March 5, 2018

March 4, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 1:30 am by gruundehn

Today is the first day that I have not felt ill all day in quite a while. I ignore aches and so forth as those are, for me, always present. As an example, a couple of years ago I was wearing a pair of shoes with soft soles. I began feeling something but could only find a pebble in the sole of my shoe, nothing inside or in the sole other than that pebble. Finally, I pulled the pebble out and discovered that it was huge. The thickness of the soft sole hid the largest portion of the rock. To this day, even though the doctor can find nothing wrong with that foot, I will have aches and pains where that rock pressed into the sole of my foot as opposed to the sole of my shoe. My back still hurts from an injury dating back to 1984, my knees have been hurting for 40+ years, one ankle is freezing up causing me to trip a lot and that started a few years ago and finally, when I broke my arm in 1013 the doctors installed a pin in the arm where the break is; and the shoulder where they went through to install the pin and the broken area itself have never healed properly. Looking at that list, I sound like an old man, don’t I? And I didn’t even mention the various diseases I have been suffering through this last month or two.

I am in true to my heritage. I was watching a college basketball game today and it did not interest me. I turned it off before the first quarter ended. And it was Purdue playing, my Father’s university. I don’t know why, but the game just was not interesting.

I am still working on ELDER’S DILEMMA when I can. Tonight I will work on it some more; I will not watch the Oscars. Just a bunch of overpaid whinnies congratulating themselves for nothing. I watch movies, but almost never go out to a theater. I collect DVDs or Blu-Rays and watch at home. I don’t have to deal with people chattering in the theater nor pay a lot to watch a movie. I buy the video and watch whenever I want.



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 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 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.

February 11, 2018

February 10, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:28 am by gruundehn

So, I had trouble last night with sneezing and coughing; but, today it has not bothered me. I hope I am done with whatever it is I had.

I spent most of today at the annual Freedom Expo. This year it was held at a nice resort in the north-west of metropolitan Tucson. The speakers were, for the most part, interesting. But (and you knew this “but” was coming, didn’t you), except for one, they all had books that they were selling. Don’t get me wrong, there was only one speaker that was not interesting and all the others had messages that were worthwhile to hear. But, the references to “my book” got distracting. One of the speakers had several books out and it got to the point that every other sentence, it seemed, was a reference to one of the books. The one speaker who did not have a book to sell was the last speaker, Brandon Tatum, and he has a YouTube channel and a Facebook page where his videos have gone viral. A very good speaker.

It looks like my writing is going to suffer for a while. I have stopped writing in the past, and I am lazy enough that once stopped, it takes work to get started again. This does not mean that I completely abandon writing during this time; I just never get around to putting the words down, either on paper or in my computer. What I do is almost exclusively thinking and plotting. And this does me no good as I forget what I wanted to write. I hope that my political work does not prevent me from writing. If it ends up that I stop writing for any long period of time, I may never get back to it because of my age.

I did come up with a twist for ELDER’S DILEMMA last night. I have not thought it through, but I like it as this twist makes the end I have planned all the more rational. I am going to have to make the time to get it down into the file before I forget about it.

I did decide what my next project is going to be. I am going to finish MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. I have started it and got quite a ways into it, and then threw away about half of what I had written as I grew to dislike the way the story was going. I have a better grasp of what story I want to tell, so I should be able to finish it.

February 10, 2018

February 9, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 12:51 am by gruundehn

I am finally getting better. I still have problems at night, while trying to sleep, and when I first wake up in the morning. But, for the rest of the day my coughing and runny nose are almost gone. This has been going on for far too long. As far as I am concerned, three days should have been the length of time I was sick; tops. However, I am not the only one who has suffered with this flu season, so I can let it slide.

I am looking forward to a conference I am attending tomorrow. I rarely go to these sorts of things; but, now that I am the Chair of the Pima County Libertarian Party, I feel a bit more obligated, I am still trying to work out how I am going to get the County Party a working party again. I have some ideas; but, the County Party is so dormant that I am pushing a rope uphill it seems.

