NaNoWriMo

Last week I was chatting with Daniel about how he should write a book. He is one of the bloggers that I enjoy reading the most because he is a very good writer. I also mentioned to him how I have some crazy ideas in my head and how some day I would like to write a book.

He told me that I should join NaNoWriMo and participate. He has tried a couple of times but November is just not his month because there are a lot of personal responsibilities. November is also going to be a crazy month for me, but his suggestion and later encouragement has given me a new goal. I am going to start writing my first book and submitting it to NaNoWriMo. I will also share my progress with anyone that would like to read it, just send an e-mail to my gmail account and I will let you read the document in progress.

I am not sure if I will become a published author or not, it is free to dream. I would love to write something that entertains and has a message. The novel has no current title, and Daniel advise me not to think about that now… so I am going to write 50K word in November, wish me luck.

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.

Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: Sign-ups begin October 1, 2007. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

Still confused? Just visit the How NaNoWriMo Works page!

Friday Feast

Appetizer
How are you today?
A little tired, went to the Wizards vs Galaxy games last night.

Soup
Name 3 television shows you watch on a regular basis.
Heroes, The Soup and Gilmore Girls.

Salad
What’s the scariest weather situation you’ve experienced?
Driving on tornado weather, pulling over because I could not see the road from the rain and later hearing that there was 3 tornadoes around the area. I have never seen a funnel cloud real life but would like to.

Main Course
If you could wake up tomorrow morning in another country, where would you want to be?
Colombia, no question about it.

Dessert
What do you usually wear to sleep?
Underwear, never got used to pajamas.

Pictures Online

The first time I felt someone violated online was when someone mentioned that I had way too many pictures of myself online as a comeback to an online debate. Somehow the person thought that having my pictures online was some kind of weakness and that he could find me easier because my “info” was online. Not because of that incident but because of others most of my pictures became private online. If you are my friend you have access to all of them via flickr, but I keep a lot of them hidden now, specially those of my niece and nephew now. I have posted low resolution versions as avatar in some places, but for the most part I am very careful about their pictures now.

Today Bea posted about one of the sickest things I have seen on the net, and I have visited rotten dot com before. It sickens me to think that people will use pictures of kids for some kind of sick pleasure. I am reposting this because I think it is very important to spread the word about this and to protect your pictures online, specially of minors. I don’t put this on the same level of a chain letter and really think is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Digg The Story.

Premonitions

I post this with some hesitation. I am not sure if people are going to take something like this seriously or not… I am not sure if I take it seriously or not. From the Christian point of view I am not even sure what to think because I am not sure if something like this can be called a divine sign. I guess I just have to trust that you are not going to think I am nuts, but I believe in premonitions.

The dictionary defines the word as anticipation of an event without conscious reason. I have have several premonitions during my life, but only two that have been as strong as the one I had this weekend. Last time I started having a bad feeling about my grandparents after a very weird dream, I knew that something bad had either happened or was going to happen. I called my Mom but I did not want to scare her so I told her to just check on my grandparents and let me know. She knows that when something does not sit well with me there is almost always a reason behind it. I did not make a prediction of anything at that time, but the next day my grandma had a bad accident where she fell down the stairs. It was not anything really serious, but still something that scared us all. The thing was that my Mom never told her I was having that bad feeling so it could not have been that my grandma was just subconsciously fulfilling my prophecy.

Like I posted last week I have been having really vivid dreams lately. This past Saturday a very bad feeling came over me. I even told my wife about it and how strong the feeling that something bad was about to happen to someone in my family. From the last time I figured that it might possibly be something happening to one of my grandparents. We called everyone on Sunday and made sure that they were ok, but the feeling did not get any better until I talked to my Mom.

Earlier today at work I got a phone call that I did not like to take. Even though my sister started the call with, “Mom is ok.” I was still very scared. This morning at work someone decided to either drink at work or arrive while still intoxicated. They were operating a forklift and my Mom happened to be standing with three other people in the warehouse, but well on the safe zone of the yellow line. Most warehouses have yellow lines to mark the safe zones that forklifts are not supposed to cross. My Mom was picking something up off the floor when the guy backed into her and the two other people standing there. The other two people were able to yell STOP! and get out of the way but the guy managed to bump my Mom and make her fall into the floor.

To quote my sister, My Mom is fine. She has a minor sprain on her hip but she is ok. I am not sure if I can say that I knew exactly what was going to happen or that I could use that information to prevent it from happening, but I did have a feeling that something bad was going to happen. I have talked to other people that have also experience situations where they had a feeling that something was going to happen. I have no explanation, but I take feelings that strong seriously.

Programmers Depressed?

It is kind of sad that I get more amusement from the local TV news than actual information. While they are having their daily, being fat affects your heart (I call that ground breaking investigative reporting,) health segment they manage to make me feel bad. The screen shows people in front of computers in their cubicles and the voice over tell us how depressed people are more likely to die from heart disease.

This thought entered my head, are programmers more prone to being depressed? Do people think we are boring depressed people?

My job requires tons of concentration. More than just memorizing a new language where it matters if you are missing a single space, programmers have to solve problems on the fly and in their head. We tend to like either a quiet environment or we like to be able to control the noise. I personally can program to music blasting from headphones, but not to someone talking on the phone. Most programmers that I have met also like to have coding sessions where they just don’t communicate with others. Do other people at the office think we are introverted and depressed people?

I have been depressed in the past but it has never had to do with my type of job. I don’t think that having to work in front of a computer screen makes me more prone to depression, but maybe that is the general consensus. Do people think that Dilbert is depressed? I really would like to know, do other people see cubicle dwellers as sad, poster children for depression?

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