Saturday, November 29, 2008

I dare you to not tear up during this. DARE you, I say.


It's okay if you don't. But if you don't, please refrain from stealing toys from orphans this Christmas. if you can.

Friday, November 14, 2008

First novel...

...first draft: Done.

After researching, outlining and writing the prose for 8 years (several of which were spent in a "drawer" on my hard drive, not to be opened, much less touched), today, sitting in the kitchen nook with the bright Portland sunshine filling the skies, I drummed out the final two pages of my first novel. And I have to admit, it feels...false? As in, is it really over?

Then I look over the final pages and see that the characters have run their courses, the plot has fully arced and, really, there's no place left to go.

Except to rewrites, starting on page 1. But not until next week.

I'm gonna enjoy this feeling for a bit.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


It seems my life's lesson, at least the greater arc of it, is perspective. So much has changed for me in the last two + years, the greatest of which is my perception of the world around me and my place in it. My eyes have been snapped open wide to how much there is to learn and how immediate life truly is. For this, I am forever thankful.

Last evening, a shift in history took place and with this shift, I believe (dare I say "hope"?) that the world's perspective was given a slight refocus. I could carry on about my personal feelings on the election, but the first and foremost word that sums up what has processed thus far: Calm. This is a far different blog entry than the one I posted 4 years ago, the morning after the election...


Saddened. In disbelief. Frightened. Angered. Mortified. Stymied. Dissapointed. Freaked fucking out.

George W. Bush and his Republican regime have bought another 4 years in power.

The hopelessness is deeper than anything I've ever felt. The disbelief in my soul that 51% of my fellow American are fucking idiots. It hurts me that now, not only do we live in a sovereignty led by a born again Christian extremist, but more than 1/2 of the population supports that.

Let the drinking commence until 2008....

God help us all.