If you liked the movie Little Miss Sunshine, you may have discovered the band Devotchka. Not sure if Michael Arndt, who wrote the brilliant little movie intended for the soundtrack to sound Greek or Slavic or Romani, but alas the music worked. And lots of us got to discover a new favorite. Enjoy Devotchka:
It’s Saturday so I’ll plug something. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have a show launching January 21st on IFC about life in Portland. The trailers have gone viral so you’ve seen them, but I wanted to remind you it starts next week, at 10:30PM. Ill be setting my DVR because unlike my fellow Portlanders I get up before noon and therefore go to bed early. Two things happen in Portland: Hipsters act stupid and people make fun of hipsters. So [...]
Forgive me for being judgmental, because I am about to be judgmental.
This past Christmas season, I visited a church in Houston. It was a large, mega-church on the outside of town. I liked the service very much. The music was simply incredible, and the people were very friendly. I have family friends who attend the church, so I was excited to go. It was a Christmas Eve service.
When the pastor and his wife came up to deliver the sermon, they [...]
A couple days ago I told you I ran a publishing company here in Oregon during my mid-twenties. It was a fun few years for me. I fell in love with books during the time, and am grateful to still be in the industry, these days as a writer, of course.
I don’t know what led me to do it, but one day I decided the company would become more grateful. I bought several boxes of thank-you cards and gave one [...]
I got a little bit of work done on my book today, but not as much as I’d hoped. Yesterday I wrote five times as many words as I did today. And I’d even argue yesterdays words were better. I doubt anything I wrote today will be published. And yet I feel fine about it. It’s been a long time coming for me to view a relatively unsuccessful writing day as a victory, but I’m glad this is now my [...]
A long, long time ago I ran a very small publishing company here in Oregon. Part of my job was to create a database and sales system to chart our orders. I noticed that, while we had about a thousand customers, only a hundred or so of them were supporting our business. Initially, I wanted to expand the business, to grow our customer base even larger. We spent thousands of dollars in this attempt, visiting trade shows and printing expensive [...]
Tonight the Auburn Tigers will play the Oregon Ducks for the National Championship in College Football. I’ve not looked forward to a game more since the undefeated New England Patriots played the New York Giants in the Superbowl. Still grieving that America didn’t get to see a perfect season by those Patriots.
Regardless, it’s promising to be a good game tonight. Both programs are fielding incredible, fast-moving teams, so even if the score gets lopsided, you shouldn’t turn this game off. [...]
I am going to try to keep the Monday through Friday blog info-mercial free, and keep the plugs to Saturday. That said, I’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now and would love for you to know more about all of it. Here’s what’s coming up in 2011:
1. The Storyline Conference. If you attend one conference this year, come see us in Portland. The Storyline Conference was a smash hit last year and this year we are going [...]
I follow several writers on twitter and noticed one of them consistently tweets about television. Every night the writer tweets about some reality show they are watching or repeats a line from a sit com. I’d not think much of it except the writer I am thinking of is exceptionally talented and I wondered to myself if this weren’t a brain as able as Flannery O’Connor or Ernest Hemmingway, sitting on the couch, destined to release book after book of [...]