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.
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.
March 23, 2017
I am not doing a good job of posting every day. I almost didn’t post today due my being so tired all day. I have done nothing all day of any significance except stay in bed. I do not know the reason I am so tired, I know I have anemia and I am taking iron pills for it but this tiredness continues on in Whatspite of the medicine.
I did something unusual yesterday, when I attended the Board of Supervisors meeting, I complemented them. They passed a resolution against the border wall and the cross-border taxes that will be used to pay for it. I am opposed to the wall as it is not going to work and thus I am especially opposed to the taxes to pay for it. Those taxes will hurt the local economy more than anyone sneaking across the border might do.
What else can I say? Talking about laying in bed is not interesting. I cannot invent events that did not happen, I want to keep this from becoming fiction. My other site is where I am posting fiction.
March 19, 2017
So it has been a few days since I posted last. Sorry, I’ve been sick with the crud. I could say more but I don’t want anyone reading this upchucking from the description of what I have been upchucking and expelling out the other end.
Summer is coming. Here in Arizona we have five seasons: 1) Winter 2) Spring 3) Fire 4) Rain 5) Autumn. Of those, Autumn is my favorite. Winter follows Autumn and I can wear more to combat the cold than I can take off to combat the heat. But Spring is a nice season also, in spite of what is coming.
I have had bees in my apartment, not a hive but just a couple of individual bees. They are dead now, and I never got stung. Which is good because I heard, and saw, them at night as I was trying to get to sleep.
I am still unpacking stuff even though I have been here a month or more. I am sorting out TTRPG miniatures now and getting them ready to paint. A nice thing about this apartment is that I have a backyard and do not have to bother people when I paint miniatures. I do have to get some outdoor furniture though, but that shouldn’t be a problem, just a table and a chair or two.
One nice thing about this complex, which I have mentioned before, is that packages can be left with the front office; but the bad thing relating to that, which I have mentioned before, is that I rarely get notified about packages nor do most of the delivery services try the apartment first before leaving a package at the office. I mention this because a delivery service actually did just that today, knocked at my door and delivered a package here. Since the office is closed on Sunday, they had to or else come back tomorrow. Tomorrow I have to go pick up a package at the office that I discovered was there only by accident and too late to get yesterday.
I have to start posting GENERATION UPON GENERATION this Thursday. I have missed two weeks and shouldn’t miss a third. I do wish people would read and comment on my novels, I want the feedback in order to improve my writing.
January 10, 2017
My Apartment complex has a laundry room and for most of today I have been resident there getting a huge amount of laundry done. I have to start doing laundry more often.
Another thing about my complex, it is old. I can tell this by the fact that there are too few electrical outlets in the kitchen. I don’t know when it was built, but late 1950s or early 1960s would be my guess. Right now there are four outlets in the kitchen itself and I am using six of them. Luckily I don’t use them all at once. One outlet pair gets only one outlet used as it is now behind the countertop dishwasher and I can no longer access the other outlet. That leaves the other outlet pair and I have a three outlet adapter in each plug there and use five of them. I am not counting the outlet pair behind the refrigerator as it is unreachable even at the best of time due to the refrigerator blocking it. Electrical appliances are taking over our world. I’m not even going to talk about, at least not yet, about all the other electrical devices I own and use and how they use up all my outlets and more everywhere else in my apartment. And, I do want to get a few more appliances such as a clothes press so I don’t have to use a steam iron or take my clothes to a dry cleaners.
My health continues to get worse without my feeling worse because of it. Very soon I am going to have to undergo another colonoscopy due to various problem discovered recently. In addition I am now taking more pills. I am 67 years old and wish my health was better. Very little of what is wrong with me actually makes me feel bad, except when I think about it. Anybody want to trade physical bodies with me?
Cleaning out fifty years of accumulated “stuff” is hard but needs to get done. I have books that I haven’t read in probably over thirty years and a few that I have read to destruction. I have mentioned that I want to get down to about 2000 books and maybe fewer. Stuff accumulates at a rate that I don’t note nor pay much attention to. I am sure it is similar for everyone else. Thoreau railed against “stuff” and pointed out that “stuff” owns us, not we it. And I begin to think he is right. I have clothes that I will never wear again, clothes that I cannot fit into and probably will never be able to fit into, and yet, there they hang in my closet. Half or more of my closet is taken up by clothes I will never wear again. Two-thirds of my bookshelves are filled with books I need to get rid of. I have old, and broken, computers and printers that need to go. I have “stuff” and it is hard to eliminate the “stuff” I do not need or use.
There is a new TV program tonight, the start of a series, that looks interesting. The last new TV series that I found interesting only lasted one season but if I find this one interesting I hope it lasts. I have a stair-stepper placed so that if I watch TV I can exercise while doing so. I need the exercise. I weigh about 265 pounds (120 Kg) (19 Stone) and I need to get down to around 180-200 pounds. Two point two pounds per Kg and fourteen pounds per Stone as I remember it. Why do the British use the Stone measurement anyway? Other than it sounds exotic.
December 15, 2016
I have not been feeling well all day today. Nothing serious I think, but just the “crud” or something similar. So, I didn’t do a lot today, I tended to stay in bed and feel lousy.
