November 03, 2009
The Trouble With Heroes

Now available in bookstores... both brick & mortar and online:

The Trouble With Heroes, Edited by Denise Little

The Trouble With Heroes
Edited by Denise Little

Also available from and

My story is the one about Jason and Medea... unless, perhaps, it's really about a sports figure whose initials are O. J.

The title? "If I Did It."

Makes a great holiday gift, so be sure to stock up now!

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 November 05, 2009
Very Useful Wizards and Templates....

Many moons ago, I worked for a well known software company based in Redmond, WA where I was a software designer, creating feature specifications for their flagship office productivity suite.

At one point during my days at the aforementioned software company, I was responsible for coming up with a list of new "Wizards and Templates" that would enable users to easily create various kinds of documents. I recently stumbled upon my brainstorming list of wizards and templates that I'd generated, just to get the ball rolling.

Wouldn't it be cool if, when you started up your favorite office productivity suite, you had the ability to start creating the following with just a click of the mouse?

  • Marriage Certificates
  • Parking Tickets
  • Moving Violation Tickets
  • Search Warrants
  • Jury Duty Notices
  • Divorce Decrees
  • Green Cards
  • Drivers Licenses
  • Passports
  • Liquor Licenses
  • Police Credentials
  • Ivy League Diplomas
  • Dollar Bills
And, lastly, these two would be available in the US versions only:
  • Gun Dealer License
  • Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon

I seem to recall that, in the end, the patent application would have taken too long, so we settled for photo albums and the like, instead.

What wizards and templates do *you* think would be fun for your office productivity suite?

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 November 27, 2009
Thanksgiving 2009

Just a quick note:

It's customary for many folks in the US to take stock this last weekend of November of what we have to be thankful for. (Our Canadian friends do it a month and a half earlier. Something about the exchange rates on Canadian days being shorter than US days, or something.)

At the risk of sounding sappy, I just want to say that of course I am most thankful for the continued health and happiness of my beautiful and intelligent boys. Of course I am extremely thankful for my entire family, in all of the many directions it extends.

But I also want to give out a very big thanks to my dear friends. For the past few years, I've generally gotten so wound up in the day-to-day of running my business and tending my family that I started to lose connection with my friends. This year, in part thanks to Facebook, but also thanks to my realizing I just plain need to reach out, I've managed to reconnect with many good friends from my past as well as make new good friends at my taekwondo studio, in my neighborhood, and elsewhere. And, I've tried (with varying degrees of success) to shore up the friendships I've been enjoying on an ongoing basis.

As I wrestle with new challenges and new opportunities in my life, I find that my friendships provide me with a sturdy foundation without which I would surely lose my way. Thanks in particular to John, LAL, Kathy L., and so many others. You guys are the best. I can only hope that I prove to be as good a friend to you as you continue to be to me.

And... thanks to you, dear reader, for sticking with me even during my prolonged silences on this blog this year. It's been a rocky year in many ways, but better times are just around the corner.

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