The McManual

Blogging my little heart out in poetry and prose.

Month: September, 2009

Writing Questions


Hey there.  So, I am considering whether I should be writing more.  I have been teaching this year, and that has been going fine, but I’m not sure if I want to find a way to pursue writing, too.  I really enjoyed the process of writing Someotherville, and I think that I might want to go into an MFA program for writing.  This is questionable, though, because it’s a big risk.  I don’t know if I would get in, I don’t know how it would go.  Do I have another novel in me?  I think I do, but I don’t know what it is yet, so I’m not sure whether it’s the right thing to do.  The first one isn’t even published – yet.

Do I have the kind of dedication that it would take to commit my life to writing?  I think that I do.  If I set things up right, if I was in a position to have time to write, I would certainly write.  I had planned to write this summer, but the summer was too sad.  Waiting and hoping for Jay’s dad to get well, and the fact that he didn’t, well, that kept me from writing and from finishing my M.Ed.  I plan to finish my M.Ed. in the next two months, and then after that???  Who knows – keep teaching high school?  Or turn my life upside down in a mad attempt to be a writer.  I know which one sounds more appealing…  a little adventure, a little risk.  I can go back to teaching if I need to – and don’t get me wrong, I love teaching, but I love writing, too.  Guess I have some thinking to do.

The Sun Machine Co-op review


Hi.  Jay and I went to go see the Sun Machine Co-op tonight at Lily’s 3301 Central Ave NE in Minneapolis.  I thought they were good and entertaining.  Lily’s is a nice place where you can get a good cup of coffee.  Jay had a nice hummus and vegetable sandwich, too.

I didn’t pay tons of attention to the first guy that was on, since we were eating outside, but I liked what I heard.  Then Wallace Wylie came on.  We know him, and I play his first disc fairly often, so we went in.  I like him a lot.  He writes thoughtful lyrics and I like to try to catch all of them as he sings.  I thought he would play some from his first disc, but it turns out that he’s working on a second, and so it was all new songs.  (new to me, anyway!)

After that, Brian David played.  I really like Brian’s guitar playing.  The last time we saw him he played with his band The Pharaohs of Rhythm.  This time he started with someone on keyboard and someone with a (?) drum, and then he played some songs solo.  The music was very mellow and he has a nice voice.  It all went too fast!

I am not a music critic, so all I can say is that I enjoyed this evening a lot, and would recommend going out to see these guys.  It’s cool to support local music, and they don’t hurt your ears.  🙂

Pawlenty.


Hi I am just mad because I read an article in the Strib regarding our darling Tim spreading his budget across other agencies in Minnesota.  This makes him look like his budget is slimmer than it is.  I guess I wouldn’t care, except that he generally tries to play it off like he’s this great fiscal conservative, and he seems to be thinking of running form Prez, and people just might buy his line of reasoning if they don’t know the truth.

And President Pawlenty is just not a epithet I want to be spitting out in another 6 years…

He’s hiding his true costs by doing this.  Much like a heavy gambler might hide their losses on a secret credit card.  I hope people see this when they read this simple little article, and keep it in mind in the future when they hear about his great conservatism – don’t even get me started on the idea that all of us have had no new taxes since he started… suffice it to say that shuffling your costs off to an alternative accounting system is not a valid savings plan, Mr. Governor.

http://www.startribune.com/politics/state/56646752.html?elr=KArks:DCiUHc3E7_V_nDaycUiacyKUUr

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