October 22, 2017

October 21, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , at 3:17 am by gruundehn

I am doing it again. I am about four-fifths done with the editing of HIGH TREASON, and about one-third done with the initial draft of ELDER’S DILEMA and what am I doing? Another series. I hit a wall on the Elder series and so I started up another series. I just finished reading the LORD DARCY series and so this new series is something similar. That is, it is set in an alternate world that diverges massively from our own. The LORD DARCY series diverges with Richard Lion-Heart and mine diverges with the Norman invasion of 1066. The first story is a short story, to establish the ideas behind the series, so I should get this one story done quickly and get back to Elder and his tales. The problem is that I have never been able to do a decent murder mystery. I have thrown away dozens of attempts, including one where Elder gets accused for the murder of one of his classmates at the Academy. Don’t look for it, I doubt it will ever get written.

The weather is finally turning cooler, pretty much on schedule. I now have a light blanket on my bed and I have used it two nights now. Tucson does not get very cold often, two or three times a winter it will get below freezing, but there is none of the bitter cold of back East. However, I have been here long enough that I doubt I could stand a winter typical of back East. I was stationed here basically from 1971 to 1977 and I have lived here ever since 1988. I am used to this climate, for better or worse.


September 24, 2017

September 24, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:24 pm by gruundehn

I was an usher at church this morning, so I didn’t take part in most of it. I kind of heard the sermon, and the singing but for the most part I was busy. One of the tasks of an usher is to guide the priest to those who want communion brought to them. I knew of five people and there were another six who I didn’t know about because they hadn’t asked ahead of time. Total of ten then. My math is correct, there was one who originally wanted it but decided to go to the altar rail anyway. Five plus six minus one. Otherwise everything went well.

The Sumer rainy season is over it seems, I do not know if we are ahead or behind the 30-year average but we are close if behind. I need to spray the hole in my apartment shed wall again, the drones are still hanging around and getting into my apartment. Otherwise, I need to clean up the dead bees on my small backyard and cut the plants that are growing. I don’t know what sort of plants they are and really do not care.

With the cooler weather, I am about to change my shirt collection. I have a bunch of shirts that I wear in the warmer weather and some, not as many, that I wear in the cooler weather. I need to get more winter shirts. Of course, this being Tucson, what are winter shirts here would be useless in cold weather in many other parts of the country. I like Tucson’s weather most of the time.

I am going to spend the rest of the day loafing, but maybe finish the editing of HIGH TREASON. I have stalled on that for way too long. It is amazing how easy it is to stall on writing, and editing is a major part of writing, once you hit a small roadblock. But, I get a lot of roadblocks because I have to do everything such as shopping, cleaning, cooking, and so forth. It all falls on me as I live alone and have no one to help with the mundane details of life.

I may have mentioned before that I have diabetes, Type 2. Recently the pharmacist at the VA clinic I am assigned to talked me into changing how I take my insulin. Now, with the new regime, my blood sugar readings are out of whack. I will talk with the pharmacist later this week and argue for going back to the old regime. I hate needles and that fear has caused me to miss, by accident, some of the shots I needed to take. I haven’t missed the shots under this new regime as often but my blood sugar readings are never what they should be.

September 23, 2017

September 22, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 1:24 am by gruundehn

The weather is so nice, I am reminded why I like Autumn in Tucson so much. The days are warm and sunny, the nights are cool. I doubt that there will be any more rain until the Winter rainy season in a couple of months and that is nice also.

I have been so busy, but not with anything that would merit special comment. The Suntran bus system takes so long to get anywhere that an hour task elsewhere might take three hours. One task yesterday that took a long time was a question and answer session I had at a local school on behalf of the Libertarian Party. Part of the reason it took long was that I missed a bus and made the mistake thinking that it would be s short walk. It was a long walk, over half an hour. I arrived twenty minutes late and the session was scheduled for an hour. The students were engaged and asked serious questions so it was worthwhile.

I am constantly amazed at how much time goes by doing routine stuff such as checking emails, reading news articles, and so forth. YouTube is my serious bane, I tend to stop doing whatever and, for a break, go to YouTube for a few minutes. An hour later, I realize how much time I have taken and try to get back to work on whatever I am doing. I usually succeed. I have to stop watching YouTube videos for a break.

I don’t think I have done a lot of writing this week, I am almost finished with going through HIGH TREASON and am ready to make the edits in the computer file and start publishing it on my other blog. ELDER’S DILEMMA is going smoothly, I am surprised that I haven’t had the writer’s block more often. I am getting a firm grasp on how that story is going to go. In all my writing, I have never been one to make an outline and base a story on the outline. I tried it once, a story about the character having flashbacks to defining points in his past which were the outline points; but, I never finished it and while I know what the story is and how it goes, I have never wanted to go back and write it.

