Are the words “bring” and “take” interchangeable at this point? Has society decided this? If so, I’ll try to let it go; I’m not unreasonable. I just need to know. Is it now acceptable to say things like, “Thanks for the slice of birthday cake. I’m not hungry right now, but I’ll bring it home with me and eat it later.”
If somebody can fill me in on the status of those two words, I’d appreciate it. If they now mean exactly the same thing, I’ll make a mental adjustment and stop grinding my molars. I did it with imply and infer, so I know it can be done.
As far as I know you can bring it here, but you can’t bring it there. But language is dynamic, I’m told. Hey, just let me know. I’m cool with it. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
I think I might have a slight mental disorder…
A couple of weeks ago I started reading a so-called horror novel on my Kindle. It was a self-published book, with plenty of positive reviews at Amazon. I was in the mood for a Bentley Little novel, but didn’t have one. So I decided to give this one a shot. It seemed similarly twisted.
Yeah, I got about three chapters in, and had to abort the mission. The thing was LOADED with misspellings, and big-time grammar mistakes. I know I make mistakes, and occasionally screw up the spelling of things. But this book had the same words misspelled over and over. By the time “lightening” flashed in the sky for the third time, and the cops happened upon a “grizzly” murder scene, I was done.
What the hell, man? Did the author not let anyone read his manuscript before publication? Or did he just not give a shit? I’ve read plenty of quality self-published books, but some of them are a sloppy mess. And I don’t understand it. Why go to all the trouble of writing a novel — which isn’t easy — then releasing it without an edit? And what’s the story with all those five-star reviews?
Whatever. It might be a good story, but I’ll never know. Apparently the dude just uploaded his first draft, and said fukkit. And that’s what I said, too.
I’ve started working on my second book, again. I had to take a few weeks away from it, because it was making me loopy. I told my agent I’d have the first two sections to her in early January. Everything’s written, but it’s too long, and there are structural problems. I started working on it a month or so ago, and it felt like I was trying to solve the Rubik’s Cube. I was moving things around and taking stuff out, which caused a whole new set of problems… So, I had to step away.
I committed to early January, because it’s the only way it’ll get done. If I leave it as ASAP, I won’t work on it consistently. I know me, and have to adjust accordingly. I need a deadline, or I’ll still be tinkering with the thing in the fall of 2019. I worked on it this past Friday and Saturday, and it went well. So, I’ve got my sausage fingers crossed, and hope I’ve finally gotten over the hump on this bitch.
Oh, and my first book, Crossroads Road, will be free on Friday and Saturday, in the Kindle Store. If you haven’t read it yet, this will be your chance to grab it for nothing. Last time I made it free for two days, 1500 people downloaded it. We’ll see what happens this go’ round. I don’t know if Black Friday is a good day to do it, or completely foolish. I’ll let you know what happens.
And since we’re talking about indie stuff, here are a couple of independent releases I can recommend:
Color Me Obsessed is a new documentary about one of my favorite bands — the Replacements. I haven’t watched it yet, since it won’t be released until tomorrow. But the reviews are positive, and it’s a must-see at my house. I’ll probably have the boys watch it with me. Can’t hardly wait!
At eMusic I read a review of a new album by a band from Scotland, called PAWS. I didn’t know anything about them, and still don’t. But the description hooked me: punchdrunk noise-pop shout-alongs with disarming vulnerability. So, I downloaded it and have been returning to it, again and again. It’s a great album, for people who enjoy the lo-fi indie rock. You know, aging hipsters, and such?
And finally, I’d like to tell you about an endeavor undertaken by one of our own: Surf Reporter Tadpolegal. She lost her job about 18 months ago, and hasn’t been able to find a, um, replacement. So, she’s taken matters into her own hands, and started a business.
She (along with her mother) has started producing and selling salad dressings made from her father’s popular recipes. She only started this project in early October, and already has the dressings in seven grocery stores, and six specialty stores. They’re also available at Amazon, and you can see them here.
I love stories like this! Not the “lost my longtime job” part, but the part where folks don’t take it lying down. Tadpolegal still hasn’t found a job, but she’s taken the path of the entrepreneur, and is attempting to fix the problem herself. Please support her project. She’s been a friend of the Surf Report for a long time, and this is a great story. So, buy some indie dressings, dammit!
And I’m calling it a day, my friends.
See ya again tomorrow!