195. The Search For Joy

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Kelly tagged me with the Joy meme last night, so here we go.


Search your blog for the word "joy" used in the context of "happiness." If you cannot find the word in your weblog, you may use any of the select list of synonyms below.

joy - amusement, bliss, cheer, comfort, delectation, delight, ecstasy, elation, exaltation, exultation, exulting, felicity, gaiety, gladness, glee, good humor, gratification, happiness, hilarity, humor, jubilance, liveliness, merriment, mirth, pleasure, rapture, regalement, rejoicing, revelry, satisfaction, wonder

If your weblog does not include a built-in search engine, then you can use Google to search it only for the word you wish to find. Do this by inputting the word you wish to search for followed by site:your web address. In my case, I searched for joy site:ginasramblings.blogspot.com .

If you've found the word and it was not used facetiously or sarcastically, good for you. All you need to do is link to your earlier entry, and write a few words about that joyous moment. If, however, you have no joy (whole words only) in your weblog, you must dig deep in your soul and find something wonderful in your life right now. One little thing that fills you with warmth, that bubbles you over with quiet happiness, or tickles you with its good-hearted hilarity, or makes you glad you just took a breath, and are getting ready to take another. It doesn't have to be anything big. A smile someone gave you; your cat on your shoulder; the way the light angles through your window and casts rainbows on your floor. All it has to be is something genuine, something real, something that matters to you.

Because we all need joy in our lives, and need to take the time - from time to time - to recognize it. And sometimes, we need to pass it on.

Even if we're a big pain in the ass when we do.

When you've dealt with your own joy, pass the quest on to five other bloggers.

Well, first I'm not tagging anyone because I never remember who's done what meme especially with the number of blogs I hop from on a daily basis. next, this was a bit amusing because when I searched for the word joy, all my entries came up because on my sidebar I have The Joy of Writing Sex for Fiction Writers as recommended reading. Good book. I believe it is still there on my sidebar now, but I haven't checked my sidebar for awhile. It becomes a habit of putting things there. You know they are there unless you change them. So because of this I had to go through the entries it pulled up and see if there were any entries that stood out as happy or joyful, and I found one.

May 31st 2005

This was the day I found out I had my column set to review Queer as Folk for the season. The column that started me down this path of television reviewer. Up to this point, I'd reviewed a few DVD's and CD's, but nothing weekly. Not a column. The last column I had was back in 2001 - 2002, when I had a weekly column for beginning writers on Suite101. I cringe a bit when I read some of those now. My writing has changed so much since then. My writing has even changed a lot since May when I started writing my reviews of Queer as Folk. My editor over at Gay Wired gave me some good advice about how to write television reviews, and the editors over at Blogcritics have as well. I've now taken what I've learned there to my own site and my media village blog as well.

I look back, and I can't believe that was only May. A lot has happened writing wise for me since then, and I know more changes will come. I'm still not very patient, and I want things to happen faster, but I'm being forced to learn that in writing patience is a virtue you have to develop.

Have a great night everyone.


Kelly Parra said...

Glad you found some blog joy, Gina! =D

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