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A creative voice if I’ve ever heard one, Darius Sayers expresses  his views and experience with NaNoWriMO.  I’d be willing to bet If Darius went through my creative series, he’d find himself in at least three of those categories.  Today though, he is sharing   about NaNo. 

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I joined the NaNoWriMo site back in 2009 fully intending to join the event every year. I didn’t exactly make it. That first year I think I got in about 3,000 words before I threw in the towel and simply gave up. I was going through a stressful time personally and I am in the military, so there  – some who would say I had an excuse. I myself don’t believe in excuses. The fact of the matter is, I was scared. I didn’t have the drive and I quit.

Last year I saw a post around mid-September about the event and thought……

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#NaNoWriMo2014 – Angels Deserve To Die

From the beginning of the month, on through today, November has been a whirlwind of writing,Read Me! writing, writing.  From midnight on November 1st, I have been busily writing away at my 2014 National Novel Writing Month novel: Angels Deserve To Die (use the QR code to read it!). As you can see from the NaNoWriMo stats, I’ve been a busy beaver!

 

 

While I have completed the challenge that the National Novel Writing Month poses (50,000 words written in 30 days), I have just over four chapters left to complete the novel itself. It is promising to top out NaNoWriMo Statssomewhere between 65 and 75,000 words. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

 

During the past twenty-two days, I also got the opportunity to participate in two amazing events: The Great Train Escape from Los Angeles to San Francisco and the Night of Writing Dangerously in San Francisco. All told we raised something in the neighborhood of $70,000 towards the organizations Youth Writer’s Program.

While Angels Deserve To Die, is nearing completion in its first, rough draft, I also have some added motivation to edit it quickly. I have been working with Tablo Publishing, a new website where authors can upload their works and allow readers to view it, sometimes even live as it is being written. The interesting part is that Tablo, for NaNoWriMo 2014 will be selecting the top five books between November and December to give the opportunity at a publishing deal. Sounds pretty ADTD Cover 2nifty huh?  I thought so, that is why I have this year’s NaNo novel up on their site.

If you’re interested in checking it out use the QR code or simply click this link Angels Deserve To Die to read it now! Hope this post finds you all in great spirits and if you take the time to read through my novel, you have my most heartfelt thanks. Cheers!

My Marvel Cinematic Universe Theory

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in Siberia, you’ve heard of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the MCU. You’ve probably watched all the big name films: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Avengers. Maybe you are into it enough that you watch the television show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and if you are as big a geek as I am, you’ve sat down and watched all of them in chronological order. Just to make sure you have all of the stories straight.

Now, I am going to preface this with the fact that, I have never read the comics. I was always a Top Cow, Image kinda guy, reading Witchblade, Fathom, Magdalena and Tomb Raider. Since the formation of the MCU with Iron Man, I’ve been hooked. It’s pretty easy to get hooked on these stories if you are a geek. They have some real depth, great characters and themes that reach beyond just truth, justice and… well you get the idea.

So, to my theory. Right now, in the MCU S.H.I.E.L.D. has been pretty much obliterated, fractured by the devastation of HYDRA rearing it’s ugly heads in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Tony Stark, trying to further distance himself from the power that he has as Iron Man, has removed the power source from his chest in Iron Man 3, and Loki, in the guise of Odin, is ruling over Asgard at the end of Thor: The Dark World. You’ve probably seen all of this, but there is something you might be missing, and this is where my theory comes in. Did you watch X-Men: Days of Future Past? If you did then you saw two clips at the end. One is of Baron Von Strucker, a leader of HYDRA, holding two extraordinary miracles in cells: Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver. No biggie. They do this all the time. Stop, freeze, listen. YES IT IS A BIG DEAL. You just saw a clip of characters who will be featured in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron in… wait for it… A SONY FILM. That is huge.

Three companies currently own characters from the fractured Marvel Universe. Sony Pictures owns the rights to the mutants, the X-Men. Fox owns the rights to Spider-man and the Fantastic Four, and Marvel retains the rights to just about everything else. These companies have millions of dollars invested in these characters, and they “normally” don’t play nice with other companies. So, now I think you might understand why Sony featuring Marvel characters in their films is a huge deal. The second clip from the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past that was shown was of the pyramids being built under the watchful command of a blue-skinned man. This is the super-villain of the Marvel Universe known as Apocalypse. He’s kinda a big deal, as in he’s the first, the First Mutant.

