May 21, 2017

May 21, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 11:34 pm by gruundehn

A lazy Sunday afternoon. After church I did a small bit of grocery shopping and since then I have just been watching YouTube and reading some news feeds. One reason I watch YouTube is that, for a lot of the videos, I can just let my eyes watch and my brain can work on what I am writing or planning to say in a YouTube video of my own.

The game yesterday was OK but I really want to get away from D&D. I am planning on doing my own campaign using the Harn setting and the GURPS rules. However, for some reason I haven’t been able to order a couple of items from Columbia Games. I order them and the order get lost immediately. I sent an email to the company about it, but since I wasn’t paying attention to the day, I sent it on Saturday when the company is probably closed. Sometimes being retired causes me to forget just what day it is. Most of the time, it makes no or little difference, but occasionally it matters a lot.

I guess that this coming week is going to be productive, I don’t have a lot to do outside of working on HIGH TREASON and getting ELDER’S DILEMMA prepared. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are all without problem, except grocery shopping, and Tuesday only has something in the morning, chewing out the Pima County Board of Supervisors. They have just gone through a series of special meetings on the budget and there is just the final, rubber-stamp, of what the bureaucrats want that will happen next month. Arizona has an Open Meeting Law so the Supervisors cannot meet to discuss the budget except at a public meeting with prior notice. And they cannot meet in private either as a group or serially (meaning that A talks to B, who talks to C and discusses  what A said, etc.) so they are required by law to discuss the budget in public and if they want to change anything all discussions on the change have to be in a public meeting. And they have not done this, which is why I say they are just going to rubber-stamp what the bureaucrats want.

I have never wanted to be President nor hold any other major political office. Thus, I have never been strict about my personal life. Now, I begin to regret that as I would like to run for a seat on the Board of Supervisors. The District I am in is held by a Democrat, a far-left Democrat, and I think I could unseat him. Absent my bad history of course. There are five members of the Board of Supervisors, right now three Democrats and two Republicans. The District I am in is mostly inside the city limits of Tucson so the County does very little for the District. As a Libertarian, if elected, I would make the composition two Democrats, two Republicans and one Libertarian. And since I would side with the Democrats on certain issues and the Republicans on certain other issues, I would be a swing vote and thus influential. The four others would want my vote on something and I could use that to pressure the County to take more care of the District. Even though the people live in the City of Tucson, they also live in the County of Pima and deserve a fair shake from the County Government. However, my history would totally prevent this from happening.

May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 9:44 pm by gruundehn

For those for which it applies: Happy Mothers’ Day. I am not a mother and mine died 25 years ago but I can still wish mothers everywhere to be happy.

I overslept today and missed church. My sleeping, even when I get a fairly decent night’s sleep, isn’t great. I am always tired and wanting to take a nap. My VA doctor prescribed iron pills for anemia but I don’t think they are working. At least, if they are, it is extremely slowly.

I have put a couple of hours into HIGH TREASON today. And once this is done, I will do a couple of more hours into it. At least I am not doing a lot of thinking about the UPSET series of short stories to the detriment of the Elder stories.

Gaming yesterday was interesting and it was, to a small degree, fun. I am reaching the point where the fun of being with the group will not overcome my dislike, even hatred, of the D&D system. I may go for another year, two at the most, before I either play another system or leave the group. I don’t even care for the characters I play enough to read the rules system unless I have to.

With my moving as I have had to do, my voter registration is messed up. I got a note yesterday concerning that. I will have to hunt down the city election department tomorrow and vote because Tucson has gone to the unsecure vote-by-mail system and I never got a ballot in time. Last city election I didn’t get my mail ballot until two days after the election. I spent a large part of election day hunting down where I could vote and then voting. Election day is Tuesday but I will be chewing out the Pima County Board of Supervisors and then attending the Libertarian Party meeting so I will have to vote early. I prefer voting early to voting by mail as there is more security in voting early but voting at a precinct is even better. If I send my ballot by mail, I will not find out until too late that my ballot was not received and thus my vote did not get counted.

