August 31, 2017

August 30, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:55 am by gruundehn

A nice quiet day, today. I got a lot of writing done but I did it indoors and not outdoors like I had been planning on doing. I forgot. I would print out a note but my ink in out on my printer and that option isn’t there. Yes, I know I could write it out longhand but I won’t. I will try to remember tomorrow.

I have so many things I want to do and I never get them done because there is always, it seems, something of higher priority. I want to get HIGH TREASON edited and posted, and I want to get ELDER’S DILEMMA written, and I want to work on a TTRPG campaign I have in mind, and I want to get a bunch of other, little, things done. But, there is always grocery shopping, laundry, cooking and eating, and other shopping that need to get done; as well as perhaps a dozen other, smaller, things. I have made many mistakes in my life, but the one that is hurting me most now is that I never hunted down a wife. I fantasize about a wife and kids, but I always come back to reality and get to work on whatever is keeping me from my writing. Life is full of choices, and some of those choices are mistakes. I just have to deal with that fact and move on.

Another bee was buzzing around the apartment last night. I think it died. I have a lamp by my bedside, of the style called “torchiere” I think. Anyway, it is open at the top and the bees always fly into there and bump around. Eventually, they die. There is perhaps a dozen dead bees in there. I am just glad that they were drones and I was never in danger of getting stung. I don’t like the buzzing they make when I am trying to read before going to sleep.


August 30, 2017

August 29, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:25 am by gruundehn

I did get a lot done on ELDER’S DILEMMA today. I have a lot more to get done, but I know what I am doing with the story. I am already starting to think about which story to work on next and that is scary. It is scary because I can get distracted by the next story far too easily and stop doing what needs to be done on the story I am doing now. For too many years, I have gotten distracted by what I want to do next and haven’t finished what I am doing now. The only full novel I ever finished in about thirty years of writingĀ  was one that history overtook and I had to abandon when the Soviet Union fell down and died. And, I was able to rewrite that as part of the series I am working on now.

Other than my writing, this has been a dull day. And, I like dull days. I did spend some time watching the FLASH TV series, season 1. I didn’t watch the entire season, that would be 13 hours more or less, just the first disc of Season 1. I have always like the Flash. DC Comics did more with that “one-trick pony” than could be thought possible.

The weather is nice enough so that I plan on moving to the back yard and write outdoors until winter comes. That will be something different for me. I normally write inside, to be away from weather. However, I will chance the heat and watch the mountains off to the north while I write for a while. I could get to like that. I tend to stay indoors, I spent a huge chunk of my active duty service out in the weather, all sorts of weather, and I have been willing to avoid that ever since.

August 28, 2017

August 27, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 1:30 am by gruundehn

Church this morning was not a lot of fun. The Rector of Grace-St. Paul’s is a hard-core progressive and his sermons are getting painful for me. I am not a progressive, I am a liberal; I believe in the individual not the group. The Rector is so hard-core, extreme progressive that he suffers from what has been labeled “Trump Derangement Syndrome” by some pundits. I don’t mind political sermons, but he is going past political. He refuses to even say the name Trump.

I recorded and watched the Bengals / Redskins game and was very sad that the Bengals lost. I know that this is preseason and thus does not count, but a loss is still a loss and hard to watch. One more pre-season game and then the season starts for real.

I am trying to get used to the new insulin pens that the VA wants me to use. It takes more time to get the insulin ready but the needle is smaller and harder to see, especially without my glasses on. So far, it hasn’t been bad.

The weather has been nice, it tried to rain late last night and that is always welcome. The temperature isn’t too bad, but I stay indoors a lot. Once the temperature breaks and starts seriously down, I will have to get the backyard cleaned up and then I can stay outdoors. There are still bees hanging around the hole in the shed wall, and occasionally getting into the apartment. Luckily, they are all drones and therefore without stingers, but they still bother me.

I didn’t write anything yesterday or today, at least not yet. I need to finish editing HIGH TREASON and work on ELDER’S DILEMMA and get it ready. Once that is done, I don’t know which book to work on next but it will probably be MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. I have enough stories in my head to last me the rest of my life, and then some. I just with I had started being serious about my writing decades sooner. I have been writing for fifty years, off and on. But, it has only been the last ten years that I have been serious and even then not serious enough. I cannot go back and change the past; if I could, there is a lot I would change in addition to getting serious with my writing decades sooner.

