December 9, 2018

December 9, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 10:09 pm by gruundehn

I do not know why but yesterday and today I have been desperate for naps. Yesterday it seemed like I could not stay out of bed for more than half an hour at a time and often less. Today I have been up since about noon, watching football, but I have to force myself to not grab a nap.

The centaur story still progresses. I am filling in holes in the plot right now. Having things happen that logically could more easily happened earlier. I do not think that these are serious, I alluded to them earlier in the story, and laid ground for why most of them happen as they did.

My apartment is cold, colder than the outside I think. I am not going to spend a lot of money all year just because I need the heater a few days and the heater would make me comfortable a few weeks in the year. At least, I am not somewhere where the cold would require a huge winter heating expense.

A few months back I changed from cable internet to a mobile hotspot internet. I changed back because using the hotspot as my primary just did not work. I wish I had a better internet but the cable is good enough for most of what I do.

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December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 9:30 pm by gruundehn

Remember Pearl Harbor! December 7, 1941 was the most famous time that American inattention got us in trouble. We are heading for another I think.

It has been raining off and on all day today which is great. Even though Tucson is about 1 inch above the thirty year average, we can use every drop we can get. Being out and about in the rain is an annoyance given that the roads in Pima County are badly designed. The ability for the rain to run off the roads into the sewers is limited. It is almost like the urban planners did not consider rain in their calculations. So, I and a lot of other people get soaked as people drive through the flooded streets and splash pedestrians.

I have been getting writing done and I have the next major confrontation planned out in the centaur story. I mentioned to a friend that the story was over 65,000 words and he replied that the series of stories he is writing is over 1,000,000. I am working on one story and his series is about 20 to 25 stories. Yeah, a real good comparison.

I took the time to get my Christmas tree out of storage and set up in my front window. I don’t have a lot of decorations for it, just lights and a few that came with the tree. That makes it easy to set up and take down. It, obviously, is an artificial tree which makes it nice. I don’t have the hassles of falling needles and watering the tree in order to reduce the fire hazard.

With the five books in the Jesip Elder series published on Amazon, I have made four sales. So, I am going to probably spend more doing my taxes than I got from royalties. Maybe not, I might be able to do the taxes forms myself but I won’t be able to just use the free on-line service as I have in the past.

December 1, 2018

December 1, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:46 pm by gruundehn

My computer is one of the ones processing SETI packets. I have it set up so that when processing a packet, not more than 50% of my computing power is used. I have to suspend this when online because, while no packet uses that much of my computing power, SETI is presently processing five packets at the same time on my computer with each one between 15 and 20% of my computing power and so as much as eighty percent of my computing power is tied up and when I try to do anything online, I have a lot of trouble. Downloading something usually gets messed up because of all the halts in the download and watching YouTube is annoying because the video pauses every few seconds. I like being part of the SETI project but this is too much, I may end up dropping out of it because of this glitch.

I have sold four copies of my e-books on Amazon. It is going to cost more to file my taxes because of that than I got from the sales. Instead of just filing for free because of my income, I am going to have to file a regular 1040 and a 1040C paper file. I got perhaps $12 in royalties and the cost to file is going to be more than that, how much more I don’t know yet. However, I am a published author and that is what matters.

I have been working on the centaur story a lot. Not always writing, but trying to keep things straight and not miss a mistake. I have to go through the story often now to make sure that I did not forget something that happened. In the story, centaurs (or rather the one centaur who presently exists) have a better than average memory due to a secondary brain in the bottom torso, so I have to make sure that I do not forget something that the character would remember. The story is almost 70,000 words long and that is a lot of material to go through.

November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 11:36 pm by gruundehn

I am plodding ahead on the centaur story. Every story is the same, a dash at the start and slowing down as it goes along. I am not losing interest in the story, I am just working harder to not mess things up. And, so far, that is not a problem. I just spend a lot of time going over what I have already written to refresh my memory of what I have done and what I want to do. So, I plod away.

I am getting a small amount from Amazon for the five Jesip Elder stories. I will have to file a different tax form next year, instead of a 1040EZ, it will be either a 1040 or 1040A and a Schedule C for the royalty payments. The cost may easily be more than the royalty payments. However, I am now a published author and I am getting paid for it. And that is the threshold for me. Not the money, although that helps, but being published.

