What I want for Christmas – Snow!

Snow for Christmas, or ice? Will you have snow for Christmas? Perhaps it will be warm like it was here this morning. Or it may be freezing rain like we had yesterday. Yesterday, we woke to freezing rain and single digit temperatures. Today it got up to low sixties before …

Christmas Gifts for Writers

Internet for gift ideas – how ‘novel’ Search the internet for Christmas gifts for writers and you will be overwhelmed by the variety of suggestions. I am a writer and love gifts. However, my wife gives me the ‘are you kidding me’ look every time I tell someone that I …

Christmas gifts that can open the world of adventure

The tree needs more Christmas presents I lay awake last night considering Christmas gifts for my grandchildren. My wife and I had purchased the big items and they sat wrapped under our little tree. “Little” is a 5 foot artificial one we bought when the living room became too small …

Too early for New Year’s Resolutions

Too early for New Year’s Resolutions? I sit thinking of the resolutions I made last year and wondered whether I kept them. The one I am sure I kept was a commitment to lose some weight. I think the reason I don’t remember the others is because I didn’t keep …

Is having fun not enough?

  The question asked is having fun not enough? Must winning be the only acceptable result? Before I explain why I ask, a brief interlude to discuss the status of my writing. My novels are lonely! The Christmas season is in full bloom and I have the post-nanowrimo malaise. This …

NaNoWriMo — Kiliane’s Rage

NaNoWriMo — Kiliane’s Rage I finished NaNoWriMo with a total 50,248 words in 28 days. It has been an interesting experience from which I learned much. My goal when I signed up was a 50k word novel or near-novel by the end of the month. It was great relief to …

Pipeline Soccer Boys 2008 Gold

Pipeline Soccer Boys 2008 Gold (https://pscboys2008gold.shutterfly.com/) I was blessed to be assistant coach for the Pipeline Soccer Club (http://www.pipelinesoccerclub.com/) Boys 2008 Gold team. It has been a pleasure to have coached this team of fine young men. Labor Day Tournament The team began practice in August in preparation for the …

Thanksgiving in Panama

  NaNoWriMo update This shares an interesting Thanksgiving story. But first, an NaNoWriMo challenge update. Every day I am writing something towards the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words in the month of November. I have completed fourteen days and I am ahead of schedule. I hope to finish by day 22 …

NaNoWriMo – Day 7

This is NaNoWriMo – Day 7 and my word count today is 1743. Still on track. I was ready to write today when I realized how far into the novel I was. I was well past the events to hook the reader. I described the cast of characters and limited …

NaNoWriMo – Day 5

NaNoWriMo – Day 5 The total for NaNoWriMo – Day 5 is 1706. The total for the five days is 10.1k plus. I scheduled early mornings on weekends for writing. I couldn’t keep the schedule today. A contractor friend came to finish the bathroom remodel. I worked with him, mostly he …