September 10, 2017

September 10, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:40 pm by gruundehn

Sunday afternoon and the weather is nice. Just the sort of weather I really enjoy here in Tucson. The Summer rainy season is ending, maybe. There was a report that the rain may come back for a short period. Fine by me, I like the rain. When I was much younger, I enjoyed walking in the rain, but not so much anymore. I do enjoy watching it though.

Five weeks, more or less, and I turn 68. I don’t feel that old, most of the time. My shoulder, knees, back and ankle hurt often enough so that I never forget how old I am, but I can ignore it for long periods at a time. I don’t shave, not since May of 1987, so I don’t need to look at myself in the mirror every morning and closely examine it. And when I inject my insulin, I can do that without staring at the mirror. I look at the mirror when I brush my hair or my teeth. And even then, I don’t really see the signs of age in my face. I have one of those faces that can look decades younger than I really am. So, I can ignore my age for most of the time. However, coming up on a birthday is a period when my age hits me harder than normal. The anniversary of my eldest brother’s death is another. He was six years younger than me and he died before me. Granted, it took him twenty-five years to die from the construction accident, but he is still younger than me and that hurts when I think about it.

There are a couple of TV shows starting this season that interest me. Both are science-fiction. One starts tonight and the other on October 2. The last new show I was really interested in, and enjoyed, was cancelled after the first season. I hope these two last for a long while, the promotional advertising looks interesting. But, of course, that is the purpose of promotional advertising.

September 8, 2017

September 8, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 11:21 pm by gruundehn

I got some writing done this morning, this afternoon I went grocery shopping. I will probably do some more writing this evening. I think I am at a critical point in ELDER’S DILEMMA. I think it is a critical point because it is so hard to get done right. I think I am too early for where I am; that is, the plot point I am at is too soon in the plot. Not by a massive amount, but I reached this point sooner than I had expected I would. This plot point is a climatic space battle but not the last battle. Indeed, there may never be a last battle.

The weather is quite good for the end of the Summer rainy season. And, it looks like it might rain again today. It rained a bit last night, not a lot though. It was a short burst of rain, short but heavy. The Weather Service changed their definition of the Sumer rainy season some years back. It used to be that the start was the third continuous day when the relative humidity was above a certain percentage. And it ended when there were three continuous days when it fell below that percentage. Now, it starts on a specific day and ends on a specific day.

I am glad that I live in Arizona. I look at the East Coast and the Gulf Coast getting pounded by rough weather and I am extremely glad I don’t have to worry about that. If I was back home again in Indiana, I would worry about tornadoes. Here, the nearest to a natural disaster is the occasional earthquake. The last one was, I think, four years ago and I didn’t notice it. Or, at least I don’t remember it. My family lived in San Diego for five years in the early 1960’s and I remember only one earthquake during that time. I guess that the Earth moving under my feet is no big deal for me.

September 5, 2017

September 4, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 2:34 am by gruundehn

Labor Day here in America. This is a holiday all over America, but I worked today. I got a bit done on ELDER’S DILEMA and did a little editing on HIGH TREASON. Once those two are done, it is off to MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. Tomorrow I chew out the Pima County Board of Supervisors again, not that they pay much, if any, attention to me. I messed up a bit on getting ink for my printer so I will be a week later than I expected in starting to post HIGH TREASON. But, once that is posted, I should be getting ELDER’S DILEMA up immediately after that. And, MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY should follow close after. I haven’t gotten the end of MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY figured out yet, but I have time.

It was looking like it was going to rain again earlier, but it seems to have decided to not rain. Oh well, while we can use every drop we get, it is coming to the end of the Summer rainy season so I am not put out very much. Now, if the Winter rainy season goes well, then we can start making up the deficit of the drought over the last twenty years or so.

I have been taking the time to watch the first season of the FLASH TV show. Naturally, they ended with a cliffhanger but, since I already own Season 2 and I know Season 3 has been broadcast, I doubt that the cliffhanger result will surprise me unless the producers decide to restart the show every season, which I doubt they will as that would be bad storytelling. I have to find the time to watch the next season, probably a bit at a time like I did with the first season.

Football season starts very soon, American Football that is. The Rector of my parish is demanding that we boycott the NFL because of the traumatic brain injuries that happen. That abuse he finds offensive to the highest degree. Yet, he seems to have no trouble with the abuse the Federal Government has heaped on active duty military and veterans. Hypocrisy, thy name is human.

