Camp NaNoWriMo

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I am so impressed with those of you who can deal with the heat, and I hope some of you are actually enjoying it. I thought it was too hot to exist before I went down to water the greenhouses. Now I think I’m literally melting.

Here in western Washington, we used to say it stopped raining for the year on the fifth of July, and more times than not it was actually true. There were Fourth of Julys when I was growing up when my family huddled in down parkas under the house’s eaves while my dad sprinted out into the rain to set off fireworks.

I love it cool and grey, and I can’t deal with this inferno of heat. If you’re also looking for something to do that requires only minimal movement, why not go to camp?

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When (Not) to Use Semi-Colons

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Many perfectly competent writers have a heck of a time with semi-colons. It’s probably because you could technically go though your entire life as a writer and never have to use one. Unlike periods and commas, there is no time in which nothing aside from a semi-colon will work.

There are still plenty of opportunities to use semi-colons; they can add finesse to your writing rhythm. Semi-colons indicate a closer relationship between independent clauses than a period.

The key words there are independent clauses, and that’s where authors frequently run into trouble with this special punctuation mark.

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Background Noise

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Ideally every writer would have a perfectly quiet, peaceful place to write wholly free from distractions. Meanwhile back on planet earth, it’s easy to find ourselves inundated by external sounds that we have no control over.

Personally, I could concentrate on writing and editing far better if television viewing was banned in my house, but I have an inkling that the rest of my family would object.

So what’s an author searching for silence to do? Make some noise of your own.

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Back from the Cyber Ashes

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Nations, perhaps even interstellar empires, have risen and fallen since last I was on the internet in any meaningful way. While there was enough assorted life chaos to keep me busy, my admittedly sketchy computer finally bit the big one.

After Microsoft spent over a year sending the poor thing death threats for its continued usage of Windows XP, I wasn’t exactly shocked. But what can I say? XP was a good operating system, and I’m not exactly made of money.

The issue of computers costing money (darn capitalism, anyway) meant I couldn’t just buy a new one. Besides, I’ve never bought a pre-built system, and I like my current box, so I’ve been working on rebuilding it.

And it is officially born again. Minus Windows, of course.

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Egg Art: Panda Egg Rough

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While it still seems far away, spring is close enough that one of our geese has already started the laying season. Several of our chickens have also joined in. What better time to start painting some new eggs?

This is a blown goose egg with the first layer of colors roughly blocked in with acrylics. I stopped blocking the first layer with markers for reasons that will be explained in an upcoming post. Basically, it looks far messier with the acrylics, but works much better.

The first egg of the new season features giant pandas for no particular reason aside from the fact that they’re insanely adorable.

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Photos: Bees In the Hazels

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I was able to snag some good shots of the bees this morning. It’s warm here again so the ladies have been out and about.

I’ve been so displeased with the fact that they’ve been out flying, looking for food, with nothing to be found. Warm weather aside, it is still the middle of the winter and even the earliest flowers have yet to think about opening.

The bees have plenty of stored honey in the hives plus winter patties, but it just seemed so unsatisfying for them to be doing all that flying and not coming up with any fresh goodies. Little did I know, they were finding food to make their voyages worth while.

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