Thursday, February 28, 2008

Short post again

Okay. No long post today. Writing all these words is taking all my time. Notice that we're a little over 29,000 at present. Not halfway yet, but getting there. Tomorrow I hope for another 1,000 words. Then I'll officially be just 4,000 words behind where I wanted to be at the end of February. Not bad for losing three weeks in January due to illness. So I'll have March and April to write 38,500 words. It will require commitment, but it's very doable, particularly if I get a few productive weekends. Anyway, what with errands and appointments and writing, that's what I did today. And probably what I'll do tomorrow. Take care. Night!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

In brief

I've been writing like a madman on Murder by the Acre, so I haven't had any time to blog. I added a thousand words yesterday and another thousand today. I intend to write 1,500 keeper tomorrow. Anyway, I'm off tomorrow afternoon so I'll try to give you a nice long update then. Have a good night!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Looking up at the sky

      We haven't had any pictures of the sky lately. So here are some photos of the sky today.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Slow slow slow Saturday

      I have felt bad all day today. As a result, I haven't done much. A few errands, a bit of housework, a lot of sleeping. In fact, I want to go to sleep right now. Sigh. You can know I'm tired because Godzilla is on TV, and instead of watching it, I'm going to bed. I'm hoping a good night's sleep will help me get over this minor malady.
      Hey, that's cool. Spellcheck is working again. Anyway, I hope you had a good day and hope tomorrow will be better. Good night!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

MBDD comes through

      Tuesday, I received a very nice surprise in the mail. As most of you know, I've spent the past several weeks ill. As a result, I haven't promoted Murder by Dewey Decimal any. In fact, I had sort of given up on selling any more of MBDD since Christmas was over. I thought I might sell more when Murder by the Acre comes out. Anyway, I received a small check in the mail from Lulu. With no promoting by me, without me hovering or worry, MBDD has continued to sell on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers. I was surprised and pleased. My little book is still selling. How about that?
      Anyway, I hope things are going well for you. I'm working the January family newsletter and should have it out this weekend. I should also finish my last audio critique of Jean's techno-thriller Twilight. And of course, I need a couple more thousand words for Murder by the Acre. And housework, laundry, paying bills, errands, etc. The usual.
      I think I’ll close now and get to bed a bit early. Take care and have a good tomorrow. Night!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Turn up the volume

This song fits my mood lately. And I like the video for some reason. Wonder what it could be.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Another 1,000

      I got another 1,000 words on Murder by the Acre today. Kinda wore out my writing muscles so I'm going to close now. Here's a brief video of my new robot. It dances on the table and then falls off. A lot like what humans do when they dance on tables. Night.

Monday, February 18, 2008


      It looks like I'm going to lose another 18,000 words from the old version of Murder by the Acre. Excuse me while I indulge in a bit of violent heaving. Remember when I said my murderer killed someone I wasn't expecting. Well, that someone -- surprise, surprise, surprise -- was all over the middle third of the old version of the book. When that person wasn't talking, people were talking about him/her. Sigh. So I thought, "Okay, I don't want to lose 18,000 words so I'll just un-kill the victim. I'll lose about 1,000 words that way, but not nearly a third of the old book."
      Problem solved. Right? RIGHT? No. The new version with that person dead is better than the old version. Much better, curse it all. It makes perfect sense that the murderer would eliminate that person. In fact, it was a flaw in the old version that the murderer never killed that person. Once my subconscious –- oh evil subconscious -- finally brought that to my attention, I realized that I couldn’t un-kill the victim. It’s a better story with that murder.
      So what does that mean? What? Well, it means that I’m just lazy and I just going to have to adjust to the fact that I’m going to have to rewrite most of the rest of the book, too. Whee. I can’t really express my despair at this other than with explosives.
      Okay. Fine. I can do that. Nothing worthwhile is easy. And the book can still come out in June, only a month later than my revised plan, without me killing myself to get it written. Or rewritten as the case may be. And I still may be able to use about 10,000 words from the old version so not all is lost.
      I’m okay with this. Really I am. Other than bouts of fury and sobbing, I’m fine. Oh, and the drinking. And the lovely fires I’m setting to relieve stress. But the word for me is fine. Let’s say it together: Fine. Fine. FINE!
      Otherwise, I’m fine. And the words are coming. We have over 25,000 keepers now. The goal is 500 words a day now. Two pages a day. Two keeper pages. I have a mad desire to laugh madly at this point.
      Oh, hey, I got a new robot. Yes, I did. I’ll try to post a video of it tomorrow. Something for you to look forward to. I’m always thinking of you, you know. You and you and you, but not you. I’m mad at you, you hussy. But you and you and you and you, too. All the rest of you, too.
      Have a great day tomorrow. And if tomorrow doesn’t come through for you, I want you to stand up proudly, reach out a hand, and grab tomorrow’s throat and choke the living crap out of it. Because we’re not going to have bad days anymore. And if we do, a lot of people are going to, too. I trust you understand where I’m coming from. I’m in the house with you. I’m right behind you. Can't you feel my breath on your neck?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Saturday Evening

