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Writing from the Towson Sheridan after the talks on all things agent: how to find one, query one, fire one.I tried to stay upbeat except for the one moment when I think I said to prepare for a life of misery.

Now, I’m having a Law and Order relapse. Damn, I thought I kicked this thing.Oh, god, gotta go, Detective Benson has to make a hard decision. More soon.

What are you addicted to?

25 Responses

  1. Law & Order, your blog.

  2. Reading. Seriously. Some people say they are, but I really am. I think I’ve found a point where I can have my addiction and not lose my job.

    I don’t take books to work. (The temptation to take it to the bathroom with me, and read “for just a minute”, even when I didn’t need to go to the bathroom, was just too high.)

    I only buy new books on days when I don’t have to go to work the next day. (I used to buy them on other days of the week and tell myself I’d wait until Friday to read them. Sadly, it turns out I’m a liar.)

    I work at a low paying job that doesn’t require overtime (which would cut into my reading time).

  3. A few years ago, freshly divorced and living alone in a new city, I got into the retro thing of watching “Judging Amy” on TV 3 times a day. There were 2 reruns plus the current episode, so 3 times daily I got thrown forward and backward through the timeframe of the series. The show featured a household where relatives drop in each morning for coffee, and following crises, kept moving into and out of their childhood bedrooms. It was security porn, offering the viewer that safe haven of being surrounded by unconditional love that isn’t there in real life. . .

  4. I am addicted to dancing to slow jazz. Addicted to my partner leaning into me. Whispering in my ear. “Dance into me,” she likes to say. “Dance into me.”

    That’s my addiction.

  5. i don’t think your blog has enough space to list.

    right now, ice cream. if it’s in the house i’m eating it (i have been known to wait til the kids go to bed so i don’t have to share).

    tv? all of it. i can’t get enough of mad men or true blood right now, but i consider that good tv (like being addicted to yoga). my bad tv addictions: gilmore girl reruns, bravo tv, house hunters (at home and international), family guy, and now i found 90210 reruns on the soap network. i’ve got it in a bad way. my husband just shakes his head and quietly exits the room.

    my more dangerous habits (alcohol, pills–i liked xanax and percoset, throwing up after i ate) have all subsided (for now) because of my substantial amounts of therapy through the years. although, i’m pretty sure i’ve been addicted to therapy as well.

    • Have you ever read “Lighting Up: How I Stopped Smoking, Drinking and Everything Else I Loved in Life Except Sex” by Susan Shapiro? Exactly why I steer clear of therapy–I don’t need another addiction.

  6. Ode to Benson’s Hair

    When you started
    Walking the streets you had a bouffant, now it’s ragged and you look thirty years old where before you were twenty. Oh, how the years do pass and you’re now the highest paid women actor on commercial tv, but they say your gonna go bye-bye , away from the New York streets, where the lonely live and we will ne’er hear your voice yell – “Detective Benson here, stop or I’ll shoot.”
    My friends say : that really sucks.

  7. Addictions include, but are not limited to: The internet, risk, British mysteries, books, writing, sweets, especially chocolate, nail polish (worn, not consumed), a certain person, this blog and a couple of others, checking my statcounter, and ice cream – a sweet, but in need of its own mention.

  8. Ah Towson! Wave to Towson University for me. Of course, when I was there it was Towson State University. Now it’s bigger and at some point dropped the ‘State”. I spent my days hunkered down in the Women’s Center fighting over feminists who weren’t lesbians or lesbians who were feminists. Wow. Now I have a headache, which I will fuel with coffee, not my absolute favorite addiction, but a true one, nonetheless.

  9. Detective Benson is leaving???? Say it ain’t so!!!!

    I’m not addicted to “Hoarders” but I watch it every so often because after it’s over I scrub everything in sight.

  10. “prepare for a life of misery”

    But other than that, how was the play?

  11. Life of misery has begun.

  12. Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Rescue Me, Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, The Tudors, Rome, The Wire, Deadwood. Weeds. The History Channel. Way too much tube stuff. Movies. Love movies. Books, of course. Since I write crime fiction among my favorite authors are: Connelly, Crais, Ellroy, Pelecanos. Then there’s Cormac McCarthy (though Blood Meridian left me a bit perplexed and some of his earlier works strike me as brilliantly written but the subject matter is disturbing). His border trilogy is pure poetry.

  13. iced mocha’s
    True Blood
    Hershey’s chocolate bars
    my flat iron
    Rachel Maddow
    Photoshop
    David Sedaris (If he wrote a book a month, I’d be a happy girl)

  14. It’s always something. I gave up television and potato chips back in March; unfortunately, I replaced those with sports radio. I can turn anything into an opiate, except writing, and cleaning, and exercise.

  15. Yikes, I made a mistake:

    Long-running U.S. cop show Law & Order has been cancelled after 20 years. Dick Wolf’s highly-successful New York-based drama premiered in America in 1990 and went on to spawn two separate spin-offs – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. A Los Angeles-based Law & Order is still being planned.

    But the original has been scrapped.

  16. My addiction is America’s Next Top Model (watched at night, lights off, on laptop, with headphones). Until now, undisclosed.

    This morning the six students in my Goucher class spent an hour discussing your recent visit, how much we got out of it, and the things we learned about pitching, writing proposals and marketing.

    We left energized, not deflated. (and I can vouch for a couple more book sales)

    Thank you for visiting!

  17. Now: Books, the internet, coffee.

    Before: Books, booze, cigarettes.

    Oh, quality of life …

  18. British crime shows, and Law and Order SVU. Although, I hate Benson for having a face that doesn’t need hair to be beautiful.

  19. Friday Night Lights, not there’s there’s much to be addicted to any more

  20. “Sex And The City” HBO-episodes on DVD;
    The New York Times on line;
    The NYT Review of books, on line
    variety of music on You Tube;
    “A Tour Of The White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy” on You Tube;
    books and music;
    then, for a change,
    music and books

  21. i am human; i am addicted to validation.

  22. “What are you addicted to?”

    Writing.
    Fucking.
    Black-market mota.

  23. The following:

    Gilmore Girls
    The West Wing
    Playing with my dogs
    Sweets of all kinds, but especially cake

    I was one of the students in your talk at Goucher. Thanks so much for coming – you provided us with frank insight, which is rare.

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