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Written by Greg Enslen   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Talking Elections and Winter’s Gathering and NaNoWriMo…
Election Day
I’m writing this on Monday, the day before the Presidential election on Tuesday, so by the time you read this, you’ll probably know who the next President is. Oh, that’s creepy — it’s like I’m talking to THE FUTURE!
Anyway, hopefully we’ll know who the president is going to be, although it could get delayed by days or even weeks if the vote is a close one and it ends up in the hands of the lawyers and the Supreme Court. I can only hope that one guy or the other wins by a substantial margin—that’s the only way we avoid endless talk of recounts and hanging chads.
Oh, and a suggestion to all my fine readers? Whoever wins, remember that almost half of the country was supporting the other guy. Let’s all cut each other some slack in the days and weeks after the election, okay? By my estimate, half of the country is going to wake after the election in a bad mood. I have no idea which half yet, but I know there are going to be some bruised egos and sour moods out there, so let’s be nice to each other. No rioting and no looting, please.
Here’s a good idea: buy your friend on the losing side a cup of coffee, pat them on the back, and congratulate them on a well-fought election season. If you’re on the winning side, save your gloating: the next president is going to have his work cut out for him—just mention the words “fiscal cliff” if people start to get cocky.
Winter’s Gathering
The perfect start to the Holiday Season awaits you in Historic Downtown Tipp City. Holiday shopping begins early in downtown Tipp City with the annual Winter’s Gathering. Dozens of shopkeepers introduce new merchandise and costumed carolers and horse-drawn carriages fill the streets to create an early holiday feel.
Downtown Tipp City has a wide selection of shopping opportunities including art, crafts, clothing and antiques and collectibles. The event will be held in historic Downtown Tipp City — for more information, see the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/YuletideWintersGathering. A Tippecanoe holiday tradition to get into the spirit of Christmas!
Christmas Holiday Show, sponsored by Valley Arts and Crafts Club
Drop by the Christmas Holiday show in Tipp City, sponsored by Valley Arts and Crafts Club. This is the 44th year of the show, and it corresponds with Tipp City celebrating the opening of the Christmas season. The one-day show will be held on Saturday, November 10, in the basement of the Monroe Township Building at the corner of 3rd and Main Streets. Come see the artists and crafters! Good home-cooked food is available at the show in the “Christmas Cafe.”
And look for Yours Truly — I’ll be setting up a booth and selling signed copies of all five of my books. And drop by to get a sneak preview of my NEXT book, “A Field of Red.”
NaNoWriMo Update!
NaNoWriMo kicked off on November 1st and I’m doing it again this year. I know — it’s crazy. I’m plugging away—if you want to follow my progress, there’s information on my website at www.gregenslen.com. Anyone else in town participating? If so, let me know and I can highlight you and your progress in a future column.
In 2010, I hit 1,667 words a day and churned out a VERY rough draft of my fourth book, “The 9/11 Machine,” which I later published. In 2011, I couldn’t quite finish the competition—let’s just say writer’s block got the best of me—but I did manage to crank out 42,000 words.
Here’s the official blurb: “National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30. 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.”
Next Time
Feel free to drop me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you'd like to let me know more about my writing or getting in on all the NaNoWriMo fun. Talk to you soon!

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