Wednesday, July 4, 2012

On Writing, the 4th, and Americana

I'm sitting on my back porch listening to bottle rockets, fireworks, and who knows what else launch into the air. I'm a bit of a purist, so this business of shooting fireworks before it's even dark out and celebrating Red, Hot, and Boom an entire day early is a tad irritating. I started my morning reading the Declaration of Independence (which, along with the U.S. Constitution is a free app for your iPhone or iPad) and paid a little tribute to the glorious treasure of Americana -- Mayberry. That's right, watched three episodes of the Andy Griffith Show. Ol' Barney. What a hoot. Did you see the one where he joined the Mayberry choir? Hilarious.

It's worth mentioning that I hate fireworks.

Yesterday I discovered something even more life changing than ordering toilet paper and toothpaste from Amazon Prime. Right to your front door, people. Try it. Your world will never be the same again. Ready? Kindle books on the iPad on the elliptical in the air conditioning in a gym. Free kindle books from the library. In a gym with fit, attractive men. Are you hearing me? I can read and work out at the same time!!! I can't vouch for the intensity of this workout, but I can tell you that I only have 40% left to read in my book. Page numbers. That was so 2011.

Moving inside before I get hit by a stray bottle rocket. This neighborhood is nuts.

So this book I'm reading, You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins, basically says that to be a writer, you need to write. He also says you need to physically write the phrase "I am a writer" on a sheet of paper every single day and told us to in the book. I took my right hand off the elliptical handlebar and wrote it, all fancy and cursive like, in the air. No I didn't.

Hence, this blog. Fingers crossed, you'll be hearing from me more often (or maybe your fingers are crossed that you won't be hearing from me more often. Hmm.) The fact is, I do want to be a writer. If you have tips, advice, things you want me to write about on here, please let me know! Until then, I leave you a patriotic ditty and my favorite Sam the Eagle quote "A Salute to All Nations, but mostly America."


Jen Rose said...

Yay! I like it when you write. :)

That sounds like my neighborhood.

The Andy Griffith Show is fine, fine television. RIP Sheriff.

And reading while exercising is a fabulous idea! I might exercise more if I join a gym and buy an iPad. Or not. But I like to think I would.

So glad to see a little blog action. You are a writer. Please keep it up, because your posts make me smile. <3

kelly said...

oh, reading while on the eliptical is the WAY TO GO!!! time passes so quickly, and you don't even realize you are sweaty and panting. :)

missed you tonight, but now i know you hate fireworks!

michael said...

Fun post. Happy Independance Day Karin!

Karin Tome said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Jen! I'll be honest, your posts inspire me to write because YOU are a writer!

Karin Tome said...

I missed you too, Kelly, but I felt like i was there through Ande's tweets!!! Also, I think you and I have very similar views on the gym. Do you regularly use the elliptical? I'm thinking I may become a regular....

Karin Tome said...

Thanks, Mike! You too! By the way, I've been meaning to comment on your Randy Pausch post. It's coming.