Saturday, March 7, 2009

Status Update and Time Killers

Finished my taxes today. On my dad's recommendation, I used TaxAct Online and found it comparable to TurboTax, but a whole lot cheaper. Federal (without itemized deductions) is free and the state cost me seven bucks. Not. Too. Shabby. I will take recommendations on how to spend the refund money. And since I used the word, how do you say "comparable?" I prefer to stress the first syllable. Sounds smarter that way.

We here at Murphblog are sad to admit we lost a follower today. As head of this operation, I'm pretty bummed about it. I'd like to take fully responsibility except it's not my fault. I can only make assumptions as to why this person stopped following, so I'll just assume it's because she's too busy to dedicate the time and mental energy required to fully appreciate Murphblog. Or maybe she's a huge Courtney Love fan. Either way, not a courageous follower.

Here's a mindless game to play: Ball The object is to click on the ball. It'll change colors if you do.

And here's something that somehow feels very wrong, but I still wasted about a half hour on it: Subservient Chicken. If you just spent a day following other people's orders, this is the perfect remedy. Let me know if you stump him. (I minimized the chicken window, but then felt bad because it was like the guy was waiting around for me. Don't laugh. See if you can just let him stand there.)

On a more serious note (alhough the chicken thing is pretty serious, too), My middle grade is no longer making the query rounds. It's with an agent who has requested a revision and I'll be working with this agent exclusively through the process. As for the YA, can't get the ending right. This is normal. Panic has not set in. Yet. I've got two weeks before it goes out to readers. Let me know if you'd like a look.


Beth Fehlbaum, Author said...

Hey, fellow teacher and writer of teen fiction!
I like your writer's voice. Glad I found this blog-- I'll be back. Not "officially" a follower yet, but perhaps you can comfort yourself knowing that you have a new reader today. :)
I have a great agent, too, so e-mail me if you want her name-- I'm at

Beth Fehlbaum, author
Courage in Patience, a story of HOPE..
Ch. 1 is online!

Tracy Edward Wymer said...

Congrats, PMM, on finding said agent who sounds very interested in your MG. Awesome stuff, buddy! Wait, we ARE buddies now, right? At least electronic buds.

keep us posted,


Paul Michael Murphy said...

Welcome, Beth Fehlbaum. And don't be shy about becoming a follower. It's what all the cool kids are doing. Plus, if you change your mind, you can always quit.

Yes, Tracy, all followers are welcomed into the circle that is my electronic friendship. The perks of this status are as follows:

1. If you publish a book, I will promote the snot out of it.
2. I will read your blog.
3. I will occasionally comment on your blog.
4. Sometimes I will link to your blog and drive massive traffic there. And by "massive traffic" I'm talking about approximately 13 people.

Anita said...

You know, when you were making fun of C. Love, I thought to myself, "The man is going to lose a follower." :)

Maybe Beth will be courageous enough to become the new #13?

I HOPE, HOPE, HOPE this agent works out for you!

Pink Ink said...

Congratulations on the agent request. Good luck with the revisions!!

PS Courtney Love vs Murphblog. Mmm, that would be a really tough choice. LOL

Monica said...

what should we do about this lost follower? Should we shun this person..(admittedly, this would have little effect, since that person no longer is a follower of your blog) .. and its hard to shun someone online. you would have to actively say that you were shunning them, which would be providing them with attention...

I say COMparable, too. It makes me sound very intellectual, i think. Or annoying. I dunno.

Beth, come on board, it'll help Paul Michael Murphy's ego. that's important.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

I've really felt the weight of responsibility these last two days. I can't help but think that if I would have only welcomed Follower13 into the Murphblog family she might have stayed with us longer. In the education realm it's called "community building."

Should have used an icebreaker.{shakes head}

Kelly said...

Yes, I think you lost a follower and Courtney Love gained one on her blog....
Good luck with the agent!!!

Jill Corcoran said...

Who dared to leave you, Paul?
I'll take the honored 13 spot. Heck, I was born on the 13th---my lucky number:)

Paul Michael Murphy said...


Thanks, Jill!