Airport Woes

I haven’t made any secret of my disdain for the TSA, but I do generally get through unscathed.  I’m pale enough not to alarm any subconscious biases and well traveled enough to avoid packing ridiculous items. Last time I got stopped.  Let me preface this by letting you know that I was late to the airport.  Very late, in fact.  You know how you’re supposed to make it to the airport at least an hour before boarding starts?  So that you have time to get through security, load up on snacks, then sit around being bored?  Well, I didn’t do that.  My fault.  My wife was raging, cursing through her …

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Posted in Montana, Travel.

The Pregnant Lolita

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Posted in Humor, Montana, Travel.

Fantasy Worlds

Sometimes I make myself sad.  (Ok, I make myself sad a lot, but that’s not really the point of this discussion.)  I got to thinking the other day about Middle-Earth.  Those of you who are huge nerds have had this problem before.  Middle-Earth is enormous.  It spans The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and has it’s own creation mythos in the Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, etc.  Tolkien spent the better part of his life building Middle-Earth.  He even took the time to create fictional languages — as was his academic interest.  In all honesty, this sounds like the work of a crazy person, but 50 years later people are still …

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Posted in Media, Philosophy, Writing.

NaNoWriMo Post-Mortem

I didn’t make 40,000 words in the month of November.  Nope! I only got to 38,532 before it struck midnight.  I wrote another 500 words before going to bed.  Things started going seriously wrong right around November 28th, day after Thanksgiving, as they often do.  (Gosh I hate Christmas.)  I had fallen a bit behind, but assumed I’d have a couple of days completely to myself to make it up.  Then one of my friends (one of Marissa’s old high school friends) ended up trapped on the side of the road four hours from home.  You can’t just leave a friend, so we took him in.  Next day my wife and …

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Posted in Writing.

NaNoWriMo Update

I’m now a little over one half done with NaNoWriMo, and I’ve reached the 25,000 word mark or about half way to the goal of 50,000.  I did have a head start, which shows in the fact that I have not averaged anywhere near enough words for hitting 25,000.  I’ve averaged about 1,117 words, nearly double my goal of 600 words, but still around 500 less than that 1,667 called for by the NaNoWriMo official goal. My new goal is to hit 40,000 words by the end of the month which will require an average of 1,000 words.  This is the minimum number of words required to be a “novel.” …

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Posted in Writing.

NaNoWriMo

Try saying that five-times fast.  I’m still mostly doing it because it is fun to say. I do have some minor philosophical quabbles over National Novel Writing Month.  Authors are encouraged to measure their progress in volume rather than quality.  I’ve spent enough time in bookstores, libraries, and the like to know that humanity is generating plenty of novels, but not all of them good. For NaNoWriMo, each person is supposed to write 1,667 words per day.  Enough to finish a 50,000 word novel in the course of a single month.  This is a blazing fast pace, but less than half of the self-reported daily word-count of professional author Stephen King. …

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Fall Reading

My fall reading list has been all over the place, but I want to comment on some of what I read.  Here are some reviews of all the books I’ve read in the last month and a half. Batman: Knightfall Buy from Amazon | Buy from Half Price Books Marketplace I’m almost certainly a bit late to the party with this one.  Knightfall is a comic collection bound and published together in 2012, but the comics themselves come out of the early 90s.  This shows both in the art style and appearance of some characters. Comic fans will tell you that Knightfall requires a bit of pre-reading to enjoy.  You …

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Posted in Books, Comics, Media.

Itchy Feet

I have a condition that apparently only I refer to as “itchy feet.”  It mixes terribly with my social anxiety and long list of other fears. See, I like to wander.  It runs in my family.  Take me or my father to any event, turn away for a second, and we’ll have wandered off.  Grocery stores? Yep.  Carnivals? Yep.  Art museums? Yep.  But especially grocery stores.  You’ll find us, 15 minutes later, having forgotten what we were looking for, where we are, and that you had been with us.  I thought this was just some fluke that came with the legendarily bad Goodell sense of direction.  Instead, it happens to …

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Squirrel Girl Returns!

Let me tell you about my favorite superhero.  Forget Batman, any superhero that can be played by the delightfully punchable Ben Affleck can’t be my favorite; Forget The Hulk, Spiderman, Captain America, and I’m sure we all forgot about Superman years ago. My favorite hero is adorable, furry, and woodland themed.  No it isn’t Rocket Raccoon, though “BLAM! Murdered you!” is basically the best catch phrase in history.   No.  My favorite superhero is non-other than the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.  No other woodland hero can compete. Seriously, here she is standing behind the felled Thanos. Marvel’s official character page shows all of her stats as maxed.  Yeah, she’s one tough nut to …

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Posted in Comics, Media.

The “House” Effect

I watch a little TV, but I tend to do so in moderation.  I’d often rather play videogames, read, or write.  Marissa goes on binges.  It’s mostly background noise while she grades papers or engages in other teacherly activities, but she will watch the better part of 6 seasons of a single series in the course of a single week.  About 8 months ago her kick was House which means I ended up watching a lot of House with her. It’s an ok show; I used to like it but now I find it too formulaic.  Anyway, in one episode they have a patient who is supposedly a ridiculously attractive …

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Posted in Media, Television.