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Month: January 2011

Dad’s Surprise

Steve hadn’t felt this excited in a long time. It reminded him of Christmas Eve as a child, the anticipation and joy building as Christmas morning neared. That was where the similarity ended, though. It was too hot to be Christmas; June in Alabama usually was. He wiped sweat from his brow as he shoveled a few more piles of dirt against the post. “Dad! Mom wants to know when you’re coming in.” “Tell her I’m still working. I’ll be another couple of hours so don’t wait up for me.” Steve leaned against his shovel as he spoke. “I’ll...

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New Site Design

One of my goals last year was to redesign the ChuckAllen.us site. Unfortunately, I didn’t get it done, at least not until now! Please take a look around and let me know what you think. The biggest change is that I moved from Drupal to WordPress. I’ll post later on why I chose to do that, but let me say it has not been easy. As a result all of my old content has not been moved yet. I’ll keep adding the old stuff over the next few months, but in the mean time please forgive any broken links or missing...

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My 2011 Ball Drop List

Last year I began posting my “Ball Drop List”. See here for an explanation of why I call it that. Having a list was helpful for reminding me what I wanted to accomplish. Even though I didn’t complete everything on my list, I did achieve a lot. I also learned that some of my goals were not specific enough to keep me focused. Some items from last year are on this year’s list; some of them because I want to do them again and some because I didn’t get them done last year. So without further hesitation, here is...

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Eight Maids – My 12 Days 2010 Story

In December of 2010 I participated in a project called 12 Days 2010. For the project different writers took one of the days from the “12 Days of Christmas” song and created a story around that theme. The stories could be any length and from any genre. The result was 2 stories for each day including humor, drama and horror.  It was quite fun. My assignment was “Eight Maids a-milking”. My story can be found here:...

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