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I'm going on a bit of a hiatus for now (hey, at least I'm finally owning up to it). Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at freak magnet
I have the Roadside Attraction app on my iPod because, well, I love weirdo roadside attractions and will happily drive miles out of my way to see hoodoo markers, giant muffler men, and offbeat museums. The Internet happily makes my obsession very easy and the iPod app just takes the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at freak magnet
The last of the original Surrealist artists, Leonora Carrington, died Wednesday night at the age of 94. I had only recently realized that she was still alive. She really had a remarkable life. Apparently she appears in a documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky, the filmmaker who did the wonderfully alienating movie... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at freak magnet
Remember back in April when I was freaking out about a copy editor who sent back a manuscript virtually unedited??? Well, I did what I could, realized I couldn't send it back to the authors in the shape it was in, and asked someone I've known for 15 years, who... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at freak magnet
Good lord, what a shitty day. Thankfully my policy of never deleting any work-related email and keeping every iteration of the manuscripts/proofs allowed me to triumph over those who would keep me down. Twice today. And the familial trip in August up to Rhode Island to spread my father's ashes... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at freak magnet
Download Memo It almost makes me hope that that wackjob from South Carolina is right and the Rapture will arrive on May 21. I figure she'll be gone and I, godless heathen that I am, will still be here. Sure, there will be earthquakes and the dead rising from their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at freak magnet
I'm stopping now because my brain is fried and if I read one more screwed up interpretation of some other language, I'm going to scream. It may well be that the German word for a high school graduate is "leaver" but that doesn't work in English. It's like someone just... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2011 at freak magnet
I shouldn't even be taking the time to write this right now but I am so FUCKING pissed. A few months ago, I hired what I thought was a very reliable, very thorough, deadline-driven freelance copy editor. She's done a few books for us--she always met my deadlines, she had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2011 at freak magnet
When we moved to this office space last year, we gained the entire fourth floor of the administration building but we lost our conference room. Instead, we decided to put a table at the end of one of the hallways. Unfortunately, it's just outside of my office. We have yet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at freak magnet
I realized the other day that it's been more than a year since I've gone anywhere for vacation. How effing depressing is that? Yeah, sure, I did go down to the Outer Banks over the winter break but that was more of a family thing. And I've been going down... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at freak magnet
It turns out I was right about Rocco being female...but then so is Lemmy, it turns out. Obviously my gender-identifying skillz need some sharpening. So, to change their names or not? It's not like they know their names yet. And even though I dig the name Lemmy (for pets. Despite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at freak magnet
Lemmy (Lemuel) Rocco QUIT LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT! I mean, c'mon, it's been more than a year since Zilla died. I held out as long as I could. And then there was this guy with all these 8-week-old kittens and I went into some sort of kitten fugue state... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at freak magnet
Tomorrow I am spending the entire day in a mid-career retirement seminar, which sounds mind-crushingly boring. But I understand the importance of retirement savings. Finally. At 44. It's mind-boggling to me that my parents managed to save enough money for retirement that my father could take early retirement (for health... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at freak magnet
Last week I received an email from my landlord scheduling an appointment to come by on Saturday to fix anything that was broken, discuss whether or not I wanted to lease the place again next year, and whether or not I'd like to buy the place from him. Wait. What?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at freak magnet
I just had to smack down an author who stupidly thought he could tell me how to handle a layout. Who chooses to be an asshole? I Rich Text thought that was more of an involuntary thing. That assholes weren't aware that they were assholes? Apparently I'm wrong. Apparently some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at freak magnet
My mom has been talking more and more about selling her house and moving into an active adult community. She says she's lonely and is also sick of having to take care of things around the house (she had a new roof put on in the fall and the chimney... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at freak magnet
Wow! I didn't post at all in January. Truth be told, I've been in a bit of a post-winter break funk. With the holidays behind us and this stretch of cold, gray days, I've just wanted to curl up under the covers and stay inside. But then yesterday, somebody invited... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at freak magnet
So I had just picked up my final gift for my youngest nephew (a Hallmark recordable book) and was on my way to my mom's house to drop it off (he loves when Nana reads to him. He's still not sure who I am so I figured it would be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2010 at freak magnet
Earlier in the day: Sweet mother of god, how does someone get their doctorate, become employed as a professor, begin submitting to journals and university presses and still not realize that you have to request permission to reprint copyrighted images??? And then get all dickish about it when I ask... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at freak magnet
I am enough of an editorial dork that if I had a tree, I would download this Chicago Manual of Style minibook and hang it up. I may have to print it out and hang it somewhere in my office. Dork! +++++++++++++ The tree trimming/birthday party was a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at freak magnet
Do you believe in signs? I don't, at least not really. Unless I'm feeling guilty about something and then small, inconsequential things seem to take on great meaning. I also don't believe in ghosts and yet somehow I've gotten it into my head that my deceased father would be unhappy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at freak magnet
So today's Holidailies writing prompt (yes, I'm once again attempting Holidailies...I'm hoping not to crash and burn as usual) is childhood holiday traditions that you're happy not to continue as an adult. As far as Christmas goes, I'm not sure I can think of anything. My father always wore these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2010 at freak magnet
This Saturday is our familial annual winter birthday/tree trimming party at my mom's house. We mostly get my brother's kids to decorate the trees while the adults sit around drinking beer and wine but my brothers always take the opportunity to mock the ornaments I made when I was 8... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at freak magnet
So the personal assistant of my brother's former employer was sentenced on Friday to 2 years in federal prison, 3 years of supervised parole, 100 hours of community service, and she has to pay$490,000 back to her former employer. She stole close to $700,000 and though I'm sure he'll never... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at freak magnet
In the past 5 or 6 years, whenever I take a trip that involves flying somewhere, I'm inevitably pulled aside to get scanned or patted down on one leg of the trip. Every. single. time. I got patted down twice in Belize--once in the airport and once on the tarmac.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at freak magnet