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Friday, January 27, 2012

Big Reveal... & More!


I’ve had a lot of fun with a couple of posts this week and wanted to share some updates:

For anyone who followed my Monday post, I won an award and had to share six things about myself. One, however, was a Big Fat Lie… the reveal is below:)

But wait, there's more! Today is the *last* day of my Donald Braswell 200-word inspiration contest, which ends at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please check it out - there are some neat prizes up for grabs – literally!

It’s been a few Fridays since the last episode of YKW… so here’s what happened Thursday:

You Know When You’re A Parent when… you open the door with a heavy heart after finding another rejection lurking in the mail box. A whirlwind of crayon-carrying kiddos instantly holler for more paper… more paper! You glance down at the 8x11, bright white piece of rejection… and a smile shoves away the sadness as you realize it’s good to be home.

Lillie McFerrin was super kind to give me two awards (the Liebster and the Kreativ, which I will pay these forward this Monday.) In the meantime, the rules state I have to share six things. As the Big Fat Lie was a success, this time I’m including only one real thing – and five Little Whoppers.

Can you guess which is true?

·         I got my first driver’s license when I was 28.

·         Even after fifteen years in the restaurant business, I’m a terrible cook and have been known to burn cold cereal.

·         I once jumped off a bridge into a dry canal thinking that the two old mattresses I placed on top of each other would break my fall.

·         I once replied to an ad for a staff reporter where applicants needed to have both a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in journalism. I had neither – and still got the job.

·         I met John Grisham while I was a manager working at Planet Hollywood Orlando and broke all the house rules by bothering and asking him when he was going to bring back Mitch McDeere (the MC from his classic The Firm.)

·         I’ve never met Donald Braswell, the former opera singer from Texas whose memoir I am co-writing.

(I’ll reveal the Lonesome Truth Monday.)

And finally, the Big Fat Lie was #2 (that I streaked across the soccer pitch :)

(While I once lived only minutes from Leeds United’s Elland Road ground and did once walk the hallowed grass, I never ran it in my “birthday suit.” (I do thank everyone who offered up mad props if this one had of been true :)

Have a safe, happy weekend everyone and remember: rejection doesn’t kill you – it just makes for darn good coloring paper.


Tony Van Helsing said...

I reckon it's the first one, I was 28 when I got mine so it's not that weird.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bet your kids added some colorful drawings to that rejection slip!

Luanne G. Smith said...

All rejection letters should be recycled this way.

And I'm pretty sure the one that's true is you jumping off a bridge onto two mattresses. For some reason guys always think they can do this and not get hurt.

Holly Kammier said...

I'm voting for the mattress story.I agree with L.G. Smith. All men seem to have a story like this one. Silly boys.

You are a wonderful writer with a beautiful story to share. All will be well.

Have a great weekend!

Mark Koopmans said...

@ L.G. & Holly: Hmmm, I thought this would be a unique thing to include (doesn't mean it's true:)

@ Alex & L.G.: I agree... all rejections should be handed over to the kids, so they can file it in the appropriate place :)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Congratulations on your award and on being such a convincing liar.

Leigh Covington said...

Ha! Funny stuff. Mostly I am caught on that last quote about rejection. *sigh* Just got to remember that when the rejections start coming. Have a great weekend.

Morgan said...

LOL! Er... I've used a rejection letter as coloring paper too... truth ;) Love that you can have humor about it... you have to! :D

Hope Roberson said...

I'm guessing the first one is the truth :) Although you probably drove without it and then you were breaking the rules and being a bit of a dare devil like all the other choices...hmmm...

Julie Flanders said...

I'm also voting for the mattress story. Thanks so much for coming by my blog today, Mark. It's great to meet you!

Mark Koopmans said...

@ Michael: Dude, *that* was FUNNY!

@ Leigh: don't get caught - get signed :)

@ Morgan: Amen, sister, amen!

@ Hope: I know nothing....

Anonymous said...

Hi Mark, huge congrats on the award... so did you break anything jumping off the bridge?

Misha Gerrick said...

I'm thinking number 2. :-D

Just wanted to drop by and say thanks for the follow. Have a great weekend.

Cassie Mae said...

Oh I totally want that mattress thing to be true! And if it's not, you must make it so, and tape it, put it on your blog and win 100,000 dollars from America's Funniest Home Videos :)

And really? No streaking? I think you're lying about that one, just so we all don't judge you too harshly ;)

Suze said...

I vote for the one about jumping off the bridge. It seems absurdly true to me.

Theresa Milstein said...

I like the idea of letting my children use rejections for doodling. I have a nice pile of them!

Congratulations on your award. Look forward to hearing which one is the lie.

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