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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Working for free

By Matthew Dicks | April 6, 2010

All of my New Year’s resolutions pertain to personal goals that, if achieved, will yield a happier, healthier, more financially successful version of myself.  Not a single speck of altruism can be found amongst any…

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On the precipice of revision

By Matthew Dicks | April 5, 2010

CHICKEN SHACK should be done by the end of the week. After allowing myself fifteen minutes to bask in the joy of finishing another book, I will begin revising. I’m not a fan of this…

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: A recap

By Matthew Dicks | April 4, 2010

I finished reading THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO last week, one of the most hyped books in recent memory, at least for me.  Many, many people urged me to read this book. Some of…

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Dessert for dinner

By Matthew Dicks | April 4, 2010

Since when did sweet potatoes become a dessert item rather than a vegetable? It seems as if one cannot make sweet potatoes any more without topping them off with a one-inch layer of marshmallows and…

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Obnoxious and stupid

By Matthew Dicks | April 3, 2010

I couldn’t resist pointing out this idiot, who’s car I saw at the gym today.  It’s parked about three feet from the curb and in the path of oncoming traffic.  In fact, notice the passenger-side…

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How I found my literary agent

By Matthew Dicks | April 3, 2010

I spent this past week visiting the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in my hometown of Newington and the Portland Library in Portland, CT. Both events were very well attended, and I had the chance to…

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Resolution Update: March 2011

By Matthew Dicks | April 2, 2010

In an effort to achieve my yearly goals, I post my monthly progress here. Below are my sixteen New Year’s resolutions and my progress thus far. 1.  Lose seventeen more pounds, bringing my weight down…

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Retro eyewear

By Matthew Dicks | April 2, 2010

You know what you don’t see much of nowadays? The monocle. You know, the single eye piece adorned by nineteenth century capitalists, German military officials, Karl Marx, The Penguin, and Colonel Mustard. What an odd…

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Creed is Creed

By Matthew Dicks | April 1, 2010

For fans of The Office (and if you’re not, what’s wrong with you?), I have recently become aware of some trivia that will blow you mind. Of course, it might not be so mind blowing…

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Bugs better than bears

By Matthew Dicks | March 31, 2010

My new favorite animal: Termites Why? They never sleep. While almost all animals sleep, termites do not. In fact, not only are they able to avoid the stupidity of sleep, but they can constantly work…

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