Doug hasn’t done much of anything and consequently, this will be mostly filled with lies. Read on at your own peril.

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My friend Ross Reay is a fantastic artist and you should stop looking at my page right now and go over to his new webpage. http://www.wix.com/rossreay/myartpage#!   Really I mean it. He’s that good. Click now. http://www.wix.com/rossreay/myartpage#!   Okay, you’re still reading. Cut it out. http://www.wix.com/rossreay/myartpage#!  

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes A Damned Dirty Ape stole Taylor Lautner's look!

What a perfect summer movie this is! James and I went with our friends Denis and Michael with pretty low expectations, but it was really a treat.

Don’t let the movie’s title fool you. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is really all about the relationships, and the characters and their connections, how they love each other, but betray each other. If you don’t shed a tear when James Franco finds the Curious George doll that he lost in kindergarten, I’ll be a…

No it’s not. It’s RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, for god’s sake.

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julia wyson design julia-wyson

is the fantastic creative force behind my website. Even when confronted with my stupidity around computer stuff, she explained it so I know how to update and fix things myself. I tried not to learn it, I swear, but despite myself I did. A couple of times I thought that I had broken the internet, but so far everyone still seems to be getting their emails and porn and conspiracy theories just fine. If you need a site, go to her.

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DOUG’S JOURNAL Tongue & Groove/Writing Process Blog Tour Tongue & Groove Flier

For some unfathomable reason, my cool as heck pal Cynthia Romanowski from my writing program did two things. First, she asked if I would be willing to read at the inaugural Orange County Tongue & Groove reading series, next Sunday evening in Fullerton which is a pretty big deal. It’s Sunday Night 9/28 at 7:00. At the Continental Room. Shenanigans and tomfoolery will no doubt ensue.

Second, she tagged me in this Writing Process Blog Tour, where writers write about how they write. What nerdly fun!

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In Praise of Shutting Up Be kind by Plato

So here’s why I hate the internet. And people. I hate people right now too. You’ve all read about the woman who worked at McDonald’s who sent her 9 y.o. daughter to play in the park, and was arrested, her daughter sent to foster care, yes? There are lots of people everywhere freaking out.

On one hand: the mother had no good options, she’s African American and there’s a bias with the police. The police should never have been called. The girl had a phone and was minutes from her home, minutes from the McDonald’s. The person who called the police was a busy-body. Etc. Etc.

On the other hand: abandoned kid alone in the park, could be preyed upon by all kinds of baddies, what if the kid just fell and got hurt, where’s mom? This is not a childcare solution, neglectful mother, the person who called the police had no choice when confronted with an abandoned kid. Let the cops sort it out, etc. etc. etc.

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Separated at Birth

Is it me or…

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