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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Slow season

Greetings, Earthlings. There hasn't been a great deal of activity on this blog lately, largely because there hasn't been a great deal of actitity in my life lately that makes for interesting reading. Uzee went to karachi and came back; I've been working on the new book; I've been prepping for the four (count 'em) sections of English comp I'll be taching in the fall. And also listening to music and watching Lost on Netflix (yes, I'm lame) and doing laundry and making food and so forth.

The big news? I'm trying to eat better and lose weight. "Better" = "more salad." Aren't you glad you're reading this?

My pal Brendan seems to be writing a movie screenplay of The Book of Samson. Maybe he'll call it The Movie of Samson.

The other big news is that the Pakistan military seems to be making inroads against militants in the northwest of the country, and that's a good good thing. The US continues drone attacks against villagers in the area, which is not a good thing, but at the moment the advances made by the country's own army seem to be outweighing the damage done by the US attacks. Hopefully this equation will continue to be balanced in this direction.

I am, maybe, a couple weeks away from sending in my newest manuscript to my editor, for Round II. (The editor won Round I quite handily.)

Football season is still a few weeks away, though preseason games start tomorrow. (Thursday? What is this, communism?) With Tom B back, the Pats will hopefully steamroller all opponents en route to SB #4 in nine years. Boy oh boy that would be sweet.

That's all for now, except this link to an excellent article of Uzee's:

http://www.worldpulse.com/magazine/articles/pakistan-women-and-fiction-today


4 comments:

Fizzah said...

Hi Mr. Maine,
It's been a while! Just read your last post! I'm so excited to hear you're going to be teaching this Fall! Lucky students!
I wrote some random thoughts on the military operation in Swat...dont know what to do with it now, but I'll send it to you if you're interested. Essentially, though I dont support the operation!
I just graduated from college this year! Looking for work right now...and will think about my masters then!
Good luck with eating more healthy stuff..!:P
Fizzah

DAVID MAINE said...

Hey Fizz!

Great to hear from you! Congratulations on graduating, that's fantastic. Go have yourself a party or something...or better yet, have someone else throw you one.

I'm very interested in your thoughts on the military operation. From what I gather, there is at least some support for it in Pakistan, so I'm curious as to your point of view. I can post it here, if you'd like it to be public; otherwise I'll keep it to myself... Send it along!

Thanks for keeping in touch,
Dave

Fizzah said...

I'm going to work on getting someone to throw me a party!=]
I've just been meaning to work a little bit on what I wrote...and I'll send it to you as soon as I do...(it'll definitely be outdated then)
But in the meanwhile - maybe you'll find these two articles interesting. One of them is older (around the time of the operation in Swat), and the other is recent.
Hope things are good. Life's just changing here. But you are missed!

http://jang.com.pk/thenews/apr2009-weekly/nos-26-04-2009/pol1.htm#1

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=204848

Cornelia said...

Hello there. It does seem a bit slow on this blog. I was happy to see that you have a website, and four published books!! Where are you? email me :)
Cornelia