The Thirty-Sixth Post: The One Where I Yell “Dead Man Walking” In My Best Georgian Drawl

Well – at this point, I would link something from YouTube with someone saying “Dead Man Walking” – but for some odd reason, the link function won’t work. Worked the last time I used it – not that long ago. Oh, well – that pales in the idea that I am going to have to go back to work on Tuesday. Heck, hell and hoolies – this was a fast week. Of course, I know why it was fast… I was enjoying myself. Waking up when I wanted, going to sleep when I was tired… bliss. On the up side, I only have to work Tuesday through Friday, and take the next Monday off. I get Thanksgiving off, and I only really have to work one full week – the last week of the month, which should be somewhat slow.

Anyways – I had mentioned in a previous posting that I was going to take my book down from $1.50 to free just to get some sort of traction. Well… as it ends up, I can’t do that. I can reduce it to 99 cents (did you know there is no cent symbol anywhere in Windows?), but I can’t make it free. Interesting… but at least I’ve gotten one additional sale so far. I told some friends of mine in the AHS and I think one person has bought it. Hey, each sale brings me closer of actually having a profit.

If I seem a little flighty, it’s because I am going to stay up rather late tonight to finish off the show Ringer on my DVR and try to squeeze in a movie. I need that space on my DVR. I was down to 70% from 95% last Monday – quite a feat since I got caught up on Homeland, Boardwalk Empire and watched Darkness (not a good movie). If I can get through Ringer and watch Tangled and Nikita, maybe throw in another movie for giggles – I should get down to 50%, and work on the other series (NCIS, Unforgettable) on the weekend.

As far as the other novel goes – a delightful cram session got up to average. Seriously, I re-did the opening and now everything flows better and I can even have an ‘incident’ on the first page gets everything moving. Feels great! I think this is going to be one of my rare ‘one-shot’ novels. No sprawling universe, no sequels – just one story to entertain you all for a few hours. I don’t want to get any more into it than I already have for fear of giving away too much, but you’re going to love it! I swear.

There is also another neat thing coming down the pipe – Halo’s 10th anniversary edition is coming out next Tuesday, and yes – I am going to have my copy on that great day. Once I get Halo 2, Halo 3 (if that wasn’t stolen) and Halo Wars – I am going to play each one in order. It’ll be nice to see the whole story unfold from the beginning – from Halo: Reach to Halo 3: ODST. Good times – for me at least.

Well, I have one thing left to try in order to try to fix my Office problem. If that doesn’t work, then this computer will be just for writing and I’ll use my net top for blogging.

That’s all I have for now, Good Reader. Sleep well.



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The Thirty-Fifth Post: The One Where I Complain About a Trend in Music and TV.

This will be the inaugural post of me talking about TV and things I see going on today… and what I see is disturbing.

Note to TV editors, and people who are responsible for background music: please stop giving us the 3 minute montage with some unknown woman wailing like she’s Tori Amos. If you need to have music to tell us what we’re supposed to feel during this near useless scene, then the scene doesn’t work. If you’ve run out of something to say and you have to have three pages of filler – fill it with story. I am really tired of the same type of artist singing the same sort of music to the same sort of montage. Main character (usually female) has to make some sort of decision, but she feels obligated to sit in pajamas or lingerie and look mopey.

Really? What are you doing with this? Is this an insult (We think you’re too stupid to be able to read facial expression, so we’re going to hammer this emotion into you with the sound of cats vomiting that we swear sounds like real music. Enjoy.)? Is this a crass marketing ploy (You’re a brainless fan, and we thing that you’re going to buy anything with the name of this show on it – just wait until we come out it the personal hygiene products! Hope you have a strong stomach – not only for the music, but for those hygiene product placement ads!)? Is this the writer just running out of steam?

Don’t get me wrong – I like music in TV. I understand its function in the genre, but… for God’s sake, why can’t we stick to instrumental music? It’s not like we the audience can’t be able to understand the emotional context without hearing someone wail about how their love is a red and rotting rose. Several of the programs that I like are guilty of this (Nikita and Ringer come to mind), and I could take one or two of them – but this is creeping into a lot of shows and I am not a huge fan of this.

What do you think, Good Reader? Is the music irritating or does it work for you?



