May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:29 pm by gruundehn

I have been expecting two packages and they both arrived today. As I have said before, I play TTRPG and one of the packages was material on a campaign setting that I like. The other package was a stereo set, a small one but with features I want. I have a collection of old vinyl albums, some I inherited from my father (including Soviet Army World War 2 songs) that I want to listen to again. So, I bought a stereo set that includes a record player.

I haven’t gotten back to putting the table and chair set together yet, hopefully tomorrow or Saturday. Since there is going to be no TTRPG Saturday, I can do it then; but, I need to get it done quickly. The biggest problem is the weight of the table. Since I live alone, and the table is heavy, and I have a bad shoulder from when I broke my arm back in 2013, it is going to hurt to flip the table from upside down, which is has to be in order to assemble it, to right side up. The chairs are going to be no problem, them I just need to do.

I did get some writing done today, not a lot but some. Even if I don’t do a lot at any one time, I need to get into the habit when I can of writing every day.

I am thinking of taking my laptop out into the back yard for my writing this summer. If I start in the morning, when I usually do start, I can enjoy the outdoors and get some writing done with fewer distractions. At least, I hope fewer distractions. And I can return inside as the day heats up and get other things done.


April 7, 2018

April 7, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:13 pm by gruundehn

This morning started off pretty good. I kind of slept well last night and everything went as normal until almost noon. Normally on Saturdays I spend the day with friends and we play TTRPG. Today was different. One of my friends was trying to recover from the same sickness that laid me low earlier this week, and because he hadn’t slept last night, was trying to catch up, another was recovering from the same sickness – just a little further on, a third had a family situation and a fourth had a different kind of family situation. So we cancelled. I came home and tried to take a nap in order to help me recover further from that sickness, but I just lay in bed and felt bad. No sleep but I did rest and that helped.

So, I am going to start writing, working on MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. I have gotten so little done on it this week, I feel like I am slacking off. So, I am going to put a few hours in on it and try to feel like I have caught up.

Today is the birthday of my youngest brother. I mention that because thinking of him, I thought about a job he took as an English as a Second Language teacher a couple of years ago. He was teaching in Ghana as I remember, and he was also a Presbyterian missionary at the same time. He mentioned then that he was glad to be doing work that was part of something bigger again (he is a retired Warrant Officer in the USMC). I came to the conclusion that my political work is also being part of something bigger than me again (I am a retired NCO in the USAF). I haven’t been as active as I should have been recently because of whatever it has been that has knocked me flat so much this winter, but if I am finally getting over it, I am going to pick up and run with it. I am a Libertarian and a firm believer in the principles involved.

March 11, 2018

March 11, 2018

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

It is a wonderful Sunday afternoon. Although the sky is overcast, the temperature is great and there is a wonderful breeze. Days like today are one of the main reasons I live in Tucson.

Played TTRPG with my friends yesterday and got home late. I do not have a car, so if I do not get a ride, then the buses are a problem. If I do not leave immediately, it can take an hour to an hour and a half to get home. It would almost be quicker to walk but walking that far would be murder on my joints, especially my knees. Most Saturdays I have a ride but that person was not able to make it yesterday as he had to babysit his son. His son is coming up on seven and is autistic. He doesn’t speak at all. How he handles school, I do not know. But, both his parents are intelligent so I am sure that he does handle it.

I like playing TTRPG as it helps with my writing. Playing a TTRPG helps my imagination stretch, which is good for my writing. I am just tired of one particular system, regardless of the version. This TTRPG system is, of course, D&D. I have been playing since the late 1970s when AD&D first came out and except for a period when I quit during 2nd Edition, I have played it continuously ever since. There is a campaign setting and TTRPG rules system that I like but am not playing because my group isn’t interested. SO, I am playing a D&D campaign and two Star Wars campaigns using the D&D engine as it were. I will be glad when the campaigns are done. I like only one character that I am playing and that campaign is, of course, the one least played. The next campaign is using a completely different game system, one originally developed in France as I understand. It looks interesting and I hope to enjoy myself a great deal.

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.

January 13, 2018

January 12, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 12:15 am by gruundehn

Sat and listened, and watched, as my friends played TTRPG last evening. The reason I sat the session out was that my character was in one place, where I had expected combat (my character is a warrior type in a Star Wars campaign setting) and the session revolved around a space battle for the most part. The number of spaceships involved was large enough that it took all evening to do the fight scene. I did nothing but sit on the sidelines. Tomorrow is a different TTRPG campaign and my character in that campaign is more involved.

I posted a short story on my other blog yesterday, but received no notices of anyone commenting yet. I rarely get comments here but I want especially to get comments about my writing and so far, after two years – nothing.

Spent a lot of time hunting for short stories I have written in order to post them, but I must have deleted most of them as I found too few based on what I remember writing. Most of the time I wrote longer stories but I have written short stories in the past and will possibly write some in the near future. I am particularly wanting to write a series of superhero stories. Plus, I need to finish ELDER’S DILEMA and start in on some of the other books I have started and not finished yet.

I got moved up to the Chair office of the Pima County Libertarian Party and it looks like I am going to have to reorganize my life quite a bit. I am going to have to attend a lot of conferences and other similar meetings in order to represent the Party and build alliances with other organizations to fight for Libertarian principles. I sold my car almost 25 years ago because I was never using it. Now, I need a car more than ever. I accepted the responsibility and I have to follow through.

