The Best I Can Do, Under the Circumstances (Day 17 and Counting)

dutchboyCrossroads Road is free in the Kindle Store, through midnight Amazon-time on Saturday.  So, if you’ve been sitting on the fence, not ready to fork over $2.99 for two years of my life… now’s your chance to get ‘er for nothing.

If you know someone you think might enjoy it, please let them know.  Copies in circulation:  that’s the goal.

Last night I was on the sales page for the book, and noticed something new at the bottom.  It’s a section called “Shared Notes & Highlights.”  There, certain lines from the book are highlighted, and people can comment on them, etc.  I don’t know how long it’s been there, but it’s pretty interesting — the things people seize on.  Check it out.  One of them made me smile, especially.

As I type this, the book has been downloaded 665 times in the U.S., since 3 a.m.  Plus:

40 times in the U.K.
10 times in Germany
7 times in Canada
1 time in Brazil

Sure, I make nothing from it, but I like the idea of Jovis living inside peoples’ Kindles.

Before I started this crazy stretch of days, I printed out the section of the NEW book I’d been working on, thinking I might find the time to read through it and make some notes.  Ha!  I haven’t even looked at the thing.  It’s been a Chinese fire drill for 16 days, and counting.

Yesterday I was flipping out, screaming, “This is bullshit!!” and the director of our department walked up.  I rarely see her, but she popped up while I was melting down.  Fantastic.  Hopefully I won’t be summoned to the small room again.  I’ve been inside the small room several times through the years, and it’s no fun in there.

But, if I can just make it to 1:30 a.m. Thursday, I’ll be free for a few days.  I plan to sleep, drink some beer, and reintroduce myself to my kids.  I’m sure they remember me, but it might be a little hazy for them.  And I’m gonna attack that manuscript with a pen, and get that shit turned in soon.  It’s dragging out.

Here’s something I saw linked at Twitter last night, and I was laughing myself into a full-body jiggle.  The reviews are fantastic.

And I don’t know if I’m starting to hallucinate, but I’m pretty sure I heard a radio commercial advertising an upcoming concert featuring Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.  WTS?  Can that possibly be true?  I guess I could Google it, but I don’t have the energy.  It would be far too taxing.

Steve Martin was my first “concert.”  It was in the late 70s, at the height of his wild and crazy guy popularity.  There were 12,000 people there, for a comedy show.  It was absurd, and hilarious.

But why is he now touring with Edie Brickell?  It’s not a banjo tour, is it?  Weirdness.

Here’s a great article about Jean Shepherd.  I have over 800 of his radio shows in mp3 format, and have listened to all of them.  Recently I started over at the beginning again, and have made it to November 1965.  He keeps me company at work, along with Phil Hendrie, Adam Carolla, and E.  Check out the article.  There was more to the man than just A Christmas Story.

In fact, it kinda bugs me that people remember him for that movie, and not much else.  It’s like when people say, “Warren Zevon?  Is that the Werewolves of London guy?”  My jaw goes rigid.  Who else fits in that category?

This one’s been a mess, but hopefully not too torturous for you guys.  My brain is completely fried, and it’s the best I can do.

I don’t have a Question, so make of it what you will.

Have a great day!

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