It Should Be Something Special Don’t You Think?


So today I posted my 300th edition of the 100-Words Daily Challenge. I am pretty pleased about that and think this is a pretty cool milestone. I have been working on this every day for nearly a year now (with the exception of last November when I took a break for NaNoWriMo) and with only a couple more months before I hit a full year I thought it was time to start planning on what I will do with this thing. Continue reading “It Should Be Something Special Don’t You Think?”

It Should Be Something Special Don’t You Think?


So today I posted my 300th edition of the 100-Words Daily Challenge. I am pretty pleased about that and think this is a pretty cool milestone. I have been working on this every day for nearly a year now (with the exception of last November when I took a break for NaNoWriMo) and with only a couple more months before I hit a full year I thought it was time to start planning on what I will do with this thing. Continue reading “It Should Be Something Special Don’t You Think?”

It Should Be Something Special Don’t You Think?


So today I posted my 300th edition of the 100-Words Daily Challenge. I am pretty pleased about that and think this is a pretty cool milestone. I have been working on this every day for nearly a year now (with the exception of last November when I took a break for NaNoWriMo) and with only a couple more months before I hit a full year I thought it was time to start planning on what I will do with this thing. Continue reading “It Should Be Something Special Don’t You Think?”

I Went and Did It Again


jm3 /Free Photos

This morning I went and submitted a story to a literary magazine. It always feels so good to have a story finished and ready for submission, but the moment I hit that send button all of the anxiety comes crashing in. I think every writer gets that effect or something like that. I am pretty proud of this piece and I think it stands a decent enough chance, but I thought the same thing about my last piece as well. I do think my writing is getting better though so even if I receive another rejection letter I will be okay. Continue reading “I Went and Did It Again”

I Went and Did It Again


jm3 /Free Photos

This morning I went and submitted a story to a literary magazine. It always feels so good to have a story finished and ready for submission, but the moment I hit that send button all of the anxiety comes crashing in. I think every writer gets that effect or something like that. I am pretty proud of this piece and I think it stands a decent enough chance, but I thought the same thing about my last piece as well. I do think my writing is getting better though so even if I receive another rejection letter I will be okay. Continue reading “I Went and Did It Again”

I Went and Did It Again


jm3 /Free Photos

This morning I went and submitted a story to a literary magazine. It always feels so good to have a story finished and ready for submission, but the moment I hit that send button all of the anxiety comes crashing in. I think every writer gets that effect or something like that. I am pretty proud of this piece and I think it stands a decent enough chance, but I thought the same thing about my last piece as well. I do think my writing is getting better though so even if I receive another rejection letter I will be okay. Continue reading “I Went and Did It Again”

New Year’s Resolutions and Other Insanities


Anthony K. Valley /Foter

Last year I set one real goal/resolution for 2011. I wanted to average 500 words per day in my writing and I’m happy to say I exceeded that. I barely wrote anything I in December and still my average for the year exceeded 600. The 50k word written for NaNaWriMo helped me take a break in December which I desperately needed so that I could bend more of my will against the editing process. Continue reading “New Year’s Resolutions and Other Insanities”

No More NaNoWriMo


Okay…no more NaNoWriMo until next year at least. November has come and gone and it has all bee a fabulous blur, but it is time to get back on course. I set aside all other writing for my NaNoWriMo project, but I must get back to it now. I have my 100-word project to keep me writing and I am editing and rewriting ALONE as well.  I would really like to have it completely edited and ready for submission by the end of January, so there is a lot of work to be done there. I figure once I have Alone ready and I’m shopping it around, I’ll go back to my NaNoWriMo piece for rewrite and edit.  With any luck I may have one or more published next year. Continue reading “No More NaNoWriMo”

NaNoWriMo: Day 26


So I wrote nothing on the 26th day of the month, but I had a REALLY good excuse. I was spending the last day of my vacation with my wife and kids.

I spent the morning watching the sunrise with my wife. It was one of the greatest moments of my Thanksgiving Holiday.

Sunrise on Tybee Island

After we got everything put together, packed up and ready to g0 we did a little last minute tourist shopping and headed for our last tourist stop of the trip.

We went to Fort Pulaski, a Civil War Era fort that fell victim to the modernization of the nineteenth century battlefield.  It was awesome to see and the whole family had a great time.

The Flagpole at Fort Pulaski

Believe It or Not I Do Things Other Than Write


I know my life lately has been dominated by NaNoWriMo, but there has been a lot of other stuff going on as well. Most of it has very little to do with me, but it has everything to do with my kids.

In the last week we had parent teacher conferences for both boys and let me just tell you how proud of them I am. Both are earning straight A’s and got high marks in behavior as well. I walked out of both conferences with my chest puffed up just a little. Tracy and I have worked hard with them,  but their love of learning is their own and it makes me so very proud.

Soccer season is over and I am plenty okay with that. Zachary’s team, the one I coached, did not do well in the tournament and it left me a little shaken as a coach. I felt like I had not done right by them, but I can say that they all played better by the end of the year and I can take some comfort in that.  Connor’s team went undefeated even through the all county tournament. They were champions to be sure.

Now that there is no soccer we are back to cub scouts and karate has kicked into a higher gear once again, so even without soccer we keep going at full tilt. Zachary doesn’t know it yet but after the first of the year he’ll be getting to take the art classes he has been wanting to take. No rest for this family.

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and this year we’ll be heading to Tybee Island outside of Savannah, Georgia. A trip to the coast has become a family tradition and we are all looking forward to it. Zachary is hoping he can find an alligator head to bring home with him and I promised that if we couldn’t find one that I would order one online for him. I don’t always understand why he wants things but I admire the passion he has for those things.

We have recently started getting an assortment of locally grown fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis. The produce is so much better than what we get at the store and we get things I don’t normally try. For example, this week we got mustard and collard greens, so last night I made mustard greens and they were really good (at least Tracy and I thought so, the boys weren’t quite so enthusiastic). I’m really looking forward to seeing what we get next week so that I can use the great produce for a fantastic holiday dinner. If you have a chance to get local produce like this I strongly suggest that you do it.

I have turned a corner of sorts at work. I spoke with our senior network tech and he has started working with me on server setup. In a couple of weeks i’ll be doing a complete server install and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m studying and preparing for it and I hope I will do many more going forward. Being a network administrator is what I want to do and the experience I earn doing this work will stay with me forever.

Well I think that is it for now. I’ll go back to working on NaNoWriMo until the end of the month then it will be hard core editing time.

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