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Thursday, October 31, 2013


This is supposed to be a post for November, but I doubt I'll even look at this blog for the month. That is because I have been standing on the high dive of writing for a very long time, never tackling "The Novel."

I am now taking the leap, in exactly 12 hours and 23 minutes it will be November 1st. This is the start of an annual event called, NaNoWriMo which is short for "National Novel Writer's Month." It is a free competition based on a created account and the honor system, of writing 50,000 words in a month, the equivalent of roughly a 400 page  novel. I am psyched and terrified.

I have put my Iraq memoir on an extended postponement for the time-being. I am trying out a fantasy novel I have been thinking about for a while.

The main reason I am posting today, is that I recently purchased a book for $15.00 I am quite a miser and usually would never spend that much on a book. However, this is a work book to help you plan plot and write a book. It is titled, "Ready Set Novel." It is written by the creators of NaNoWriMo and has been the single biggest push in getting me writing.

Before this workbook I was lost, without a clue how to organize an entire novel. I have a much clearer picture now. If there are any people out there who have "always wanted to be an author or write a book," I highly recommend this one.

Good luck to any fellow writers out there. I will update you all when November concludes!

Saturday, October 12, 2013


I was just chatting with one of my old army buddies who just happens to work in the same county as me. I was commiserating the fact that when air pressure changes one or both of my knees will hurt.

I do not like to attribute this to old age as I only recently kissed my 20's goodbye and I am not so silly as to think that I am "old."

That said, my neck is frequently out, every muscle group in my body takes turns with spasms. My circulation is crap. I seem to throw my back at the drop of a hat and am sore sore sore.

To look at me, you would see a perfect bill of health. I work out three times a week (could use more cardio), I have a very balanced diet, I go to massage thereby, a homeopathic chiropractor and have made a modest transition to organic foods. We have been back for 6 years now and my body feels like it is falling apart at times.

I digress, my buddy said that even though he is a decade older than me, all of us (the old unit) are feeling the same way. We may never find out all the toxins, carcinogens and chemicals we were exposed to, but it sure would be nice, just to see if there is a way of detoxing this crap.

I am thinking of trying a body scan to see if that works. I have read good reviews and talked to several "no crap" soldiers who swear by it. I also like the idea that it is oils and herbs that treats whatever ails you instead of  some universal ungodly expensive cure-all pill.

You certainly never see this sort of thing in most movies. You just go to war, fight the good fight, kill the bad guys and come home the hero. That's Hollywood right?

We continue to make the transition into a life of simplicity, be it de-cluttering, trying a total vegan diet for two weeks or making time to do nothing...I am enjoying the journey and am very interested in how we will end up.