Time Travel Is All It’s Cracked Up To Be

I woke up this morning and realized it had happened again. Another year had gone by.

(Okay, so it was really about a month ago, and I hated the fact that I was feeling anxious just knowing that the year was almost upon me.)

A year of what? A year of waiting for the next NaNoWriMo. Yes, not only did I feel the longing to write, but also the pain of realizing that I was going to have to come up with another story. More characters. More scenes.

Yeah, yeah, I can go into the insane thoughts of not writing a novel this year, of just paying attention to my day job, or going out more, or whatever.

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Deadlines, Missed Opportunties, and When You Should Worry

I am one of those insane, but lucky, people who is participating in National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo). My daughter, to whom I always look for direction as to what sorts of new things are happening, participated a couple of years ago and, with my newfound resugence in writing (I tried when I first graduated from college and for various reasons I stopped), I decided to give it a whack again.

I am also lucky enough to participate in a writing group that used to meet every week and gave me the impetus I needed to get back into writing with both feet.

So as a contribution to the writing community I have this to say (sadly, none of this is original): Continue reading

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Suffering is Required

So there I was researching a new script I am writing and something I was doing reminded me about a blog post I was going to write way back in June of 2011 titled Suffering Is Optional.

Now, as it turns out, my title was not original (I hate when that happens!) nor novel. What little I had written, while pithy (I like that word), really didn’t say very much other than: when things go wrong just let the suffering go. Things will always go wrong, but you don’t need to live through the suffering…unless you enjoy it in which case Continue reading

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Adversity Shapes Us

On the way to Fort Lauderdale I was trapped watching Glee Live on my flight (the channel control was not working at my seat so short of poking my eyes out I was stuck watching until I realized that I could just turn the brightness down to black. Lucky for me as my eyes were about to start bleeding).

However, I was struck by a couple of things:
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The 4-Hour Body: Decoded (Does It Even Work?)

This is a blog post about some self-experimentation I did to lose weight after reading Tim Ferriss’ blog post and book on losing 20 lbs in 30 days.

Before I say another word: please talk to a doctor or a nutritionist before you attempt to do/use any of what I am about to discuss. The following content really is just informational and if you do it wrong the effects could kill you (of course, it is also likely that nothing will happen). That would bother me. It would give me a feeling of power I might become addicted to. Kind of like Xander Berkeley feeding monsters in The Booth at the End.

Anyway, my goal for trying any diet (and I have been trying diets for decades) is to learn why the diet works, or not, and how to make weight maintenance more predictable (that is, other than the control thing that makes anorexia possible). That’s it. I just want to know. And after this diet I know more than I ever have and more makes sense than ever before.

The short version: the 4-Hour Body doesn’t really work.
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Apocalypse Now (Again)!

[I can’t say it better than this:] So this is it. We’re going to die. – Arthur Dent

From the Can’t-make-this-stuff-up Department:

Tomorrow is the end of the world as we know it. While I binge on Pinkberry and Mister Softee I will be waiting for the news about the earthquake in the South Pacific at 6pm which will signal the beginning of the end. Yes, the day many religious (and some not-so-religious) have been waiting for is finally upon us! The Rapture! The Day of the Chosen! The Destruction of All We Hold Near and Dear…because we suck sinned.

So, let’s see: the Mayans were wrong, the Seventh Day Adventists were wrong, Jehovah’s Witnesses were wrong, Nostradamus was wrong, Pat Robertson Continue reading

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Blogging? So What? What You Really Need to Do is Give a Presentation!

According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.
– Jerry Seinfeld

[Writing is easy. Comedy is hard. Presenting is harder. Can’t do comedy without it.]

You’re blogging. You have your blog listed on LinkedIn. You dress up to impress (or dress down depending on whom you are trying to impress), The next thing you need to do is…give a presentation.

Why You Should

So there you are. Standing naked in front of a Congressional committee explaining the positive health benefits of broccoli (it is a cruciferous vegetable, after all). You know you are make a good point, but you can’t help wondering if your lack of clothing is blunting your point.
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