       Well, I got a lot done on the house -- not finished, of course -- but I struggled with Murder by the Acre. I can't seem to get in the flow. The story is there, I can see in my head, but getting onto paper -- or on the computer screen -- is like swimming upstream. Against a strong current. While pulling a boat. Sigh. It will come. I have faith. I've had this happen before, and if you keep writing -- and the story is there in the first place, and I think it is -- eventually the writing will flow again.
       Hey, is anyone else having trouble with spell check on Blogger? Mine hasn't worked for a couple of weeks now. I thought it was a Blogger bug, but if no one else is experiencing this, then it's my system. Let me know.
       By the way, I posted earlier today in case you're one of those people who only read the top post. And you know who you are.
       Frenzied Feline, Michelle and Kent did the Book 123 Meme that I tagged them with. (Kent answered his in the comments on the meme.) We're still waiting on Trixie and Jean.
      It rained most of the day here. And it was cold, but not cold enough to turn to ice. And that's the weather report today. I'm going to close now. Have a great tomorrow. Night!

Saturday Morn

      I'm spending today on Murder by the Acre and cleaning house. That's it. My kitchen is just about clean, then I'm going to start on the living room. When I break from cleaning house, I'm working on MBTA.
      It's wet and cold here. I'm tired of winter. Very tired of winter. Well, wait long enough, and summer will get here. It's raining right now. We need the rain so no complaining on that account.
      I'm amazed how cluttered my house has become over the past few days. It's going to take all day and then some to get it uncluttered. But it's productive. I'm determined to get my house -- and my life -- in order. Or at least in enough order that it doesn't interfere with what needs to be done.
      Now back to work. I'll be back later, I think. Have a great day.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Book meme 123

       Kirsten tagged me for a meme a couple of days ago, and I keep forgetting to post my answers. Here it is.


Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!)

       Your Own Worst Enemy by Kenneth W. Christian. The book is about adult underachievement and how to overcome it in our lives. I have found it to helpful in restarting my creative energies as well as dealing with some negative attitudes I have.

Find Page 123.

       Done. Well, that was easy. No, wait there's more.

Find the first 5 sentences.

       Also done, but I see there's still more to do.

Post the next 3 sentences.

       "In the contemplation stage you acknowledge that you have a problem and begin to consider what it is and whether you can change it. During contemplation you would still prefer not to have to change but begin to weigh the trade-offs of standing pat versus acting. You may alternate frequently between waiting to take action and resisting it, question your ability to change, and feel moody and irritable."

Tag 5 people.

