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Rhymes with "word"

Two textbooks arrived in the mail at the office this morning: "Along These Lines: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs" and "Pathways: Writing Scenarios — Sentences and Paragraphs."

I did not order them; the publisher sent them to me for free, without even asking if I wanted them. Opening the box they arrived in was like opening a birthday present, and when I saw the box contained not one, but two, books about writing, well, that felt as good as blowing out the candles on the birthday cake.

I'm a word nerd. Can't help it. Suits me just fine.

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nodressrehersal
Feb. 25th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
Rats. All I got was an Valpak full of glass block window fliers.

(ohmygodz, I almost typed "flyer"... how embarrassing would that have been in a reply to the word nerd?)
patrick_vecchio
Feb. 25th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Most people are unaware of the flier/flyer distinction.
thecriz5
Feb. 25th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
And here I thought it didn't get any worse than being a Star Wars geek.
patrick_vecchio
Feb. 25th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
Worse? When you're making your living with your Star Wars obsession, get back to me.
thecriz5
Feb. 25th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
I'm still hoping one day my phone will ring and it will be George Lucas calling to offer me a job. How that one will happen is beyond me though.

In the interim, I'll just keep buying Star Wars stuff to keep me busy.
patrick_vecchio
Feb. 25th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Call Lucas. Tell him you want a job. What's the worst that can happen?
thecriz5
Feb. 25th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Getting "Force Choked" through the phone.
vivitalia
Feb. 25th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
On the contrary, I would consider that an epic accomplishment. Great story in the afterlife bar. How'd you die?" "Oh, I got "force choked" by George Lucas. No big. What'd you do, have a heart attack?"

Win.
inkling7
Feb. 25th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Jealous! How'd you get in good with the publisher--just order an abnormal number of writing books?
patrick_vecchio
Feb. 25th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
I've never been shy about asking for review copies. It's a great way to line my office bookshelves so people will think I'm well-read.
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