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Hi all, guess who’s sick? Me! Guess who has a 45 minute radio interview today? Me! Guess whose voice is a wretched croak? Mine!


For all you Salt Lake area folks, tomorrow I’m doing a book signing at the King’s English. I’d love to see you there. We’re going to have a fun time talking about whatever anyone wants to talk about. The book shop throws a pretty great party, so hopefully I’ll feel well enough to do anything besides roll on the floor and moan. If that’s how it goes, I expect you all to roll around on the floor with me.

Writing continues to go well on the new project. Fiction is much harder work for me, and I’m not at all sure that I’m as good at is as I am at non-fiction. This makes it a great challenge.

Tourette’s has been awful.  Boo hoo.

Struggling with writing? Write a paragraph a day. That’s what I’ve been doing. Guess what? It adds up. Also, once you are in the habit of one paragraph, it’s pretty hard to stop yourself with just one. You can shape your own habits. Well, actually, there’s no way around it. You do shape your own habits, so if you want to write, it help to have writing in the rotation.

I was hitting my heavy bag–it hangs in our carport–a few days ago and it broke off of the beam and landed in an oil spot on our driveway. I’m not sure if I hit hard or if it was just a stupid place to hang the bag. Everlast, indeed.

Sales continue to be steady, so thank you all for that.

Nyquil is giving me fantastic dreams.

I’m reading a book of Margaret Atwood’s essays called Writing With Intent. Excellent.

I hate smart phones.

And that’s today’s ramble. How are you?





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  • Jennifer May 30, 2013, 7:07 am

    Oh blech, being sick is the worst. Nyquil is the best part, too bad it tastes AWFUL!

    Try to get some rest! (Ha ha!) Feel better soon 🙂

  • Jack M May 30, 2013, 7:16 am

    Hey Josh. Couldn’t bear to see no comments to your entry, so just wanted to say I hope you are feeling better soon!

  • Jessica J May 30, 2013, 11:17 am

    I was finally able to finish your book (curse my crazy work schedule for not being able to read more.) I loved it! It gave me a whole new understand of Tourette’s and was a wonderful example of what a difference loving family and friends can make in a life.

  • Linann Eoff May 30, 2013, 6:36 pm

    I just now finished your book. I loved it! You are a great writer with a kick arse sense of humor. [The part you wrote about the militant atheist demanding religious books be moved out of nonfiction made me laugh so hard I thought I would suffocate and then when I finally caught my breath it would start over. I had the hiccups off and on for the next two days because I laughed so hard.] PLEASE keep writing. The book was riveting. NEVER the least bit boring. Your writing is so good that I was completely “on board” the whole way feeling almost as if I was living it. I have no doubt that you will write exceptional fiction as well. Can’t wait to read your next book! [What a blessing for people with Tourette’s to have such a competent and likable witness.] Your book also made me love Janette but I HATE that bitch MIsty!

  • LAUREN June 1, 2013, 9:49 am

    I listen to the BBSF podcast and heard you on there today, great interview. Anyways I saw this on youtube a long time ago, just thought Id share ,not sure if there’s any truth to it and you may have already seen but….


    • Josh Hanagarne June 1, 2013, 10:27 am

      I hadn’t seen those, thank you. I’ll definitely watch. Much appreciated!

  • Isiah June 1, 2013, 10:00 am

    First off I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints? Thank you!

    • Josh Hanagarne June 1, 2013, 10:30 am

      Hi Isiah. At this point I’m just in the habit of writing. When I sit down to work, I generally know what I’m going to start with, so that’s really not an issue anymore. What I have more of a challenge with is simply sitting down and committing to not being distracted. I generally turn off the wireless on my laptop, turn off my phone, and try to get at least 30 minutes of work without distractions.

      It’s not always great, but if I can just make my fingers start moving, I wind up with something I like. It might only be a paragraph, but enough paragraphs still add up.

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