Saturday, November 1, 2014

A pledge

November 1, 2014

Regrettably delinquent. I confess I have neglected this story.

My self-imposed sentence? To catch things up by December 4, 2014.

Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo? The National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 when a group of 21 young writers in the San Francisco Bay Area thought that becoming novelists would give them a better chance at getting dates. For one month they got together to churn out 50,000 words a piece. In the process, they discovered that writing this way - "half-literary marathon and half block party" - was fun. Because what they ended up with was not "horrible," they thought anyone could do it too. The national challenge to write a novel in one month was born. 

In 2013, according to the NaNoWriMo website, "310,095 participants started the month of November as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists."


I've been called crazy more than once, but rest assured I am NOT signing up for the NaNoWriMo!

Instead, I am challenging myself to write posts about our June, July, August, September and October visits to the Chippewa and Baraga Correctional Facilities and finish before I next visit in December. (I am not able to make the trip this month.)


Here goes...

June 20, 2014

Tammy and I make a one-day trip for a special delivery.

A close shot of a fuzzy white golden retriever puppy being held by a woman just off camera to the right. The puppy is looking right at the camera and has dark eyes and a black nose.
FLD Andie!

A man in a light blue shirt is holding the fuzzy puppy in his arms. He is looking down at the puppy and has a surprised smile on his face. He has a mustache.  The puppy is cradled in his left arm and his right hand is petting the puppy's neck.
Warden Woods is excited to meet the new arrival.

A bald man wearing a white t-shirt is standing on the left with a huge smile. Next to him is a man with a blue shirt on - the fuzzy puppy is being lifted over this man's right sholder. In the background is a woman and man standing and watching.
FLD Andie is presented to his raiser, Abe (in the blue shirt), and co-raiser Carlos.

A close shot of the man in the blue shirt snuggling the fluffy puppy. The man's eyes are closed and he is pressing his face against the puppy's face. The puppy's front paws are sticking straight out toward the camera. On the right, a tatooed arm is reaching over to pet the puppy's ear. A man is out of focus in the background, sitting down on the right.
Abe seems to be drinking in the sweet puppy breath of little Andie.

The man in the blue shirt (and prison blue pants) is still snuggling the puppy, but he is showing the puppy to a row of six men and a larger golden retriever. The men are all wearing white t-shirts and blue pants, except for one man on the right who is wearing maroon pants.
Abe introduces FLD Andie to FLD Bravo and some of the other puppy raising teams.


  1. I'm doing NaNoWriMo this month. I did it last year and succeeded and the feeling of getting that many words strung together was just phenomenal. I loved it!

    Monty and Harlow

    1. Very cool, How Sam Sees It! I hope your NaNoWriMo went well this year.

  2. Andie!! So cool to see his puppy photo since he's so big and fluffy now.

  3. cute boy that Andie