Lost in Ohio

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winter wonderland

The first snow of the season occurred last Saturday, November 21. After 20 years of living here in Ohio, it amazes me each year that so many people seem to “forget” how to drive when it snows.

It wasn’t even that much; less than 0.25″ fell by the time the next morning arrived, but you’d think the world was ending the way everyone was driving that night.

So many accidents that night that I’m actually scared to drive when Winter finally does arrive.

I just don’t get it.

Image credit: Nick Erwin
Edgar Allan Poe

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.Edgar Allan Poe

Fort Macon State Park Cover

Fort Macon State Park

I think I’m one of the few people who spends my vacation going to historical sites, especially if I’ve visited them before. Growing up in eastern North Carolina, I was able to visit a lot of colonial and Civil War-era sites, and so I’ve always been fascinated with those time periods.

It’s no surprise then, that our small vacation a few weeks ago resulted in us visiting Fort Macon State Park, located along the coast of North Carolina.

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Pripyat Chernobyl Disaster Aftermath

Images Of Pripyat After Chernobyl Accident

If you have time and want to see some incredibly haunting pictures of the town Pripyat in the Ukraine, I urge you to check out this photo set on Flickr. Abandoned hospitals, schools, and an amusement park make up the bulk of the images, but there’s a lot to go through and discover.

Image credit: Jacek Wojciechowski

NaNoWriMo Software Discounts

It’s that time of year again.

No, not Christmas (but that’s coming too, ugh). I’m talking about NaNoWriMo, the one month every year where caffeine is consumed more than sales of pumpkin spice lattes. I’m 99.89% sure that’s accurate, but don’t quote me on that.

In any case, you’ll probably want a good writing app to help you along the way. Below is a list of apps that come with generous free trials for NaNoWriMo, as well as offering discounts once the trial is over.



Literature and Latte, the folks behind Scrivener, are offering participants a nice 20% discount off the retail price for both Mac OS X and Windows.

Use the links below as they take you directly to the online store, and when prompted, enter coupon code NANOWRIMO to apply the discount.

If you do win this year, and you already have your 50% discount code (unique to each winner), you can still use the links below to take you directly to the checkout page.

  • For the Mac OS X version, click here. $45 SRP; save $9.
  • For the Windows version, click here. $40 SRP; save $8.

That’s it! You’ll then be emailed a license for the app that will unlock it for you.



Storyist was my choice of writing app this year, due in part to the existence of a native iOS app for writing on the go.

The developers behind Storyist are offering a generous 25% discount off the retail price (Mac OS X app only, not the iOS version).

Simply visit the online store and when prompted, enter coupon code NANOWRIMO15 to apply the discount. This offer is good until December 15, 2015, so hurry if you want to take advantage of the discount.

Again, if you win NaNoWriMo this year, you’ll receive a unique code that gives you a full 50% discount on the app.

If you do purchase Storyist, I recommend checking out the iOS app and buying it as well. At $10, it’s a great price for an app that works perfectly with the desktop version.

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