Happy 20th Anniversary

https://nanowrimo.org/

National Novel Writing Month (often shortened to NaNoWriMo) is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. Well-known authors write “pep-talks” to keep them motivated throughout the process. The website provides participants, called “Wrimos”, with tips for writer’s block, information on where local participants are meeting, and an online community of support. Focusing on the length of a work rather than the quality, writers are encouraged to finish their first draft quickly so that it can later be edited at the author’s discretion. The project started in July 1999 with 21 participants. By the 2010 event, over 200,000 people took part and wrote a total of over 2.8 billion words. source:
Writers wishing to participate must first register on the project’s website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopses and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting. Municipal leaders and regional forums help connect local writers, holding writing events and providing encouragement. source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Novel_Writing_Month

So this year I will be attempting to complete the challenge. This will be my first and probably only year to do this challenge. You guys know me by now and understand that anytime someone throws rules, regulations and deadlines in front of me, my mind closes up like a mouse’s butt after getting into the pickle jar. I begin to slowly drift off into the wonderful world of distractions and shiny babbles.
But I figured, “What the hell could it hurt?” It will only cost me a little self-esteem and some confidence. I mean, it’s not like I haven’t lived all my life without them anyway. So wish me luck and here goes…

November – NaNoWriMo

So fellow bloggers, November is National Novel Writing Month (often shortened to NaNoWriMo). Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you probably are very familiar with this annual, Internet-based creative writing project. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. Writers wishing to participate must first register on the project’s website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopses and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting.
So I’ve decided that this year I will try my hand at the challenge. This will be my first and probably only year to do this challenge. Because you guys know me by now and understand that anytime I’m faced with deadlines, rules and regulations, my mind closes up like a mouse’s butt after getting into the pickle jar. I begin to slowly drift off into the wonderful world of distractions and shiny babbles.
But I figured, “What the hell could it hurt?” It will only cost me a little self-esteem and some confidence. I mean, it’s not like I haven’t lived all my life without them anyway. Who knows, maybe I can get it ticked off my bucket list. So wish me luck and here goes…

Anyone who might be interested in giving it a go can sign up at https://nanowrimo.org/

On This Day…10/9/2019

Dad Joke of the Day: How does Moses make coffee? Hebrews it.

Quote of the Day:  “Love and trust must share the same bed.”

Today in History:
1888 – Washington, DC – Built between 1848 and 1884 and dedicated in 1885, the Washington Monument—a marble-faced granite obelisk that honors the first U.S. president, George Washington—opened to the public

Born on This Day:
1948 – Heidelberg, Germany – Clyde Jackson Browne, American Rock and Roll hall of famer, singer-songwriter, poet and musician…
Jackson Browne has written and recorded songs such as “These Days“, “The Pretender“, “Running on Empty“, “Lawyers in Love”, “Doctor My Eyes”, “Take It Easy”, “For a Rocker”, and “Somebody’s Baby”. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and given an honorary doctorate of music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
Soon after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, during March 1979, Browne joined with several musician friends to found the antinuclear organization Musicians United for Safe Energy. He was arrested protesting against the Diablo Canyon Power Plant near San Luis Obispo.
Political protest came to the fore in Browne’s music in the 1986 album, Lives in the Balance, an explicit condemnation of U.S. policy in Central America. Flavored with new instrumental textures, it was a huge success with many Browne fans, though not with mainstream audiences.
The title track, “Lives in the Balance” was an outcry against U.S.-backed wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Lyrics:

I’ve been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear
You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you’ve seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war
And there’s a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interest runs
On the radio talk shows and the T.V.
You hear one thing again and again
How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends–
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can’t take any more
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
There are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire
There’s a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can’t even say the names
They sell us the President the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us everything from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars
I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But they’re never the ones to fight or to die
And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

Browne performed frequently at benefit concerts for causes in which he believed, including Farm Aid, Amnesty International (making several appearances on the 1986 A Conspiracy of Hope Tour), post-Somoza revolutionary Nicaragua, and the Christic Institute.

