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Matt Paust

Matt Paust
Gloucester, Virginia,
December 31
Sorry - writer's block... BTW the "birthday" listed above is false. I prefer to keep that day private, but am not permitted to do so here, so I'm forced to lie.



Got this email today: 

Our members voted at last month's annual meeting to open Guild membership to self-published authors. All of the rules aren't in place yet, but self-published authors who earn at least $500 in writing income in the 18 months prior to applying doRead full post »

APRIL 23, 2012 11:56AM

Best of Cuss

As I mentioned in an earlier post, because I'm one of the alleged blurbists Cranky Cuss included in the praise panel on the back cover of his new book Send in the Clown Car: The Race for the White House in 2012, I am ethically forbidden in theory from publishing a/Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2012 8:03AM

For snarky women only

Just finished reading Icyhighs's latest post this morning - A Vagina Monologue - and will spend the rest of the day - week, if necessary - awaiting anxiously the deluge of female responses sure to follow.  My occasional pal Chicken Maaan even left a comment anticipating such an admirable contest/Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2012 6:17PM

Wrong trail taken

The fork looked familiar and the distance seemed about right. I'd been there many times in the six years we'd lived here. A couple of things were different this morning. Our dog, Tasha, had elected to stay home, so I was alone, and it had been a month orRead full post »

APRIL 7, 2012 7:31PM

Defending Thomas Kinkade

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First of all, this is not about Thomas Kinkade the man (who died today) or Thomas Kinkade the drunk or Thomas Kinkade the super marketer or Thomas Kinkade the super Christian or Thomas Kinkade the fraud suspect or even Thomas Kinkade the philanthropist (oh, yes, that's buried inRead full post »

    The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Libya and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "ARead full post »

APRIL 1, 2012 8:54AM


Stuck in the Yukon with nothing but a cargo of duct tape.  Your plane's been ravaged by a hungry bear that smelled fish bait on board. Oh, what to do?1




I mean, just look at it!  Miles and miles from nowhere!  Help!2




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MARCH 29, 2012 8:39PM

Vote Republican!

Heard this on NPR just now.  I'm still laffing.  Might have have torn my appendix or given myself a hernia.  May end up suing somebody.  Play this video with caution. 


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MARCH 24, 2012 8:55AM

First dogwood at dawn

Feeding the chickens this morning I noticed these dogwood buds had just opened.  Went back in and got the camera, and when I started to frame the photo I saw some redbud blooms in the background.  Put me in a Eastery mood.  



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Great idea, Zum.  I've seen some beautiful hoodied mugs answer the call thus far, starting with yours.  Lezlie's too.  Actually hers was the first I opened as it was the first I spotted in the feed.  Quick dropped what I was doing, whipped out my...hoodie and here I am.


MARCH 19, 2012 9:02PM

Cranky really did write a book!

He did it. He really did it. Cranky didn't just mock up a book cover that somebody could hold in front of the camera at the latest OS New York meet-up or paste on his blog to make it appear he'd actually written and published a book. HeRead full post »

MARCH 17, 2012 12:15PM

Watch eagle chick being born!

What better way to spend St. Paddy's Day, huh?  Begorrah!



 Click photo for video link and webcam

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MARCH 9, 2012 7:22AM

Punny funs

[ Disclaimer:  These came overnite in an email from a from a friend and have not been carefully examined for political correctness.]

1. King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash after years of war with the Hittites. His last great possession was the Star of the Euphrates , theRead full post »

Dammit to hell anyways.  I spend all morning fiddling with the Nikon to get me a new avatar photo wearing my new Help Save the Dumas Brothel T-shirt, taking shot after shot after shot, moving the tripod out and in and out and in (oops, Freudian) and tilting the pan (pan?)/Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2012 8:37AM

Funny Friday

On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day byRead full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2012 11:44AM

Fartsy artsy (with animation!)

fart scrolls 

Call me immature.  Go ahead, I won't try to deny it.  How could I?  My only regret is the absence of an appropriately youthful constitution and congruent innocence. 

Nor would I consider seeking absolution by claiming I received this in an email and am intendingRead full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2012 8:24AM

For Margaret

 Alex's doppelgänger?  Or is Alex Michael's?



Here are some other shots I found on the camera:


Mike and ex-girlfriend



With his sister, Sarah


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FEBRUARY 19, 2012 12:01PM

A narcissist's narcissist

I decided to try Leaving the Atocha Station after hearing Maureen Corrigan read her review of it a couple of months ago on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” Listen

Corrigan concluded that it was “flip, hip, smart, and very funny” and “unlike any other novel-readi/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 2:28PM

Ingrid and Jerry's excellent adventure

In every adventure story there has to be at least one villain, something that imperils the hero - a mountain, a wolf, a whale, microbe, vampire, zombie, extraterrestrial - or a dark-hearted human being, sometimes even one in the hero's own skin.  Ingrid Ricks introduces us to her main villain at… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2012 5:19PM

Máma mía! (with new photo)

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JANUARY 28, 2012 10:22AM

Role models

 [This post is dedicated to James M. Emmerling, with whom I've been discussing of late the dynamics of the interplay between intuition and conscious thought.  It is also, I have realized, an incredibly prescient response to Daisy Jane Smithie's modified GNS open call, which I had not read uRead full post »

JANUARY 24, 2012 11:52AM

King v. Dickens


Stephen King composes the first draft of his novels "with the door shut" to any and all, even his wife, Tabitha, whom he always trusts to read his finished drafts.

He writes this way, "downloading what's in my head directly to the page," writing "as fast as I can andRead full post »

JANUARY 14, 2012 1:15PM

On Writing


It all comes down to this:  Life isn't a support system for art.  It's the other way around.

A true and practical statement from Stephen King in his secret-revealing little book, On Writing, which I added to my Amazon shopping cart the other day to bring my order up to theRead full post »

JANUARY 8, 2012 7:51AM

Capt. Love's last command


I stifled a curse when I heard the beep beep beep.

Another traffic jamming electric cart.

I'd soon be upon the damned thing
in my usual hurry
to get the shopping done

and get the hell out.


Someone less able than me,

self-destructive I

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JANUARY 5, 2012 8:05AM


I usually prefer to pay at the cash register. Especially with a group and everybody contributing to one check. At the table it gets messy with everybody tossing bills into a pile while trying to parse out the check and figure in the tip. Then there's theRead full post »