Friday, October 18, 2013

Neff Strong!


It's amazing how things really bring us in touch with our own mortality.  Earlier this week, I found out that, for the first time in my life, I need to get progressive lenses in my glasses.  It was news that I really didn't want to hear.  Why?  Because it means that I'm getting old.  I'm one step closer to being in the grave.  I'm already dealing with a receding hairline (Or should I say receded hairline.  It's already up and gone), creaking knees, sore joints, and all the other malaises that go along with getting older.  The progressive lens thing was just going to make it easier for me to see the grim reaper when he comes.  I was feeling pretty poorly about the news all week.  It was a week long pity party all about me.  Up to this latest "diagnosis", I was feeling pretty good about my longevity … at least since the last diagnosis which made me feel old.  Yeah, I was having a good ole time wallowing in my own self-pity.  Then I heard about Lacy.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

NANOWRIMO is Coming!!


The month of November is quickly approaching, which means it will be a very busy month for me.  Why?  Because November is NANOWRIMO.  I'm sure that some of you are now scratching your heads thinking, WTH?  NANOWRIMO stands for National Novel Writing Month.  It is a yearly challenge to write 50,000 in 30 days.  NANOWRIMO is a nonprofit organization that helps to promote creative writing with such programs as their Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and Camp NaNoWriMo.  Every year, thousands of potential novelists, or just people looking to take on the challenge, start banging away on their keyboards for 30 days.  Some succeed, and some fail.  2012 was the first year that I participated, and, although I did not get 50,000 words, I did write a considerable portion of my latest book, Synchronicity, during NANOWRIMO.  

One of the great things about NANOWRIMO is the way that it nurtures groups of writers into communities.  Groups of writers throughout the country get together throughout November for NANOWRIMO Write-ins, and other such activities.  Many writers start planning well in the summer for the upcoming NANOWRIMO.  I have even been planning for NANOWIRMO since September.  I have an outline with my story idea, and all of my research ready for the kick-off on NANOWRIMO on November 1st.  It takes quite a bit of dedication, but it is worth it.  

If you are interested in participating in NANOWRIMO this year, sign up on their website at: http://www.nanowrimo.org.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cussin' Like A Sailor


Recently, I have started watching a couple of TV shows from Ireland, one called "Mrs. Brown's Boys", and the other called "Single-handed".  I can highly recommend both shows, but that isn't the reason for this post on my blog.  One thing that I noticed is that the broadcasting rules in the United Kingdom are quite different from here in the states.  Both of these shows have a certain level of profanity that wouldn't be acceptable here in the States.  But, one thing that I noticed about both shows is that they use the "feck".  Now, I made some assumptions on my part about the meaning of this word, but I decided to look it up anyway to confirm my assumption.  The word "feck" is a slang variant of the word "f**k".  So, this got me thinking.  What really is the difference between the words that we find offensive and the ones that we use to replace them?

Now, there are people in this world who just don't believe a sentence is complete without some variation of the word "f**k".  Then there are the people that would never use the word "f**k" or "s**t", but they would say "shoot", "darn", and "crap" all the time.  But have you ever thought about it?  Have you ever said "Gosh darn it", or "Oh crap"?  Or replace the word "f**kin'" with "freakin'"?  Did you ever consider what you were trying to say or wanted to say?  So, I started to wonder what is it that really makes those words better than their alternatives … especially when they both have the same meaning.  Think about it.  The word "crap" is just another word for "s**t".  "Feck" is just another word for "f**k".  Or "Darn" is just another word for "d**n".  In both of the shows that I mentioned above, they also use the word "shite".  Can you guess what that means?

So, why are words like "f**k" and "s**t" so offensive, but words that we choose to replace them with are not?  If the word "feck" is just a replacement for the word "f**k", then why is "feck" not just as offensive?  If the word "crap" is just a replacement for the word "s**t", then why don't people get upset when people say "crap"?

 So, if you say "crap" or "feck", aren't you simply saying "s**t" and "f**k"?  Aren't you just cussin' like a sailor?