The Voices in My Head

The voices aren’t really in my head. They’re in the head of Marcus Matherne (pronounced ImageSmith).

Marcus is an author who has a blog here at WordPress, and in my effort to support WordPress authors this year, I recently read Marcus’ book, My Status Update Journey.

I wasn’t going to read it just yet. I’m in the middle of another book, and I’m chomping at the bit to get to the next one on my list. I wonder where Marcus’ book is on my list. Let me check and see.

Ok, I’m back. A lot of you have written books, you know. My list is quite long, and to be fair, I’ve already read Marcus’ picture book for children going to school for the first time, Big Yellow School Bus, so, hopefully, he won’t be offended when he reads this and finds out he was number fourteen on my list.

But then the power went out last Monday night. I finished reading a book on my Nook, and I played “Where’s My Water” until my Nook died. Now what?

My new Kindle Paperwhite was charged, but that meant starting a new book. I didn’t want to get Imageinto something deep, so I started flipping through my library and spotted Marcus’ book. Why not? I’d give it a shot.

Oh my gosh! This book is funny!

I rarely laugh out loud when I’m by myself, and I suppose I didn’t laugh out loud when reading this, but I did chuckle out loud quite a few times. COL!

Marcus downloaded his Facebook status comments from a span of about three years, and pulled out the best of them. His commentary around these “status update” comments is worthy of a stand-up comic with perfect timing. His stories are entertaining, and some are downright hilarious, with most revolving around his wife and two sons.

Can you imagine a grown man driving his two boys all around town so they could find every bench in town. The boys would hop out, sit on the bench, Marcus would take a picture of them sitting on the bench, and off they would go to the next bench where they would do it again. This still tickles my funny bone.

His blog post here was inspired by my telling my mother his story from the book about children needing their behinds wiped. She laughed as hard as if I had told her a great joke.

Then there was the clapping of hands. If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. He writes: The next time I am in an important meeting or in a crowd of strangers, I’m going to start clapping like crazy. When people start to stare, I’ll just say, “I’m happy and I know it.”

I muffled a laugh so I wouldn’t wake Rich up when I read, “There was one time that I saw a half of a jelly doughnut lying there spilling its guts out. I felt like I was at a crime scene and almost called 911.”

There are even a few pictures in his book. I especially liked the one where his face was pressed against a flatbed scanner – and his eyes were open!

I enjoyed My Status Update Journey and a look into the life of Marcus and his family. The man Imagestill loves Froot Loops. What’s not to love!

This is a perfect read for when you want something to fill the gap. Read it on an airplane, or read it at the beach. Read it over a few lunches or while waiting for an appointment. It’s a great palate cleanser, so to speak, between other reads.

I hope you, too, will consider supporting WordPress authors this year, and add Marcus Matherne (pronounced Smith) to your list of authors to read. I know you will laugh.

In case anyone wonders … I purchased my copy of My Status Update Journey. Marcus did not ask for a review, and my review today is based solely on the fact that I enjoyed his book enough to recommend it to my friends. Check out his reviews at Amazon; I’m not the only one!

60 thoughts on “The Voices in My Head

  1. What a nice review. I enjoyed reading about this author and also enjoyed the way you wrote it….a nice conversational way. I felt you were writing just to me. 🙂
    You make writing look easy.

  2. Boo! Did I scare ya huh huh? haha! don’t mind me I’m just strange. It was a great review Maddie, I will for sure have to check it out soon. I don’t have as much time for reading as I would like but I bet I can squeeze in a few laughs. After all laughing makes you younger, my grandma told me that, and grandma’s don’t lie. 🙂

    • It was your fault I was reading comedy last Monday night in the first place! 🙂 Laughing does make you younger! That’s why I’m twelve years old. Glad you are busy; that means things are going well for you.

      • Well I picked the wrong day to write a ghost story. I still have to write the second and most scary part of that story. 😉 I am busy, getting busier by the minute. I’ll send you an email later with all that’s going on. Hope your weekend was a great one!

        • I hope you laugh yourself right back to the toddler years. Consider reading some bad news just as you are approaching your zeroth year. Too far, and you’ll laugh yourself out of existence.

  3. So there is a party here for me! Maddie, this unexpected review was completely unexpected. (That’s the same sort of thing as saying, “that blue sky is so blue!”) Thank you so much for helping get the word out about my book. You rock. Keep chuckling out loud!

  4. This sounds very, very funny! 🙂 And I did laugh out loud, think that clapping thing is a great idea! 🙂

    I should write down my random thoughts and craziness as well. You never know what you could develop into a good book idea! 🙂

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