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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sparky Sparky Sparky

This has some talk of exercising so I'm claiming it as my "Once Per Month" sparky topic.

Seriously ... you should take a photo. Write the date down. Circle it in red. Because this is a rarity ... me talking Sparktacious.

Anyway, I was cleaning out some stuffs in our spare room last night and came across some run stuffs I have been keeping.

Wait, wait, wait.

Before I go on, some background info. For without background info this blog post would be ... well, it wouldn't lose anything actually. But it will make it longer. And I say, when you can't give em quality, give em quantity. That was my mantra when handing in homework assignments back in college ... so I figure it can work now too.

Anyway - back story.

I don't horde things. Or rather, I don't overly horde things. When I was little I collected comic books. Later in life I admit I had a problem giving up any books I used to own. And ok, I saved certain IPA beer bottles cause of the cool looking labels. (Though I have given up this last item ... as wifey thinks it's tacky to show off my collection of bottles. Sheesh. I tossed them out ... but when we find out they have become collectors items I will not let her forget that we could have been millionaires.)

Hmmm ... ok, so maybe I have a mini horde issue. I dunno.

Which brings us back to where I left off in this story. Cleaning room ... picking stuff up ... finding race stuff. Ok ... back on track.

The thing I found was my collection of event bibs. For some reason I keep them. Wifey keeps her Finisher and Placement medals. I keep that piece of fiber reinforced paper that shows the event I entered, and the distance it was.

As I looked thru them I realized that I had more Bibs in this 2014 year alone, than all of 2011 - 2013 combined. Though in truth I never saved all my event bibs in the years preceeding 2014.

So. Photo op of my Event Bibs.

(This is from 2011 - 2013. All are biking events except for 1 running one I did in Dec 2013.)

(This is from the beginning of 2014. I already have more this year than all other years combined. These are a mix of running, biking, and duathlons.)

Being that I have way more event bibs this year, I am thinking that I must be way more active today than ever before.

High-5 ME!

Errr ... unless it's just that I am more active at saving event bibs.

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GIRANIMAL 9/15/2014 4:49PM



That is all. emoticon

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LORENVER 9/15/2014 7:34AM

    Love it! That is so cool. I do like the disclaimers on this one! I keep my bibs as well. So far there are two :). DH crudly framed one, we are still trying to figure out what to do with the other, or redo with the first. Maybe one day I will have as many as you :).


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APONI_KB 9/13/2014 7:41PM

    I used to keep my race bibs, but then there was a point when they were so generic that I started only keeping the cool looking ones well and anything longer than a 10k. I do have two cigar boxes full of finishers medals that I'm quite proud of.

Before we moved to a new building at work I had walls. I had race bibs up on the wall to remind me to stay OUT of the candy dish.

whatever works

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JUNESHOPE 9/13/2014 6:40PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Well, always keep the proof! LOL
I normally don't converse on-line with males, but I must say, I really like all the things you have been commenting on my blogs, and I like your blogs as well.
Keep up the good work!

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TWESTEN1 9/13/2014 4:58PM

    Definitely Sparkalicious!!! That is fabulous that you are so active & I love that your wife is just as active with you :) And I have to say - very glad you have given up your beer bottle hoarding ... I mean, collection. (I hate to always agree with the wife, but this one she definitely called!). I do like the saving of books though - we have them all over the house!

Anyway, kudos to you for all of the action!!!

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EOSTAR_45 9/13/2014 3:51PM

    Either way, emoticon

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The Importance of Hydration ... and ... The Importance of Having Correct Shoes.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Ok, ok, ok. For anyone remotely thinking I will have relevant and/or useful information on hydration and footwear … STOP READING NOW.

I mean, C’MON!!! This is me we’re talking about. Sparktastic topics? No. Goofy blogs? Yes.

Anyway … today was the Tour de Lab bike ride. Or as I like to call it, the Lucky Lab Ride. A 19 mile extravaganza of bike riding from pub to pub in support of pups and pups. Proceeds from the ride went to the DoveLewis Emergency Veterinarian Hospital.

As some of you may know, wifey was REALLY wanting to ride in this event this year. I’ve ridden in it a whole lot of times. Wifey had not ridden this yet and was NOT going to let anything stop her today.

However, this morning, wifey was limping a LOT. Like, LOTS LOTS.

I told her that we could just go and cheer on the other riders and have our FREE beer.

She said no. She was going to ride no matter what.

However, as I said, she was limping. And her toe was swollen. (For anyone that does not know, wifey got a nasty gash in her middle right toe several days ago. It had 9 stiches. She was NOT supposed to ride at all for a few weeks.) Still, she tried to put her riding shoe on. Nope … NOT happening. So instead, she asked if she could try on one of my shoes since it was bigger.

Really?!?!?!?! What is wrong with her? Her toe is swollen. She was told NOT to ride. She was in pain.

I gave her my shoe.

It fit. And she calls me crazy.

So we went on the ride. Nineteen miles. Three pub stops. Now normally in the past I was satisfied to get my FREE beer at the end of the ride. Wifey? Nooooo. She wanted one at EVERY pub stop.

She is my freakin HERO!

Biking. Pup Charity. Beer.

Freakin Nirvana.

(Wifey on her bike)

(Upon closer look ... her SHOES!)

(First pub stop. We have dog ears!)

(Second pub stop. Hyrdrate!)

(End of ride photo)

(End of ride - Rehydrating.)

(Obligatory FREE Beer Event photo)

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GOODGETNBETR 9/15/2014 9:54PM

    Wow! You have an amazing wife my friend. May your paths always be the towards the same sunset.

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EOSTAR_45 9/15/2014 9:06AM

    Greg, you are hilarious!! And nuts! I love your blogs. You and wifey totally ROCK!!

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LORENVER 9/13/2014 10:13AM

    Fun. I am glad you got to do it together. Now your wife should stay off that toe :).

So, did you ride bare foot since she stole your shoe :)?

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MARGARITTM 9/12/2014 6:54AM

    That looks like a lot of fun!

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HILLSLUG98239 9/12/2014 2:52AM

    I love the dog accoutrements!

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SPEEDYDOG 9/11/2014 9:40PM

    Hi Greg,

Did you get to keep a Lucky Lab glass? You are a lucky main to have such nice, albeit wounded, company along. My wife refuses to ride with me. She says something about not wanting ride in dangerous places. She has a good mountain bike. I don't know what she is talking about.

I hope your wife did not injure herself worse during the ride. Thanks for riding to benefit the pups.


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JUNESHOPE 9/11/2014 7:34PM

    Funny...Hope her toe is healing nicely. Ouch! emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 9/9/2014 3:46PM

    You're BOTH my heroes for those puppy-dog get-ups! emoticon

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GHK1962 9/8/2014 11:05PM

    ok, ok, ok all. I rode too damnit! Don't I get some kudos? I mean, ok, I didn't have the gimpy toe. I think next time I am gonna twist my ankle so people think I rock. Ok, I won't really twist my ankle ... but I am going to put a bandage wrap around it so people THINK I injured it and give me kudos too.


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APONI_KB 9/8/2014 2:37PM

    I can't believe she pulled that off.
nicely done

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TWESTEN1 9/8/2014 1:38PM

    That is fabulous! Love the pics & the hydration techniques seemed to work very well ~ smart thinking! You guys rock :)

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SMILINGTREE 9/8/2014 9:42AM

    She's my hero, too!

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SBEAR5 9/8/2014 8:22AM

    I would actually say she probably wanted the beers to dull the pain! haha

Glad you guys had fun, hoping wife will NOW let her toe heal! emoticon

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GAELENEC 9/8/2014 7:26AM


You and wifey are my kinda crazy. But the dog ears don't suit you!


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PMRUNNER 9/8/2014 6:18AM

    Too funny, thanks for sharing!

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Injuries Be Damned, We’re Riding This Weekend (Well ... wifey’s injuries be damned anyway ...)

Friday, September 05, 2014

This weekend is the annual Tour de Lab ride in Portland, Oregon. I’ve ridden in this ride for several years now and greatly enjoy this ride immensely.

There’s a lot of reasons why I love this ride. Basically, the ride is hosted by a local brewery – The Lucky Lab Brewery. This is one of the many establishments that not only allow pups at their place of drinking and dining, but they actually encourage you to bring along your pooch. They so embrace the dog friendliness of the Portland Metro area.

The Lucky Lab has 4 breweries in the area. On the ride, you go from pub to pub. While you can have a pint at each stop, and some people do ... riding while intoxicated is sorta frowned upon. Instead, what is totally cool is that you get to pick up a doggy wear item.

Stop #1 = Dog nose

Stop #2 = Dog ears

And so on. It is a BLAST!

(After photo of the ride I did in 2011)

And of course at the end, at the final pub stop? You get to have your FREE BEER! Ohhhh yeah!

