NaNoWriMo OhNo!

No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.
— Tony Robbins

Every year as November approaches I go through the internal debate of whether or not to do NaNoWriMo. In all the years I have tried to do NaNo I have only hit the 50K mark once. I always start out with the best of intentions and do well at first, but I always fall short in the end.

So why am I missing the mark? The first problem is as it is for most people: Time. I am lucky if I can crank out a couple thousand words in a week, much less 1667 per day every day for a month. I work a full time job and have a wife and kids. I could probably do 1667 per day if I could find a solid couple hours uninterrupted before 10PM. Most of my writing happens between ten and midnight, but lets face it, I have been up since about 6AM and have been going pretty full tilt until about nine or ten. I am freaking exhausted by the time I can sit down and write.

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Thankful For What I Have and What I Have Lost


I really didn’t intend to write a Thanksgiving post. To me those sort of posts seem overly sappy or completely contrived. My goal is to do neither, but I think I may end up more on the side of sappy, so bear with me, okay?

I am so thankful for my family. I have a beautiful wife that loves me despite the fact that I am such a screw up. She stands by my side and supports me in everything I do, even when my choices are not always the best. I love you, Tracy. Continue reading “Thankful For What I Have and What I Have Lost”

Tybee Island Sunrise

On the last day of my trip to Tybee Island, my wife and I decided to head to the beach to catch the sunrise. Although it was the end of November it was warm enough that a sweatshirt was all the protection we needed. We sat in a bench swing and watched early morning beach goers, birds, dolphins and the sunrise. It was a beautiful way to cap the visit.

Here are some of my favorites from that morning.


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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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