February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:23 pm by gruundehn

I have to stay at my apartment for a delivery. Normally not a problem, packages can be left at my door or in the manager’s office. But, not this one – it is a new bed. So, I stay here and get some writing done. I went over MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY and did some editing of ELDER’S DILEMMA, so I did get some work done. I will probably return to the editing after dinner. There isn’t anything else I want to do. Or, rather, that I want to do today. Tomorrow and Friday I will be busy with various projects, mostly involving the PCLP. Saturday is, of course, dedicated to TTRPG with my friends. So, after today, I will get little done on my writing.

Every time I read or edit something I wrote, I see a need to change something. Every time. So, I never finish a work, I just abandon it. I do wish that I had finished some of my work while I was still on active duty and then later shortly after I went on the Inactive Duty list, but those were choices I made then and cannot change now. And, writing this, I had an idea for a book about a society that constantly changed its past. I will probably never write it, so if the idea interests you – go for it, you have my permission.

I got a call from a guy who is in the same reunion group I am in, we all served at Udorn RTAFB at different time together. Anyway I have promised to help him with a gold outing. Not that I golf, but he wants to golf at the local Air Base and needs to get someone to sign him in. Not a big deal but OI am glad to help him and his son out. I tend to stay at home a lot because of my writing and rarely get the chance to help someone. I try to help others whenever I can. If I have cash on me, which I usually don’t, I give to whoever asks for a handout. Do I get taken? Probably I do, but so what.


February 27, 2018

February 27, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged at 9:36 pm by gruundehn

I got some writing done on the Dragon Story (no real title yet) and some editing done on ELDER’S DILEMMA. I spent most of the morning doing shopping or waiting for the store to open. But, when I got home, I got to work. I had planned on working on MAGIC IN THE MONESTARY after writing the draft of ELDER’S DILEMMA but it turned out differently. I still want to get back to MAGIC IN THE MONESTARY but I also want to get the dragon story done also. I also did some work for the Libertarian Party but that wasn’t a lot. Right now, what I am doing for the PCLP is in the hands of others and I await their input.

Maybe I should stop writing and start doing a lot of crazy stuff just so I can fill these posts full of events. Nope, I won’t do that. I am a writer, not yet a published writer, but I am a writer and a writer writes. I may not get a lot done each day, but I do try to get something done, even if it is staring at the computer screen for hours without a single word typed in. It is amazing what self-identification can do for a person.

February 25, 2018

February 25, 2018

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

Still sick today. Not as bad but I still feel way under the weather. In the last year or so, I have been sick more often, longer and, with the one time I got mono back in 1970, harder than the rest of my life combined I think. I hate this. I felt horrible all day and I cannot do anything to get rid of that feeling, it seems. I know i am getting old, but come on, the rest of my life should not be like this. I have things to do.

I did do some writing on the dragon story and some editing on ELDER’S DILEMMA. But, not a lot because of how I feel.

So, not a lot to say today and I hope that this is the end of my feeling sick for a long time.

February 24, 2018

February 24, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 11:09 pm by gruundehn

Sick again. I have been sick more times and for longer, I think, this last year than the entire rest of my life combined. I know I am getting old, and I know I have some chronic problems but this is getting ridiculous.

I did do some writing today, but not much. Nothing on ELDER’S DILEMMA but a new book. One I started years ago but lost when my computer of the time crashed. I had a few thousand words done on it back then but today I got just a few hundred. What I wrote today was similar to what I started back then, but not the same. That is a problem with my writing, I have too many stories to tell. It is just too hard for me to concentrate on one long enough to finish it. I have several stories, novels, that I have started over the years, and I have finished, more or less, five. I have so many that I have started, and abandoned either deliberately or inadvertently, that I cannot remember. I remember one that I started and lost during my time on active duty that concerned how telepathy would drive someone insane, but I cannot remember any more of it than that. Maybe I will go back and start it over one day, along with all the others that need to be started over.

Once this post is done, I intend to get back to editing ELDER’S DILEMMA. I should have the discipline to get my writing done without darting off to another project. Maybe I can get it edited and chaptered, and combined with the other four in the series soon enough to start pushing it. Becoming published would be nice, but I write because I am a writer. Published is nice but not necessary to being a writer. A writer writes, a published novelist comes out of that but one can be a writer without being published.

February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 10:06 pm by gruundehn

I got started on editing ELDER’S DILEMMA today. Didn’t get a lot done, too many other things to get done, it is hard to get a lot of writing done when real life keeps getting in the way. I need to win the lottery or sell a couple million books or whatever is needed to hire a housekeeper to handle all the real life details that keep me from my writing. ELDER’S DILEMMA printed out at 92 pages and will be probably another 20-25 more when I am done editing. If I can get all five books into one file, it will probably be about 600 pages, roughly.

I was watching Season 2 of the FLASH TV show last night and quit. As much as I like the character, the show has gone too far with the time travel stunts. I may never finish Season 2 or watch Season 3 or any later seasons because of this. The producers are making Barry Allen stupid. Two time he has travelled into the past and screwed up the present and he didn’t learn? Barry Allen is a smart person and should not be shown as that stupid as to keep doing the same stupid things. I did get the first season of Supergirl and I have three seasons of ARROW so I will watch those instead. The producers of ARROW have made that character a bit darker than I like, at least in the early seasons, but I understand that it has gotten better. Supergirl, I will see. If you want a recommendation on the TV series The Flash – I recommend not.

