Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hello, my name is Leah, and I have a confession...

Hello, everyone! First let me say how thrilled I am to join this group of diverse and wonderful writers. I write mostly romantic suspense but have also written light paranormal, a contemporary women’s fiction which I call the “non-romance” love story, and even a children’s book. I just like telling stories. And I especially love words. 

I like combining and reordering them until I hear a certain cadence or pace I’m going for. And yes, I do hear voices in my head – or more precisely, my voice reciting words – all day, all night. I even dream in words and have written whole paragraphs in my sleep. (Wait…wait…come back! I’m weird but not dangerous!)

Anyway, today I’d like to expand a bit on a specific word:  COOL – as in hip, with it, neat-o – and if you’re expecting me to come up with the most up-to-date slang for the state of being “cool,” please, don’t hold your breath. Because the truth is, I’m seriously not cool. (Remember the UN-cola? I’m the UN-cool.) 

I rarely watch TV, except for the thriller/mystery/police-procedural type of shows, mostly reruns of shows I didn’t catch in their original runs. (Thank you, Netflix!) I don’t get to movies often either, and there too my viewing is usually limited to thriller/action/mystery plots, with a few romantic comedies thrown in.

Even when I see a current TV show or movie, I can’t retain the actors’ names. (It takes a minimum of six encounters for me to remember a face, much less add a name to the mix.) So the result is that I walk around in a pop-culture blur.

If I happen to watch an awards show, I sit in ignorance as the audience whoops and cheers for people I’ve never seen…or heard of. When the occasional celebrity makes it into my consciousness, I often don’t get it. (It took me years to figure out what made Kim Kardashian such a big deal…although I still don’t get why.)

Just last week I commented on Alicia Dean’s blog piece, suggesting that “Tanner Channing” be added to her list of hot guys. Alicia kindly responded that yes, Channing Tatum certainly is a hottie! (Serious #headdesk moment.)  I can’t even get my own guys right!  

A few weeks ago, a friend wrote in an e-mail that she was done for the night, heading off to bed with “Liev,” which of course I thought was her new boyfriend. 

Oh, how romantic….I remember thinking before giving a big sigh and wishing for a moment to be 20, or even 10, years younger. Later I found out she meant she'd be dreaming about the actor Liev Schreiber … whom I’d never even heard of!  (Luckily I had the sense to keep my mouth shut that time.)

I guess my point is that don’t be surprised if I occasionally (or often?) slip into the realm of the UN-cool. If nothing else, I figure it might be good for a laugh!

Happy Saturday!
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Jannine Gallant said...

My girls assure me I am completely un-cool, so you aren't alone! It's good to have you here, Leah!

Brenda Whiteside said...

I sympathize and love it. I once told my friend I got some new "blink". She laughed her head off at me.

Leah St. James said...

Thanks, Jannine, for the welcome and those words of comfort. I'm so relieved! :-)

Leah St. James said...

Hi, Brenda! Right about the time I started using "bling," it showed up on some list of overused words. Speaking of which, I saw "YOLO" on another list and thought, What's that, some texting form of yellow, or hello...or something? No, it stands for You Only Live Once. So I've never even heard of words that have been banned! (Sigh.) :-)

Rolynn Anderson said...

I'm with you Leah. I can't keep up to all the new singing groups, new actors, etc. Still, next to my husband, I am very cool. He knows nothing, and could care less about pop culture. I'll tell you, Leah, it might be an advantage...If you don't use such references in your novels, you'll never write 'dated' novels!

Leah St. James said...

I wish I could say the same, Rolynn. My husband knows all the new music and actors, despite being two years older! (I think it's only because he has more time than I do...Grrrr.) Anyway, you're right that ignorance might be bliss when it comes to not incorporating that stuff novels! I never thought of that. :-) Thanks!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Welcome, Leah. No offense, but you sound like a woman after my own heart. When it comes to all things pop, culture or otherwise, I too am clueless.

Barbara Edwards said...

I understand the un-cool. It's bad when I have to ask my grandkids what something means or who the newest actor is. sigh.
Welcome to the roses,

Leah St. James said...

Thank you, Margo and Barbara! :-)