The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal (Sep 30, 2014)

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by the Oatmeal

Book Description: The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

Publication Date: September 30, 2014

This is not just a book about running. It’s a book about cupcakes. It’s a book about suffering.

It’s a book about gluttony, vanity, bliss, electrical storms, ranch dressing, and Godzilla. It’s a book about all the terrible and wonderful reasons we wake up each day and propel our bodies through rain, shine, heaven, and hell.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author, Matthew Inman, AKA The Oatmeal, comes this hilarious, beautiful, poignant collection of comics and stories about running, eating, and one cartoonist’s reasons for jogging across mountains until his toenails fall off.

Containing over 70 pages of never-before-seen material, including “A Lazy Cartoonist’s Guide to Becoming a Runner” and “The Blerch’s Guide to Dieting,” this book also comes with Blerch race stickers. Find it at: (Amazon.com: Kindle Edition)

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I Haven’t Had My Coffee Yet… Don’t Make Me Destroy You

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In honor of International Coffee Day, from January 2014

Originally posted on Ish Ism:

Don't make me destroy you #internationalcoffeeday

This is how I feel in the mornings when the kids wake me up two hours before my alarm goes off!

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Hacking and Slashing through the Novel — A Writer’s Journey

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It’s machete time for my novel.

The first draft took a long time to write. Some nights I worked late, late, late into the wee hours of morning. But now it is finished. Finally finished! So what do I do with the amazing, finished first draft of my novel? Well the stage immediately following the first draft is something I call the “hack and slash” stage. AKA, the writing stage where my moments of brilliance are slashed from the novel. Continue reading

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How can I be a feminist foster parent?

As a foster parent, we never really know how long a kid will be in our care. A kid might be here for another month. Perhaps years. We don’t know. But as a foster dad, it is my job to help these kids for as long as they are in our care. Well, I have conflicting issues as I try to parent.

The Nervous Talking Issue: Many foster kids are hypervigilant. One of the symptoms is the constant talking. This is more than just trying to develop language skills. This means talking to distract herself/himself from a crappy life. The kids keep talking because of constantly worrying. Their minds are constantly contemplating everything that can go wrong, so they keep asking questions about everything. They worry about safety. They worry about the safety and health of other people. Constantly. So, getting a kid to not talk so much, getting that kid to feel safe, to think before he/she speaks, is important.

The Feminist Issue: These kids need to learn what it means to be a confident, intelligent, self-reliant adult man or woman. This includes the confidence that their thoughts and ideas are important and valued. However, it is challenging to do this because of the nervous talking issue.

How do I teach a kid to stop talking (so much) while also teaching him/her to feel confident enough to speak? In other words, shut up… but feel free to speak.

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Last Week I Killed Someone I Cared About … A Writer’s Journey

Last week I killed someone I cared about.

Yes it bothered me… which is a good thing. I do have a moral compass. I don’t think killing should ever be something that gets no emotional response. I’m sure you understand, I am still trying to fully process the emotional impact of death. When I kill someone, and it does nothing to my emotions… well, that person obviously didn’t mean much to me. If that person didn’t mean much to me then why would that person matter to my readers? Continue reading

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