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Tingle Tuesday: The First Time I felt ASMR

As part of my partnership with Ilse “The Waterwhispers” Blansert, this post appears on her blog at http://www.thewaterwhispers.com. As her weekly guest blogger, she asked if I would share my personal ASMR story with her readers, viewers and fans as a way to get to know me as well as the book we wrote together. I was happy to do this so over the next four weeks, you will learn about my own experiences with ASMR and how I came to the ASMR community! Enjoy!

Me as Mary      The first time I felt IT, I was seven-years-old. It was during my birthday slumber party and as my friends and I settled into our sleeping bags for the night, someone suggested that we pair off and play The Alphabet Game. In case you have never heard of this popular sleepover pastime, the object of The Alphabet Game is to trace letters on your partner’s back and then allow them the opportunity to guess which one it is. (In another variation on this game, the letters should spell out an entire word.) It is either a very soothing or annoying experience depending on the touch of one’s partner, but in this case, my partner was a girl with light fingers and gentle penmanship who traced the letters so perfectly on my back, I thought there was lined paper printed on my nightgown. (Yes, this is a picture of me at the age of seven. I was dressed up as Mary for All Saints Day…don’t judge me. LOL)

Before long, a strange, tingly feeling came over me that I never wanted to end. I was so warm, fuzzy and happy that I actually started to guess the wrong letters in order for her to trace them again and again. (Please tell me that I am not the only person to have done this or I am going to feel really badly about it.) I secretly wished that she would spell out “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and just knock me out completely.

A few months later, I discovered that my teenaged babysitter could also conjure this mind-melting feeling inside of me by brushing my hair or putting on my socks. While I have learned that hair brushing is one of the top triggers for tingle heads, I have no explanation for the socks. I don’t have a foot fetish of any kind so I have to assume that there was something about the way her fingernails hit the pads of my feet that did something to me. My mother, who had no nails, put my socks on every day, but she did not have the same effect on me. However, when the babysitter did it, my brain would turn to jelly and I would suddenly ache for a nap.

While I found the experience more than a little strange, I didn’t really question it. It was a bit like discovering your birthmark – it’s news to you, but you know deep down that you are not the only person on the planet who has one. I assumed that whatever this feeling was, everyone else could feel it too. What I didn’t know, but would learn in time is just how wide and varied my unique experience was and that it was entirely possible that I had the same effect on other people as well.

Until next week, tingle on!


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Fabulous Fridays: WIN a SIGNED copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to ASMR

ASMR Cover OFFICIAL    TODAY’S THE DAY!!!!!…one lucky reader is going to win a SIGNED copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to ASMR. Will it be you? Ilse and I hope so!

So what do you have to do in order to have the best chance to win?

There are a number of things you can do to increase your entries and improve your chances, so be sure not to skip any steps! First of all, visit our Rafflecopter link below to find the official steps. Once you are at the page, you will discover the six ways in which you can be entered into the drawing. (Some steps are mandatory, some are worth more than others and some can be used more than once so be sure to do them all so that the odds will be “ever in your favor.”)

Some of the things you can do to win include:

1. Following me on Facebook. (Author Julie Young)

2. Referring five of your friends to my Facebook page

3. Following me on Twitter. (@JulieYoung14)

4. Following my blog.

5. Commenting on this blog post.

6. Posting the Amazon link to the book on Facebook.

I am so excited to share this book with you and to send it to you on the actual publication date of May 5! You can’t win if you don’t enter. Good luck and I will announce the winner next week!

Until next time, tingle on!




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Happy Monday! Happy Memorial Day!

Hello Everyone!!!

It seems like forever since I have blogged, and in a way…I guess it has been! For all of you who thought I might have been dead the past few months, I assure you, my life has been crazier than usual, and that is saying something.