This is the time of year I enjoy here in Tucson. Not as much as Fall, since Winter follows Fall and Summer follows Spring and the Summers in Tucson are hot. I know that it isn’t Spring yet, but the weather is spring-like; cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon. The cycle of the year, a wonderful concept.

I haven’t watched any Blu-ray videos for a few months as I had the (mistaken) belief that the replacement controller I bought for my TV would not let me switch to HDMI2. Turns out, I just hadn’t clicked down far enough to see the option. So, now I am going to try to catch up on three shows I like, at least as far as I have the back seasons. It is  a good thing that I do not watch much TV normally, just a couple of game shows and Mythbusters so I have the time in the evening to binge watch a bit, as well as some more on Sunday afternoon.

Since I did grocery shopping, I got no writing done today. I am almost finished with Elder’s Dilemma. Once done with that, and it is edited and chaptered, I plan on connecting all five books into a single computer file and going with that as my submission. I am not sure what my next project will be, probably Magic in the Monastery but I have other projects I want to do as well. That is my problem, I have so many projects I want to do, I end up doing nowhere what I should on nay of them out of indecision in picking what to work on. And this has been a problem for me for as long as I can remember. As I have been writing this post, I have come up with an idea that I will probably never do and this happens all too often.

February 7, 2018

February 6, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:53 am by gruundehn

I am feeling almost normal. Just the cough and that not too bad. I go through cough drops quickly though.

I attended part of the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting this morning. It ran long because so many organizations were there with their hands out, begging for money. I spoke out on the World View corruption. One man spoke out about a lawsuit he filed against the County for violating the law with their continued action to install a freeway that almost no one wants, and the County Government says it does not want either. Of course, it is going through over everyone’s objections. The County Government say it does not want it but acts to have the freeway built.

One nice thing about this apartment complex, is that the maintenance crew responds quickly to problems. Another is that the management is friendly. I can out up with the noise of the sirens going to the nearby hospital and the helicopters as well. The complex is well worth the rent.

As should be obvious, I got no writing done today, but I have high hopes for tomorrow. I try to write a lot but often fail because of other things I need to do because I live alone. I should have married decades ago so that I would have someone to do all the other stuff and I could concentrate on my writing. Of course, if that was the reason I got married, the marriage would not have lasted long. So, maybe I am better off as the situation presently is.

February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018

Posted in Personal, Politics tagged , , , at 9:43 pm by gruundehn

Still feeling the effects of whatever it was that I had the last week or more. It isn’t so bad now, just a runny nose and some coughing. Nowhere near what it was.

One side effect of this “whatever it is” is that I ruined lunch today. Normally I just pop something into the microwave and have at it. Today, however, I set the timer and did not notice that I set it for 50 minutes instead of 5. About fifteen minutes later, I smell smoke. I will explain in a moment why that is significant. The meal is burned to a crisp and smoke is everywhere. I set the air conditioner to the lowest setting and turned the fan on. (For some reason, the thermostat for my apartment does not let me run the fan alone.) I left the apartment for a while and when I came back, I turned the air conditioner off and opened some windows to clear out the last of the smoke.

Why was it significant that I smelled smoke? My nose does not work right, it never has due to genetics, and so if I smell something, it is significant.

I watched the Super Bowl yesterday. I thought it was a good game. Some of the commercials were well worth watching as well. Since neither team was the Bengals, I had no real preference as to which team should win. I did enjoy the fact that both teams tried  the exact same trick play but only the Eagles did it successfully. And the fact of the last-second “Hail Mary” added some interest to the game. I did not like the poor sportsmanship of the losing quarterback though.

Tomorrow I chew out the Pima County Board of Supervisors again. They set up a crony deal with World View and they have not supervised it properly. They didn’t even negotiate the deal properly. However, now World View exploded the balloon on their second test flight. They used hydrogen instead of helium. And, it seems that using hydrogen as they did violates the contract with Pima County as well as several State and Federal laws.

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