September 1, 2017

August 31, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:42 am by gruundehn

Another slow day today. I got some writing done but I did it inside, not outside like I wanted to do. I have to remember to go outside and enjoy the mountains when I write before I finish writing for the day. I won’t get any writing done tomorrow or the weekend or Labor Day probably. And Tuesday I go to chew out the Pima County Board of Supervisors, so I won’t get any work done as once I finish with them, I have shopping to do. So, I probably will be gone until early evening.

By not remembering to write outside, I am missing some beautiful weather. It is warm but not hot, the low humidity makes it bearable, and the hasn’t been much wind. So, it is entering one of the two beautiful seasons in Tucson – Spring and Fall. Winter gets too cold and summer gets too hot and humid. Both of those seasons, also, are rainy seasons with about half the annual rainfall in each. If I knew that the rain was not going to be from the North, thus drenching my patio, I could sit outside and watch it. But, the rain is likely to either come from the North or wrap around the building and still drench the backyard. and the patio. So, I will stay dry and stay inside for most rainstorms.

I am an old man, I never thought of myself in that way until recently but I am accepting it. I do not yell at the kids to “Get off of my lawn you young whippersnappers” because I don’t have a lawn, the area in front of my apartment is a rock garden, which floods when it rains. But I am getting old, old enough to look back on my life and examine all the bad choices I have made over the years. And, there has been a lot of them. Regrets? A few. But, even the bad choices got me to here and I am glad to be here. About the only reason to examine one’s past is to learn from bad choices and I hope I have.

August 28, 2017

August 27, 2017

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

Church this morning was not a lot of fun. The Rector of Grace-St. Paul’s is a hard-core progressive and his sermons are getting painful for me. I am not a progressive, I am a liberal; I believe in the individual not the group. The Rector is so hard-core, extreme progressive that he suffers from what has been labeled “Trump Derangement Syndrome” by some pundits. I don’t mind political sermons, but he is going past political. He refuses to even say the name Trump.

I recorded and watched the Bengals / Redskins game and was very sad that the Bengals lost. I know that this is preseason and thus does not count, but a loss is still a loss and hard to watch. One more pre-season game and then the season starts for real.

I am trying to get used to the new insulin pens that the VA wants me to use. It takes more time to get the insulin ready but the needle is smaller and harder to see, especially without my glasses on. So far, it hasn’t been bad.

The weather has been nice, it tried to rain late last night and that is always welcome. The temperature isn’t too bad, but I stay indoors a lot. Once the temperature breaks and starts seriously down, I will have to get the backyard cleaned up and then I can stay outdoors. There are still bees hanging around the hole in the shed wall, and occasionally getting into the apartment. Luckily, they are all drones and therefore without stingers, but they still bother me.

I didn’t write anything yesterday or today, at least not yet. I need to finish editing HIGH TREASON and work on ELDER’S DILEMMA and get it ready. Once that is done, I don’t know which book to work on next but it will probably be MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. I have enough stories in my head to last me the rest of my life, and then some. I just with I had started being serious about my writing decades sooner. I have been writing for fifty years, off and on. But, it has only been the last ten years that I have been serious and even then not serious enough. I cannot go back and change the past; if I could, there is a lot I would change in addition to getting serious with my writing decades sooner.

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.

August 18, 2017

August 17, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:58 am by gruundehn

Another entry in my not-so-daily blog. I am less than halfway through editing HIGH TREASON, so I still haven’t posted any chapters yet. I am falling behind and I need to get moving on this. I haven’t even worked on ELDER’S DILEMMA today, but I did get some done yesterday. One of the secrets of writing is to sit down every day and write something even if it is gibberish and gets edited out later. I never can get a constant writing time because I have too much else. I need someone to do all the other stuff so that I can just write. Not going to happen so I have to make the best of it.

I got some grocery shopping done yesterday and took an extra $20 so that I could put it on my laundry card and get laundry done today. And, not paying attention, I left the money in the tray. I hope whoever got it gets good use of it. I can be so stupid at times.

The weather here in Tucson, at least, is nice. Most folks elsewhere probably wouldn’t consider it nice. It is hot and dry. We could always use rain, but moderately hot weather isn’t bad either. Last time I checked, Tucson is well ahead of the 30-year average as far as rainfall goes.

I do not think that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, as the old saying goes. I don’t think that the present conditions are mush, if any, worse than in the past. Global communications has made it easier to learn of something that happens elsewhere. If no one pays attention to riots elsewhere, will they continue to happen? Interesting thought. I wonder if it is true.

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