       Let's see. Who will be tormented? I tag Trixie, Frenzied Feline, Michelle, Jean and Kent. Those without a blog may answer in the comments on this post. And remember this is Kristen's fault.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Wednesdaying again

      Have you noticed the word total for Murder by the Acre is increasing? Yes, slowly it's going up. I am determined that the word count will increase each day, even if it's only by a few words. The story is waking back up again. And this evening my murderer killed someone that I wasn't expecting to die. The murder surprised me greatly, but it makes sense that the murderer would kill that victim. I'm beginning to think my murderer may be a little crazy. Not the voices-in-my-head crazy, but other-people's-lives-mean-nothing crazy. Kinda like how a fifth-grade gym teacher views the world.
      I also updated the scrollies and the favorite quote. Did you notice? I posted a nude picture of me several entries back. Ha! Made you look. I also added some more links to the Science & Technology links. All were recommended in Don’t Know Much About The Universe by Kenneth C. Davis. The book is bit dated, but still has good info about cosmology.
      I’m still not healthy, dang it. I’m tired of being sick and tired. But I think I’m still improving, just not at the rate I want. Sigh. Besides taking vitamins, getting rest, staying hydrated, eating right … What else can you do to stay healthy? I read once that yak milk is good for you. Anyone have any yaks?
      How are you doing? Anything interesting going on in your world? I basically am going to work, coming home, typing a bit, and going to bed. Yeah, I’m living the wild life. Makes my head whirl.
      Well, I think it’s time for bed. I’m going to try to be posting more regularly. At least let you know that I’m still out here, still typing, still hoping, still dreaming, still being me. Have a great day tomorrow. Night!

Sunday, February 10, 2008


      Sorry to be gone. I’m still not up to my usual energy levels, but I’m doing better. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on a critique for a friend of mine. I was honored that Jean asked me to be first reader for her techno-thriller Twilight. I have a few quibbles that I’m going to share with her, but I think Jean has a good book there, and I’m looking forward to seeing it on the shelves someday soon.
      Today for lunch, I made a pot roast, skinny mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, and a lettuce and tomato salad. It was really good. I don’t cook much these days. I got out of the habit of cooking and have been buying too much fast food. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to try to cook more. Home cooked food is usually healthier, costs less, and tastes better.
      I’m still having trouble with Murder by the Acre. Nothing I can’t work through, but it’s hard going at present. I have to keep working on it. I wanted to finish and publish it before summer rolls around. I’d like to spend my summer working on finishing Darkness, Oklahoma and Dragons Gather. Both are clamoring for attention. In between there, I’d like to publish Floozy & Other Stories. (DO and DG are both meant for regular publishers. At least, I want to try them there first. FOS is going to be self-published again.) And then I intend to write Murder by the Mile. Big plans, eh? We’ll see how it goes.
      I purchased a new video camera Saturday. I’ve been playing with it. I like it so far, but the battery life doesn’t seem to be very long. It takes a special battery so I’m going to look around to find an extra one. Surely someone sells one. Naturally, Walmart, where I purchased the camera, doesn’t.
      Well, I’m going to call it a night now. You have a great night and a wonderful tomorrow. Night!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


      Wow. This meme really got around. Michelle, Jean, Frenzied Feline, Trixie, Erudite Redneck, and Jaime all answered the questions on their blogs. The only one who didn't answer them on his blog was Adam, who sent it to me as an email in the first place.
      Super Tuesday is over, of course. Who did you vote for? Looks like oldster McCain will be the Republican candidate unless holier Hucky can pull an upset. On the Demo side, it's anyone's guess. Votes will have to decide if they like Hillary's vague plans or Obama's empty slogans. Should be interesting in a stomach churning way.
      Last night I ran a mild fever and had a bout of nausea. Very annoying. I'm ready to be healthy again. I want my zip back. Need it back to complete all I have planned. I'd like to have several accomplishments to look back at when 2009. Which is only 11 months away. Yikes.
      I will pay off a small credit card next month. Then I will be left only with one credit card and my second and first mortgage. Oh, and the loan on the new bed I purchased. The loan on the bed should be paid off by August. The remaining credit card should be paid off in November. Then I'll start on my second mortgage and should have it done by November of 2009. Then the first mortgage by the end of 2010. At least that's the plan. We'll see how it works out. Money sure is annoying - well, not having money is annoying. I haven't tried it the other way.
      Holly Lisle is attempting to start her own publishing company. The planning of it makes my head hurt, particularly as I read the many conflicting comments. I think starting a business in these days is almost the ultimate in courage. Of course, she's known for being brave and paying forward. If anyone deserves success in the publishing world, she does. If you'd like to read her current plan, go here and see what you think. Does it sound interesting to you? Would you subscribe to it? Does serial fiction still have a place in the publishing world?
      I'm reading a very interesting book, Your Own Worst Enemy: Breaking the Habit of Adult Underachievement by Kenneth W. Christian. It's about how we fall into the trap of choosing a lesser life than what we're capable of. It also gives a plan for revitalizing our goals. I've found several of my bad habits in the book. I think there's a lot of wisdom in the book, and I'm hoping to use it to make some significant positive changes in my life.
      I was just thinking about my bed loan again. I could actually pay it off in April by pushing the payoff of my credit card back until December. I think I'll do that, and then by May, I'll only have the big credit card, second mortgage, and first mortgage left. I want to be out of debt.
      Well, it's late or it feels that way to me so I'm going to close. I hope you have a good night and a great day tomorrow. Take care.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Monday morning again