-sigh–pant–pant–pant- Okay, do I have you caught up now? Good, cause I’m out of breath from all of that. The last part of this is dealing with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you remember from the events of the Avengers, the beloved Agent Coulson was killed by Loki. This was the glue that brought the Avengers together to open a can of whoop-ass on the Norse God of Trickery. In season one of the tv show, we discover that Coulson is Alive!! He’s alive! Muahahahaha! -cough- sorry. That whole season dealt with how he was brought back to life, and it has spilled into the second season. We discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. used the serum created from the DNA of a strange blue man in a tank. We also discovered that Agent Coulson was not the only agent to be brought back.

Flash forward to last night’s episode of the tv show: “The Writing on the Wall”. Here we got an even better look at the blue guy kept in a vat and used as lab rat for a healing program that was originally intended to…. Bring back fallen AVENGERS! Yes, Avengers like Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor and Hulk. The serum, however, when tested on normal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents gives them a burning desire to scratch out strange markings and symbols and search for… something! Through the past 7 episodes of the tv show, Agent Coulson has been doing just that, going insane trying to figure out what these symbols mean. In “The Writing on the Wall” he finally discovers that they are not two dimensional markings, but rather a three dimensional map of a city.

Alright, 750 words of build up to my meager theory… here it is, I will lay it out as plainly as I can. The blue man in the vat, being used to possibly heal fallen Avengers: Apocalypse. Yes, I already here is coming, “but Apocalypse is going to be the villain in the next X-Men movie and their owned by Sony not Marvel…” Yes, yes. I get it. I think however, people are forgetting that these companies care first and foremost about making money. If they work together, they can create something that will be beneficial to both of them. The city that Agent Coulson and his team are now set to looking for, getting a head start on HYDRA is Genosha. This is a former mutant city off the coast of Africa, north of Madagascar. Why is this important? There is another region in the same area that is about to become important in Avengers: The Age of Ultron – Wakanda. That’s right, the home of Black Panther, which we have already heard will be getting his own movie.

The question that remains is that if Marvel is extending this olive branch of building the rebirth of Apocalypse in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. what will Sony be giving up? Maybe they will simply allow Marvel to use the term mutants which could play a huge role in Captain America 3: Civil War? I’d love to hear your theories, post them below! Cheers!

#NaNoWriMo’s “Night of Writing Dangerously”

Why I Write 237

Psst. Psssssssst. Hey. Yeah, you, skillfully lurking about this blog. Guess what month it is. November? Well, yeah, psshaw. But what does that mean? Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, time off from work, hot
Provided courtesy of NaNoWriMo.org mom’s in yoga pants filling up on pumpkin-spice-everything? Sure. I’ll give you that. It also means NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. And if you’ve been lurking on this blog, like I know you have, you’ve heard me mention it… oh about a bijillion times.

This morning, however, as I sit here with my cup of coffee and my fingers gleefully clack-clacking away at the keyboard, I don’t want to tell you about the event itself, so much as what it means to me. Hell, what writing means to me. And then, at the end, I’m going to ask you to do something. Nay, I’m going to beg you to do something. So, if you can bare with me for, oh about 4-5 paragraphs, we’ll get to the begging, alrighty?

I’ve been reading books since I was around four years old. At the age of seven I read “The Thorn Birds” by Colleen McCullough and then moved on to a whole library full of books that were probably meant for adults and not me, but hey, who ever said I cared about “meant fors”, right? Somewhere, around the age of 10, I got the notion in my head that I wanted to write these books. Here were these awesome, amazing, soul-bending, mind-twisting, heart-wrenching other worlds that I could go to and forget mine for awhile. I’m not saying I had this super-hard life, but you know at times it had its valley’s just like it had its peaks. When I got in those valleys, books saved me.

Also around the age of ten my thoughtful, caring, wonderfully permissive mother brought home an old typewriter from a yard sale and gave me a ream of paper. I can remember the excitement that went through my body when I saw that thing. Yeah, it was old. Yeah, it was dirty and banged up. It was however, mine. I imagined at the time that it was what Arthur must have felt when he laid his hands around the hilt of Excalibur. Just before he drew it from the stone. That electricity that ran through his body, knowing that this is was what he was made for. So, too, was the feeling as my fingers first laid across those metal keys.

