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Another ‘lost in song’ moment

Countdown to Kianna: 37, 36, 35 days away …

I promised myself “no more nostalgia” for my next post. I even told Kelly, “I need to lighten up.” After all, I’ve got some serious novel-writing beckoning me, shouting for attention. I need to get busy and introduce you to Cole Davenport, Jamie Light, Edna Mae Ferguson, Noodle Garrison, Ron Koppelmann, and even Hannah Abigail Lincoln (derisively referred to as “Honest Abe” by her intimidated underlings).

Those are just a few of the characters from “Chasing The Devil,” the fiction novel I want to have completely finished by the time Kianna is born. Quick side note: All characters in “Devil” are fictional — even the newspaper reporter, Cole Davenport — but Ron Koppelmann is based on the real Ron Koppelmann, a cop I once spent a lot of time with during my early days as a weekly newspaper reporter. In fact, I got an email today from my old friend Ron, who tells me he’s “honored” to be a character in my first novel.

Instead, I felt like sharing a song, so I went to my “Holy Rollin’ Tunes” file on YouTube and browsed some new entries: “Til the Storm Passes By,” my favorite southern gospel song; “My Redeemer Lives,” the recording of a live performance by Nicole C. Mullin (can’t wait to introduce Kianna to her music), and then Nichole Nordeman’s “I Am.”

What were the chances that I’d run across THIS recording with THESE illustrations?

Grandpa’s message to Kianna, #4:

This is for you, and your mom, and your daddy, Darnell.


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Resolutions, Part 1

Here we go, a list of 42 new year’s resolutions, and an innovative way to keep from a complete self-sabotage; in other words, to avoid the epic Resolution FAIL of 2011. (Kept only eight of 42 resolutions). If it’s a repeat from ’11, I’ll note it in parentheses.

The key for 2012: Options. You’ll see what I mean.

#1. Limit my daily intake of Diet Coke to 32 ounces. With an option for 32 additional ounces. (See what I mean?)

#2. Catch a fish in Hinkson Creek. (15)

#3. Draft a 30,000 word non-fiction work. Maybe start that memoir?

#4. Play in the rain. Option: monthly, if possible.

#5. Draft a script and lyrics for eight songs for “The Tribune: The Musical.” (7)

#6. Lose 15 percent of my body weight. No questions, please. I’ll let you know when I’m there.

#7. Learn tablature guitar method.

#8. Make an origami mobile for Kianna.

#9. Sing Kianna to sleep and read her the book “Grandpas Are for Finding Worms.” With an option for multiple opportunities.

#10. Add four new foods to my diet.  (18, modified). “New” will become official when consumption occurs a  minimum of twice a month. Suggestions? (Anything green and/or leafy will probably be new).

#11. Blog everyday. That means WordPress (this one) or my Tribune blogs, “North County News” and “Charting Health.” (This announcement just made Tribune web editor Ginger “little g” Stringer all tingly).

#12. Catch a fish at Eagle Bluffs. (16).

#13. Kiss Kelly every day. (22) With options for … more kissing, of course.

#14. Find David Riddle, my high school English teacher. (29)

#15. Revisit and photograph all my old Wiffle ball fields in Belle, Mo.

#16. Ride my bike 10 miles per week. With an option for unlimited mileage.

#17. Write six short stories of 1,500 to 3,000 words. I’ll keep you posted.

#18. Learn to fly fish.

#19. Multi-layered resolution: finish novels “Chasing The Devil” and “Gone,” and begin prequel “Dixieland” during National Novel Writing Month in November. It’s a trilogy, so it’s one project, really. Option: Just. Do. It.

#20. Sleep in my hammock. Option: Multiple opportunities.

#21. Limit my Fantasy Baseball draft participation to 20 teams. With an option for 10 more.

#22. Cuddle a baby sloth.

To be continued …

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