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 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.

August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:17 pm by gruundehn

Another lazy day, although I did get some writing done on ELDER’S DILEMMA. Not a lot, but some. I have reached a point where I am not sure of the exact details of the story. The opening I have down pat, and I know the ending. The part where I am, several thousand words in, is the problem. I have a vague idea of what I want to put in the story, but I am not sure of the details. Plus, I am not sure that the part I am getting ready to write is going to be enough words to fill the story out without padding. I am shooting for around 40-45,000 words and it looks like I will have trouble making 30,000.

The weather is nice. No rain again, but Tucson is ahead of average so far. And that is good. I wish it would rain more but the drainage here in Tucson is not designed for heavy rain. Anything over a moderate rain and the streets flood because the sewer system cannot handle heavy rainfall, nor rainfall that continues for over a couple of hours. The people who designed the drains seemed to think that it was not worth the effort and cost to design for rainfall that is heavy. Driving a car during, or after, a rainstorm can be dangerous not only to the driver and passengers but to pedestrians as well. I know, I am a pedestrian most of the time and I no longer count how often I almost get run over or splashed by some driver running through standing water at high speed.

The monthly meeting of the Pima County Libertarian Party is tonight. The County Chair is determined to get the County Party back to being a real political party and away from being a debating society. I am all for that. I need to get active again in posting political videos on YouTube. I have been too lax in my efforts there.

August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:34 pm by gruundehn

Nice day today. No rain, which is bad since this is a desert and rain is always nice, but the temperature and humidity isn’t bad. Tucson is nearing the end of the Summer rainy season, about one month more, and we are well ahead of average. And that is nice, since we were in a drought for a long time.

I have gotten into a lazy mode as far as my writing is concerned. I am two weeks behind on editing HIGH TREASON and getting it posted. I spent all day today doing other stuff that wasn’t as important, but I did anyway. I enjoy writing, and editing is part of writing, but that aspect is something I do not like very much. I would rather write more on ELDER’S DILEMMA than edit. And once I get ELDER’S DILEMMA done and ready for final editing, I might procrastinate on that.

I should have gotten married years ago so that I would have someone to do all the stuff, other than writing, that needs to get done and to keep me focused on writing. The problem is, I never found someone who could put up with me and the ones that might be worth changing for, wanted too drastic of a change. So, I stopped looking. So, I am now here without someone. There is more to marriage than that, I understand that, but I’ll concentrate on that aspect for now.

August 11, 2017

August 10, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:27 am by gruundehn

This is the second week I have not posted a chapter of HIGH TREASON. It is taking a lot longer than I expected to edit and get the story ready. As I edit, I intend to add at least another 1,500 words or so just to get over the 40,000 minimum for sci-fi awards. But, as I intend to get all five books published as a unit, that might not be needed. I am going to try anyway. I like how the book came together at the end. I know how ELDER’S DILEMMA is going to end and that ending will be a suitable ending for the five book series.

It just finished raining, but it looks like it will start up again. I like it when it rains here in the desert. We can use every drop that makes it to the ground. Every drop that makes it to the ground and a lot more.

The one bad side of the rain, actually the change in the weather pattern, is that my knees hurt a lot more. It may take me three tries to stand up, because of the pain. I always end up standing up anyway, it is just that the pain of standing is something I do not want to go through, even though I have to else I would be in bed all day and never get to eat. I have to do my own meal preparation as I live alone. So, I force myself through the pain and stand up. Sitting down is not as bad, it hurts but nowhere near as bad. I am trying to walk with more movement in my knees to exercise them and get the muscles to a more normal condition. I daydream and fantasize a lot, it is how I got a lot of my story ideas, so lately I fantasize about being able to rid myself of the pains that are ever present. It doesn’t work, but it is a nice daydream.

August 8, 2017

August 7, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged at 2:52 am by gruundehn

I have started work on the editing of HIGH TREASON and breaking it into chapters. ELDER’S DILEMMA is going good also. Once that is done, it is back to MAGIC IN THE MONASTRY. I am going to post the chapters of that book differently than I have been doing. Posting all the chapters of all the Elder books on one page was a mistake but one I am going to finish the series with. Reposting the chapters would be too much work for whatever gain I would get.

I got very little done today otherwise, I just got started on the editing and chaptering. Other than that, I did some shopping and ate breakfast out, and a paragraph or two of ELDER’S DILEMMA. Not a lot, just a quick idea that I wanted to get down before I forgot it. For the rest of the day, I loafed and read a book on the Scottish War of Independence. The author wrote the book in 1914, so the language is a bit on the strange side but he does make a good case. I also got another book today, about the Soviet-Polish war of 1919-1921 and the American volunteers who fought for the Poles. It is also a good book.

I got a couple of comments on some videos I posted on YouTube but they were not really about the videos, they were spam. I write this blog just to post, much like a diary. I post chapters on my other blog and I post videos on YouTube in order to gain comments and get almost nothing. Maybe I should get discouraged, but I am not.

July 29, 2017

July 29, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:05 pm by gruundehn

I have been preparing for a hospital visit all week. I went in for a colonoscopy and stayed overnight. That was not fun, in any sense of the word. I could not eat Thursday, nor Friday. I only had some beef broth mixed with vegetable broth Thursday and the diuretic Thursday night and Friday morning. I used Gatorade for the mixer so that I would get some sugar and nutrients. I got to the VA in plenty of time and the staff prepped me. I found out later, this morning, that they broke my cane while doing it. The examination went fine, except the nurse placed a catheter in my hand and it hurt the entire time I had it in. IT came out this morning and bled badly as a result. Anyway, I got into a room for recovery and stayed overnight. The colonoscopy gave me a huge air bubble in my gut so I spent the day burping and farting, except one fart, at about 3 AM, was much more than a fart. I felt sorry for the nurses who had to clean that up.