Died on This Day:
1982 – London, England – Anna Freud, psychoanalyst, author, and daughter of Sigmund Freud.
Anna Freud’s work emphasized the importance of the ego and its normal “developmental lines” as well as incorporating a distinctive emphasis on collaborative work across a range of analytical and observational contexts. After being forced to leave Vienna in 1938 with the advent of the Nazi regime in Austria, she resumed her psychoanalytic practice and her pioneering work in child psychology in London, establishing the Hampstead Child Therapy Course and Clinic in 1952 (now the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families) as a center for therapy, training and research work.

National…
Emergency Nurse’s Day – On the second Wednesday in October we’re given the opportunity to honor our ER nurses around the world. They face impossible tasks with true dedication and commitment. Emergency Nurses Day began in 1989 and is part of Emergency Nurses Week. So here’s to hoping that you never have the occasion to need them, but for me, just knowing they’re there gives me great comfort.
Stop Bullying Day – There are many different types of bullying in this world. Whether the bullying is verbal, physical, relational or cyber, they all are ways for the perpetrator to assert their power. The results can be detrimental to the well-being of the victim and in some cases can even lead to death.


Stop Bullying Day – Observed on the second Wednesday of October, is designed to bring students, faculty and parents together to end bullying.
For assistance in the efforts to stop bullying, visit the US Department of Human Services at https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-development/healthy-relationships/bullying/index.html
In the US, the National Suicide prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 and the Suicide Hopeline is 1-800-784-2433

Moldy Cheese Day – Most of us when we open that bottom refrigerator drawer and find a package of cheese with green fuzzy stuff growing on it immediately chuck the entire mess into the garbage, totally disgusted with ourselves for wasting hard earned money. But to a cheese monger (that’s a person who specializes in cheeses, butter, and other dairy products) might take umbrage at offense of moldy cheese. Well, depending on the type of mold, of course.
Those red or brown-tinged molds, for example, are offensive. Toss those bacteria-contaminated moldy cheeses in the garbage quickly and move along to the grey, blue, or green colored moldy cheeses in the fridge instead.
Like a sommelier pairs the best wines with meals, a cheese monger provides expert advice on artisan cheeses for recipes, banquets, and sources for restaurants. Some cheeses such as Maytag blue, Roquefort, Brie, bleu, camembert, gorgonzola, and Stilton are a few of the moldy reasons cheese lovers celebrate on this day.
I don’t know about you guys, but I think I might pass on this one.

On This Day…10/8/2019

Dad Joke of the Day: I did a theatrical performance on puns. It was a play on words.
Quote of the Day: “If your house is made out of glass then you shouldn’t go walking around in the nude.”
Today in History:
An accident at the Windscale nuclear facility in northwestern England caused a fire that burned for 16 hours and left 10 tons of radioactive fuel melted in the reactor core… The Windscale fire of 10 October 1957 was the worst nuclear accident in Great Britain’s history, ranked in severity at level 5 out of a possible 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. The fire took place in Unit 1 of the two-pile Windscale facility on the northwest coast of England in Cumberland (now Sellafield, Cumbria). The two graphite-moderated reactors, referred to at the time as “piles”, had been built as part of the British post-war atomic bomb project. Windscale Pile No. 1 was operational in October 1950 followed by Pile No. 2 in June 1951.
The fire burned for three days and there was a release of radioactive contamination that spread across the UK and Europe. Of particular concern at the time was the radioactive isotope iodine-131, which may lead to cancer of the thyroid, and it has been estimated that the incident caused 240 additional cancer cases. No one was evacuated from the surrounding area, but there was a worry that milk might be dangerously contaminated. Milk from about 500 square kilometers (190 sq mi) of nearby countryside was diluted and destroyed for about a month. A 2010 study of workers involved in the cleanup of the accident found no significant long term health effects from their involvement.

