Category Archives: Ramblings


Hello again!

Hey everyone, it’s been a while. While life got interesting my lack of activity is more due to a bit of burnout than anything else. I’ve got a lot of things to write about.

Anyway, with November approaching I’m getting into NaNoWriMo prep. My two older daughters are also planning on getting involved in the Young Writers Program this year. My oldest has been doing a lot of writing lately on her own.

She and I are also in training for the Living History Farms race in late November, 7 miles of very off road running. I haven’t run seriously in a long time so getting ready has been interesting.

I will be talking about that, along with NaNo, in the coming weeks… maybe some reviews and other ramblings too.

Fall Leaves

Well it’s the now the second weekend in October and Autumn has definitely arrived here in central Iowa. Cool days and down right Cold nights, with frost on the ground in the morning. Signs are showing that winter is on its way.

The leaves are turning and yesterday we took the kids out to rake the yard (and jump in the piles). We are still hoping to fit a family trip to one of the local pumpkin farms before the season ends. We also plan on going to the Night Eyes “trick or treating” event at our local zoo.

What Fall traditions do you all have?

Ok So I Take A Day Off

Yesterday was a bit wild. My place of work began our move to our new bigger space. Also my middle daughter had her birthday.

So with no good time to write I took the day off.

This morning to my surprise I suddenly got a pingback from the Speakeasy challenge. I popped over and found that my entry “Planet 513” was chosen as this week’s Editor’s Pick.

I’m beyond thrilled that they liked my take on the prompts so much. There was a tough crowd this week, check out the other entries. Especially the winners of the popular vote, AZ Gringa, Lance, and Jessica. I can’t wait to see what AZ comes up with for next week’s prompt.

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Several times through the year you can look to the sky and know you will see a shooting star. As I write this our world is currently passing through the trail of comet Thatcher and experienceing the Lyrid meteor shower.

Today is the peak of this year’s show, you can expect 10 – 20 meteors per hour; however bursts of up to 100 could happen.

Have you ever taken time to look up and watch a meteor shower? They can be amazing.

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Folks Can’t Stop Singing “Let It Go”

Back shortly before the Oscars I put up a post about “Frozen” and the hit song “Let it Go”. In “Why The Academy Shouldn’t “Let it Go”” I discussed “Frozen” and the many covers of it that had sprung up.

Since that time there have been many more, my girls have watched the film many, many more times. And in what I believe is an unprecedented situation “Let it Go” has been responsible for several records being set. Thanks to the Oscar win, the composer has joined the elite ranks of holders of the EGOT. Robert Lopez now olds an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award, being the 12th to achieve this honor. He has also set a new record for reaching EGOT status in the shortest time; he won his first award, a Tony, let than 10 years ago.

“Let it Go” has spent a surprising amount of time in the Top 100 (along with its Top 10 Oscar competitor “Happy”). The biggest news is that it’s rise to the Top 10 makes Idina Menzel the first person in history to have both a Top 10 and a Tony Award for acting.

I’ll let you go with a very impressive cover of the song that came to my attention recently. Brian Hull cover the song with very good impressions of Disney and Pixar characters. Check it out.

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Just What Happened

Ok, so April got off to a fairly good start overall. While I didn’t exactly keep up with the every day schedule things were sticking close to plan.

However with the beginning of the month came the start of soccer season, a wave of illness through the entire family; and finally the onset of spring (I hope). Unfortunately, Spring brings with it changes in air pressure and seasonal allergens… which combine to leave me fighting to stay functional until I get used to it.

Anyway, I’m back in the saddle. I’m going to try to play catch up with two A-Z posts per day. One thing I have learned is if I’m going to take on a daily posting challenge, just like with NaNoWriMo it is a good idea to have stuff planned out ahead.

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