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Exit Strategies: The Perfect Excuse for Any Social Situation – David Jacobson | A Book Review

Title: Exit Strategies: The Perfect Excuse for Any Social Situation

Author: David Jacobson

Genre: Humour

About the book: It’s a short, funny read about different excuses to get out of social situations like work meetings, blind dates, and everything in between.

First impressions: A friend gifted the book to me a while back, and I finally got around to reading it cover to cover rather than just skimming through. The cover is basic and simple, but the title gives readers an idea of what to expect.

Content: The book is broken up into two sections with Plan A being avoidance (how to say “no”) and Plan B being the art of extrication (how to say “gotta go now”). There’s also an index at the back.

Quote:

“Outlive everybody—granted, a bit tricky given the role of genes and the environment.”

Writing: The writing is short and concise. I like how the social situations have different excuses, some are more realistic while others are more ridiculous or hilarious. It’s about 80 pages long and not difficult to get through at all. I noticed a couple of spelling mistakes here and there.

Final thoughts: I love how the book ends with escaping your own funeral. Overall, I wouldn’t have minded if it was longer in length. If you’re looking for excuses to get out of social situations, you’ll get some interesting ideas from Exit Strategies: The Perfect Excuse for Any Social Situation.


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Writing

How To Respond To More Stupid Questions (For Writers)

I hope you’ve read How To Respond To Stupid Questions (For Writers) already. If not, click the link before reading the rest of this post or after you finish perusing the below.

Before I continue, you need to know this is not as good as the original. That’s why I advise you to read the first post so you can see I am quite funny. Er, at times. Fine fine, I am occasionally funny. Rarely?

What is your writing about? 

Don’t answer this question. It’s a booby trap. You will thank me later.

What do you want to be? 

I already am what I want to be.

Are you finished yet? 

I have a better question: Have you finished anything in your lifetime?

What are you doing with your life?

More than you.

Can I read it? 

If I want you to read it, I will tell you to read it. Did I tell you you can read it? NO. I. DID. NOT. 

Note: I may have slight anger issues I need to work out.

Writing

How To Respond To Stupid Questions (For Writers)

I strongly believe there are stupid questions in this world. The idea that “there are no stupid questions” is a load of…actually, I rather not finish that statement. Complete my thought if you so choose to.

Despite popular belief, there are also ignorant people who ask even more ignorant questions. If you, the almighty writer, is ever in one of these situations, I hope I can assist you. Offering help and humour, aspiringwriter22 presents the first ever post on “How To Respond To Stupid Questions” and if I feel generous enough, I may just post another one. So stick around.

Herminia Chow’s words of wisdom: whenever you are asked a stupid question, answer with a smart response.

What do you do for a living? 

Clearly, not the same thing you do.

Do you have plans this weekend?

Yes, and they probably don’t involve you.

Oh, so you actually read books?

This question does not deserve a response. However, I do give you permission to smack the person who asks that with a book.

Wait, you like reading?

This deserves even less of a response. Permission granted to smack them three times with a book of your choosing.

Uh…so you write?

Nope, I build atomic bombs.

Let’s break this down, shall we?

  1. What do you do for a living?
    Every writer in the history of writers know this question is out of the question. So if you ever utter these seven words all together to a writer—God forbid you ever will—be prepared to face whatever the writer wants you to face.
  2. Do you have plans this weekend?
    Said nobody ever? Fine. Said no writer ever. Mind you I am exaggerating.
  3. Oh, so you read?
    I would leave the room if anyone asked me that. For blatantly obvious reasons.
  4. Wait, you like reading?
    Is this what the world has come to? Finding someone my age who enjoys and likes reading in 2014 is a rare occurrence. So rare that if you like reading, I automatically like you a lot more.
  5. Uh…you write?
    This is a good way to kill the conversation. See you later. Hopefully never.
No harm or insult intended. This is all in good fun.
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Blog Tour: “Writing Process”

First off, let me apologize about the delay. I feel horrible about postponing this blog tour a week late, but I didn’t want to publish this post until it was polished and as close to perfection as possible. After all, I am a crazy perfectionist.

