Summer Lull

July 11, 2007

Well, I’m finding it difficult to make time to write very much lately with the kids home all day. Still doing it, though. It’s just more difficult. I find myself getting angry when I’m interrupted from writing, so whenever it is likely that I’ll be interrupted (which is practically all day) I use the time to read instead. I can handle getting bothered by some kid crisis when I’m reading. I finished John Green’s Looking for Alaska and it was very good. I thought it was a bit slow during the first half, but the second half really grabbed me. Probably because I spent so much time getting to know the characters in the first half. I emailed John to talk about it a bit and he was really great in his response. I don’t know him well, of course, but he seems like a pretty good guy. I’m working on Maureen Johnson’s 13 Little Blue Envelopes now and it seems promising. I don’t know if I like the book, the author or just the concept. Maybe it’s all three. I’ll let you know.

My friend Andrea Glass is in Nashville RIGHT NOW recording her first CD. Good luck, Andrea! This is also her first time in the U.S., so it’s quite the adventure for her.

quickies:

Beach Torture Event is looming.

I haven’t published a July essay for the site yet, so maybe I’ll just put up a list of links where people can read some of my work that they have almost certainly not seen before. But wow, would that be lazy.

I’ll try to remember to write a blog entry about my experience trying to pre-order Harry Potter and the Unbelievable Hype Machine … sorry … Deathly Hallows. Tomorrow.

David Beckham’s first game for the L.A. Galaxy is going to be a friendly against Chelsea. And it’s televised! Whooo! Yes, the DVR is set.

Speaking of the DVR, it’s time for me to go watch On the Lot, so

later.

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dipping into the well

May 22, 2007

Yesterday, I went to the Post Office. I thought I could make a decent, little blog entry out of the story, so I opened up a new Word doc and started writing it all out. Once I hit 700 words, I decided that it was a bit long for my blog and thus was born next month’s JPChambers.com essay. The essay itself will not have the same boring opening that this blog entry has. :0)
It was a pretty satisfying morning overall, but I’m still beating myself up for delaying work on the book. Instead of writing, I went to the library yesterday and grabbed a copy of M.T. Anderson’s The Game of Sunken Places to read for research into the genre. Also, I’m still working my way through the audiobook version of Sarah Vowell’s Assasination Vacation. I only listen to it while I exercise (about 45 minutes at a time) so I guess I’m actually woking out my way through it.

bad joke, but I like it.

All right, here are your quickies:

Chelsea won the FA Cup. Nice job. Maybe next year, the Champion’s League? Maybe?

I bought some coffee made by Papa Nicholas. Cinnamon hazelnut flavor. It’s ok. In my experience, cinnamon hazelnut coffee always sounds better than it is. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from buying it.

I found a great deal on iTunes for all you John Mayer fans. They have an ep called “The Village Sessions” on which you get Mayer playing 6 acoustic versions of his songs and also an 18 minute video documenting the creation of “In Repair”. Price? $4.99. I’d probably have paid twice that.