Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! If you don't celebrate the holiday, I hope you have a happy Thursday.

The end of the year is almost here, which is funny to me. People in my age group always act mindblown when December hits despite having seen a year end two dozen times by now. It always happens, stop seeming started by it. "Can you believe 2015 is gone already?" Yes, because that's how time works.

Updates next week!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

End of the Beginning

I'm almost done with the first step of my book, which feels like a nice achievement.

In my mind the first step should be write the book. I guess it's a little abrupt, but what's the point of thinking of anything else related to producing a novel if you don't want have one completed? So it's almost wrapped up.

Step two will involve equal parts querying agents/publishers and editing. I want to work on earlier chapters and add a few things for cohesion, but I also need to look toward the long-term idea for what I'm attempting.

Anyways, with the holidays almost upon us things feel very positive. It's lookin' up, I tell you!


Friday, November 13, 2015

I Was Mistaken for a Veteran

I wear a black coat in the fall. I got it from H&M a few years ago. Here's what it looks like, in case you're curious:
If you search "H&M men's coat" it's actually the first picture that comes up. I don't pull it off the way the model does. I look a lot less presentable, but it gets compliments.

I went to the grocery store on Veteran's Day and it was pretty busy. I was in the checkout line in front of a little girl and her mom, but the little girl was staring at me the whole time. When I made eye contact with her she pointed and said, "He's a veteran!"

All eyes were on me right away. I shook my head but her mom was saying, "How do you know?"

The girl kept pointing and said, "His coat."

I shook my head again but the cashier handed me my receipt very deferentially and instantly said, "I could tell by his hair. You're a hero, sir."

My hair is very, very short. I had totally shaved it not long ago, so the combination of shaved head and military-ish jacket were giving people the wrong idea.

I looked from girl to cashier and said clearly, "No, I'm not a hero, I'm not-"

The guy interrupted and spoke over me, loudly telling me, "You are a hero, and don't let anyone tell you differently!"

There's probably a special place in hell for people who impersonate the military on some sort of remembrance day. At the time, I looked from cashier to little girl, shrugged and said, "Okay. I'm a hero. But I'm not a soldier, sorry." They both looked confused and I turned and walked away.

I may not be the hero a grocery store deserves, but I'll be the one it needs.

Have a good rest of the week!

****Disclaimer: This is half-true and half-embellished. Please don't send me death-threats for trying to be funny, I'm well aware I'm not.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Time to be Writing

This time of year feels like it was made for coffee and words. The weather just encourages me to not stay outside for very long. Our dog is a little stir-crazy, but that kind of just makes thing cozy.

I've gotten about 60 pages done. I think I can at least double that by the end of November, so I'll make that my goal. My new routine gives me about 90 minutes a morning to sit in front of my computer. Being able to see the word count go up makes things feel very productive.

2015 is fleeing. Hopefully I can keep making the most of it, but things feel good for now.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

I feel badly that all I'm doing is posting updates rather than content. My new project is coming along though. Not quite as quickly as I'd like, but between work and life it's not easy to devote more than a few hours every day.

In any case, happy Halloween! Good costume idea: grab a paperclip and say you're going as yourself from the future with the latest in Apple technology.

I'll post something of substance soon, promise.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Two Million Views

It was pretty cool to check the other day and see that my old Cracked articles are still gathering page views. Since I last looked several of the pieces have eclipses two million views each! It was a cool feeling.
I'm close to ten-thousand words for my new project. Not much, yet. My goal is to finish it before the end of November. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Day of the Groundhog

It wasn't my intention to begin a blog, consistently update it and then abandon it for two and a half years. Part of that was life; I met someone and suddenly the need to write that always itched inside disappeared. Whatever I found through writing was only found through writing, until I met her. Then all of my time had to be with her. It just felt right.

We're engaged now, and while my feelings haven't lessened my desire to be creative and productive has grown. I started working on something this morning. It's rough, and not at all the type of writing I ever wanted to do, but it's something I'm excited about and eager to keep attacking.

In the mean time, I want to bring this blog back to life.