I’m taking down that picture of Hemingway

by agoodnow

I have been reading advice that successful authors have for aspiring writers. 

My favorite thus far, “Do not put a picture of an author who committed suicide on your writing desk.”

Noted.

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I think that one day I would like kids…..only I want them when they are like……5 or 6 and are cool to play with.

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Read the David Sedaris article “Standing By” in the New Yorker this week.  It is laugh out loud funny.

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My office is so cold that I have to leave at least twice during the day to warm up outside.  I could not type any longer at 3 pm yesterday because my hands were frozen.

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My least favorite thing to do is submit my expenses.  It sucks.

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I woke up this morning to SIX text messages from my mother.  I thought someone was dead.  Nope.  She was just angry that she had to cut her vacation short.  Frankly, I don’t blame her.

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I got angry that some of my friends were going to bail on our camping trip this weekend.  It is now back on.  All it took was being assertive.  “No, we are going fucking camping.  We are going to light some shit on fire.  We are going to get drunk.  We are going to kill a wild animal with our bear hands.  Then we are going home like victorious outdoorsmen.”

I have odds that the second I think I hear an animal approaching our camp site (squirrels, a bunny rabbit, a raccoon)  I run like the wind to the safety of an automobile.

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I’m going to start running barefoot once a week. 

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I’m embracing the fact that I’m going grey.  Actually…………I think it looks good on me.

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Still waiting to hear back about the job I interviewed for.  The longer I wait, the better my chances. 

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Looks like I will be running the Jersey City Half Marathon in September.  I am using it as a warm up/training run for the marathon.    Anyone else in the metro New York area interested? 

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I’m getting bored with my diet.  I need some new vegetarian recipes.  There is only so much salad and pasta I can consume.  

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I need new glasses, but I have a real problem with spending my own money to do so.   I would rather use my flex spending account so I can use tax free money.   Of course, that has been gone since March.

Oy.

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Shaq to the Celtics?  Hmmmmmm………

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I have decided that I am going to go on a short vacation after I run my marathon.  Thinking a 4 day/3 night trip down to Punta Cana.   Looks like it would cost $600.  Done and done.

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Thanks to everyone who sent texts and called before the half marathon. 

My favorite one, “I’m not going to wish you luck.  Go out there and dominate.”

I like it.  We make our own luck.

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Download the following songs by the Gaslight Anthem:

The Diamond Street Church Choir

The Queen of Lower Chelsea

Blue Jeans & White T-Shirt

Not kidding………..it is as good as music gets.

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I’m ready to go on this camping trip.  The last time I went camping with these guys I ended up waking up IN THE FIRE PIT.  My jeans were on fire.   It was pretty much awesome.    I only lost a few patches of leg hair.  Who needs leg hair anyways?

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I’ve started reading James Patterson.  It is almost as bad as watching reality television.  It is terrible writing, but the stories (all of which have the same formulaic structure) are entertaining and pass the time when on planes and the subway.

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Last evening I was told by one of my favorite Irish bartenders that he would NEVER cut me off.

Sounds like a challenge….doesn’t it?