NoNoWriMo/NaBloPoMo Day 6: Ummm.. no!

So for historical purposes I need to say this: today was election day. We re-elected President Obama. My Republican friends are foaming at the mouth. (To said friends, I’m sorry, but your reaction is worse than that of my Democratic friends when Bush was re-elected.) That’s all I mean to say about it.

On the writing front, I wrote about… 74 words. I was distracted by myself, and discovered an overwhelming need for a nap in the middle of the evening, when I already had other plans for the night. In short, I just didn’t do anything. Even this will be just under the wire!

Tomorrow’s another day. Onward!

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NaNoWriMo/NaBloPoMo Day 5: Holy Word Sprint Batman!

I’m feeling a little giddy as I write this! I just did a word sprint: 25 minutes of uninterrupted writing, and wrote 973 words! It’s an exhilarating feeling, too. This means in theory, if I wrote for just an hour or so a day, I could make my daily quota.

I didn’t want to stop, either. I only put on the brakes because the spirit of a word sprint is to not get so bogged down in the writing that you don’t get up and stretch, increasing the likelihood of getting stressed out. Also, there’s a very hot sex scene coming, and I needed a cigarette before getting into all that. 

Oh wouldn’t you love to know!

I’m off to enter my word count just so I don’t miss time. I’ve noticed when you update near the end of the day like this, the NaNoWriMo website is a little slow. Sometimes I have to try again. 

I did write earlier today, reaching the general goal for the day. I still need to write some more, though, so I can creep up on the actual overall goal. (Being behind bites, but if I let it slip away much more it’ll get rather discouraging).  See you tomorrow night!

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NaNoWriMo/NaBloPoMo Day 4: Topsy turvy

Well, now I wish I’d started the month with a bang: my day got kind of turned upside down. I’ve been on the phone all day for a series of family problems. Nothing major, in many ways, but serious enough to require concerted effort and concentration. Therefore, the very idea of starting to write has been kind of anathema to this day.

I don’t mean I didn’t write at all.  As of 8:30PM tonight, I have managed…. 200 words. Whoo.

I do mean to try again in an hour or so, after Tai has gone to bed and I can better concentrate. But I just wanted to give this quick run down of the situation.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

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NaNoWriMo/NaBloPoMo Day 3: oops! 30 minutes to the day!

This will have to do as an entry for NaBloPoMo today, as there is just a half hour left for me to put in any kind of decent word count for NaNoWriMo.

I lazed about today. Shamefully. But I didn’t shirk my duty completely: I wrote for about 30 minutes earlier (about 200 words), and will work for another 30.

I’d stay and say more but time waits for no one….

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NaNoWriMo/NaBloPoMo Day 2: Better!

Yesterday I told you how badly I had failed with NaNoWriMo. I didn’t write a single word, instead concentrating on some of the related back work. Today, I had more of that kind of work to do, but I finished with enough time to start writing. Continue reading

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NaBloPo/NaNoWri-Mo Day 1: Fail

Well hello again dear readers, it’s been a while again. I apologize.  Reality is a little monotonous at the moment, I guess, and I just don’t want to speak too much of my own mind, you know? It feels too personal and too immediate, somehow.  Besides, what is there to talk about but the nearly interminable Presidential race these days?

I exaggerate, but that’s how it’s felt for a little bit, so I chose to keep quiet. However, I have two brand new excuses to speak, and better topics: today is day one of both NaBloPoMo, and NaNoWriMo. If you followed my blog since last year, you know what it is. If not… well, feel free to search the blog. There’s only an hour left in the day, and I just need to post a little something very quickly. Continue reading

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Missed me?

Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t said a peep in so long! Not as though there were so much to talk about, necessarily, but time has sort of gotten away from me. I hate how, every year, June comes around sooner and sooner, then the next time I notice it’s August, and part of me knows I only noticed it because I have to get my child ready for yet another school year. It’s a definite sign of getting old that this happens.

I hear in your 60s or 70s, time slows down again.

Anyway, not only is it fall again, but I’m looking at November right around the corner. Do you know what that means? Continue reading

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New Music Alert!