Born on This Day:
1920 – Tacoma, Washington – Frank Herbert, American author of the Dune Series…
Franklin Patrick Herbert Jr. (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was an American science-fiction author best known for the 1965 novel Dune and its five sequels. Though he became famous for his novels, he also wrote short stories and worked as a newspaper journalist, photographer, book reviewer, ecological consultant, and lecturer.
Dune took over 6 years of research and writing to reach a completed manuscript. It was originally published in two parts (eight installments) in the science fiction magazine ‘Analog’ (later renamed ‘Astounding) but his full manuscript was rejected by nearly twenty publishers before excepted. Sterling E. Lanier, editor of ‘Chilton Book Company’ (known for auto-repair manuals) bought the rights to publish for $7500 + future royalties.


“A man is a fool not to put everything he has, at any given moment, into what he is creating. You’re there now doing the thing on paper. You’re not killing the goose, you’re just producing an egg. So I don’t worry about inspiration, or anything like that. It’s a matter of just sitting down and working. I have never had the problem of a writing block. I’ve heard about it. I’ve felt reluctant to write on some days, for whole weeks, or sometimes even longer. I’d much rather go fishing, for example, or go sharpen pencils, or go swimming, or what not. But, later, coming back and reading what I have produced, I am unable to detect the difference between what came easily and when I had to sit down and say, “Well, now it’s writing time and now I’ll write.” There’s no difference on paper between the two.”
— Frank Herbert

Died on This Day:
2005 – Kashmir region in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan – 79000 people died in a 7.6 earthquake. On 8 October 2005, a devastating magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck the Kashmir region in the Himalaya. It killed nearly 80,000 people, injured more than 100,000, and left 3 million homeless. One of the worst natural disasters in South Asia, the earthquake caused thousands of landslides that buried entire villages. Muzaffarabad and Balakot were two of the hardest hit towns in Pakistan. The epicenter of the earthquake was just northeast of Muzaffarabad, which lost about half of its structures. Balakot was almost completely wiped out — the shaking and landslides destroyed 90 per cent of the town’s buildings.

National…
Touch Tag Day – By celebrating this traditional childhood game we encourage kids of all ages to get out and play. Tag dates back to the ancient Romans but is now played by children worldwide in one form or another. So TAG, you’re it!
Fluffernutter Day – A sweet and crunchy sandwich made of Marshmallow Fluff and Peanut Butter. In 1913, Emma and Amory Curtis published a recipe for a peanut and marshmallow mix called Snowflake Marshmallow Crème. In 1917 Archibald Query perfected the sweet marshmallow spread and called it Marshmallow Crème.In 1920, Query sold his recipe to Durkee-Mower, Inc. who renamed it Marshmallow Fluff. So go ahead, stuff your face with some peanut butter-fluff and try to say, “Sally sells seashells down by the seashore.”
Pierogi Day – Pierogi are small dumplings made from unleavened dough stuffed with a variety of savory fillings form: mashed potatoes, ground meat, cheese, vegetables, fruit etc. First, they are boiled and then either baked or fried in butter. So mix up a batch or two and invite some friends over. Have everyone bring their favorite fillings and spend an evening of, ‘Guess what’s in this pierogi?’

On This Day…10/7/2019

Dad Joke of the Day: How do trees access the internet? They log on.

Quote of the Day: Perhaps it’s time to stop talking about other people’s faults and take a good look in the mirror.

Today in History: 1944 – The Dumbarton Oaks Conference, in which the United States, China, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom formulated proposals for a world organization that became the basis for the United Nations, concluded in Washington, D.C.

Born on This Day: 1900 – Heinrich Himmler, 1952 – Vladimir Putin, 1955 – Yo-Yo Ma, 1959 – Simon Cowell

Died on This Day: 1849 – Baltimore Maryland – Edgar Allen Poe, American short-story writer, poet, and critic.

National… LED Light Day, Inner Beauty Day, Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day