I’m not saying that I sat down and banged out the Great American Novel, or even a really great short story. No, I sat down and plunked out what today would be called Fan Fiction, based on one of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons. It was utter crap. Here’s a secret though, one that it took me almost thirty years to understand. 90% of what artists put out the first time, is utter crap, garbage, ka-ka, poo-poo. It takes hard work. Sitting down for hours, massaging, tweaking and editing the hell out of it, to get it anywhere near a semblance of – passably nice.

I kept writing though. Anything that came to my little mind, I scribbled, typed, etched words on paper. In high school I began to grow insecure about what I wanted to be when I grew up. All the other kids were like “I want to be a Doctor”, “I want to be a Lawyer”, “I want to be President of the United States” and here I was… “Um, I want to be a writer”… Grown-ups, in their infinite wisdom began sounding like Bumble the Beadle from Oliver, “What? A Writer? Don’t you know you’ll be penniless and hungry?” I am sad to say, that I let their negativity and their own failed dreams get to me. There were two teachers who were kind enough, thoughtful enough and smart enough to help counter-act these others. Mrs. James, my English teacher, and Mr. Lewis, my Government teacher. Mrs. James instilled in me the thought that I could do this, I could keep writing and that I needed to. Mr. Lewis taught me to not care what other people thought about my own dreams and to follow them. Part of why I write, is to not let them down.

We’ve finally arrived to the part of this blog post that you’ve been hoping for, the part where I beg. You see, I told you a bit of my story, the reasons I write – because I want to give other people a place to escape to, it’s a part of me, a destiny, a calling, and because there are people who have cheered me on, people I don’t want to let down. There are 316 million people in the United States right now… I am willing to bet there are other kids out there that are just like I was. There sitting in high schools wanting to write, but being told that it’s a waste of time, to pick a better career and to quit day dreaming. So my begging, is for you to help them out. To give them a chance, a leg up and a much-needed shot in the arm saying “You can do this.”

Part of NaNoWriMo is the “Night of Writing Dangerously”. It’s pretty much an excuse to dress up in Noir-fashion, write for six straight hours, drink and have fun, but to get there, we raise money towards the organizations Young Writer’s Program. My begging is asking you to fish out your credit card, your paypal information and throw down a few dollars. Donate $1, $5, $25 heck $125, whatever you can afford, as most charitable organizations state – “Every little bit helps”. Read through the young writer’s program and see what this organization is doing for writer’s out there that were like me at one time. Maybe you once dreamed of being a writer yourself, but never followed through. Here is a chance to help them.

If you’re wondering, I donated. $125. I say this, not to toot my own horn, but to show you I put my money where my mouth is. I would be deeply honored if you donated through my page: http://www.classy.org/dhsayers and helped me give our young writers a chance to pursue there dreams.

Flash Fiction Friday – a start of something wonderful

Flash Fiction Friday

At first I was going to be greedy. I was going to keep such a fun, exciting little corner of my blog all to myself. I could create little stories, feel proud of myself and enjoy basking in all of the attention of my readers expounding at how clever I am. I mean, right? Like, who wouldn’t want all of that kind of interest.

Then I started thinking… wait! You know what would be like so, totally righteously cool? (Please read that in the Valley-Girl voice I say it in.) What if, now hear me out, this might sound crazy, but here’s my blog, send me your flash fiction maybe? Ok, enough of the pop culture puns. Each Friday Starry Eyed Potboiler will be doing “Flash Fiction Friday” (it echoes there at the end, for those playing along at home.). I will give a prompt and you the reader have 6 days, to write a piece of flash fiction, based upon the prompt and any criteria that go with it. By the sixth day, you email it to me, along with a link to your blog or whatever social media you use. The ones that I feel are the most deserving will be posted here for all the world to see.

Because it is #NaNoWriMo2014 (National Novel Writing Month, if you’re living under a rock somewhere), I think that the very first prompt will fall into a category in that theme. So, while all you WriMo’s out there are diligently slinging ink to make your word count, I am going to go easy on you… or am I? (Just imagine me with my pinky near the corner of my mouth… oh never mind.)

Please send your information and flash fiction to storyteller@starry-eyed-potboiler.com by 13 November 2014 for next Friday’s post. The prompt will be:

“On the eve of the conclusion of NaNoWriMo, an author works feverishly to achieve 50,000 words… in 750 words or less, how far will he go?”

Good luck! And I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you have for me. Cheers!

#NaNoWriMo Tips & Tricks

Mind of a Writer

 

This section of Starry Eyed Potboiler, the Mind of a Writer, while normally geared towards the craft of storytelling and writing, will have a November bent to it. That’s right, WriMo’s, we are nearly the end of the very first week of this year’s event! Are you excited? Are you covered with ink stains? Can you smell the scent of graphite in the air as you furiously sling words on the page? Are you grinning from ear-to-ear watching your daily word count soar above the slanted line of the daily minimum?

