Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Few Pages In, and I'm Hooked!

Maybe it's my obsession with amusement parks, and Cedar Point in particular, but I just picked up Joyland last night at Half Price Books, and I'm loving it so far. I went on a book-buying spree last night, and I have plenty to do with my two classes. That's why I left the stack of books in the car last night, because i was afraid that if I brought this in, it would replace my bedtime reading, which was for school.

I can't help it. I love Stephen King's writing. Not all of it, mind you, but Hearts in Atlantis was a book that I'd tried, but it didn't grab me. A few years later, I reread it obsessively one summer as I was writing some semi-autobiographical stories of my own.

Looking forward to Joyland! And since I'm going to Cedar Point again soon, I'm planning to take it with me so I can have something to read if I decide to pack my lunch and eat in the car. While I love Cedar Point, unless you go with name-brand food choices (Subway, Panda Express, etc.) the food quality isn't good. Even so, sometimes the major players disappoint. Like that one time I went to Tony Roma's was so disappointing, I couldn't believe I'd paid over $20 for greasy, bland food.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Please Comment on My Story! I'm trying to get a book contract!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

So You Think You Can Write?

If you don't already know, I write erotic fiction. I've entered a contest, so please check out soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com. My story is called "The Trainer." It's just the first chapter, but please leave your name, email, and a comment. The grand prize is a two-story book contract. I'd appreciate your support. Thanks.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dekalb Free Fall Fair!!!

I didn't get a chance to get to Johnny Appleseed this year. So when a colleague told me about the fair up in Auburn I decided to go. It was perfect weather; just a little on the chilly side. I will say I've never seen so many food booths in my life in one place. I must say the selection was even better than Three Rivers Festival. Check it out! It goes until September 27. More info here:  http://www.dekalbcountyfair.org/

They forgot the "Fuck yeah!"

Big white dog is OWNING the fair!

I saw only a handful of black people at the fair. I wonder if this guy was feeling a bit uncomfortable at this particular moment. Auburn is awfully white.

There were onion rings to be had, but the bloomin' onions were a nice touch. Usually I have to go to Outback for those.

It's always a nice touch to see local organizations take their rightful place among the way overpriced food offerings. I wonder if this chili was "hotter than hell."

Another local business offering fair-fried greasiness.

This sign ain't takin' no mess. 

For some reason, donuts and cupcakes and aliens were popular as prizes.

Ferris Wheeler... Wheeler... Wheeler...

He passed out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.
Thank you, Simone.
No problem whatsoever.

Little white dog OWNING the fair!

Not participating, but it should. This is an Auburn icon, on Ninth Street. Fuck you, big business.

This looks like a sepia tone photograph, but it isn't.

Not a very exciting home, but how many games of "Mouse" must these guys sell in order to give their three moneymakers a decent home? Stop being greedy and buy your guys that ultimate Habitrail!

With the price of a corndog, soda and bloomin' onion, to refuse to take $100 bills seems ballsy.

Randall was NOT holding this business card. And those weren't his panties, either.

Wouldn't parents want to ride with their kids, not tickets?

This is where I bought my popcorn and Pepsi. The popcorn was not bad at all!

I didn't stop to ask, but I'm pretty sure Jean Shepherd's estate wasn't contacted about this.

This was a mystery. The Spencerville Order of the Eastern Star is so badass, they didn't even need to put a sign out front to say what they were selling. One line stretched halfway down the block. I saw a former co-worker who said this place was selling donuts. Must be the best fucking donuts in Auburn, because my former co-worker was in line for more than a half hour for these things.


There was a very nice variety of food trailers here.

Trash bag in the middle of the street, stinking to high heaven ...
(Actually, it didn't smell at all. I was just paraphrasing some lyrics from Loudon Wainright III.)

Why this dumpster was being interviewed, I have no idea. But I bet there was some trash talking.

What my intestines feel like after eating fair food.

Holy Shit! Ziggy lives! Have a nice day!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Just a quick one ...

To say I'm feeling a bit better but still having trouble sleeping which means I am tired no matter when I get up.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore...

Still feeling depressed. I know I didn't update Saturday, and I'm sorry. I have to be online for another area of my life right now, and I'm sort of sick of staring into a screen all the time. Nothing much has been going on in my life. Nothing really bad, nothing really good. Same old shit, basically.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Depressed ...

And I don't know why. It's just a feeling of nothingness and a combination of feeling like I'm guilty and a complete failure.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Really Depressed Right Now

It was a shitty day (I lost my driver's license) and some customer thought I was being rude. Never in my life have I wanted to run away as much as I wanted to today.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Not So Happy Labor Day

I had plans to go to Shipshewana on Labor Day. Among other things, they have a giant flea market. I hadn't been there all summer, so I figured Labor Day would be a good time to do it.

I set my alarm, but really wasn't feeling too energetic. I did wake up, but debated whether or not to go. I let my dog out, and cleaned up the poop in the kitchen. She usually doesn't have accidents, but whatever. I got breakfast for Daphne and my cat, Summit, and went back to bed.

Eventually I decided to go. I thought that I could do a Shipshewana Fashion Parade Flea Market edition. So I got up, showered, prepared to let Daphne out before I left, and found more poop in the kitchen...with bright red blood in it.

Daphne seemed okay, but I called the emergency vet place. I took her in, and despite of (or in spite of) being a holiday, they were busy. I spent about three hours there, but Daphne's blood work came back perfect. They sent her home with instructions for a bland diet for the next five days, along with some meds.

I'm thinking she had one too many DentaStix. She loves those things, but they do have quite sharp edges for being dog treats. So no more of those. My plans got derailed that day, and I spent a lot more than I would have at the flea market, but these things happen for a reason. Daphne is enjoying her hamburger and white rice (but not enjoying the meds). When I last saw her poop, it was normal. So that's a relief.