I saw the movie JUNO on Friday night… I LOVED IT. The most amazing part of this film are the things that do not happen. I don’t want to give anything away if you have not seen it, but this subject matter has so many horrible pit-falls for a writer to fall into… JUNO does not fall into any of these over-used devices and runs from the beginning to the end as a simple, well-made film… It’s all about the pacing.

So in true Joe fashion I have listened to the soundtrack 3 times today… It’s great.

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So as you can tell from the awesome shittiness of my blog lately, my ACTUAL life is going really GREAT… I had a moment last week when I was driving home that I could not help but smile and start giggling… I think the amputation of the “shit” in my soul (and life) has made (is making) me really happy.

So I guess that the whole thing about “laying it out” a while back was to warn you that I want to start talking more about what is happening RIGHT NOW in my life… Maybe you want me to talk more about my divorce… I really feel no need to do that right now for a million reasons but the main one is that I am done with that shit phase and am enjoying the hell out of moving forward.

… I have not been this happy since my Mom and I used to watch 90210 together… SPECIAL NOTE TO MY MOM: Thanks for watching that awesome crap with me.

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So I have been putting the finishing touches on the players for the All-Star Baseball Classic. Pitchers, franchise players and managers are (for the most part) made and ready to go… HOLY SHIT that is going to be a crazy weekend. I have never drank beer in the morning, but I am thinking about trying it on the Championship Sunday of the Classic… Might help my nerd nerves.

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Someday somebody is going to try to tell me the proper way to use the Ellipsis… you know what, I don’t care… I like using it like this… I think it shows you the pauses that I would have in my normal speaking voice. I AM THE BEST WRITER EVER!!!

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I feel like I should read a REAL book… Honestly, part of me thinks that I would look cool if I carried around a book wherever I went… I like those book-carrying guys. They DO look cool.

  1. Jacquie Miller
    Feb 04, 2008

    I think you should read ‘Choke’ by Chuck Palahniuk. Either that or ‘David Copperfield’…oh, wait… Glad to see you’re back to keepin’ it real, Joe!

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  2. shannondg
    Feb 05, 2008

    real book suggestion: still life with woodpecker by tom robbins. it’s trippy and weird and funny and–i think–would totally fit your emergence-from-the-shit.

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  3. SS
    Feb 05, 2008

    I’ve already starting drinking to calm the nerd nerves! The weekend is going to rock, let me know if you need anything else.

    I too use the pause ellipsis when writing… I also enjoy the one word sentences. They are the. best. EVER. Also can’t get enough of the !? combo, I mean, who doesn’t love them!?!?!?

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  4. mom
    Feb 05, 2008

    It is soooo goood to see you happy again. I love you and I enjoyed watching 90210 as much as you did at the time…Love mom

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  5. M
    Feb 10, 2008

    Read anything by Douglas Coupland, he’s cool. And Erlend Loe, he’s from Norway, but translated in several languages.
    (My favourite is “Naive. Super”)

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  6. Maddy
    Mar 07, 2008

    Joe, I’ve been dumbly remiss with your blog, so i apologize for commenting on an entry from over a month ago. Yet. I read your thing about the ellipsis, and wanted to share w/ you my favorite quote in defense of the ellipsis, taken from the NPR show This American Life. Also, how nice to come back here and read about your happiness. Also, read Karoo by Steve Tesich. Here’s the quote:
    “You wanna know a secret of the radio trade? We avoid periods. Instead we tend to use three dots, a lot, when we’re writing out scripts, to indicate a pause. Now copy editors and purists of all kinds, they hate this. They want the ellipsis to indicate a truncation – that text is missing. That’s fine, whatever. It’s kind of beside the point though. Because really, those three dots are all about the idea of endlessness, of a thought going on and on and on long after the sentence has stopped, which is perfect for people who have a hard time saying goodbye.”

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