• lisa simpson maybe i just wasn't meant to have friends

    The Inability to Make Friends Part 2

    So last week, I talked about what everyone else in the world is interested in, and why I’m not interested in it. Now let’s look at what I am interested in, and why I can’t make friends with it. Books (science fiction mostly) – My college friends and I started a book club. I participate in it but A) we have to meet online because we all live far away and B) they’re already my friends. It would be great to meet with some other like-minded people to talk about books, especially science fiction, but take exhibit A. My wife tried going to a women’s book club for a few…

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    The Inability to Make Friends

    Warning: The article is going to be mostly whining about stuff that’s better suited for my Lisa Frank diary. You have been warned. I’m Eric, I’m 29 years old, and I have no friends. I’ve never had that many friends, but I’m not going to go back over my life history. I’m talking about making friends now. It is essentially impossible. Let’s look at my neighbors. None of them share my same interests. NONE of them. I go out biking in the neighborhood and I watch people playing in their garages. I look at the kind of t-shirts they wear, and I go, “none of those people is the same…

  • Friends Who Want To Read Your Work

    You ever have someone who wants to read your story? This is why I have a hard time telling people I’m a writer. None of my friends are writers, or are much of readers (except Janet Evanovich novels, which are all the same). So I get a book in the mail and say it’s research for a story I’m writing, someone says “Oh, can I read it when you’re done”. Maybe I’m just being a moron, but I don’t think they really mean it. I think they’re just being polite. Why? Well for one thing, not everyone’s favored genre is the same, and moreso, favorite authors and styles. So it’s…