So, what have I been up to? Well, when last I left you, I was neck deep in my latest writing project, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Catholicism. After a few intense months of reading more of the Catechism than I EVER intended to and researching more patron saints than I ever knew existed, I am almost finished with the manuscript which will be available in January 2015. I am pleased to say that I did NOT end up being an atheist after all of this, and in fact, I have new found respect for some of the rules that prior to this writing, didn’t always make a lot of sense. I’m not saying that I think the Church is right about everything, but I definitely understand the logic they used to come up with some of these things. (And in a few subject matters, I have determined that the Church is a lot more inclusive than I gave them credit for.)

One of the fun things about writing something like this is being able to explain things in “real words” knowing that a priest has looked over it and agreed with my assessment of the subject. When I had to tackle one of the hot bed issues facing the Church, I flat out said that the language used in the Catechism does not read well and only serves to confuse the situation. One chapter is dedicated to asking a priest a bunch of burning questions and I have to say that his answers were very thoughtful, insightful and not full of the “party line.” I really worked hard on this book and I truly hope everyone likes it when it is published!

I also spent the last few months planning two weddings. For everyone who was shocked by the surprise announcement that I was getting married, rest assured…it was not a spur-of-the-moment decision. It was decided at the end of last year, but I am one of those weirdos who refuses to put every aspect of her life on Facebook. I often tell people that I “talk a lot, but I rarely say anything important.”

Wedding1    Opting out of a big “event,” we decided to get married in Disney World (partly because the scenery is fantastic) and to wrap both the ceremony and honeymoon into one occasion. This was thwarted when I learned that the Catholic Church doesn’t really “do” weddings in theme parks. No problem. We decided to get married “officially” here in Indiana and then do a small vow renewal in WDW a few weeks later. I didn’t think the Indiana wedding was going to be a big deal until my priest offered to marry us on EASTER SUNDAY. Now, I know that Easter travels around the calendar like Thanksgiving, but I am no fool…if you have the chance to get married on the biggest day of the Church Calendar, you take it!

photo-2    So I was all excited about the upcoming nuptials and the book I was working on, when FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME was released. Talk about adding fuel to the inferno of my life! LOL I had waited so long for this novel to be published and I could not wait to share the story of MonAmi with all of my readers. Everyone who has read it has been very pleased with it and has said nothing but good things. Thank you all for being so supportive. As I started the FMOF publicity campaign, Terri Stacey at WIBC asked me for an interview and when we were finished taping it, she mentioned that it would run on Easter Sunday. I had to laugh and then told her what I would be doing on Easter…she was sooooo excited that she asked me if she could announce my wedding on the radio! Could this get any better? I was so glad that I had kept it kind of quiet up to that point and would have the thrill of hearing it on air before walking down the aisle! Even my youngest son thought it was quite the coup:

 Vincent: So let me get this straight, you are getting married on Easter. The wedding is being announced on the

          radio on a show featuring an interview with you while promoting your book? 

         Julie: That is correct. 

         Vincent: Well now, that’s just a banner day for you isn’t it? 

Wedding 2    It was a small but beautiful ceremony attended by some of our closest friends and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I didn’t have to worry about centerpieces, a band, table cloths or renting a reception hall. We bought a small cake, invited everyone back to the house for some food and sat around my dining room table chatting. I didn’t feel like I didn’t “see” somebody or feel so stressed out that I couldn’t enjoy the day. As much as I love the pomp and circumstance of a big wedding…I’m telling you, there is something to be said for a small affair!

wedding 3    After Easter, the countdown was on for Disney. Again, their wedding coordinators made the choices simple so that I merely had to show up, go where they told me to go and do what they told me to do. Our biggest splurge on both events was the castle photo shoot. I’m telling you…its definitely worth the price to take over Cinderella’s palace before the park opened. (even better, it didn’t rain!)

So, now that the weddings are over, the book is almost completed and FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME has been launched, I am looking forward to the future. This summer, I will be appearing to promote my little rock star at a variety of venues, I will be covering stories once again for local magazines, playing lots of tennis and hopefully gearing up for my next big project which is TBA for the time being. (I know you understand)

Rest assured, I will have some upcoming Buy It, Borrow it or Bag It’s coming up in the near future, and we will see the return of fabulous fridays. Just know I am still among the land of the living and I thank each and every one of you for your support!

Keep Rockin’


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