Friday, November 2, 2007
national do something month
November has always been my favorite month, even before it became National Write a Novel in a Month Day (NaNoWriMo) National Write a Blog Post a Day a Month (NaBloPoMo), and National Write a Solo Album (NaSoAlMo) month. (FYI It's also National Diabetes Month, National Epilepsy Awareness Month and National Peanut Butter Lovers Month). Something about the harvest I think, the change of the season, and the powerful forces that make today Day of the Dead, have seemed to make me realize each November that, hey I 'm alive, I better get cracking. So...
Last year I did the NaNoWriMo (starting late and writing 30,000 words, that continue to be edited as time allows) and wrote a song every day as well (two of which survived into performance worthy). This year, I'm already writing a blog post a day, but the priority is on taking action. Chiefly, finishing projects as much as starting new ones (getting songs mastered, figuring out artwork-the picture is from last month's sketchbook). And what could I do every day that might be helpful beyond adding more of my words to the canon and give me a sense of accomplishment. A bit more service may be in order.... Yesterday, amid the other routines, I helped the Bike Coalition with the bike light project and picked up friends from the airport. Today, I'll start by pointing you toward a compilation CD that includes a track by a great San Francisco based songwriter Sean Hayes (along with Norah Jones and the Shins.), Big Change: Songs for Finca. (Hayes is an example of a local boy making it big. And deservedly. His music is great). I'll also direct you to the Green Party voting guide. I came home to a hard copy on my doorstep yesterday. Here's the info online.