Visit to the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland

In March 2014 I was fortunate to visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Having visited the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver back in November (photos), I was excited to see another one. We were exceptionally fortunate this time because everything was in bloom, especially the camellias.

Camp NaNoWriMo: Not one, but many challenges

A true writer can’t resist a writing challenge. It takes a crazy person to pile them on, one on top of another. 🙂 About a week ago I decided to commit to doing Camp NaNoWriMo, a somewhat more laid-back version of the November National Novel Writing Month, where you can choose a wider variety of things to write and can make your own word count goal. Back in November, I had participated in NaNoWriMo proper, and wrote 71,664 words towards a brand new novel during those 30 days, without missing a single day. Since that time I have engaged in the perhaps more painful and difficult task of editing it into an actual, you know, readable piece of writing with good characters, a logical plot, suspense… the kind of things that are hit or miss during a marathon month of writing. In November I created some amazing gems and a lot of stinkers. I’ve made amazing progress along the way, … Read more…