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Uncertain times need art

Reseda Theater: Resurrect This Theatre PleaseEvery hostile tweet. Every head-scratching cabinet nomination. Every missed intelligence briefing. But every sense that this is the new reality we’re heading towards. We can’t depend on a recount or the Electoral College to change the outcome. There are no do-overs or returns and exchanges with a receipt. We can’t Kübler-Ross out of this one. We knew that this has been brewing for a long time. It was coming. The pendulum has swung. This is it.

So what do we do? We create.

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2016 Parody: All We Talked About Was Trump

A crumpled 2016 calendar

This past year was frustrating, exasperating, heartbreaking, and just plain aching. It was a challenging year for our family and many people I know. However, there is one person (and only one) who had a wonderful year in 2016. You know who it is. He might not think it was so great after January 20. (We sure won’t.) But he will be remembered as the person we all talked about this year.

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NaNoWriMo 2016: What exactly did I win?

NaNoWriMo 2016 winner

I won NaNoWriMo 2016. My prize is the first 50,000 words of an unfinished first draft. It is very difficult to write a novel in 30 days, and 50,000 words doesn’t qualify as a full-length novel. So, what exactly do you win when you win NaNoWriMo?

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If you’re thankful for something, fight for it

U.S. Army Soldiers eat their Thanksgiving meal on Combat Outpost Cherkatah, Khowst province, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2009. The Soldiers are deployed with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment.If there was ever a year we needed Thanksgiving, it’s this one.

This Thanksgiving does not call for platitudes about how we should be grateful for what we have. Gratitude demands something more. If we are thankful for something, we have to fight for it.

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Writing while the world changes

rp_256px-Donald_Trump_by_Gage_Skidmore_3_cropped.jpgI started writing Offline in the spring of 2001. In my initial draft, I set the story in mid-September 2001. When 9/11 hit, I had a lot to think about. Somewhere near the bottom of that list was Offline. Should I even finish it? Did the story still make sense in this new, uncertain world? I did finish and publish Offline, but I set it in August 2001. I made it a reminder of a world that was gone and a warning of what was to come.

Once again, the world has changed while I’m writing a book. NaNoWriMo doesn’t give me the option to stop work on Amiga. But I’m finding that the book has gone in different directions since November 8.

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