It is filled with facts like "If you run in the rain, you will get about 50% wetter than if you stand still," and "Your hair grows faster in warm weather." And these crazy facts helped spring me out of a poetic writing funk I've been suffering through since late 2010. Well, it also helps that I recently discovered this great collection of poems by Ira Sadoff titled Settling Down (published in 1975 by Houghton Mifflin).
I ended up with the first poem I've been really happy with in 2011. Yay!
If anyone is interested in the poem, just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Send me that Weird But True poem. I'm going to refrain from posting at the moment though, because I want to try sending it around for publication--something else I've been neglecting lately.
Since you bothered to read this poem-less post, I guess I'll share a few weird but true facts about myself:
- I always set the music volume at a multiple of 2 or 5 when I'm driving.
- Chewing candy canes usually makes me sneeze. However, I have no issue with sucking on them.
- My father was in charge of naming me and did not care to give me a middle name. Luckily, my mom inserted the Lee.
- I can eat an entire package of hot dogs by myself--without it being a competition. For that matter, I can also eat entire packages of cookies, pretzels, chips, and more.
- English was my worst subject in high school.
- I change my appearance frequently. Sometimes I have long, shaggy hair; other times, I shave my head down to the skin. Sometimes I have a beard; other times, I do not. I sometimes wear contacts, but I can also sport glasses. Even my weight fluctuates frequently.
- I am a really heavy sleeper. Like so heavy that I sleep through tornado sirens and fire alarms. Like so heavy that Tammy has to throw things at me to wake me.
- Raised on very bland foods, I now put Frank's Red Hot sauce on nearly everything I eat--from scrambled eggs to lasagna.
- Sentimental moments in movies can make me tear up. For instance, the end of It's a Wonderful Life and The Iron Giant both always get me.
- And I have a thing for the number 8 (and the number 808). But I probably should've mentioned that 2 weird things ago.
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By the way, Reese just finished reading How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, by my friend Chuck Sambuchino. It's a super funny book, and Reese read it all in one night. Once he picked it up, he couldn't put it back down. So check it out!
Also, check out this recent guest post I wrote for Amanda Hoving's Amanda's Wrinkled Pages blog titled Share Your Writing and Who Knows What Will Happen. It's all about why I got started writing and how writing led me to my true love.