May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

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

I have been busy all week but it feels like I have done nothing. I did get some writing done today, I worked on HIGH TREASON. As I lay in bed before getting up, I started thinking about a series of short stories I wanted to write a few years ago. There is a genre of role-playing game called superhero RPG. Several years ago the group I game with was playing a superhero campaign and I invented the phrase “We’re UPSET, you’re under arrest!” The campaign setting involved a successor to the UN called United Planet and the superhero cops were the Special Enforcement Teams – thus UPSET. Anyway, I thought about writing some short stories about cases involving UPSET as a series, none of them were to involve the characters we played as I did not want to use them, and now I don’t remember them, so I just made characters up. I dropped the idea for whatever reason but I started thinking about it again this morning. I doubt I will follow up on it, I have to get the Elder Saga books done and then MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY, THE GOD’S TALE and maybe the books in the HOUSE FOURTEEN series. But I might if I cannot get it out of my mind enough. I am 67 years old, if I keep at this I will be working on these until I die.

I haven’t done a YouTube video for a long time, I keep starting on one, but I drop that topic and start on another topic. I used to do that with my writing, so now I guess I will have to work through that with the videos.

I have other projects I need to do as well. There is an old saying: If you want something done, give it to a busy man. I should be busy, all day every day, but I procrastinate too much. I can force myself to get writing done, but there are just too many things to sidetrack me. Living alone, I have no one to help do the cooking, shopping, laundry, cleaning, etc. So, that takes a lot of time away from my writing. As does other interests I have such as politics, church, and TTRPG.

There may be a problem with my apartment complex. I paid my rent on time, May 1st, but the check has not cleared the bank yet. I spoke with one of the clerks in the management office and she assured me that I am paid up. I still worry that somehow my check will get lost and I will get into trouble over it. I am worrying over nothing I am sure, but I worry.

May 9, 2017

May 8, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 1:39 am by gruundehn

Oh I felt like killing someone today. It took two hours for me to get downtown in part because the Suntran bus system just seemed to conspire against me. I took two busses and the first was late and stopped at so many stops that I missed my connection by just a few minutes and that second bus route ran every half hour. So, I was half an hour late for a court hearing on a subject I am interested in and missed almost everything. I did get to tell the attorney from the Goldwater Institute about a video that I found funny on YouTube and which I expected he would find funny, and he did. If you are interested, it was the THIS WEEK IN STUPID for May 7th, 2017. Getting back home was almost as bad but I did stop and do some grocery shopping. Now, I am doing much needed laundry. Nowhere in this did you see anything about writing. I got none done today and probably won’t get any done tomorrow. I might though, tomorrow will tell.

Tomorrow I will be telling off the Pima County Board of Supervisors, which is why I doubt I will get any writing done. The BOS is conducting hearings on next year’s budget and I have several things to say about it. I think that the BOS has stopped listening to me for the most part but I keep on anyway.

As far as my writing is going, even though I have put nothing down for a few days, nor posted a chapter last week, I am still getting my thoughts straight on HIGH TREASON and ELDER’S DILEMMA. If I can avoid distractions, I should get both down quite quickly. I think I will go with THE GOD’S TALE next as that really interests me, more than MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. I also want to go through all the Elder stories and fill them out some. I will be busy for a while.

So, not very much got done except fume at the public transit system. Even if I was carrying my battleax, I probably would not have used it. But, boy did I want to. I am just too moral a person I guess, I won’t commit a murder just out of anger.

May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:42 pm by gruundehn

This year is almost half-way gone already. Here it is the start of May and it seems like it should be March. But time never stops because of how we feel about it.

I haven’t got much written on HIGH TREASON so far this week. I have hit one more roadblock. I will get an idea and start on it only to discover that I don’t know what I am going to do with it. I have thrown away so many pages because what I thought was a good idea turned out to be a dead end; but, some of them have turned out to be something I am glad I tried. So, with what I am working on, I have high hopes.

A few years ago I broke my right arm and it has never healed properly. Now, the break and the area in my shoulder where the rod was put in by the surgeon are in quite a lot of pain. I have so much general pain that it is ridiculous. I injured my back in 1985, my knees over the course of my active duty career and my ankle at some unknown time. All of these, in addition to my shoulder and upper arm, hurt a great deal of the time. How I long for the days when I was healthy and whole. While I am at it, carefree would also be nice. However, I can only make my characters healthy and carefree. Actually, Jesip Dwight Roger Allen Elder, the main character in the novels I am posting on my other site is not carefree but he is healthy.

I have a Nook e-reader and it is broken. I can charge it up but when I turn it on, it freezes and I can do nothing with it until it completely discharges. I can then recharge it, but then the cycle starts again. I am going to have to get a new one real soon. I have a lot of books on that device that I like reading. Technology is great, until it isn’t.

