Chris Baty’s Ode to the Fifth

November, November, writers remember
The month of abandoning plots;
I see no reason why NaNoWriMo
Should ever be forgot

Camp Nano: New Cabin Assignment

A grouping of campers. Not from my cabin, but somewhere…

I heard cabins were changing this year, but I didn’t expect anything to be this different…

Not that I’m afraid of change.  Spartan as I expect them to be (in order to squeeze in up to six people per cabin), they at least have electricity and intermittent wifi.  The plus side of internet interruptions means one way to cut down my online procrastination.  A downside is a possible lack of blog posts, but I’m sure most understand – especially with my posting dry streak of late.  So long as I reach 50,000 words by September, the accommodations are fine by me.

What struck me as odd was the kind of upgrade Camp Counselors got.

If only they had MLs for Camp Nano…  Then I might have similar digs.  I’d share it with my cabin mates of course.  Sharing is what I’m about.

No complaints from me – either way.  Actually, the place can have its moments.  Someone even told me it had a romantic feel.

Since I’m on the subject…  I did submit a concept design for a cabin setup, but OLL flatly turned me down.  Something about not being able to pay all the licensing fees involved:

Good thing I suppose.  On second thought, I’d be chased off the premises with torches and pitchforks; all while being pelted with rocks and garbage.  It would also make pursuing the OLL Quadruple Crown extremely difficult.

Here’s to my cabin and its mates.

My Debut YA Novel?

Attribution: Image: 'Sandra And The Slurpee'

 click pic to go large

What?  I’m assuming you aren’t wondering where to rush out and purchase this so-called novel.  If you’re already searching torrents Amazon to find it, stop looking.  It doesn’t exist.

Why is there such an abomination to literature in the fictitious on here?  Why am I claiming it’s mine?  I did it because of 100scopenotes, and you can too – using the formula for:


1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or click

The name that appears is your author name.

2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or click

The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.

3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click

Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.

4 – Use Photoshop, Picnik, or similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.

5 – Post it to your site along with this text.

I followed the same directions and ended up with what you saw above.  Here’s the image I was randomized…

Attribution: Image: 'Sandra And The Slurpee'


Feel free to post any creations here as a comment – or as a comment where I found it.

Yauch Loss Committee Part Two

Instead of jumping on the “R.I.P. to the celebrity” bandwagon, “top ten” train, or writing a straight article, I hoped to give some of my own thoughts and memories intercut with glimpses or additions to what’s already been written about the man I never knew was Nathanial Hörnblowér {I assumed it was a name for the whole band collaborating or Spike Jonze – and can you blame me?}.  Even if you skim this one…make sure to check the very last video.

Getting carried away as usual, I did the smart thing and separated the meat from the milk – the reminiscing from the eye candy (best I could). Since it took so long to get the first part off, I hope this still seems vaguely unique and current: though I feel mourning or reminiscing doesn’t have an expiration date.

If I had to peg a favorite Beastie live television performance, only one comes to mind. The MTV appearance with the band wearing suits and getting way into it was cool – as the old knocking stuff over and prankster days also had great examples; when they assumed everyone was in on the joke (Weird Al had a big presence at the time, so I knew what a good parody was.  Sorry, fratboys). Continue reading

One day I’d like to open a franchise for…

Los Pollor Hermanos - courtesy of Jon Defreest

(click image for HERE for full size)

If you want some of the best character development, cinematography, or music on basic cable…accept no substitutions.  Perhaps the only show/season of 2011 I got to follow all the way through.

The image was created by Jon Defreest.  Some of his art focuses on fake products; such as tv shows.  Give a peek here: