Today’s Random Babbling

18 Nov

Today’s Asshole Award goes to the driver who nearly hit me while I occupied the center of the crosswalk in front of Clinton Street Theater. That would be illegal in the state of Oregon even without a crosswalk.

On a more cheerful note, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) continues, and I have reached 46,750 words so far. The goal is to complete 50,000 words in the month of November. I’m not worried about completing this goal, but the catch is that much of the novel is still in outline form. I anticipate this will be at least a three hundred page novel.

Here’s an excerpt:

Locking the deadlock, I sensed something other than my cat waiting in the stretch of hallway behind me. I turned around and faced my great-great grandfather glaring at me, hands on hips. He was short and thin and had a tan complexion, balding black and grey hair, large black eyes, and a sharp nose and chin. He wore a white kurta and a dhoti and a pair of granny glasses. I saw through him, since he was a ghost.

I hoped that when I moved to Portland the ghosts of my ancestors would have stayed behind in St. Louis, but unfortunately they followed me across half the United States and frequently drifted around my apartment.

Also, I highly recommend the film Last Call at the Oasis, about the global water crisis. It’s already started. Visit takepart.com/lastcall. Also, before I was nearly run over, someone handed me a flier for a screening of a film called An Inconvenient Tooth (at the Mission Theater on Tuesday November 20th at 7:30 pm, if you happen to live in Portland). The flier is damp from rain.

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