Sunday, December 15, 2013

THATCHER CALLING - Season 01 Trailer

THATCHER CALLING is my first web series, and I am thrilled to share it you! It's about a woman who sends video messages to a mysterious friend.

You can watch new episodes at my YouTube channel For Nerdy Girls.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

My new book! Bianca Reagan: Where the Action Is

My second novel, BIANCA REAGAN: WHERE THE ACTION IS, the sequel to STEVE THE PENGUIN, has been published! It's now available in paperback on Amazon.

For autographed copies, please send requests to mrjmedia [at] gmail [dot] com.

The eBook format is coming soon. More details to come.

I'm so excited and proud of myself! Hooray!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Today's deep thoughts: Tell people about it.

From the "Why Market Your Book?" chapter of Sell More Books! by J. Steve Miller and Cherie K. Miller:

People won't buy your book, unless they first know it exists. 

I sometimes forget to tell people that I have written a book, and that I am publishing another one. So here you go:

I wrote a book! It's called Steve the Penguin. It's available on Amazon!

Steve the Penguin

I wrote another book!

Bianca Reagan: Where the Action Is

It will be available soon, on Amazon!



Monday, June 10, 2013

Today's deep thoughts: The right school for You

From the "Investigating schools and managing social media resources" chapter of MBA Admissions Strategy: From Profile Building to Essay Writing by Avi Gordon:

You are not looking for all types of schools. You will do only one MBA in your life and the more closely it meets your needs, the better off you will be.

Very good advice, Avi! When deciding on an MBA program, be true to who you are and who you want to be.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Today's deep thoughts: Growing wiser

From the "When your relationships could use a reboot ... " chapter of Bright Side Up: 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now:

I caught singer Justin Timberlake on an airing of Ellen as he was about to turn thirty. When she asked him how he felt about entering his next decade, he said, "I'm excited about my thirties. Yeah, I'm excited about it." Then he paused and smiled. "Well, I don't really have a choice, so I might as well be excited."

[ ... ]

How can you possibly be excited about, say, turning one year older? Well, ask yourself this simple question: What's one good thing about it? Here, I'll help you. One year older may bring another gray hair or wrinkle, but those are marks of a life well earned, with nicks and scars and moles and spots that signify every single day you've lived. One year older is one year more of life experience, smarter decision making and far more confidence. And one year older means you're still living, and that's miraculous. We can all think of a former classmate, coworker, or friend who didn't make it on this earth as far as we have today--and really, what would they give for another year, another birthday? Here you are, alive and heading forth into your future.

Very good advice, Amy!


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Today's deep thoughts: "I was very lucky."

From the ninth chapter and the epilogue of Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell:

Outliers are those who have been given opportunities--and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.

[ ...]

Bill Gates could accept the title of genius, and leave it at that. It takes no small degree of humility for him to look back on his life and say, "I was very lucky." And he was. The Mothers' Club of Lakeside Academy bought him a computer in 1968. It is impossible for a hockey player, or Bill Joy, or Robert Oppenheimer, or any other outlier for that matter, to look down from their lofty perch and say with truthfulness, "I did this, all by myself." Superstar lawyers and math whizzes and software entrepreneurs appear at first blush to lie outside ordinary experience. But they don't. They are products of history and community, of opportunity and legacy. Their success is not exceptional or mysterious. It is grounded in a web of advantages and inheritances, some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky--but all critical to making them who they are. The outlier, in the end, is not an outlier at all.

How can you seize your opportunities today to develop yourself into a successful outlier?


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today's deep thoughts: If you can read this, you should be thankful.

From the "$30,000 an hour" chapter of Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun:

 ...the average adult on planet Earth earns $8,200 a year (U.S. dollars), and the average American makes about $50,000 ... Almost half of the world's population doesn't have clean running water or reliable electricity, no matter how well they are paid. From a planetary view, if you're reading this book indoors, under an electric light, within walking distance of  a stocked refrigerator or a take-out delivery menu you can afford to order from, and rarely find yourself worrying about malaria or dysentery, you are doing quite well. 

These are true words, readers, but when times are tough, it is not always easy to remember how fortunate we are.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Today's deep thoughts: Doing What You Do

From the "Success Begins with Being Yourself" chapter of The Little Stuff Matters Most: 50 Rules from 50 Years of Trying to Make a Living by Bernie Brillstein, with David Rensin:

... the real successes don't conform. I'm not saying break the dress code and show butt-crack; but find some way to stand out. Any way. The best method is to work with who you are. Don't go looking for a style, find it in yourself. If all talent agents wear fashionable Armani and you wear Armani, you're not in style. You're in what other people think is style.


Do whatever works (appropriately) to get people to talk about you because, if they do, that means you're different--and that's good news, not bad news. Forget the conventional wisdom that if you stick out you'll attract trouble. If that happens, you can leave and start your own company. In fact, if you're different enough, you'll probably want to.

I am discovering my own ways to stand out and be myself in the face of other people who do not always know what to do with my quirkiness. It's tough, but it's important to me to be consistently true to who I am.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Today's deep thoughts: Being a Good Parent

From Chapter 32 of You Have No Idea by Vanessa Williams and Helen Williams, with Irene Zutell:

HELEN: To me being a good parent is a lot of trial and error. In hindsight, what worked for us as parents was being consistent in family rules, establishing clear expectations, and setting positive goals. The priority for us was being a parent and showing our kids that they are loved. Friendship was secondary. I didn't care if I was my child's friend. But as my children have aged into adulthood, I d like to think they think of me as their mother and their friend. [...]

 When I have my future children years from now, I hope to develop a similarly positive relationship with them.