October is a great month to prep for The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s a time to find or develop a story idea. I’m in the choosing stage. I have several ideas, and I need to figure out which one I want and can develop into a full-fledged novel.
What’s your basic story idea?
From the Homefront
We have still not been able to rent the house yet. We’ve met some nice folks who want to rent, but they have serious financial issues, a history of skipping out on a previous rental, or a spotty job history. We’re still optimistic.
As I reported last week I opted not to renew a contract to work for someone I did not like or enjoy working for at all. I thought I had a near lock on a new contract, but an 11th hour candidate appeared, a personal referral from someone in the group in which I wanted to work, and took the job.
Disappointed? Yeah. Defeated? Heck No!
Get back up dust myself off and keep going. My next job is out there and I’m going to get it.
In the News
In Tribute to Tom Clancy
This past week we said goodbye to Tom Clancy at the age of 66. It’s reported he died after a short illness. All the media talks about his novel The Hunt for Red October, which was also made into a movie, but my introduction to Clancy was Red Storm Rising. I read it toward the end of the Cold War. The premise and possibility of what it would have been like to be in a war with the Soviet Union was terrifying. Reading how it might unfold and the technology used, scared the hell out of me.
I read early interviews with Mr. Clancy. He was an insurance salesmen who wrote his stories every chance he got. He took his deep interest in the military, intelligence and technology and made a living writing novels about them. The genre term techno-thriller was coined to describe his stories.
In the early days of his success he was often contacted by the CIA and NSA wondering, for a guy who never served in the military, where he got the information he put in his novels. Clancy had to inform them it was all readily available in the public domain. He was later consulted by agencies and movie directors about his in-depth knowledge of military tactics and technology.
When talking to people who wanted to be writers Tom Clancy was forthcoming and blunt. Addressing attendees at one writing workshop he said,
“If your objective is to write a book, get a computer and write the damn book. Yes, you can do this if you try hard enough. It’s a lot easier than you realize it is.”
Never Give Up.
Gone too soon, but life well lived Tom Clancy
His latest (and last?) novel Command Authority is due out in December.
A Farewell to Breaking Bad and Walter White
A week ago today, after 5 very successful seasons and 10 Prime-time Emmy’s, Breaking Bad came to a grand finale. It was one of the most popular series of all time for AMC.
This was a great story from beginning to end.
A group of dedicated fans put some money together and bought this obituary announcement, in the Albuquerque Journal for Walter White.