Grandpa once again...and once again...a girl!!

We have a new grandchild addition to the family, a girl, born Sunday night at 11:55 pm MST. As of yet unnamed...they were expecting a boy!  The baby was born in a home-birth, with a midwife, and she is doing fine. 

My wife and I now have thirteen grandchildren, ELEVEN of whom are girls!  What's going on here?

My son and his wife indicate that they might have another...perhaps in a couple of years.

11-11-11 at 11:11:11

Originally Armistice Day, which commemorates the truce that ended World War One at the Eleventh hour of the Eleventh Day of November, 1918, today, on Veterans Day, we honor all veterans of all wars and all our current and previously serving veterans of our Armed Services. 
Posted at 11:11:11 on 11-11-11, just for the reason that I can.

NaNoWriMo 2011 Three Days Done, 27 to go

At the end of Day Three, I have 6400 words down on paper toward my 50 thousand word goal by the end of November. 

I have decided on a crime novel set in present-day Montana, featuring a  deputy sheriff pitted against a Vietnam-era sniper.

I am writing the present-day chapters to alternate with the sniper's life story chapters.

Of course I have NO idea when and where these two paths will cross and become just a single story.  That will be part of the editing process that I will begin in December, once the pressure of the 30-day novel challenge has passed.

NaNoWriMo 2011 Begins Today!

Haven't hit the keys yet, but am about to begin.  Mad rush to get 1667 words on paper each day.  First sentence is in my head:

"Aim right between her eyes and pull the trigger, son. Put her out of her misery."

Now on to sentence number two....

NaNoWriMo 2011 Which Genre to Write?

I've been in a quandary about which genre to choose for 2011's November NaNoWriMo.

I've tried the Young Adult category before, and I enjoyed that but I feel the need for something meatier.  I wrote a Memoir last year, even though that is not a "fiction novel" genre, I think a fictionalized memoir is almost a requirement in order to protect one's self from libel, so I "fictionalized" it up quite a bit.
Bannack Montana Livery Stable

Today I have been toying with some ideas for a Western.  It doesn't seem like a genre that is particularly commercial in 2011.  I base that in part on the numbers of Western novels I see promoted on various web sites and best seller lists, and on current Western movies.  Wow.  There just aren't any. (There is True Grit but that was a re-make.)

I think I may be able to write a story that could be set in either the late 19th century or in contemporary times.  A story is a story, after all, and if I leave out quick draw gunfights and cattle rustling, perhaps all I have to do is add cell phones. Then my cowboy story might be happening here in the 21st century.  Come to think of it, out here in the West we still have cattle rustling and a gunfight or two on Saturday night.  I might be able to have some fun with this.

I will be working on characters and plot before the November first starting date, which may or may not be allowed.  I need to have a starting point.  Thankfully, no editing, re-writing, spell checks or illustrations are required during the thirty-day writing period of National Novel Writing Month.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) November 2011

NaNoWriMo is the annual effort to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days.  The month of November is devoted to agonizingly long days and nights in front of the computer.  That is almost two thousand words a day.  That doesn't sound so bad until you begin writing dialog and descriptive narration and, of course, trying to establish a PLOT with a good hook!

I participated in 2007, 2009 and 2010.  I will give it another go in 2011, but right now I have no idea of which genre to tackle next.  Of course the books are poorly written, but that's not the point.  The goal is to write fifty  thousands words  that you can edit later.  No editing or proofreading during November...just free form writing.

Good luck to anyone who give this a try.  It is a lot of fun.  The website is

My Memoir for NaNoWriMo 2010

I wrote the rough draft of my memoir for NaNo 2010.  Over 52 thousand words.  A lot of gut-wrenching self evaluation.  Digging up old memories can be painful, especially childhood.  Who knew that my early years were so unhappy?  Why do I most vividly recall only the worst parts from my first eighteen years of life?

My final revelation in completing my memoir was that I really developed no "passions" during my life except for sex.  Why was that?  Sex addiction?

I was so distraught with the final product that I will make no attempt to publish.

Perhaps I will re-write it as a work of fiction.  The sexual side of my life may be the only interesting side.  I wouldn't even have to spice it up to make it more unbelievable than it was.  If it is outrageous then it would be good fiction, right?