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An Ode to NaNoWrimo

I haven’t been very present here these days as autumn has proven to be quite a hectic this year.  Don’t know that the next few weeks will be any better as I decided to partake in National Novel Writing Month, but I decided to stop by and leave the following poem.

I’m a writer, or so I say.

But I haven’t had very much published to date,

Outside of that which I blog to create

Coherent re-tellings of true life mistakes.

But lately I’ve heard,

From other denizens of Word-

Press say they’re all signed up for NaNoWrimo.

50,000 words in just 30 days.

Just thinking about it puts me in a malaise.

“Oh you just have to join” the WP denizens say.

“And you can add me as a buddy”, well shoot I should say okay.

Reluctant yet curious, I clicked on right over,

To sign myself up for this daunting endeavor.

And now there is just one week to go,

Before I must show

That I can write more than 1,600 words a day.

Right now when I log in,

My profile page looks empty as sin.

The  word count meter is currently set to zero.

Which doesn’t make me look like a literary hero.

But somehow, I know I can do it.

If any of you are signed up for NaNoWrimo, do feel free to add me as a buddy.  I’m using my WP username, NMNPHX, over on the NaNoWrimo site as well.  


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Autumn at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden

This week, I wasn’t feeling too inspired by the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  Although I’ve seen some great photos around the topic of “Mine”, it just isn’t for me.  Instead, I’ve opted to join in on Where’s My Backpack’s weekly photo challenge of foliage.

I chose a few photos from my visit to the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden last November. Even though these were taken last fall, you will still see plenty of green leaves adorning the trees and assorted plants in these photos.  While we do get a fair share of orange and yellow leaves in autumn out here in the desert, it’s not as widespread as say, the East Coast.  What stands out to me is that the sunlight is more subdued in the fall as opposed to the summertime.

If you want to join in on this challenge, check out http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/09/28/travel-theme-foliage/


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Book Spine Poetry

I came across an interesting method of forming poems, Book Spine Poetry, from The Tripping Pencil (who credits a site called Brain Pickings for the idea).  You take a few books from your collection and arrange the titles to form a poem.

I modified mine slightly to allow one extraneous word at the beginning of each line.  You are encouraged to snap a photo of your stack of books comprising the poem if you choose, though I decided to forgo a photo.

Here is my first effort at Book Spine Poetry:

Underneath The Glass Castle,

Lies Angela’s Ashes.

Somewhere East of Eden,

Residents of The Town and The City

Collect Flowers for Algernon.


Nicole:

Thought I’d re-blog my submission for The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge here.

Originally posted on NMNPHX:

A quick snapshot of a sleepy side street  late afternoon in the height of the summer in Downtown Phoenix.  The Phoenix Convention Center is across the street at the east end and Central Ave, the lifeblood of  Central Phoenix, is to the west.

You can see the misting system is working in full force to provide relief to restaurant patrons brave enough to sit in the outdoor patio.  There is a car parked by a meter in every parking space available as parking is extremely hard to find in downtown.  Even putting this picture in black and white, you can still see a ray of sun hitting the glass of the first visible business at the front of the photo.

It’s about a quarter to five and the only reason I’m out and about is to head to the express bus stop, which will whisk me away from this scene…

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An Afternoon at Cabrillo National Monument

I posted a longer version of this over at my blog, but thought this might make an interesting post over here at 20 Lines or Less.  The photos below are from my visits to the Cabrillo National Monument back in October 2009 and March 2010.

Cabrillo National Monument is located at the very tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in California.  This national park, provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. To see the exhibits at the Visitor Center and walk the path around the lighthouse takes approximately an hour but sightseeing down by the tide pools can be one’s main event for the day.

A must-see while at Cabrillo is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

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Nicole:

Decided to try out the Weekly Challenge over at The Daily Post on the Sounds of Blogging.

Originally posted on NMNPHX:

Short on time this week, I turned to The Daily Post at WordPress for some inspiration.  This week, The Daily Post is challenging us to tap our fingers on the keyboard and describe the sounds of blogging.

Some days we turn up the volume.  Other days we sit in quiet solitude, happy just to eavesdrop on the other bloggers.

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Ten Tips for Surviving the First Semester of College

Last week, I accompanied my cousin through the expansive campus of my alma mater, Arizona State University, to navigate him through his class schedule.  Together we methodically mapped out the easiest routes (i.e. routes with most shade) to get from one class to the other.

Pointing out landmarks and other tidbits (like which buildings have the best air-conditioning and which have the best ambience to study between classes) gave me the idea that I might actually have some words of wisdom for college students getting ready to set foot into their first college class over the next few weeks.

The hallowed halls of academia can be intimidating.  Take it from someone that has been there and done that. 

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