April 22, 2018

April 21, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 3:19 am by gruundehn

I spent all day today without my cane. I use the cane to catch myself if I trip; and I normally trip because of a stiff left ankle. There is nothing wrong with the ankle, according to the VA doctors, but it is just stiff. And because it is stiff, my toes on that foot drag. So, I trip and often on level ground without any protrusions or similar. However, today I was in a hurry and forgot my cane until it was too late to get it and get to where I was going in time. I am lucky I didn’t trip and break something. I do walk around my apartment without it, and often for short distances in the apartment complex; but, the longer I walk, the more likely it will be for me to trip. I broke my right arm, badly, a few years ago because of tripping and I am still scared of repeating. When I broke my arm, I was in the hospital and a recovery institution for almost two months. I do not want to repeat that. My arm never healed properly and it hurts a bit on occasion, especially when the weather changes.

I think I am finally gaining on the bee problem in my backyard. I haven’t seen bees for a few days, but that could just be because I went out to check at dusk. I am still working to make sure that another bee hive does not get established in my backyard.


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.

June 27, 2017

June 26, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 3:31 am by gruundehn

Another warm day in Tucson. I spent very little time doing anything outdoors. I still have bees hanging around my backyard but I seem to have picked up a couple of lizards as well. I am not familiar with lizards, not like military aircraft, so don’t ask me what they are. I don’t know, other than lizard.

It still hasn’t done any real raining but I don’t expect any until on or after the 4th in spite of what the Weather service says is the start of the monsoon season. Lots of clouds though and I like that. Clouds presage rain.

I did get a lot of writing done on HIGH TREASON and the plot has taken a couple of twists in the rewrite. In the original that I threw away because I didn’t like where it was going, and I needed to kill off the Emperor Caroline, I had a different set of events that took place. I still am following the basic plot I had in mind but the events are somewhat different. Feel free to stop over on my other blog christophercolesite.wordpress.com and read the two books I have finished posting there and the third book, in the process of posting there. I welcome any comments on my writing as I want to improve.

A friend of mine gave me a copy of Heinlein’s JOB. He complained that the book eliminated any chance for sequels or spinoffs. My books in the Elder series will do the same but I am not going to say how right now. Some of the other books I want to finish, such as MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY do not eliminate the chance for sequels. HOUSE FOURTEEN is going to be a mass of sequels. It is a good thing I enjoy writing, I could do nothing but write for the rest of my life and not get all my stories done. And I couldn’t do that because I need to grocery shop, eat, sleep, do other shopping, and so forth. All by myself.

June 24, 2017

June 24, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 9:52 pm by gruundehn

Another hot day here in Tucson and I had to go grocery shopping. This being Saturday, the bus I would be using runs on a reduced schedule. From the time I got off the bus near the grocery store to when I had to be at the bus stop waiting for the bus was fifteen minutes or an hour and fifteen minutes. I couldn’t get my shopping done fast enough and I couldn’t stay in the grocery store for all the extra time needed, so I finished and went to a fast food place and had a hot fudge sundae. Lucky me, I had enough time to kill that the extraordinary wait for the sundae didn’t make me late for the bus. For some reason, I had to wait for almost twenty minutes for a hot fudge sundae, nothing else, just the one item.

I did watch a couple episodes of ARROW this morning and will watch a couple more later. The series is darker than what I remember the comic being, but I still like it. I always enjoyed the Green Arrow, Batman, and the Flash comics as a child. Both Green Arrow and Batman had exactly what they needed when they needed it, talk about planning ahead, and the Flash could do so much with his speed trick.

I bought off of a download RPG site a copy of the latest version of TRAVELLER. I have been playing TTRPG for 40 years now and I started with D&D and I have gotten to hate that system. I haven’t read the rulebook for TRAVELLER yet but I am hoping for something I can enjoy. I am also collecting the HARN setting and HARNMASTER system. With those two I should be able to have something that is not D&D for future play.

I still want to go out into my backyard and enjoy the scenery, the Catalina Mountains, but I still have bees and even through they have been identified as drones and thus without stingers, I hesitate. I am paying a slightly higher rent because I have a backyard and I am afraid to use it.

June 14, 2017

June 14, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , at 10:18 pm by gruundehn

I got a lot of writing done this morning and I started going over ENTRANCE EXAMINATION in hopes of getting it published. I will be bundling all five of the books in this series and offering them as a single to the various agents and publishers. I think that having the five books completed will make it easier to get accepted. I do want to add detail to the books, for example, I never describe Constance the wife of the main character. She isn’t in the books much, in HIGH TREASON she is already dead, except as a touchstone for Elder. Even so, I should describe her.

I still am leery of spending time in my backyard because of the bees. Supposedly, they are drone bees and thus without stingers. I just do not want to risk it. I do have to get a rake and rake up all the dead bees laying about. There were a lot of them before the exterminator dealt with the forming hive and now, there are a lot more. I need to get rid of them.

Tomorrow I post the next chapter in GENERATION UPON GENERATION. I am getting towards the end of that book and need to have HIGH TREASON done in time. I may have to start writing when I am now watching a video or reading something. I only have less than 20,000 words done in HIGH TREASON and I am aiming for 50,000. I will see. Getting a lot done as I did today will make it easier to finish when I want. I just need to stop throwing away huge chunks because I changed my mind about something I wrote already. If I can get HIGH TREASON done in the next couple of weeks, I can seriously start on ELDER’S DILEMMA. And, get the previous books rewritten enough to my satisfaction. But, I always rewrite when I reread my writing.

June 11, 2017

June 11, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 9:13 pm by gruundehn

Summer is here and I hesitate to go out into my backyard because of the bees. I had a hive but the apartment management took care of that problem. Now, there are still bees in the backyard but the exterminator says that those are drone bees, without stingers. I still hesitate to go into the backyard. I was out there a couple of evening ago, reading after sunset when the bees were gone but during the day, I hesitate.

I think I finally have my next video worked out. I haven’t posted on my YouTube channel in a long time. But I have a video worked out and I haven’t gotten sidetracked by other issues. I plan to record and post it today. And, one of the videos I had been working on before getting caught up in this one, I can do tomorrow and maybe one Tuesday as well.

Tomorrow I play TTRPG with friends, a Star Wars campaign. I liked the movies, even the prequels, the original six. I am not so sure that I would like the continuation movies. I have not gone to see any, and unless I decide that there is merit in continuing past the story of Darth Vader’s fall and redemption, I won’t go see them.

I am buying and studying the Harn campaign setting and system. I like Harn. The campaign system is a bit complex, in that the number of defining attributes for the characters seems high. The setting is great though. However, one of the players in my gaming group has stated that he is tired of high fantasy – saving the world. So, if I do run something in Harn, it will be low fantast. Low fantasy being, not saving the word, but advancing you life and maybe saving the local area. But, instead of grand plots and schemes, it is local and petty plots and schemes.

April 5, 2017

April 4, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 4:01 am by gruundehn

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,┬áis 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.