Darkness in the City of Light

San Francisco City Hall French Flag

San Francisco City Hall

Image by Stephan Lam / Reuters via Buzzfeed


There is darkness today in the City of Light,
so the rest of the world turned their lights on
to show our fellow men they are not alone. 
Lafayette, we are here. 
Lafayette, I am here. 
Now, what can I do?
 

Sydney Opera House French Flag

Sydney Opera House

Image by Cameron Spencer / Getty Images via Buzzfeed

 

7 January 2015 Charlie Hebdo

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Veterans’ Day and NaNoWriMo

Why is it NaNoWriMo schedules never work as planned? My ideas for scheduled posts never made it off the page, I’ve only written 300 words of NaNoWriMo, and – to top it off – I’m feeling under the weather.

 

National Cemetery

 

But today is Veterans’ Day. Last week, the school put on its biannual Veterans’ Day Program – this particular one held special significance for two reasons: I wrote the program and the school chose to honor Mr. Tom, a 97-year old WWII veteran who just so happens to be my grandfather (who isn’t really my grandfather – you know how those family friends work). This was the first time in years he felt well enough to get out of the house for an extended period of time – he still lives at home in the house he built with his own hands back in the 40s and 50s – and stayed for the entire program. You can watch the program here:

 

 

As usual, I’ve also selected a poem for Veterans’ Day:


                       Grass
                 by Carl Sandburg

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.
Shovel them under and let me work—
     I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and passengers 
  ask the conductor:
     What place is this?
     Where are we now?

     I am the grass.
     Let me work.

 

And now, since school is out today, it’s time to play catch up on NaNoWriMo. Will I be able to write 16,500 words in one day? Probably not, but I’m sure going to try.

Monday Morning Grievance: Time Change

It’s Monday and I haven’t had my coffee.

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I’ve said it before: I dislike time changes.

Now I get to drive to work in the dark . . . and drive back in the dark, too.

Hello, Seasonal Affective Disorder! I missed you . . . not.

I wish I could write more [and I could] but NaNoWriMo beckons and I must obey.

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Introducing: NerdeekTV

Nerdeek PanoramaSome weeks ago I told you about a project I’ve been working on with my cousins: a webshow we’re calling NerdeekTV.

Today, we are pleased to announce our worldwide premier!

Yes, it’s roughly six hours late, but better late than never, right?

check out the official NerdeekTV website

visit the NerdeekTV Facebook page

October has Ended and NaNoWriMo has Begun

Iron and MossWhere did October go? My favorite month has passed; we will not see it again for many months. Taken so soon by conferences, conventions, and programs – I barely knew ye, October 2015. I resolve to do better by you in 2016, including the tweeting of all Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.

November has begun, bringing with it the accursed time change and a host of other activities. Activities like NaNoWriMo – the National Novel Writing Month. Thirty days @ 1500 words per day = 45000 words minimum. Last year I faltered right out of the gate; this year I have a plan.

Part of that plan includes scheduling posts, so while you may not see me much for the next thirty days, my presence will still be felt.

What are you doing in November?

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