So normally at this point I’d HIGH-5 myself and count the Biking/Pup Theme/FREE BEER as a triple word score. But .... there’s one more thing. The coolest thing about the ride?

It benefits one of the local emergency veterinary clinics. The DoveLewis Animal Emergency Hospital. They do AWESOMELY AWESOME work helping animals. Proceeds from the ride help to fund this incredible organization. This is the main reason I ride this event every year.

(So really, its Biking/Pup Theme/FREE BEER/Awesome DoveLewis Charity – Quadruple word score – take THAT Mr. Scrabble Game.)

However, wifey has never ridden in this event. Every year something comes up for her. Work. Travel. Other commitments. Something.

So this year she was determined to ride it with me. She cleared her calendar MONTHS in advance. Rearranged some serious work events. Paid for the ride 3 months ago. Salivated and watched the calendar.

Then of course last week she had her toe incident. Nine stiches. OW!

No running. No swimming. And .... arrgghhh, no riding!

I mentioned to wifey that it’s okay and we can do it next year. I said that since we already paid for it, we can still show up and get our free tee-shirt and our free beer!

Nope. Stiched toe be damned. She is GOING to ride it she said.

Hmmmm ....

Normally I’m the one that insists that common sense and danger are no reason to opt out of a challenge. I guess I’m rubbing off on her.


Nevertheless, I got her to scale back on the route we were planning to ride. We were initially going to do what is called the Big Dog. A 41-miler. The distance isn’t the killer on that one. It’s the long uphill slog to Portland’s Council Crest. It’s a freakin beast of a climb.

Instead we’ll do the shorter Puppy route. That’s ones flatter and shorter at 19 miles. But hey, we still get FREE BEER at the end.

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APONI_KB 9/7/2014 9:40AM

    I can't believe she's riding with that toe, still though enough beer and what toe?

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SBEAR5 9/6/2014 8:47PM

    Sounds like a good time. Glad you have the option to do the puppy run!

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SPEEDYDOG 9/6/2014 2:03PM

    Boy, oh boy, that sounds like a fun ride. Little wonder that wifey is going to risk life and toe to ride along. The Lucky Lab Brewery sounds like my kind of place. The Lucky Lab sounds like my Beagle's type of place too. He holds seminars on "How to Beg at the Table" for other dogs.

Firstly, Common Sense is not that common. Secondly, as you well know, Common Sense is overrated.

I am somewhat jealous. There is a mystical connection between beer and bikes. So much so, in the circles where I ride, beer is as good as money. Maybe better.

Have fun! However, I think that is a foregone conclusion!

Thanks, Bruce

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LIVIN4LISH 9/5/2014 8:08PM

    Your Wifey is a true trooper! Enjoy the ride emoticon

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TWESTEN1 9/5/2014 2:34PM

    That sounds fabulous! When we lived in DE there was a local pub that sponsored a 10 mile run and of course, you got the beer at the end. I never did it, but my neighbors did - every year. I love that yours supports the emergency clinic too - that is awesome. And hey, a free dog face by the end of the ride... who could ask for more?! I'm eager to see the pic of you & wife in your disguises after the race. I'm glad she's going to ride despite the stitches :) It will make it that much more fun that you get to do it together!

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HILLSLUG98239 9/5/2014 1:42PM


Can you attach the dog ears to your helmet?

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When A Day Off of Work Is Not A Good Thing

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Another blog in the ‘To Make A Short Story Long’ series. And warning, this one is rather long.

So today has been a rather unusual day. Actually, it’d be more correct to say it’s been a rather unusual day and a half really.

You see, wifey and I have been dealing with a sort of sick dog of late. For the past 2 months or so we’ve been treating our pup's left eye with various medicines. Due to several medical issues we ended up making the decision to have the eye removed.

Our pup's operation happened yesterday.

Wait, wait, wait. How rude of me. If I’m to keep talking about my pupper, shouldn’t I at least tell you his name? Shouldn’t I show you a photo of him? That’s be the proper thing to do. After all, when you talk about someone a lot you should at least acknowledge them by name. Their real name. Always use their name.

At least that is what wifey says.

Anyway, here are my three pups.

Sachi – Her name means ‘Child of Joy’. We really should have named her ‘Child of Barkiness’

Chloe – Our newest addition to our family. Like Sachi, Chloe is a rescue pup. We call her ‘Little Red Dog.’ Or, ‘Snack Bite.’ Or whatever other name we want to use for her.

Mozart – This is our poor pup that has to have his left eye removed. Poor little guy.