Or perhaps everything isn’t coming up roses for you this year. Maybe your plot, your characters, your word processor, or your muse aren’t playing nice. Well, whatever your situation this November 7th, this post is for you my hearty wordsmiths. Read, heed and enjoy!

I am going to cover 10 Tips & Tricks that you can sheathe at your side to slay the might 50K Word Dragon by November 30th. Armored with their wisdom, the magic of their mystical power and keen, razor sharp ideas, you shall be victorious! Or at least feel really good about yourself and your novel.

1. Write every goddamn day! – This cannot be stressed enough. I have heard everyone from Chuck Wendig  (Terrible Minds Blog) to Kelly Blanchard (Cinemagraphic Writing) state this. Writing is a craft, a skill and most of all, it’s work. You’ve got to do it, day-in and day-out. You’ve got to practice it, to make it a habit. You’ve got to build a habit, to make it fluid. When it becomes fluid, then the real magic shines through. So twist those tales, sling those words, smith your story. Every. Damn. Day.

2. Have Goals – One of the things that I learned in the military is that if you don’t have goals, if you don’t write them down, if you don’t look at them every day… you’re going to fail. Each morning starts the same way for a leader (and a writer is a leader). You look over your goals for the day, the week and the month. You compare them to your schedule for that day. You determine what can be done, what cannot be done and what can be pushed off until tomorrow. It’s like performing triage. So get out a piece of paper, or print out a calendar. Write 1,667 words at the top of each day. That’s one of your goals, to hit that mark. Now, write down everything else you have to do. Get groceries, wash the dog, pick up the kids from school, pay the electric bill and so forth. If it starts looking like those things will interfere with your word count… well, tell the kids it’s time for a character building lesson and that they’ll have to walk home. Ok… maybe not that drastic, but hey, you spend 15-20 minutes sitting in the car waiting for all the other parents to get their curtain climbers, take a pad of paper with you. Knock out a few hundred words. Either way, your working towards those goals.

3. Cut out distractions – This can be a huge one for some of us. You sit down at your desk, the dining room table, a footstool in the living room or a chair on the back porch, and it never fails. Little Susie wants some ice cream, Bobby and Tommy are fighting over who gets to sit where for dinner, or your significant other is miffed that you spend more time with your Main Character than them. While we can’t just lock these people in a closet until we’ve made our word count (I’m pretty sure that might fall under abuse), we can do things to ensure that they understand that “Right now is not a freaking good time!!!” Ok, maybe do it in a nicer tone of voice. Lock the door. Turn on music. Go somewhere that you won’t be interrupted. No place in the house? Go out to the car in the garage and write there. Can’t get some peace and quiet? Go in the bathroom, turn on the shower and sit on the toilet and write. Either way you do it, find some way to separate yourself from the distractions. Just until you’ve hit that 1,667 word count for the day.

4. Have a plan – Yes, I know. You’re a pantser. It’s ok, I’m not telling you to break out full-on outlines that map out every detail of your plot, story arc and character development from word one to word 50,000… what I am suggesting is that you know where your story is headed. Have an idea, if not the beginning, middle and end, then at least the next scene that you plan to write. It doesn’t have to be “John and Marsh will go into the abandoned cabin for some hanky-panky and end up discovering that the Bog Murderer is none other than old man Wivers!!!” It can simply be, “the next scene I write will be a cut short love scene with some suspense.” If you know where you are going, that tendency to sit and stare at a blank page, or screen won’t get in the way as much as it normally does.

5. Change of venue – Just like anything in life, change is good! If you spend most of your November writing from your desk or the dining room table at your house, open up your Home Region on the NaNoWriMo website and check out if there are any events happening. Go to a coffee shop, treat yourself and write from one of their tables. Go for a walk and find a park bench where you can people watch and write. Changing your scenery can have a profound effect not just on you, your attitude, but also your writing. Sitting at a local deli, eating a sandwich and writing, might give you an idea for a character in your next chapter. Watching the bartender at your local speakeasy wipe down the bar might prompt you to take a different turn in your story. Any way you slice it, changing things up can be a great benefit to reaching 50k.

