Sunday, June 13, 2010

Day Two Hundred and Sixty-Eight

Item #6 is done! Here are the books I read:

Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall
Your Heart Belongs to Me, by Dean Koontz
Holder of the Lightning, by S. L. Farrell
Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
On Writing Well, by William Zinsser
The Power of Less, by Leo Babauta
The Remarkable Farkle McBride, by John Lithgow
The Whole Truth, by David Baldacci
Basic Black: The Essential Guide to Getting Ahead At Work (And In Life), by Cathie Black
The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, by SCOTT WILLIAM CARTER

Pay attention now, this is important!

The last one is written by Scott William Carter (in case you missed that the first time) who just happens to be a friend of mine! I've known him since ... gosh ... 1995? 1996? Something like that. He's written many, many short stories that have been published in various sci-fi magazines and collections, but this one (which is not science fiction, for those of you who aren't into that genre) is his first published novel. I'm very excited for him, needless to say!

I bought a copy because he's my friend and I would have bought it even if it was about, oh, I don't know, suspension bridges. But it's not, and I ended up carrying it around with me for three days and reading it every chance I got. The first line was - well, here, YOU read it: "If I'm going to tell you how I killed this kid, I can't start on the day it happened." See? How can you NOT keep reading?

The book is about an impromptu road trip involving two teenaged boys, a stolen classic Mustang, and some rather serious lies, bad decisions, good decisions, and consequences that follow them from Oregon to Colorado. I am neither a teenager nor a boy, but these kids resonated with me as the real thing, and I wanted to find out what happened to them. I'm glad I bought it, and I'll read it again.

So, here, go buy his book, right HERE at

And if you want, you can buy more of his stuff HERE on his author page at

Or you could go to his website right HERE!

Lots of Scott William Carter! Shameless plug! Go read his stuff, he's funny and intelligent and fun to read. And then go buy it, because authors have to pay their mortgage just like the rest of us. (Well, except people like John Grisham because he probably already paid his house off, but he doesn't exactly count.)

Scott William Carter! The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys! Hurrah!


  1. You're correct, that first hook line is a good one and I will most likely buy the book unless I can borrow your copy with promises written in blood to return it. Okay, I'll go buy it since I don't know how the exchange could be accomplished and you want to keep it anyway.

  2. Well, that's great! Thanks to anonymous posting, Scott made another sale. ;)

  3. Oh, and congratulations on completing #6! Which will fall next?

  4. It could be one of several. Depending on whether I decide to be responsible with the money from my last two musical gigs (and pay down my car loan) or have fun with it (buy a camera), #2 could be next. If I get a job I'm applying for, maybe #4 since that would suddenly become a higher priority. #20 is going to happen this summer, possibly in conjunction with #23 or #24. #30 is on the calendar. If I'd just sit down and FOCUS for a minute, I could do #45 today. If I get a babysitter next week, I could do #49 now. #54 will be done in a couple of weeks. A wheelbarrow and a lighted match would accomplish #72.

    So ... in short, I have no idea. :D

  5. So when you complete #54 does that entitle you to make a beeline to your fav chocolate distributor and, well, you know, get a little foolish with chocolate?

  6. Healthy answer: Actually, I'm doing fine without chocolate and I don't plan to make it a regular part of my eating habits in the future.

    Honest answer: HECK YEAH.

  7. I've read that dark chocolate is healthy and as with most things, when done in moderation. Good work on your list. Applause!