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The Value of Ghost Writers

The Value of Ghost Writers

Indiana Pacers star Paul George made some unfortunate tweets today:

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Cue the ghost writer. By the end of the day, George —according to the Pacers made this eloquent statement:

“I want to apologize to all victims of domestic abuse for my insensitive tweets. They were obviously without proper understanding of the seriousness of the situation and I sincerely regret my poor choice of words.”?

Black & Blue & Pink

Black & Blue & Pink

Robert Mathis was suspended by the NFL for 4 games for taking fertility drugs so he and his wife could have a baby. Ray Rice was suspended by the NFL for 2 games for beating up his fiancee in a public elevator on camera. So, the NFL says that knocking your fiancee unconscious is bad. But taking steps to have a baby is twice as bad. There are currently over 25 players suspended for substance abuse that have greater penalties than Rice.

Who could possibly support such nonsense? You do. And so do I. Each of us pays a little more each year in taxes so the NFL can remain a nonprofit. Yep, the league office is a nonprofit, although each individual team is considered a for-profit entity.

Not to worry, the pink cleats and ribbons in October will make up for the next taxpayer subsidized athlete who isn’t deterred by a two-game suspension when turning his girlfriend’s face black and blue.

Carry on, Citizens!

UPDATE: About 5 minutes after I posted this earlier today, the Ravens announced they had suspended Rice indefinitely. 

Somedays, Writing is Like Taking A Michigan Left

Somedays, Writing is Like Taking A Michigan Left

Recently our city decided to install a Michigan Left Turn intersection at 96th Street and Allisonville Road. This is an intersection that has a lot of traffic and somebody that I suspect consumed a lot of grain alcohol decided the best way to address it was with this peculiar driving experience. If you have not encountered a Michigan Left, let me describe it for you.

You come upon an intersection where you want to make a left turn. Your instinct will be to actually go left. This would be wrong. You instead must turn right. After turning right, you must get in the left lane and proceed to another stop light. Once there, you’re grumbling about the stupidity of this method of traffic management and you wait for the light to turn green. Once it is green, you make a U-turn and now you’re headed in the direction you want to go. However, there’s a good chance you will have to stop at the original intersection one more time.

So, let’s sum it up. What once took one light and one turn now takes 3 lights, one turn, plus a u-turn. And people from Michigan actually want to attach their name to this nonsense?

Sometimes writing is like that. You come to an intersection in the plot and you want to go left. But, the characters, or the setting, or the muse*** tells you to go all sorts of places in order to get where you want to go.

That’s why it takes so long to write a book sometimes. Sometimes you get stuck in a literary Michigan Left. I’m happy to report I’m out of the the figurative and literal Michigan Left. Look for some free fiction in tomorrow’s post.

Carry on, Citizens!

***About the concept of the muse. Many writer’s believe in a muse that gives inspiration, creativity, ideas, and whatnot. I do not believe in the muse. I do, however, have a wooden elephant from Thailand named Sid. Sid often tells me to kill characters he doesn’t like. I also have a variety of bobblehead dolls in my office that routinely shout out advice or criticism. Reggie Wayne bobblehead is constantly pressuring me to write a football book. And the Indianapolis Indians mascot Rowdie bobblehead is always pushing for steamy love scenes. And finally, I always know when it’s time to quit for the day, because my dog Gizmo will actually shut my laptop screen when he’s had enough. It’s a great place to work.

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