May 2, 2017

May 1, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:31 am by gruundehn

May Day, the international day of the worker. Never did me any good when I worked and it does me none now that I am retired.  So, I celebrated properly by ignoring it.

Did a little shopping, and quickly came close to depleting my paycheck. Once I get groceries, I am done for now. I get a second check in a couple of weeks, about half this last check, and groceries are going to be about all I get with that check. Once I build up a stockpile of groceries and get some set aside so that I can attend the Libertarian Party bi-annual convention, I will start building up some other things I want to build up such as TTRPG miniatures. I really have to start painting the ones I have now, once I get my hand back I paint pretty well. My Great-Great-Grandfather was a famous Scottish painter, not world famous, but famous. So I guess I do have some native talent that I inherited. If you are interested, he was Adam Henderson who painted portraits and seascapes. I have seen some of his seascapes and I like them, and not just because of his relationship to me. Eventually, I want to collect some of his work.

I got no writing done today, at least so far. I intend to get some done on HIGH TREASON after dinner. I know that one important factor in writing is consistency – in when one writes, how long, and where, etc. – but living alone, makes that hard. If I had someone who could do the shopping, and all the other chores that prevent me from writing, I could be consistent but I don’t so I can’t. It amazes me how I ended up 67 and alone. It seems like just yesterday that I joined the USAF (1967) and I shouldn’t be as old as I am, I shouldn’t be over maybe 25 or so. But, the years have gone by and I am 67, shortly to be 68. I have no idea what I have missed, but I wonder sometimes. Yes, I wonder sometimes.

If you could go back and somehow change your past, what would you change? That has been a thought going through my mind all day today. Not constantly, but repeatedly. Would I be better off if I did things differently, or would I be basically the same as I am now but only with different details? I do not know, but I wonder occasionally. The idea does generate some story ideas.

April 30, 2017

Aprl 30, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 11:25 pm by gruundehn

It is already the end of April. Time flies.

Instead of last week, today was Low Sunday. In the Episcopal Church, there is so much that happens on both Christmas and Easter that the Sunday after those celebrations is a relaxing day for most of the staff. There is no choir and the Rector, the primary clergy of the parish, takes the Sunday off. Last week, as mentioned, the Bishop of Arizona came and thus no Low Sunday then, it was today. I finally did remember to take the three blankets I wanted to donate to the Pima Animal Control Center, the “dog pound” as it were, to church and donate them. Now that that is done, I can get onto my next project.

Last Friday I posted Thursday’s chapter of GENERATION UPON GENERATION and the same will happen this week as well. Thursday, unless I start real early and do not slack off, I cannot post a chapter because of the mid-week TTRPG campaign. I am going to have to get ready for that either Wednesday or Thursday. I would try and do it earlier in the week, but tomorrow I am shopping and Tuesday I will be attending the Pima County Board of Supervisors” meeting to chew them out for wasting taxpayer money. They are going to have the taxpayers pay for the furniture in a corporate office. A corporate office leased, if the deal holds up in court – unlikely given that the court has already ruled against them, from the County with special treatment that seems to violate the State Constitution. But cronies rule in Pima County, more so than probably anywhere else in America.

Maybe I will get some writing done on HIGH TREASON but probably not before Friday. I was expecting an inspection last Thursday, which is why I posted on Friday, and while waiting I was able to get a lot written because I had nothing else to do. I passed the inspection but the chapter I was to post is a long one, so I waited until Friday. Posting took all day because transcribing from the printed sheet to a blog post is BORING! I couldn’t do more than a little bit at any one time before taking a break. This week the chapter is another long one so it will be another all-day job with a whole lot of breaks.  I took from about 9AM to 11PM last week and it might be the same this week.

April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017

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

Waiting for the company that is going to steam clean my apartment. Someone was supposed to arrive between 9AM and 5PM and it is now just before 3PM. I have gotten a lot of writing done on HIGH TREASON but I still want to get the steam cleaning over with.

Other than getting writing done I haven’t done a lot. It has been nice to just concentrate on writing, and I have missed doing just that for a long time. However, I am single and I live alone, so if anything gets done, I have to do it. And that takes away from writing time. I still have to write a report on the Tucson March for Science event for the Libertarian Party but once I get started on that, it should not take long. It was a busy Saturday at the event but all the action can be summed up in a few sentences.

