"Use All The Crayons!" newsletter no. 66

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Today’s theme: Books

Colorful Living Tip of the Day …

• The people who think writing is easy are the same ones who think reading is hard. Trying to explain to them the value of books is like trying to explain to fish the value of air.

Relateds …

• I’m writing a book on eternity. It's taking me forever.

• I have no idea what it'll be about but because it's bound to help sales, I vow to name my next book, "The No. 1 New York Times Bestseller!”

• My next book will be, I promise, twice as good as "Catch-22," my all-time favorite book. I'm calling it “Catch-44!”

• Because fickle publishing industry insists it is looking for timeless books, my next novel is going to be about a broken clock.

• I’m vowing my next book will be a hand’s-on guide to adhesives full of sticky samples so every honest review would have to say, "Couldn't put it down!”


• Hearing reports of increased solar flare activity always makes me want to grab a marshmallow & a really long stick & make solar s’mores.

• Guaranteed some enterprising DUI lawyer right now working on defense claiming self-driving car was drunk & occupant was mere drinking buddy.

• PETA must on some level feel conflicted knowing their hard line positions are red meat to staunch vegetarians.

• Yes, I get angry about racial injustice, inequality and rampant poverty, but nothing makes me angrier than having to eat crappy pizza.

Zeitgust Word of the Week (a word I made up with the goal of getting it into an actual  dictionary) …

Tumpire: A designated fitness referee who sets the rules for any individual’s battle of the bulge.

Related blog posts …

“Speed Reading As Unwelcome As Speed Sex,” (Sept. ’09) …

I have about the same interest in learning speed reading as I do in learning speed sex. If I’m doing something I enjoy, I want to extend the pleasure. I like it when the baseball game goes into extra innings, when the leisurely director’s cut is included in the DVD and that soothing fall weekend when we all get an extra hour of sleep. I don’t know what the rush is when it comes to reading. I’ve read the reports that you can increase volume without diminishing comprehension, but I never want to read like I’m racing. Time spent reading is like a stealth vacation.

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“The Joyful Need to Read,” (May ’13) …

Reading is maybe the one passion that’ll ensure you’ll never need friends while assuring you’ll always have as many friends as you wish. That’s one of the arguments I’ve holstered for the next time I engage our 12-year-old over the need for her to turn off the TV and pick up either a book or a nook. Our schools do a fine job of teaching our children to read. That means the rest of us need to do a better job of teaching them to love to read.

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Concluding thought …

• I propose they rename phone book "The Big Book of Names & Numbers of People You Don't Know, Will Never Meet & Will Never Call.”

All Chris’s books can be purchased through www.ChrisRodell.com