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Veterans’ Day 2012

It’s a bit late in the day here, on Veterans’ Day, 2012.

With Daylight Savings Time, it’s getting dark earlier, so as the afternoon wends toward evening, I’m tossing in a word or two.

I want to send a little love note to the Greatest Generation, the heroes who suffered through the Great Depression and then fought in World War II.

When I was a little kid, I didn’t understand enough to appreciate those veterans in my family. They got up and went to work every day, mowed lawns and paid bills. I didn’t realize they were ordinary people who did extraordinary things. I didn’t realize how special they were until I got older.

I found out that heroes don’t have to make a lot of noise and brag and boast and toot their own horns and demand attention. The heroes I knew were just regular guys. How extraordinary.

Thank you, veterans.

Pleasanton Veterans Day Parade, 2012

Pleasanton Veterans Day Parade, 2012 (Photo credit: Images by John ‘K’)

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Suffrage Hay wagon (LOC)

Suffrage Hay wagon (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)


If you’ve already voted, good for you. If you haven’t–go vote!

It’s the right thing to do.

When my grandmothers were young women, they did not have the legal right to vote.

We should remember that. We can’t take rights for granted.

On a less earth shaking but still relevant note, today is Day Six of National Novel Writing Month.

So voting and writing are the verbs to remember today.

Suffrage Parade (LOC)

Suffrage Parade (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

English: "Country Gentleman" magazin...

English: “Country Gentleman” magazine cover, November 1922. The 19th Amendment giving all women the right to vote wasn’t ratified until August 1920. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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NANO Day Three, Stardate eleventybillion


Nanoers (Photo credit: Myles!)

Greetings to fellow Nanoers and writers and friends.

Today is November 3, third day of National Novel Writing Month.

So far, so good.

I’ve hit the minimum 1667 plus a little bit each day.

For me, once I get to 1000 words, it’s not too  hard to push on to the 1667. It’s the stuff up to 1000 that weighs me down.

Fortunately, I like the material I’m working on, so that helps. It’s mostly by the seat of my pants with a good, general idea of where I’m heading with the story and characters.

I need to not burn dinner, so I’ll head for the kitchen in a moment. Sustenance is important. Keep those foods and beverages coming.

I’m drinking Shirley Temple cocktails today (orange juice, diet ginger ale, a splash of Granadine, ice cubes, maraschino cherries). Nothing’s too good for NaNo.

Rock on and write on.

And... they're off!

And… they’re off! (Photo credit: Melissa Maples)

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NaNoWrimo Kick Off Party 2006

NaNoWrimo Kick Off Party 2006 (Photo credit: rkbentley)

Today, All Saints Day, November the first, is the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

I’m participating. Are you? Want to be writing buddies?

Turn off that inner critic and give it a whirl.

NaNoWriMo 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010 (Photo credit: Lindalawen)

As a friend of mine used to say, “What fresh  hell is this?”

I completed NaNo in 2010 ( I have the tee shirt to prove it). Tried again in 2011 but didn’t get very far. Persistence, daily persistence is the key, at least for me. As an experienced procrastinator, any excuse for not banging out something every day will snuff out any novel-writing for the month of November and probably beyond.

But I shall do it. I’m always awash with good intentions.

Suit up and show up writers. Let’s do this thing.


nanowrimo (Photo credit: evilnick)

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