NaNoWriMo Write In


November 6th, 4-8 pm and November 15, 10-2 pm
South Norfolk Memorial Library
801 Poindexter Street
November is National Novel Writing Month, the writer equivalent of the Boston Marathon or the Tour du France.  When writers challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days.   For some, it allows them to start novels already promised to an agent or an editor, for others it is a chance to prove something to themselves.  NanoWrimo provides hints, help, and even pep talks from authors like Jim Butcher, Veronica Roth,  Mercedes Lackey, and even James Patterson.  What they can’t give writers, and what libraries can- is a quiet place to work and a group of like-minded NaNoWrimers to work with.

Still have doubts? The following books started out as NaNo Novels:

The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

So, we’ll provide the quiet space and the like-minded company, you provide the 50,000 words.  We hope to see your NaNo novel in our library someday.

 Call 757-410-7048, for further information.

The First Rule…


Let me start off with saying that most of these entries will most likely enter into spoiler territory. By now I think anything that is over five years old is fair game, but if it is under that time-frame I will give some sort of warning so that you can freely escape without having something spoiled for you. Let me know if you think this sliding scale should be adjusted up or down and I will take that into consideration.

I want this to be as much your blog as it is mine.

Now with that bit of housekeeping out of the way, I wanted to talk about my favorite movie of all time. Again, this is just my personal opinion so don’t go all Kanye, “I’m going to let you finish, but Citizen Kane is the greatest film of all time…” on me. For me this is the one movie that I could watch on an endless loop or be stuck on a deserted island with, although I doubt there would be electricity on said island.

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A Trip to Central California


Those of you who have followed my blog for the past 4+ years are familiar with my subject matter; I write about local nature and wildlife and I post photos that I’ve taken on my field trips to different places. The title of my blog, “On the Wing,” reflects my specific interest in birds, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies; these are the subjects of most of my photos. I’ve been a birder for close to 30 years and have seen 670 different bird species in my travels throughout North America.

I love finding and identifying different species, whether they’re birds, insects or something else; getting a good photograph has been a more recent emphasis now that digital photography makes this easier to achieve. When I started out birding in Oregon in 1984, I had a Nikon FM camera and a 300mm lens, and thought that was hot stuff! I shot Kodachrome 200, the “best” slide film available, and thought my photos were pretty darn good. Now, of course, I cringe when I look at them; they’re simply awful! But I saw some good, rare bird species back in those days and it’s nice to have even bad “record” photos of them. Counting those old photos, I’ve photographed something like 520 species, and I’m always looking for a better opportunity! Continue reading “A Trip to Central California”