Writers Block

A little over a week ago, a friend of mine gave me a copy of a manuscript he’d written. I have to admit, I think the very act is worthy of applause. There is nothing quite like handing over your first born (figuratively speaking) to someone to critique. I mean, what if they think it’s awful?

In short, I didn’t think it was awful. As a first draft, it needed a little editing…but the style was good and the main character, apart from being a little too self indulgent, was interesting. Like I said, I give him kudos for the effort.

What the book did accomplish, apart from providing a little too much information about how my buddy beds broads (how’s that for a Tuesday morning alliteration?), was that swift kick in the pants I needed to start writing my own.

I’ve had too many ideas for too long. No more excuses. It’s time to see where it takes me. One chapter down.

But back to the blog for now…

For my readers who have a blog, you know how difficult it is to come up with blog-worthy material on a daily basis. For those who don’t have a blog–just trust me. So, to keep things going on those non-blog-worthy days, I’ve decided to start posting short thoughts just to keep the ball rolling. They’ll look something like this:

  • Did anyone else notice in the “Diplomacy by Beer” pics that the only person drinking was the guy who’d been called “stupid”?
  • I’m willing to bet somewhere, someone actually believes the death of Michael Jackson is a sign of the second coming–and I’m inclined to agree. The media’s fascination with this is as frightening as a bad Baptist Revelations video.
  • Maybe I’ve been on the outskirts of the dating scene for too long…but when did I’m a doormat with eight kids become a turn-on?
  • Could someone please explain to the Republicans that the phrase “This is your time to shine” doesn’t mean “this is your time to drop your pants and show your a$$.” Enough with the sex scandals already!!!
  • And last but certainly not least…when will the Nationals learn? Calling out the Pirates for giving away their team is only excusable if you’re able to win a series against them.
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 I’ve written about this topic before: Women who don’t know they’re pregnant. It’s still something I just don’t get–which is why, inevitably, I’ll end up being that girl (when the time is right, I have a ring on my finger, etc., etc., etc….mom). There’s another article today–on CNN.com–about a surprise birth in Maryland.

(CNN) — A 44-year-old Maryland woman faces charges of child abuse after police say she gave birth in a portable toilet and dropped the newborn into the waste tank.

After exiting the portable toilet in Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, Candy Vigneri got a cigarette from a construction worker and sat at a picnic table, police Lt. Wayne Bromwell said.

As she sat, a male passer-by approached the toilet but Vigneri warned him, “Don’t go in there, I just had a baby there,” police said.

For some disturbing reason this reminds me of my friend, Dave.  Not because Dave has given birth in a port o’ potty (his sweet wife would kill him)…or even because he’s used one after someone who did…he just has this crazy little Yankee saying (I’m calling it a Yankee saying because I can’t imagine anyone raised by a southern mother who’d say such a thing), “I’m just going to drop the kids off at the pool.”  For my dear sweet southern friends…there is no delicate way to translate this…just hope there are matches in his bathroom.

And with that thought in mind…I do hope someone inflates the swimmies the next time Candy gets the urge.  Just a suggestion.

Say a prayer for that baby.

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A Stroll Down Memory Lane

…and a little Americana for my friend, TJ.  Here’s wishing you many, many more!

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