October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 10:18 pm by gruundehn

A beautiful day. I went out to get some business done, political business. I did not attend the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting because I overslept. Last night I had about three of one-hour naps and then a period of three hours and another of four hours sleep. When I woke, I could not get there in time, so I didn’t try.

I did get some writing done on the centaur story, a full chapter and the start of a new one. I am just past Labor Day, having started the story on August 20th. I am getting ready to put the story in another conflict zone. I cannot decide if it is going to be one major conflict, or a series of more minor ones. Either way, it will be a continuation of previous events.

I am worried about the Pima County Libertarian Party. It looks like everyone is abandoning the Party. I cannot get enough people active enough to get done what the State of Arizona demands of us. I cannot get the PCLP moving in any way. The PCLP is moribund and I cannot get it moving. I hate the idea of leaving myself, but if I cannot get people active, the PCLP has left me. The monthly meeting is tonight and there is a guest speaker. If nothing comes of this I will despair of the PCLP.

One thing I am going to get done tomorrow is have my bike repaired. I have waited too long already. I need to start riding my bike and getting rid of some of this excess weight. The act of pedaling should be enough exercise for my knees and my one ankle that they get better and do not hurt so much.

So much to do and all of it could easily take all of my time. And, in doing so, prevent me from doing anything else. And all of it is important enough that not doing something would be wrong. I need to get my writing done, I need to get the PCLP going and a whole raft of other stuff as well. I need to be half-a-dozen people.

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October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:01 pm by gruundehn

A new year. Yesterday I turned 69 years old. I had an enjoyable glass of single-malt and watched football. I couldn’t watch the Bengals, which I guess is nice as they lost, but I did watch three games and enjoyed myself.

I went out to treat myself to a breakfast, a new one that Jack-in-the-Box has been advertising. The restaurant I went to was closed so I had to go elsewhere and have something else for breakfast. I eat there occasionally and I remember that it had customers but was never full when I was there. Why is it that fast food places that I like, or want to try, fold up. I like the food from Long John Silvers and all the restaurants here in Tucson closed a couple of years ago. If I want to have something from that restaurant chain, I have to go to the Phoenix area. I am not going all that way just for a meal.

I wrote on the centaur story this morning an this afternoon. Over 55,000 words and I am still excited about it. I keep thinking that the story is going to be over 300,000 words and I haven’t seen any reason to change my mind about that. The main character has a better memory than I do, so I have to be careful about what I wrote before the present session. I go through the previous story just to make sure that I don’t forget something. But, I do not find that to be a problem, the story is fascinating. Either the reading of it or the writing of it.

I feel somewhat, well surprised is not the right word but I can think of nothing better at the moment, surprised at haw fast this year has gone past me. The middle of October and I still think of it as a year that has just started. Perhaps because this stems from my age, but it does seem like the years are going by fast. I shouldn’t complain as I had not expected to live as long as I have, but I complain none-the-less.

October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:50 pm by gruundehn

It rained this morning! That may not seem like a big deal to you, but Tucson is in the desert. We need every drop we can get. So, I am happy that it rained this morning. It wasn’t a lot, but it was welcome.

Working on the centaur story this morning felt good. Now that I know who is behind the attacks on the centaur and who is behind the transformation of the character to a centaur, writing the story has become more fun. At over 50,000 words so far, almost 55,000, this is going to be a big book. Unlike THE LORD OF THE RINGS, the centaur story does not lend itself to breaking up into six books in groups of two books in each of three published books. It is going to be more like THE SILMARILION but better understandable, I hope. I am sure that there are people who have read THE SILMIRALION and understood it, and remembered who each of the characters was, but not me. I always got lost when reading the book. The centaur story is going to cover a much smaller period of time – I plan on just one year – and with a smaller cast of characters.

I get my Social Security check next Wednesday and with the electric bill going down, I expect to be able to get my bicycle repaired and usable. Once that is done, I can ride it a lot and the exercise will help me get rid of excess weight and help me exercise my knees so that they do not hurt so much. Once I have the bicycle repaired, I am going to have to store it inside my apartment which means changing some of my furniture around. Otherwise, storing it where it can get rained on will require changing the brake and shifter cables as they rust. I know where I can store it, a spot where I presently have a bookcase I am not using. I will put the bookcase in the shed behind my apartment and leave it there until I need it. The way I love books, and videos, I will eventually need it. What I will do with the bicycle then, I do not know. I will handle that problem when I have to.

