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Nov
5

Lightcap

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I wanted to give a brief update, since most of my writing over the past several days has been dedicated to NaNoWriMo. I’m over 13k words into my novel, which I’ve tentatively titled Lightcap.

If you’re interested in checking it out, I’ve posted a synopsis and several excerpts, which you can read by clicking on this link. Keep an eye out for more news. I hope to have a finished product by the end of the year, or by early 2013 at the latest!

Oct
31

This is both the end and the beginning

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For the month of October, I wanted to kickstart my creative side by writing a post every day. I’ll be very honest, I didn’t think I would finish. I’ve struggled with follow through for my entire life. It’s not that I don’t have a passion for creating– in fact, it’s probably the one single thing that has brought me the greatest amount of joy– but rather that I tend to be easily bored and am prone to distraction.

As I get older, I find that I have more of a desire to DO something… Something worthwhile, something lasting. Maybe this is just simply an acknowledgement of my eventual demise, a desire to make an impact before I fade away into the obscurity of history, whatever you want to call it. Labels aside, I’ve taken a little bit of time each day to write something, and now I’ll be branching out to other projects. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be working on my first book, as part of NaNoWriMo. I’ve been playing guitar more, reading more, listening to podcasts. Basically trying to stimulate my mind, maybe rousing some long-dormant neurons and spurring them to activity. read more

Oct
27

A different kind of day 1

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Almost 4 weeks ago I posted Day 1, the beginning of my blog-a-day goal for the month of October. In terms of raw output, this may very well end up being the most creative month of my life. In addition to getting myself into a mindset of creating, I’ve learned a lot and made several new friends along the way, and found the confidence to commit to even more writing next month.

Spending more time behind the keyboard next month presents a problem. Namely, I need to lose some weight. I wore my suit last weekend for the first time since the summer, and it was immediately apparent that I’ve probably put on at least 20 pounds since I last wore it. It was a wake-up call for me, making me realize that I have a choice behind finding something that works for me or living unhappily and likely ending up in an early grave. I’m fortunate to have a gym at work, but with my early schedule I had difficulty going in before work to use it, and I usually want to go home after my shift is over. read more

Oct
22

Day 22: Home stretch

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Two thirds of the way through the month! To be frank, it has been easier to come up with daily topics than I thought it would be. Turns out there’s a lot of shit to talk about in the realms of politics and religion… Who knew?

Here’s an overview from the past week:

9 posts containing 5,581 words. I wrote about the lies told by anti-choicers, oppression, the tenacity of the human spirit, the right wing propensity toward violencenew projects on the horizon, and more.  My original goal was 15,000 words for the month, which I’ve already exceeded. I’ve written more with each passing week, and I’m proud of that accomplishment, but it’s crazy to think that I am going to need to more than double my output in order to reach the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words for the month of November. This blog will definitely be taking a backseat to other writing endeavors starting November 1, so I hope you all enjoy being inundated with my daily ramblings while they last. read more

Oct
19

NaNoWriMo

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I just signed up for NaNoWriMo. I’d never heard of it, but was having a discussion with a coworker this morning about finding time for creative pursuits, and he recommended that I check it out. I started this month not knowing if I’d be able to finish, but we’re almost 3 weeks in and I’m still going strong. Anyone who has known me for any length of time can tell you that I struggle with follow-through– not from a lack of desire, but rather because of a lack of focus. read more

Sep
28

“Some people are very gullible.” –Thomas Jefferson

I was oot and aboot today, and saw a bumper sticker that read:

“The Bible is the source of Liberty.” –Thomas Jefferson

I was dubious to say the least, given what I know about TJ, so I came home and looked it up. Internet to the rescue! read more

Jan
4

Life, and other bored games

So far 2011 has been a heckuva year. I’m really sorry if my tweets and facebook status updates have been somber and melancholic as of late, things have not been ideal in my personal life. Katy has been dealing with some undefined illness (if you follow me on twitter or are friends with me on facebook, I’ll spare you the rehash– needless to say it’s been troubling, frustrating, and unresolved), our 2 month old puppy got sick, and I have been struggling with trying to get registered for classes. At this point, it looks like I’m going to have to make some student loan payments due to the ineptitude of ITT (their inability to successfully mail a transcript) and the  laziness of Franklin (their seeming lack of desire to register a new student). Money is always troublesome. There is never enough of it when you need some, and when you have a surplus it always seems to disappear. read more

Books to Read

Prose City Books, micropublisher in Portland, OR

NaNoWriMo 2013

About Dan

Thirty-something writer, geek, musician and photographer based in Portland, OR.

Current projects: Working on recording an audiobook version of my debut novel The Lightcap. I'm also writing a zombie novel that I hope to have available by the end of 2014.

Status of Work in Progress

Gnashers: The Dead Arise

40000 / 90000 words. 44.4% done.

Paradeix: The Last Pope

10000 / 9000 words. 111% done.

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