6. A dirty, underhanded trick – Or two. There are a few of them running around out there. Here is, at least, one of mine. In exposition (i.e. descriptions and such, not dialogue) I don’t use contractions. Anytime I am tempted to write “He wasn’t really staring at her cleavage…” I change it to, “He was not really staring at her cleavage…”. The first sentence is seven words long; the second eight words long. If a sentence is roughly ten words long, then 50,000 words is 5,000 sentences. Cutting out contractions could be a difference in approximately 5,000 words, or 45,000 and winner-winner-chicken-dinner 50K. Ok, one more. Don’t rush. Plain and simple. Your character is going to go into an abandon cabin with her love interest and discover the Bog Murderer is old man Wivers? Splurge. Describe just how run-down this little place is. Have your characters comment on it. Have them bring up the past as they enter. If you know, from thinking about your character’s back story, that they’ve done the dirty in other odd places, have one of them bring it up and then tie it into the current scene. Before long your 2-3 page chapter will have grown to 9-10.

7. Title your chapters – Some people don’t like doing this. They want to do a different approach to their format, and you know that’s just swell. However, you are worried about making that 50K, so adding a 3-5 word title to all 20-24 chapters, suddenly adds in… wait, I got this. Five plus two is seven and twenty-four times seven is… Math is hard. 168 words. It might not be a lot, but hey, it’s 168 words you didn’t have before.

8. Do Not Edit – I’m going to repeat this for those of you in the cheap seats: DO NOT EDIT. Don’t let your inner editor come out. If he needs something to do, hand him a stack of grocery lists, your review submission for Oprah’s Book-of-the-Month Club, your third grader’s history homework, anything, but do not let him look at your novel. Tell him to relax, put his feet up and enjoy a month off. Tell him that come December, or January if you need time off over the holidays to recoup, he’ll get to edit willy-nilly to his heart’s content, but this is November and what do we say to the inner editor in November boys and girls? Not Today.

9. Talk to other writers – This right here, is a tip that can be your bread and butter. Find other writers in your genre, your region, your age range, your career set or even writers from outside any of those groups. Talk to them. Find out how and what they are doing to keep the steam building in their word count train. Offer your own suggestions. Cheer them on. Pick a handful of writers from the NaNoWriMo site, buddy up with them and send them little notes every few days telling them how impressive their word count is. Guess what will happen? They will do the same to you. And when you have that positive reinforcement going, it will drive the momentum of your writing and push you further and further down the track to 50K. You also might just develop some life long friends along the way. Bonus!

10. Do it for a reason – Having a completed first draft isn’t enough? Pick something. Your kids, your spouse, your high school English teacher, do it for them. Make yourself a promise that you are going to keep writing, no matter how hard it gets. You are going to complete this challenge, and you are going to do it in honor, in recognition of, heck your going to do it to set an example for someone else. So that they can see that it can be done. Whatever your reason is for participating in National Novel Writing Month, make it a personal one, one that you can look at and give yourself renewed strength and drive.

So, there they are, all 10 tips & tricks to drive you from word one to fifty-thousand. Know this, stalwart novel knight. I and all of the people of NaNoLandia have faith in you. Yes, the mountains are high, the forest is dark and deep, but to quote a great man, you have promises to keep and miles to go before you sleep. Now get out there, slay that 50K Word Dragon, make us proud! Cheers!

The Weekly Rewind – October 26th to November 1st

Weekly Rewind

As I stated before, Starry-Eyed-Potboiler is taking on different themes. Today’s post, The Weekly Rewind, is a bit of news, social commentary and thoughts. Each week I will go through the news, pick out a few that I think are very worthwhile, hilarious, completely off the wall or just so obscure maybe you missed them. So, please, keep checking back each week!

1. Virgin Spacecraft Crash – Oi! If it wasn’t bad enough that people like to use any form of failure, natural disaster or problem to point out why we should remain in our caves, hiding from the sun and dreading that the sky might be falling, now the fate of commercial space flight is being called into question because a “civilian” spacecraft crashed in the Mojave Desert. So, if you’ve been hiding in your cave, here is the bare bones – Yesterday a passenger spacecraft being tested crashed in the desert north of Los Angeles. One pilot was killed and the other was injured. I have a terrible feeling that we will begin to hear newscaster, political activists, pundits and politicians demanding to slow down or even stop the commercial space industry because of this. Here’s what you need to know. The craft was created by Scaled Composites, a subsidiary of Northrup Grumman, the same company that builds aircraft for the military.  This crash has nothing to do with differences between civilian and military, it has more to do with a technical issue in the design, which, I for one, am sure that they will get worked out. Did NASA stop all of it’s work when the Challenger shuttle exploded? No. Richard Branson and his team will discover what lay behind the crash, they will address it and move on.

