The One Hundred and Thirteenth Post: The One Where I Make A Comment About Being A Homeowner…

Hello, everyone. I want to say this about being a homeowner.


Here’s why: my furnace is acting up. It will run for a while and then stop – not when the temperature is right, but when it darn well wants to do so. At first, I could jiggle a wire and the filter and it would kick back on. No problem, I could keep this up for a few months and then have it looked at in the spring or summer. No big deal. It cut out last night, so I did the jiggle-tug and put the cover back up. The blower turned on and I waited for the comforting *fwoof* the gas igniting. There was no *fwoof*. Now, it’s not bone-chilling cold here in my neck of the woods (Heck, the day time temperature today is 41 degrees – not the worse I’ve had to endure, but still…), but I live in an area where during the winter daytime temperature can get to a balmy twenty degrees. Yep. You read that right. 20 in the daytime. So, I’d better get this furnace whipped into shape before winter. Not looking forward to it, since… again… strange people in the house. The cost isn’t getting to me, thankfully I have some savings, but the idea of people coming in here just unnerves me. I’ve gone into detail about this before, so I am just going to say this: not one of my better days thus far, but I am still on vacation, so it’s a little better.

Tomorrow begins Nanowrimo. I am going to throw myself into it completely and hopefully come out with a finished novel and a minimal lack of sleep. For those of you who might not have heard of it, you plop yourself down in front of a computer and write a novel (50K words) in 30 days. You can do that, but your social life will suffer somewhat. Well – yours might dear reader, not mine, I am an amateur recluse (I still have dreams of competing in the Olympics in men’s single recluse. I wanted to try men’s team recluse, but I didn’t make the first cut) so I have no issues with sitting in front of a computer for hours on end – I do it for a living and I hope to make more money off of it. If you’re interested, I always tell people to give it shot. It’s only one month and it costs nothing to join the site. Give it a shot. Who knows? There might be a writer in you.

I/O Error is stumbling a little bit. I want to get to the good stuff, but I need to stick to the plan and get the set-up finished. The last novel, I would skip around and do all the ice cream scenes and write stuff to stitch it together. I didn’t like doing that because when I read it back, it could tell that the scenes were there to carry me on to the next neat scene. Of course, I knew what the scene was for, so I might not have been completely subjective. Well, we’ll see what the editor will say about it. Hopefully, all will be well and I get it to market before too long.

Well, I should go and get to work. Hope everyone has a good day.



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The Hundred and Twelfth Post: The One Where I Give The Post-Birthday Wrap-Up…

Hello all – I know I haven’t been keeping this blog on a regular basis, so with the vacation I have this week and part of next, I am looking to get back into the habit. So… what’s new you ask? Well, let me start with a couple of birthday pictures:

The funny thing about ice cream cake – it does limit how many candles you can use.

I got a couple of gifts: the two best sci-fi
movies around and a gift card to Starbucks. I also got some birthday love from Amazon: Empowered: vol 7 (get it), Babylon Confidential by Claudia Christian and The Walking Dead, vol. 16 (get this series!). I also got myself a little gift – the Kindle Fire, a wonderful little device to entertain myself. I have that and a Nook Color; the Nook is for writing and the Kindle is strictly entertainment… no, really. Lest you think I just sat around all day and played Borderlands 2 all day (only three hours, thank you very much), I actually did something useful – something that I have needed to do for a long while.



There’s a desk under there? I’m just as shocked as you are.

So – yeah, I did something good on my birthday. Didn’t do any writing, but then again – it was my birthday. Today, it’s going to be back to work with I/O Error and hopefully get it finished before the beginning of the year. Getting the first novel finished and off to an editor has given me a great boost of confidence. With this week and a half off, I should get a lot of headway into the book. I am also looking to start a more public blog for a website to sell my books. Once I have three novels together and out there, I will (hopefully) be able to go out to conventions and sell, or at least get my name out there. I have a good feeling that 2013 will finally be my year. Feelings are all well and good, but this needs to be buttressed by action. Which means I need to get to the grocery store, see if they finally have that good white chili and some chicken to go with the rice I might cook. Yeah – I’m going to be lazy about this. While I don’t mind doing dishes… if I don’t have to do them, then I am not going to do them.

On the TV front – Burn Notice is coming back and I am happy. That show is one of the consistently best ones out there. That and Warehouse 13 are the TV shows I enjoy. I’ve watched the first episode of American Horror Story: Asylum and I am going to give it another two or three episodes. Well, I should hop off to the store and get my stuff together for dinner. I hope everyone has a good day and a better week.



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