day late

October 26, 2007

Man, it’s so easy to continue not writing when you get into the habit of not writing. All of our fall sports stuff is over now and things are getting back to normal. Vacation is coming, but this one should be fun. Then Thanksgiving. Then Christmas. OK, I know I’m skipping a few weeks here and there, but it goes so fast. That’s one of the reasons that I begin to celebrate Christmas (my favorite time of year) on November 1. I don’t wait until the day after Thanksgiving like most people. To me, Thanksgiving is a holiday which falls during the 2 month Christmas season. The old Christmas song cds are ready to go. See? It’s not even Halloween yet and I’m looking right past it. Halloween is just a speed bump in the fast lane to Christmas.

So now that I’ve proclaimed the next two holidays to be completely irrelevant, what else should I write?

Well, The Book Thief is pretty good so far. I haven’t been able to just sit and read it uninterrupted, so I’m only about 1/3 through. A few pages here, a few more there. It definitely has a different style and feel to it. Overall I’m impressed with Markus Zusak, I have to say.

On the subject of cover songs, Dexter has commented on that post with a cover of an Amy Winehouse song, but I had never heard the song to begin with so it didn’t have quite the effect on me that it should have. However, if you want to hear a cool version of Led Zeppelin’s Since I’ve Been Loving You then check out what Corinne Bailey Rae does with it. Regular readers know how much I like Corinne to begin with and here she performs a classic song in her own style.

I’m feeling some guilt over not posting an October essay for JPChambers.com and here it is almost November and I’m not sure what to post for that, either. I haven’t written much new material the past few months, so maybe this blog entry will be the kickoff for some regular writing sessions. NaNoWriMo is next month (November, of course), but I think I’ll have to sit this one out. I’ll see what happens.

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Now playing: Corinne Bailey Rae – Since I’ve Been Loving You
via FoxyTunes

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tomorrow

October 24, 2007

Tomorrow, I blog.

Tonight, I enjoy the rain, and the cool weather and the quiet of a house full of sleeping children.
Maybe I’ll read some more of The Book Thief.
Maybe I won’t.

almost forgot

October 3, 2007

Thanks to John Green for turning me on to the greatest cover song ever. I do LOVE unusual cover songs. If you know of any, tell me about them. They’d have to be pretty great to beat this one:

Teaser payoff

October 3, 2007

Wow. Where to begin? Let me go read the teaser. I’ll be back.

Ok. I’m back. First up, extracurricular activities. We have one high schooler playing field hockey, one younger boy playing football and one younger girl cheerleading. That means we have a practice or game every day after school and on Saturday also. Sorry to say that the high school field hockey games get the short shrift due to timing of it all. So being busy every evening and during the weekends results in the days being full of running errands. Also, the youngest boy is doing gymnastics once a week. Almost forgot about that! I’m not complaining. It’s really a lot of fun, just hectic.

Next. Why does September feel like July? It’s because of the sun. It’s giving us way too much heat and I don’t like it. The weather man on the news calls the sunshine we experience “abundant”. I would call it “incessant”. Interesting how one little word change can alter the whole meaning of a sentence. All right, so I can just pretty much write off September as just another month of summer. Fine. What about October? It’s October right now and we’re anticipating temps in the mid 80’s this week. WHY? It’s highly irritating to get a sunburn while watching a football game. The universe is weird lately.

Here’s what I’ve been reading: Devilish by Maureen Johnson. Pretty good. So far, MJ’s books have been fairly consistent. I’m about halfway through Cecil Castellucci’s Queen of Cool and, well, I’m not really digging it very much. I can’t relate to any of the characters. Why, you say, would I expect to relate to any of the characters in a book written for teenage females? Well, I respond, there are teenage males in that book and I have been one of those before. Still can’t relate to, or even like, the characters. That is NOT a comment about Cecil’s writing ability, ’cause I like her. I’m just not digging this particular book. Next up for me is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Marcus, you may remember, wrote The Messenger, which is my favorite read of the year so far.

Someday I may tell you how the whole “John is a sports announcer” thing happened, but for now just know that it’s a lot of fun. Our teams play their home games at the high school field and they have an announcer to introduce the teams and say the results of each play and who was involved in it and the scores and all that stuff. I was asked initially to just announce the games for my son’s team (the youngest team) but midway through my first game, the league officials asked me to take over and work all of the games (there are three different levels, so three games) and I accepted the invitation. It’s been great. The crew I work with is really good and getting better, as am I. After last week’s games, the league told me that the job is mine for as long as I want it. If only it involved some sort of monetary exchange, which it doesn’t. I do get free food, however, so someone must have tipped them off to my weakness.

Well, this post has gone on long enough and I am kind of busy today (did I mention that?) so I’ll save the “love of Cracker Barrel restaurants” story for another time.

P.S. David Sedaris was in Wilmington, DE last night and I had to miss it! I told you the universe was messed up.