Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This and That

Just bought a new wireless router to solve the problems I was having with the previous one. No such luck. After a myriad of problems I gave up on the one router solution and bridged the 2 solving the problems I was having with each.

So, I’m not a happy camper as I only wanted to power one device.

I received a really nice letter from a blogger who I admire and respect. It was in regards to my story The Cache. I have re-read it many times since receiving it, and have tried several times to write an adequate reply. No dice. Thank you Remus for the letter. It means a lot to have someone of your stature compliment my work. I also appreciate all of you who comment on the story. It is for you that I write.

I am coming to a turning point with this story. I have been encouraged by many of you readers to pursue publishing my story. So I am currently researching using Lulu for this task. Some options are free, while others have a direct cost for the author. Deciding on a format will also take some doing. Perhaps I should do a poll to find what size people prefer?

At some point in the near future I will need to stop posting the chapters and focus mainly on completing the story. I only hope that the quality of the story will be worthy of your wait. As far as a timeline for finishing it, January 2010? Writing a story can be easy or laborious. I love to do it, but it does take quite a bit of time to write and then edit your own work. Even then some errors can find their way through.

The company I work for is planning a furlough in December ’09 of two weeks duration.
I would like to utilize some of this time to work on the story. I am also considering re-writing some of the earlier chapters for more content and some background that was left out.

I like to read. As a young man I purchased at least 2 paperback books per payday. My favorite authors were many, but Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Michael Moorcock, Philip Jose Farmer, Andre Norton, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, J.R.R. Tolkien, Piers Anthony, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle all had a place on my bookshelves, as well as many others to numerous to mention.

Honorable mention: Robert Lynn Asprin and the Thieves World series.

Non-fiction for the most part has a hard time finding a place to take root in my interest. I do like history though.

I read so many other blogs each day that at times it can be hard to do any of my own blogging. Of course if I posted too much about what I have been doing, TPTB would know about all my preps. Nothing questionable or illegal, but none of their business anyway. Needless to say, I continue to prep. My focus this month is clothing, socks and shoes.

I received a phone alert from the School District office yesterday. It seems some sicko tried to abduct a 10 year old girl as she waited for the school bus. I hope they find this puke and prosecute him to the fullest. If I had my way he would be neutered and put on a work gang for 20 years. Even that may be too lenient.

I plan on joining Costco this next payday. Rep’s were here at work last week signing people up. My main interest with them is making bulk purchases such as cases of canned goods and bulk packed items that can be repackaged and stored. I am also planning on purchasing a vacuum sealer in the near future. Cabela’s seems to have a fair selection of sealers and bags.

I haven’t done any canning yet this year as I don’t have the storage space for the jars. I need to either build a root cellar or a super insulated pantry/addition on to the house. I have also been working on a design for a greenhouse that uses old sliding glass door components for the glazing. I was given a bunch of them and need to use them before they get broke. They are of varying heights and widths so the design needs a little more work than normal.

I am going to go all raised bed gardening for next year. I can get the materials for free from my place of employment.

Fall seems to have come in with a bang and is colder than last year, or so it feels. It may be a wet winter, instead of cold as the mountain ash in my yard is lightly loaded with berries. Last year it had a lot.

That is all for now.


  1. ...a good friend of mine(also a writer)once told me that in order for your story to be good,you have to think backwards,and wright frontwards(?)...anyway,do what ya gotta do,count me in as a future buyer...

    ...when yer famous,we can say we knew ya when...

  2. All I can say is keep going with it there are allot of us that do read! And speaking for myself we enjoy!

  3. I do hope you can continue the story, my friend! Very enjoyable and worth a spot on my bookshelf!