Scenes from a day in the life of A Dude. Although it was not today, last night was not that long ago so I’m including it. I went to One Page Salon and got to chat again with the affable host Owen Egerton and other phenomenal writers like Felix Morgan. She happens to be friends with a cyclist I once photographed for taking her bike in to the HEB grocery store. Jess recognized me and gave me two big hugs for some reason. Maybe I’ll hear from her, though I’m not holding my breath.
Reading About Writing and Publishing
The other day I was at the main library and checked out Welcome to the Writer’s World by Seattle writer Paulette Perhach and How to Publish Your Non-Fiction Book by industry veteran Rudy Shur. I also got the expanded second edition of Guerrilla Marketing for Writers by Jay Conrad Levinson et al. Next, I’m waiting on a recent title to arrive by inter-library loan: Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business by Laura Pennington Briggs. I glanced through the first two and found both encouraging and look forward to absorbing the wisdom from all of them.
Why Does the Place Where You Go to Find the Truth Have the Word Lie In It?
Late this morning, I biked back downtown to the incredible, world class Austin Texas Central Library, named one of the “100 Best Places in the World” by TIME Magazine. This was a tour and hangout session with some members of Freelance Austin. Our tour guide was Paul, who plays in a honky-tonk dance bance called Texas Tycoons. He was excited by the new art show of well-known artist and musician Daniel Johnston (creator of the famous mural “Hi How Are You?”). Fun fact: the Catholic church across the street has a sign that says, “Doin’ fine. Wanna come to mass?”
A couple in their 90’s joined our group, but took the elevator instead of the stairs, which slightly resembled the wacky upside-down interconnected ones drawn by M.C. Escher. Afterwards, I listened to four of the women talk about their work, challenges, and suggestions for my budding writing career. “Authenticity is the new big thing across all social media, You should be that,” DeAnna said.
I’m Hideous, Look Away!
After lunch, walk and short ride from downtown, I got a haircut from Bella Beauty College. My hairdresser’s name was Essence (“like the shampoo and the magazine,” she said). She is Latina and her favorite hobby is hiking. Cutting men’s hair isn’t really her thing; she likes nails and coloring hair. It took her a long time to chop my locks, since she’s a student, but I didn’t mind. I dozed off for a few moments, with few other clients there. The only other man there was the instructor Gilbert, who seemed happy to see me. It’s cheap and the teacher always fixes whatever the student may miss. Shirn like sheep, I look younger and feel better, and the two things might be related.
The Incredible Flatness of My Rear Tire (#5)
On my way to HEB for rice cakes, 2% cheddar cheese, bananas, low sugar ice cream, hummus, store brand 85% dark chocolate, and sugar-free Think brand protein bars, I was gifted with another flat tire. I don’t know how, it wasn’t immediately visible. I pumped it up before entering the vast store and then when I came out, it was low again. Fortunately, I was right on the city bus line that would take me straight home. A helpful woman told me it was delayed and would be there in four minutes. I had to curtail my riding, and I was pretty tired anyway, so home I went. It’s a steel-belted tire and insanely hard to get off the wheel, but I’ll figure it out in the morning.
Well, you get the picture. Here are a few pictures. Enjoy. And come back on Saturday morning for more A Dude Abikes.