The News From Lake Woebegone

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Day’s Verse:
Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the LORD GOD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.

Isaiah 12:2
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I’ve been having Internet problems the last few days and the aggravation of attempting to get online is simply not worth the meager benefits. Fortunately, that seems to have gotten sorted out — for now — so here we are, back again. Since I posted last, I came down with a nice little cold. It followed the usual pattern: Sore throat, where the germies landed, progressing up towards the nasal passages, followed by several days of runny nose and then another few days of hacking up phlegm. Mmm. Delightful that Day 1 of the actual cold (not the pre-cold sore throat) hit right on Thanksgiving. Even so, I valiantly went and infected two separate households, one (the Alfords, long-time family friends; their daughter Kallie is my parents’ god-daughter) for dinner in the afternoon and one (the Slovers; Ian’s aunt and uncle’s family) for dessert in the evening. By the time I dragged in at like 9:20 I was totally wiped. Continue Reading >>

Supernatural Novel: Days 19, 20, and 22 (The End)

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Day’s Verse:
Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motive of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.
1 Cor. 4:5
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[To be inserted in Supernatural Novel: Day 16, after the last paragraph:]

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“Son, we should talk about your relationship with this girl.” Dad made everything sound so serious, and really, Tristan didn’t want to talk about the relationship with Dad. But it could be worse – it could be Dad and Mom. “I can tell you really like this Kim girl. You’ve been spending quite a lot of time with her over the last month or so and we can sense you feel very strongly about her. Frankly, your mother and I are a bit concerned with your judgment.” Continue Reading >>

NaNo Hiatus (Post No. 1,600)

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Day’s Verse:
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Philippians 4:8
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As you have all noticed, I’ve taken the last few days off from writing my NaNoWriMo novel. I have 5,000 or so words left and 9 remaining days, and I’d really like to devote a lot of time to writing straight through. The last few days were crazy enough that I didn’t have much or any time to devote to NaNo novelizing. However, today is free and really nasty outside, to I have no excuse not to finish. Continue Reading >>

Supernatural Novel: Day 18

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Day’s Verse:
For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:6
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[To be inserted in Supernatural Novel: Day 16, in the paragraph where Kim is thinking about how well Tristan listens:]

He even seemed interested when she told him about deciding to be a camp counselor for the nature camp for inner-city second-graders. He’d asked all about it; she’d shared her love of kids, how she wanted to help somebody some day, and that was why she wanted to go into pediatric neurosurgery, if there was such a thing. “I’m going to miss you every minute of the week of October 26,” he said, squeezing her hand. “But I’m glad you get to do something you’re passionate about.” Tristan put her desires and interests ahead of his, and that was wonderful, too – Austin had only cared about himself and getting whatever he wanted. Continue Reading >>

Supernatural Novel: Day 17

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Day’s Verse:
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
but the LORD test hearts.

Proverbs 17:3
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— October, 2009 —

“Daddy, when’s my camp?”

“What camp, Vanessa?” Gilbertson disliked the intrusion his six-year-old daughter caused in his life, but his constituents loved it: The family man, devoted to his wife and child. They could relate. So Gilbertson cultivated the appearance of an attentive husband and loving father while spending as little time as absolutely necessary with them. That worked well, since his wife Joanne wasn’t wild about him. Well, to be honest, she loathed him, but she maintained their farce because she shared one trait with her husband: Ambition. Being the wife of a powerful US Senator wasn’t such a bad place to be, and each could live his or her separate life, coming together with consummate acting skill to project the image of a perfect family. Continue Reading >>

Non-NaNo News

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Day’s Verse:
Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted;
State a proposal, but it will not stand,
For God is with us.

Isaiah 8:10
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Rocky Mountains 1So man, with NaNoWriMo this month, I’ve not written a word about the most hectic and newsworthy month I’ve had in years. I’m going to give a little update on Everything Not NaNo in this post, so here goes.

The beginning of the month started out pretty nuts, with driving across the country and then finding a storage unit and dealing with all our junk and getting settled in at my parents’ house for the long haul. During that time, I learned that just because you have a 10-foot U-Haul doesn’t mean a 5’x10’ storage space will accommodate all your stuff. Now, I admit that neither Dad nor I are the greatest at those spatial relationship puzzle things, so we may not have squeezed every last possible box in. We did our best, though, and I’m pretty sure that even a better packer than us would have had some stuff left over. That stuff now lives on the back porch under a huge tarp, in the hallway upstairs, and in my increasingly tiny-feeling bedroom. Continue Reading >>