Yesterday at my place

Remember when I was filmed for a documentary back in June? Well, the filmmakers dropped by my place yesterday for a follow-up interview about my rubber band ball. Here’s a photo I took while their camera was pointed at me:
(The ball now weighs 228 pounds.)
Later that evening, my writing group met at my apartment, and by the end of the night, there were 21 of us. Every meeting begins with a solid hour of quiet writing. I don’t give any assignments or prompts or writing exercises. It’s just a chunk of time for everyone to use however they want. Here’s a photo that I took during the hour:
That’s pretty much it. Just wanted to share some of the stuff that I’ve been up to lately.



    Zack, I read with interest your entry about Jerry Dior. Small acts of kindness, right? Mr. Dior sent you all those mlb logo items, signed….pretty cool. I figured I’d give it a try, so I wrote him a note and requested a signed logo and patch. I sent along an offer to pay a fee if he charges for the items, and included a self-addressed, stamped manila envelope for him to use. I got what you got, in a huge padded envelope to accomodate and protect the items. I work as a counselor in the criminal justice system and I’d had a difficult day…but then I got home and found that he sent me this stuff (NOW I’M SMILIN’ !), and at his own expense ($2.75!!) and no fee expected. A nice man, I believe…..the kind of guy I’d like to go to lunch with and hear the story of designing the logo and all that followed. I’d like to thank you for inspiring the idea. All the best to you and your family, and I’m looking forward to the book. -Dave

  2. zackhample

    VERY cool. I only exchanged a few emails with Jerry, but in that limited communication, he proved himself to be an incredibly nice guy. Glad it all worked out for you, and you’re welcome!


    What’s the writing group all about? Is this your way of mentoring aspiring writers or is it merely a group of “writer friends”? First I recall you mentioning it on the blog, hence the question.

    Looking forward to working with you in a few months when the book is released. Enjoy your holiday season if we don’t speak again until after the first of the year.

  4. zackhample

    I’m not a mentor. I’m just the founder/organizer. It’s more of a friendly thing — a chance for writers to meet and hang out and and get some work done and critique for each other. Happy holidays to you too.

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