Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Thank you Vanessa  for nominating me for this award. Vanessa is the Grand Pobah of the Seasonal Short Stories Group , a collection of supportive, brilliant writers from around the world.

The Rules:
1. Copy and place the Beautiful Blogger Award in your post.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 fellow bloggers for the Beautiful Blogger Award, tell them by posting a comment on their blogs.

Now 7 Things About Me:
1. I enlisted in the US Navy at 17, served on two Nuclear Subs(long since turned into razor blades and Slinkys) and taught Naval Nuclear Propulsion for three years. I mustered out of the Navy at 27. Ah, the simple, formative years.
2. I read 3 to 5 books a week, not counting software books.
3. My favorite books are Glory Road (Robert Heinlein) and Shogun (James Clavell).
4. I was born and raised in Levelland (yes level land ;-) Texas, USA. I moved to Boulder, Colorado, USA in 1964, when hippies still roamed the world.
5. My favorite non-fiction subjects are Cellular Biology, Artificial Intelligence and World Naval History.
6. I have been a software developer since 1980. I owe my career to two men who believed in me even though I didn't have a degree. Dave Granger and Phil Chermak. Bless you, mates!
7. A perfect meal would be Red Robins Cajun Clucks and fries with a bottle of Los Pinos Vineyards Sweet Rodeo Red, served on the patio on a cool Sunday afternoon. Ahhhh.

PS: For the nominees, you are not under any obligation whatsoever to take the awards.
My nominees:
1. James Smith
2. Mack Brown
3. Charles Wells
4. Robbie Cox
5. H. P. Oliver
6. Karen Einsel
7. Vanessa already took Gary Henry!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Over another hurdle

I've been sort of stuck in 'Arlo and Jake Bootcamp', not making much progress. Lots of distractions with family, work, dental hell (had 2 back teeth removed, what fun!), work, holidays, work, etc.

It was like pushing lettuce through peanut butter but I managed to write a couple of paragraphs and then, bang, got a plot line inspiration. That line carried me forward to the end of the chapter. I'm ready to move on now.

I have no idea what gave me the inspiration, but I think it was always there waiting for me. Once again, I just had to hit the keyboard every night, even if all I do rework and 'tink, 'tink, 'tink.

Also, I had a chance to catch up on some reading, and that seems to clear my mind. I get involved in a different story and stop worrying about my story. Then when I come back to it, I'm not doing the 'what now/nope that's wrong/what now/nope that's wrong' mental loop-d-loop.

The boys have met their Triad members and I've introduced another Triad to drive some tension into their boot camp experience. Cool!

I'm thinking about getting a notebook to draw/doddle ideas as well. I've done that before and like doing it. How much it helps I'm not sure. But it's fun, so what the heck.

Keep writing, my friends.