SUPERFLUOUS EXPENSES. June 16 - June 26. 17,000 words. I see that houseperson in the home is my day job, and start trying to cut down on superfluous expenses. Why support my own wage-slavery? Brenda and I go to the Davis Family Reunion. The boys don't make it this year. I clean house in case relatives drop in for a visit. Jean and Ella come with Eb Hawk. Jean is doing a conference in Sandestin. We're keeping Ella and Eb Monday and Tuesday. Then Owen comes in and he and Balder play with the Steenos at Sweet Racks BBQ joint out on Thomas Drive. Ben and Naisy. Thomas Drive reminds me of the contractor jobs I used to have at the Navy base. Jobs I used to have remind me of Bill, who died, in Vermont, last week. I'm still taking that in. I see that THE NEON OOZE and WHATEVER FOLLOWS combine to form Last Beatnik Found Dead in Point and Shoot, after the last poem in SUPERFLUOUS EXPENSES. Start pitching Last Beatnik Found Dead in Point and Shoot as a pair of books.
PERIODS OF UNEMPLOYMENT. June 27 - June 30. 10,000 words.. The place that didn’t hire me for a technical writing job, another writing manager called me in and interviewed me. He hired me, to write training programs for unemployed people. Economic stimulus program money. I knew Obama would come through. I put up an HIA screen at The Daily Bulletin. I am going to not write at work. And I am not going to post what I write at home online. I changed the name of Last Beatnik Found Dead in Point and Shoot to The Last Beatnik: A Life Outside the Mainstream. I changed the name of WHATEVER FOLLOWS to STOP ME, BEFORE I WRITE MORE. The Last Beatnik: A Life Outside the Mainstream is a book in two parts, rather than a pair of books.
PERIODS WITH BILL. July 1 -July 5. 7,500 words. With all that shovel-leaner money there had to be a pencil- leaner job. The WPA has saved our bacon. I start my new job. I write mornings and evenings, not at work. Before work and after work. On weekends and holidays. We’re off July 3 for the Independence Day holiday. I go back to thinking about Immobilized in Point and Shoot: Saving the Culture on the Worldwide Web as a two-book set, Three-Book Deal: A Masterpiece of Daily Typewriting and The Last Beatnik: A Life Outside the Mainstream. Michael Jackson has three hit records on the charts. Sold over a million downloads in a single week.
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