I Heart Erma Bombeck

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Head on over to http://mjroseblog.typepad.com/ which is a terrific site called BACKSTORY hosted by writers M.J. Rose and Jessica Keener.

BACKSTORY is where published authors share their secrets, truths, as well as the logical and illogical moments that have sparked their fiction or memoirs.

My BACKSTORY, about how Erma Bombeck first sparked my love of writing as a young boy in the Ozarks, posted on the site today.

BACKSTORY also shares the back stories of many bestselling authors.

M.J. Rose, who is the acclaimed thriller writer and international bestselling author of 9 novels, including her latest, The Reincarnationist, and Jessica Keener, a fiction editor at Agni magazine and writer, are not only terrific writers but also great supporters of other writers.

So head over to http://mjroseblog.typepad.com/ to check out my BACKSTORY today!

Word Association

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Shameful: Mizzou being left out of the BCS. Yes, they got throttled by OU, but to select Kansas over Mizzou? C'mon. Mizzou played the 26th toughest schedule in the country, to KU's 106. Mizzou beat KU head-to-head on neutral ground. BCS did it because they thought they could draw a more rabid fanbase. Cotton Bowl vs. Arkansas should be fun, though.

Jumped the Shark: Dancing with the Stars. Helio? Maria? In the finals? I'm sure Larry Flynt will win next year. When the show no longer centered around the best dancers (Sabrina), it pulled a Fonzie.

Gay-Straight Alliance: Just when I think things might have changed, I hear from folks "wishing" I wouldn't have "chosen to be gay" in my book, or that it "just wasn't necessary." Missed the whole premise of the book.

Holiday Gifts: My book, of course. It's on a number of major newspaper's holiday book lists ... and it's now available as a Kindle book, so you can read it online.

Giving Back: We're hosting a party for 50 this Saturday, after I do a book event on Friday. Aaaah, the holidays. My goal? To stay sober until, at least, the first guest arrives.

Bloated: Me. Still. From T-giving.

Broke: Me. From buying gifts. And throwing a party for 50.

Project Runway: Hooked again.

Desperate Housewives: A tornado? Did you see how long that funnel hovered in the neighborhood? Did you see everyone pack like it was a hurricane? Were any of the writers from the Midwest? There's suspension of belief, and then there's absurdity. But go ahead and give the Emmy to Felicity Huffman. If her family's dead, after she survived cancer, there's no need to vote.

Good News: You'll need to stay tuned, but big things are a'brewin'!

They've Sold Their Souls: Will the Patriots Ever Lose? Tom Brady is Keanu Reeves from the Devil's Advocate.

Enough: I'm done.