August 26, 2017

August 25, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:08 am by gruundehn

I have mentioned in the past that I am a diabetic. And, that I am insulin dependent. So, because of that, and the fact that my blood sugar levels have been swinging wildly recently, I now have a different insulin system. I still have to needle myself twice a day, but instead of using a syringe, I use an insulin pen. It isn’t too much different, except that the needle now is much smaller. I have to have it stuck in me for a longer period of time, but it seems better even though I have used it just the once – this morning.

I got a lot done on ELDER’S DILEMMA, I changed the plot line a bit but in a way that I think will be better. The ending won’t be affected, but the middle will have more action. I am staying away from thinking about MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY, THE GOD’S TALE and HOUSE FOURTEEN so that I do not get sidetracked. I have another book idea waiting for consideration, title unknown. If I had the time I could probably turn out enough books to fill a library shelf all by myself. And, while writing this paragraph I had another idea. I just need the time to write them. Living by myself requires me to do too much outside of writing for my liking.

It is near the end of the Summer rainy season. Soon, Tucson will cool down to what other places would consider warm. I should clean out the backyard so I can sit out and relax on my little patio. There are still drone bees hanging around but my research tells me that drones do not sting. I still do not like having them around. They get into my apartment through the hole the cable company made in the walls of my bedroom and the outside shed and annoy me at night when I am going to sleep. I need to seal those holes. I also need to get a Weed-Wacker to cut down the grass, or whatever it is, that is growing in that yard. More time away from writing.

August 23, 2017

August 23, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:26 pm by gruundehn

It is hard to post on a daily basis when there is so little in my life that changes. What I post today could be copied from yesterday or the day before, etc. My life is dull and I like it that way. I spent 20 years on active duty in the USAF and that was enough excitement for me. I visited foreign lands, got shot at and had other adventures. I want a quiet, dull life now.

It is getting towards the end of the Summer rainy season and Tucson is still ahead of the 30-year average as far as rainfall goes. That is nice. There is a chance that we will get some more rain tonight and that would be fine.

My printer is out of back ink and it will be a week and a half before I can get new ink. So, while I am editing HIGH TREASON, I cannot print out a new, edited, copy so I can post it on my other blog. I’ll have to post a note there explaining why I haven’t posted in a long time.

Tonighgt I meet with friends and play TTRPG. This campaign is a D&D version of STAR WARS set after the movies. I have been playing D&D in various forms for 40 years, roughly. I am sick and tired of it. I play only because I enjoy my friends. I will be glad when this campaign is over and we do something, anything, else.

August 19, 2017

August 18, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 2:17 am by gruundehn

The Pima County Election Integrity Commission met today and got some work done. Meeting once a month is good in that we have a full agenda, meeting more often wouldn’t get more work done. But it is also bad in that it is easy to forget things that were discussed. The Elections Department provides a coordinator but the person who was selected to replace the last coordinator, who retired, has trouble hearing so we get no written minutes just a video recording. That is legal but since the coordinator has hearing problems, he cannot index the video, which means to review the video, one must sit through the entire video as there is no other way to view it. The coordinator cannot edit it to insert bookmarks because of his hearing problem. As a temporary measure, volunteers are taking notes to help the commission members remember what happened. These are not minutes, but a summary. I was Adjutant for my VFW Post for several years and a summary is what minutes are. However, I am not going to push the applecart over since that might get me “volunteered” to take the minutes and I have had my fill of that.

Just a brief note about the weather. Tucson is almost 50% above the 30-year average for annual rainfall and when you live in the desert, that is a lot and very welcome. I looked at the paper this morning. A rare occurrence for me.

The RPG campaign that would normally be played tomorrow had to be moved to Sunday to accommodate one person, but two others (a married couple) had to skip Sunday. SO, no game this weekend. At least it will be for just one week.

August 18, 2017

August 17, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:58 am by gruundehn

Another entry in my not-so-daily blog. I am less than halfway through editing HIGH TREASON, so I still haven’t posted any chapters yet. I am falling behind and I need to get moving on this. I haven’t even worked on ELDER’S DILEMMA today, but I did get some done yesterday. One of the secrets of writing is to sit down every day and write something even if it is gibberish and gets edited out later. I never can get a constant writing time because I have too much else. I need someone to do all the other stuff so that I can just write. Not going to happen so I have to make the best of it.

