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Alright Brave Newbies.  I’ve learned a lot progressing into the Brave New, and one of those things is:  I suck at maintaining a site.  I have piles of writing that’s gone “unpublished” onto thebravenew.com, and clearly I have some hurdles to jump here.  That being said, I’ve always felt like there’s no kill like overkill-  so if I’m having trouble writing, it’s time to really pour myself into writing and get over it.  Oh, also I’ve always wanted to be a novelist.  That being said, you know what I’d like to do for November’s pursuit of one great “opus”?

I’m going to write a novel.

It’s no coincidence that this month lines up with National Novel Writing Month.  The goal of writing a novel is too specific for the deliberately open monthly challenges for The Brave New, but it falls well within the guidelines I’ve set up for this month.  So, for those of you joining me in the month’s challenge, if you’re looking to do something really difficult, why not attempt it with me?

Looking out on the unrealized adventure that is November, I’d like to remind everyone:
All good stories start somewhere!

Welcome, Brave Newbies, to March!  As we welcome spring, I thought now would be as good a time as ever to encourage us to explore our own neighborhoods a little.  This challenge can change drastically based on where you live, so if you need to explore where you work instead, that’s okay.  What wonders does the area in which you spend most of your time hold?  I challenge you to find out, because I think you might be surprised.

I really think a person can accomplish this challenge easily limiting themselves to one mile, or, in Los Angeles, probably even a half mile, but I wanted to make this accessible to those living in less dense areas.   I’m going to try to stay within a mile, but that’s an extra goal.  So, let’s embark on the challenge to visit a new place within two miles of where we live or work every day.

Using the radius-around-a-point map tool I went ahead and plotted out a map of what falls exactly within 2 miles of my apartment, even though I’ll try to stick to one.  Note that since the average person walks 3.25 mph, you can expect to walk a mile in around 20 minutes, or 2 miles in around 40, so it isn’t an unthinkable time investment to endeavor to walk this.
My Range of Exploration
Using Yelp, I then came up with a list of places within 2 miles that are open once I get off work.  The list was longer than I thought.

Then I ignored all of the above and simply wandered into Atwater Village to let the night take me where it would!  Next up, the adventure that ensued.

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Phil WarrenPhil Warren (81)
Founder and editor of The Brave New, Phil Warren is now an accordion player, a minister, a sonic weapons expert, a director, a photographer, a public speaker, and a bunch of other things. Mostly he's an adventurer though. An adventurer who smells nice. Except when he doesn't.
NickNick (6)
One part Burner and one part Engineer; I’ve lived through twenty-five-and-a-half winters, and aim to keep it that way. My world is a strange one, and it’s my goal to make it stranger.

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