February 22, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 12:39 am by gruundehn

I sat around all day in my sweats and got some work done for the Pima County Election Integrity Commission and a little for the Pima County Libertarian Party. It is amazing how fast time goes when one is busy. I never got around to editing ELDER’S DILEMMA but I feel good about what I have written. I need to learn how to combine document files, I think I remember that you list the file names with a + sign between each, but it has been so long that I do not trust that memory.

There is a defunct middle school just south of my apartment complex that is getting torn down. Since I like to walk, this is limiting how I walk by limiting where I walk. Lucky for me, the noise of the destruction of the school does not reach me since I live on the north side of the complex, but it is annoying that I have a slightly more limited choice in where I walk. I do not know how long the destruction of the school and the construction of the medical center that is taking its place will last, but I hope it does not take several months, I like walking in that direction.

I will have to step up my work with the PCLP starting next week. I may end up not being able to do much work with my writing; but, for the short term, that is fine. I do not want to spend the rest of my life, or even a major portion of it, not writing. I have too many stories I want to get out. But, now working to build the party is a duty. Writing is not.

February 19, 2018

February 19, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:08 pm by gruundehn

I just finished ELDER’S DILEMMA. Well, I finished the basic writing, I now just have to edit it and chapter it. I want to combine all the books on Elder into one file and push the combined set rather than each one individually. But I haven’t decided on that as a finished idea. I may still go with the individual books and see where that goes.

The weather is a bit cold and definitely windy. But, working inside, the weather does not bother me. I have to get ready for tomorrow when I chew out the Board of Supervisors and conduct the monthly Libertarian Party meeting. Presuming that the cough I have picked up is not something that I should worry about.

This flu season is horrible here in Pima County. I was sick for so long, and now it may be returning. I hate being sick. I have health problems but that is different. Those either do not make me feel bad, or just make me ache as I stand up or sit down. Being sick, like with the flu, is something I can do without. Forever.

February 18, 2018

February 17, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 3:13 am by gruundehn

It has been a busy day today. Libertarian Party business in the morning and after a quick lunch, TTRPG all afternoon. I didn’t do a lot of different things, but the day was full.

I am in three TTRPG campaigns, all based on the D&D (D20) system. Two are based on the STAR WARS universe and the third is a horror-style campaign. The one I played today was the only one of the three that I can say that I like to any great degree. I have been playing D&D, in various forms, since 1977 and I am tired of it. I like the original six STAR WARS movies, but I will not go see any of the later ones. I read THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBITT and, in a similar manner, would not read any follow-up books. I read the original LENSMAN series and I have read the continuation and do not like the continuation. Most book series’ have a definite end and should never be continued on after that end. Continuing on destroys the series for me, at least as a general rule. And the STAR WARS TTRPG ruins the ending f the original six movies as far as I am concerned. But, I play in these campaigns primarily for the companionship of those I play with.

I cough just a little bit anymore, sneezing and a runny nose are gone – for the most part. It is so nice to be over whatever it was that I had. But, I doubt anyone else is interested in my health, especially now that it is back to normal, more or less.

February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:23 pm by gruundehn

I sent the morning working at the Pima County Election Integrity Commission. I was the one who took the notes to help people understand the video minutes of the meeting, so I have to type those up this weekend for distribution to the other commissioners. Plus I have so much other stuff to do regarding the Pima County Libertarian Party that I doubt I will get any writing done soon. I know I will do nothing today.

I have come to the conclusion that my writing is going to take a back seat to a lot of other priorities for the near future. Primarily the PCLP. I may even have to drop other pleasures if I can get the Party going again as a viable political force. With some luck, that won’t last long because I will have others to pick up the workload. At least I hope I will have others to help.

The rain has stopped but it is still chilly. At least, chilly for here. I love this time of year almost as much as the Fall when the weather is similar. The difference being that Summer (and the high heat) follows Spring and Winter (with the more moderate temperatures) follows Fall. But, I never have to shovel rain or hot temperatures. I may go Back East for a visit but move there? No way!

At least my cold or flu or whatever it was, is gone. I feel pretty good, especially compared to a couple of weeks ago.

February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:16 pm by gruundehn

It has been raining all day. Nothing hard, just a drizzle but welcome. Light rain soaks into the ground and restores the aquafer more than a heavy rain does which is why I like it better.

So, all day I have been working on ELDER’S DILEMMA. It is so close to being done that I am starting to look forward to my next project, probably MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. If I had a magic ring or a Djinn Lamp that gave me three wishes, one of the wishes would probably be that all the stories that I have not finished in all my past writings, would get done now so I can concentrate on new stories. But such magic does not exist. It is nice to dream about once in a while but reality intrudes. So, I am paying the price for being lazy about my writing earlier in my life. I could be a writing star now. Or, at least I could brag about being published. Posting my stories on this or my other blog has done nothing. I need to get really published.

I need to get rid of a bunch of weight, so today I started what I hope becomes a life-long habit of weighing my food. For lunch I had 300 grams of a Hamburger Helper mix. I plan to do the same tonight. I weigh about 240 pounds and want to get below 210. I used to weigh as much as 280 at my heaviest and when I was on active duty, I weighed 220 for a long time. Maybe I will lose the diabetes, or at least it won’t be so bad, if I can get my weight down enough. I do not talk about losing weight as a dietitian once told me to never think about losing weight because when you lose something you want it back. So, I think about getting rid of the weight instead. It seems to help.

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