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All I need is the Title

Published June 12, 2012 by Lynda Christine Rodriguez

So I have been courting an Epiphany (no, that’s not the newest hip-hop mogul, although that would be a cool name and “booty-drop” just came up on my playlist.) I have been hoping for some kind of breakthrough for quite sometime, and it hit me (bam!) while I was out of town last week.  Strangely enough, it happened while  I was walking to “Gangster’s Paradise” (Do I see a pattern? Am I inspired by Coolio and the 69Boyz? Who knew? Although, to be fair, Weird Al was worked in there, too.) Anyway, I am still stumbling on trying to find my purpose.  I have had a limited amount of success as a free lance writer, but I’m clearly not going to make a living or even break any major ground writing articles on horse care, no matter how fascinating the public might find the cleaning of a horse penis.  (Ok, that was pretty ground breaking, I have never made a reference to horse penis in a non-adult content kind of way.)

I more or else decided that I was going to self-publish something this summer, but this decision has been reinforced by the short story that I am working on right now.  It’s going to be published as an e-book, but since it’s a work for hire, my name will be on it, but I won’t be making any royalties.  Still, my name will pop up if you were to enter Amazon, and not just as that chick who wrote a couple of reviews.

My sis-in-law, Jody Wallace, has two books published and also has done some self- publishing. (She’s pretty good, you should check her out. http://www.jodywallace.com/) I was discussing the current state of my writing and all of its associations.  She thinks that I should self-publish a story or two, because I could easily make more money than I am earning re-writing articles about bedbugs.  (I feel terrible for the original author because , really, the only thing worse than re-writing an article about bedbugs is HAVING your bedbug article rewritten.)

So that, and the fact that AATGH is enjoying some attention as a writer, has stirred me into action (nothing motivates me like anger, rage and vitriol.) I have five short stories that are in pretty good shape, so once I finish this contract, I’m going to get moving on that.

I don’t know what to call my short story collection. “Compendium” sounds pretentious. The synonyms for “collection” are ” heap”  and “pile”, and I’ve written too much about horses and vermin to go there.  “Coterie” sounds like a feminine hygiene product.   I am open for suggestions.  Unfortunately the only thing I can offer as a prize is a collection of mismatched socks.

It’s a connundrum

Weight a minute

Published June 11, 2012 by Lynda Christine Rodriguez

Several weeks ago, I watched the “half-ton” specials on TLC.  I am fascinated by The Biggest Loser, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, and Heavy.

Something I heard on the Half-Ton Mom portion made my thought processes actually stop. I still don’t quite have the words to describe how I feel about the the whole thing, but in spite of my Lumosity activities, I don’t think my brain is going  to spit out the precise wording, so this is the best I can do.

The half-ton mom was huge.  She looked a lot like my recliner a head attached ( I say this in all seriousness and am NOT trying to be funny.)  The doctor who had done her evaluation was describing her health risks, which she listened to grimly.  Then the doctor said, “But you have a really pretty face.”

Seriously.  That was all he could come up with?

I think it was incredibly condescending and if I had been there I would have punched him in the head.

This seems to be the perfect introduction to my personal diatribe (Diet-tribe?) about my own struggle/battle/ tantrum I have been going through since I was six years old (1975)

I can’t imagine what would prompt a doctor to advise a parent to send a six year old to Weight Watchers, thus giving me a life-time of association of weight with self-worth.  There are so many things I could say about this portion of my life, but I think I should save it for the book.

What gets me now is the food guilt, particularly in light of the variety of the weight loss extreme programs because I do sort of get it.  I get what a lot of people who have never faced the frustration of a relationship with what should be the absolute of a series of numbers (pounds, inches, meters, sizes, however you measure it.) I get it. I get how you can gain weight be it an extra five or ten or even hundreds of pounds.  You do it all the same way.

One pound at a time.

Whatever the reason you are trying to lose it, you face a certain amount of struggle and tension for every single ounce and pound.  For every single item of clothing you put on , there is the moment where you wonder if it will fit or if it will be comfortable, or maybe even look good.

Think about the last time you went a day without being aware of how much space you occupy.

I can’t remember that at all.

And I bet there’s a lot of people who can’t either.