Category: Writing

  • My Olympic Sport

    With surprising frequency, the International Olympic Committee adds new sports to the Olympics. For instance in 1936, at the Berlin Games, Basketball was added. In 1964 – at the Tokyo Olympics – Volleyball joined the list. More recently, tennis and mountain biking were added. And finally, at this summer’s Olympics it will be golf. So, […]

  • Every Story Ever Told – My take on the Hero’s Journey

    [ What follows is the script for my Toastmasters Speech #2, given in Sendai, Japan] Introduction What if I told you that stories as diverse as the ancient Chinese fable ‘Journey to the West’, the life of Jesus as written in the New Testament, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the 12th Century Japanese work Heike Monogatari, the […]

  • I stink: Why I failed at NaNoWriMo – and why I am ok with that

    I tried, or I think I did. But I failed. NaNoWriMo has come and gone and I got 1/4 of the way to the finish line – which by anyone’s measuring is pretty dismal! The problem was this – 1/4 of the way into November I went to the place where a chunk of my […]

  • Forget Halloween – here comes NaNoWriMo!

    For thousands of people tonight is not about the terror of Halloween… it is about the terror that tomorrow NaNoWriMo starts. For those of you too lazy to click the link, let me tell you a little about NaNoWriMo. This bizarre words stands for ‘National Novel Writing Month’. The national is not really applicable as […]