Sunday, July 11, 2010


...a short time ago, give or take a few days amidst the current tailspin I've found myself wallowing in, Christine Danek, a fellow blogger/writer who's work is deserving of a spot on every reader's shelf, awarded me The Versatile Blogger badge, to which I'm grateful. With the honor comes the understanding of stirring up a post featuring 7 points of interest about myself, which hopefully won't bore anyone to tears. Sorry it took so long, Christine:)

And we're off...

1. My wife and I have been blessed with three kids, currently one foster child and if the phone starts ringing at a late hour, sometimes more, two dogs, and I forget how many cats, (the number tends to fluctuate according to my daughter's preferences:)

2. A twenty minute drive from my home, with mapquest's cooperation, drops you onto the doorstep of the long abandoned penitentiary where "Shawshank Redemption" was filmed. (Arguably one of the best movies of our time.)

3. I once wrote an essay for a friend of mine that ultimately got him accepted to the college of his preference, where last I heard, he was well on his way to an aspiring career. Perhaps not my finest decision, but a wonderful conversation piece.

4. Mindless comedies, featuring light-weighted plots too ignorant to dwell upon in fear of jeopardizing one's I.Q., are the most hilarious movies ever created. "Blind Date," starring Bruce Willis, "The Chase," with Charlie Sheen, "The Big Lebowski," and of course, "The Hangover," stand at the top of their class.

5. I'm curious if there are others out there who read "The Elements of Style," and can't help but wonder if perhaps the book should be shelved in the COMEDY section at Barnes & Noble. "Nauseous. Nauseated. - The first means, sickening to contemplate; the second means sick at the stomach. Do not, therefore say - I feel nauseous, unless you are sure you have that effect on others." (See what I mean?)

6. I find beauty in all things sports related. The amount of descriptive detail which can be inspired from a last second foul shot with victory at stake leaves my tongue wagging like a parched mutt. It's not surprising that both novels I'm currently battling through, while not the focal point of the plot, have sports-related issues which inevitably tie into each story's theme. It's an admitted weakness, but without the lasting consequences of smoking.

7. "Broken," the third novel I've penned, has been accepted by David Wiesenberg, and is currently under round two of edits and revisions. Writing the thing was the easy part...making it pretty, well, that's a different story.

...I'll be sharing the love shortly, but for now, the hour's late and my pillow awaits:)


Melissa said...

The number of your cats fluctuates? Interesting. I've just got one but she's my baby.

I'm surprised that if you wrote your friends paper which got him admitted he's even made it so far. You're right though, it is a good conversation piece.

I loved the hangover. The plots are ridiculous but sometimes I think pure comedic movies like that, when done right, are exactly what people need to brighten their day.

5. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA. That is all. ;)

The Golden Eagle said...

Nice seven points. :)

Jules said...

Congratulations on the award and nice 7 points.

Piedmont Writer said...

I thought I was the only one in the universe who ever saw The Big Lebowski.

Congrats on the award. You totally deserve it.

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats on the award - and the acceptance of your novel :) Exciting stuff!

Larry Hyatt said...

You are correct about "Shawshank Redemption."

Zoe C. Courtman said...

Hey, Eliot! Thanks for visiting and following my blog - I'm now following yours!! And, oh, SHAWSHANK is just one of my favorite Stephen King stories and the movie was such a blissfully accurate, well-done feature. (Mindless comedies? Sigh. I tease my husband that they fall under the category of Man-Vision, lol. But, having said that, there are a few I totally loved. Anything with Danny McBride. Have you seen THE FOOT FIST WAY? Hilars.)

j.leigh.bailey said...

That's great news about "Broken". Way to go. Also, I'm pretty sure I constantly violate the nauseous vs. nauseated rule!

The Words Crafter said...

I love cats but can only handle one at a time. Love Shawshank! I haven't seen Lebowski or Hangover, but I loved The Chase and Blind date cracked me up! Congrats on Broken, as well as your award...Um, check my blog later....after 7pm EST... :)

Carolyn V. said...

Great answers! I loved the Shawshank Redemption. That was a great movie. =)

**Heidi** said...

Four cats babe and it hasn't fluctuated in several months ;)

Elliot Grace said...

...I've been AWOL thanks to ten hour shifts at the cursed DayJob:(

Thanks so much for commenting! Not sure why the cat issue is thus far trumping Shawshank though, that's just scary.
I am a dog guy, so perhaps its me. In any sense, we started with one cat, then a pregnant stray wandered into the back yard and spotted my seven year old daughter...enough said.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Hate to hear about your 10 hour marathon at work. Life is sometimes a challenge, or does life make me feel challenged?

One of the two! Roland

Robert Guthrie said...

Oh, the simple movie!

Crimey said...

Congrats on the blog award.

Wow, that's good news about your novel, keep us in the loop. Of course making the thing pretty is the 'real' part of writing it. :)

Terry Stonecrop said...

Fun post! And nice blog. I love what you say in your "About Me."

Thans for stopping by my blog:)

Olivia J. Herrell said...

Congrats on your award. This is one of the most clever reveals I've read to date. I love Shawshank Redemption even though I usually don't like prison movies. And, hmm, why didn't I know that was a Stephen King?? As for the the comedies, yes, to all.

I'll have to get my EoS out and reread it cuz I SWEAR I don't remember that line. I have refused to use the word nauseated all my life because it's a completely, um, nauseating word! Guess I'll have to reconsider my staunch position!

"Broken" will be done and on the shelves before you know it, way to go!

~that rebel, Olivia

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Hi, again, Elliot. Thanks for leaving such a great comment on my deathblog entry.

I've slept 14 hours straight and am still a bit out of it. Luckily, this is my day off.

On this Monday's post, I am trying a little blog experiment of sorts. I am giving a fictional account of what REALLY happened this weekend ... in a 24 HOURS framework. Come check it out if you have the free time :

"To all of life there is a shadow. The shadow of sadness, doubt, despair. Still it is but an echo of a heart moving forward."

Miss Pickwickian said...

Glad to fine someone who agrees with me on "Elements of Style." :-)

Enjoyed your blog

Elliot Grace said...

Thanks everyone for your comments:)

Computer's been down, hence the week-long hiatus. It was a pleasant surprise reading everyone's support and commentary upon my return.

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