Anyway, I was discharged this morning and it took almost three hours to get home because the busses run so much less on the weekends and I just missed a couple of connections. Thankfully, there was no game this weekend. The son of one of the players is sick, not that I am thankful that the boy is sick, but the child is sick and the game got cancelled. Which is good sine I would have been two hours late for the game because of the bus schedule.

Because of the preparation for the colonoscopy, I did not post the last chapter of GENERATION UPON GENERATION. I did get HIGH TREASON pretty well finished, I need to go back and edit it and put the chapters in. Then I can start in on ELDER’S DILEMMA. Once that is posted, I will leave the series up for a week or so, and then remove it. I made a mistake in posting it all on one page. Too many chapters for the books. For MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY I will post a chapter a page and see how that works in getting comments.

It rained a great deal yesterday and is raining a good deal now. In Tucson, the summer rain season is about half the rainfall we get each year. This year has bee great. Good strong storms that are several times a week is just what we need.

July 11, 2017

July 11, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , at 9:40 pm by gruundehn

It rained last night. A huge storm. I was going to go out onto my patio and watch it for a while, even though it was around 2 AM, but my patio faces north and that was where the rain was coming from. I would have been soaked in seconds. As it was, I did watch from my French Doors in my bedroom for a little while but since I could not see much, I quit and went back to bed. The ground in my small backyard was saturated this morning.

I went down to the Board of Supervisors meeting this morning and chewed them out. Not that it did any good, Chicken Little was still screaming how hot it is getting. Is Tucson getting hotter? Yes, probably. However, the increase is due to all the concrete and asphalt put down over the years. If Tucson went back to the population of 1970 and eliminated all the construction since then to support the increased population, the temperature would be at the level it was in 1970, if not cooler.

I haven’t done any writing today, I had to stop off at the Post Office and take care of a small matter and that took a lot of time as the Post Office was crowded. Then, the bus schedule means that it takes a long time to get anywhere. So, even though I left the Board of Supervisors’ meeting about 11 AM, I didn’t get home until almost 1:30 PM. And after checking email, and now posting this, that has been the day so far. I do intend to write this evening. I am almost at the climax of HIGH TREASON and once I finish that off, it will be the editing and re-writing. The light is at the end of the tunnel for HIGH TREASON, and it is not an oncoming train. At least, I hope it isn’t. I will see tomorrow when I really jump into my writing. I wish, sometimes, that I had someone living with me who could take care of all the non-writing stuff that has to get done so I can concentrate on writing. However, that would mean a lot of the other stuff that I do such as politics, would suffer. I will keep things the way they are and plug on when I can.

July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , at 10:48 pm by gruundehn

A hot day today for me. It isn’t as hot as it has been recently, but I had to take a long walk to fix my bus pass problem. I called Sun Tran and discovered that my old card had expired, which is why it would not work yesterday, so I had to walk to where I could buy a new one and then call Sun Tran again and get my pass transferred over to the new card. The humidity is high enough that my sweat did not evaporate immediately, so my shirt is soaked. Once home, I drank a huge amount of water just to stop feeling thirsty. That was about an hour and a half walking down to the store, getting my new card registered, doing a little bit of grocery shopping and walking back. At least it was exercise; which I need.

I did get some writing done this morning. I decided to not kill off a character I introduced in this book so I sent him off to a far-off planet to save his life. I am going to have a lot of bloodshed at the end of HIGH TREASON anyway, so why not save this guy’s life. His granddaughters are staying on Earth, something that will make the main character’s life a little more complicated. As if it wasn’t complicated enough anyway.


July 9, 2017

July 9, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:45 pm by gruundehn

It looks like rain is coming today. Now, if you are living in an area where it rains often, that may seem like no big deal; but, Tucson is in a desert. Tucson has five seasons: Winter, Spring, Fire, Rain, Fall. And, since the rainy season is running late this year, the fact that it is raining over the Rincon Mountains and the Santa Catalina Mountains, and it looks like the storm is headed towards Tucson itself, is a great event. At least, locally a great event.

The bus ride to church this morning cost me an extra $2. I buy a monthly pass for $45 but this morning the fare kiosk refused to accept my pass and I had to pay $2 to ride. The fare is actually $1.75 but all I had was $2 and the kiosk does not give change. Any other Sunday I might have skipped church but not today. Today I was a Lector, one who reads one of the lessons, plus a friend of mine is leaving Tucson and going back to Ohio this coming week, so today was his going away party. He and I were at the same air base at different times together. We are also both writers, he is married so his wife does things I have to do for myself, and thus he writes more.

Speaking of writing, I am re-editing ENTRANCE EXAMINATION in preparation for taking it off my other blog and offering it, and the other four novels in the series, for publication. I started my other blog in hopes of getting comments about my writing so I could improve, but I never get any. I did get a few comments from my youngest brother; but not on the blog, in private emails. Why no one comments on my novels, no one says. I do get people liking a specific chapter, which seems odd unless they read the other chapters in the novel but say nothing about them. I do want to write stories that people enjoy but so far, I have no clue if I am doing that.

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