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I had a story published this month and another one is getting published in December. I was hoping to have both of them out for Halloween but so it goes.
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10 days sober. I know it doesn't seem like much, but this has to be the longest I've gone without drinking in years. I thought it might be fun to give Sober October a whirl this month, just to see how long I could make it. I figured I'd be back on the sauce after a day or two.

But it's been a week and a half, and I'm still going strong. I've noticeably lost weight, I sleep like a rock and I can taste food again; I had no idea that my sense of taste had been so depleted by booze. My soul-crushing depression has faded a bit, too. It's back to a baseline melancholy that I can manage.

I'm pretty confident that I can finish out the rest of the month without spiraling out. Once October's over, I'll probably drink socially, but not go back to being the blackout drinker who can't remember the second half of any movie he's seen since 2013.
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Congratulations, Brad!

If you can go a whole month without alcohol, why not try for 2 months?

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Whoa, slow your roll!
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good on you, Brad. For what it's worth, it gets easier and easier as time goes by. I haven't had a drink in close to 4 years now and it's not even an issue for me anymore.
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There's a bar in my new neighborhood that I miss. It's become my Cheers. All the bartenders know my name, except the owner who calls me Eric. But whatever. They're nice.
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Congrats Brad. I know temptation is a thing, but I'm an English non-drinker and I still spent every night in the pub and we had a lock-in almost every night. I just drank OJ or super dilute shandies if I was feeling frisky.

Proud of you. Not that means much.
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Oh, it means a bunch, you old so-and-so.
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Congratulations Bradito!
I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is that I have lost my way. The good news is that I'm way ahead of schedule.
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(10-10-2018, 03:12 PM)bradito Wrote: 10 days sober. I know it doesn't seem like much, but this has to be the longest I've gone without drinking in years. I thought it might be fun to give Sober October a whirl this month, just to see how long I could make it. I figured I'd be back on the sauce after a day or two.

But it's been a week and a half, and I'm still going strong. I've noticeably lost weight, I sleep like a rock and I can taste food again; I had no idea that my sense of taste had been so depleted by booze. My soul-crushing depression has faded a bit, too. It's back to a baseline melancholy that I can manage.

I'm pretty confident that I can finish out the rest of the month without spiraling out. Once October's over, I'll probably drink socially, but not go back to being the blackout drinker who can't remember the second half of any movie he's seen since 2013.


Pfft, quitter.





Sorry, couldn't resist. Congrats Brad! I will say that my general health increased while my weight decreased after cutting back quite a bit on the sauce.  I still drink socially on weekends, but not during the week.  Although I will cop to overdoing it whenever we have one of our backyard BBQ/parties that Boone has been avoiding like the plague for the last two summers.
If you're happy, you're not paying attention.

Originally Posted by JacknifeJohnny: 
Glad that you guys worked that out amongst yourselves.

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31 days sober. I fucking did it. Not a single drink for the entire month. Last week was super stressful and shitty and I *still* didn't fall off the wagon.

I don't really feel tempted to hit the bar tomorrow after work. Right now, I'm just glad that I was able to break what had become a bad habit.

Oh, and I lost two pounds!
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Well done, Bradito. Keep it up.
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Good on you, Brad. Gonna go for November as well?
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That's an achievement, Brad. If you haven't done it already, I'd encourage you to find something physically and/or emotionally healthy to replace the drinking in terms of channeling/relieving stress.
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I honestly have no idea what I'd be like with 0 alcohol. I am duly impressed.
If you're happy, you're not paying attention.

Originally Posted by JacknifeJohnny: 
Glad that you guys worked that out amongst yourselves.

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Just get an oil change and you'll be good to go Brad.

(I'm still in denial that you are not actually Hot Rod)
Superlaser speaks for me from now on.

-Bart
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Oh, this is super minor but it's something: I submitted a short story to a publication.
"Nooj's true feelings on any given subject are unknown and unknowable. He is the butterfly flapping its wings in Peking. He is chaos and destruction and you shall never see his true form." - Merriweather

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(11-01-2018, 09:53 AM)MichaelM Wrote: Oh, this is super minor but it's something: I submitted a short story to a publication.

Was it Tedious and Literal Monthly?

jk, that's really cool.  You'll have to let us know when/where it gets published! (so we can have Bart write a novel length analysis of your short story)
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I've read some of MM's short stories.

They're good! And epistolary!
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(11-01-2018, 09:53 AM)MichaelM Wrote: Oh, this is super minor but it's something: I submitted a short story to a publication.

'The Man with Bad Taste in Movies.'
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(11-01-2018, 09:00 AM)MichaelM Wrote: That's an achievement, Brad. If you haven't done it already, I'd encourage you to find something physically and/or emotionally healthy to replace the drinking in terms of channeling/relieving stress.

