Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ten Things That Happened Since My Last Post

In other words, I just need to post something.  I guess I'll do that now.

1.  I bought Sherman Alexie's THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN.

2.  I accidentally removed Microsoft Office from my PC.  It was the 2000 version, but still.  Don't ask.

3.  My sister-in-law came to the rescue.  She hooked me up with a brand new edition of Microsoft Office 2010.  It cost me ten bucks.  It's nice having relatives who own their own business.

4.  I applied and interviewed for a second promotion at work.  My brain hiccupped, and for a second, thought it was a good idea to pack more in my schedule.  I doubt I'm in the running, though - it isn't my area of expertise.

5.  I ate a Portobello Mushroom Burger.  I enjoyed it quite a bit.

6.  I bought new sneakers for the gym.  They are much more comfortable than my previous pair.

7.  I watched the Super Bowl.  I also watched the halftime show.  Turns out, I don't L-U-V Madonna.

8.  I reached the Gold Level on my Starbucks card.  I'm still not sure what this means, except that I visit Starbucks a bit too much these days.

9.  I saw Contraband.  It seemed like a realistic portrayal of a culture I knew nothing about.  A compelling thriller with a topnotch cast (Hi, Kate Beckinsale.  Did I mention I lost 35 pounds?).

10.  I worked too much and revised too little.  What else is new, right?

What's new with everyone?  How goes life?

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update Paul. You've been way quiet lately. Your post reminded me that I really wish that I lived in the States if only for Starbucks. Luckily my doctor doesn't read your blog since I have been warned: NO CAFFEINE! I am down to one cup a day (and it's killing me). Other than that I finished my novel and entered ABNA and then found 15 typos AFTER the competition closed. Now I wish I could withdraw, but alas I can't. In the interim, and to stop myself from going insane with worry about the typos, I have decided to enter every short story competition I can lay my hands on. As a result I am happily turning out 2000 word masterpieces at the rate of knots. Well that's me :)

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    1. No caffeine??? YIKES! I'm actually not a huge fan of Starbucks, but lately, it seems to be the only option. None of our other coffee chains survive.

      Congrats on the novel and on ABNA. Don't sweat the typos - we ALL make them. I find them in bestsellers all the time - and they've been through many, many proofreads.

      Good luck with the competitions!

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  2. Fun post. :) I haven't seen Contraband, but I like Kate B...I haven't even seen the 2nd Underworld movie. Behind the times! Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I haven't seen it either. Then again, I'm not sure it's my type of movie. Guess that's why I skipped the first one too!

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  3. I'm glad you're back. Just yesterday I wondered about you. No, I really did!

    Congrats on losing 35 pounds. Yowza that's a lot of fat. It's nice that you're hitting the gym, I could teach you a thing or two about lifting weights. :D

    Haven't seen contraband but I'll take a look and see what's up.

    See ya tomorrow!

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    1. Thanks, good sir. It was no easy matter, but it seems to work the best when I'm not trying so hard. And the gym is a healthy break from writing. After sitting at a computer for so long, it feels great to move around a bit.

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  4. Umm, hmm, let's see. I have 4 books coming from Amazon that I can't wait to read. I say this like I don't have a tbr pile at home. I saw Chronicle. Meh. Liked the beginning but it really fell apart imo. Got a new winter coat at 70% off...woot! Finished a big revision on novel 1, and FINALLY got on a roll with my current wip which is now at 20k! No one at my house has been sick (please don't jinx, please don't jinx) and I still can't figure out how to get my website together. I work out at home, and I'm still doing it, so go YOU! It's tough. That's about it!

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    1. Haha, my TBR pile is ridiculous, and yet I keep adding to it. I really need to put myself on a book ban until I catch up.

      Congrats on finishing the revision. That has to feel great, though I don't know from personal experience yet. I'm getting close though. I see the finish line, at least.

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    1. It's the next one I'm tackling. I've heard great things!

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  6. I've heard so many good things about that book. I MUST get it.
    Sounds like things are well!!

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    1. It definitely has a lot of hype, so I figured the time has come. I'll let you know when I see you.

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  7. I freaking LOVE The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. One of my favorite books. Might even go so far as to say it was life-changing.

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    1. That's a powerful statement and I'm beyond excited to read it. I've heard great things from a number of people. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  8. Way to go, Paul! And Portabello mushrooms are sooo good. I love them. I still LUV Madonna, but I also realize she's getting bitter as she ages. And I'm still pissed at her for ruining her face.

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    1. They ARE good, aren't they? Who knew?! I guess my taste buds are changing with age - I like to see it as a sign of maturity and not getting older!

      I agree about the face. I don't know why people feel they need to do that. It NEVER looks better, IMO.

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  9. I read all the Larsson Girl Dragon Tattoo books last week and found an average of two typos per book. It made me feel a bit better. Oh yeah... congrats with the weight.

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  10. 35 pounds? Holy shit. You don't look big enough to be able to lose that much. But congrats, that's quite an accomplishment. I'm reading Alexie's book right now. It's one of those gap books, something I should have read a long time ago.

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  11. You accidentally removed Microsoft Office from your machine? How did you do that?

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    1. Basically, I'm an idiot. But the extended version is that my memory was low and I was trying to make room. Turns out, I wasn't too careful about what programs I uninstalled.

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  12. 35 lbs? I'm impressed and, okay, jealous :-)

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. I've worked on that goal for most of my life. It's nice to *finally* be moving in the right direction.

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  13. I just bought Microsoft Office 2010 too. It's kinda hard to get use to the change - but I think I'm finally starting to get it. The whole Docx thing still confuses me. And when I hit enter, it skips down two spaces, which is just mind boggling, but oh well. I needed to update, my old office was old old old. And oh, Portobella Mushroom burgers are delicious.

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    1. I've never been good adjusting to technology upgrades. I feel like I never know how to do anything after I update programs. And yes, it was delicious. I could go for another! :)

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