Gnorman's Campfire Circle

Welcome to my little campfire of a blog. A place to chat, I guess about this and that. Perhaps a bit of prose, poetry and opinion too. I hope it won't become a zoo.

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Location: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

I am working on becoming an author and in the meantime doing a bit of web design. I am Vice President of the Port Moody Heritage Society.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Back to the Campfire

It has been over a year...

It has been over a year since my last entry here. I have been up to a bunch.

I'm not managing Katte Ureshiimono any more... at least not the shop -- but I still do some work as I am connected with the web space it is on so there will be some managerial duties and I will be helping with some of the catalogue sorts of work.

I am still managing the Port Moody Station Museum Web Site and the Port Moody Station Museum Blog. It has been a bit quiet there so I should perhaps stir things up a bit with the site and blog. I'm Vice President for the Heritage Society and the representative for the society on the Port Moody Heritage Commission for the second year so I have a few hats there.

I have also set a goal for myself in my writing in addition to working on my Novels, Anthology, Comics, Book, and other writing projects. My goal is to write an article a day for a year and post it in the column I run in my blog The Gnomestead Stump. My purpose is to show that I can produce on a professional level. The column does cover an extreme variety of articles and I do try to write more than an article a day to make up for those inevitable times when I might not be able to write.

In addition to The Gnomestead Stump I am also co-writing a column of art reviews with Mags Alden. We are writing a review a day of interesting illustrations and photos Mags finds on the Web. That column is called "Blended Realms" and we review images of interesting "fantastic" realms of fantasy art, science fiction art, space art, and surreal art of various media.

That is a lot to cover. Perhaps too much, but I work as I can. I am making writing my career -- somehow.

I have been working on my novel, "Falling" for a bit over a year with a 6 month hiatus in the middle and haven't worked much on "Charlie Tenn." novel or my "A Little East of North" anthology of ghost stories recently. I have worked a bit on essays that will become parts of other novels and have been considering what to include in some poetry collections... of course poetry collections tend to be a bit of a vanity press sort of thing, but we can hope.

I might post excerpts of my books, except I am not sure if that would harm potential for publication.

I started working using a MacBook that I purchased December 2007 after saving for a year-and-a-half which has helped for writing, but I don't have the software yet that I want for web site management development or for photo manipulation and graphic editing. I still use my desktop PC for that... I'll work something out, but it has slowed my learning in website creation and management.

I have gained a number of tools for doing things though including using the ScribeFire application for Firefox which I use to create my blog entries with. It really works well.

~ Darrell


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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Learnin' stuffs

Let's see, where does this take me today? Not too far really – same desk, same keyboard, monitor, mouse – yup, not too far. Learned a few new things with regards to the presentation software with Now I can easily create backgrounds for whole presentations so that I don't have to just create a slide add a graphic and always be putting the graphic into the background and copying... now I can create the first slide with a background that is constant for the presentation.

I am making use of it already for a few projects. One for the museum and the other a personal project. It is fun actually. I look forward to the excuse to create a proper presentation to give at the museum using the projector and screen and this software. LOL – boys and their toys!

Anyway, that's it for now! See ya later alligator!

~ Darrell Wade / Belgnorman

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Some more

Hello Again!
I figured I would make another post to see how things worked. I think I will have to create a second blog which is actually hosted on in order to experiment with their layout editor before I convert the museum blog over to the new manager.
That feature only works for blogs hosted on They do allow for a person to point their domain at it... or something like that.
This - by-the-way - is a picture imported as medium sized and with text streamed to the left. The previous post had the images as a small one and streamed on the right. I did adjust the width down to suit the resolution of the image however.
I am using the Lucida Grande font for this. I am thinking if I want to use something like Comix font I will have to do some post creation on other software and transfer it here.
So ends this second Blog entry.
~ Darrell, aka et al


Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Welcome to my blog!

I am just experimenting with doing a proper blog. So here it is. I hope maybe to figure out ways to tie in all the other blogs and social Internet webing I do into one common hub somehow. I'll figure it out somehow. In the meantime it is sort of like an explosion in a paint factory.
This also will prove to be a bit of a testing ground for things I will be doing on the PM Museum Blogger blog.
So that is that on that.
~ Darrell
AKA Darrell Wade AKA Belgnorman Kringel AKA Gnorman the Gnome AKA Lord Wade of Many Places But mostly Darrell Wade Penner

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