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scrihb-tote-um (Noun): A portmanteau combining the words “scribe” (writer) and “totum” (roughly Latin for “the whole thing”). Borrowed / adapted from the word “factotum” (one who does all kinds of work) to mean “one who writes on a variety of subjects.”

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I strive to offer my experiences as an independent creator with the perspective of a veteran beginner. Whenever I can teach or share, I write an article for my blog, Scribtotum.

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Scribtotum Articles

  • Fire Update

    October 28, 2003: So I went to get something to eat and the folks ahead of me waiting for a table were evacuees, straight from Big Bear. They were eating because they hadn't had time to get breakfast before they had to leave their house. I was eating because I was tired of being in my house. So…

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  • Breathe through Your Nose…

    October 28, 2003: It's the third day in a row that I haven't been able to go to work because of freeway closures related to the fire. I want to make it very very clear: this is not like a vacation! I'm going buggy. I think I'm going to brave the air quality and leave this fortress for…

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  • Musical Cobwebs

    October 28, 2003: For years, I've been fretting over the ultimate fate of the many cassette tapes I have of music I've recorded either solo or with bands that are now defunct. In many cases, these fragile cassettes are the only recorded history of some interesting times in my life. I fear that if they should be destroyed…

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  • Fire Report

    October 26, 2003: I couldn't go to work today -- the freeways leading down the hill are closed. The two fires I've been watching all week have merged into one at the Cajon Pass, which is the local high altitude point between my home and the communities "down the hill." The fires in Southern California now stretch in…

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  • Hanging onto Windows with a thread… scissors in hand

    October 25, 2003: I move closer and closer to eliminating Windows -- and the influence of Microsoft -- from my working environment! I no longer code websites in Dreamweaver -- I use Screem or a plain old text editor. I no longer work with graphics in Photoshop -- I use Gimp! I am totally off MS Office and…

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  • Fire Time

    October 24, 2003: For the third night in a row, I've had to drive past hillsides where plumes of fire burn fifty, a hundred feet into a night sky made white with smoke.

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  • Dream Guests

    October 15, 2003: This week, so far, I've had two distinct visits from people I haven't seen in years.

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  • Shameless Plug

    October 10, 2003: Okay, world, I thought I should use this forum to announce my new magazine and encourage anyone who has an appropriate submission to go ahead and, well, submit it!

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  • “Ich bin ein Cal-eee-fornian.”

    October 3, 2003: Well, for the first time in my life, I voted for a Republican. Sure, a socially liberal Republican, but a Republican, all the same! Folks outside of Cal-eee-fornia can't totally understand the way outgoing! Governor Davis goaded us into this: Rolling Blackouts. Budget Battles. Unemployment. Businesses Fleeing. TRIPLING THE CAR TAX. DRIVER'S LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL…

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