Lessons from NaNoWriMo 2015

NaNoWriMo. That’s a weird word.  I bet you’re asking “What in the world is NaNoWriMo?” NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month.  This is an event/contest put on each November by the folks at NaNoWriMo.org, a non-profit organization whose mission, according to their website, is to empower and encourage writing and vibrant creativity around theRead more

Dogged Days of Summer

dogged [dawgd, dogd] adjective, Southern U.S. 1.doggoned; damned; confounded: Well, I’ll be dogged! – dictionary.com I stood at the end of my driveway and assessed the situation. Cicadas were already creating their summertime background noise. The sun was just about to peek over the tree line. Some  patchy fog looked like it would help mute theRead more

School of Rock

In fourth grade, I played fiddle, I mean violin, in the Brook Glenn Elementary School orchestra. For a month. Then, for some long forgotten reason, I switched to the double bass, otherwise known as the upright bass or bass fiddle.  Standing almost six feet tall, the instrument was huge for a fourth-grader.  For anybody, really.Read more