April 14, 2017
Procrastination is no fun unless you have a lot to do. I do not remember who originated the idea but that is what I did today. Not exactly intentional but it happened. After checking email this morning and reading a bit of news from various sites, I got started on YouTube, for just one or two you know, and four hours later I realized how much time had passed.
I get up in the night to go to the bathroom and I also check my weight once a week on Friday mornings. Because of problems in the past, I now check when I am up ion the middle of the night so that I have something reasonable to put in my spreadsheet if I forget to weight myself when I get up. I did so this morning about 1AM and I remembered to weight myself at 7AM as normal on Fridays. Between the two times, while asleep and not eating or drinking anything, I gained about 5 pounds (2.25Kg). I would have thought that I would have lost a pound or two but I gained instead.
Once I have a couple more small items, I plan to start painting some of my miniatures for TTRPG. Once I am back into form I should be able to turn out 3 or 4 an hour perhaps more. I mention this because I am still playing TTRPG with friends but if they still prefer D&D in any of its forms for future campaigns, I will be spending more time painting and much less playing. After 40+ years, I hate D&D. Right now there are 3 campaigns going and all are one form of D&D or another. It is only my enjoyment of being with friends that keeps me playing right now and that enjoyment is fading fast.
HIGH TRREASON is coming along well, getting rid of the old version didn’t set me back as much as I thought it would. Having the old Emperor die before the start tightens the tension between the present Emperor and the heirs waiting for their chance. I think I can use that tension to good use to make ELDER’S DILEMMA better.
August 2, 2016
When I started this blog, I did a personal recap of the past week on Sunday nights and a political rant on Wednesday nights. I dropped the Wednesday postings but added a second blog where I post chapters of my novels. One of the blogs I follow has some posts on improving a blog and one of the items mentioned is to post daily. I am going to try it for the month of August. Thirty-one post in a row, thirty-two if you count yesterday’s regular Sunday post. I hope that there is enough interesting in my life to make worthwhile posts for an entire month. However, since I will still be posting novel chapters on Thursdays, I won’t be doing a personal post on that day probably. You can read those on christophercolesite.wordpress.com and I would enjoy feedback.
I started something else today, I stopped drinking soda. I grew up with RC Cola, and yes moon pies as well. But lately I have been reading so much about how cola harms the body, I thought I would dump it. Since I buy my soda at the Circle K next door and two each 2-liter bottles of RC cost $3 and I buy two bottles about every two or three days I expect to save about $45 a month. But I am doing this primarily for the health aspects. I am going through a horrible time, health wise, right now. I have diabetes and my blood sugar readings are crazy with increases and decreases of as much as 150 or so between one day and the next. My weight should be going down but it jumped back up and has been bouncing around from week to week. My diet and exercise routine don’t change so I wonder why these vary so much. I suspect my thyroid based on information I found; but, the internet, even Web MD, is not a diagnosis so I see a doctor later this month.
I spent a good chunk of time this afternoon writing out a argument I intend to give to the Pima County Board of Supervisors tomorrow on the minimum wage. Several Green Party members have spoken over the last two meetings in favor of raising it to $15 an hour and I want to present some information to counter that. I oppose the minimum wage on two grounds: 1) it hurts the poor since it destroys the jobs they need to climb out of poverty and 2) it is racist. I expect to be ignored since the Board of Supervisors rarely does anything that can be considered sensible.
I did get some writing done, only a few paragraphs, on Generations upon Generations after dinner. Given the history of that story, I can’t be sure of how it is going to end. I have some ideas but nothing has settled in my mind yet. The original version had a definite end but that one died with the fall of the Soviet Union. The next novel in line, High Treason, is starting to form in my mind, I daydream about the opening a lot. Once I am finished with Generations upon Generations I can get started right away on High Treason. It used to be that I could write for about three hours without break, other than bathroom and such, but now I find it hard to get more than a few paragraphs. Today I got several paragraphs done because I wrote dialogue. Short paragraphs. If I keep it up maybe I can get back to three hours at a stretch.