April 18, 2017
I decided that I need to go back through all the books I have written on Elder and make sure I have everyone detailed enough so that readers can picture the people; I know I never described Elder’s wife Constance. I am not looking forward to this but I know it needs to be done out of respect to the readers. I will probably wait to do this until all five books are done, but I need to do it.
I am ready, almost, to start painting some of my miniatures for TTRPG. I have a place to do it and I just need a couple of small items and I am off and running. I like miniatures for TTRPG and I even like miniature terrain to help with the imagery when playing. Some of the players in my group do not like terrain, saying that there is too much chance of knocking it over or it interfering with play. I intend to have terrain for the next campaign I run regardless. I am already planning the campaign, I have thought about starting campaigns in the past year but decided to not start the campaigns I was thinking about. However, I am torn between two different campaigns and two different systems right now. I can start preparing for each one and decide which to run as I get more involved with them. One of the two is going to interest me more and that is what I am going to finish and run.
Tomorrow I chew out, once again, the Pima County Board of Supervisors. I know that they hardly listen to me anymore but I won’t stop. Maybe I can make a difference eventually.
Tomorrow is also the monthly meeting of the Pima County Libertarian Party. Since I have not gotten an agenda for the meeting, I presume that the County Chair has been so busy with work that we are going to have to wing it again. I prefer an agenda that I can read ahead of time and use to plan. However, I am not the Chair so my wishes on this matter defer to his necessities.
I have diabetes and my blood sugar readings have been bouncing around like crazy. Part of the reason is I forget to take my medicine on occasion, usually in the evening. But there have been times when I take my medicines and my blood sugar readings are crazy. For example, for the last for days the evening reading has swung (positive or negative) almost 200 points relative to the previous day. Morning reading have been more stable but the evening readings are what have been the craziest.
April 17, 2017
Happy Easter to all Christians and to all Jews I hope you enjoy your Passover.
In the words of Lilly Von Stupp, from BLAZING SADDLES, “Everything below the waist is kaput.” I have been using that line a lot lately. My knees hurt almost constantly, my left hip hurts often and my left ankle hurts almost constantly. I think it is the left ankle, and the way I walk because of it, that is causing my left hip to hurt. My right shoulder hurts as well, almost 4 years ago I fell and broke the bone in my upper arm and I had surgery to place a rod to hold it together. My shoulder has never healed right after that surgery. So it hurts. I sound like an old man don’t I. Well, I am old, I am 67 years old and from my years of military service, a lot of it working on various aircraft while kneeling on concrete, I have a lot of problems.
Now because of my hurts, especially my knees, church can be a pain. I am an Episcopalian, that is the Church of England here in America, and we do a lot of pew aerobics: Stand, Sit, Kneel. Bad knees mean I take a bit of extra time to do that and I complain about the pain but I do not let the pain stop me. I enjoyed the Easter service. Next Sunday the Bishop is visiting. That should be enjoyable as well, he is a good bishop. When the last Bishop of Arizona was getting ready to retire, a search took place to select the new bishop. The diocese selects the bishop in the Episcopal Church, unlike the Romans where the Pope makes the selection. I took part and of the finalists, I am glad we got the one we got. Bishop Smith is a good one. I look forward to his visits.
I really need to visit my parents graves, I haven’t done that in a long time. The church where they are buried did not set up the burial yard right and the grave markers have wandered a lot. The graves are for cremated remains not full bodies so there isn’t much in the plots to hold the markers in place. The newer section is planned better but my parents are in the original section and it is hard to find them. I want to take a rag and some Brasso so I can clean the marker for them, the church is supposed to do it, I set up a fund to care for their graves in perpetuity but the money never got set up and so the graves are neglected. So, I do not like going there and having to hunt for them. If I went more often I wouldn’t have to hunt so hard but I never think about that until too late.
April 14, 2017
Procrastination is no fun unless you have a lot to do. I do not remember who originated the idea but that is what I did today. Not exactly intentional but it happened. After checking email this morning and reading a bit of news from various sites, I got started on YouTube, for just one or two you know, and four hours later I realized how much time had passed.
