How you can tell that I’m desperate to reach my word count for the day…

I’m writing about my word count for the day. For the first time, I’ve set an output goal for myself. The fact that the number is so small and I’m struggling to reach it by bullshitting on this blog until I hit that number.

In other news that concerns my apparent lack of discipline:

I’m training to run the Bolder Boulder this year, and I’ve also set a weekly mileage goal for myself. I’m doing much better at that than the writing goal. Goal met.

56 reasons why Paul Auster is one of my favorite authors…

“She wasn’t beautiful to me so much as exotic, although that might be too strong a word for what I’m trying to express. An ability to fascinate is probably closer to what I’m looking for, a certain air of self-sufficiency that made you want to watch her, even when she just sat there and did nothing.”

These two sentences are doing some heavy lifting; both character development and exposition done so subtly that this passage could easily be passed over as typical Male Gaze bullshit. I am grateful for the constant rewards I find in reading Mr. Auster.

today’s cool shit…Garrison Keillor…

what a great weekend…as usual, it was the quiet moments that were the sweetest…like sitting on a sidewalk soaking in the morning sun and reading an actual newspaper…especially this wonderful nugget from Mr. Keillor…

Is this a terrible thing to vish for? I think not. One loves company and then one loves uncompany, just as one enjoys sunshine/darkness, summer/winter, funk/folk, b&w/color, all sorts of dichotomies. Solitude is recognized by most world religions. Hairy-legged hermits sit in prayerful contemplation in their mountain caves and nobody thinks less of them for it. So why can’t you or I spend a couple of hours alone in an undisclosed location?” (click for full column)

today's cool shit…Garrison Keillor…

what a great weekend…as usual, it was the quiet moments that were the sweetest…like sitting on a sidewalk soaking in the morning sun and reading an actual newspaper…especially this wonderful nugget from Mr. Keillor…

Is this a terrible thing to vish for? I think not. One loves company and then one loves uncompany, just as one enjoys sunshine/darkness, summer/winter, funk/folk, b&w/color, all sorts of dichotomies. Solitude is recognized by most world religions. Hairy-legged hermits sit in prayerful contemplation in their mountain caves and nobody thinks less of them for it. So why can’t you or I spend a couple of hours alone in an undisclosed location?” (click for full column)

strays, and randomness…

it doesn’t seem like it, but this is a big story…text books…and children’s books…are huge pieces of the book business…if this is the first place people start taking digital books seriously…the timeline for the written word on paper…just got a little shorter…

completely unrelated…

on friday the AVClub reported on others reporting on a new internet meme that the kids are having fun with…click random article on wikipediaclick random page on wikiquoteclick on interesting photos of the last 7 days on flickr

and you have your new band name (wikipedia page)…the title of your first album (no more than the last 5 words of the last quote on wikiquote) …and your album cover (chose an appropriate photo)…here’s one of my favorites…