Mozart – The after shot. Well, not really, but C’MON … would you REALLY want to see his battered little face after the operation????

Anyway, where were we? Uhmmm … his operation right? It was yesterday.

So anyway, I picked him up at about 4pm-ish yesterday. Less one eye. But add one cone-of-shame.

He looks like he’d been though a helluva fight. But he was doing okay. He was super tired, but on pain meds. And he slept most of the evening. And that was good.

At bedtime we decided I would take Sachi to the bedroom, as she was a bit agitated with all that was going on. Wifey decided to keep Chloe and Mozart in the living room for a bit. She placed Chloe in her crate, and let Mozart sleep on the bed below her.

Wifey fell asleep.

At about 4:30am, wifey comes hobbling into the bedroom.

“I cut my foot,” she said.

Sure enough, I look down, and there’s blood dripping. Apparently wifey heard Mozart wandering around in the middle of the night, so she got up to find him. She found Chloe’s crate instead. A sharp part of Chloe’s crate. A very sharp part.

Wifey had two huge gashes in her toe.

I followed her to the living room. We left Sachi in the bedroom for a bit. Entering the living room I am thinking that a murder must have occurred. There is blood EVERYWHERE. And I mean, EVERYWHERE. On the sofa. On the rug. On the carpet. On the kitchen floor. On the WALLS!

Wifey had bled a pool of blood onto the floor, and somehow Chloe had gotten out and had tramped through it, and tracked blood everywhere.

In the meantime, Mozart starts to whine a little. He’s feeling sore and I know he needs his pain medicine.

And to top it off, Sachi somehow got loose from the room. I know she wants to eat and wants to go out to pee. But nooooo. She could not hold it, and had actually pee-ed in our bedroom. On the NEW subflooring we JUST PUT IN THIS WEEKEND.

So in short:

1) Wifey is standing in a pool of blood.

2) Pirate Pup needs his pain medications.

3) Sachi wants to eat and is barking like crazy.

4) Chloe is still prancing around signing everything in sight with her bloody paw marks.

5) And I need to clean the pee in the bedroom before it soaks into the new subflooring.

At any rate, some triage was done. All the pups got fed and medicines were given. The pee was sopped up and sprayed with sanitizer. We got wifey cleaned up. And I also managed to semi-wipe the blood up from the floors. While not totally clean at least it wasn’t trackable anymore. I did leave the rug and wall stains for later.

Wifey then states, “I don’t think I really have to go to the doctor. What do you think?”

I am thinking I want to push her back into the crate.

But if I did that, no one would believe that the first fall was an accident. So I refrain.

At about 5:30am we finally head out the door to get to the nearest Urgent Care facility. We live out in the country, so it’s about a 20 – 30 minute drive. When we arrive we find out that they are no longer an Urgent Care center.

Now what?

Oh. There’s a Starbucks at the next block. Let’s go there to get some coffee and breakfast.

So we order our drinks and breakfast at the drive thru. Pull up to the window. Get our drinks and muffins. The window teller then asks if we need anything else. In a fit of brilliance, we ask her if she knows where there might be an Urgent Care center, as wifey has a nasty gash in her foot.

The Starbucks teller then gives us this look that says, “Why in the hell are you stopping for coffee if you’ve got a medical emergency?”

Well, it’s not really an emergency. Just … urgent. Hence the need for an Urgent Care center.

She looks up something on her phone and gives us directions to the nearest facility. She also mentions that the next time something happens we should go to the medical place first. Before we get coffee.

As we are driving away wifey turns to me and says, “It wasn’t just coffee. We got muffins too. That should count for something right?”

I keep driving.

We get to this other Urgent Care facility. Yahhhh!

But nooooooo. It’s closed. They open at 8:00am.

REALLY? 8:00am?

I guess something is only urgent if it occurs after 8:00am.

On a weekday.

And certainly after getting coffee and muffins.

At any rate, we go home and return at 8:00am. Wifey ends up needing 9 stitches in her middle toe on her right foot.

Wifey’s foot and toe – While mostly cleaned up, you can see some traces of blood.

As we are driving home she asks me if it would be okay for her to go to work for the rest of the day.

I’m a quick learner, so I give her the same look as the Starbucks teller gave us.

It is now near 5:00pm, and I am done running around making her comfortable and getting her pain meds. I have gotten dinner ready. I got the other pups their dinners and medications again.

Ahhh, poor Mozart and wifey. I feel so sorry for them. But …

I CANNOT WAIT to go to work tomorrow.

