July 22, 2018

July 22, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:20 pm by gruundehn

Yesterday was quite a day. To attend the meeting in Chandler with the Arizona Libertarian Party Executive Board, I hitched a ride with the PCLP Treasurer, also the Assistant Treasurer for the State, and we had a fairly nice lunch before we got to the meeting site. The meeting started at 1 PM and was scheduled to last one hour. It lasted about two and a half hours. I missed the bus to Tucson that I wanted to take and so took one considerably later. That bus we late and I therefore got to Tucson too late to use the local bus to get home; which I could have done if the meeting hadn’t lasted as long as it did or the Greyhound bus hadn’t been late. So, I took a taxi home. All in all it cost me about $70 and took much longer than I had expected; if I had taken the shuttle service from Tucson to Phoenix and back, and used the Phoenix public transit system, it would have cost around $30 more and taken an extra two hours each way, and I would still have had to walk about a mile and a half to get home. Well, kind of not expected as I did expect that the meeting would be long, I have experience with Libertarian meetings after all.

It has been quite humid all day today, but no sign of rain. Tucson is ahead for the year but I still want more rain, to make up for the shortfalls over the last couple of dozen years. Every time I have been outside, I gasp at the humidity. If I were living back East, where the humidity is normally this high, it wouldn’t bother me. But after living here for over 30 years, I am used to lower humidity. There is high humidity for only a few months out of the year.

I have done no writing today, once I got home from church I watched a movie I bought. The movie is HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1. It is one of my favorite Mel Brooks’ films. SILENT MOVIE is in first place, followed by BLAZING SADDLES with HISTORY coming in a strong third. There are a couple of Mel Brooks’ films that I do not like, but in general, I consider his work to be great. The best part of HISTORY is the scene in the Vestal Virgin quarters (He’s dead) and the bit with King Louis saying (It’s good to be the king). I don’t like making recommendations because you might resent it if you disagree with me. But, I am of the opinion that Mel Brooks is a comedy genius.

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July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018

Posted in Personal, Politics tagged , , at 10:37 pm by gruundehn

Busy all day with Libertarian stuff. Not that I intended this, but “just a few minutes” quickly turns into three or more hours. I have been going through the old files, just to see what is there, and while I have found some interesting material such as an old lawsuit from when the Arizona Libertarian Party was split in two groups depending on the position taken of the principle of how much authority the State had in dictating the organization and conduct of the political parties: nominating and selecting officers, or political candidates, determining the number of precinct committee members and so forth. Interesting lawsuit. Libertarians fall into basically two groups, purists and pragmatists. Purists would rather lose an election or would rather destroy the party in order to keep the party ideologically pure. Pragmatists will work to establish the principles but will take any victory they can get even if it isn’t total victory. I hope I am a pragmatist.

Tomorrow is the monthly meeting of the Pima County Election Integrity Commission. That should be interesting. Then getting ready for the trip to Chandler and the State Board meeting there and the trip home. Saturday will be a long day. Leaving here at 10AM, an hour and a half or so to Chandler, a two hour meeting, a hour or so trip to the bus terminal and an hour and a half trip to Tucson, then a half hour trip home. I expect to get home about 8 or 9PM.

I am originally from Indiana and have served at various places while on active duty. I know high humidity, Thailand had high humidity as did the coast of the Gulf of Mexico; so, high humidity is not as bad for me as it might be. But I have lived here in Tucson for the last thirty years and my resistance to high humidity is not as strong as it used to be. So, today with the humidity up around 80% or so for most of the day, has not been fun. Even staying indoors was not a perfect solution, as I had to leave the inside to do various things such as take out the trash, do laundry, and so forth. Every time I stepped out the door, I felt it and badly. According to the Arizona Daily Star weather page, we are ahead of the average rainfall for the year-to-date but with the high humidity, we need some more rain to wash the humidity out. Without rain, the humidity can get lower but it takes much longer and I suffer more.

