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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Greetings, Bearers!

Summer vacation. 

There are no sweeter words for a teacher to hear than those two.  Time to rest weary minds and dragging bodies for a few months in order to recup for the upcoming fall.  And believe me, I’ll be taking full advantage of that time off, writing as well as resting, so expect a lot of new stuff from me in the fall 😀

In the meantime, I’m giving y’all a heads up to let you know that my posting will be a little less frequent, as it’s a little bit harder for me to get on the internet at home at this point in time.  Don’t worry: I’ll post here and there as things are getting done, and I’ll get in updates as often as possible, but fresh air, vacations, and the wife’s “honey-do” list are calling, so hang in there!

And before I go, I want to again give a nice round of “thank you” to those who have just purchased my book or have downloaded my short stories.  Enjoy!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean.

Greetings, Bearers!

Dropping a line to let you know that I’m entering the Norman Mailer Writing Award contest.  Being a teacher, I’m allowed to submit a story for the contest, so I chose “The Appointment” (which will be released later in my upcoming short story collection).  Hopefully, it’ll get some recognition, and I will of course keep all of you updated, win or lose. 

And if you happen to be a teacher who writes, feel free to join me in submitting a story!

Back to the sweat shop… er, to work!  See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers?

Yes, as I type this, the perspiration is coating my forehead.  This is one of the issues with spending so much time in a place that has no air conditioning: it’s sticky and uncomfortable.  Oh well, it is what it is.  Our forefathers could brave out the sweltering heat of summers past without modern conveniences, so I suppose we can put up with a little bit of discomfort as well.

I’m still plugging away at the novel and the short stories, and getting closer to finishing every day.  The summer’s going to be great because I can get a whole lot of writing done then without any major interruptions… except for that whole vacation thing.  But hey, who says I can’t write while away?

Hopefully, my wife and kids concur… 😀

Oh, before I forget, here’s a little clip of our jazz band.  I’m the one on the bass.  Just keep looking at the other two guys.  I’m kinda hideous in that video (I hate pics and vids of myself).   We’re doing a cover of Pat Metheny’s “April Joy.”  Unfortunately you can’t hear my base too well in the video, so I apologize for that. Enjoy the music!

And keep the temperature cool and drink a cold drink for me today.  I’ll keep pushing these keys and churning out ideas!

See you in the Vein

Greetings, Bearers!

In between my writing, I took time to notice this article about Jim Tressel featured by Sports Illustrated, after hearing about “The Vest’s” resignation from Ohio State.  The article was very interesting, and sadly very enlightening; even as a die-hard Michigan football fan and Michigan alumni, I had great respect for Tressel (despite wanting to beat him on the gridiron).  Now, it comes out that Tressel really did play the part of a hypocrite-and I don’t say that maliciously.  The man did not practice what he preached, and that’s sad and embarrassing.  Tressel professed Christianity, and while we Christians still struggle with sin, we need to be mindful of our testimony, and how we appear before an unbelieving world. 

Looks like Tressel didn’t think about that part of it.

People have been asking me whether or not I’m happy about it.  I’ve replied that I’m satisfied that justice was served but that I’m not gleeful or emotionally enraptured with the whole thing.  Justice is a good thing; vindictive emotion is not.  I say that because I know that I’ve not been nailed for every wrong thing I’ve done in my life, but I know that I deserve to be.  So, while it’s good to see consequences, it’s not something I get any giddiness from. 

Moving on, my short story (The one I posted an excerpt from a few posts back) is almost complete, and I intend to put together my first collection here in the next couple of weeks, although when it will be completed and posted depends on whether or not I can keep working without interruption (Mental note: simultaneous TV, radio, and writing doesn’t work).  And The Summoning of Kran is going well, although I need to be a bit more consistent with it as well.

So back to being consistent!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean