August 9, 2017

August 9, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:14 pm by gruundehn

The weather has been nice, lots of rain. Rain cools down the atmosphere, often by a lot. But the change in humidity hurts my joints. So, while the weather is nice and rainy, I hurt. I hurt enough that it is hard for me to work up the energy to work on my writing. So, my editing of HIGH TREASON is going slow and working on ELDER’S DILEMMA has stopped for now. Even though I have written about a third of  the book so far, it is an easy book to write. At least, it is so far.

I am thinking of running for political office in 2020. Not the Presidency, but a local office. One of the County Board of Supervisors. I attend the Board public meetings often, and chew the Board out almost every time, and I think I can serve the people of the District better than the incumbent does. Of course I think that. Otherwise, I wouldn’t consider running. But the fact is that the District is primarily contained within the city limits of Tucson and thus gets ignored by the County a lot. The County expects the City to do everything for the residents of the District. The residents pay County Property Taxes (the highest property taxes in Arizona and in the top third of all the Counties in America) but get almost nothing in return. And one reason that the District gets ignored is that the present incumbent is a loyal partisan for one political party and his vote on the Board is taken for granted, he almost never votes against the other members of his party on the Board. As a Libertarian, I would side with both of the political parties on the Board at different times, thus my vote could not be taken for granted and that leverage could be used to improve the lot of the residents of the District.

Are there downsides to this idea? Oh yeah. Once I start to run, I can forget my TTRPG hobby. I will be attending meetings everywhere in the County talking with people on various issues. Once I am elected, that will go down some, but I will still lose most of my free time. Is it worth it? I don’t know if it will be worth it for me, but I believe it will be worth it for the residents of the District.

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July 19, 2017

July 19, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , at 9:39 pm by gruundehn

Not as hot as it could be but the humidity is the killing factor today. I waited outside a store to pay a bill, and it was closed due to a meeting. I waited for half an hour, left to do some shopping and walked back. The store was still closed and people were still standing out in the heat and high humidity. This was an hour after the store was supposed to be open. As far as I know, no one passed out due to heat stroke or heat exhaustion but having to stand around in the heat like that is dangerous. And this was a customer service center. Customer service is their mission, not meetings. I intend to go back on Friday, I post a chapter of GENERATION UPON GENERATION tomorrow, and explain good management practices to the incompetent person in charge of that store.

Last night was the monthly meeting of the local Libertarian Party. It was a good one, if the Chairman can keep his health up, he is recovering from heart problems, we should start doing some real good. I am coming around to the idea of running for political office. Specific office, the Pima County Board of Supervisors District 5 office. If I run, especially if I win, my hobbies go down the tubes. I won’t have time, regular time, for meeting with friends for TTRPG. I might keep writing, and maybe even write a campaign for TTRPG, but any hobby like TTRPG that requires regular attendance, is gone. The election is not until 2020, so I will see.

If I get any writing done today, it will be this evening. Right now I am trying to recover from the humidity. I can stand the heat, I have lived here for almost 30 years straight and another 5 or so off and on from 1971 on. The humidity is worse for me every year for the last few years now. Another reason not to move away from Tucson. If the humidity here is bothering me, going somewhere where the humidity in summer is always high will be worse.

June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017

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

Spent all day going to, and from, a VA appointment. For an 11:45 AM appointment I left home at 10:00 AM and had lunch just before going into the VA Medical Center. Then, of course, I had to wait for a long time before I saw the doctor. The actual appointment went well and I learned a couple of things about my ankle so I might be able to improve its working. I just have to remember to do it. This is an issue, I think my memory is not what it used to be, but I can’t be sure as I don’t really remember. (Intentional bad joke.)

I have to go shopping for socks tomorrow and for feet my size, size 15 American measurement, that is hard. Socks for my big feet are rare, even online. And I like to buy crew socks in large packs as that means I can just grab a pair without having to worry about the match. I hate shopping for socks for this exact reason.