July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018

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

Busy day today and not a bit of it was spent writing. I did a bit of shopping and bill paying and then I sat down with the Pima County Libertarian Party files that the past Chair gave me last night. I got through maybe 15% of the first of three boxes. I am not reading everything in detail, I just skim most things and read only what I think important in depth. Even so, it takes time. A lot of the material so far is of historical interest but bears little import to what is needed today. One exception was a written out list of what the officers of the party, by office, should do to advance the party. It seems to have been written in the mid-to-late-1990s and there is no indication of the author but the material is good. I asked for feedback on the letter I want to send out and I got some. One person wrote out her suggested changes and when looked at it I asked if there was anything I wrote left. It wasn’t that bad, but the suggestions were extensive, and it seems reasonable. I will be getting, soon I hope, suggestions from another person and when I do, I will combine what I think best of the suggestions and rewrite the letter. Hopefully to get it out through email and snail mail next month. I will start working on another letter, similar in intent, for September and then another for October and so forth.

In half an hour, I pack up and head off for my weekday TTRPG meeting. This is the Star Wars campaign and it really holds no interest for me. Neither does the D&D 5th Edition horror campaign on Saturdays but I do enjoy the comradeship of the group. The next campaign is scheduled to beĀ In Nominie and I am looking forward to that. The system is not based upon D&D and that is a big plus. I have been playing D&D in various forms since 1977 and I am tired of it, sick of it even. There are so many other game systems out there, and I would be interested in a lot of them. At least, for a while.

July 17, 2018

July 17, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 11:02 pm by gruundehn

I had a bout with hypoglycemia today, something that has not happened in over a year. I had to head downtown for a couple of items and I stopped along the way at my bank. As I was leaving the bank ATM, I began feeling the start of hypoglycemia. Blurred vision is never a symptom for me, sweats are the first symptom I usually get. And, since it is summer in Tucson, I was not sure at first if the sweat was due to the heat or hypoglycemia. After a few seconds, I realized what it was by the pattern of the sweating. Luckily, there were several fast food joints nearby. I stopped in at the first I came to and got a meal. I had to spend a few minutes in the bathroom before I could start eating but I ate quickly once my bladder was empty. I was sweating so hard, I was worried that I would pass out before I ate enough to prevent it. It has been over a year since I had problems with hypoglycemia and then I quickly went to the shakes; indeed, back then I was shaking so hard that I had to hold onto the wall to keep from falling. I felt then, and still do, that if I had fallen, I would never have gotten up. Today was not that bad thankfully. I probably lost a few pounds from sweating but I caught it in time.

The only writing I did today was adding a title page and a list of the books for the Jesip Elder series of books to DREADNOUGHT. I need to take ENTRANCE EXAMINATION down from Kindle and add the list of books to it and list it as part of a series of books. Live and learn. I should have ENTRANCE EXAMINATION corrected by Thursday and DREADNOUGHT up on Friday. Once I am finished with the series and MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY I am thinking of working on a series of superhero short stories. Years ago my TTRPG group was playing a superhero campaign and I came up with a catch phrase that I still like. The setting was the United Planet and I named the team the Special Enforcement Team. Thus the catch phrase: We’re UPSET and you’re under arrest! The stories won’t be based upon that campaign, except for the UPSET part, but I think I can bring forth a series of short stories, or even novellas, in that setting. One of the points will be that superheroes become so common that secret identities become worthless. I will explain in the first story.

July 16, 2018

July 16, 2018

Posted in Personal, Politics tagged , , at 10:00 pm by gruundehn

Another day of doing little or nothing. I got sidetracked with a web comic and started from the start because I do not remember what had happened before. The web comic is one I enjoyed for a long time but it went on hiatus for a while and I just picked it up again. It is amazing how fast time goes when you don’t pay attention. Or, rather, when you concentrate on something.