      Well, the Patriots lost the Super Bowl. But they played hard and the game was close so I'm not terribly disappointed. My favorite commercial was the one for Coke where the huge balloon characters battled it out for the bottle and Charlie Brown won. The funniest one was where Justin Timberlake got beat up for Pepsi Stuff. His repeated encounters with the mailbox post made me laugh out loud.
      I've been trying to restart Murder by the Acre. These weeks of sickness have really taken the wind out of my writing sails. I've got to get immersed in the story and characters again. I'm hoping I won't have any more delays this time. It's hard to get back into it after being gone so long.
      During all the recent nonstop coughing, hurricane-like sneezing, and projectile vomiting, I pulled a muscle on the right side of my chest. It's really quite painful, particularly when I raise or move my right arm. Been using a heating pad, Advil, and deep-heating rub. That helps, but I'll be glad when it's healed.
      Speaking of being ill, while I was at one of my doctor's visits, he prescribed a drug to settle my stomach. It's available as a pill or a topical rub. "Or, if you prefer, you can have it in a suppository," the doctor said. If I prefer? Are there actually people who say, "Yeah, man, I want a suppository! Wahoo!" I did fine with the rub and the pills, thank you very much.
      That was at my first visit to the doctor during my illness when I still had some spunk left in me. By the second visit, I was past caring. They took blood, gave me shots, poked swabs down my throat, collected other body fluids, thumped my chest, recorded my vital signs -- twice, etc., in an hour-long parade of medical procedures. I didn't ask any questions. For all I know, they were training new nurses on me. That would explain why one of the nurses told me that I wasn't pregnant after I peed on that stick.
      Otherwise, not much to tell you. I mentioned my get-up-and-go had got up and went some time ago. I got a postcard from it Saturday. Apparently it's left the country and is now living in Paris. I'm hoping it will return soon. Time to get ready for work. Talk to you later. Have a great day.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Super Bowl 42

      It's half time, and my team -- well, actually the team I'm cheering for since it's not like I'm on the team or own any of it -- is ahead. Yes, I'm rooting for the New England Patriots. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers just performed. Age has slowed them down some, but they still sounded good. The commercials don't seem to be as good as in the past. As always, the beer commercials are the best. I guess they spend the most money on them.
      Game is back on, but I'm going to finish this post before I return my attention to the action. I didn't do much this weekend. Napped, laundry, housework, MBTA, and worked on a critique of a novel for a friend of mine. I went out to eat with some friends of mine on Saturday night, and I had a good time visiting with Nancy, Nick, Kyra, TL, Melissa and Eric at Applebys. That was the first time I've been out since I got sick.
      I'm still not completely healthy. Have a lingering cough. And lack energy in a major way. I'm hoping that improves over the next few days. But I am much better than I was so I'm getting there.
      I'm going back to the game now. Hope things are going well for you. Have a great week! Night.