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12 Hours of NaNo Awesome

November 12th, 2018 (08:20 pm)

It's National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and one of the wildest kind of event that groups of crazy writers take part in during November is the All-Night Write-In. Typically, these events last from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and take place at an all-night diner such as an IHOP. But over the weekend, we had an All-Night Write-In at a different kind of venue, my new house!

We haven't actually moved into the new house yet. And it does not have a lot in the way of furniture and other amenities. So I brought over a card table and some chairs, and someone else brought a second card table. Despite a lack of moar furniture, Saturday night's All-Night Write-In was great fun, and productive as well.

We had eight writers altogether, though not everyone was there at exactly the same times. The majority was there for most of the evening, though two people came well after midnight and stayed through to the end. In fact, six of the eight of us were still there at 6 a.m. And there was Halloween candy. And pizza. And hummus. And apple pie..... And did we mention the Writer's Block Pinot Noir?

The writers who participated in our night of awesome craziness were my very first overnight guests in the new place. Also, I got 5,417 words written. A real blast, and a great success!


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November 12 Writer Birthdays

November 12 Writer Birthdays

  • 1817 - Bahá’u’lláh (born Mírzá Ḥusayn-`Alí Nuri), Persian mystic and prolific writer who was founder of the Bahá'í Faith.

  • 1930 - Ivo Urbančič, influential Slovenian philosopher and writer, considered to be one of the fathers of the phenomenological school in Slovenia.

  • 1934 - John McGahern, Irish author of novels and short stories, arguably the most important Irish writer since Samuel Beckett.

  • 1942 - Janette Turner Hospital, Australian-born novelist and short story writer.

  • 1945 - Michael Bishop, American author of science fiction and fantasy.

  • 1945 - Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author of creative nonfiction, best known for his book, The Soul of a New Machine.

  • 1955 - Katherine Weber, American novelist, nonfiction author, memoirist, and Yale professor.

  • 1962 - Neal Shusterman, American author of popular young-adult literature.

  • 1962 - Naomi Wolf, author, social critic, and political activist.

  • 1815 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, writer and activist for women's rights.

  • 1865 - Herbert Trench, Irish poet.

  • 1906 - George Dillon, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet.

  • 1927 - David Butler, Scottish screenwriter.

  • 1928 - Marjorie Sharmat, American author of children's books, best known for her Nate the Great series.

  • 1929 - Michael Ende, German author of fantasy and children's literature, best known for The Neverending Story.

  • 1976 - Richelle Mead, author of fantasy and young-adult novels, including the "Vampire Academy" series.

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    November 10 Writer Birthdays

    Prior - The Minivers & the Secret RoomNovember 10 Writer Birthdays

    • 1577 - Jacob Cats, Dutch poet, humorist and politician.

    • 1730 - Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist and playwright, best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield and his comedic drama She Stoops To Conquer.

    • 1871 - Winston Churchill (not THAT Winston Churchill, though the two actually did know each other), American novelist, poet, essayist, and artist; one of the best-selling authors of the early 20th century; he was also elected to the state legislature of New Hampshire and ran unsuccessfully for governor.

    • 1879 - Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, U.S. poet; considered the father of modern singing poetry.

    • 1893 - John P. Marquand, Pulitzer Prize-winning American fiction writer.

    • 1913 - Karl Shapiro, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and fifth U.S. Poet Laureate.

    • 1929 - W.E.B. Griffin, pen name of William Edward Butterworth III, American author of military and crime fiction.

    • 1933 - James D. Houston, American Book Award-winning novelist, poet, editor, and professor; one of his best known books is Farewell to Manzanar, coauthored with his wife, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, about her family's forced internment at a camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II; he also wrote Snow Mountain Passage, about the Donner Party.

    • 1944 - Mark E. Neely Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, professor, Civil War historian, and Lincoln biographer.

    • 1944 - Sir Tim Rice, award-winning British lyricist and author, best known for "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Evita," and other musicals.

    • 1483 - Martin Luther, German priest and theological scholar whose writings sparked the Protestant Reformation.

    • 1759 - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German poet, philosopher, historian, lyricist, and playwright.

