Cut It In Half And Double It!

Some people are fond of telling other people “not to do anything halfway.” And it isn’t just because my procrastination skills are legion, that I take issue with such a statement. In fact, I think there are some things that are completely appropriate to do halfway. For instance, “halfway” is a perfect place to meet someone. It is also very important that some houses be “halfway.” And, “halfway around the world,” is a lot more interesting than, all the way around the world. I mean, I’m all the way around the world right now, and no one seems very excited about it. But, why exactly am I writing this blog, extolling the virtues of “halfway,” you might ask. Well, the reason is simple. I’ve made a decision. A decision to start  blogging everyday. But I’m only halfway committed to it.

You see, writing doesn’t come naturally to me. It’s a war in my brain just to get the first sentence down. And it’s not like one of those Lord Of The Rings wars, where some tree people or giant hawks show up at the very last second to save me. I’m all alone here with my coffee and refurbished Dell.

Most of the time I have no idea what to write about, and the first few things that pop into my head are unquestionably appalling. This morning I considered writing a little piece about dog hair. How does it end up in everything!? And how come my dog isn’t bald by now? Lucky for you, that’s about all I have to say about that.

So I’m gonna give this a try. Write a little something everyday. To be totally honest, this probably won’t last too long, but whatever. Please comment, but be warned, It will only encourage me.

Meantime, I thought I’d share the cover art to my new record with y’all. Design by my friends Dave and Andi at and photo by none other than Dr. Joshua Deuteronomy Lamkinstein the third, Esq.

Have a halfway decent day.


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11 Responses to Cut It In Half And Double It!

  1. Gilda Sue says:

    Great photo! (Hey, now there are three where once there were nine.)

  2. Stefanie says:

    Hi Eliot,
    I think your album cover is beautiful, mainly because you are beautiful. Aren’t you lucky? Keep writing, it’s good for the soul. I actually started blogging about waiting tables just to see if I could write. It’s fun.

  3. Josh says:

    Cut it in half, double it, triple it, multiply it by the square root of pi, triple that, wait a second, triple it again, add a teaspoon of cornstarch, cut it in half again, then eat it. Eat the blog.

    Something is wrong with me.

    Your album cover looks transplendent.

  4. Jen Rivers says:

    Beautiful photo Eliot! I’d like to hear your new album! Do thou have Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way? She suggests writing three pages each morning. That’s what I’ve done for a long, long time…and wrote the first draft of my novel with that system. It works, especially if you do it first thing in the morning!

    • eliotjames says:

      Hiya Jen,
      Thanks for the suggestion. I did try to use that book once. But then I just got lazy I guess. Perhaps it’s time to give it another try. Congrats on writing a novel, that’s awesome!!

  5. Karen says:

    Hey Eliot, I had a sneaking suspicion that your masthead photo might be part of your album cover. Very nice photo–kudos to Josh and I hope his business is flourishing! How did you get those birds in the photo? Happy accident or are they like those realistic Halloween props oh so artfully placed in the background?

    • eliotjames says:


      I used my super hero power to summon birds at will, of course! …well, I can’t reveal all my secrets can I? Thanks!

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