Beep Boop Boop Beep – The sound a Redux makes when no one is listening

Hey everyone!

So this is the (almost) yearly reboot of The Hurley Edition. I can only say that I will do my best to not let this go dormant. I’ve got the usual excuses….health, health, and procrastination. However, I do have some interesting news to tell you about. I have made a visual change to the site, which is kickin the black a bit. Put in a new graphic at the header, and a few other things under the hood.

Other news I have, is that I have finally decided to take the plunge and participate in NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is an annual event that takes place online and it is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days during the month of November. There is a website (www.nanowrimo.org) and it is a charitable organization. I donate to them because they contribute to reading and writing programs all over the world. I can’t use as a tax deduction, because it only applies if you live in the USA. However, it doesn’t matter to me, it’s the actions behind the organization that count in my book. Get it? My book! Anyhoo – I am entering this year’s challenge with a Novel that I have tentatively titled “Ned Webster”. Of course, that is only a working title as everything is totally first draft in this competition. If you keep checking back here at the site, you will be able to follow my progress as I struggle through this huge undertaking. There is a little widget to the right in the sidebar that will be tracking how many words I write per day, every day during the whole month. So watch as it shows my glaring low word count as I peck away at the keyboard. I hope I can count on you for some encouragement as the month goes on. It’s actually a pretty big deal to write 50,000 word in just 30 days so anything at all will be hugely helpful, especially in the middle part of the month. So help a buddy out…..that would be me. As I already consider myself a writer, I am trying very hard to legitimize myself to the world to say “I am a writer!” Somehow, us writers don’t feel like we’re really writers until we get published, which is a load of crap when you think about it. I mean, the definition of a writer is someone who writes, so that should make me a writer already. But any and all steps that I can take to get me that one step further, I’ll take if it means some sort of recognition as a writer.

But believe me when I say it isn’t the recognition that will be the most satisfying or the most legitimizing, no. It will be the knowledge that I managed to overcome a huge challenge on my own in the glaring light of public scrutiny. That will mean more to me than anything else. As most of you know, I am disabled. I’m not able to run marathons or climb mountains, but this is something that i CAN do. This is MY marathon! So I mean it when I say every little comment of support counts. For anyone who has run a marathon, I’m sure you can agree, some cheering no matter how small can be the biggest boost to getting through the marathon. For it’s won in your head as much as it is in your feet, or your fingers in my case.

So cheer me  on and visit the site. They are a great organization! Here’s to my first attempt and hopefully win at writing 50,000 words in a month! GO NANOWRIMO!

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First Edition of George Orwell’s ’1984′ Sells for $3,000 – GalleyCat

Rare 1st edition of 1984

Rare 1st edition of 1984 (Photo credit: Debs (ò‿ó)♪)

So, I’m sure you’ve heard about the news of the U.S. government, and now the Canadian government as well, using secret programs to track all mobile phone calls, such as when, where, how long, destination and so on.

Well, this has had an unexpected effect on book sales this week, where sales of the 1949 George Orwell classic ‘1984’ have gone up considerably, even attracting some buyers to shell out big bucks for original ‘first edition’ copies of the novel. However, there seems to be some confusion about which dust cover is the actual first printing. There is a green dust cover as well as a red dust cover, and no one can say with certainty at this point, which one is first printed.

First Edition of George Orwell’s ’1984′ Sells for $3,000 – GalleyCat.

Check out the link to the above article about the two big sales of the novel, and let me know…. have you read ‘1984’? If not, are you now more inclined to read it from what you’ve been hearing in the news?

Life imitating art, art imitating life? Which is it?

~ todd

***Also – check out these articles below for some perspective, in case you haven’t heard the whole story on the government surveillance that is so alive and well since 1984 and well past that…

World Read Aloud Day – Did You Take Part?

Yesterday was World Read Aloud Day, which is sponsored and organized by, an international non-profit advocating for and working towards global literacy. It is called LitWorld.org  Believe it or not, there are 793 Million people, world wide that can not read. That is an astounding figure in this day and age. Imagine how many of those people could (and are…) being taken advantage of. Imagine how many people are controlled by tyrant, undemocratic leaders simply because the masses can not read for themselves …

         Imagine A World Where Everyone Can Read

World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.  (Directly quoted from the LitWorld website World Read Aloud Day Page.)

I personally, didn’t catch any of the publicity for this, so I am putting this on The Hurley Edition calendar so that I will be able to be on top of it for next year. I don’t have the exact date yet for 2014, but we know it always takes place in the first week of March. When I have a date, you will have a date.

I don’t normally beg people to spread my blog around too much, but this is a cause that is very close to my heart, and if you can forward this to as many people as you can, I would be so grateful. Please let me know who, or how many people you have sent this to. It would really brighten my day to know that at least we are getting the word out there!

Hopefully, I’ll have a permanent home here on The Hurley Edition for LitWorld and World Read Aloud Day. But I’ll get back to you on that as and when it happens.

Did you know about World Read Aloud Day? If so, did you attend any activities or take part in any events this year ? I’d love to hear about it!

~ todd