I get up in the night to go to the bathroom and I also check my weight once a week on Friday mornings. Because of problems in the past, I now check when I am up ion the middle of the night so that I have something reasonable to put in my spreadsheet if I forget to weight myself when I get up. I did so this morning about 1AM and I remembered to weight myself at 7AM as normal on Fridays. Between the two times, while asleep and not eating or drinking anything, I gained about 5 pounds (2.25Kg). I would have thought that I would have lost a pound or two but I gained instead.
Once I have a couple more small items, I plan to start painting some of my miniatures for TTRPG. Once I am back into form I should be able to turn out 3 or 4 an hour perhaps more. I mention this because I am still playing TTRPG with friends but if they still prefer D&D in any of its forms for future campaigns, I will be spending more time painting and much less playing. After 40+ years, I hate D&D. Right now there are 3 campaigns going and all are one form of D&D or another. It is only my enjoyment of being with friends that keeps me playing right now and that enjoyment is fading fast.
HIGH TRREASON is coming along well, getting rid of the old version didn’t set me back as much as I thought it would. Having the old Emperor die before the start tightens the tension between the present Emperor and the heirs waiting for their chance. I think I can use that tension to good use to make ELDER’S DILEMMA better.
April 12, 2017
Been busy with Facebook talking with my niece and one of my brothers. I also signed up on a family website, the family being Cleghorne, the maiden name of my Grandmother, my Mother’s Mother. It seems I have some ancestral information that is not on the website so I am going to have to upload what I have and they don’t. The big problem is reading the handwriting of the individuals who compiled the data into the book I have a copy of. An argument against cursive writing, which I don’t use except to sign my name.
I do wish I could connect with my dead brother Dan’s first wife and kids. It was a bitter divorce and when one of the kids reached out to him years later, Dan acted like crap. Now that he is dead, my promise to not speak with the kids is gone but I have no idea how to find them. Maybe they are on Facebook and I can find them there. I don’t think Facebook all the time so it slips my mind.
A lot of the websites I visit have these video advertisements and often there are so many that it slows down everything else. I hate that. I hate it especially when I am trying to read an article and I cannot move past the first screen, or the screen keeps resetting, due to these videos. Video advertisements are a nice idea and for certain types of products or services they might be more useful than a traditional static one. But so many, and so often unneeded, gets to me.
The computer I am using now is getting old. The hard drive makes noises when I start up the computer, the computer disc drive is shot and the keyboard has certain keys that stick or otherwise need special care in order to use. I have a second laptop but I need to get Microsoft Office so I can continue to write. I have tried to translate an Office document into an Open Office document and most of the time the document gets corrupted. So, for the foreseeable future, it is Office I use. I am not putting Open Office down, when used from the start on a document it is great, in some ways better than Office.
Speaking of word processing programs, all the programs I know about are so complex and over done with features that they are a burden. Even those for “Home and Student” use have too many features for me. I wish there was something as simple as Electric Pencil was available today. But, I can’t find one as simple as I want.
April 5, 2017
I spent a lot of time getting frustrated today. Not this morning, I attended the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting and it became hilarious. The chair of the Board is a woman but she did not attend today so the vice-chair, a man, presided. One Board member kept making his requests to “Madame Chair” out of habit. So the Board began making a joke of it. After the meeting I told the Vice-Chair that he should attend the next meeting in drag. The meeting took a long time and when I started to go to the bus company to try to straighten out my problem, I couldn’t right away as my monthly pass was void and I had to get change for the bus. Once I had the change, I went to where the headquarters was, and I had been told wrong because it was just a department of the bus company that was there. By the time I got home it was pretty much the end of the day. I sent an email to the company with my problem and I doubt I will easily get anything worthwhile back. So, I am frustrated at the government bureaucracy that runs the bus system.
Tomorrow, April 5th, is the birthday of my eldest surviving brother. Two days later, April 7th, it is the birthday of my youngest brother. They were born a year and two days apart. Thinking about them reminds me of the old Phyllis Diller joke: “The twins are nineteen and twenty-two. That is a birth I will never forget.”
