November 21st, 2005



It's a Monday. Bleah.

Good news: The caseworker I work with had a 6-lb, 10-oz. baby boy who is 19 inches long and is named Isaiah. :D His mother predicts that his older sisters will spoil him rotten until he learns to walk, talk, and tell on them. (g)

Not much else has happened. I read a couple of Charleston posts and started reading a Two Alleys post. Other than that, I've been here doing work.

I hear they are doing DNA tests to see of they have al-Zarqawi's remains. I have to say, that's one man I wouldn't be sorry to hear was dead.

Writing: More work on Avriet tonight, doing Breakout exercises.
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Emailing Me

I was going to mention this earlier but forgot to.

If you send me an email message, and I don't reply to it within two days, please, PLEASE ask me if I received it.

On November 11, I think, a friend wrote me an urgent email message asking me to call another friend who needed some help from me. It didn't arrive in my box until a week later, when it was far too late for me to help my friend. I know of three emails sent within the past couple of months which have never arrived.

If you would like my cell phone number, so you can reach me if I don't reply to an email, let me know here, and I'll send it to you.
Write to Live

Breakout Novel Workbook - Exercise 1

1. Who are your personal heroes? Write down the name of one.

Dwayne ‘Dog’ Chapman

2. What makes this person a hero to you? What is his greatest heroic quality?

  • His compassion.
  • He truly does live his faith without being obnoxious about it.
  • His honesty.
  • He forgives anyway, even though it is likely that some people he deals with will take advantage of his kindness.
  • His realistic attitude toward his work.
  • His ability to have fun at his job.
  • He has the strength to do what he loves and the wits to do it well.
  • If he gives you respect, he expects you to do likewise; he'll let himself be taken advantage of only once.

3. When did you first become aware of these heroic qualities in him?

The first episode of Dog: The Bounty Hunter. A year ago.

4. Assign one or more of these qualities to your protagonist, even in a small way, in his first scene.

5. Follow-up: Before the climax, at six points in your novel, insert other times in which your protagonist exhibits qualities that you find heroic.