I’ve always liked to read, but when I bought a Kindle several years ago… the shit got cranked way up. Now I’m a readin’ machine. Compared to the pre-Kindle days, anyway. I’d say I average one book per week. I know some folks claim to rip through a book per day, and that kind of thing. But I suspect they’re all liars, weirdos, or both.
Anyway, I’ve become fairly obsessed with searching out good ebooks for cheap. It’s a whole new hobby unto itself. I subscribe to five or six services that send daily emails, telling me about the latest deals. And I have several Wishlists at Amazon that I monitor closely. Like with CDs during the 1990s, you can get almost anything for a crazy low price — if you’re patient and pay close attention.
Over the weekend I started thinking: maybe I should relaunch Suggestaholic and share some of my finds? It would be a limited audience, of course. But I bet there are a few other lunatics out there like me. And I’d weed out all the self-published romance bullshit that seems to clog the email services. It would be stuff that’s been run through the Jeff Kay filter.
And so, I did it. Within an hour I had the site up and was posting stuff there. I chose a free WordPress theme, did a little light configuration, and was off. Check it out. I set it up to automatically post to my Twitter feed, and both Facebook fan pages. We’ll see how it goes. I’m going to try to feature at least one item per day there. If it’s your kind o’ thing, I’d be honored if you could give it some attention. And if you have any suggestions to make it better, or for products to share, I’m all ears.
Today was my first non-book post, and it’s a good one. Don’t miss it.
And speaking of new projects… I want to make you guys aware of a great new humor memoir that’s being published in a serial format, one chapter per week. Lori Campbell is a person I met through The Surf Report, and my friendship with Duff. She’s a talented writer with a couple of hilarious novels for middle school kids under her belt. Now she’s writing a memoir, week by week, and posting it here. She’s four chapters in, and it’s good stuff.
Years ago there were some serious talks about Duff, Lori, and me taking over a humor website owned by AOL, which had fallen into disrepair. I don’t think I mentioned it, because it all felt so fragile… Like, if I acknowledged the thing, it would instantly fall apart. But, it fell apart anyway. Oh well.
However, I got to spend a little time with Lori, and she’s super-cool, creative, and funny. Please check out her new project, and if you like it… help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.
By the way, I love the idea of writing a book this way, it’s very intriguing. You’d be forced to write, and stay on a schedule. However… I’d very likely have a nervous breakdown by the middle of the second month. Ya know? I’d be writing frantically on the night before my deadline — just like in high school — running my hands through my hair, and probably sobbing. I’m not sure it’s for me. My hat’s off to Lori, and all the folks who can maintain it.
I’m off on Friday, because of the holiday, but get to go in at 6 am on Saturday. Awesome, huh? It kinda negates the whole concept of a holiday weekend, if you have to go in during the middle of it, at the ass-crack of dawn. Yes, it’s quite a life I’ve carved out for myself…
What are your plans? Do you have anything going on? You know, beyond the normal booze and charred meats routine? Please tell us about it in the comments.
I’ll leave you now with something Adam Carolla talked briefly about this week. He was discussing the phrase “never say never,” and was asking everyone if they could come up with things that would always fall into the NEVER category. Even if large amounts of money were involved. He seems to think everybody has a price, for almost anything. Do you agree? Tell us your thoughts on this one. And what things would fall into the NEVER category for you, no matter what? Adam thinks it’s a mighty short list for most people. Do you agree?
And I’ll see you guys again next week.
Have a great holiday!