Please take a listen. If you like the sound of his voice AT ALL, leave a positive message of encouragement. He is a friend of a friend who is (and I quote) “Self conscious about his voice”.

WHAT? WHY???? I found him compelling, and told him so under his video. Please speak to him whatever you feel. I’m counting on your to refrain from ugliness if he’s “not your style” or whatever.

I think he should consider “The Voice”. What do you think?

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Open Letter to Mayor Denson and the ACC city planners

Today I received this request to sign a petition:

“Mayor Denson, City Manager Reddish, and the ACC County Commission are considering an ‘Urban Camping’ law that would ban people from sleeping in parks, areas surrounding Government buildings, and other public properties. 

This law would have serious implications for the homeless, infringe upon free speech and assembly rights guaranteed in the Constitution, and could even restrict tailgating for UGA football games.

Most area homeless do not have anywhere to go. There are around 500 homeless individuals in Athens-Clarke County, with about 20% being children, but only 250 shelter beds available. What will the police and ACC do with these people?

Let’s stop this law and work together to help the homeless community, not harm them.

For more information see Homeless stats gathered by the ACC Government here: 

I signed the petition with the following reply attached: Continue reading

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Secrets of Panem: Kapera

Psssst!…. are we alone? I have a secret I need to share, but… I’m afraid. Can I trust you? I’ve been on my own long enough to know trust is not free for the taking or the giving, but… No, don’t try to see me, I think I’ll stay hidden right here, thank you! Listen: if you want to know me a bit better, you will stay right there. In fact, why don’t you go sit on that stump over there, where I can see you? Thank you.

Ok, here’s my story.

My name is Kapera. I am the second child of a set of twins. Kapera means “This child too will die”. Rather bleak, I know, but that’s the kind of attitude you can expect when you are born in District 11.

From the beginning, my parents made it clear I was one child too many. You see, they didn’t know they were expecting twins. As new parents (I’m also the last), they had little experience with bearing children, let alone raising them. My sister pleased them, they couldn’t help themselves, any more than they could help falling in love with my twin, the expected one. They were resigned to the idea of facing hardship to feed one child; not two.

I can’t blame them.

Their farm was one growing cotton. For as long as I can remember, my sister, my mother, my father and I have picked cotton by hand, and shipped it out to the Capitol. It’s not an easy life. My mother has always been sickly, and I must have inherited that trait from her. Or maybe it’s because I’m the second born, who knows. I’m the runt, after all, and father never tired of reminding me.

Two years ago, almost to the day, I ran away.

I managed to escape into a wooded area as far away from District 11 as I could manage. I’m always on the move, never saying in the same place longer than it takes to eat (if I can), and sleep (when I must).

Whenever I think I can risk it, I raid encampments of other rebels. I almost got caught like that once, when paratroopers suddenly appeared over an encampment. Everyone was either captured or killed. I managed to escape.

Why am I telling you all this?

Well, the other day I found myself within walking distance of a district, I’m not sure which one. All I know is I saw cows for the first time! Can you imagine? Well, maybe you can. I was fascinated.

Eventually, I realized there was no one around. I watched for two days, until I understood something was distracting the entire district. I couldn’t help it: I got curious. So I wandered into town to see what could be more important than the quotas for the Capitol.

That night, I saw my big sister for the first time in a long while. She was laying down in the grass. A young girl, a few years older than us, was singing a lullaby to her. I hadn’t heard that song in ages. My mother used to sing it to my sister. Never to me, but I heard it anyway.

I wonder what Mama is doing right now? I imagine she is crying. Papa too. Their favorite, their eldest and only true daughter died today.

I am Rue’s twin sister.

I just posted the above on the “We Are Panem” Facebook page, in response to this post.  It was fun and quick, and stretched my imagination for a bit.  What more could I want?  Photos, if any, will have to wait.

Tell your story of your adventures in Panem: Tell us about your adventures in Panem.  Post of pic of your character along with the background story of who you are, what you have been up to in District 12, and anything else you want to share.

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