It's that time of the year again!
NaNoWriMo, previously seen on MeFi here
, has kicked off again. If you're stuck, try these tips
to lift yourself out of the rut, or feel free to run over to the MeTa thread
to grumble about it to fellow NaNo-ers. For the more OCD among us, popular applets to organize your thoughts include bubble.us
, seen here
previously, to create mindmaps and plot diagrams, or yWriter
to organize your prose into chapters and scenes. Other online communities
are joining in the fun. Livejournal is donating $1
to the Young Writer's Program
for every completed novel. So ignore the deterrents
, whip out your thinking hat, and let the logorrhoea start!
posted by Phire
on Nov 3, 2008 -
When the Waves Turn the Minutes to Hours
It's been 30 years since Lake Superior November gales claimed the Great Lakes ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald.
The sinking immortalized in song by Gordon Lightfoot
is also documented at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
on a spit of land in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan a mere squinting distance on a clear day from where the Fitz actually went down.
Here in Detroit, of course, the bells will ring at Mariner's Church
-- where a lone priest reacted to the sinking by ringing the church's bells 29 times, once for each man lost.
(previously discussed (kinda) here
posted by chandy72
on Nov 10, 2005 -
Happy Thanksgiving or Is It?
, Franklin Delano Roosevelt responed to pressure from the National Retail Dry Goods Association to move the official date of Thanksgiving back one week to the next-to-last Thursday of the month. FDR hoped that this would enliven the economy by adding one week to the Christmas shopping season, but he received considerable political flak
for tampering with what many viewed as a sacred religious holiday. (Thanksgiving is considered sacred even though it only became a national holiday due to lobbying by the editor of a 19th century woman's magazine
.) New Deal-era Republicans were especially bothered by the calendar change and one essayist at the American Enterprise Institute
still seems to carry a grudge. Congress later resolved the issue by passing a resolution in 1941
that designated Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday of November.
posted by jonp72
on Nov 26, 2002 -