    • 1960 - Neil Gaiman, English-born author of award-winning science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, short stories, TV scripts, and films.

    • 1963 - Natalie Jane Prior, award-winning Australian author of children's books, including picture books, fantasy, and crime fiction.

    • 1966 - Aka Morchiladze (გიორგი ახვლედიანი), bestselling author, columnist, soap writer, and essayist in the Republic of Georgia.

    • 1971 - Holly Black, bestselling American fantasy novelist, screenwriter, and video game writer.


    Black - Black HeartShapiro - Adult BookstoreGoldsmith - Vicar of WakefieldGaiman - Stardust


    Happy Birthday to all of today's birthday writers!

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    November 9 Writer Birthdays

    November 9 Writer Birthdays

    • 1721 - Mark Akenside, 18-century poet and physician

    • 1745 - William Hayley, English author, poet, essayist, and biographer; he is most remembered as the best friend and biographer of poet William Cowper.

    • 1818 - Ivan Turgenev, Russia, novelist, poet, and playwright who was a key figure in Russian Realism.

    • 1854 - Maud Howe Elliott, American writer and daughter of Julia Ward Howe (social activist, poet, and author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic) Maud won a Pulitzer Prize for a biography of her mother.

    • 1885 - Viktor Vladimirovich Khlebnikov, influential poet and playwright who was a central part of the Russian Futurist movement.

    • 1909 - Josefina Pla, Spanish-born poet and author who was also known for her artwork and her human-rights activism.

    • 1909 - Kay Thompson, American author, composer, musician, actress, and singer who is best known as creator of the Eloise children's books.

    • 1923 - James Schuyler, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet of the New York School.

    • 1928 - Anne Sexton, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, known for highly personal confessional verse.

    • 1929 - Imre Kertész, Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian author.

    • 1934 - Lois Ehlert, Caldecott Medal-winning American children's author and illustrator.

    • 1934 - Carl Sagan, American astronomer, astrophysicist, science writer, and science-fiction novelist who helped popularize scientific topics.

    • 1937 - Roger McGough, British poet, children's author, playwright, and broadcaster.

    • 1958 - C.J. Box, bestselling author of 18 novels, including his two 2014 novels Stone Cold and Shots Fired,both part of his well-known Joe Pickett series.

    • 1978 - Matt Gibson, Canadian writer, world traveler, photographer, blogger, and social anthropologist.

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    November 5 Writer Birthdays

    Aylesworth - Werewolves & Other Monsters
    November 5 Writer Birthdays

    • 1849 - Rui Barbosa, Brazilian writer, politician, and abolitionist.

    • 1850 - Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet, best known for her work, "Solitude," which contains the lines, "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone."

    • 1857 - Ida Tarbell, American author, teacher, and investigative journalist whose work led to the breakup of the Standard Oil monopoly.

    • 1885 - Will Durant, American writer and historian, known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning 11-volume work on the history of civilization, written with his wife Ariel; he was also an activist for women's suffrage and labor rights.

    • 1926 - John Berger, Booker Prize-winning English art critic, painter, novelist, and poet.

    • 1927 - Thomas Gibbons Aylesworth, American author and editor of books for children and young adults.

    • 1935 - Christopher Hovelle Wood, English novelist and screenwriter who adapted two James Bond novels for the screen and wrote historical fiction, semi-autobiographical fiction, adventure stories, and comic erotica; some of his work is under the pseudonym Timothy Lea.

    • 1943 - Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, actor, and film director.

    • 1944 - Carole Nelson Douglas, American novelist and short-story writer best known for her mystery novels.

    • 1953 - Joyce Maynard, American author and memoirist who was criticized for writing about her relationship with J.D. Salinger.

    • 1971 - Rana Dasgupta, British/Indian novelist and essayist.

    • 1982 - Uzodinma Iweala, U.S./Nigerian novelist, essayist, and medical student.

    Wilcox - MaurineDouglas - Vampire SunriseDurant - Age of Voltaire, Story of Civilization

    Happy Birthday to all of today's Birthday authors!