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The Thirty-Fourth Post: The One with the Creeping Dread

Well, it’s Wednesday here. Still on vacation, but like that trip to the doctor or your mom telling you that ‘we need to talk when you get home’ – or any woman in my case – there is a lingering feeling of dread. I know I still have 3 more days of vacation and Saturday and Sunday to get through… not that it’s been a chore. I finally got caught up on Boardwalk Empire and now going to work on Sons of Anarchy. When that’s done, I’m going to work on Homeland and maybe Ringer. I am going to give Revenge one more chance, but if it can’t hook me in the second episode, it’s going to get flushed out. I’m not obsessed with TV, mind you – but I have some films that I want to watch later on today and I don’t want to lose them. Just to show you that I am not obsessed with TV, I am going to go on to my other obsession.

I’ve started a new project, and I have to give an unofficial shout-out to the writing software Writeway Pro. There is setting in it that allows you to figure out how many words you would need to write a day to obtain a goal. You type in the number of words in your work and the deadline you have – adjust it so that certain days aren’t counted (I take off Sundays) and it figured out how many words you need to write a day to hit that deadline. I plugged in 30,000 words for my new project and the deadline of January 31st, 2012. Get this… I have to type in about 400 words a day in order to hit my deadline. I can do that. Seriously, I can do 400 a day Monday through Saturday. The think that is going to be tricky is trying to stay under the 30K limit. I think that’s going to be enough to tell the story. With any luck, I can get it over to Amy for editing and get some cover art done and put it out there by summer. Expect a lot of updates about this to keep me motivated.

About the story: think of it as the frenzied three-way love child of Gaslight, Event Horizon and I, Robot conceived aboard the Mary Celeste. This is going along the idea of that the Three Laws of Robotics, while very sound; don’t cover the idea of paranormal phenomenon. I don’t know if Isaac Asimov was an atheist, but the laws, while they handle conduct very well, are not very metempirical. The First Law isn’t very friendly to the idea that there are corporeal and incorporeal humans – so, how it is going to differentiate between Uncle Bob and Recently Deceased Uncle Max? Of course, Isaac Asimov was a noticed scientist, so I doubt that the idea of ghosts factored into the Laws. That notion – the idea that there is no overt mechanism for a robot to acknowledge that the thing giving it a command is indeed a human – gave me the idea for the book which is going to be titled I/O Error for now. I did have to add some definitions to the Laws and added in a new Law, but the fundamentals are still the same:

  1. A machine cannot harm, or allow to come to harm by either action or by lack of action, a human being

    1a) Human is defined as any non-permanent, non-essential person either aboard the ship or on the immediate vicinity of the vessel.

  2. So long as it does not contravene the First Law, the machine cannot harm or allow to come to harm, either by action or inaction, a member of the crew

    2a) Crew is defined as a permanent, essential person charged with maintaining the continuing function of the ship.

  3. So long as it does not contravene the First and Second Law, the machine will obey the orders of the crew.
  4. So long as it does not contravene the First, Second and Third Law, the machine will obey the orders of the governing AI.

    4a) Governing AI is defined as the current operating system in the mainframe tasked with observing and operating the major functions of the ship.

  5. So long as it does not contravene the First, Second, Third, or Fourth Laws, the machine will obey the requests of human passengers to the best of its abilities.
  6. So long as it does not contravene the First, Second, Third, Fourth or Fifth Laws, the machine will obey the requests of any legal authority.

    6a) Legal authority is defined as any single person with power granted through appointment by properly sworn-in personnel at the city, state or federal level.

  7. So long as it does not contravene the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth or Sixth Laws, the machine will preserve its own existence.

OK – that’s a lot of laws to go through, but the idea is similar to Asimov’s Three Laws, but I added in more definitions that would suit a litigious society. That should cover all major points of interaction, and leave enough of a loophole for me to run about in. I did some research about ghost vessels – there are a lot more than the Mary Celeste and the Flying Dutchman, which is good for me. It gives me a wider pool to draw from story wise. This story is heading right to Kindle and Nook once it’s edited. For me, this is a pure profit book and I look forward to putting it out.

Well, I have a couple of errands to run and the 400 words. To show there is no doubt – there is about 1000 words in this post and I was only blathering about this book. Just think how much I can do when I am actually writing the book.

The caffeine calls.

Good Afternoon to you, Good Reader.


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