Are Your Greetings Seasoned? Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays!

Hard to believe December is almost over.  This past month has been a blur, with too many not-fun non-creative things devouring my time and keeping me AFK, which hopefully explains the absence of posts (as well as getting much of anything else constructive done … which includes sleep.)

I didn’t want to let Christmas slide without doing something to mark the occasion, though, so one caffeine-fueled all-nighter later, I’ve got some holiday e-cards for everyone.

The most fun part of getting a card is opening it up to see what’s inscribed inside, so I rigged the e-cards to simulate that.  Just click on each of the card fronts to ‘open’ it and read the interior.

It ain’t no Holodeck but we’re on a shoestring budget here … just kidding.

Shoestrings are a luxury.



Click on card to ‘open’ …


Click on card to open …

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Give thanks. Fight the tryptophan. Fear the doorbusters.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Long-time readers may have seen this post last year, but we’ve picked up a lot of new faces since then, so I’m going to dig it out of the archive and dust it off.

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Pop quiz: what’s the difference between these two scenarios?

Well, both involve a struggle for personal survival against hordes of inhumane, groaning glassy-eyed automatons trying to push, bite and claw their way to the object of their desire.

But sadly, it’s acceptable to bring shotguns to only one of them.

Black Friday almost perfectly encapsulates the schizophrenic nature of modern American society.  We spend all day Thursday giving thanks for what we have with family and friends, with most celebrants traditionally consuming a foodstuff that contains high concentrations of an amino acid which induces drowsiness.

Everybody should be pretty chill going into the weekend, right?


Less than twenty-four hours later, we’re out en masse engaging in mortal combat for cheap, non-essential creature comfort goods.  Gave thanks, now let’s get to gettin’ more.  It’s probably a good thing turkey is the usual main course for Thanksgiving dinner, and the tryptophan is perhaps taking the edge off of people’s aggressions, or the consumer carnage would only be intensified.

Hmmm.  It’s almost like some benevolent soul had the wherewithal to somehow warn our ancestors, in order to try to mitigate at least some of the mayhem . . .

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Just Say No To NaNoWriMo: Part 2


With over a quarter of a million writers participating in this November’s National Novel Writing Month, those of us who are critics of the annual ‘competition’ are certainly in the minority, and come off a bit like curmudgeonly literary Don Quixotes.

Still, someone needs to give the popular windmills what-for.

As I said in Part 1, the creative process of any artist is as individual as a fingerprint, and to a certain degree, not really open much to debate.  If it works for you, no matter how odd or unfeasible it may seem to anyone else, then it works.

However, in the case of NaNoWriMo, the creative process itself is at the very center of the annual event.

While a percentage of established and productive writers participate in the event for the challenge of writing 50,000 words in thirty days, an even larger group hop on the bandwagon hoping to jumpstart what they feel is their own stalled process and have access to a specially formed support network to help keep them on the ‘right path’.

This is the more inexperienced group that I’m concerned about.  If you find racing the clock, counting words, and patting yourself on the back for the number of words you write on a daily basis for a month (or freaking out when you fall behind) enjoyable and a good incentive or means for you to create a work, then that’s fine.

Count your words, tally them up, tweet your progress, and carry on.

But for the less experienced group may not have yet spent enough time trying to develop that creative ‘fingerprint’,  the sense of failure, feeling inadequate when comparing themselves directly to others, and added frustration of a ticking clock may have a much greater impact on their more fragile egos, doing some serious damage that can take months or years to undo, if it’s undone at all.

There’s a terrible irony that something that’s meant to inspire people to write does the exact opposite for some, and the aspiring writers most likely to throw in the towel don’t have the wisdom from experience to know that this process may not be beneficial for them.

They just see it as another failure on their part, and it’s compounded by seeing others succeed where they didn’t.


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