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    November 4 Writer Birthdays

    November 4 Writer Birthdays

    • 1802 - Rosina Bulwer Lytton (born Rosina Doyle Wheeler) English author of 14 novels, a volume of essays, and a volume of letters; she married Edward Bulwer-Lytton, a novelist and politician known for coining the book opening, "It was a dark and stormy night..."; after their separation, she published the novel Cheveley, or the Man of Honour, which bitterly caricatured him. Her mother was Anna Doyle Wheeler, writer and advocate for women's rights.

    • 1862 - Eden Phillpotts, Indian-born English author, poet, and dramatist.

    • 1879 - Will Rogers (William Penn Adair Rogers), American writer, actor, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator.

    • 1903 - Watchman Nee (倪柝聲), Chinese Christian author and church leader.

    • 1906 - Sterling North, American author best known for his memoir, Rascal.

    • 1916 - Walter Leland Cronkite Jr., an American broadcast journalist and author, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News; he was often called "the most trusted man in America."

    • 1925 - Ritwik Ghatak, Bengali Indian filmmaker and script writer, notable for his meticulous depiction of social reality.

    • 1929 - Shakuntala Devi, Indian writer, mental calculator, and child prodigy, popularly known as the "human computer"; her talent earned her a place in The Guinness Book of World Records.

    • 1933 - Sir Charles K. Kao, Nobel Prize-winning Chinese-born American electrical engineer and physicist who has written on optical communication technology, laying the foundation for the evolution of the internet; he is considered the Father of Fiber Optics and the Godfather of Broadband.

    • 1936 - C.K. Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet.

    • 1939 - Gail E. Haley, Caldecott Medal-winning American children's author and illustrator.

    • 1946 - Alexander "Alex" Shoumatoff, American writer known for literary journalism and books and articles about nature and the  environment.

    • 1950 - Charles Frazier, American historical novelist, best known for his Civil War novel Cold Mountain.

    • 1958 - Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Guatemalan short-story writer.

    • 1967 - Kate Cary, British author who, under the pen name Erin Hunter, writes books in the popular "Warriors" novels for young adults.

    • 1968 - M.T. Anderson, National Book Award-winning American author of young-adult books.

    • 1986 - Kristin Cast, bestselling American author of young-adult books.

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    November 2 Writer Birthdays

    November 2 Writer Birthdays

    1758 — Ryokan Taigu, eccentric Japanese poet and calligrapher who was a Zen Buddhist monk.

    1847 — Georges Sorel, French philosopher and theorist whose ideas about the power of myth influenced Marxists and Fascists.

    1906 — Daniil Leonidovich Andreyev, German-born Russian writer, poet, and Christian mystic.

    1911 — Odysseas Elytis, Nobel Prize-winning Greek poet.

    1919 — Jorge de Sena, Portuguese poet, essayist, and playwright.

    1927 — Steve Ditko, American comic book writer and artist who co-created (with comic legend Stan Lee) Marvel Comics heroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

    1928 — Paul Bede Johnson, English journalist, historian, speechwriter, and author.

    1935 — Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Bengali/Indian author of stories for children and adults.

    1941 — Arun Shourie, Indian journalist, author, economist, and politician.

    1946 — Michelle Cliff, Jamaican novelist, short story writer, poet, and literary critic whose works explore issues of post-Colonial identity.

    1949 — Lois McMaster Bujold, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American author of fantasy and science fiction, best known for the Vorkosigan Saga.

    1951 — Thomas Mallon, American novelist, nonfiction writer, and critic, best known for books of history and historical fiction.

    1957 — Alyssa Satin Capucilli, American children's book writer, best known for the Biscuit books for early readers.

    1962 — David Brock, American author and neo-liberal political pundit.

    1965 — Laura Victoria Albert, American author of novels and short stories attributed to a drug-addicted transgender teenage prostitute named J.T. LeRoy; she wrote "autobiographical" works by LeRoy for six years, until the literary hoax was finally uncovered in 2005.

    1970 — Lucy Hawking, English journalist, novelist, educator, and philanthropist; she is the daughter of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and writer Jane Wilde Hawking.

