Sunday, November 16, 2014

NaNoWriMo Failure

As the calendar in the right panel shows, I am failing miserably this year in the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) competition. I should have written about 27,000 words by now and I am at an anemic 5,499. I really thought I would do better this year. I got an idea for my novel in February, including the entire story arc which I wrote as a Flash Fiction piece. I found a subject expert to help me though the stuff I did not know. I worked on a larger outline. I worked on smaller pieces in between that would work as parts of separate chapters. I fleshed out characters. I scoured the Internet for information and made lists of links  referring back to them. I mapped out in Google Maps where everything occurred. I have never been so prepared to write anything. Then, three weeks before NaNo, I got a job.

I had been unemployed for seven months and for most of the prior two years I had telecommuted to work, so my sense of time management was thrown for a loop having to drive into work every morning and back every evening. I find when I come in from work that the last thing I want to do is write. So, I struggle, like every writer struggles.

I still have half a month to go. I wonder where I will be when this month ends? 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Door

This is our door from our cruise. We did not even place in the finalist for voting which we took as a personal insult. Or maybe a challenge for next year. I do like my strat and my fish and Paula's great work on the background and the frame around the poster in the middle.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise - Day Seven - This is a Man's World

A bittersweet moment. This is the last song from the last performance by Trampled Under Foot on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise #23. So glad I got to see them before the end, but there was open hostility between the siblings during this show, with Danielle refusing to introduce Nick's solos songs and storming off the stage. I think she wanted them to do only TUF songs and not have Nick repeat his solo work for the fourth time during the cruise. I have to agree with Danielle, this performance should have been about TUF and not Nick. Still, what a voice on this woman. My god!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise - Fredericks Brown

Fredericks Brown opened for Taj Mahal on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, the Fredericks half of the duo being Deva (Mahal) Fredericks, Taj's daughter. This is a really great song by them.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise - The Lowrider Band

One of the highlights of the cruise has been the Lowrider Band, or as we all remember them, War. There were seven original members of War. Two have died. Of the five still with us, one of them is touring as War, the other four (Harold Brown, Lee Oskar, B.B. Dickerson and Howard Scott) are in the Lowrider Band and they sound just as great today as they did in the 1970s..

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise - Day Two - We Get Leied

We started off the second day with the Virgin Party (LRBC first-timers) where we all got leied so that we were no longer virgins. We danced to the sounds of Dennis Jones, who quickly became a favorite of ours.

Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise - Day Two - Ronnie Baker Brooks

A long snippet of Ronnie Baker Brooks from the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise #23 that I took out on the Pool Deck of the Norwegian Sun.  We became Ronnie fans on this cruise.

Legendary Rythm and Blues Cruise - Day One - The Lowrider Band

This was the end of our first day on the cruise an the beginning of our second. Loved the Lowrider Band (AKA War)

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise -- First Night

First night of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise out on the pool deck while the 44s blues band played in the background with my baby girl Paula and friend William Stout. Dancing away our first night at sea. Before we ran into Bill we had watched Bernard Allison and Trampled Under Foot play. Hot damn!