Write-a-thon, Day 8: Don’t stop ’til you write enough

Posted: June 30, 2013 in music, Record reviews, Writing
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I was up until 1:30am in the wake of our party, and then I had to get up relatively early to reassemble the house and garden and take my Little Brother to see Monsters University (which I recommend) and then to lunch at Taco Bell (which I don’t). The temperature topped 90 here in Portland, and Deshawn, who just turned 17, suddenly saw the wisdom of getting a summer job in an ice-cold movie theater.

When I got home late this afternoon I wasn’t exactly at my best. In fact, one of the first things I did, after thanking Special D for all the party clean-up she did, was fall over on the first comfy horizontal surface. But I rallied after dinner and put in my hour.

I may only be getting one workable page each day, but in A Moveable Feast, Hemingway was usually quite happy with one good page. I’m not doing all the drinking he was doing, but the principle is the same. “Write it the way you see it and the hell with it,” the man wrote, and though he’s nowhere near my favorite writer, who am I to argue?

Box score
I believe I’ll only do the box score on Sundays.
– I’ve written for 8 days out of 8
– 9.5 total hours
– Current word total: 19,300 (I was hoping to hit 20,000 by tonight. Not far off!)*
– Here’s the Clarion West Write-a-thon
– Here’s my first post on the Write-a-thon
– Best movie Deshawn and I have seen: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
– Worst: Hop

* 19,300 since I started writing this book, not since I started the Write-a-thon.

My sponsors (all hail):
Karen G. Anderson
Mitch Katz
Laurel Sercombe

Random Pick of the Day
Camper Van Beethoven, Key Lime Pie (1989)
If you could plug in one of the bands that accompanied the Union army during the Civil War, you’d about have Camper Van Beethoven. Key Lime Pie includes the band’s gorgeous cover of ’60s psychedelic classic “Pictures of Matchstick Men” and the bizarro drama of “Jack Ruby.” Camper Van can be hilarious, as in their 1986 masterwork, “Take the Skinheads Bowling.” Co-founder Dave Lowery later formed Cracker, who were a lot less amusing.

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