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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Less Than Three Update & Stuff & Ponies

Your entries to my little makeshift writing contest were an absolute delight, guys. I pulled up your comments and blogs on my phone and rewarded myself for staying awake in class by reading them under the desk. We'll have to do this again sometime, yes? It feels silly to pick a winner, since that wasn't really the point, but I'm gonna have to go with EJ on this one. Just beautiful and affecting and good. Cheers and confetti and pinatas for everybody!

I've been in Crazy Work Mode for the last few days. It's all video filming and Less Than Three editing and homework and throwing things in fits of frustration. Still, I can't help but feel lucky or blessed or what-have-you that I get the opportunity to do what I love, and that I have the health and financial situation and support that I need in order for these kinds of projects be possible. I'm stressed, but it's the kind of stress I'm really grateful to have, you know? I'm trying to make more of an effort to spread my work out evenly and spend time enjoying it. As we speak, I'm writing this on my sunshiney balcony with a bottle of sun tea slowly changing color beside me, listening to the new Jason Mraz album, stretching my neck. Right on cue, Jason just sang the perfect summary of what I'm going for: "I'm letting go of the thoughts that do not make me strong." Me too, bud.

Oh hey, while we're (sort of) on the topic of The Book-- I've had a few people ask for an update about the project, probably because we've had a hard time coming up with some sort of central place for news about it, between mine and Kristina's million youtube channels and blogs and twitters and et cetera. At this point, we've been in contact with-- and received confirmation from-- all of the finalists. If you submitted a story and haven't heard from us personally about it, your story hasn't made it on to the next round to be considered for the official book. It is 100% yours again, so feel free to put it on your own blog or submit it to another publication, or even save it for if Kristina and I ever host a similar contest. Narrowing down the near thousand submissions was one of the most challenging hunks of work I've ever finished. Frankly, I was amazed by the talent and heart in each and every entry. If you participated, thank you so much for putting yourself out there, taking risks, and allowing us to read your work. This community is pretty much a constant ass-kicking awesome-fest. Thank you, guys.

On that note, my video files just finished rendering, so I'm about to jump into ferocious editing mode. If you missed it, I posted a new HGH video on Thursday (in which I wear a bikini and obscene amounts of eyeliner) and a new Answerly video yesterday, complete with tips for surviving final exams! I hope you all have a lovely morning/afternoon/evening/middle-of-the-night-when-you-should-be-sleeping-but-let's-face-it-you-probably-won't-because-tumblr-and-youtube-exist. I'll see you soon!


P.S. THERE WERE NO PONIES. FALSE ADVERTISEMENT. I AM A SNEAKY BASTARD.

31 comments:

Katie said...

Holy crap. EJ I read your poem; you're amazing. <3333

Lauren said...

Yay! I'm always so happy when you have a new video or blog.

Stefan said...

I just spent 10 minutes trying to figure out how to get an ascii pony in a comment since no images are allowed. ascii art is an internet trick that continues to allude me.

Sabrina said...

i was just thinking today about if you watch my little pony. do you?!?!

Kara said...

I've been listening to the new Jason Mraz album, too! I love it. It's so summery and happy-making.

Bridget said...

Oh man, that PS totally got me hahaha and unfortunately Tumblr practically doesn't exist right now. I feel like a part of me is missing because I can't log on...

kira902k said...

Wow EJ's poem was incredible.

Also a creepyass alien centipede creature attacked me in my room while I was reading this. So I now relate your blog to utterly terrifying creatures.
FYI.

xD

good luck with getting all your stuff done! :)

Ben said...

just thought you'd like to know there was a pony, it was in the advert on the side of this post.

Alexis said...

I saw 'ponies' and assumed this post was co-written by Kristina. :)

Rachel said...

No ponies!? I feel so gypped...

sterff1face said...

Frankly, we're all better off without ponies. They're half the fun of horses with three times the attitude. =P

Anonymous said...

It's kinda irrelevant to this topic but are you planning on continuing "Why do I still watch Glee?"? I love this series and you make very good points.

Alyssa said...

I was excited for ponies :(

M.C. said...

Hayley (sorry I already posted this on your youtube channel too) Oprah just announced that she was doing an online interactive Book Club 2.0. What if The Fault in Our Stars was nominated? How awesome would that be??? I think there could be a lot of nerdfighter awesomeness discussion that bridge generations and audiences.

P.S. Is it weird that I am excited about this possibility?

MC

Anonymous said...

hayley... not cool. come back and blog :)

Anonymous said...

guess hayley bailed again

Jamie said...

Hi, Hayley!
I discovered you a while ago, and have been slowly devouring all your videos and blog posts. I just wanted to tell you, I think you are fabulous. I love how you blend intelligence and humor. you are beautiful, inside and out. out of all of you tube, YOU ARE MY FAVORITE. I don't know, maybe you hear that all the time, but in the off-chance you don't, I wanted you to know.

...and to make this on-topic, I have also been listening to the new Jason Mraz album, and it is lovely!

The Bff Blog Girls said...

Why would you do that?
I have to go cry myself to sleep now.
I just wanted a frikin pony.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

miss your blogs. you are in my thoughts right now, sending good vibes.

Alyssa said...

hey Hayley. thinking of you and what a beautiful person you are. I'm thankful to know you, if only through the interwebs.

alyssa

ps- take your time. we'll be here when you come back!

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Kay said...

Hey Hayley, remember that commercial for a dishwasher where the guy was like, "How do we know it works? Put a cake it it!"

That was AMAZING. Would you possibly know how to locate it on youtube?

bennysmith said...

Likes your post, it is amazing!

Anonymous said...

Hayley, I/we really really miss your blogs. I almost never comment but have been reading every post since the beginning.
I honestly do not want to pressure you,I can wait until you feel up to it again. I just wanted you to know that you are missed.

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