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Come here. Tell me something happy.

2011, it would appear, has not been very nice to most of you. In fact, it's been cruel. Quite a few of you have lost a parent, or another relative, or a close friend, this year. Several more have had scary medical diagnoses, for yourselves or a loved one. And we won't even talk about finances.

Suffice to say, if you feel like you've been alone in your sufferings, believe me, you haven't been. There's a LOT of it going around. And aside from the "misery loves company" angle, you also haven't been alone in the sense of being unremembered. I, for one, have been thinking of you and feeling for you. And I am stepping up to demand of the Powers That Be: hey, Powers, make the bad luck leave the good people alone! Make 2012 better! Make things better NOW, in fact!

But, regardless of the answer the Powers have in store for us, we can take a moment and focus on the good things we do have. So, please, come here and do that. We can all bask in each other's good news for a change.

If you wish, you can start with the bad things ("Sucky Thing X happened this year, but..."), but you don't have to share that if you aren't comfortable. What I do want every commenter to share is something good that's happened to you lately. It can be small ("I made a pretty decent loaf of banana bread") or big ("Cushy new job with minimal hours and six-figure pay!!"). Whatever it is, we'll congratulate you.

So okay, here's mine. I have nothing grave to report from the year, thank goodness. My two little guys keep bringing home illnesses to set us back, but they've all remained at the nuisance-but-not-serious level; and though the kiddos annihilate my free time, they're intelligent and cute and hilarious and affectionate, and on the whole I'm very lucky. Plus right now I'm re-reading Middlemarch and watching Downton Abbey for the first time, both of which cast a lovely glow upon my life. And I'm making some delicious Southwest corn and sweet potato soup this evening.

Now you!


Dec. 2nd, 2011 08:32 am (UTC)
I just finished filming a very silly bawdy slapstick video that makes me giggle every time I see it. I had fun, the cast had fun, the crew had fun, and everyone involved in the production wants to know when we're going to do another. Trailer's up on YouTube, and we've already sold a few copies.

I'm doing this solely for the entertainment of my models and myself, but wouldn't it be *cool* if someday I made decent money doing this?
Dec. 2nd, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, post the link! I want to see it. That sounds like great fun. I bet others will too. Theatrical/film productions are some of the most fun I've ever had, so I get the appeal, definitely. Keep at it!
Dec. 2nd, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! YouTube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS8JJKRL-EI Any feedback is enormously appreciated by all of us!
Dec. 4th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
Haha! Oh, you guys must've gotten quite messy making that. Looks like fun.

Did you know there are actually fetishists who are into throwing pies at each other? I think you've just made their year.
Dec. 4th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
Thanks! That's exactly the note we were trying to strike, so it's quite cheering when we hear the response.

As for the fetishists? Really? Gosh! *whistles innocently and unconvincingly* ;-) Seriously, even though we keep it all PG-rated, that's where we make back our production costs! I'm not even sure there's any other paid market for homemade slapstick.
Dec. 4th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
LOL. Okay, this day and age, I shouldn't assume innocence in anyone. I myself hadn't heard of the pie fetishists until Dan Savage got a call about it in his podcast once. The poor pie people probably don't get a lot of porn made for them (or even PG-rated material they can enjoy), so you're doing a good turn for them. :) Heck, if you went through all the different fetishes Savage has talked about, you'd have fodder for endless films!