Should you participate in NaNoWriMo next year?

Ack! I just realized I didn’t post my blog this weekend! It was all written, but… There are many good reasons to write a novel in a month. I did it once. I have the certificate to prove it. I wrote well over 50,000 words in 2009. They were, for the most part, not very good words, at least not in the way they were put together. But I did it. I sat down every single day and wrote at least 2000 words, just to prove I could do it. The only person I needed to prove that to was …

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Only one picture this week because I’m pictured-out for today.

It’s 12:25 Sunday afternoon and I just realized I haven’t written my blog. I’m really not sure what I’m going to write about yet. In the spirit of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) I’m going to just start writing and see what happens. Something weird is happening in my mind lately – I’m a week ahead! I thought last Saturday was the WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) craft fair at Fresno City College. Friday night I told Aunt Carleen we’d go around 10:00. But… It’s not until NEXT Saturday. I’m not participating as a vendor this year, …

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NaPiDraMo

This month, my friends is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. I did it in 2009. This is my certificate: But I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year, or ever again, probably. At this point in my career I’d much rather write picture books – 50,000 words just ain’t gonna work for a picture book. So… I’m doing NaPiWriMo, National Picture Drawing Month, a contest of my own creation. As far as I know, I’m the only contestant, but that’s OK. I often compete with myself. The objective is to draw the equivalent of 1,666.666666666667 words per day. That’s 50,000 words divided …

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Just trying to figure the whole thing out…

This is a sketch of me called “Waiting For Crows.” Or, it could be called “Waiting For Me To Understand Technology.” For some reason my blog didn’t post today, so I’m just going to try another one. This post is not about anything, except my frustration with all this computer stuff. So I’m just going to post some random pictures. Maybe I’ll even mention that the WORLD’S GREATEST ANTHOLOGY is nearly to it’s goal of 100 stories by 100 authors. We still have 4 days and about 20 stories to go, last time I checked. But we beat the previous …

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Write. Read. Draw. Paint. Play on Facebook.

I wrote this last Sunday. Things have happened since then. I won’t go into great detail because I told all about it on facebook. This is the gist:  Monday, I fell (actually I was pushed by my car) and got caught between the open door of my van and the cold, hard ground. Very, very bruised, and very, very sore. Had x-rays on Tuesday, but haven’t heard from the doctor, which is a good thing. It’s Friday and if anything was broken they would have let me know by now. I have pain pills and for the first couple of days …

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It’s Tuesday Again and I Haven’t Written My Blog!

These are paintings I did of Ben Luna (Edward Scissorhands) and Jake Luna (Killer Clown) in their Halloween costumes a few years ago. Halloween is THE Luna holiday. I was looking for the actual photos, but I found these first. More about Jake and Ben later in this post. There’s just too much to do, too much to do. I finished “Maggie’s Song” for CEA’s World Greatest Anthology. It’s about 5500 words, way more than I’m used to writing. And, of course, I finished the last draft and promptly lost the file! My mind was too addled at that point …

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Why do I wear what I wear?

I’m late this week. It was a crazy weekend. But, as they say, better late than never. I dress funny. I wear what some people would call a mumu. One of the kids at work asked me just last week, “Why do you always wear those night gown dresses?” Why? They’re loose and comfortable. I don’t like to be restricted. And because they’re easy to make. I sew the yoke to the rest of the dress, sew a few hems, and I’m done. I also make my own clothes because you simply can’t find store-bought clothes with the kind of …

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The floor looks empty without a big old hairy-toed dog lying on it.

Ol’ hairy-toes is gone. Pokey is wandering around the living room looking in all the empty dog beds, searching for his friend. Katsu was one hell of a dog –  an ADHD crazy crack-head bundle of pure energy – and love. Brian found him running up to moving cars on the freeway.  He opened the truck door and the black and white hairy dog jumped right in. He was obviously well cared for, and very friendly. Brian thought the best way to find the owner was to take him to the Animal Shelter. There, he was told that if the dog …

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We are now entering the Land of Ghosties…

I was very pleased with last week’s storytelling workshop with Terrance Mc Arthur. It was well attended – not to many, not too few, just the right amount. Terrance was talking about family and personal stories, and one of his “story starters” was “Your first job.” Ah, I remember it well. 1969. I was 18 years old and fresh out of high school. I was a nurse’s aide at The Clovis Nursing Home. It was on Clovis Avenue in a beautiful old house called Wolfe Manor. Wolfe Manor, sadly, was torn down recently. Built off the back of the house …

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Workshop notes for Terrance V. Mc Arthur

TELLING FAMILY STORIES: a presentation by Terrance V. Mc Arthur FINDING THE STORY Choose a Memory—Is there something you remember about a special person, place, or time?  It’s a story.  Write it down. Friends & Family—Ask questions about your family/friends.  Someone may remember what happened better than you do…or they may know the rest of the story.  Get a group together and start digging up the old times.  You may remember what you’ve forgotten…or discover things you wish you didn’t know. Diaries/Journals/Histories—Did someone write down what happened?  Study their words.  You may learn things you never knew that will surprise …

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