Five Thoughts from a Distracted Writer

I’ve been struggling lately with my powers of concentration. I’m not sure if it is an “aging thing” or just that I’ve been distracted by the production of my second novel, After the Fall. Either way, being anxious and uptight doesn’t seem ideal for the flow of one’s creative juices. I don’t drink, though I’d probably benefit from a shot every now and then. But I digress. My point here is that though I’ve been distracted, I’ve continued to spot things along the way that have troubled me. So I thought I’d share them with you today.

Please tell me…

  1. Why isn’t corned beef spelled corn beef?  Unless it’s my terrible hearing or lingering New York City accent, I’ve never heard anyone say corned. It just doesn’t happen. And why corned? Is it a nod to peppercorns? Do they even use peppercorns in the preparation? Isn’t that how they make pastrami?
  2. Why can’t they make a lightweight leaf blower to use in the house? Something that would blow all the dust into a corner, leaving the lamps and knickknacks in place? I think it would make the cleaning process go a lot quicker. My walkway always looks fantastic after a good blast.
  3. At what age is it okay to speak back to your elders?  Growing up, I was told it was never the proper thing to do. To this day, I follow the rule. But honestly, there seem to be fewer and fewer people around who are older than me. Does this mean that I can now forget all about it?
  4. Everyone has been so happy about Prince Harry’s engagement—I can’t help but feel the loss of JFK Jr. After all, he was our American Prince equivalent and it doesn’t seem as if anyone has stepped up to take his place. Maybe we don’t need such icons in America. Zac Efron and Justin Bieber…well, it’s just not the same.
  5. Does anyone really buy meat at Whole Foods? I can’t imagine shelling out that kind of do-re-me. If you do, I want to know how it compares with the meat at your neighborhood Costco or Sam’s Club. Write and let me know. Or better yet—invite me over for a taste test. I’ll bring dessert.

And Now…A Shameless Promo

My goal for 2018 is to get my second novel, After the Fall, into your hands. I’m hoping it might have a March 2018 release date. Of course, much work remains to be done, but I feel confident that the novel is solid. Unfortunately, I’m still working on the elevator pitch: the one-minute recap that writers use to telegraph that their novel is a must-read. What I can say is that I love the characters and I’m hoping that you will too.

Happy New Year!

Here’s wishing everyone a safe and healthy New Year. Enjoy the next two weeks. I’ll look forward to visiting with you again in 2018.

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  • hal says:

    Your questions are cracking me up! I still don’t talk back to my elders either & I’m 40 years old! Best wishes for a wonderful 2018 to you too!

    • Brad Graber says:

      Ah – kindred soul. Glad it resonated with you. I hope you’ll consider signing up for my blog. I’m a desperate writer in search of a fan base. If you haven’t donated to the needy yet in 2018 – this is a good moment to take that next step. And it’s free!

  • Lisa Rios says:

    Hahaha I love these thoughts. I’ve had them too, to be honest. And congrats on your novel! Can’t wait to find out more.

    • Brad Graber says:

      Thanks, Lisa. You are too kind. If you enjoyed the blog – please consider signing up. I’m a struggling author desperate to build a fan base. The blog is light and fun reading – easy on the eyes – and short – always to the point. You’ll hopefully get a laugh as we get to know each other. Hmm. I hope that doesn’t seem like crazy author stalking.

  • Helene says:

    I had the same thoughts when I learned English. Why is it spelled as corned beef? Maybe they add black pepper but maybe also a spice such as allspice seeds. Then why is allspice called allspice and not all spice or piment/pimento? After all they used to call most spices simply pepper in the renaissance.

    • Brad Graber says:

      Yes. And why is Colonel Sanders not spelled Kernal Sanders? English is the great mystery language. BUt if you enjoyed the blog, please consider signing up for it. I’m a struggling author who is looking to build a fan base. I think you’d get a kick out of my blogging. Always light and fun.

  • Cia Black says:

    YOur mind conjures up the most of random thoughts when it does not want to focus on the task at hand.

    • Brad Graber says:

      Absolutely right. And now that I’m ready to launch my 2nd novel, well, my powers of concentration are shot. But please…if you enjoyed the blog…consider signing up for it. It really is fun and silly and an easy read. I’m trying to build a fan base. Forgive me for the push. Oh, what a struggling author must do to make ends meet. J.K. Rowling – can you hear me?

  • we LOVE corned beef… I actually never thought about the spelling until reading this! You ARE right. hmmm!

    • Brad Graber says:

      So glad it resonated with you. If you enjoyed the read – please consider signing up for my blog. I’m a struggling writer trying to build a fan base. Does that sound sad? I hope not.

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