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.

August 11, 2017

August 10, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:27 am by gruundehn

This is the second week I have not posted a chapter of HIGH TREASON. It is taking a lot longer than I expected to edit and get the story ready. As I edit, I intend to add at least another 1,500 words or so just to get over the 40,000 minimum for sci-fi awards. But, as I intend to get all five books published as a unit, that might not be needed. I am going to try anyway. I like how the book came together at the end. I know how ELDER’S DILEMMA is going to end and that ending will be a suitable ending for the five book series.

It just finished raining, but it looks like it will start up again. I like it when it rains here in the desert. We can use every drop that makes it to the ground. Every drop that makes it to the ground and a lot more.

The one bad side of the rain, actually the change in the weather pattern, is that my knees hurt a lot more. It may take me three tries to stand up, because of the pain. I always end up standing up anyway, it is just that the pain of standing is something I do not want to go through, even though I have to else I would be in bed all day and never get to eat. I have to do my own meal preparation as I live alone. So, I force myself through the pain and stand up. Sitting down is not as bad, it hurts but nowhere near as bad. I am trying to walk with more movement in my knees to exercise them and get the muscles to a more normal condition. I daydream and fantasize a lot, it is how I got a lot of my story ideas, so lately I fantasize about being able to rid myself of the pains that are ever present. It doesn’t work, but it is a nice daydream.

August 9, 2017

August 9, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:14 pm by gruundehn

The weather has been nice, lots of rain. Rain cools down the atmosphere, often by a lot. But the change in humidity hurts my joints. So, while the weather is nice and rainy, I hurt. I hurt enough that it is hard for me to work up the energy to work on my writing. So, my editing of HIGH TREASON is going slow and working on ELDER’S DILEMMA has stopped for now. Even though I have written about a third of  the book so far, it is an easy book to write. At least, it is so far.

I am thinking of running for political office in 2020. Not the Presidency, but a local office. One of the County Board of Supervisors. I attend the Board public meetings often, and chew the Board out almost every time, and I think I can serve the people of the District better than the incumbent does. Of course I think that. Otherwise, I wouldn’t consider running. But the fact is that the District is primarily contained within the city limits of Tucson and thus gets ignored by the County a lot. The County expects the City to do everything for the residents of the District. The residents pay County Property Taxes (the highest property taxes in Arizona and in the top third of all the Counties in America) but get almost nothing in return. And one reason that the District gets ignored is that the present incumbent is a loyal partisan for one political party and his vote on the Board is taken for granted, he almost never votes against the other members of his party on the Board. As a Libertarian, I would side with both of the political parties on the Board at different times, thus my vote could not be taken for granted and that leverage could be used to improve the lot of the residents of the District.

Are there downsides to this idea? Oh yeah. Once I start to run, I can forget my TTRPG hobby. I will be attending meetings everywhere in the County talking with people on various issues. Once I am elected, that will go down some, but I will still lose most of my free time. Is it worth it? I don’t know if it will be worth it for me, but I believe it will be worth it for the residents of the District.

August 8, 2017

August 7, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged at 2:52 am by gruundehn

I have started work on the editing of HIGH TREASON and breaking it into chapters. ELDER’S DILEMMA is going good also. Once that is done, it is back to MAGIC IN THE MONASTRY. I am going to post the chapters of that book differently than I have been doing. Posting all the chapters of all the Elder books on one page was a mistake but one I am going to finish the series with. Reposting the chapters would be too much work for whatever gain I would get.

I got very little done today otherwise, I just got started on the editing and chaptering. Other than that, I did some shopping and ate breakfast out, and a paragraph or two of ELDER’S DILEMMA. Not a lot, just a quick idea that I wanted to get down before I forgot it. For the rest of the day, I loafed and read a book on the Scottish War of Independence. The author wrote the book in 1914, so the language is a bit on the strange side but he does make a good case. I also got another book today, about the Soviet-Polish war of 1919-1921 and the American volunteers who fought for the Poles. It is also a good book.

I got a couple of comments on some videos I posted on YouTube but they were not really about the videos, they were spam. I write this blog just to post, much like a diary. I post chapters on my other blog and I post videos on YouTube in order to gain comments and get almost nothing. Maybe I should get discouraged, but I am not.