14 Things I learned at the 2012 Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop

Here are 14 things I learned at the 2012 Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop

I attended the 2012 Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, and I learned a lot of important things there, for example how to get my mommy blog up and running. I’m kidding. I don’t have a mommy blog. Men can’t have babies. If they could, the workshop’s attendees wouldn’t have been mostly women. They would have all been men, because if men had had to undergo childbirth you better believe we’d blog the hell out of it. Facebook would have been invented 70 years ago. The Internet wasn’t around then, you say? It would have been. We’d have put some guys on it.

The two-day workshop at the University of Dayton had a lot to offer. The speakers were excellent. The sessions were enlightening. The attendees were inspirational and funny. There was a well-endowed mascot bird. I came home with a notebook full of thoughts and ideas and some pornographic bird photos.

Because I’m the kind of guy who forgets things unless I write them down, I wrote down all of the most important things I learned at the 2012 Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop.

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I went to the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop and ate dinner with this bird


I met a lot of great people a the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop last weekend, but none as memorable as E.B. Heron, the fabled bird mascot of the infamous Humor Writers group. I ate dinner with E.B. I rode the bus with E.B. I even saw E.B. over at the bar. He was a great companion.

But ladies, can we get him some pants for next time?

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My interview with The Bloggess

I interviewed Jenny Lawson (AKA The Bloggess) for DAME Magazine.

I interviewed Jenny Lawson (AKA The Bloggess) for DAME Magazine. It went well. We spoke for half an hour on the phone while she paced her house and dusted her stuffed mice. (It’s a Bloggess thing.) We talked about her website’s origin, advice for turning a blog into a book, evil Reddit users and how her husband copes with having his conversations posted in public. Lawson is naturally funny, humble and nice. I hope we get the chance to speak again. She has stories. Oh, she has stories.

Naturally, I couldn’t fit the entire interview into the DAME article, so after it was posted I asked the publisher if I could post the rest of the interview on my site.

The original Q-and-A is here.

And now the bonus tracks…

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Discontinued foods they need to bring back

candy, fast food, soft drinks

I wrote an article for Livestrong about 20 discontinued foods that were ripped from the public’s adoring clutches. Things like PB Max, Jumpin’ Jack Cheese Doritos, Ecto Cooler and my favorite, the McDLT. None of these discontinued foods were healthy. All of them were fun or delicious.

Image via Livestrong

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