The exterminator was by yesterday because of the bee problem. I looked at my backyard today when I got home and discovered a lot of dead bees and none flying around the hole in the shed wall where the cable company ran their cable into my apartment. I am going to have to sweep the dead bees up and safely dispose of them tomorrow. Dead bees can still sting if you are not careful handling them. There is a bit of a history of allergies to bees in the family so I am going to be careful.
April 3, 2017
I missed a few days again. I have to be more regular in this. Not really, but I want to be more regular in this.
Getting some slight grocery shopping done, a little at a time. I also tried to but a monthly pass for the bus and it fails. I tried Friday morning, payday for me, and it failed. I tried again today and it failed again. I have no trouble with my card anywhere else but the bus company, a government agency, is the only place it fails. And the bus company says it is the bank’s fault. I am attending the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting tomorrow and once that is over, I will make sure that there is no problem with my bank and then go to the bus company headquarters and get them to fix this.
There was a bee in my apartment last night and this morning I checked to see where it could have gotten in through. The place where the cable company has a hole in the wall for the cables to enter my apartment is a hive it seems. I told the apartment manager and the bee removal company will be out sometime today. At least, that is what they said.
My church is giving hospitality to a women who has been in this country illegally for 19 years. As I remember, and I could be wrong here, there was at least one amnesty during that time. Plus, as I remember, the immigration law has a provision for someone who has settled here to go to a legal status as long as they act before INS starts to come after them. Why wait until panic stations when this could have been dealt with more humanely and effectively before now? I would hate to think that this is all showing off to demonstrate how good the people at the church are. Waiting until panic stations is not good.
I have thrown out HIGH TREASON and started over on that book. I kept one character in the book and realized after I started that keeping her would mean that she would be extremely old, older than anyone else in the story universe. So, I started over talking about her death earlier and how her son is governing the Empire. With Emperor Caroline’s death in office at an advanced age, the fears of her grandson and great-granddaughter become more real. I think it will make a better story.
I rarely watch TV anymore, my old TV broke during the 2006 Congressional elections and I waited until 2014 to replace it. Now I have a working TV but I don’t watch much of anything. There was one series that I did like, but it got cancelled last year. The series was a detective series based upon the historical friendship between Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle, it was good although not historical; the last episode had them save the life of President McKinley and the portrayal of Bram Stoker was totally off. I enjoyed it because it was well written and I could ignore the historical errors easily. And it got cancelled. So now I watch a couple of game shows and the evening news, and occasionally some old reruns. Maybe the next season will have something I can enjoy and watch from the start. I do not like dropping into the middle of a series show and not knowing what is going on. Which is why I will never watch a daytime soap opera, those have been going on for decades and I could never figure anything out as far as their plots go.
March 30, 2017
I did not leave my apartment today except to check mail, do a bit of laundry, and get some soda. All day I have just sat around and tried to work past the roadblock I have on HIGH TREASON and failed. I know where I want the story to go, but it is the next page that is the killer. I forget which writer is credited with saying “Writing is staring at a blank sheet of paper until you sweat blood.” or something similar. I am horrible with quotes. Except the two sayings my Father taught me: 1) Unless you honestly look at both sides of an issue, you don’t have an opinion, you are a parrot; and 2) If your refrigerator is broken, changing the tires on your car won’t fix it. My Father was a wise man.
The manager of my apartment complex is coming by tomorrow to check the apartment for needed preventative maintenance and I am still, after all these weeks, unpacking and putting stuff away. Living alone slows down a lot of stuff I need to do because there is always too much stuff that needs to get done and that slows everything down. Plus, I am, for some reason, worried that I am going to have a serious hypoglycemia attack tomorrow morning. Why, I do not know. I have never felt this way before, hypoglycemia has always surprised me and hit me without warning or premonition.
My main computer is five years old and the hard drive is starting to make noise when starting up. So, even though I do not like the idea, I am going to have to get the latest version of Microsoft Office and install it on my secondary computer and then transfer all my files to that computer, which will become my primary computer. I have tried, in the past, to transfer files and use Open Office but the files get corrupted too often so that is now off the table forever. Office 2016 cost about $115+ and I will have to wait on other purchases to pay for this.
