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September 17, 2017

I had a sleep study last night. They called me at 8:00 PM and asked if I could come in. My appointment had been scheduled for the 20th, but apparently, someone didn’t show up last night so they called me. I figured it was better to get it done on a Saturday night than during the week and have to deal with work the following morning. I got there at 9:30. They had me all wired up and ready for bed by 11:00-ish, then woke me up at 6:00. That is not enough sleep. C’est la vie.

Earlier this week at work, I walked by one of the small meeting rooms. They are generally used for meetings with 2 or 3 people. There’s a desk with one chair on the far side and 2 chairs on the near side. I could see through the window that the 2 chairs on the near side were occupied and the other chair was empty. I assumed they were waiting for a manager or something like that. I had this strong urge to open the door, walk in, and go into an angry police captain speech (a la Ice Cube or something). I’m not sure how that would have gone over, but I probably would have done it if I had any material memorized. I’ve been googling for the next time this opportunity presents itself, but it’s actually hard to find good stuff. All I can find is the 21 jump street speech, but that’s very specific about going to high school. I feel like I should continue to research because this would just be so funny to do. Or at least it would be funny to me. Ooh, maybe the Captain from So I Married an Axe Murderer?

I submitted my flash fiction piece to Sick Lit, but I haven’t heard back from them. They publish some good stuff. Hopefully, they like my piece. I’m waiting to get some things actually published before I resume submitting my novel manuscript. I wish I would have exercised more patience when I initially finished it. I ended up submitting poorly written query letters to the agents I was most interested in and now that I know how to better put together a query, I have to seek out other agents who might be a good fit. I think the first query letter I sent, I likely sounded panicked and confused. This is a direct quote from that query letter, “This is also the first Query Letter I’ve written, sorry if I ramble.”

Parable of the Sower has been really enjoyable. I’m about 1/3 the way through. I had no doubt, but Octavia E. Butler is so good. Her writing style is so different than someone like Catherynne M. Valente (I had to compare with someone else who uses a middle initial), whose descriptions are so vivid. Butler creates such a sparse world, which really fits the story. I don’t think many authors achieve that level of prose where the writing really reflects the theme so well. I’m looking forward to reading more of her writing to see if it’s all like this or specific to this book/series.

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