Balloons gather in silent tribute to mourn fallen comrade

From the Balloon Herald, September 13, 2011

Though they met only a scant few months ago on the first day of their internship, this pack of seemingly disparate balloons formed a fast, firm friendship.

When summer ended and their senior year of college began, the interns even rearranged their heavy course schedule so they could continue to work with lead proofreader Erin H at a company they’d come to love.

Unfortunately, their idyll didn’t last.

The group had stayed late one evening to finish up a project when the unthinkable happened: Nellie was attacked by scissors.

“We have no idea who did it,” said Harold, face frozen in a manic grin. “We heard the door lock, the lights were shut off, and then–I can’t go on.”

“It’s not Erin’s fault, she’s the best boss I’ve ever had!” Angela enthused, before quickly sobering. “It’s a pity we have such crime in our workplaces today.”

“I don’t know what’s going on with the investigation but I want answers! We’re really fragile, you know!” raged a shifty-eyed intern, who asked to remain unidentified.

Alexander agreed, wiping a rubber tear from his eye before admitting their deepest fear: “Now we’re all wondering, who’s next?”

The fifth intern had no comment.

Part of the (new) NaNoWriMo series.

Interrupting NaNoWriMo to Bring You a BABY HIPPO

Thank goodness I got my word count in for the day. This baby hippo is worth more than 1,000 of ’em. Maybe I should write about hippos…

See more squee-worthy cuteness from the proud mama and her two-week old baby here.

Part of the (new) NaNoWriMo series.

Yet Another Stalwart NaNoWriMo Participant!

It’s November, which means it’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which means I’m going to be a participant for “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!”

“Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.” Read more about the carbon you’ll write and the gem you’ll create.

If I’m not around here much this month, it’s because words have failed me.

If I AM around here this month, it’s because my brain has decided to spin off various thoughts that have nothing to do with what I’m writing!