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Where, oh, where, oh where have I been?

June 4, 2011

The 90 Day Novel: Unlock the Story Within, by Alan Watt, author of Diamond DogsI know I haven’t written much on here for a while. Okay, I haven’t written anything on here since last November. But I’ve been working on so many projects–music, photography, writing, getting my home studio back in shape. When I have the energy, that is. Which has been a bit of problem. Til now. With the addition of my latest project–yet another thirty day novel as part of WriDaNoJu–I’m finding that I feel pretty good. I’m not even having to take naps. Well, not every day. This past week I only took two short naps during the day and, in case you don’t realize it, that’s astounding considering how many naps I’ve been taking for the last couple of years. Read more…


Finished! 50,000 words and in less than 30 days

November 27, 2010

Whew! Glad that’s done and now I can stop watching the word count and really focus on the writing, which I am enjoying immensely. Of course, I’ve got so many ideas for the novel I don’t see how I can fit ’em all into one. So I’m not going to try. Just gonna make outlines in a very general way for several different stories and see where I should break things up. This was a great jump start for my writing. I look forward to NaNoWriMo every year for exactly that reason. πŸ™‚

Progress report on the novel and reading Stephen King

November 18, 2010

National Novel Writing Month36,175 words and 73% done on the NaNoWriMo novel. Working titles include: “Be careful what you wish for” and “First there is a body, then there is no body, then there is” and, my favorite, “Help, I’ve fallen into a novel and I can’t get out!”

It’s a good thing the handbook is entitled, No Plot? No Problem! Because I’m 73% on the way to 50,000 words and still have only the vaguest notion where I’m going with all this. I can say that things took a scary turn in this evening’s writing session. Could it be because I’ve been reading Stephen King? This past weekend I read his book on writing, called On Writing, and decided it was high time I read some of his fiction. So I steeled my nerves and headed out to the newest used bookstore in town, and bought an armful of King classics: Misery, The Stand (expanded and uncut version), Carrie, and the like. I’ve seen the movies, now I’m going to read the books. I’m gonna learn myself to write if’n it be the last thang I ever do. And it may be! πŸ˜‰ See you at the next progress report. And I expect to have some progress to report! If I don’t scare the daylights outta myself.

A great parody video for NaNoWriMo

November 9, 2010

No, it’s not my video, but I wish it was! This is great! If you’ve ever participated in NaNoWriMo—or know anyone who has—then you’ll love this parody by Errol Elumir. Made me laugh out loud. Really. People moved away from my table. (What they were doing at my table, I’ll never know…Sorry. Just a little joke. Very little, apparently.) Okay, enough from me. Watch the video! (Watch on YouTube or on the blog, aptly named, “I Should Be Writing.”)

Scrivener writing software for PC or Mac half price for NaNoWriMo

November 3, 2010

Scrivener specials for NaNoWriMo in PC or Mac versionsI’m using Scrivener to write this month’s novel and I gotta tell you: I love it! And it’s only half-price (I think regular price is around $50) after you validate your 50,000 words at the end of November. See details at NaNoWriMo and at Scrivener’s page. See links below.

Sunrise on Hilton Head Island

September 29, 2010

sunrise_092410_0108, originally uploaded by Disciple96.

Got back a few days ago from a trip to Hilton Head Island, SC. I took my dog with me. My dad’s dog had to stay with him, much to her dismay. But my doggie has traveled all over the country with me and hasn’t had an accident in a motel room yet. When his dog gets better about that, she can go on trips too. Above is a photo of sunrise at the beach. Note the lab strolling along the shore. Lots of folks had their dogs with them at the motel and at the beach. Dogs everywhere. My kind of travel destination! πŸ™‚

Christian Diversity, a new site where I contribute

September 28, 2010

A friend of mine has started a new site, Christian Diversity and I’m very excited to be a contributor. We are a group of Christians from various backgrounds and traditions who have come together to cordially present and discuss views on Christian doctrines. The site has been up for a few days and our first topic has been Original Sin. Why not begin at the beginning, huh? πŸ˜‰

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