Saturday, January 01, 2005

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The Future of Content

Don't view just before bed. But
definitely see it.

Thanks to
Rook for the link.

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Bush and Leno

A little New Year's cheer. Enjoy.

Thanks to Colonel Bill. Or maybe he'd prefer Ranger Bill.

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My Opening Farewell

I sat in the darkness inside Lucinda's, eating green chile enchiladas and washing them down with gulps of Margarita.

That's the opening line of the book I've been working on for several years. I was thinking the book was done. Then the other day, I met with Dolce Maria, my friend, writing coach and editor. While she liked it, she gave it back to me with kind but firm guidance. I need to do some work on it, cleaning up some sloppy writing, and re-working whole chapters.

I thoroughly enjoyed my meeting with Maria. It was like getting a whole semester of creative writing packed into two hours. The task is now before me and I'm going to have to devote considerable time and concentration to the job. I really do want to get this project done, not only so I can get it into the hands of an agent (and hopefully to a publisher), but also because I have other writing projects that I must put on hold until the book is complete.

Blogging takes its toll in both time and energy. When I go back and read some of the stuff I wrote last spring and summer, I'm struck by how good some of it was. During much of the fall and since the election, I was trying to blog, finish the book, get a my house ready to sell, and maintain at least the illusion of domestic tranquility. Clearly, my blogging suffered, both in terms of quantity and quality. Those of you who continue to visit (and even comment!) have been very kind. I've appreciated having a small political cyber community here at my computer each day.

But I have to face the reality. My blogging will be sparse for the next month or so. Maybe longer. I will post here when I just can't help myself. It is nice to have this venue to vent when I can't bear to sit in silence. I've also been invited to contribute to
Life or Something Like It, and from time to time, if I have something snarky or humorous, I may post it over there. It's a strange and eclectic community that Jess has put together, but I'm enjoying it's evolution as a group blog.

Many thanks to all of you who have stopped by. Stay in touch. Happy New Year. Have a better one.


Thursday, December 30, 2004

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Death and Destruction
on a Massive Scale

We had a little flood here in Wolf Hole the other day. Nobody complained. We have learned to see things in perspective. Heck, the trees needed the water anyway.

On the other side of the world, the death toll continues to rise. It boggles the imagination.

Give what you can:

American Red Cross International Response Fund

AmeriCares South Asia Earthquake Relief Fund

Direct Relief International International Assistance Fund

Médecins Sans Frontières International Tsunami Emergency Appeal

Oxfam Asian Earthquake & Tsunami Fund

Sarvodaya Relief Fund for Tsunami Tragedy

UNICEF South Asia Tsunami Relief Efforts

Thanks to Kos for the links.


Wednesday, December 29, 2004

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Get Your Ribbons
any way you want them

The Suburban Guerrilla has found this great site where you can design your own ribbon to stick on the back of your car. You've seen lots of them with their cute, patriotic, and sometimes jingoistic slogans.

Now you can get yours and say whatever you want.

I'm going to design three of them:

I love my country

I support the troops

The President is a Dangerous Idiot
You can design yours here.

UPDATE - New Year's Day. Be sure and check out this ribbon site, too. Thanks to Tild for the link.


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