As much as I enjoy working in politics, I am getting tired of the condensed horse milk that is flowing so freely nowadays. The phrase “condensed horse milk” is something my mother used to say instead of various “dirty” words; much more civil times then. Nowadays, if you can’t scream louder than your opponent and bash them harder, you are a wuss. If I had absolute power, a prospect I dread because I do not want that responsibility, I would limit politicians to a very short period of office and require that they serve at least ten years in a private business before entering public life. Working in a private business would, hopefully, teach them just how badly government messes things up when it does something “for your own good” and keeps the politicians from imposing their morality on everyone else.

The weather is nice, if a bit humid. The rain keeps coming is small doses, enough to soak in but not enough to flood a lot. I just got a notice on my phone that another rain shower is expected shortly. Nothing huge, another soaking rain. Yea, recharge the aquifer.

July 15, 2018

July 15, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:48 pm by gruundehn

I think ENTRANCE EXAMINATION is up on Kindle. I do not own one, so I cannot tell unless I check the report and it is too soon for any sales I think. Wednesday I may spend some money and get a Kindle just for that reason. I can read a lot of books on my phone, but I do not remember a Kindle app on the phone; and I just checked and there isn’t an app for Kindle. Plenty of e-books about Kindle and how to use it, but no app. There is a Nook app, which is what I use but no Kindle app. And I think that the books I bought for the Nook app do not transfer, so that is another expense.

I am working on a final edit of DREADNOUGHT and should have it up on Kindle by Friday. The remaining three books in the series should be once a week also. Then I have to finish MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY and get it up. After that, I don’t know. I have a book in the works but I am not happy with it and may abandon it. If I do, I have nothing in mind, but maybe I will get an idea while working on MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. There are some short stories I could gather together and publish as a group but I have no idea how many I would need to make a good selection. Any ideas from those reading this? I have five written, I think, and I could do a few more quickly. There would be no coherent pattern in the selection of stories, just ones I have done over the years. Most of which I either abandoned or turned into longer stories. I did not keep them, or they were destroyed when my computer crashed, but I kind of remember what they were. I could start them up again.

The rain lately has been short and mild but often. There has not been any of the huge storms that dump a lot of rain in a short period but a lot of smaller storms. Light, soaking, rain is what Tucson needs. I think we are ahead of the 30-year average, based on a look at a newspaper a couple of days ago. So that is a blessing.

July 13, 2018

July 13, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:57 pm by gruundehn

Well, I did it. I got ENTRANCE EXAMINATION uploaded to Kindle. It should be ready in a day or so. I can now finish off DREADNOUGHT and get it uploaded next week. As I am typing this, I am thinking I made a mistake when uploading as I do not remember setting a price. I will have to check on that in a couple of days and make sure I am not giving it away for free. All the work I have done on that book, and the whole series, is worth some recompense.

As I was out grocery shopping, I stopped in a sandwich shop for a bite to eat. There was a newspaper there, so I checked the editorials (torn out), the comic pages (some were funny, most not) and the weather page. I was surprised to see that Tucson is officially half an inch over the 30-year average so far this year. It does not seem to me that there has been that much rain, but apparently so . Of course, what is a lot of rain for Tucson would be a drought for a lot of other places. We average about 12 inches annually which, as I remember, is nothing compared to the average for Indiana or some other places.

I kind of enjoy riding the bus, it is inconvenient a lot of the time, but I can meet some nice people. Such as the child I met on the way home. He seemed to have mental issues as he repeated “Hello” several times, even after I responded. He looked to be school age so it wasn’t that he was just too young, he should have been more mature than that. I tried to have a conversation with him, but “Hello” is not a conversation. So, I rode in silence the remainder of the trip. Kids are usually nice to be around, but I have to be careful around kids as I am a single man and I can remember the hysteria over child abuse claims when child abuse first got national attention. Child abusers are scum, but hysterical and often unrealistic claims make valid claims less valid in many peoples’ eyes.