I ordered a political shirt and it came. It was exactly what I wanted except for one thing. The shirt is heavy cotton so I probably won’t wear it until late Fall or Winter. I might wear it once or twice during the Summer if the heat isn’t too high. The message on the shirt, my own message, is: I AM THE LIBERTARIAN THAT YOUR DICTATOR WARNED YOU AGAINST. I might buy a couple more but instead of YOUR DICTATOR use THE DEMOCRATS and THE REPUBLICANS. And instead of WARNED YOU AGAINST I might use DON’T WANT YOU TO TALK TO. I could easily get half a dozen or more done up.

If you have been paying attention to christophercolesite.wordpress.com you will notice that I did not post a chapter today. I will try to get it posted tomorrow but with the hunting for socks, I might not. Next Thursday I should post even though I have another medical appointment as I can probably post after I get back, I will just stay up late as a result.

May 21, 2017

May 21, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 11:34 pm by gruundehn

A lazy Sunday afternoon. After church I did a small bit of grocery shopping and since then I have just been watching YouTube and reading some news feeds. One reason I watch YouTube is that, for a lot of the videos, I can just let my eyes watch and my brain can work on what I am writing or planning to say in a YouTube video of my own.

The game yesterday was OK but I really want to get away from D&D. I am planning on doing my own campaign using the Harn setting and the GURPS rules. However, for some reason I haven’t been able to order a couple of items from Columbia Games. I order them and the order get lost immediately. I sent an email to the company about it, but since I wasn’t paying attention to the day, I sent it on Saturday when the company is probably closed. Sometimes being retired causes me to forget just what day it is. Most of the time, it makes no or little difference, but occasionally it matters a lot.

I guess that this coming week is going to be productive, I don’t have a lot to do outside of working on HIGH TREASON and getting ELDER’S DILEMMA prepared. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are all without problem, except grocery shopping, and Tuesday only has something in the morning, chewing out the Pima County Board of Supervisors. They have just gone through a series of special meetings on the budget and there is just the final, rubber-stamp, of what the bureaucrats want that will happen next month. Arizona has an Open Meeting Law so the Supervisors cannot meet to discuss the budget except at a public meeting with prior notice. And they cannot meet in private either as a group or serially (meaning that A talks to B, who talks to C and discusses  what A said, etc.) so they are required by law to discuss the budget in public and if they want to change anything all discussions on the change have to be in a public meeting. And they have not done this, which is why I say they are just going to rubber-stamp what the bureaucrats want.

I have never wanted to be President nor hold any other major political office. Thus, I have never been strict about my personal life. Now, I begin to regret that as I would like to run for a seat on the Board of Supervisors. The District I am in is held by a Democrat, a far-left Democrat, and I think I could unseat him. Absent my bad history of course. There are five members of the Board of Supervisors, right now three Democrats and two Republicans. The District I am in is mostly inside the city limits of Tucson so the County does very little for the District. As a Libertarian, if elected, I would make the composition two Democrats, two Republicans and one Libertarian. And since I would side with the Democrats on certain issues and the Republicans on certain other issues, I would be a swing vote and thus influential. The four others would want my vote on something and I could use that to pressure the County to take more care of the District. Even though the people live in the City of Tucson, they also live in the County of Pima and deserve a fair shake from the County Government. However, my history would totally prevent this from happening.

January 23, 2017

January 23, 2017

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

Here it is Monday and as of yet there has been no nuclear war, not massive roundup of opponents of the Trump presidency, no martial law. What gives? A totalitarian regime should have been ion place by now. Where is the violence? Oh, it exists but it is, so far, directed against Trump supporters or assumed supporters. Reported hate crimes are up but there is no evidence for most of the reports as to the perpetrators of the hate crimes. There is a significant number that are “false flag” reports, that is where someone does a hate crime in order to frame their opponents. One of the three men I have crashed with spent a great deal of time yesterday complaining about Trump’s suits, his ties, his hair and his bad spray-on tan. I ignore that and concentrate on his policies, some of which I like and most of whish I don’t. At least, so far.

