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Date:2006-11-25 11:49
Subject:nanowrimo update 3

I finally passed 40,000 words this morning putting the end in sight. I was shooting for 2,000 words per day at the start of the month but I ended up missing days here and there. Work, kids, and the Thanksgiving holiday all contributed to that, but the biggest reason is that once again I didn't do enough prep work. But at least I should be able to finish this year.

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Date:2006-11-13 00:00
Subject:nanowrimo update 2

I cracked 20K this morning. I'm a little behind where I'd like to be but I'm still on schedule to finish. I'm kind of puzzled at some of the soap opera like developments in my novel but perhaps it will all sort itself out in the end.

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Date:2006-11-05 20:57
Subject:nanowrimo update

5 days into Nanowrimo I have a bit over 10,000 words. I'm pretty happy with how things are going and one of the reasons that things are going well is because of my new Alphasmart Neo.

It's pretty cool: really lightweight, super long battery life, and no distractions. It's a tool for writing and nothing else.

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Date:2006-10-31 21:27
Subject:nanowrimo scorecard

2001 - My first attempt and I finished my crime novel on the last day with just over 50K words.

2002 - A classic sophomore slump; I did about 32K words of a horror novel but couldn't finish. It's good stuff and I should go back to it someday.

2003 - This time I went back to the crime genre and finished with about 59K.

2004 - I tried a fantasy novel this year and finished with just over 50K words. Not my best effort but I was glad I tried something new.

2005 - A complete failure. I punked out less than one week into the month. Didn't have enough plot or characterization and had too much stress.

2006 - This year, I'm trying something that's less of a genre piece and more contemporary fiction. And after reading my Nanowrimo attempts for the past five years, my wife is going to try Nanowrimo too.

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Date:2006-10-17 21:07
Subject:on watching Dr. Who

Many years ago, L. and I spent one summer living in a university town. Looking for some folks with which to play Dungeons and Dragons, we stumbled upon a new group that was forming as part of a "free univeristy" kind of thing. We went to the first game which was held in a university classroom. The DM, Adam, sat at a desk in the front of the room while the rest of the group sat in rows facing him. There must have been 30 people in the group.

Adam was a terrible DM and we didn't even last through the entire session before walking out (politely, I'd like to think). There was much talk about killing things for experience points which, even then, didn't make much sense to me. And I remember Adam explaining that the sun didn't rise and set in this world -- it turned on and off. This, he explained, was because he didn't want to have to worry about shadows.

Fortunately, we weren't the only players to leave early. Outside the classroom we talked to a couple of other folks who were interested in playing in a style more like we were used to and we had some fun games
that summer.

Fast forward a couple of years. We were living about two hours away from the university and we learned of a science fiction convention to be held there. Not having a car, we rented a Gremlin with an alarming shimmy to the front end at highway speeds and set out for the convention. We were enjoying the convention so much that we didn't really want to go home. Especially in the dark with that shimmy in the front end of the Gremlin.

But Adam was there and he didn't hold any grudges over us bailing on his D&D game. "You can stay at my place," he said. "My roommates are all away for the summer."

Adam took us to his apartment and led us into the living room. There was an overstuffed chair against one wall. Next to the chair was a stand holding a VCR. Cables snaked across the floor to a TV against the opposite wall. And in a semi-circle around Adam's chair was a ring of empty candy bar wrappers, potato chip bags, comic books, and junk mail.

Somewhat gingerly, we sat on a couch that was on the perpendicular wall to Adam's chair and the TV. "Do you like 'Dr. Who'?" Adam asked.

I confessed that I had never seen "Dr. Who."

"Never saw 'Dr. Who'!" he said. "Well, do you like [dramatic pause] vampires?"

"Yes," I said. I was generally fond of vampires.

Adam shoved a tape into the VCR but I was exhausted and the show was utterly incomprehensible. Pleading exhaustion, we retired to our room.

Adam was still asleep when we woke up the next morning and the ring of garbage around his chair seemed to have grown a bit.

Leaving a polite note thanking him for his hospitality, we walked out on him again.

It was several years before I gave "Dr. Who" another try.

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Date:2005-12-06 05:01
Subject:Dear Santa

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In September I ruled Canada as a kind and benevolent dictator (700 points). In June I put gum in spendlove's hair (-12 points). In May I set whatifoundthere's puppy on fire (-66 points). In January I turned kuangeleven in for tearing the tag off a mattress (3 points). Last Thursday on a flight to Bangladesh, I stole the emergency flight information card (-40 points).

Overall, I've been nice (585 points). For Christmas I deserve a pony!


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Date:2005-04-01 05:43

Put your playlist on shuffle. Pick the first 25 songs that come up and add "in my pants" at the end of each title. Bold your favorites.