October 11, 2018

October 11, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:58 pm by gruundehn

I was going to head to the VA this morning for more blood work but decided against it. It was an easy decision to make, I hate getting stuck with a needle and I had blood work done on Tuesday and I still have a bruise where the blood was drawn. It is almost healed, so I will go tomorrow. If I can talk myself into going, that is.

I did get a couple of hours done on the centaur story. I did some grocery shopping and while I was doing that, I realized who was behind the transformation and who was behind the campaign against the centaur, including the kidnap attempt. I will not say here, I want people to buy the book when it comes out and be surprised at who the people behind the transformation and the crusade against the centaur are. I will give a hint: they are two sides of the same group.

I am looking forward to my electric bill this month. I rarely use the air conditioning and I haven’t started with the electric blanket or heater. So, this month and next month, and maybe December as well, will be considerably smaller than the last four months. Another nice thing about Fall in Tucson.

October 10, 2018

October 10, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:07 pm by gruundehn

Spent the day at the VA. Routine doctor visit but with a few complications. My doctor is an immigrant and I see him so rarely that I have trouble understanding his accent. He is a good doctor, I just have trouble with his accent. He made changes to my medications, and I hope that the change works. If I had the ability to make wishes come true, I would wish for good health, I am tired of taking all the medicines I do. I am especially tired of having to give myself insulin shots.

I did get a little writing done this morning before I left, but due to the time constraints, just a paragraph or two. And tomorrow will be similar as I have to go back and have more blood work done. Friday I expect to get a full day of writing done.

The bus system let me down today. There are a couple of new busses, extra long ones that have the accordion space so that they can bend enough to turn corners. These busses are badly designed as it takes considerably longer to get wheelchairs in place and there are only two spaces for wheelchairs. The wheelchair spaces are at the same spot on the aisle, and the aisle is narrow enough so that if the two wheelchair spaces are in use, people with walkers have trouble getting past them. People with walkers have to lift their walkers up to clear the wheelchairs and if someone can indeed do that, it still takes extra time. With my cane, I have had trouble. I understand that the long busses are for when children are going to or from school as there might be as many as 60 or so kids. This long bus can hold them without being too crowded. The bus is still badly designed though and the bus system is wrong to use them when not transporting schoolchildren.

October 9, 2018

October 9, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 9:56 pm by gruundehn

A busy day today, in which I got basically nothing done. I had to travel to the VA for blood work and it was about an hour and a half to get there, once at the outpatient lab, I had to wait for another hour before my turn. after that, I had breakfast/lunch and came home. The busses on the routes I used to get home were late and there was a lot of people in wheelchairs, a main reason the busses were late, so it took a lot longer to get home than normal. I didn’t get home until just now. It took all day to perform a task that should have taken four hours, maximum.

I am toying with an idea for the centaur story. So far I am chronicling a series of problems the new centaur is going through. Among those problems is an apparent attempt to kidnap him. Another is a coordinated campaign to ruin him. As part of the problems he is having, I am thinking about a false claim that he murdered someone. If I go with this idea, someone will be murdered using a sledge hammer mimicking the hooves/feet of the centaur. There is a, so far mysterious, organization behind the attacks against the centaur but I have not yet decided what the organization is and why that organization is attacking the centaur. I have several ideas, but I have not decided which is right. I might even go with there being more than one organization and they have different reasons for going against the centaur. For some reason, secret societies creep into a lot of my stories. None were in the Jesip Elder stories because I worked hard to keep them out of the books. But, in other books that I have worked on, secret societies are a strong part of the story. I even started a story, never finished, about how someone discovers secret societies and in fighting them not only establishes one; but, at the end of the story, I show that he is actually going through the motions to reestablish the secret societies he had been fighting throughout the book previous to that point. A bad description of the plot, but it has been a decade or two wince I worked on it so the details are hazy.

