April 25, 2017
Waiting for the company that is going to steam clean my apartment. Someone was supposed to arrive between 9AM and 5PM and it is now just before 3PM. I have gotten a lot of writing done on HIGH TREASON but I still want to get the steam cleaning over with.
Other than getting writing done I haven’t done a lot. It has been nice to just concentrate on writing, and I have missed doing just that for a long time. However, I am single and I live alone, so if anything gets done, I have to do it. And that takes away from writing time. I still have to write a report on the Tucson March for Science event for the Libertarian Party but once I get started on that, it should not take long. It was a busy Saturday at the event but all the action can be summed up in a few sentences.
I didn’t get any figures painted yesterday as there were a lot of bees in the yard when I went out and I do not want to get stung. Bee sting allergies are in the family and I do not want to find out that I am allergic the hard way. The last time the pest control guy was here, he said that the bees were drones attracted by the pheromones left by the bees that had been building a hive. Drone bees have no sting according to the research I did, but I still do not want to risk it.
So, instead of painting, I have been preparing some of the figures. Right now I am working on some wolves but I am going to keep ordering more figures and a wide variety of creatures and people. Since I have no pets to worry about, once painted I can place the figures on an open bookcase.
April 24, 2017
I am going to start painting some TTRPG miniatures this evening. I have everything I need, I think, for certain of the unpainted figures I own. I want to set up a case for the painted figures separate from the unpainted ones. Maybe, if I can figure out how to insert photos in these posts, I will post pictures of some of my efforts. If I do, do not expect high quality at the start, I haven’t painted for a long time; except one figure and it was a horrible result. I am going to start with simple figures, animals and such without a lot of detail or variation. Once I get my hand back, I will do more detailed miniatures.
I did get some writing done today. Boy that was a surprise when I realized just how long I have been procrastinating on HIGH TREASON. I threw my old draft away because I had screwed it up by having Emperor Caroline alive in this book. And once I killed her off, it was easier to start over. My problem with HIGH TREASON is that I keep thinking about ELDER’S DILEMMA and not HIGH TREASON. I have to focus on what I am doing. I keep asking people to visit and comment on my writing but, as of yet, only my brother has commented and his comments have been in private emails. Like a great many authors, I am a bit insecure about my writing and want validation.
The weather is now the best it will be until autumn. Summer is coming and with summer comes high temperatures and rain. I like it when it rains, Tucson can use every drop it gets. It will be interesting to see how the rain falls on my backyard; if I can sit on the patio and watch the rain or not without getting drowned by the rainfall. When it does rain here, it is either a drizzle or a downpour.
One nice thing about this apartment is the way it is set. It is in the middle of a building, with the southern face somewhat shielded by another building, and completely protected from the eastern sun. The western sun hits a small part of the living room for maybe half an hour now, and so the electric bill should be considerably smaller since I should not have to run the air conditioning to counter the heating of the climate as much. I may have to use the central heat come winter and I have no idea how much that may cost but I may not run it at all. I am getting old so the cold affects me more than it used to, but I might be able to avoid having the heater turned on anyway.
April 19, 2017
It has been almost 3 months since Donald Trump was sworn in as President and the world is still here and functioning. the sore losers haven’t slowed down in their hate and violence yet, but there is still hope. If Gary Johnson had won, things would be much better now. Or, given that the Congress is such a pain, maybe not. I can dream however.
I spent all morning running around buying various small items that I need, mostly at the Army and Air Force Exchange – I am retired Air Force so I can shop there. Tomorrow I have to do grocery shopping, and get the next chapter of GENERATION UPON GENERATION posted on my other blog site: christophercolesite.wordpress.com. And Friday I have a morning meeting with the Pima County Election Integrity Commission. Last night I bullied the chair of the Pima County Libertarian Party a bit and he got the letter to reappoint me to the EIC done. Once the Board of Supervisors acts on it, I am good for another two years.
It looks like I can finally start saving for the Libertarian party convention in New Orleans next summer. And I should even be able to save while sill getting TTRPG material for the campaign I want to run. I have decided to not do a SHADOWRUN campaign even though I love the system but instead I am going to use the Harn setting and the GURPS rules.
I joined another veterans group, this one based upon a squadron I was assigned to back in 1971 for several months. It seems just a place to swap war stories but I am getting to the age where nostalgia has attractions.
I am leaving in about an hour or so in order to play a TTRPG with friends. I am increasingly dissatisfied with the game system, it is a version of D&D, and the campaign setting is not to my liking but I am with friends and that is enough for now. I make no secret of my increasing dislike for D&D in any version.
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 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.
March 30, 2017
I did not leave my apartment today except to check mail, do a bit of laundry, and get some soda. All day I have just sat around and tried to work past the roadblock I have on HIGH TREASON and failed. I know where I want the story to go, but it is the next page that is the killer. I forget which writer is credited with saying “Writing is staring at a blank sheet of paper until you sweat blood.” or something similar. I am horrible with quotes. Except the two sayings my Father taught me: 1) Unless you honestly look at both sides of an issue, you don’t have an opinion, you are a parrot; and 2) If your refrigerator is broken, changing the tires on your car won’t fix it. My Father was a wise man.