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Helpless in my Pants
Ed McCurdy - John Hardy in my Pants
Odetta - If I Had A Hammer in my Pants
The Perth County Conspiracy - Epistle To The Borderliner in my Pants
Atomic Rooster - Black Snake in my Pants
Oscar Brand - Mrs. Murphy's Chowder in my Pants
Richard and Linda Thompson - Living In Luxury in my Pants
Action - Follow Me in my Pants
Whatt Four - Dandelion Wine in my Pants
The Blue Things - The Orange Rooftops Of Your Mind in my Pants
Tomorrow - Why in my Pants
Blues Magoos - Albert Common Is Dead in my Pants
The State Of Mickey & Tommy - With Love from 1 to 5 in my Pants
Buddy Brittain & The Regents - My Pride's Joy in my Pants
The A's - Ain't No Secret in my Pants
Fumin' Humins - Relative Dista in my Pants
Monkees - Good Clean Fun in my Pants
Cisco Houston, Leadbelly, Sonny Terry, Woody Guthrie - We Shall Be Free in my Pants
Richard Thompson - Turning Of The Tide in my Pants
Tim Buckley - Buzzin' Fly in my Pants
The Moon - The Good Side in my Pants
Elliott Smith - Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands in my Pants
The Rockin' Roadrunners - Down in my Pants
William & Versey Smith - When That Great Ship Went Down in my Pants
Mountain Goats - The Sign in my Pants

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Date:2005-01-20 05:38
Subject:I don't know who these people are

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Date:2004-11-29 21:13

50,548 words. I'm done.

Man, Nanowrimo was brutal this year. So why am I already thinking about Nanowrimo 2005?

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Date:2004-11-14 20:02

22,665 words in my Nanowrimo novel as of today. I'm behind but not too far behind.

But I sliced my right finger fixing dinner tonight so the next few chapters won't include any of the characters I usually type with that finger. That includes periods so I guess it's one long sentence for awhile.

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Date:2004-11-06 21:17

I'm at about 7,400 words in my Nanowrimo novel which means I'm something like 3,000 words behind where I wanted to be. I did get to meet a couple of other Nano-ers today. We sat in the coffee shop all typing away on our laptops while other customers tried to figure out what was going on. And it turns out one of the other participants works in the same building as I do.

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Date:2004-10-31 10:33

I decided to do something different for Nanowrimo this year. I'm going to try writing a fantasy novel. I don't have much of a plot yet (no problem!) and I don't much like world-building, so I don't know how this is going to work out. But I think it's important for me to try something different this time around.

I'll start writing early Monday morning.

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Date:2004-10-08 16:41

This week is homecoming week at my oldest son's high school. As part of the festivities they had different dress-up themes for each day.

Monday was pajama day and so he wore pajamas and fluffy slippers.

Tuesday was dress up day and so he wore his suit.

Thursday was "crazy dress up day" and so he wore a skirt, tank top, and makeup.

Friday, today, is school color day so he's wearing his soccer jersey.

And Wednesday? That was mismatch day. He didn't dress up. He just couldn't bring himself to wear mismatched clothes to school.

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Date:2004-07-30 10:18
Subject:overheard on the way to work

"But is the planet ready to be jump-started?"

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Date:2004-07-28 17:58
Subject:look out amberspyglass! tolle_lege is stalking both of us!

dumbthings's LJ stalker is tolle_lege!
tolle_lege is stalking you because you made a nasty comment on their LJ. They are also stalking the rest of your friends list!

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Date:2004-05-22 07:02
Subject:overheard in a bar...

He's not allowed in here! No, wait. He's okay. The old guy that's not allowed in here is missing a hand.

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Date:2004-04-19 08:53
Subject:overheard at the bus stop

"The Passion of Christ"? That shit is great!

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Date:2004-04-17 11:51

One of the things I love about my neighborhood is that you can hear people say, with obvious pride, "My son left yesterday to go work for the carnival."

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Date:2004-03-24 04:33

In my not so humble opinion, you, of course, belong
in the Picture of Dorian Gray, and do not try
to deny it. You belong in the fashionable
circles of Victorian London where exotic
tastes, a double life, decadence, wit and a
hypocritical belief in moral betterment make
you a home. You belong where the witty
apothegms of Lords, the silly moralities of
matrons, the blinding high of opium, and the
beauty of visual arts mingle to form one
convoluted world.

Which Classic Novel do You Belong In?
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Date:2004-02-21 06:25

I love the photographs of newly married couples at City Hall in San Francisco at this site: Justly Married.

Seeing all those happy faces inspired me to donate money to buy flowers for couples waiting in line. You can donate at: Flowers for Al and Don.

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