Where I’ve Been Lately…

by Tom B.

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

This is how I felt for the entire month of April…

Regular readers of this blog might have noticed a teeny-tiny reduction in the number of updates lately. Oh hell, let’s be honest – I took the entire month of April off.  Why? Because April was a great, glorious time-suck of a month this year. It wasn’t the cruelest month, as T.S. Eliot suggested, but it was one of the busiest months I’ve had in a very long while.

Work commitments, father of a first-grader commitments (I appeared as a lovely magician’s assistant in my daughter’s talent show performance), personal commitments, writing commitments (Have I mentioned that I’m currently writing a YA novel? Guess what? Writing is HARD) – As a month, April totally got away from me this year, and Building a Library suffered as a result. Sorry about that.

On the plus side, I was able to squeeze in some quality library time with my daughter, so I have a lot of new discoveries and re-discovered old favorites to share in May. OH, and to prove that I haven’t been a complete sloth, I thought I’d share with you some of the articles I’ve been writing over the past few months for other websites. So far, this year, I’ve had pieces featured on The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and 8BitDad.com, AND I’ve appeared twice as an on-camera commentator on Huffington Post Live, which was surreal and awkward and even a little bit fun.

Here are links to some of the better pieces I’ve been associated with over the past few months:

Why I Bought Boys’ Underwear For My Daughter – Huffington Post
25 Things I Think Every Dad Should Teach His Kids  – Huffington Post
Me Appearing on Huffington Post Live to Discuss “25 Things I Think Every Dad Should Teach His Kids”

Why Toy Collectors Need to Share Their Toys with Their Kids – The Good Men Project
Major League Baseball and World Series Riots: The Making of a Lifelong Baseball Fan – The Good Men Project
Becoming Big Brother: Why Parents Need to Control Their Kids’ Information – The Good Men Project

Daddy-Daughter Dances: I Do Not Want to Date My Daughter – 8BitDad
Five Non-Existent Classes For Dads That Totally Should Exist – 8BitDad
Old Games for New Kids: The Simpsons Hit & Run – 8BitDad

Magician's assistant

On the plus side, the magic act went GREAT…

So, in summation, sorry about April. New content in May. Being a parent is exhausting. Being a parent who tries to hold down a 9-to-5 job and write and serve as a magician’s assistant is even more exhausting.

Hope a few of you guys are still out there and that you’re having an amazing Spring.

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