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Remember when comedies were funny?

For some reason, it seems that I have extra time on my hands in the evenings all of the sudden.  And while I could just shuffle about the house after the kids go bed, mumbling to myself about the voices, how The Man is watching me in the kitchen, or why Syfy kills everything I […]

The lessons 100,000 words will teach

As it turns out, putting 100k words together in some semblance of both sequential and logical order is not an insignificant task.  I suppose I realized that at the outset of my adventure, when it occurred to me way back in the Spring of 2010 that the Puddintopia exercise in laying down some random fiction […]

Do you like to read? Have I got a job for you!

In case you haven’t been paying attention to the other 18,367 forms of social media in which I participate and have been not-so subtly dropping mention of it, I finished draft zero of my very firstest novel last week.  So, I’m done right?  Time to demand an obscene advance from a publisher and pick out […]

We apologize for the brief interruption

So, if you’re wondering why I’ve been quiet this weekend, is because I basically decided to take it off.  From darned near everything, honestly.  I’ve done next to nothing constructive, and, by gum, I’m perfectly happy about it.  For the first time in a year, I didn’t have any novel-writing to do, so I figured […]

3-Way Thursday: Chili with a side of curmudgeon

[Pudn’s note: I’ve known the author of this 3-Way post, Brooksy, aka Mark, for the better part of almost twenty years.  I worked at the retail chain that Dustin Hoffman said sucked in Rainman; Mark dated (and later married) someone who was close friends with someone else who worked there.  Come to think of it, I don’t really […]

3-Way Thursday: Behind the Chili

Celebrity.  If you look the word up in a dictionary, one of its definitions will be something along the line of “fame, renown”.  It’s something everybody wants, at least a little, even if they don’t admit it to themselves.  Secretly, deep down, there’s a tiny little voice that whispers, “if you do this, you might […]

3-Way Thursday: It was the 60’s, man

[Pudn’s note: The author of this Puddintopia contributor post, Crankybear, aka Tom, is actually the ‘Tom’ half of Tom and Carla, the couple that created and maintain Hoperatives.com.  He’s the one who rather infamously offered me the chance to ramble incoherently over there from time to time instead of wasting all my rants here.  I […]

Items of a largely musical nature

This will be brief because, well, I don’t know why.  It just will.  Blame it on the earthquake that, by now, everyone’s heard about (right?).  For the record, yes, I felt it, as did plenty of other people in the Cincinnati area.  It was the first recognizable earthquake experience of my life, at the well-seasoned […]

It’s the extracurriculars that get you

Yikes.  Looking over Puddintopia for the past few days, one thing is abundantly clear: I have been a bad, neglectful blogger.  I think I promised once that I’d try very hard not go days at a time without posting…something.  But, here it is Monday and I haven’t put up anything new since Thursday.  It’s like […]

The annual ritual

School started for three-quarters of the children of clan Puddin on Wednesday (The Attitude starts preschool next month, and we aren’t sure what to expect when that happens—a toddler-led revolt, perchance?).  Obviously, the first day of school means making the long walk to the bus stop, the middle-aged Dad’s version of “dead man walking”. Last […]