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Exciting News

Ok, so I changed my theme again. I kept that last one for a LONG time, but I got a little restless. I'm sad to say goodbye to the awesome cartoon that Kristen drew me, but I had to get this gangsta picture of me up here. I couldn't resist.

I know that there are a few minor issues with the theme (like the fact that I haven't tagged / assigned a category to any of my posts for the past year or so). I'll probably go back and fix that and make it look pretty for you.

The REAL exciting news is that I'm going to be writing features for Gadling.com. Gadling is a travel blog, and I think it's the most popular one on the net. I'll be writing a story every week for them. It's a cool site, so definitely check it out... my favorite posts are the ones by the pilot guy. Very interesting to see behind the scenes there.

7 Epiphanies from 7 Days of NaNoWriMo

On Mike Dariano

After two stalled novel attempts, I've jumped in to National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. During this month any Tom Clancy, Richard Bachman, or Harry Potter author wannabe can write themselves a novel. All they need is to put 1,667 words on a page each day.

I haven't figured out how to keep my word count that high - as you'll see below - but I have learned a few things so far.

A) Writing takes time.

I did a timed writing and it looks like I'm writing about 35 word per minute (wpm). This means that the entire 50K word project will take almost 24 hours over the course of November. That's a lot of time. There won't be a single other thing I do this month that takes that long. This means that posts like this get a little less attention than they need and that the other things in my life, family and a bit of work, need more focus when I'm doing those things. That said,

B) I can find time.

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