Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Closing thoughts for the day...

There is only now.

Before now and after now do not exist.

Just now.

Ignore your fear of before and after and concentrate on being now.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Finally back to normal...

Well, sort of.

A broken sewer line has put a serious dent in my writing (and my checkbook ;-) lately. The trench is finally filled back in so hopefully no more issues there. What a mess! Dug up my front yard from house to sidewalk and then dug a 45 foot tunnel under the foundation to replace the pipes.

If I could find the plumber that did the original installation I'd hang him by his lazy thumbs. He didn't install hangers under the foundation, just laid the pipes in the ground. Twenty years later the ground has shifted enough that there were several pipe cracks/separations. You could see where the mud was entering the pipe. That means there was also water seeping out! The mud solidified in the pipe and clogged it.

He also used a Frankenstein set of elbows and pieces of pipe out in the yard where it connects to the city pipe. Several cracks/separations allowed my tree to find the leaking nutrients and shove a big root into the pipe.

Well hopefully it's taken care of. My yard has a snaking mound of dirt that will need to settle and the entire front grass is dead where the 6 ft hill of tunnel dirt sat for almost a week.


Oh and because the Universe is has a perverse sense of humor, my neighbor noticed that my A/C overflow pipe was dripping. Now I'm waiting for the A/C guy to come out and check my brand new A/C unit. And Texas is having a record heat summer. 108 yesterday! Yea!

On the plus side, I'm not in a hospital bed. My family is well and my daughter and her girls are coming in today for a visit! So looking forward to seeing them again!

Be cool, friends.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July friends!

Happy 4th everyone!

I'd like to give my deepest gratitude to the men and women of our Armed Forces, past, preset and future.

To my fellow Americans, Cheers for the USA!

I hope your brats are sizzling, your cole slaw is  tart and tangy, your beans are baked hot and bubbly with lots of mustard, brown sugar and bacon, and your sweet tea is ice cold. Substitute your favorite food for mine ;-)

I raise my glass of tea in your general direction and lift your soul with mine in thanks.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Writing time...

I'm starting to find a new groove in my writing. I found a nice little cafe with wifi and a great selection of coffee's teas and breakfast foods.

This still feels so bizarre, not going in to work in Frisco and dealing with the latest hair on fire issue. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed going into work and honestly I enjoyed working with everyone to help solve those hair on fire problems. I miss the feeling of accomplishment and excitement. But it was time to move to a different type of challenge.

This is my new 'work cubie'.

Have a great day, friends.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Life as a writer

This is one of my new 'remote' offices now.

Now that I'm retired from the world of ones and zeros, I'm trying to get out of the house at least twice a week and concentrate on writing and publishing.

This is my first day in this office, a small coffee shop in Lewisville, Texas. I'm on my second Cappuccino and honestly really liking this new life!

I've made another pass on my SciFi story 'Translation' and I think I'm ready to submit it to Analog. Setting up the account and getting the story submitted is a bit of a challenge but once I've done this one I'm hoping it will get easier.

I'm determined to not start/continue anything else until I've actually finished submitting 'Translation'. With any luck I'll finish today and I can look for the next story to work on. I need to finish book four of Arlo and Jake but I'm stalled in the story so I may have to pick up something else and wait for the Muse to strike me again.

Being retired feels very 'odd' to me. No pressure to finish anything because I have to go back to work tomorrow. Plenty of work around the house to fill my afternoons. Plenty of writing and game programming I want to do in the mornings. I've started to finally get my office desk in order. It has decades of 'I'll get to this later' folders everywhere. I guess 'now' is 'later'.

I have a dozen folders and notebooks with story ideas and game sketches. Just collating these is going to take me weeks! It's OK though, it's a lot more fun now. I can go as slow as I want and enjoy each little concept. Some of these notes I haven't read in decades. Time is such a strange concept.

My life as a software developer is already starting to fade, which I find unbelievable. I started writing software in 1980 and I haven't done anything else in 38 years. That is if you ignore the little heart attack incident of 2016 ;-)

I'll post my progress on submitting this story and others.

Be cool, my friends.