Monday, February 05, 2007

I have some news

. . . which I wish I could share. I'll say this much: the news is good.

I suck. Believe me, you'll be happy when you hear about it.

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We have completely gutted the master bathroom. I've learned a few new things 'bout plumbing, too. I've learned lots of things about wax toilet rings, toilet flanges, couplings, and L joints.

Meredith took great pleasure in tearing down the box for the flourescent light. She also rejoiced as she peeled back the nasty orange carpet. Like I said, we had carpet in our master bathroom. That issue has been remedied.

Now we've got to figure out why the shower's still leaking before we sand blast the shell. Sorry to be boring you with homeowner crap. It's been on my mind lately.

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There's something about getting a manuscript picked up that stimulates new creativity. It's almost like you try to fill the void vacated by that previous obsession. This past year after hearing about my 2nd manuscript, I got fired up about a new project and wrote lots of newer pieces. I'm only talking 'bout this now 'cause I just did some paper work for a grant I'm applying for. Anyway, all told, this new project has 'bout twelve poems so far. More will come. I can feel them churning in the back of my brain.

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I can't wait for AWP!

8 comments:

Susan Allspaw Pomeroy said...

O, you must tell. Call me.

Replacing a toilet is gross, but amazingly and surprisingly fulfilling when it's done and done right. I've only done one in my life, but felt great to complete. Well done.

Oliver de la Paz said...

Can't tell ya. Here's a hint: it's not about me.

January said...

I'll be at AWP this year. Hope to see you there!

Oliver de la Paz said...

Cool, Jan! I think Joseph'll be there too.

Penultimatina said...

Yay for good news!

I'm looking forward to meeting you at AWP. You're presenting in the pedagogy forum, right? I loved your paper (if you're the same OdlP I'm thinking of).

Oliver de la Paz said...

I'm the One and Only OdlP--I took the survey on your website. :D

Stephanie King said...

Might I be so bold as to ask to link to you? :)

Thanks!

Oliver de la Paz said...

It'll be an honor, Stephanie. I'll do likewise. :D