random minutia

Just a lot of scattered things going on…

nano_09_red_participant_120x240First, I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year.  I haven’t done it since 2005; the results of that effort is the novel that is oh so close to being shopped around.  We’ll see if I can make it this year…a lot of other shit going on that wasn’t before,  time will tell.

TOT: I was on chocolate dispensing duties last night with the Mrs. out-of-town.  A passel of kids were able to sneak in some candy grabs before the heavens opened up around 7:30.  As some of you may know I live in a culturally diverse neighborhood; that is to say the majority of residents are split between Asian, Middle Eastern, a smattering of Ukrainian and a few of us WASPs for good measure.  What struck me last night was how polite the Asian and Middle eastern kids were, saying ‘thank you’ and wishing me a happy Halloween.  It was impressive.  Not that everyone else was surly, that was left for the WASP teenagers who didn’t even bother to costume up.  But then again I have to remember that in Roget’s handy book the first entry under “surly” is “teenager”…and vice versa.

Health Care – I spent some time trying to digest the House bill on health care now being flogged in DC.  An impossible task at best.  The friggin’ thing is over 1900 pages long and appeared to have a sufficient amount of special interest handouts.  But trying to get a grasp on how the system will work and how it will be paid for?  This thing was written to keep us average schmucks in the dark.  After an hour of perusal I still didn’t know any more than I did before I started other than the Native Americans in Montana have their own special rules based on tribe size and that employers are going to get hammered.



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5 responses to “random minutia

  1. Best of luck on that NaNoWriMo thing. The following quote from their web site http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/whatisnano is not very encouraging, though it is one way to combat writer’s block:

    “Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.”

    “Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.”

    I have written computer programs that big. Does that count? Unfortunately, my humor is lost on the compiler. It mocks me by crashing my computer and making it do other strange things…


  2. i have zero time to dedicate to writing, so my “output” would be total crap. lol… but I always find the time to blog… its a vice 😉

  3. good luck on nanowrimo, better luck on the novel you’re close to shopping around.

    i had the lowest keyed halloween in over a decade. instead of living in a neighborhood where literally over 1000 people come to the door i had 2 knocks on my door. one was the very adorable 5 year old neighbor, the other was the group of surly, barely costumed (does pink hair count?) teens with pillowcases. i spent the evening watching “chocolat” of all things.

    why am i not in the least bit shocked that the 1900 page proposal is indecipherable?

  4. cooper

    Bill – compilers are such nasty things, the have no humor or reason. I believe they are written by coders driven insane by fortran and assembler…

    X – so just string all your blogs together…and out comes YOUR story..

    lime – neither goldilocks nor the three bears show up this year????

  5. Since nobody else wrote this, I shall.

    Congress must have been indulging in their own OctNoWriMo since that bill is such a huge quantity of crap. Let’s reward them with a generous serving of early retirement.


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