Thursday, October 25, 2007

Sunset on Mars

I was just listening to and watching the enhanced pictures from a podcast called Riding with Rockets, a wonderful podcast featuring reports and images from non-manned space probes in deep space. The images are quite often breathtaking, but one in particular almost brought me to tears – sunset on Mars. I’ve looked up the image on the Internet and found it at the NASA image site. The picture was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on May 19, 2005. Wow! It almost gives the impression of a sunset on the Mediterranean overlooking some Greek isle.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Update, NaNoWriMo, etc...

Wow! I didn't intend to be away from my blog this long! Good news about my brother. He went home today! It's been a long several weeks. Thanks to all who've been holding us in your thoughts and prayers.

I've come down with another respiratory illness of some sort, so I've been feeling rotten and didn't go to visit my brother this weekend. The last thing he needs is some cruddy bug to infect him while he's so weak and vulnerable.

I met with some friends of mine yesterday at the Blackbird Cafe in downtown Milledgeville to discuss books and NaNoWriMo. Don't know what that is? It's the official abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month. This is an annual event beginning November 1st and ending November 30th. The goal is to write at least 50,000 words toward a novel. There are no rules about how or what to write -- just write! I've decided to shoot for 10,000 words between now and then, so my goal will be to add at least 50,000 words and have a solid working first draft for a novel. The group of friends with whom I met yesterday plans to meet once a week to encourage each other, see what the others are doing, and to hold each other accountable. I'm excited about this.

If you're interested, check out the official NaNoWriMo website and sign up today. I'd love to hear from you if you decide to take the challenge.

~ Jim