In about half an hour I will have a political interview. I enjoy doing interviews like this. Part of my position as Chair of the Pima County Libertarian Party and one I hope I do well.

November 23, 2018

November 23, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 10:39 pm by gruundehn

I survived Thanksgiving and gained just a couple of pounds. Not bad. I slept most of yesterday, off and on. I did not get a lot of sleep Tuesday night or Wednesday night, so I was tired all of Thanksgiving Day. I drifted into and out of sleep all throughout the day. I watched, kind of, all three football games but could not tell you anything about them because I slipped into naps so often. I did sleep well last night though, so there is that.

I am tossing and turning about the centaur story. Not on continuing, that is a given, but on certain details that are going to matter concerning the way the story is going to turn out. I have changed my mind several times on how the story ends, and perhaps the last half of the story as well, and each option has merits and appeals to me. But I cannot do them all. So, which one? That is the pressing question and one that I have not been able to settle on. Right now the story is science-fiction, or more probably fantasy fiction, and how deep into fantasy do I want to go? That is the question. And it is one that I am wrestling with. At least, I have moved past doing a single day per chapter. I am doing a week now and will stick to that for a while.

November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:38 pm by gruundehn

I am not in good shape right now. Even more than usual. My health is getting worse as I get older but what I am talking about is an accident I had last Saturday. I play TTRPG with friends on Saturday and Wednesday. I finally got my bicycle repaired enough to be riding is for the exercise I need. Last Saturday, as I was dismounting from my bicycle, my leg got caught on the seat and I fall down and go BOOM. Nothing broken but I have a large scab on my left knee and a couple of smaller ones on my right shin, and a large bruise / scrape on my chest where the handlebar slammed into me as I hit the ground. With my bad knees I have a hard time getting up off the ground and this was worse as I was still tangled in the bicycle. Luckily, one of my friends was there, checking his mail, and was able to help me up. I still hurt. It hurts to walk, more than usual, and I have trouble sleeping because of the aches and pains that resulted.

I have two laptop computers and one tablet computer. The two laptops are going bad and I do not like using the tablet because of its size. My fingers have trouble with the keyboard. The computer I am using now has trouble with several keys on the keyboard and the hard drive sometimes makes noise when I start the compute. The other laptop has lost the modem so I cannot access what I have save in the cloud. I could take a complicated route and download the file I want to work on, save it to a thumb drive, take that to the other laptop, work on it, save it back to the thumb and upload it again. I do not know which is more annoying, that or fighting to get the keyboard to respond. I am going to have to get a new laptop I guess.

I am working on the centaur story. I have moved to the chapter a week instead of a chapter a day. The story is almost 65,000 words and it is progressing nicely. I will be glad when I finish it and can start trying to market it.

November 13, 2018

November 13, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 10:29 pm by gruundehn

It continues to be chilly and I like it. I never use the central heat in my apartment, I use a space heater in my bedroom only, and the apartment temperature gets low enough that I wear sweats inside during the day. I don’t have my own water heater, the apartment complex provides my water, hot and cold, so I cannot see paying a service charge the year ’round when I would be using the central heater just for three or four months. Besides, my arrangement works.

I did get some work done on the centaur story, I also changed some of what I had planned to happen as I decide that what I had planned, a change in itself, would not work. It seems I am always changing my plans for any story I write. I do a lot of changing of the story and editing as I go along. I often talk about how I always change a story somehow every time I read it.

I have a lot of small tasks I need to do around the apartment, tasks that need to be done but that I do not want to do. As always. I would rather sit in front of a computer and write and not do the tasks that need to be done, merely because they are not writing. I enjoy using my computer to write, it is a lot easier than using a typewriter or pencil. The only advantage a pencil and notebook have over a computer is that a pencil and notebook are slightly easier to use when I am out an about. But that does not reduce my longing to sit here in front of my computer and write.

November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018

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

I did not go to the Veterans’ Day Parade this morning. I just didn’t feel like going. I fully intended to go when I went to bed last night but when I woke this morning, I realized that I did not want to go. SO, I have no idea how the parade went.

