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October 25, 2011
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Eco Boy vs. Yoga Girl.

..The below is an excerpt of a forthcoming novella. It's autobiographical fiction (with the emphasis on fiction). Book forthcoming in Spring 2012.

Chapter XX: Nearly Vegan Girl & Eco Boy do Sunday Brunch at their favorite Pretentious yet Incompetent Foodie Restaurant in Bubble Town.

"Life is lonely and sad and we're all busy wearing a smiling, confident, acceptable mask. Better to share a moment with a true friend, take the mask off, and show yourself to be the fool you are."
~ Dr. Willard Evans

~

Setting: Farm-to-Table Foodie Restaurant in Denton, Colorado. An early Sunday in late October.

~

WHEREIN Eco Boy feels sorry for himself, is tired and lonely, resolves to leave his own People, wonders when his hot fresh croissant will come; and Nearly Vegan Girl enjoys her $20 plate of eggs, grits and $9 french-press coffee, and thinks vaguely lascivious thoughts.

~

He was the Public Park of Friendship.

He'd woken up after another long night of working on his laptop and big monitor at the same time while eating slightly too much eco bachelor food (organic veggie chili n'chips n'vegan almond cheese stuff) and walked outside in his boxers with crazy bedheadhair while Blue trotted about, tail wagging and peeing on everything. He group-texted five dear friends—maybe his only five real friends.

He had thousands of "friends" who liked to wave at him when they saw him sitting outside a restaurant and felt cool for doing so and thought he was cool though he wasn't that cool—all he ever did was work. And they expected him to know their names, which he didn't—they had never really talked to him and didn't invite him to anything because all he ever did was work, but he waved back because he genuinely liked people and enjoyed being a public figure, like a younger version of the proverbial old man on a rocking chair on the front porch of the general store of yore.

"Yes Ill meet u at 1030 b on time" she texted back.

He arrived at 1045, okay 1050, made an expertly non-guilty but blame-taking excuse and they settled in to a table outside...click here for the rest.

~

I'm honored to announce: Eco Boy vs. Yoga Girl will be serialized in Origins Magazine.

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~Waylon Lewis

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