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A blog by Matthew Dicks

I’ll sleep when I’m dead

By Matthew Dicks | March 3, 2010

I’ve often argued that the amount of sleep a person needs and his or her subsequent alertness is more a state of mind than actual physiology. Of course, this is coming from a guy who…

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Verbal Sparring 101: English proficiency is required

By Matthew Dicks | March 2, 2010

I was in Subway yesterday, waiting patiently in line to order my roast beef on wheat, when the customer in front of me decided that it was time to act like a jerk. Dissatisfied with…

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My own Android app, plus SOMETHING MISSING on the iPhone

By Matthew Dicks | March 1, 2010

In the latest digital news related to SOMETHING MISSING and my writing in general, there are now applications available to iPhone and Android users who might be interested: First, and most exciting, my wife and…

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Another bestseller list!

By Matthew Dicks | March 1, 2010

Still not the New York Times bestseller list, but SOMETHING MISSING was number 4 on last week’s bestseller list for Market Block Books in Troy, NY, alongside such heavyweights as THE ELEGRANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG…

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Genius name recognition

By Matthew Dicks | March 1, 2010

I spent much of the morning at the Apple Store with a very competent employee at The Genius Bar attempted to diagnose the problem with my iPhone. I’ve spent a great deal of time at…

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Third person nightmare

By Matthew Dicks | February 28, 2010

I’ve started to refer to myself as Daddy in the third person.  Even when my daughter is not around.  Me:  Daddy’s going to bring to garbage out. Mother-in-law:  Isn’t Clara upstairs already? Me:  Um…yes.  Mother-in-law: …

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My book has been hijacked by a couple of no-nothings.

By Matthew Dicks | February 28, 2010

I have been betrayed by my book.  As I come closer and closer to completing the manuscript to CHIKCEN SHACK, the story continues to veer off in unintended directions.  When I began writing  a year…

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Vegans. The annoying kind.

By Matthew Dicks | February 27, 2010

I don’t mind vegetarians, vegans, and the rest of their ilk. In fact, I admire them and am envious of their ability to eat and enjoy vegetables and fruits to the exclusion of other foods. …

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Enough with the ten minutes

By Matthew Dicks | February 27, 2010

I spent the afternoon writing at Panera, which is always a delightful spot to work. Good food, caffeine-free soda, free Wi-Fi, and comfortable surroundings. I have just one complaint. I typically order one of two…

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The demanded apology: A pathetic, passive aggressive attempt to make someone say words that the don’t want to say

By Matthew Dicks | February 26, 2010

From yesterday’s Washington Post: “The mother of a 13-year-old Montgomery County middle school student is demanding an apology from a teacher who had school police escort the youngster from a classroom for refusing to say…

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