The manager of my apartment complex is coming by tomorrow to check the apartment for needed preventative maintenance and I am still, after all these weeks, unpacking and putting stuff away. Living alone slows down a lot of stuff I need to do because there is always too much stuff that needs to get done and that slows everything down. Plus, I am, for some reason, worried that I am going to have a serious hypoglycemia attack tomorrow morning. Why, I do not know. I have never felt this way before, hypoglycemia has always surprised me and hit me without warning or premonition.
My main computer is five years old and the hard drive is starting to make noise when starting up. So, even though I do not like the idea, I am going to have to get the latest version of Microsoft Office and install it on my secondary computer and then transfer all my files to that computer, which will become my primary computer. I have tried, in the past, to transfer files and use Open Office but the files get corrupted too often so that is now off the table forever. Office 2016 cost about $115+ and I will have to wait on other purchases to pay for this.
March 21, 2017
I am over the crud. It was indeed a 3-day version and it ran its course.
I have not done any writing for several days now. It isn’t that I do not want to write, but the crud has kept me away from writing. So, now I can get back to writing. However, not tomorrow as I have meetings most of the day. The Board of Supervisors in the morning and the Libertarian Party in the evening. I am going to surprise the Board of Supervisors, usually I chew them out but tomorrow I am going to praise them. President Trump is proposing a border commerce tax to pay for his useless wall and the BOS is going to resolve to oppose that tax and I am going to praise them for opposing it.
I am ready to start posting GENERATION UPON GENERATION starting Thursday. Yes, I have intended to start the posting last week and the week before but this time for sure.
I am still unpacking my TTRPG miniatures and setting them up ready for painting. Payday I am probably going to get outdoor furniture and start painting in my backyard. I just realized that this is the first yard I have had since 1975 when the mobile home I had then burned down.
Saturday is 25 years since my mother died. Later this year, December, it will be 40 years since my father died. June will be 2 years since my eldest brother died. I feel awful. I have no idea when various aunts and uncles died, I have more or less lost track of my family, and I have no idea if any cousins have passed on either. I really need to reconnect with family.
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.
March 11, 2017
No game tomorrow. As much as I do not like D&D or horror, I do miss the chance to game with my friends. So, after church, I will have to fill my time with something, probably watching Season 1 of The Flash or maybe Arrow. I like both shows. I have always liked the FLASH comic books because DC did more with that “one-trick pony” than should be possible. I also liked the Green Arrow because, like Batman, he always had the right tool at his fingertips, and never ran out. Superman was never a character I liked, he was just too much. DC had to stretch in order to give him vulnerabilities and there was no fun in that for me.
I spent most of today just putting stuff away. I still have a lot to store away but less than before today. I am worried about so items that I seem to have lost when I moved out of my old apartment. I still have bags to search so I hope that I come across them. I did not plan ahead and I am now paying the price.
I can start posting chapters of GENERATION UPON GENERATION this coming Thursday. I have 14 chapters so that means in three and a half months I have to have HIGH TREASON ready to post. I do wish that someone would start reading and commenting on what I write. The commenting part being important since I want feedback so I can improve.
March 7, 2017
OK, I found out what the package was yesterday and it is the new printer that was supposed to be delivered this next Friday, not yesterday. I also got an email stating that the two other items scheduled for this next Friday are coming tomorrow. I understand why shippers give such off time estimates, to protect themselves if something goes wrong, but it does cause problems at times.
So, since this afternoon is going to be taken up with TTRPG, I am posting early today.
I finished my second run-through editing GENERATION UPON GENERATION, so if I do get the printer today and set it up tomorrow, I can start posting chapters of that properly on Thursday without skipping a week. HIGH TREASON should get finished on schedule, a revised schedule since the original schedule had it finished and into editing now.
I am still unpacking after my move into this apartment. Yes, I know I am slow. I find that I use very little of what I own on a regular basis and so I unpack when I am looking for something. I am finding some items that got broken during the move out of my old apartment or from the storage units. Things such as the printer I had, a nice piece of stained glass and a plaque from a congregation I used to be a part of.
As I mentioned yesterday, the TTRPG today is using the D&D system and I am tired of that system. But I seem to be the only person in my gaming group that is not in love with it. I don’t want to leave the group because I enjoy gaming with them but it is becoming less enjoyable with each new campaign. However, there is no central clearing house that I know of where I can find a group that plays something else; I am stuck for now.
I hope to get my bicycle fixed next week. The chain came off a long time ago and I bought a new chain but never got it installed. A friend of mine lent me the tool I need to install it, so I need to find the chain and get it installed. I also need to find a pump, preferable one that is foot-powered, because the tires are going flat. That shows how long it has been since the chain disappeared. For the moment, the bicycle is in my backyard waiting to get worked on. Some of the backyards in the complex have a gate but mine doesn’t. So, to use my bicycle, I will have to walk it through the apartment and then ride it. Once I have it working, I intend to ride it a lot as a way to get ride of some of the excess weight I have.