Tuesday, April 08, 2014

G is for Gossip

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is



Of course, the reason I chose "indulgences" as my theme is in celebration of my book release, 30 Days of No Gossip.


Sadly, I couldn't go 30 days without gossip. I love getting together with friends and former co-workers for a good, hearty round of gossip.



Unfortunately, gossip is fun unless someone is getting hurt. That's why it's always fun to gossip about celebrities. They'll never know we're talking about them and, even if they did, they're richer and prettier than the rest of us, so they'll just figure out we're jealous and laugh it off.



Do you gossip? Be honest!

35 comments:

  1. Yes, I admit I gossip, even though I shouldn't, but one thing I try with gossiping is that what I'm saying about someone, I would say it to their face (make sense?) But I think we are just curious about things and people and that's why we gossip (or at least me). I hope I'm not mean spirited in it and I never gossip on things that someone has asked me to keep in confidence. Now I'm really going to evaluate over the next few days how much gossip I really do.

    betty

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  2. That is so true, Betty! I was still working when I wrote 30 Days of No Gossip and I tried to see how long I could go. I didn't even last an hour! Now that I work from home, I don't gossip so much...not many people to talk about. My dog doesn't really care about my gossip, either, I'm learning!

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  3. I do BUT I'm very careful about what I gossip about, would never break a confidence or 'share' something if asked not to and I'm very careful as to who I gossip to.

    Great post. 30 Days Of No Gossip sounds lie a fun read and I love the cover.

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  4. Thank you, Tracy! That is the tough part. Often you'll have a secret you're just dying to share, but you can't because you'll be breaking a confidence. My mom always said, "Once you've told one person, it's no longer a secret."

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  5. Honestly, I try very hard not to gossip about anyone I know. Sometimes I fail (I'm only human, after all), but most of the time I do OK. You're right, though -celebrities are another matter altogether! :)

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  6. The biggest gossips in the world are people who work in the entertainment industry. I think they're the worst! We all talk about how awful it is that the media goes crazy when a celebrity gains weight or gets in trouble with the law, but we're the first to gossip to each other about it!

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  7. I do gossip and its harmless ..! I do discuss life of celebrities more than anything else...! What would gossip be without a group of women..! :P

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  8. Just about my near and dear :D

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  9. Oh I like gossip too but never at the expense of hurting someone. Considering how much I like the movies and actors

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  10. What an awesome premise for your book. Best of luck and many sales!

    And I try not to gossip. Emphasis on "try." But not in a mean way. :)

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  11. Thank you, David! I think we all try--and there's a fine line between gossiping and simply sharing information about someone else...

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  12. I'm actually not a big gossiper, but I'm an introvert and prefer to keep my head down, so to speak :)

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  13. Definitely do, and try to keep it as frivolous as possible so that it never ends up hurting anyone.

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  14. Definitely do, and try to keep it as frivolous as possible so that it never ends up hurting anyone.

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  15. No. I don't. I inquire about the details of my friend's lives, but the closest I get to gossip is when my mom wants to talk about the things going on my family member's lives. I've learned the best route is a direct one, and if something is going on in a friend's life, I'll ask directly. If they don't want to tell me, I drop it. The end. I think our communication should be straight forward.

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  16. Crystal--There are times when I've been afraid to ask someone about something, so I've asked someone else. It lets me know whether that person is ready to talk about it or not. If someone has lost a loved one or is dealing with a similar sensitive issue, I've asked out of concern...although that also can tread that thin line between information-gathering and gossip!

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  17. Now that I'm past my PTO years and I work alone at home, I don't have many opportunities to gossip anymore - which is probably just as well.

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  18. Jean--There's gossip in PTO meetings? Who would have guessed. It's funny, but decades have passed since "Harper Valley PTA" was on the radio and, despite women having made so many other strides, gossip is one thing that hasn't changed in communities of all sizes.

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  19. Gossip is a tricky thing. There's such a fine line between gossip and information gathering.
    In all honesty, I try not to gossip. It actually makes me really uncomfortable when I hear other people gossiping. And when my mom wants to tell me about individual family members, I listen, but try not to participate or make comments. Now, if we're talking about celebs, I do like to "keep informed". :)

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  20. I love gossip about celebs but I absolutely hate work gossip. It's always so negative and rarely true. I also don't talk about anything I wouldn't want quoted in the "official staff bulletin" except with a select trusted few. My friends mostly come from different places in my life (one from college, one from each job, one from grad school, etc.) and I do tend to talk about them to each other. Then at our annual holiday party I'll see them all talking and start getting nervous that I said something I shouldn't have.

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  21. I love reading gossip in magazines. But as it happens, I work from home and don't get to experience workplace gossip.

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  22. I don't read gossip mags but do indulge in a good catch-up round of gossip with friends over coffee. However I find it hard to distinguish between talking about what's going on in our lives and gossip. I think even if I tried going 30 days without gossip I'd slip up in this gray area :)

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  23. I do try and avoid it -- though the occasional celebrity dish might be called for! :-)

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  24. Yup, I do, and it's one of the things I'd like to do less. I do like to read the celebrity magazines at the hairdresser. Definitely a life not like mine.

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  25. I try my best not to, but it's definitely hard to avoid when hooking up with former co-workers. Everyone wants to share the latest scoop on what's happening at the office!

    Your book cover looks adorable. It seems like a book I would have loved reading when I was that age.

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  26. Okay, yes, I have been known to indulge in the "G" word. Does it count that I feel guilty?

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  27. I love your honesty Stephanie.

    I want to say no, but then I think about what my first three stops on the Internet every day are and one is the ProFootball Talk Rumor Mill. I know I am busted as interested in pro football gossip.

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  28. I have gossiped in the past. I've been pretty successful not gossiping lately. No good comes from it; you only end up hurting yourself. Maybe not right off, but eventually.

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  29. I do at times but for the most part I really don't have anyone to gossip about or to.

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  30. Gossip can be dangerous, even with celebrities feeling bad about themselves because someone goes too far. A little talk among friends is different though. It is when things get out of control or nasty that it become a real problem.

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  31. I try not to gossip. I guess there are times when I fail. I don't often get together with girlfriends anyway. I'd must rather stay home and write on my computer!

    I must check out your book!

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  32. 30 days of No Gossip... wow I love the cover page and title of the book looks damn interesting...
    Gossip.. who doesn't love it but only with friends.. sometimes its fun..

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  33. I try not to and the best way to stop gossiping is to avoid people who get you to talk about others! So nice to connect and follow http://aimingforapublishingdeal.blogspot.co.uk/

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  34. Oh yes... and if you sk me to go without gossip for 30 days, i wont be able to!

    www.volatilespirits.com

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  35. Stopping by from the hammock on the A-Z Challenge!

    Yes, I admit to have participated in gossip, but I really don't like it. I'm not much for following the stars or anything. So I don't talk about that kind of gossip. Mostly I am a stander-by and get sucked into the conversation, and then I get frustrated that I didn't speak up and try to quell it in some way. But it happens all the time.

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