March 29, 2017
Once again the VA messed over my medications. I have a prescription for simvastatin and I should have had it refilled last month but although the VA says it was sent out, I never got it. Plus another prescription, this time for insulin needles, expired because it had not been renewed at my last doctor’s appointment. This is the second prescription that has expired for that reason this year; the other was for blood glucose test strips. By and large I get good care at the VA except for my medications being messed over. Doing this required a trip to the VA hospital here is Tucson. That trip to the VA was hours spent on an issue that should not have needed it.
I have done no writing this week, as yet. I cannot get anything going on HIGH TREASON. I have less than half written, but I have hit a wall and nothing comes to me when I think about it. I have almost decided to shift to one of the other novels I have partially done and set HIGH TREASON aside for a couple of weeks. Both MAGIC IN THE MONASETRY and THE GOD’S TALE are waiting and I could start in on either for a couple of weeks. I could even start the fourteen novel series HOUSE FOURTEEN (working series title). I have other novels in my mind such as EMPTY EARTH but I am not sure I want to start on them until some of what I have already started is finished. For years I tried to get all of my writing going at the same time, each day I decided what novel I was going to work on that day; but, I stopped that as I spent more time deciding what to work on than I did writing. I do not want to start that up again, or anything similar.
The weather here is changing enough so that everything hurts. As I write this, my right arm is hurting something not quite fierce but still strong. My knees and my left ankle have been acting up all week. It hurts to change position, (to stand, to sit, to lie down, to get out of bed) but staying in one position, either standing or lying doesn’t bother me much. It is a shame that to live, especially living alone, requires moving about.
March 26, 2017
Posting on a Sunday because there is no TTRPG today. The person who would be running it is attending a memorial service for his grandmother who died just a few days ago. I never met her so I cannot say anything else about her.
I cracked about feeling like Lilly Von Stupp in BLAZING SADDLES quite a few times this morning – you know, the line she says at the end of her song, “Everything below the waist is kaput.” I do feel that way a bit as everything, the joints at least, below the waist hurts. Sitting down or standing up hurts, walking hurts, even standing hurts after a short while. What doesn’t hurt is sitting, once I am down, or laying, again once I am down.
Just a few more things to buy to be comfortable in my apartment, I don’t need a lot. I have to start saving for travelling to the Libertarian Party National Convention next year. It will be held in New Orleans which should be easy to get to and the convention should be interesting.
I am ready to do another YouTube video, I have what I am going to say down and I just need to record and post it. So many things I need to do and I get so few of them done on time. I just procrastinate too much.
Skipped a couple of days, didn’t mean to but it happened. I may never get steady on posting daily but I do try.
Played TTRPG yesterday, Star Wars in the D&D system. As I have mentioned before, I am growing to hate D&D regardless of version. I have been playing D&D, in one form or another, since 1977 and I am tired of it. I do not like Star Wars as an RPG because I watched the first 6 films and I believe that the story is finished. For that reason I have not watched any movie after RETURN OF THE JEDI and won’t. However, I enjoy the people I game with and so far that outweighs the annoyance of D&D and Star Wars, but not for much longer.
Saw the doctor Thursday about my feet. I mentioned that my left foot gets sore and she prescribed a brace. I wore it home and at home but took it off after a while because it made things worse.
I splurged for breakfast yesterday. I treated myself to a breakfast at IHOP (International House of Pancakes) but could not finish it. Years ago I was told by a dietician friend of mine that if I splurge one or twice a month then the chance that I break my diet is lessened. Sounds good to me, it does make sense. But the breakfast I got was just too sweet. I had wanted a good breakfast with pancakes but the breakfast I wanted came with cinnamon French toast and that was just too much. My blood sugar was low when I got up and so I wanted something a bit more sugary than normal but this was just too much. They did do the eggs well though. Next month I am going to either go elsewhere or eat something else given how much I left on the plate of the French toast.