I did get some writing done today. And I have reached the point where I am going to stop doing a chapter for each day. Over sixty thousand words, and about two weeks of novel time to this point. The story is starting to settle into a normal pattern of events, so I am going to start compressing the time into chapters. After a few chapters describing weeks, I intend to go to a month per chapter. I may go back to a day per chapter when more people start transforming into centaurs or other mythical creatures. I don’t know, it is something I have to think about.

The weather is cooler, back East this weather would be a welcome relief to the snow and cold that they get from this time of year, but I live in Tucson. The mid-60s for a high temperature is cool. The winter rains should start soon and Tucson needs every drop of rain we can get. In spite of the lack of rain, I like it here and I never want to move. Maybe if the centaur story becomes a major best-seller and gets made into a mega-blockbuster movie, I might move just to avoid the problems of being famous. I doubt that the book will do so well, but sometimes it is nice to dream. If I did decide to move, I cannot think of anywhere I would want to go because of the weather or social climate.

November 11, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 1:29 am by gruundehn

Veterans’ Day. I helped with the service at church this morning an I expect to attend the parade tomorrow. This is a far cry from the abuse I got when I returned from SEA back in the 1970s.

I was supposed to help with the Hand-Count-Audit yesterday but I did not make it. I am unhappy with his election. Not the results per se, but the election is a mess an not just in Arizona. Maricopa County is in the hands of an incompetent County Recorder, to be kind. Elsewhere in Arizona, the vote is messed up. Taking Pima County as an example, there are about 500,000 registered voters in the County. The turnout was just over 50%, say about 275,000. Approximately 80% do not vote at a precinct but mail their ballot in. When they do that, the Pima County Recorder’s Office has to take the time to verify that the person sending the ballot in is in fact legally authorized to vote. That take time. A large percentage of these mail ballots are not mailed but instead dropped off on Election Day at a precinct or other drop-off location. That drags out the vote counting process. As of last Friday, there were still over 40,000 ballots that needed to be verified and counted. If the people had dropped off their ballot before Election Day at one of the sites where they could drop their ballot off or if they had mailed it so that it arrived at the Recorder’s Office before Election Day, the verification process would be done sooner and the vote finalized much sooner.

Reading about the messes in other Counties and States makes me even more unhappy. Why is Broward County in Florida so messed up? Georgia seems to be screwed up as well, and probably several other States or Counties that I have not read reports on. Who violates chain of custody and expects the results to be honored without question? Damn it, I spent a huge chunk of my life with my life on the line for free elections and the fact that the integrity of elections is violated like this makes me feel that my service was wasted.

November 6, 2018

November 6, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:48 pm by gruundehn

A busy ay today, and not one that I got a lot of writing done. I got up early, not as early as I planned, but early nonetheless. I got to my polling place not long after it opened and voted. I wait until Election Day to vote as I may change my mind due to late news. Anyway, after that, I stopped by a nearby restaurant and had a good breakfast. I then headed downtown and spoke with the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Since I wore my VFW Life Member cap and not my Libertarian one, the Chair of the Board noticed and actually remembered to say something nice about veterans. Unlike last May when the BOS cared more about some dead two-bit San Francisco politician than veterans.

I came home to take a nap but could not because of the noise around my apartment. Leaf blowers cleaning the sidewalks can keep one awake. And the reason I wanted that nap is because I am going to spend the night, or at least most of it, watching over the counting of the ballots. I do not know how late the counting will go since about 80% of the ballots are cast before Election Day. There is somewhere around 300,000 registered voters in Pia County, and the turnout seems to at record levels for a mid-term election, so perhaps the two points will cancel out. I will see. There isn’t a lot to see during the counting, the counting machines, and there are six of them, run the ballots through, take a picture of both sides, and sort the ballots. Three slots, there is a slot for good ballots, one for ballots that have a problem and the last for ones with a write-in. Since there are no authorized write-in candidates, that last should be almost neve used. The bad ballots are run through again until they are accepte or they have to be sent to some humans to decide how the voter voted.

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