Michaeline: What Would You Do If You Won the Viral Lottery

A brussels griffon dog that looks like a Wookiee from Star Wars

GWAAROH-HA-HA-HA! Chewbacca dog. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

This week, I stumbled upon the Happy Chewbacca Mom, and got all the levels of happy from it. I originally saw it on Schmoyoho’s channel. And can I digress to tell you how happy that made me? They are political satirists who “autotune the news”, and I loved them during the last election cycle. But they slowed down on posting the videos, and I lost contact with them until they suddenly showed up on my YouTube recommendations again. They are back in business! So, if you like the idea of Hamilton, the Musical, you may enjoy some Schmoyoho, too.

But, back to Chewbacca Mom: here’s Schmoyoho’s video clip, “HAPPY CHEWBACCA MASK — Songify This” . Hilarious! But if you haven’t the time, patience or the broadband for the video, here’s what happens: Candace Payne, a mom from Dallas, picks up a Wookiee mask from Kohl’s and tries it on in the car while waiting for her kids. And it’s the funniest darn thing she’s ever seen! You know how people talk about joy being infectious? Well, the vector is sight and sound; it comes over loud and clear on the internet.

If you want to see the original, here’s a link to National Public Radio. You get their podcast about the phenomenon , a written article, and a link to Candace’s Facebook video. There’s a slow start as she wrestles with the packaging, but the laughter is just as funny when it’s not songified.

And then, Chewbacca Mom takes a drive with late night show host James Corden, with a special surprise guest! Check out the video here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQereoIxioI James is being a bit cranky, but when guest J.J. Abrams shows up at 0:35, the fun starts, and it’s well worth the minute and a half of your time to see three Happy Chewbaccas. I love the way that Candace can switch from hysterically happy to practical and positive.

So, are you happy? Feel like writing? Ready to infuse some joy into your own WIP? Good! But, here’s a little writing exercise for you. It’s always fun to imagine what you’d do if you won the lottery. But what would you do if you won the viral video lottery? What if you recorded something silly that caught the hearts and imagination of the world, and you suddenly had the ear of talk show hosts, journalists and people from all over? What would you do with your 15 minutes of fame?

I’m going to comment later this weekend, but I’d really like to hear what you’d do.

Have a joyous Saturday!

3 thoughts on “Michaeline: What Would You Do If You Won the Viral Lottery

  1. I’d heard about this video (because I live on this planet and after that it’s non-negotiable, I think) but I hadn’t seen it. Thanks for a Memorial Day giggle!

    • (-: My husband hadn’t seen it, and didn’t like it. He’s not a big fan of people laughing uncontrollably, as a general rule. I thought it was universally funny, but oh, I was wrong.

      (-: One of my favorite scenes in the Disney Mary Poppins movie was when they wound up on the ceiling, giggling their heads off. Prim Mary, pouring tea and t’ching disapprovingly just made it funnier.

  2. OK, I promised I’d report back on what I’d do with 15 minutes of fame. If I had HER 15 minutes of fame, I’d get a great agent, and negotiate one or two commercials for each member of my family. Something to set up seed money for college funds and retirement funds, but something that wouldn’t take more than two weeks. My viewpoint is being there for my young kids is the most important thing I can do for them.

    But, as an almost-empty nester, I’d kiss my husband good-bye, quit my job, and ride the wave for six months — with a great agent and a good financial planner. I would say yes to everything that I physically could. I would preserve two hours a day: one to write a diary, and one to keep in touch with my family via Skype. What great fodder for future novels an experience like that would be! I’d also make it my business to meet with as many creative people as I could, and grill them (interview them?) about what they found useful.

    Then I’d probably go home, grovel to my former employer until I got my job back, and settle back down to a life of teaching, gardening and writing.

    I think it’s really important to take gambles, but also to quit while one is ahead. Set a budget, stick with it. I think I could afford six months for an adventure like this!

    But . . . I’ve never bought the ticket. Not for the lottery, and not in the sense of posting crazy stuff that may or may not be picked up by the outer world. Can’t win if you don’t play! So, that’s something I’ll be thinking about for the next few weeks.

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