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July 28th, 2015
08:32 pm

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Feeling so tired lately.
I love being able to sleep well, especially considering the hell my insomnia put me through years ago. Now I wonder if I'm sleeping too much. I wish I had more time in the off-work time when I felt rested enough to tackle certain projects instead of just wanting to snooze.

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July 24th, 2015
06:07 pm

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Reached three hundred pages of text on my newest novel!
Actually, I reached this milestone three days ago, but I kept getting sidetracked from writing about it.

There's always something worthy of celebration when you hit a hundred pages of next, or another hundred page mark. I remember how Lawrence Block observed that poetry may be a very hard artform, but any clown can scribble down a number of lines to write a poem. It takes a much more determined clown to actually write a novel.

That's true: it takes sustained effort over a long period of time to write a novel, so it's not like you can be a flake. (Well, it takes me a long period of time. Stephen King can crank out a new novel in three to four months.) One of my better attributes is that I'm indeed able to pursue goals to their end over a long period of time.

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July 15th, 2015
05:08 pm

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My cats don't appreciate the UPS man.
The UPS guy knocked on the door and the cats weren't amused. They both ran down the hall with Justin in the lead and Grady not far behind. In fact, they've learned to recognize the UPS truck as a sign of impending doom to their domestric tranquility. One day Justin happened to see the UPS truck go by as he was lying on the couch in the livingroom, looking out the window. That was enough for him to take off down the hallway to the safety of the one of the bedrooms.

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July 11th, 2015
09:21 pm

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What were Brezhnev's last words?
Comrade Andropov, please stop fiddling with the life stupport machine.

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June 28th, 2015
11:18 am

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I have to say this is very strange.
Financial institutions are constantly urging me to join the Irish Republican Army!

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June 27th, 2015
08:20 pm

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Today's writing session.
Or yesterday's, for that matter. Both were productive. Today's ended at the end of a scene, which obviously is a logical point to leave off. I started to work on the next scene but realized I was too tired to continue. (I've gotten much better at recognizing when I'm too tired to do whatever.)

The last couple of days I rewrote a scene completely. I was just going to use the original scene, but it dawned on me that it probably made more sense to just rewrite.

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June 24th, 2015
05:53 pm

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I just saw a commercial for Greek yogurt.
It might very well taste great but I don't think it's very nice to make yogurt out of Greeks. Just sayin'.

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June 21st, 2015
07:55 pm

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Living the Grand Theft Auto thug life!
I'm playing GTA IV. I love how when you get tired of playing it seriously, you can have fun just by causing mayhem. To wit, I kept stealing cars from people by pulling them out of their cars. I guess you'd call that carjacking. Then I proceeded to smash into cars and run pedestrians over. It's especially fun to smash into police cars. The more mayhem you cause, the more the police chase after you. Fun times!

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June 7th, 2015
04:34 pm

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Theory versus the reality.
I'm watching Unforgiven again. One essential truth of this movie is how we all think whatever is/was/will be a certain way, and then we are confronted with the reality of it and we are shocked.

I think that I was more susceptiable to this sort of thinking up until the start of my thirties, perhaps not surprisingly. Life experience will teach you the reality of what you think whatever will be like hardly ever is what is in your head, or even the glowing terms with which others describe it.

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June 5th, 2015
05:23 pm

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My writing partner Justin. . .
. . . is lying next to me, grunting, snorting, chirping, snoring, and keeping me company.

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