October 8, 2018

October 8, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 10:15 pm by gruundehn

A busy day today. One of the maintenance people from the apartment complex came by and fixed my damaged dishwasher. A week ago last Friday a pest control buy came by and inspected my apartment, he inspected the entire building, and tried to get behind the dishwasher. It is a built-in, not a roll-around, but he did not take “no” for an answer. He tore the dishwasher loose. I did not discover it until last Thursday as I rarely need to use it. I live alone and do not use a lot of dishes. Anyway, that got fixed and I am glad.

I finished going through the centaur story and catching typos and making corrections again. I did get a few paragraphs added. At over 50,000 words, it takes time to edit what I have written. I am just about ready to go from daily chapters to weekly ones, but I am in the middle of some serious trouble so that change-over may be further away than I plan.

I buy coffee for some friends of mine, part of the group I play TTRPGs with. I spent a couple of hours taking the coffee to them. The bus service here in Tucson can be a pain. I drink enough coffee when I am at their apartment, buying a bag or two is fair. I buy it at church, it is Fair Trade coffee and is quite good.

It rained yesterday. We need every drop we can get here in Tucson. The temperature dropped significantly as well, FALL IS HERE!! Although the weather service says the temperatures may go back up for a short while. I hope it rains some more and soon.

October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:55 pm by gruundehn

I did some house cleaning this morning, even though I hate doing it. Once that was done, I got to my writing. I added a few paragraphs, corrected a few typos and changed a few sentences that I think I improved. I am over 50,000 words now and just coming to the end of the second week in the story. Another week of each day being extremely detailed, then I go to a week per chapter and not as detailed. After several chapters like that, I am planning to add more centaurs and cover more time per chapter. I should end up around two or three hundred thousand words in all.

I sit here waiting for a package, a cleaning tool. According to the tracking site, it is out for delivery. Waiting like this is a pain as I cannot do a lot of stuff that I would normally do, such as shop. However, as I have mentioned before, I live alone and thus I have to do everything I could share with another except that I live alone. I am not lonely, but times like this make me wish I did have someone to do stuff with or have cover me if I am not home.

The weather is nice, I am glad that the hot weather is over. The Fall season is probably my favorite since it brings in the cooler weather, there is no fire season around the corner, nor is there a Summer season around the corner either. Winter is nice, but it does get cold even here in Tucson. The seasons turn and I try to find pleasure in each. Summer is the hardest to find pleasure in though.

October 4, 2018

October 4, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 9:31 pm by gruundehn

The weather seems to have finally taken its Fall dive. It is cool, even for the high temperature, at least compared to a month or two ago. I can enjoy myself outside now.

It has been a busy week with little writing but I got quite a bit done this morning and early afternoon. Every few days I go through what I have written in the centaur story and try to catch typos and otherwise improve on what I have written. That was my effort today, so the word count has not gotten larger; at least, not much. Every time I read something I have written, I find a better way to say what I want to say. At least, I think it is better. I have never gotten feedback on my writing, so I can’t say. Once I am finished with the centaur story, I think I will send it for professional editing. That will be expensive so I have to start saving up now for that. Which means, a lot of things I like to do, things that require spending money, are going to end. I may even have to quit politics for now. That would be an extreme but I have to consider it since it does cost me money and if I am going to get the editing I probably need, I may have to drop politics. For now, there is no need, but I have to keep it in the back of my mind.

October 1, 2018

October 1, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:05 pm by gruundehn

I have been busy all day with start of the month stuff. I got nothing written and will not get anything written today. I am caught up with most things, so there is that. I think I can even finish getting my bicycle repaired so I can start using it. The exercise should help my knees and help me eliminate some excess weight, maybe even help with my diabetes.

I has been raining, kind of, all day. That is to the good. It has been a light rain, which is also to the good. Except that the change in weather has hurt my knees, it is all to the good. Tucson is in a desert and has been in a drought for decades. Every drop of rain is welcome, at least by me.

I have a favorite NFL team, two that I absolutely do not like, and two that I kind of like. Yesterday I had a lot of good news. With one exception, the games involving those teams went as I liked. One team that I kind of like lost. Everything else went as I hoped before the games started. I know that the television viewing is down, but I still watch. I enjoy the deception and counter-deception and the teamwork involved. I would enjoy it more if I were at a live game, but alas, I am dependent upon the television.

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