random stuff

The New Footloose Movie

I was surprised to see the number of “dislikes” -they far outweighed the “likes” on the YouTube page.

Is it because “Footloose” is a classic and shouldn’t be messed with? Does it need more Bacon? (Kevin Bacon, that is). I thought the trailer looked good. And I’m a pretty big fan of the original movie.

I like how they modernized it. The dancing looks pretty awesome.

I dig dancing movies. (Probably because I wanted to be a dancer when I grew up. Then I grew up and was like, “UGH! This stuff is HARD. Where’s my chocolate.”)

I also like the message behind the movie – that if you repress our young people (or any people, quite frankly), then you’re going to have a revolt. People can only take so much. They need some sort of release valve for all of that pent up energy and frustration.

It’s also about how if you make a big deal out of something then guess what, it becomes an even BIGGER deal. Personally, I would much rather downplay something (sex, drugs, alcohol) to my kids than never discuss it with them and blow it up into this big, mysterious YOU MUST NOT DO AT ANY COST sort of thing.

You know?

So tell me, Internet – are you looking forward to the new “Footloose” movie? Or do you think they should have just left it alone. If you’re a fan of the movie, what did you like about it? What did you dislike about it?

Writing Stuff

The Point is to Write it Down

Life – from the pencil’s point of view.

Point from Victoria Harding on Vimeo.

Sort of makes me want to write, old school.

Now, to just find a #2 pencil.





UGH. This thing is driving me nuts. It’s too slow. It can’t keep up with my thoughts.

Never mind. I’m over it. Where’s my laptop?!?

“The point,” of course, is there is never an excuse NOT to write it down – whether it’s your thoughts, your doodles, your life, or your grocery list.

Leave a little of YOU behind – write it down.


I spent a long time Saturday trying to reload WordPress on my karenmaxwell.com domain. However, the servers on our web host are not updated and I couldn’t get it to work.

I simply don’t have the energy (or the desire) to contact my web host and go through the process of making it work, especially since the last time I self-hosted I had nothing but problems and my blog was down most of the time.

(This blog, and my writing blog, are hosted on the wordpress.com servers. I don’t have as much control over the blogs as I would have using a self-host, but I have a lot less headaches – which is totally worth it for me).

I reserved the karenmaxwell.com domain for my writing – so I revamped an existing blog, re-routed the domain name and now when you type in karenmaxwell.com, it takes you to my “writing” blog. I’m loosely calling it my writing blog because I haven’t updated it in quite some time.

I’d like to fix that. (Ha! “Fix”. Get it??) So, I will try and post a writing prompt every week, something that sounds fun and challenging, and then write one story, every week, using that prompt. I will likely post an excerpt here, but the full story will be at my writing blog.

It’s time to step away from the Twitter stream and get serious about my writing.