Thanks to the fantastic and fabulous AR Neal for inviting me to this blog tour.  She is an amazing writer and blogger and an incredible person. If you haven’t already, go check out her blog. Be sure to follow her as well. You will not regret clicking the link. I repeat: click, click, click away. > (starvingactivist.com)

This is a simplified version of how the blog tour works:

  • This is an ongoing tour every Monday, featuring different bloggers each week.
  • You acknowledge the person and site who invited you to the tour.
  • You answer four questions about your writing process (the ones bolded below).
  • You feature three other bloggers, give a tiny blurb about them, and you attach a link to their blog.

Of course, these rules are not set in stone. Sometimes they are modified or *gasp* broken.

Moving on…I shall answer four questions about my writing process. What a great chance for you to pick apart my brains.

What am I working on?

I am currently working on a few essays and short non-fiction pieces. I am not working on a full-length novel at the moment, but I hope to return to writing fiction in the near future. The essays range in topics from competition to public service to rights and freedoms in Canada. Although I am passionate about writing and blogging, law and politics also fascinate me. Perhaps I will share some of my non-fiction stuff here on this blog if anyone is interested or if anyone actually cares. If it isn’t obvious, I work on my blog and I try to make it better every day.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

While I am taking a break from fiction, I must say a lot of the fiction novels and stories I’ve written in the past are based on controversial issues. I tend to tackle topics that are more extreme in nature, revealing aspects of the human nature some people shy away from talking and writing about. Most of my novels do not have a happy ending either. I just think an unhappy ending is more realistic and accurate to real life. I warn you: reading my fiction can cause depression. This explains why I try to add humour in my blog from time to time. It’s a nice balance. Unhappiness and depression mixed with humour and amusement. I’m aware my definition of humour is vastly different from yours. But you can’t hate a girl for trying, can you?

Why do I write what I do?

Aside from enjoying the writing process, I feel as though everyone has a story to tell. And writing is my way of telling these stories. Of course, many of my stories are based on personal experiences that have altered my life forever. One day, I hope people can read what I have to write. But I hope more than anything that people will relate to what I have to say and know they are not alone.

How does your writing process work?

Let me break it down.

  1. An idea hits me in the head.
  2. Said idea complains and bothers me until I write it down.
  3. I write the grand idea down.
  4. I realize the idea is not as grand as I thought.
  5. The idea begs me to continue writing in order to make it better.
  6. This tiny idea turns into a raw, rough draft that could be called a story.
  7. The story sits on my desk or on my computer for a century.
  8. A century later, I look at it again.
  9. I see the flaws.
  10. I fix the flaws.
  11. I rejoice when I finish.
  12. Then I hope to repeat the process again and again.

J.G. Chayko is a writer living in Vancouver, British Columbia. She loves writing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. I hope she will share about her writing process because I really want to pick her brains to see how in the world she does it. She has two blogs too. Impressive huh?

You can find her at theoldladyinmybones.com and corkboardsandcoffeehouses.com. So go and give her some love.

Once again, sorry AR Neal for postponing and to everyone else for disappointing. I hope you understand. Also, sorry for breaking the rules. I believe I’m supposed to feature 3 other bloggers, but because J.G. Chayko is amazingly talented, she deserves the spotlight. Don’t hate me. I am only sixteen. Didn’t you make mistakes when you were a teenager? Didn’t you rebel and disobey rules when you were young? Uh-huh. That’s what I thought.

Go show your support now. Give these two wonderful ladies a round of applause for what they do.

I could spend all day thanking people who deserves to be thanked, complimenting people who deserves to be complimented. I hope a generic “thank you” and “you are all wonderful” will do.

Writing

The Writer’s Equivalent Of Death

Deleting entire paragraphs or pages from a manuscript.

Oh, the horror.

Writing

You Know You Are A Damn Good Writer When

You know you are a damn good writer when….an English teacher accuses you of plagiarizing.

Like what kind of writer copies someone else’s ideas instead of coming up with their own? Why would a writer ruin the writing process for themselves? A real writer uses their own words, their own ideas, and their own brain.