I didn’t get any figures painted yesterday as there were a lot of bees in the yard when I went out and I do not want to get stung. Bee sting allergies are in the family and I do not want to find out that I am allergic the hard way. The last time the pest control guy was here, he said that the bees were drones attracted by the pheromones left by the bees that had been building a hive. Drone bees have no sting according to the research I did, but I still do not want to risk it.

So, instead of painting, I have been preparing some of the figures. Right now I am working on some wolves but I am going to keep ordering more figures and a wide variety of creatures and people. Since I have no pets to worry about, once painted I can place the figures on an open bookcase.

April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:12 pm by gruundehn

I am going to start painting some TTRPG miniatures this evening. I have everything I need, I think, for certain of the unpainted figures I own. I want to set up a case for the painted figures separate from the unpainted ones. Maybe, if I can figure out how to insert photos in these posts, I will post pictures of some of my efforts. If I do, do not expect high quality at the start, I haven’t painted for a long time; except one figure and it was a horrible result. I am going to start with simple figures, animals and such without a lot of detail or variation. Once I get my hand back, I will do more detailed miniatures.

I did get some writing done today. Boy that was a surprise when I realized just how long I have been procrastinating on HIGH TREASON. I threw my old draft away because I had screwed it up by having Emperor Caroline alive in this book. And once I killed her off, it was easier to start over. My problem with HIGH TREASON is that I keep thinking about ELDER’S DILEMMA and not HIGH TREASON. I have to focus on what I am doing. I keep asking people to visit and comment on my writing but, as of yet, only my brother has commented and his comments have been in private emails. Like a great many authors, I am a bit insecure about my writing and want validation.

The weather is now the best it will be until autumn. Summer is coming and with summer comes high temperatures and rain. I like it when it rains, Tucson can use every drop it gets. It will be interesting to see how the rain falls on my backyard; if I can sit on the patio and watch the rain or not without getting drowned by the rainfall. When it does rain here, it is either a drizzle or a downpour.

One nice thing about this apartment is the way it is set. It is in the middle of a building, with the southern face somewhat shielded by another building, and completely protected from the eastern sun. The western sun hits a small part of the living room for maybe half an hour now, and so the electric bill should be considerably smaller since I should not have to run the air conditioning to counter the heating of the climate as much. I may have to use the central heat come winter and I have no idea how much that may cost but I may not run it at all. I am getting old so the cold affects me more than it used to, but I might be able to avoid having the heater turned on anyway.

April 23, 2017

April 23, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , at 10:45 pm by gruundehn

I should have posted yesterday but after attending the “March for Science” (actually here in Tucson it was a rally not a march) I was just too tired. Myself and one other member of the local Libertarian Party set up at about 8 AM for the rally that was to start at 10 AM. Our location was originally in the sun but the organizers moved us to a shady place next to City Hall and between two other exhibits that were popular, one showing off and explaining reptiles and the other dealing with women in science specifically optics. The area was crowded and we were able to talk with many people but we also ran into many with closed minds. You know, the ones who believe that science means only what they want to believe and denigrate any who disagree. I know a lot more than they do about the climate change issue because I have not been afraid to honestly examine both sides of the issue. I will leave it at that. Trying to talk to people with all the background noise was hard and by the time the event was over, I was losing my voice. It was also hard to hear people talking to me but that may also have been due to all the years I was around jet engines. The event formally ran from 10 AM to 2 PM but people were milling around by 9:30 AM. I got to talk with a lot of people and I think I made my point, pure politics not science or pseudo-science, with many of them.

The bishop visited my church today. In the Episcopal church the diocesan bishop is to visit each parish in the diocese at least once a year. There are about 56 parishes in the Diocese of Arizona so he visits twice a year but one of them is during the week and one is on Sunday. Today was a Sunday visit. At each Sunday visit the Bishop talks with the children, using a ventriloquist’s dummy, named Dexter, but Bishop Smith is not a good ventriloquist as I can see his lips move. The kids pay no attention I think, they like Dexter. So do I, but I still notice Bishop Smith’s lips move.

There was no TTRPG game today, not yesterday. So I feel a little recovered from my growing hatred of D&D, but just a little. Once play resumes, I will find that my hatred will start growing again. I am buying a campaign setting, Harn from Columbia Games, and setting up to run a campaign using the GURPS system. I want to never play D&D, in any of its forms, ever again.

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