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    November 1 Writer Birthdays

    Crane - The Red Badge of Courage
    November 1 Writer Birthdays

    • 1661 - Florent Carton (aka Dancourt), French actor and playwright, best known for his work in comedy.

    • 1769 - Garlieb Helwig Merkel, Baltic German writer and activist who was forced into exile after he wrote a book that described the life of peasants and the atrocities of German landowners.

    • 1871 - Stephen Crane, U.S. war correspondent, novelist, short-story writer, and poet who pioneered the use of psychological realism in fiction.

    • 1880 - Sholem Asch, Polish-born Jewish novelist, dramatist, and essayist in the Yiddish language.

    • 1886 - Hermann Broch, Nobel Prize-nominated Austrian novelist of the Modernist movement.

    • 1886 - Sakutarō Hagiwara (萩原 朔太郎), Japanese poet, essayist, and literary critic who is credited with liberating Japanese free verse from traditional rules; he is considered the “father of modern colloquial poetry in Japan.”

    • 1892 - Mabel Leigh Hunt, librarian, children's author, and two-time Newbery Honor winner.

    • 1895 - David Jones, modernist British poet.

    • 1896 - Edmund Blunden, English poet, author, and critic.

    • 1923 - Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian science-fiction author best known for space opera.

    • 1926 - Hilary Knight, American writer-artist who wrote nine books and illustrated more than fifty; he is best known as the illustrator of the Eloise books.

    • 1938 - Nicholasa Mohr - American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and young-adult author whose work focuses on growing up in U.S. Puerto Rican communities and the difficulties faced by Puerto Rican women in the U.S.; one of the best known Puerto Rican American authors, she has been a finalist for the National Book Award.

    • 1954 - H.G. Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author.

    • 1962 - Kamaria S. Muntu (born Tracey De Sandra Martin), African-American feminist poet, writer, literary magazine editor, and arts activist.

    • 1978 - Jessica Valenti, American blogger and author of four books on women's issues.


    Dickson - The Dragon KnightHunt - Better Known as Johnny AppleseedThompson - Eloise

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    Adventures in Insurance, or Bureaucratic Idiocy, Part 1

    October 30th, 2018 (11:17 pm)

    So I set up a homeowners policy for our new house, effective the date we take possession. No problem...until I receive an email with the online paperwork to sign, and notice it's full of incorrect information. I call to get it corrected, and the rep on the phone is very helpful. Together we go over the whole policy, fix the problems, and add water backup coverage. This changes the insured value of the house and raises the premiums, but that's fine.

    So I go back to the website to the form I'm supposed to sign, and it hasn't been updated. So I wait a few days, and each time I pull it up, it's still the old, uncorrected version.

    With the signing deadline upon us, I call the company again to ask if the updated form will be posted soon so I can sign it. And I'm told I should sign the incorrect version. When I object and request the revised version be posted, I am told, "We don't do it that way."

    Huh? It's standard procedure to ask a customer to sign a form that we all know is the wrong one? So I'm signing to signal my agreement to the terms of a policy, although the terms I actually agree to are different from the ones on the form I'm signing. Does this make sense to normal humans? Or only to insurance company employees?


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    Oct. 30 Writer Birthdays


    Oct. 30 Writer Birthdays

    • 1576 - Enrico Caterino Davila, Italian historian, writer, and diplomat.

    • 1751 - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright and poet.

    • 1790 - Rinse Posthumus, Frisian poet.

    • 1840 - William Graham Sumner, American social scientist, professor, author, and essayist who introduced the term "ethnocentrism" and spoke against imperialism; his work is considered a major influence on Conservatism in the United States.

    • 1885 - Ezra Pound, expatriate American poet and critic who was a central figure in the American Modernist movement.

    • 1887 - Georg Heym, German Expressionist poet.

    • 1893 - Jan M Romein, Dutch Marxist historian, journalist, and literary scholar; he is remembered for his books popularizing Dutch national history, jointly authored with his wife Annie Romein-Verschoor.

    • 1907 - Albert Rice Leventhal, journalist, author, bridge columnist, and book publisher who developed the Little Golden Books series of children's books.

    • 1910 - Miguel Hernández Gilabert, Spanish poet and playwright.

