Thursday, December 09, 2010

BitchBuzz: How to Ruin the Holidays + Mangrove Trailer

First, my column for the week: if you're mild-hearted and love the holidays, you may want to skip it. I am particularly proud of finding that picture of Katy Perry:

How to Ruin the Holidays

By K.A. Laity
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Solstice or Yule, you have an equal opportunity this year to destroy all hopes for any beautiful memories from social gatherings by following a few simple rules.

People get too stressed trying to make the holidays perfect: cooking, cleaning, buying, singing, organizing and spend, spend, spending. They put up trees, light menorahs, bake cookies, mull wine and in the process, gain weight, lose hair and empty their bank accounts.

Ruining the holidays can be accomplished with very little effort and almost no spending or preparation. You do not need to make elaborate plans (although a well-thought out scheme can have a spectacular pay-off) and cooking is completely optional, as are fuzzy jumpers with appliqu├ęs.

How can you ruin the holidays? To find the answers:

While book trailers have been said to be a waste of time, I can't seem to help wanting to make them. So to amuse myself, here's one for Kit Marlowe's The Mangrove Legacy coming Dec 15th (in case you forgot ;-)


Todd Mason said...

It might be that I find dress up too tightly bound up with the dullest people I've known...perhaps part of my resistance to "Gaga" (well, her bowing to Ciccone didn't help, either)...and clearly Perry is trying to gather up as much pop-culture hitpoints as possible as well (Look, I'm hiphop! I'm club! I'm certainly bi-chic!).

Cute trailer! I think you should send a copy to Bill Crider, since it definitely sounds like his cuppa as well, from those lines.

Me, I like to ruin gatherings and festivals with tiresome declaiming. Works every time (Billy Dee winks).

C. Margery Kempe said...

For Gaga, the decoration is part of the show, but it's not a substitute for it: close your eyes and listen to the hooks. They're irresistible.

Well, feel free to share the trailer with anyone you think will enjoy it. I think it's a funny book -- I was still laughing at the line edits, so that's amazing enough.

You need to compete for Most Boring Person then!

Todd Mason said...

True dullness doesn't compete. That might result in something of passing interest.

Let me explicate...

C. Margery Kempe said...

Excuse me, I just saw someone I need to talk to!

Todd Mason said...

You know, I hear that a lot. Let me enumerate...ouch! Hey!

C. Margery Kempe said...

Let me introduce you to Mohammed, Jugdish, Sidney and Clayton. Grab a seat and make yourselves at home. Don't be shy about helping yourselves to punch and cookies...