2. Marvel Universe – If you haven’t been paying attention the trailer for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron was released one week prior to Marvel’s plan. In an attempt to counter this slip, the company, which had planned to release the trailer during this past week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., gave fans and viewers another treat: a teaser scene featuring the entire Avengers gang assembled in Avengers’ Tower, having a good time, until they are rudely interrupted by the movie’s villain – Ultron, voiced by James Spader. The majority of the scene, (which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGwuoYKhqx8) details a light-hearted attempt by different Avengers in lifting Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir. Tony Stark even quips, “If I lift it, do I get to rule Asgard?” The part to notice happens at 0:29, when Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America, wraps his hands around the famous hammer’s handle. As the team looks on, you can make out an almost imperceptible movement. Which draws a frightened look from the God of Thunder. Why is this interesting? Just as Marvel has done in all of it’s movies, it likes to throw little nods to the comics, sometimes things that only avid readers will understand. Throughout the Marvel Universe, there have only been five people who can lift Mjolnir, Odin & Thor are part of those five, the last? Captain America. Here we see Joss Whedon and the rest of the crew tipping their hats to that knowledge.

3. Kidnapped or Converts? – A lot of the time we don’t pay attention to all of the news that is out there. With the ever growing reach of the internet we are flooded daily with news reports from all over the globe, and it can be difficult to keep up with everything that is going on. One story that snagged my attention is out of Nigeria. In April, Nigeria’s Islamist Extremist Group, led by Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 young girls. Now he is claiming that every single one of them has converted to Islam and has been married. Are you fucking kidding me? I really hope that those of you out there reading this don’t believe a word of it. Oh, I bet they converted to Islam. You take an eight year old girl, shove a rifle in her face she’ll convert to anything you want: My Little Pony Haters, The Anti-Glitter Brigade or even extreme Islam. Sure, it might be easy to sit back and wonder “OMGZZ!!! Does Kim Kardashian really have a baby sister she never knew abouts??? Squee!” Wise up! I’m pretty sure that the Kardashian’s family matters are important to them, but the rest of us, out here in reality, these 200 young girls should be on our minds. Imagine if that was your daughter, your sister or grandchild? Call/Write your congressman demand that they do something. Sure Ebola’s a terrible disease, but we don’t need to send troops to *fight* it, we need to make examples of extremists who think they can force young girls to do whatever they want.

4. Speaking of Ebola – A research facility in Montana has theorized, from data garnered in a study of mice, that there might be people who exist with a natural immunity to the dreaded disease. Really? You mean nature finds a way to balance itself? -slowclap- Thanks for catching up. Like any disease, there are people and animals, especially those who have been exposed to it before that will develop a natural immunity. Personal example: I spent the majority of my life raised by my mother and grandmother who worked at a medical care facility for the elderly. I get sick maybe once every 5 or 6 years, for about 24 hours and then I am back to my normal healthy. The theory is that they brought home so many weak, sickly germs that I developed an immune system to rival any out there. Yes, Ebola is something to be concerned about, but it’s not something that we need to immediately close our country’s borders and become recluses. Get a grip people. Wash your hands, cough into your elbow and don’t go to work sick!

5. NaNoWriMo – Gazuntite! No, I didn’t sneeze. I don’t have Ebola. -sniffles- well, maybe… anywho.  If you’ve been living under a rock and not paying attention to the Twitterverse or the Unholy Duo of Facebook/Instagram, then you don’t know that today marks the beginning of the National Novel Writing Month. People from all over the world will sit down to write the Great American (or Australian, French, Russian, whatever) novel. 50,000 words in just 30 days. It may seem daunting, but these brave souls have the strength, fortitude and will to make their dreams come true. Of note, they don’t expect to have a publishable novel in 30 days, that would be ludicrous! However, they will have something that can be rewritten, edited and polished prior to sending off to Agents, Editors and Publishing Houses in the coming year. One thing to note, as I sat waiting last night to begin slinging my ink for the event, one young woman from Adelaide, Australia (one of the countries who gets to start the event first) completed 75,000 words in just one day. If you’re interested, here is her twitter handle: https://twitter.com/roriori

So, that’s it! This weeks rewind. I hope you found something to entertain you, make you smile, but above all think! Cheers!