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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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The pendulum swings

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Whether the outcome of the election fills you with joy or despair, we feel like we’re moving into uncharted territory. What will a Trump presidency really be like? Will it really make America great again? Or will it become a catastrophe?

It’s time for perspective. We’ve been here before.

In just the small portion of American history I’ve lived through, we’ve gone from left to right and right to left several times. I’ve seen eras of progress and eras of retreat. I’ve seen times when we’ve pushed ourselves towards greater freedom and inclusion, and times when we’ve given into our prejudices and fears. We’ve felt hope and cynicism. We’ve turned against each other, and we’ve come together.

The pendulum swings.

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Why Amiga?

NaNoWriMo logoDuring NaNoWriMo, I’ll write an occasional post about the experience of writing my new novel, Amiga. (These won’t be too frequent because I’ll be busy writing the actual novel.) Since I have a little time before the madness starts, I’d like to describe why I chose the Commodore Amiga as the centerpiece of my book. Read more »

NaNoWriMo 2016: What do you do while waiting?

NaNoWriMo logoI’m doing it again! I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year to kick start my new novel, Amiga. It’s a novel I’ve been planning for some time, and NaNoWriMo gives me the opportunity to put it into words.

But NaNoWriMo doesn’t officially start until November 1. What do I do in the meantime? The NaNoWriMo website has some ideas on how to prepare to write a novel. Here is what I’m doing.

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From NBC NewsJust when we thought this hostile election cycle couldn’t get worse, this happened. A Republican Party campaign headquarters in North Carolina was vandalized and firebombed.

I’m a Democrat, and this sickens me. Just as I don’t want to be threatened because of my political beliefs, I don’t want to see others be threatened because of theirs. Read more »