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“Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science.” - Girl Genius, by Kaja & Phil Foglio

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

Perspective, it's all about perspective ...

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tomorrow It Will Be November!

November first means the start of National Novel Writing Month. I have two tiny seeds for short stories. I plan to start with a thumbnail sketch then expand out into the story itself. Whatever story occurs to me when I get up in the morning will be first.

I've mentioned before that I'm a pantser. That generated the first story seed. Auto spell check keeps trying to change "pantser" to "panther." So at least one story will have a panther. I haven't decided if it will be an animal or human panther. Or perhaps both.

Update on my tech fail:

The zombie modem has been retired.  :-((  It was a good little modem that also has wireless capabilities. Now I have two boxes (modem and router) where there used to be one.

I have new earbuds. Music is in stereo again.

The iPod is hanging in there. Not sure when I'll have time to pick up another one.

Good luck to everybody starting the adventure that is NaNo. Keep in touch! I'll try to do that, too.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Rambles when I should be heading to work

A snowflake landed on my windshield yesterday.  Spotting the first flake of the season isn't quite as thrilling as the first robin or first butterfly.  Quite the opposite, actually.

The iPod won't hold a charge.
One earbud is dead and the other faint.
Last night half-way through my on-line class the modem died.
Well, pretended to die.  This morning it's fine.

I have a zombie modem.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

That Writing Time of Year

November will be here in twelve days!  And that means National Novel Writing Month.  It's what November is FOR after all.  Right?

This will be my ninth year participating and my fourth year rebelling.  I'll be writing short stories AND ignoring word count.  (I want to focus on practicing the new stuff from the workshop and not be distracted by that pesky word count.)  I've made no plans beyond that.  Totally winging it.

My NaNo signature this year: "When you break rules, break 'em good and hard." (Spoken by Nanny Ogg in Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett.)

Why do I keep doing this?  It's a wonderful way to improve your writing.  I consider it a marathon of a writing practice.  No matter what the word count on that first morning of December, I have a story that didn't exist on Halloween.  I also had the pleasure of writing along with others from all over the world.

Many of the folks who read my blog are WriMo veterans.  If you're one of the people who isn't and have considered writing a novel "some day," perhaps this is the year you try.  Come join us!