Here’s the deal. A couple of weeks ago I got an email from writer, blog enthusiast, and gal about town, A.S. Newman asking if I might be interested in reviewing her new book. And, while I am generally suspicious of people who hide their names with initials, I gave her a tentative definitely.
I know what you’re thinking, “What, so this is now a blog that reviews stuff?”
I guess so.
The book in question is Things to Bitch About, by A.S. Newman and P.C. Trauth. It’s a journal with each page featuring a topic to complain about followed by a blank, lined page where the reader can fill in their own thoughts. Essentially, A.S. and P.C. have created Makya McBee Vs. – The Home Game. Sure, you enjoy reading my comically skewed takes on daily annoyances, but now, with the help of Things to Bitch About, you can play along at home.
Some of the topics are to be expected, like taxes and bad drivers. But others offer the fortunate owner an opportunity to sound off on strangely unique subjects. My favorite prompt in the book is omnivores. Come on, who among us hasn’t had a gripe or two about omnivores? I can’t stand them. Thinkin’ they’re so special what with their highfalutin, we eat anything attitude.
I think these authors have hit upon a great idea by leaving much of the writing to the reader. They’ve inspired me to create a do-it-yourself novel. Here’s a sneak preview of the first chapter.
What do you think? It’s sure to be a best-seller, as each reader can create the type of novel they’d be most interested in reading.
But I josh with A.S. and P.C. (I wonder if they’ve ever considered the fact that they’re just an “A” short of being the ASPCA?). What they’ve created is a good tool for those who want to write everyday but never know how to get started. And a nice gift book for those special moaners in your life. They’ve written the first gripe journal, or complaint diary. It’s a gurnal. Or a complaintary. Wow, I am not very good at combining words. You might say I’m bad combiner or a poor linker. A babiner. A poonker. Yes, I’m quite bad at this.
Anyway, the book is available (in exchange for money) here. A.S. gave me a copy so that I could review it, and suggested I then give my copy to some lucky reader of my blog. But I’m not going to do that. You guys need to earn it. Besides, what A.S. failed to realize is that if I give the book to somebody else, I will no longer have it. How does that help me? [New development…after reading this review, the author has offered up a free copy of the book from her own collection…all you have to do is leave a comment and you’ll be entered into a random drawing…come on, how many things in life are free? Or random?]
So if you have anything you’d like reviewed (movies, books, erotic pottery), just send them on over. I’ll review anything. By anyone.
I hate omnivores.