I got some grocery shopping done yesterday and took an extra $20 so that I could put it on my laundry card and get laundry done today. And, not paying attention, I left the money in the tray. I hope whoever got it gets good use of it. I can be so stupid at times.

The weather here in Tucson, at least, is nice. Most folks elsewhere probably wouldn’t consider it nice. It is hot and dry. We could always use rain, but moderately hot weather isn’t bad either. Last time I checked, Tucson is well ahead of the 30-year average as far as rainfall goes.

I do not think that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, as the old saying goes. I don’t think that the present conditions are mush, if any, worse than in the past. Global communications has made it easier to learn of something that happens elsewhere. If no one pays attention to riots elsewhere, will they continue to happen? Interesting thought. I wonder if it is true.

August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:17 pm by gruundehn

Another lazy day, although I did get some writing done on ELDER’S DILEMMA. Not a lot, but some. I have reached a point where I am not sure of the exact details of the story. The opening I have down pat, and I know the ending. The part where I am, several thousand words in, is the problem. I have a vague idea of what I want to put in the story, but I am not sure of the details. Plus, I am not sure that the part I am getting ready to write is going to be enough words to fill the story out without padding. I am shooting for around 40-45,000 words and it looks like I will have trouble making 30,000.

The weather is nice. No rain again, but Tucson is ahead of average so far. And that is good. I wish it would rain more but the drainage here in Tucson is not designed for heavy rain. Anything over a moderate rain and the streets flood because the sewer system cannot handle heavy rainfall, nor rainfall that continues for over a couple of hours. The people who designed the drains seemed to think that it was not worth the effort and cost to design for rainfall that is heavy. Driving a car during, or after, a rainstorm can be dangerous not only to the driver and passengers but to pedestrians as well. I know, I am a pedestrian most of the time and I no longer count how often I almost get run over or splashed by some driver running through standing water at high speed.

The monthly meeting of the Pima County Libertarian Party is tonight. The County Chair is determined to get the County Party back to being a real political party and away from being a debating society. I am all for that. I need to get active again in posting political videos on YouTube. I have been too lax in my efforts there.

August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:34 pm by gruundehn

Nice day today. No rain, which is bad since this is a desert and rain is always nice, but the temperature and humidity isn’t bad. Tucson is nearing the end of the Summer rainy season, about one month more, and we are well ahead of average. And that is nice, since we were in a drought for a long time.

I have gotten into a lazy mode as far as my writing is concerned. I am two weeks behind on editing HIGH TREASON and getting it posted. I spent all day today doing other stuff that wasn’t as important, but I did anyway. I enjoy writing, and editing is part of writing, but that aspect is something I do not like very much. I would rather write more on ELDER’S DILEMMA than edit. And once I get ELDER’S DILEMMA done and ready for final editing, I might procrastinate on that.

I should have gotten married years ago so that I would have someone to do all the stuff, other than writing, that needs to get done and to keep me focused on writing. The problem is, I never found someone who could put up with me and the ones that might be worth changing for, wanted too drastic of a change. So, I stopped looking. So, I am now here without someone. There is more to marriage than that, I understand that, but I’ll concentrate on that aspect for now.

August 13, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:14 am by gruundehn

I used to read the GARFIELD comic strip a lot. I don’t read it anymore, but there is one joke, kind of a running gag, that I remember. Most people, if they have a fear of any day numbered the 13th, fear Friday the 13th. Garfield, in the comic, feared Monday the 13th. The running gag was saying that Monday the 13th came on a Sunday (or whatever) this month. And, here it is, Monday the 13th on a Sunday.

I am a fan of American football. I grew up on it and I have teams that I always root for and teams that I always root against. The rest of the time, I want just to watch a good game. Usually, if neither team is one I root for at against, I pick a team and, for that game, root for them. I am starting up a bad habit again that I thought I had gotten over. The team I root for, loses. It is a small data sample this year but so far, it is consistent. And this happens even if the game is over (I record them) when I start watching.

The weather is nice, but I wish it would rain more. However, I have to take what we can get.

I cancelled my subscription to a virus protection service because the computer I had it protect is broken and I will never be using it again. I cancelled the subscription about a month ago and I got billed for it yesterday. I tried to get my money back from the company’s website but couldn’t get the website to work for me. I will call the company tomorrow.

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