    • 1914 - Marius Hendrikus Flothuis, Dutch composer and Mozart biographer.

    • 1914 - James Laughlin, American poet and literary book publisher.

    • 1930 - Jean Chapman, British romance writer.

    • 1932 - Louis Malle, Oscar-winning French screenwriter and film director; his second wife was actress Candice Bergen.

    • 1935 - Robert Caro, journalist, author, and biographer who won two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award.

    • 1946 - Eric Kimmel, children's book author.

    • 1946 - Andrea Mitchell, American television journalist, anchor, reporter, and commentator; her husband is American economist and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

    • 1963 - Andrew Solomon, writer on politics, culture, and psychology.

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    October 28 Writer Birthdays

    October 28 Writer Birthdays

    • 1585 - Cornelius Otto Jansen, Dutch Catholic bishop and theologian who wrote biblical commentaries and anti-Protestant pamphlets.

    • 1842 - Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, American orator, lecturer, abolitionist, women's suffragist, novelist, nonfiction writer, actress, playwright, and mountain climber; she was the first woman to give a political address before the United States Congress.

    • 1842 - Charles Boissevain, Dutch journalist, editor, and newspaper owner.

    • 1866 - Ramon M del Valle-Inclan, influential Spanish playwright and novelist who is considered the most noteworthy and radical dramatist working to subvert the traditional Spanish theatrical establishment in the early 20th century.

    • 1892 - Ludwig Strauss, German/Israeli writer and poet.

    • 1903 - Evelyn Waugh, (full name Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh), English novelist, biographer, journalist, book reviewer, and travel writer; considered the most brilliant satirical novelist of his day.

    • 1904 - George Dangerfield, English-born American writer known primarily for his book, The Strange Death of Liberal England.

    • 1909 - Claude Bourdet, human rights activist and journalist

    • 1916 - Jessie Kesson (Jessie Grant McDonald), Scottish-born novelist, playwright, and radio producer.

    • 1925 - Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist, and gardener.

    • 1925 - Leonard Starr, American cartoonist, and comic-book artist, best known for reviving "Little Orphan Annie" and for creating the comic series, "On Stage."

    • 1938 - Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme), bestselling Edgar Award-winning English historical novelist; as a teen in New Zealand she was convicted of participating in the murder of her friend's mother, and after serving her sentence she changed her name and became a novelist.

    • 1951 - Joe R. Lansdale, American author and martial-arts expert.


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    October 24 Writer Birthdays

    weber - mission of honor
    October 24 Writer Birthdays

    • 1788 - Sara Josepha Hale, American novelist, editor, and poet, best known for writing "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

    • 1868 - Alexandra David-Néel (born Louise David), Belgian-French explorer, spiritualist, Buddhist, anarchist, and writer, best known for her 1924 visit to Lhasa, Tibet, when it was forbidden to foreigners

    • 1904 - Moss Hart, Broadway playwright and director.

    • 1915 - Bob Kane, writer and comic book artist, credited along with Bill Finger as the creator of the DC Comics superhero Batman.

    • 1923 - Denise Levertov, National Book Award-nominated British-born American poet and essayist.

    • 1927 - Barbara J. Robinson, American author best known for her children's books.

    • 1932 - Steven Covey, author of business and self-help books.

    • 1932 - Ziraldo Alves Pinto, Brazilian author, painter, comic creator, and journalist, usually known as, simply, "Ziraldo."

    • 1933 - Norman Rush, National Book Award-winning American writer whose experiences in the Peace Corps influence his novels, which are set in Africa.

    • 1952 - David Weber, bestselling American author of science fiction and fantasy novels, best known for his Honor Harrington series.

    • 1956 - Dale Maharidge, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and journalist, best known for his collaborations with photographer Michael Williamson.

    • 1967 - Grant Cogswell, eccentric American screenwriter, independent film producer, journalist, poet, and political activist .

    • 1969 - Emma Donoghue, bestselling Irish-born playwright, literary historian, and novelist who was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize; she is best known for the novel Room.

    David-Neel - Mystiques et magiciens du Tibet
    Donoghue - RoomZiraldo - O Menino Maluquinho

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