My sweet tooth went into overdrive last month, so I poured a lot of candy corn and cookies down my head.

Oh, wait... something healthy. Hmm...
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(11-01-2018, 10:05 AM)Judas Booth Wrote:
(11-01-2018, 09:53 AM)MichaelM Wrote: Oh, this is super minor but it's something: I submitted a short story to a publication.

'The Man with Bad Taste in Movies.'

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That's great Michael!

Keep at it. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. My mother wrote poetry for years. Never thought anyone would notice or care about her stuff. A friend of hers finally convinced her to submit her stuff. Now, her poetry is in a book (a book of many authors) in the Library of Congress. She didn't get terribly rich or famous....but that's something..
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I hope your story gets published Michael.
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(11-01-2018, 01:41 AM)bradito Wrote: 31 days sober. I fucking did it. Not a single drink for the entire month. Last week was super stressful and shitty and I *still* didn't fall off the wagon.

I don't really feel tempted to hit the bar tomorrow after work. Right now, I'm just glad that I was able to break what had become a bad habit.

Oh, and I lost two pounds!

Only just now saw this. Keep it up man. I know *exactly* what it's like.

The sweet tooth compensation is real, too. Only recently have I lost the weight I gained after getting off the booze.

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Saw the cover for my new short story collection today.

It looks great!
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After a bit of delay, I've got two stories being published this week.

One is already online and free (lessening the burden for my family and friends) and the other is going to be available in a literary journal.
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(11-02-2018, 08:25 AM)jacob singer Wrote:
(11-01-2018, 01:41 AM)bradito Wrote: 31 days sober. I fucking did it. Not a single drink for the entire month. Last week was super stressful and shitty and I *still* didn't fall off the wagon.

I don't really feel tempted to hit the bar tomorrow after work. Right now, I'm just glad that I was able to break what had become a bad habit.

Oh, and I lost two pounds!

Only just now saw this. Keep it up man. I know *exactly* what it's like.

The sweet tooth compensation is real, too. Only recently have I lost the weight I gained after getting off the booze.

Uh, four days sober now! Feeling motivated!
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(05-13-2019, 07:22 PM)bradito Wrote:
(11-02-2018, 08:25 AM)jacob singer Wrote:
(11-01-2018, 01:41 AM)bradito Wrote: 31 days sober. I fucking did it. Not a single drink for the entire month. Last week was super stressful and shitty and I *still* didn't fall off the wagon.

I don't really feel tempted to hit the bar tomorrow after work. Right now, I'm just glad that I was able to break what had become a bad habit.

Oh, and I lost two pounds!

Only just now saw this. Keep it up man. I know *exactly* what it's like.

The sweet tooth compensation is real, too. Only recently have I lost the weight I gained after getting off the booze.

Uh, four days sober now! Feeling motivated!

Four days counts, 'dito!  You're someone's hero!
I've seen so many good people in my life that I've almost lost my faith in the wickedness of humankind.

--Will Durant
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The literary magazine came out last week and I was pleasantly surprised to find that my story was the first one in the issue.

I apologize for all of the humblebragging, but it's been a fairly rotten spring. Two stories being published in the same week was the pick-me-up I needed.
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Congrats on getting published in "Penthouse Letters," Mr. J!
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If only.
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Don't give up!
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(05-21-2019, 03:28 PM)mike j Wrote: The literary magazine came out last week and I was pleasantly surprised to find that my story was the first one in the issue.

I apologize for all of the humblebragging, but it's been a fairly rotten spring. Two stories being published in the same week was the pick-me-up I needed.

I have to admit that if we're supposed to know which magazine you're referring to, I must have missed prior references.

Congratulations nonetheless.  

**I assume it was "E.L. James fan fiction Monthly?"

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(05-13-2019, 06:59 PM)mike j Wrote: After a bit of delay, I've got two stories being published this week.

One is already online and free (lessening the burden for my family and friends) and the other is going to be available in a literary journal.

(05-26-2019, 07:09 PM)Overlord Wrote:
(05-21-2019, 03:28 PM)mike j Wrote: The literary magazine came out last week and I was pleasantly surprised to find that my story was the first one in the issue.

I apologize for all of the humblebragging, but it's been a fairly rotten spring. Two stories being published in the same week was the pick-me-up I needed.

I have to admit that if we're supposed to know which magazine you're referring to, I must have missed prior references.

Congratulations nonetheless.  

**I assume it was "E.L. James fan fiction Monthly?"

Thank you! The post was in reference to the news that I had two stories coming out that week.

No E.L. James, though. I can write my own Twilight fan fiction!
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