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CD’s BS and Other News

Yeah, I’ve put up with CD’s b.s. for a while. But this was BS ofIMG_3704.JPG another kind. Last weekend, Father’s Day to be exact, we attended one of five Cal State University San Bernardino commencement ceremonies, to witness Christopher’s graduation. Even though they had a kickin’ sound system and played Pink Floyd before the festivities, it couldn’t shorten the two hours of tedium. (I’ve developed a terrible intolerance for award ceremonies.) Anyway, CD received his BS in Math and graduated with departmental honors (notice the white braided tassel thingy).

Chris has endured my rants about higher education (which appalls Grandma D. — my rants not higher education), worked part time and lived at home, all the while keeping his eye on the prize. He’s already into his Masters and should have it by this time next year, with sights on a PhD thereafter. Being that he’s the first person in either mine or Lisa’s family to graduate at the university level, it’s really quite an accomplishment. Great job! We love you, Chris!

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I’ve been putting off announcing this, but now that pre-sales for Coach’s Midnight Diner are up, let me CMDPromoCover.jpgmake it official. My short story, Polly’s Muse, has been accepted for publication in the genre anthology. Produced by the folks at Relief Journal, the Diner will be softcover, about 250 pages, and in the same 7 X 10ish format as Relief. Actually, my story is not that short. At 6,000 plus words, it’s the longest I’ve had published. The story has been difficult to place because it’s so. . . different. I think of it as a Screwtapian Fairytale, but Coach put it in this category:

The Paranormal/Archetypal Exploration

You can read the teaser about it HERE. Several friends of Decompose are in the DinerSuzan Robertson, Mark Bertrand and Linda Gilmore. What’s even cooler, the mag will be sold on Amazon.com.

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Lastly, my current article is up at Novel Journey. It’s entitled Bane of the Soft Critic. In it, I extract a memorable character from my childhood, Sister Terence, a Catholic nun who had mastered the art of ear-twisting and knuckle-whacking. How does Sister T. relate to writing? Well, head on over to NJ and find out. Thanks again, Gina, for the opportunity to spread my madness to others.

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  • Jason June 25, 2007, 1:59 PM

    Congrats on your successes, Mike. And Christopher. I was never much good at math, so a Phd in math is incomprehensible to me. You must be proud. And Mike, your story sounds interesting. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a paranormal archetypal exploration.

  • JDynomite June 25, 2007, 4:09 PM

    Hey, Chris. You might be a math whiz but from what I hear, you still can’t balance your checkbook.

  • Chris June 26, 2007, 3:13 AM

    Hey dad, thanks for the props. Your compliments and approval mean much to me.
    And JDynomite, JDizzle, or whoever you are, balancing a checkbook has nothing to do with math.

  • Ame June 26, 2007, 6:25 AM

    VERY impressive! ALL of it!!!

    Congratulations Chris! A young man with determination and drive … hummm … now where’d he get that from 😉 And brilliant, too … a degree in math is not easy … what’s the plan after PhD?

    Congratulations, Mike!!! You’re keeping your eye on the prize, too … like father, like son .. great job!!!!!!!

    (do they ever feel like they can just press a button and “replay” that “rant and rave” because they all sound the same?) 😉

  • Suzan Robertson June 26, 2007, 10:00 PM

    Congrats to your son and congrats on Coach’s Midnight Diner. What a blast, huh?

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