December 30, 2017

December 29, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 2:28 am by gruundehn

Busy day today. It was my payday, my military inactive duty pay, and so I tried to get a lot done. I did get some shopping done, mostly on-line, but most of the day was taken up with getting some paperwork done. The Chair of the Pima County Libertarian Party resigned for health reasons, so I moved up to the position. Which meant I had paperwork to fill out for the City of Tucson and Pima County. It was the same form, but two different levels of government, so duplicated paperwork.

I am collecting paperback book versions of a web comic I enjoy. So far I have ordered the first eight volumes. I ordered 7 & 8 today. I haven’t gotten Volume 1 yet due to a mix-up at the company I bought it from and Volume 5 is delayed. So, I have 2, 3, 4, &6 now with 1, 5, 7, &8 missing. It is very hard to enjoy a series with missing volumes messing with the continuity. I can go online and read the comic, but I am buying the books so I can read them away from my computer.

I am also collecting all the material I can on a specific TTRPG setting. It is a great setting, well thought out and consistent. I intend to run a campaign in the setting, not a large campaign but maybe six months to a years real time. And even though the campaign I intend to run will take place in one specific area, I am collecting the entire setting. Maybe someday I will run another campaign or let one other member of the group borrow my material so he can run a campaign himself. I kind of hope for that as I want to run a character in the setting, my character not just “one of the people of the world” or Non-Player Characters (NPCs). The group I am with is running three campaigns now, on two days a week (alternating between two of them on the weekday we play and the third campaign on the weekend we play). I am losing interest in them, so I hope the next campaign holds my interest for longer.

August 23, 2017

August 23, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:26 pm by gruundehn

It is hard to post on a daily basis when there is so little in my life that changes. What I post today could be copied from yesterday or the day before, etc. My life is dull and I like it that way. I spent 20 years on active duty in the USAF and that was enough excitement for me. I visited foreign lands, got shot at and had other adventures. I want a quiet, dull life now.

It is getting towards the end of the Summer rainy season and Tucson is still ahead of the 30-year average as far as rainfall goes. That is nice. There is a chance that we will get some more rain tonight and that would be fine.

My printer is out of back ink and it will be a week and a half before I can get new ink. So, while I am editing HIGH TREASON, I cannot print out a new, edited, copy so I can post it on my other blog. I’ll have to post a note there explaining why I haven’t posted in a long time.

Tonighgt I meet with friends and play TTRPG. This campaign is a D&D version of STAR WARS set after the movies. I have been playing D&D in various forms for 40 years, roughly. I am sick and tired of it. I play only because I enjoy my friends. I will be glad when this campaign is over and we do something, anything, else.

August 19, 2017

August 18, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 2:17 am by gruundehn

The Pima County Election Integrity Commission met today and got some work done. Meeting once a month is good in that we have a full agenda, meeting more often wouldn’t get more work done. But it is also bad in that it is easy to forget things that were discussed. The Elections Department provides a coordinator but the person who was selected to replace the last coordinator, who retired, has trouble hearing so we get no written minutes just a video recording. That is legal but since the coordinator has hearing problems, he cannot index the video, which means to review the video, one must sit through the entire video as there is no other way to view it. The coordinator cannot edit it to insert bookmarks because of his hearing problem. As a temporary measure, volunteers are taking notes to help the commission members remember what happened. These are not minutes, but a summary. I was Adjutant for my VFW Post for several years and a summary is what minutes are. However, I am not going to push the applecart over since that might get me “volunteered” to take the minutes and I have had my fill of that.

Just a brief note about the weather. Tucson is almost 50% above the 30-year average for annual rainfall and when you live in the desert, that is a lot and very welcome. I looked at the paper this morning. A rare occurrence for me.

The RPG campaign that would normally be played tomorrow had to be moved to Sunday to accommodate one person, but two others (a married couple) had to skip Sunday. SO, no game this weekend. At least it will be for just one week.

June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 9:26 pm by gruundehn

Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon were taken up with TTRPG. Normally, we meet on specific days and those do not change much but these last two sessions were unusual. Well, the Monday session wasn’t but the Sunday one was. One member of the group had trouble with gaming on Saturday while school was in session and so we gamed on Sunday for most of this year. That ended when the term ended and we went back to Saturdays. However, another member of the group had his wedding anniversary on this last Saturday so we moved to Sunday for that time only. Mondays have been our usual during the week play dates but those vary as group members have family commitments or other commitments that come up. I don’t really like that aspect, I prefer having the game on a regular schedule as much as is possible, but life happens so I live with it.

Tonight is the monthly meeting of the Pima County Libertarian Party and the Chair is recovering from heart surgery so I am going to have to run the meeting. Not that there is a lot to do, except get some projects going. For too long we have been a debating group, not an action group. So, we grow into an action group and help make the world a better place.

I just checked the outside weather. The temperature is extremely hot, 115 degrees F. Humidity is low, so the temperature can be borne for short periods of time. This is just the first of the summer hot spells. It isn’t as hot as it has been in the past, but it is still hot.

I overslept this morning, probably because I had a lot of trouble getting to sleep, and so missed chewing out the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Not that they pay a lot of attention to me, or anyone else for that matter, but it needs to be done anyway.

I did get some writing done today. I am liking where HIGH TREASON is going. I do not plan out my plots in any great detail but I just let the plot flow as it happens. ENTERANCE EXAMINATION was one of the few stories I plotted in any detail before writing it and that was because I was taking the general idea from a Japanese anime video I like, THEY WERE ELEVEN. I changed a lot of the details and THEY WERE ELEVEN is a love story which ENTERANCE EXAMINATION is not, not even close.

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.

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