dan-pearce-bookYou know, I used to love reading. I would get a book and get lost in it for a day or two and finish it.

Now, I love reading but I can only do it in very tiny chunks at a time.

It’s been that way ever since I really dove full time into this blog. I just type words all day, and I look at words on my computer screen all day, and I read comments, and emails, and tweets, and Facebook chatter, and webpages all day. All day just about every day.

And the last thing I tend to want to do is crawl into bed the way I used to and read more words.

But still, I do here and there because books are magical and they’re not electronic.

I’ve had ZOO by James Patterson on my nightside table for a long time. Reading a chapter here and there.

Today is momentous for me because I just finished reading the book. It’s been a couple years since I’ve done that. And it wasn’t a hard read. It wasn’t a long read. It was just momentous because I finally did it.

The entire time I’ve been reading it, I’ve used a plane ticket for a book mark. I started using the plane ticket because I bought the book at the airport.

Check out the date on this thing. That’s how long it took me to finish the book.


October 6th, 2012.

That’s how long it took for me to read probably 60,000 words or so.

In that time, I’ve written an entire 70,000 word book. I’ve edited that book several times now. I’ve also written about 155,000 words on this blog.

I’ve also been through the following major holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.

I watched my kid go from five and a half to six and a bit. I met a girl, fell in love, and have dated her long enough to feel comfortable letting the occasional toot slip.


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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 2 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!