Daily Archives: January 17, 2007

did you make the list?

acknowledgment pages are very fun to write.

here’s an excerpt of the first paragraph.

“First novels occur late at night, or early in the morning, as a public secret among close friends and relations. Everyone knows you’re doing it, but no one dare talk about it, and it’s probably no good. The many people around aspiring authors that indulge this odd habit deserve to be acknowledged as the enablers they are. If anyone’s looking for someone to blame for my book, look no further than this list.”

unfortunately, i can already think of people i should have included. alas, i am simply too late. i could spend a week toying with the stupid thing and change my mind a thousand times, and run it off into pages and pages of purple prose. heck, my dad’s the eldest of ten kids, and i could do that with just his side of the family.

maybe next time.

gentle reader, do you think you made my acknowledgment page? will you be immortalized in glorious prose by the greatest living author (within twelve square feet of my ass right now)?


you will just have to buy the book to find out.

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man walking with his wife

an older man with a wife went for a walk around the complex.

she stayed fifty paces behind him.

they were dressed in traditional north african muslim garb.

he looked over his shoulder at his wife, because he did not know which walkway to take to get home. she shouted at him in their shared language, fifty paces behind him. he walked up without her. he did not hold the door.

cultural sensitivity is important, but this really bothered me. i don’t understand this. i don’t think i want to, either.

it’s their life, and they’re welcome to live it however they want. this is america, after all. however, this is a strange sight to see in suburban texas. part of living in america is finding out how not to stand out from the crowd.


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