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TWESTEN1 9/5/2014 2:41PM

    Dear heavens - that was brilliant. After reading your latest blog I was curious about your wife's stitches... so now I know. And I know about your dog's eye. We have a rescue Chihuahua ... in the 6 years we've had her she's had 28 teeth removed. Surprisingly there are still a few left :) Much better than losing an eye though.

Anyway, what I wanted to say, was that was a funny story... surely not at the time of it all happening.... but after the fact. I'm still chuckling. Thanks for sharing!

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SPEEDYDOG 9/3/2014 7:52AM


What can I say? Man that is some day. It sounds like you kept perspective on things. Poor wifey and little Mozart


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SGTPEPPER4191 8/28/2014 8:30AM

    This story documents the ultimate in no good very bad days! But someone sure has a talent for photography and crochet!

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GHK1962 8/27/2014 8:45PM

    Heh .... making fun of my poor little Pirate Eye Pupper. I am going to sick him on you. He will bark and bark and bark at you. It will sound like:

"Arrrrrrr(f) .... Arrrrrrr(f) ...."

Seriously though ... thanks to all for the well wishes. Pupper is resting at the moment ... and wifey is fiddling with her bandage ... sheesh ... I need to put the cone of shame on her hands or something. Why is she trying to pull the bandages off already? I had better go check on her....

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HILLSLUG98239 8/27/2014 7:36PM

    Is it wrong that I'm laughing at your pirate-y looking dog, your grand adventure to find an urgent care center, and the big ol' stink eye the Starbucks person gave you?

Good, I'm glad you said "no."

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EOSTAR_45 8/27/2014 7:00PM

    OMG! That was a crazy night and day!! Good thing you resisted the urge to push wifey back into the crate--yeah, I don't think they would have believed you:-)

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LIVIN4LISH 8/27/2014 2:41PM

    Awww, sorry for the pup and wifey - best wishes for speedy recoveries to both of them.

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SBEAR5 8/27/2014 10:25AM

    oh man! That's a LONG day.... So sorry to hear about Mozart's eye. I friend of mine had to do the same to her dog not long ago. Hoping wifey and mozart heal quickly!

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SMILINGTREE 8/27/2014 9:03AM

    Good grief! What a day. Did you put some kind of padding on the sharp part of Chloe's crate?

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LORENVER 8/27/2014 7:30AM

    Wow, I am glad I now have the whole story and with PICTURES. Your dogs are cute, the foot looks a little worse for ware.

I am glad everyone is okay. When I was younger we had to have our cat's eye removed due to damage and infection. He looked so sad for a while, but after a few weeks (once it no longer looked really bad) we realized he didn't seem to miss it.


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APONI_KB 8/26/2014 9:05PM

    oh my GOSH I'm so sorry about your special day off day
at least tomorrow has to be better

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The Write Stuff

Monday, August 25, 2014

National Novel Writing Month.

Or NaNoWriMo to those in the know.

Or NaNo for short ... for those in the NaKnow ... hahaha, ok ... that was a bad pun.

Anyway, NaNoWriMo, for those that have not heard of it, is an exercise in writing that occurs during the month of November. All around the world, aspiring authors (as well as a few successful authors) attempt to write a 50,000 word novel.

In the span of 30 days.

For some it’s a seemingly easy effort.

For others, myself included, it’s an arduous ordeal. All extracurricular activity beyond writing is suspended. Your spouse and all family members recede into the background. Food no longer becomes an enjoyable meal, and instead, the stuffing of candy and soda into your body is only due to the need for sustenance and survival. Time is valuable – REM sleep, potty breaks, and assuring you turned the oven burners off are just time wasted, when instead you could have gotten a few more sentences clicked off the keyboard.

Yes. NaNoWriMo.

Thirty days filled with 30 sleepless nights.

Thirty days filled with nodding off at your real job because of the 30 sleepless nights.

But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Why blog about NaNoWriMo here in August? NaNo is months away. Why not write about NaNo during the month of Nano? Wouldn’t that make more sense you ask?

To which I reply:


Well, so as not to sound too rude, I’ll explain. You see, I’m once again trying to determine if I want to participate in NaNoWriMo. I joined in on the fun in Nov. 2011 and 2012. I sort of wimped out in Nov of 2013, with the weak excuse of being too busy or being injured or something. (Spark pal Amanda got me addicted to NaNo.)

Now, if I do decide to do NaNo this year, then I really wouldn’t be able to write about NaNo DURING NaNo I’d be too busy writing my masterpiece.

