2018: The Year in Writing

2018: The Year in Writing

by So while 2018 didn’t work out even remotely how I planned in terms of the writing goals I set in January (for mostly, but not completely, good reasons), it did work out reasonably well in the end. I didn’t achieve all of the original goals, much less the Stretch and Super Stretch Goals I …

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December Writing Report

December Writing Report

by December saw me turn in a solid performance, writing-wise, with a respectable average daily word count of 2041. Started to branch things out a little bit into the publishing side of things, too. 30 writing days out of a possible 31. Accomplishments in December: Short Fiction: I put 12,586 words into what I’d originally …

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Happy Birthday To Me

Happy Birthday To Me

by Happy birthday to me. When this posts, my 48th birthday will be very close to being over. I’ll have completed 48 full orbits around the sun and be just starting my 49th. Seems like a lot, but at same time it seems like very little. I don’t mean in terms of geologic time, obviously, …

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Introducing Princess Buttercup

Introducing Princess Buttercup

by Introducing, Princess Buttercup! Almost accidentally, we brought home a ball python on Boxing Day. I won’t go into the major details, but a young man going through some massive life changes at the moment has found himself in a position where he has to re-home many of the reptiles he’s been keeping the last …

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My Christmas Play List

My Christmas Play List

by Whatever you’re celebrating this time of year, I hope it’s good. I hope it’s everything you need to be. I realize a previous post may lead you in the direction of me not liking Christmas. Actually, I’m fairly certain I said that I kind of hate it. I also explained, which only matters if …

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This is Oliver

This is Oliver

by This is Oliver. Ollie. Ollie-Pop. Giant Dog™. Giant Doofus. Barky McBarkface. The biggest suck in the world. He’ll be 8 years old in the new year, which bothers me a little, because the typical age range for his breed (a Saint Bernard) is 8 to 10. But, he’s quite healthy, built lean for a …

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I Kind of Hate Christmas

I Kind of Hate Christmas

by Confession time: I kind of hate Christmas. Okay, maybe hate is too strong a word. And I don’t necessarily mean the basic concept of Christmas itself. Whatever religious significance you’d like to attach to the holiday, to me Christmas is the gatherings of family and friends, a sharing of thoughts and time, a reminder …

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My Oldest Child

My Oldest Child

by It is the 19th of December in the year 2018 of the common calendar, and it is a date of special significance to me. At 1:42 AM this morning my son, my firstborn child, turned 20 years old. 20. 20 years ago today, in the middle of the night, I held him for the …

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Reliance on Power

Reliance on Power

by I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but our society has a tremendous reliance on power built in. I’m not talking about electricity here, although it’s particularly important to the operation of our society on pretty much every level. Electricity, and the ability to produce it, basically determines how prosperous your society and its individual …

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Another Manufactured Controversy

Another Manufactured Controversy

by So it’s amazing what becomes a controversy these days.I suppose I shouldn’t be amazed anymore, with the “War on Christmas” getting more ridiculous every year. But somehow, I am. Still surprised, that is.I’ve participated in a number of conversations on this one for some reason. Some have gone well and some not so much. …

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