodical project management skills, Paul embodies the "big picture" thinking required in today's internet, intranet and marketing arenas. Paul can be contacted at

Charlotte Writers Group: We Want You!

writer, author, editor, writing, manuscript, fiction, book, short story, novel, writing, club, group, Charlotte, NC, North Carolina, critiqueIf you are a writer, wanna-be author, fledgling writer, or just thinking about writing, the Charlotte Writers Group is looking for you. The group meets the second Saturday of every month to offer constructive criticism of 1-2 pieces written by members. Many members also meet once a week (optionally) at a local eatery for our “Write-In”, which allows writers to work in an environment where they can ask questions and socialize if they like. All meetings are very casual. Typical meetings are: the first hour or two is for critiques; If there is no second piece to critique, a discussion usually ensues about some aspect of writing – i.e. “The Third Hour” is for a pre-scheduled topic with a discussion leader. This hour is for writers to teach, learn, and discuss the tools and business of professional writing. View Full Post »

Internet Marketing Course at CPCC in Nov 2016

Learn the tools and strategies available to market your website and your business on the internet! This is a hands-on class, where you will customize and experience various marketing venues, online tools, and supportive software. Recommended class for business owners, Web designers/developers and marketing professionals.

CPCC (Central Piedmont Community College) offers a course in Internet Marketing this November 7th (2016). MMG7030 (Internet Marketing Fundamentals) will available to anyone in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg area on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00PM till 8:00PM. The course will teach you how to better market your web site and business online. It is a one month course (off Thanksgiving week) and ends Dec 7th. This will get you the start you need to better online marketing. You WILL have homework assignments and it is a very tough class, but you will learn ALOT. View Full Post »

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