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All Quiet of the Writing Front

All Quiet of the Writing Front

That sums it up. No barf stories. No great edits. Good night.

And what's this? You can't even submit a bleeping blog entry if it's under 25 words? What kind of bleeping bleepity bleep is this?

That should cover those extra words.

Good night.

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Eaxct One Month Hiatus

It's amazing how fast the weeks go. It's been exactly one month since I posted anything.

Not much to pass along on the writing front, sigh.

Played a Big Band concert last weekend. The weekend before I had a local writing "Networks Day' which I arranged. Great meeting. Only wish I had more time to write afterwords, sigh.

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Here's my Ranger Barf Story:

During a hike, super-clever Ranger Chris sent his group (only 5 people) on ahead and feigned a radio call. Then I knelt down, turned around, as if examining a tree stump, and puked into the snow. Just a tad. Thought I had it made... Just a little came up, so I turned around ready to charge after the group, but wait, there's more. The second blast was bigger and noisier, but the group was pretty far ahead of me by that time. I buried the evidence of each blast with lots of snow. After the second event, I felt pretty good, about 90% better and hurried to catch the group.

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Another week, another few chapters

I'm still going. Less than two weeks left in February, and I've got about eight chapters left. Basically the climax of the House on Hill Street. I wrote two chapters today, both fairly short, but that's two less to do. If I get just get a little written during the week, just even a chapter, then crank a few out each weekend, I can make my self imposed deadline. If only I hadn't taken on this SSDC editing project. Arrghh! Who new I'd get this windfall winter ranger job. Arrghh!

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Unexpected Job

Out of the cold February breeze, I've been offered a two month National Park Service job in MI. Completely unexpected and completely habit changing. Of course, I'm a glutton for Ranger work, so I jumped into the winter fire. That means my winter writing time has vanished like the snowdrifts out my window. Still, I'm going to force myself to write; I'm determined to finish the rough draft of my House story by the end of February.

I missed a week posting. Oh well. Blame the winter illness. At least it was a quick two day bug and not something more severe.

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The City Disconnect

Another week, another entry. This may be a record for me.

I spent this past weekend in Milwaukee visiting my wife's family. It's a dreary place of concrete and bars. For all you city-dwellers, I'll never understand the draw. Cities disconnect ourselves from reality. We forget upon what every city has been built. It becomes covered with our means of transportation, consumption, and lodging, but underneath, the foundation is the same as anywhere else. I suppose this is why I work for the National Park Service.

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Another week slingshots into the past

A week of ups and downs. I definitely fit into the artist stereotype of bouts of mania. Some days I'm raring to go and writing my dainty behind off. The next day I can barely lift a finger I'm so frustrated with my writing. Would it be better if I constantly flatlined in the middle? No highs? No lows? I'm not certain that's a question I can answer. I wrote about 6 chapters, a few actually pretty good this week. Still, I feel I could have done much better. Does every writer always believe they should be writing more?

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The House of Flowers--January 12, 2009

Apparently this house, this damn mysterious house atop its hill, keeps acquiring names. It's newest is the House of Flowers. The Baskerville Brigade has finally entered the house. It took Tristan, Eril, and Miranda all pestering and pushing each other, but eventually they made it inside. Is anyone surprised that they don't find what they expected?

Surprises come in small sizes.
And then. . .
And then they can come in much more sinister sizes.

Keep your audience on their toes. Whether you're giving a cave tour or writing a novel, keep them itching for what's next.

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January 2009--The House of a Thousand Flies

The years keep moving right along. I scatter my writing between summer existence and winter existence. I'm winding down at my winter warehouse job, which means writing becomes elevated. I'm going to push my most recent middle grade novel hard. I don't plan, plan to be the key word, to write anything new until I sell this lollipop. It can be sold. It must be sold. It will be sold. Or so I will try. Current title is leaning towards: "The House of a Thousand Flies". Thoughts? Perhaps you all will see this from the beginning soon...

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Brunnhilde's Delight

And Now For Something Completely Different: Brunnhilde's Delight, a very, very small squeeze within Wind Cave, South Dakota

The first picture is my friend Tom in Brunnhilde's Delight. Note the helmet (and his head) for scale... No one had returned through this passage since 1974, and for good reason; this area of the cave is for the SSS only, "The Skinny Speleological Society". One must compress your body to fit through this 6 to 7 inch passageway. Brunnhilde herself would never have fit through this nastiness.

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