I did get some writing done, not a lot but some. Even though I felt lousy I did work on HIGH TREASON, more thinking and plotting than writing but I did it. When I wrote the first version of GENERATION UPON GENERATION decades ago I had to scrap it due to the fall of the USSR. So I spent a lot of time doing background for the universe. Now, I think I am going to scrap a lot of that background for the last two books in this series. The funny thing is, scrapping the background material that I will scrap does not really affect the story lines. It just pushes the last story line a bit forward in time. However, since no one but me will ever see the background material, it does not matter does it?
I look forward to the new year. At least there isn’t a lot of electioneering that will be going on either locally or nationally. Don’t get me wrong, I like politics, but the hate and mudslinging was horrible; and the Republicans were almost as bad. Here in Arizona the next big election is the Governor’s race in 2018. I don’t think that there is anything happening in 2017. I have been looking at some YouTube videos and reading some articles on fraud that happened in the General Election. I have been worrying about election fraud for years and seeing proof come out this year is gratifying in one sense but disgusting in another. I spent 20 years on active duty defending this?
I think I will buy myself a bottle of The Glen Levitt for Christmas. My nose does not work right, so I have a very bland sense of taste. Most things I cannot smell and of the few that I can smell, I dislike the smell of most of them. The Glen Levitt is one of the rare things that I can smell and that I like. I haven’t had a bottle for a couple of years so this will be a treat. In the past, and how I intend to do this now, I have poured myself a glass and sipped on it all afternoon. However, since I have to be careful about my evening blood glucose tests, I will have to quit sipping about 3PM or so. Therefore I will start around noon and pour a smaller amount. Before I would sip until 6PM or so. The glass would sit next to my computer and I would enjoy the smell as much as the taste.
October 18, 2016
Another bad night for sleeping. I should never have talked about how well I was sleeping last week. Presuming, of course, that there is some sort of cosmic relationship between the two.
My Nook e-reader is still frozen and nothing I have done yet has gotten it unfrozen. I am trying one last thing, I am draining the battery in hopes that when it gets so low it will unfreeze since the power will not be enough to keep whatever is causing the freeze working.
I got some writing done during the early hours of this morning instead of after 9AM as usual. I will get no writing done tomorrow as I chew out the Pima County government in the morning, get one or more videos done in the afternoon and the evening will be taken up with the Libertarian Party monthly meeting. Wednesday, being a payday, I will be running around getting various things, like grocery shopping, done; so Thursday will be my return to writing unless I get some done in the wee hours of the morning while nothing else is available. That may be my writing pattern from now on.
I am getting old, remember I turned 67 last Friday, and it seems that whatever breaks down in my body happens on the left side. Except for the breakdowns that happen to all my body like my diabetes and accidents like breaking my right arm. But today I had a few moments of weakness in my left leg. I almost couldn’t stand and walking was a test of not falling over. It is gone now but I wonder what is going to break or malfunction next. Science needs to find a way to maintain our bodies easily and safely so that we can grow old without all the aches and pains.
I just got a new copy of a reference book I need for my YouTube videos, which is why I expect to get a video done tomorrow afternoon. I have an older copy around somewhere but I do not know where. My apartment is too cluttered and messy for me to find anything with ease. Unless, of course, I use it a lot or keep it in a specific and known place, like my glasses. I hate throwing things, especially books, away and thus the accumulation. I have books and videos that I have yet to read or watch as the case may be, or books that I haven’t read in decades but I keep them around. I have videos and books that I do not like but I haven’t gotten rid of yet. The more stuff accumulates, the harder it is to start in throwing it away.
Another reason that I have so much stuff is that I am kind of interested in almost everything so I buy books on many different subjects, read them once (if that much) and set them aside and never look at them again, or if I do it is so rarely that I might as well not have the book. I have to reign in my wandering focus and focus on just a few subjects. But even then the subjects are broad enough to build my book collection back up to unmanageable levels.
October 5, 2016
Yesterday was nice. I watched the Monday Night game and enjoyed it. I had no favorites between the two teams so I just enjoyed a good game. I even slept good last night. I had to get up to go to the bathroom only twice and those two times were hours apart.
Enough with the complaints about my health. I did get a lot of stuff done today but none of it was writing and little was interesting, even to me. Dull, boring stuff that had to get done and I did it even though I really didn’t want to. However, I live by myself so if I don’t do it, it doesn’t get done.
I love Tucson in the fall, the weather is nice and I don’t have the summer heat to look forward to. The air is cool enough to move around in without working up a sweat. I could start my walking earlier in the day, before sunset, but I don’t yet. During the Summer, I drank a lot of iced tea. I got into the habit of drinking coffee all the time while on active duty but this last Summer I changed to iced tea. I drink iced tea without any sweetener and I was going through quite a lot. Now that the weather is cooling, I’m back to coffee all the time.
Tomorrow I have to get to the Main Library downtown and look up some reference material for my next YouTube video. My last video was about the Declaration of Independence and the Second Amendment. Someone made a video against mine and I have to do some reference research in order to counter his arguments. So, I doubt I will get any writing done tomorrow either.