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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 »

Thirty things I love about Orange County

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On October 14, 1986, I got up early and drove from my house in Reseda to my new job in Irvine. This would lead me to move to Orange County where I met my wife and started our family. That reason by itself is why I’m glad I came here. Although I’ve been spending a lot of time writing about the place I came from, I’d like to take some time to appreciate all the things I love about Orange County, especially where I live in South County. Like my other anniversary posts, I made a list. Read more »