Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What am I getting you guys for the holidays? Words. New vocabulary. From our house to yours.

1. Aikman, noun, definition: The wrinkle horizontal wrinkle between eyebrows due to aging (or football helmets), not to be confused with the "eleven" which are vertical wrinkles.
Used in a sentence: You're thinking so hard, you've got an Aikman. Or: Should I Botox this Aikman?

2. Southerland, verb or noun, definition: wearing a long shirt or sweater but no pants. (Derivation? Animal House.)
Used in a sentence: Oh, I didn't know you were Southerlanding today -- why no pants? Or: Can we have a rule like no Southerlands in the kitchen?

3. Bobo-rando, noun, definition: stray guest brought to the party and/or holiday.
Used in context: Person A: Who's the guy in the elf shoes bogarting the shrimp? Person B: Some bobo-rando who Janet showed up with.

4. Of course we wouldn't be a true Red Sox family if we didn't say the best new word of the year is "rejubilation," offered to us by Victorino who seemed to invent the word live and on-air after putting his team into the World Series. (Just also such a great interview because you see how his everyone counted me out mindset was put to use. Writers, take note.) I don't think I have to define this one for you.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Chapel Talk on grief, loss, the power of stories and much more from novelist Thomas Christopher Greene

Thursday, November 14, 2013

In Praise of my Father, Bill Baggott

My father, Bill Baggott, whom I love and adore, has published his first book. For the past year or more, I'd ask him, "How's the novel coming?" And he'd say, "Not well. I write badly. The characters are wooden. And I actually got so bored I had to stop for the day." On top of writing the book, my father -- not an artist -- decided to paint his own cover. "I wanted the poor quality of the book to be reflected in the artwork for the cover," he explained. AND NOW that the book is out, he made his own pr swag -- little bookmarks with blurbs on them. He said, "I didn't want to bother real people, asking them to read the book so I made them up."

THESE ARE PERHAPS MY FAVORITE BLURBS OF ALL TIME.

"...The first half of the book is rather boring, but the second half is better..." Chicago Daily Planet

"...The writing style is bland, but informative..." Christian Science Mentor

"... The cover design and art are nicely matched to the amateur level of the wriring..." NYTunes (the typo, though discovered after printing, seemed perfect to my father so he didn't print new ones.)

AND my personal fave: "... We understand that, mercifully, the author had a day job outside the arts." Rolling Stoned Magazine.

The novel BLOODLINE 1777-1797 is not available wherever books are sold. In fact, unless you're part of my Dad's side of the family -- did I mention it's based on family history? -- it isn't available at all.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The New England Chapter of Non-New Englanders

Thinking of starting The New England Chapter of Non-New Englanders. To join, you have to have been raised elsewhere or if raised in New England, you have to have lived outside of the region longer than you lived in it. There will be rules, of course. No chin-uppedness, lots of over-sharing, encouraged whining, explicit question-asking, TMI and bragging required, ridiculous stories that can't possibly be true, yes, bring it; no talking about organic foods or farm-shares of ANY sort; weather-bitching will have its own time-slot, but no one is permitted to over-enthuse about "foliage"; no comfortable shoe-wearing; sandals with thick socks will result in immediate termination of your membership; it will simply not be tolerated. Ditto Whole Foods.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

At Writer Unboxed.

I write an occasional column for WRITER UNBOXED. Today, I tell it straight up. It's honest -- maybe harsh in places, but this is what I had to give.