July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:29 pm by gruundehn

I got a nice bit of work done today, working on DREADNOUGHT this morning and Libertarian matters this afternoon. I did a little bit on ENTRANCE EXAMINATION as well, correcting a goof I made. When I tried to put ENTRANCE EXAMINATION on Kindle, I realized that I had the title page separate (why I did that, I cannot remember) and so the title page needed to be added to the main body of the book. I have done that and after dinner, I am going to work to get it onto the Kindle list. Once that is done, FREADNOUGHT should not be more than a week later, GENERATION UPON GENERATION a week after that, HIGH TREASON another week and ELDER’S DILEMMA should finish off two weeks later, that book will take a little extra time since I need to edit it more heavily.

I got a call from the previous Chair of the PCLP and at the monthly meeting next Tuesday he will be giving me three boxes of old records and other material. I am going to have to sort through those boxes and get the material organized. I am also going to have to find an old copy of the PCLP by-laws and update them. I do not intend to let that slow down my writing, but I think I am going to lose out on free time. I am retired, all my time is supposed to be free time. I am busier now than when I was on active duty in the USAF. At least, it seems that way.

The weather here is humid and muggy. We need the rain to wash the humidity out of the atmosphere, and to alleviate the drought. It would be nice to sit in my backyard and watch the rain come storming down, soaking everything. Even if I got soaked, it would be nice. My little patio is covered by the balcony of the apartment above me, but it isn’t much and so the rain could come soak me, especially if the wind is from the North, or North-East. But it will be nice nonetheless. When I was young, in Indiana, I enjoyed walking in the rain. Now, I think I would like to enjoy the rain again. Too often, especially when I was on active duty, the rain annoyed me.

July 11, 2018

July 11, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 8:56 pm by gruundehn

I think it rained last night but I am not sure. I think I heard it rain but there was no evidence of rain on the ground. I want it to rain so badly because of the drought. However, I have to accept that I do not always get what I want. That would be a horrible life, always getting what you want. I have no idea how long it would take me, or anyone for that matter, to get terminally bored, but it would happen. Doing something again that was fun a thousand repetitions ago cannot be fun. And the Human mind is limited. How often can someone think of something completely new?

When I woke up this morning and first logged on to my computer, I waited a long time for the email notices to stop. They didn’t really stop, they just slowed down some. Those notifications are annoying and they interfere with my writing. I am going to have to find a way to contact Microsoft and lodge a complaint. Getting the notices does nothing positive for me and does make the day worse for me.

Another annoying thing Windows 10 does is change the background picture on my computer on its own. I have a different background picture for the laptop I am on now, the other laptop I have and the tablet I have. I like it that way, but Windows keeps changing the other two to this background picture. The picture I use for this computer isn’t even stored on the others, and yet every so often, I have to change the background picture to what I want for that computer. Microsoft, you do not know what is best for me. At least Microsoft might listen so that they do not lose a customer, when I complain to the government, at any level, they never listen because they do not have to worry about losing me as a customer.

July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 10:53 pm by gruundehn

It has been raining today. How can I tell? The ground is wet. I do not k now how long it rained, nor how hard, but every little bit is welcome. Living in the desert, I guess I obsess a bit about rain.

I did get some work done, I started in on DREADNOUGHT and I did some work on some Libertarian material. I will be going to the State Board meeting on the 21st after all; and, it will not cost me a huge amount. I will be buying lunch for someone and paying for the Greyhound ticket back to Tucson. A lot cheaper than the $100 or so it could have cost me. This will be my first State Board meeting and I hope it is interesting. If not, I hope to make it so.

I am going to start researching literary agents tonight, that and researching publishing on Kindle or self-publishing. I don’t know what I am going to do with the five books about Jesip Elder, but I can no longer keep putting it off due to fear. That has been, probably, my greatest problem: fear of rejection. I submitted some short stories years ago and they were all rejected. I had thought about making a collection of rejection notes but decided against it. Rejection hurts, so I decided unconsciously (I hope) to accept failure instead of rejection. Strange way of looking at it, but it seems that was my attitude for years. Now, I am facing that and starting to plow through to getting published.

There are other projects that I need to start up again. I also need to start calling in to the local talk radio on behalf of the Pima County Libertarian Party and getting our message out. I finally found a real AM radio, all the others I have bought were FM only, and I can start on that project also.

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