I spent a lot of today running around, shopping and so forth. Nothing yet on a new apartment.

I haven’t yet done any writing today but intend to get it done tonight. I do not write to an outline so I get surprised sometimes by where the story goes. DREADNOUGHT started out as a “Oh wow, a travel story” but ended up as something else entirely. MAGIC IN THE MONASTRY started out similar. ENTRANCE EXAMINATION is the only story I have done recently that stayed true to the original concept.

The weather is making my joints and the break in my arm that hasn’t healed properly ache something horrible. When the weather changes or is cold for too long this is what happens. For those of you who are thinking of getting old, mind your joints and bones.

 

January 22, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:21 am by gruundehn

It is a cold day in Tucson, and I am getting tired of cold weather. The weather is hurting my joints and my arm where the break didn’t heal properly. Right now my knees ache and there isn’t a lot I can do to make it stop except wait it out. I do not like cold weather and I like it less the older I get.

Church this morning was as I expected. The Inauguration was last Friday and a large portion of the congregation is still flakey from the election last November. Far too many of the congregation are so tied up with their politics that effectively their brain is shut down.

Worked up a new character for a new campaign, the Shadowrun campaign is dead. I like the game system but it was too much for the guy running the campaign. I am tired of D&D regardless of which version it is. But the group I am with like it and I do not want to ruin it for them, I enjoy playing TTRPGs with them. I just thought about how long I have been playing TTRPGs, since the summer of 1977. The first time I was at Bitburg AB Germany was when I started playing. That is well over half my life. So, with the work on a new campaign today and church this morning, that is it for now.

December 20, 2016

December 19, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 4:16 am by gruundehn

So the Electoral College voted today and Trump wins. Maybe the crybabies will shut up now. I doubt it but I can hope. I uploaded a video to YouTube today on just that subject. I like being involved with politics but sometimes too much is too much The old chair has just gotten too tired of the job. At least, that is what I think I will stay in the office I presently hold and have held for a couple of years now

Yesterday I played TTRPG with friends, the campaign system is the latest version of D&D and it is OK I guess. We aren’t playing Shadowrun for a while due to personal issues with the family of the guy who is running it. I want to play Shadowrun, I like the system much more than D&D in any version. Right now I play in two D&D campaigns and am waiting for Shadowrun to return. I think I may be in too many campaigns if I am going to keep writing.

Speaking of my writing, the last bout of writing I did on HIGH TREASON surprised me I had worked out what the scene was going to be and when I wrote it I found that I wrote something completely different. I can salvage what I want to write though, just in a slightly different form. I once tried to do a story starting with an outline and working from that. I never finished it but I still know the story and want to finish it soe day soon. What I do when writing is to just let the words flow and pound it into shape while editing, which is what I am doing now with GENERATION UPON GENERATION.

Tomorrow is a day that I think I can spend all day writing HIGH TREASON and editing GENERATION UPON GENERATION until it is time to head off to the Libertarian meeting The meeting is at a nice little Greek Café with some pretty good food However, due to circumstances, I am broke and will probably skip eating there and just buy a drink.  I do want to support the café but the situation prevents.

December 17, 2016

December 16, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 2:11 am by gruundehn

I am interested in politics, in case you haven’t noticed. And I am interested in honest elections, which is why I am a member of the Pima County Election Integrity Commission. And the reports of massive election fraud in Michigan and Nevada get my blood boiling. People say that election fraud is not a real issue and then ignore or play down these reports. I wish I had the ability to prosecute all the people responsible for election fraud but then I regain my senses and realize that I would be an enemy of anyone else who had that sort of power, so why would I want it. I believe in the Rule of Law and someone acting like that operates on the Rule of Whim.

