7 Quick Takes Friday

7 Quick Takes about winners, 100th birthdays, blue-blocking glasses, and my desperate need for Youtube recommendations

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— 1 — Today marks the end of the official launch party for Something Other than God! To celebrate, we arranged for the book to go out of stock on Amazon just this morning! Okay, we didn’t arrange that. And I stared at my computer and screamed, “WHYYYYYY!” in my head. But the timing is eerily appropriate. All the contests end at 11:59 PM tonight (Friday), so this is your last chance to break out the boxed wine and espresso to make a SOTG drink that will rival Kelly’s! — 2 — The 7 Quick Takes contest ended... Read More

7 Quick Takes about hanging out with The Glitch Mob, a new meaning for #SOTG, and that terrible moment when you get cilantro bath soap and nobody cares

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(Okay, okay, it was less that I was “hanging out with The Glitch Mob” and more that I was “staring at them while they ate.” See #5 for details.) — 1 — I was looking over the entries for the Something Other than God release contest today, and it dawned on me that I missed an important category: How did I not think to have a contest for best Amazon customer image? How could I have missed the obvious synergy between this category and the categories of Most Epic Selfie, Weirdest Place, (and, perhaps, Create a SOTG... Read More

7 Quick Takes about your awesomeness, saints working through Youtube, and me buying you a banana suit

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— 1 — It’s the first 7 Quick Takes Friday since Something Other than God has been released! Thank you so, so, so much for the tremendous outpouring of excitement and support. It has been ridiculously fun to hear everyone’s thoughts as they read, and it’s fascinating to see which parts resonate with different people. And all sorts of hilarious and wonderful pictures have started to come in now that the book is arriving in the mail! I’m checking the #SOTG hashtag all the time, so keep them coming! — 2 — I... Read More

7 Quick Takes about the big day, a trailer for a trailer, and a dare to come up with a better prize than a Segway vacuum

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— 1 — TUESDAY!!! The day that I have been waiting for since July of 2008 is now a matter of hours away. I am beside myself with excitement that Something Other than God is finally going to be released. I’ve been racking my brain for what we can all do to celebrate. After briefly fantasizing about a 15-city tour that takes place in the span of 48 hours so that we can all get together for in person, I thought it might be easier for all involved if we find ways to party that involve sitting in front of our computers (this is what... Read More

7 Quick Takes about going to the East Coast, embarrassing myself in interviews, and losing my ability to write the letter F

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— 1 — People of New York City and Washington DC, get your margarita glasses out and dust off your dress banana suits, because I’m headed your way! I have the all-clear from my publisher to visit your area, so now we just need to decide what we want to do while I’m there! Dates are still up in the air, but it’ll be sometime soon. I get the impression that the good folks at Ignatius Press are open to pretty much any activity that would involve promoting the book, so let’s start thinking! Book signings? Speaking... Read More

7 Quick Takes about interviews, crazy toddlers, and why my hand is probably going to fall off by the end of the week

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— 1 — The Amazon “Look Inside” feature went live at 1:48 PM today, so you can now read the first pages of my book! There is a lot of material in the preview, so it should give you a good feel for it. (Did you think I listed the exact time for literary effect, and did not actually know to the minute when the feature went live because I’m not a data nerd and a publishing nerd who spends a ridiculous amount of time on my own Amazon page? God bless you, charitable reader.) Go check it out, and don’t forget that anyone... Read More

7 Quick Takes on a plane!!!

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— 1 — I’m on my way to Raleigh for Ignited by Truth, so this edition of 7 Quick Takes will be written 30,000 feet over the southeast United States. As if #TWEETSONAPLANE!!! wasn’t enough to make you wish the internet didn’t exist, I hereby bring you #7QUICKTAKESONAPLANE!!! — 2 — I’m not going to turn this into a litany of complaints about flying. I would not use my blog to wonder aloud what kind of moral state one must be in to use a seat to hold one’s gossip magazines and scarf when there are... Read More

1 Quick Take in which I do an imitation of a responsible adult

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Guys, I’m going to take a pass this time around. I was at a Texas Center for the Defense of Life dinner tonight where I had the pleasure of meeting Governor Mike Huckabee, and getting a picture with him that was so blurry and unflattering of both of us that I cannot bring myself to post it here no matter how badly I want to make it seem like it’s a normal part of my daily life to hang out with esteemed public figures (though I did put it on Twitter, of course). Here is a better shot with some of the lovely ladies of the Central Texas... Read More

7 Quick Takes about Snoop Dogg concerts, awesome nuns, and almost having the most epic book tour fail in the history of the world

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— 1 — Wow, there were a ton of great responses to the form about the possibility of a book tour! And the notes that people wrote in are pretty much the best. But the real excitement came when I mapped the data. I took all the zip codes and input them into a program that plots them on a map, then Joe and I pored over the data. We were surprised that nobody from Connecticut or Massachusetts was interested in me coming to that area, but we were delighted to find that my blog seems to have a small cult following in Luxembourg! The map... Read More

7 Quick Takes about speaking for fourteen hours straight and trying to pronounce “listlessly” at the end of it

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— 1 — I survived recording the audiobook for my book, and I’m back home in Austin! Or, at least I think I survived. I’m still in a half-delirious state where I half suspect I may have died somewhere around chapter 26, and this is the afterlife. …In which case, Purgatory is a lot noisier than I thought it would be. — 2 — We recorded the book with a brand new setup, and while the experts were figuring out how to get it done, I jumped in to offer my own expertise (cue Jaws soundtrack). I did some experiments... Read More

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