So I decided to write about it today instead. While I have the time.

And because I couldn’t figure out what else to write about.

Anyway ... I also want to disclose right up front – the two novels that I have written, well, they aren’t exactly published novels. In fact, they haven’t been quite edited yet. Uhm ... err ... and I guess to edit them they’d need to be reviewed first? OKAY, OKAY ... so I’ve not even run spell check on the freakin documents.

Which brings up something else you should know about NaNo. The purpose of this exercise is to write. And by “write”, I mean just that. Not edit. Not researching facts or interviewing people. No debate on whether your sentence structure is great, good, or even passable. In fact, usage of the backspace key is highly discouraged.

In short, the purpose of NaNo is NOT to write a great novel, but to write A novel. A crappy novel after all, is still a novel.

But for most people, just the act of writing is what its all about. The only way to get better at writing is to write. And write. Then write some more.

I would guess that for the majority of those completing their novels, at least 50% of their work is pure dribble. Being an overachiever, I’m guessing I’m at 95% dribble. Nevertheless, the remaining portion of the written work can have magic in them. You’d be amazed at the cool ideas that pop out of free-form writing, or when someone shouts out, “Write for 5 minutes about your pet iguana’s craving for bacon.”

So I’ve been wondering of late ... do I write in NaNo this year? Do I plunge into the abyss of my keyboard? NaNo is a mere 2-3 months away. In the past I’ve had early ideas of what I had wanted to write about. To date I have no subject at hand. If I do decide to move forward with this effort I suspect I’ll have to approach this novel differently from those in the past.

Still, I feel that my success as a non-published, unedited, reviewless, and spell-check-challenged writer gives me the expertise and credibility to be experimental.

I’m thinking of writing a novel and having it branch off in several different directions, with the reader choosing which direction they want to go. Depending on what is chosen, a different ending to the story would occur. Maybe 3 or 4 different branches to the story. I’m also thinking that once they choose a branch point, they would not be able to go back and read the other storylines. In essence, I’d be writing this as an ebook(s). Once a path is chosen, the other paths are locked off. My evil genius becomes clear when you realize that if you want to read all the various stories you’d have to buy every version of the book! Muaahahahahahaha.

(Actually, to be taken as a 'serious' writer, I probably should say something more like, "I'm not in it for the money, writing for writing's sake give me pure joy." But then I'd have to give the 'ol, *wink, wink* thingy.)

Of course I’d have to figure out if this ebook-lock-em-out stuff was even doable. Electronic and techy stuffs aren’t really my thing.

Then there’s also that story thing I have to come up with ... plot, characters, and all that other nonsense. But as I write, something should come right? After all, its NaNoWriMo.

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HILLSLUG98239 8/27/2014 7:39PM

    Poor August. Named for an emperor, but denied any holidays, so it gets stuck with this.

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LIVIN4LISH 8/27/2014 2:34PM

    Oh you have a knack for writing to be sure. If you have the time and the gumption, I'd do it. I'll only expect one or two blogs out of you in November!

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DDOORN 8/26/2014 9:46AM

    I know of it...have dabbled with writing over the years, enjoy playing with words at times. It's on my ever-growing bucket list of stuff I'll do when I retire and have the!


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SPEEDYDOG 8/26/2014 9:45AM

    Hi Greg,

Your blogs are very entertaining and written quite well. Are you blogs free flow, or do you carefully edit and spell check?

I am actually a published author. But everything I have done are sections within technical journals and published mathematical algorithms and proofs. You could have probably figured that out by the dry and technical nature of my blogs!

I used to have a creative side but 30-plus years as an engineer and technical expert quenched that tiny spark.

Have fun writing! Please keep the blogs coming though.

Thanks, Bruce

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MJREIMERS 8/26/2014 7:54AM

    Wow, this is all new to me. I started a "book" when my heart pets died a few years ago. It was more of a way to cope for me. I got a few stories down and then I was done. I guess I'm really not an author! That's ok. Good luck in your decision!

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LORENVER 8/26/2014 7:26AM

    I am glad you posted about this. I talked to DH about my possible desire to participate this year. He seems oddly supportive. I've never done anything like this but I have a nugget of an idea that I kind of want to try out. I also think it will be fun to write something that doesn't have a materials and methods section :).

Maybe we can drivel together. Oh and I have no concept of 50000 words. I mean I read novels, but the concept is still not in my grasp. That might be a bad sign....


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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/25/2014 8:53PM

    Good luck. I'm sure it won't be drivel.

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