Before I post a chapter next week I have to find a specific page in DREADNOUGHT and print out a new copy For some reason I printed that page on a page of paper already containing some writing. Reading that page is hard and I need to correct my mistake. I am getting GENERATION UPON GENERATION edited and am working on HIGH TREASON. I still haven’t come up with a title for the last book, I am not going with THE END as I first thought. Something will come to me I am sure, it always has. I think I am going to work on MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY while working on whatever the last book is going to be called and submit it for regular publication. I can use the five books posted on christophercolesite.wordpress.com to show what I can do and show I can write for a long haul. MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY and THE GOD’S TALE are stand-alone books but the next I will want to do is a fourteen book series in the high fantasy genre.

The weather is still nice here in Tucson. We need some rain for the winter rainy season. Almost the entire year we have been ahead of the 30-year average but now we are behind a slight bit. Coming off a 20-year drought means that the water table is low and needs recharging. Rain, steady rain, is the best way to do that. Nothing over a quarter of an inch (half a centimeter) an hour please, Tucson cannot handle anything heavier. The roads flood and the washes run, trapping people because of poor sewer and road design.

I am throwing away books still. It is amazing just what books I have. I cannot think of why I was ever interested in some of them but I have them. And soon I won’t.

I have been buying bolo ties and now I have enough to justify something to hang them on, like a cap holder. I have a nice collection of caps and a couple of cap racks to hold them and it is another of those racks that I intend to buy soon. At the moment I am hanging them off a CD rack and it has only three places to hang anything, it wasn’t designed for that, and so it is getting crowded. I do not like wearing ties except for bolo ties. The conventional tie make me feel like I am chocking. And I have trouble knotting them as I have very little experience and intend to get none in the future.

December 15, 2016

December 14, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:06 am by gruundehn

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.

December 13, 2016

December 12, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 12:26 am by gruundehn

I visit the internet a lot, I am on it now – can’t you tell? And on many pages I find advertising, which I don’t mind as sometimes the advertisements are for something I am interested in. But so many advertisements are mini-videos any more. Which, again I don’t mind as a general rule as they are often funny, but too many on a page makes the page either load slow or not at all. And that I mind. Adverting is necessary otherwise commerce dies. I look at advertising when it is for something I am interested in or might need or want. I am not interested in advertising for women’s shoes for example but for men’s clothes I am. Interesting and / or tricky advertising I will watch as well even if I am not interested in the product. So, to repeat my point, advertising that slows up or stops a webpage I am interested in is a “bad thing” and a strike goes against the advertiser.

I watched the Bengals / Browns game today, it played yesterday but I recorded it. While I am happy that the Bengals won, I feel sorry for the Browns. They are on track for a winless season and that is never good. Winners and losers will always be with us, but I do not have to gloat over a loser.

The General Election for 2016 is over, except for the shouting and the crying. And there is a lot of shouting and crying. One shout that keeps coming up is that Clinton won the popular vote. So what? First, she won 20 States and if her margin of victory in California is reduced to the average of her margin of victory in the other 19 States, Trump wins the popular vote by over half a million votes. Second, America is not a democracy but a Republic – no mob rule here. Third, there is not one National Presidential election but 50 National Presidential elections. I guess the Democrats are trying the old bit of “If you repeat a big lie often enough, people will believe it.”

The weather continues nice here. It is all right to look at snow and even occasionally play in it, but I do not want to live in it. Maybe if my family had never moved from Indianapolis and I grew up with it, it would be different. But I do not want to live in snow.

I am still getting rid of books I no longer want. Maybe I should just presume that I will continue to do this and not mention it until I have finished and let you know then how many books I have left. I’ll think about it.

I got some writing done on HIGH TREASON. I threw away the opening I had done and did something which I think is better. Every time I visit my writing, I want to change something, sometimes for the better. But since I make the changes in private, who could tell that the changes are for the better or worse other than me? And I obviously think that they are for the better.

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