What to say…
What to say…
It’s Saturday evening and I’m attending a class in Scrivener. ‘What’s Scrivener’ you say? It’s a software program that is supposed to make your writing experience all that much more personal and rewarding. It allows you to track and plot out characters and timelines. I bought the software two years ago but never got the hang of it, hence I’m attending this tonight. You know what? Its halfway over and so far I’m not finding this stuff to be all that impressive. Everything the instructor has mentioned, I’m already doing in Microsoft Word and Excel.
Why reinvent the wheel(er-er) when you don’t need to. I mean if it already working, why muck it up?
Now I just need to come up with a way to finagle some additional training in Excel.
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And now for an update on StarBabe (yes it’s still my temp name…)
I’m still plugging away and just crossed the 40,000-word line a couple of days ago.
I only recently got into the main character ‘Babe’ POV. Yeah, you read that right. The first 40k where all focused on auxiliary characters. What does that say?
[Hey, that’s not a nice thing to think about me. It may be technically correct but it still isn’t nice]
The story has taken a real ‘shanking’ up from where it had started from.
That is all…
I saw this and had to report(er…) REPOST it here.
Writer or Psychopath? Top Reasons Authors are Commonly Mistaken for Serial Killers
Writer or Psychopath? Top Reasons Authors are Commonly Mistaken for Serial Killers
So yesterday I went to speak, with a person who shall remain nameless, who conducted my last interview, about how I did.
I didn’t get the job (Obviously) but he provided me some good insight as to what I can do to improve my chances.
He said I came in second place and was surprised in my mentioning that I’ve scored 10 interviews over the past 10 months that I hadn’t landed anything. My current Dwight also recently contacted him to verify that I had actually shown up for the said interview (yeah I know, childish to the power of boogers). He said in not so many words that, which I am paraphrasing and claiming as only my interpretation of what “I THOUGHT HE SAID” which was along the line of ‘I wouldn’t be surprised with you getting so many interviews that your current boss isn’t sabotaging you on her end when agencies are calling for references’. I informed him she isn’t anywhere listed as one of my contacts as I know she is a ‘big bag of wet cats’ when it comes to the way she see’s things (HER AGENDA – HER WAY – HER TWISTED REALITY). Oh, and he kind of (IN MY OWN INTERPRETATION OF WHAT I THOUGHT I HEARD) said, ‘She’s sounded nuts’.
Oh how that put a smile on my face.
Still, that got me thinking about if that could be happening. So I started adding up my applications over the past year by month.
Oct 2016 – 4
Nov 2016 – 14
Dec 2016 – 4
Jan 2017 – 25
Feb 2017 – 14
Mar 2017 – 24
Apr 2017 – 19
May 2017 – 32
June 2017 – 32
July 2017 – 18 (I was out for 3 weeks because she wouldn’t let me come in due to my nose surgery.)
Aug 2017 – 40
Sept 2017 – 42
Oct 2017 – 11 (So far, it’s only the 4th as of today.)
If my math is right that is 279 overall. I’ve had 10/11 interviews so far (I can’t remember exactly)
Is she up to nefarious acts? It’s hard to say but I think I’m gathering the proof that she might be….
We will see…
It is rare in life that you come across a win-win scenario. I believe I have found one. I have started donating plasma and platelets once a week about 8 weeks ago. Every week as
I believe I have found one. I have started donating plasma and platelets once a week about 8 weeks ago. Every week as
Every week as I check in to do another donation they do a quick health check. Over these past 8 weeks, with me doing nothing different, I have lost 8 pounds.
Doing a good deed (winning) and losing (winning?) at the same time.
Had a good meetup with my saturday writing group.
(Inside joke from it) “That’s what SHE said”
Met with a lady who works at the state agency next to mine. Sounds like im going to have my hands full dealing with issues from two buildings. Fun times ahead. That’s the thing with the good fight. You gotta do what you gotta do. To do nothing is not an option. Its the reason i am who i am. Somebody has to step up to stop the tyranny. To lay down and let it steam roll over you is… something i cant do.
Tonight is my wife’s 30 year HS reunion. Fun stuff (not knowing anyone) :p
Its amazing and fun being able to focus on the things i love.
Today’s part included pooping
*(Yes it’s a beta title)
Man, I got some words in today 🙂
3,900 words overall.
I got further along in my story. I’m a happy boy.
Let’s see… I killed off two characters and introduced another one. Not sure how long the new one is going to last.
I want to say more but don’t want to give too much away.
That’s it for now.
Lightning has struck twice
A second person has this haircut.
Now I don’t know this lady and I’m sure she is a fine upstanding member of society. Becuase of this, I have blurred out all of the faces in the picture.
I know everyone plays to a different beat. I get it.
I get it.
I also get humor is a part of life and if we can’t laugh at ourselves and the idiots around us then it just gets all monotonous and stuffy.
This was a nice twenty-minute break (blurring out faces and transferring over the photo from my camera) from my working on my StarBabe story.
The following is first draft quality so don’t go complaining. SUCK IT!
The ensign looked at the data for a third time. He had a gut feeling he knew what he was looking at but couldn’t prove it.
He stood up from his console.
Others around him glanced up at him as they noticed he wasn’t leaving his post to head to head towards the facilities as one normally does after standing up. A few eyes near him lingered as one asked, “You got something Euger?”
He brought his right hand up and raked it through his hair. “I’m… I’m not sure.”
Steppy scooted out of her chair and went over to stand next to Euger, “Show me what you have?”
He pointed at his right most terminal and said, “You see this?”
She nodded as she puts her arms down upon the edges of his desk and put her weight upon them so she could focus better on all of his screens.
He continued, “That’s the feed coming off of the University of Gulga Balstar astronometrics monitor.”
“It sits in orbit around the star and is constantly monitoring its health.”
Her voice had a tinge of boredom, “Go on…”
“Well, it picked up an anomalous signal.”
“Well, what was it?”
“It’s not so much what it was as when it was.”
“You are losing me Euger.”
Major Hanover’s voice addressed them from a few steps behind, “Did you find something?”
Both Euger and Steppy jumped. The Major waited in silence as Euger began mumbling in an attempt to collect his thoughts better. Steppy didn’t appear to want to step in as she still hadn’t grasped the situation.
The Major brows slanted downward, “Spit it out already.”
Euger then pointed to and explained the readings from the University satellite feed. The Major didn’t seem as she was a moment ago as she asked, “So what do you think you found?”
Euger sat back down in his chair and accidentally rammed into Steppy. The Major reached out and caught Steppy by the forearm as she tried to keep Steppy upright. Euger said in a distracted voice, “Sorry.” He then began slapping away on his workstation bringing up various files and feeds. “I’m going to assume you both know your basics when it comes to particle physics?”
The Major said bluntly, “Assume nothing. Talk to me like I’m an idiot.”
Euger started to turn his chair around so he could gauge the look on her face as he wasn’t sure of her sincerity. The Major extended both arms out and locked them onto the back of Euger’s chair back and prevented him from spinning it further. “It’s just a phrase. Yes, I know some. Now get to your point.”
Euger let that swirl around in his head for a few seconds and then spoke as he pointed at one of his center displays. “This is the battle of Horchata V.”
“Okay? We won that battle but it cost us, cost us dearly. Get to your point.”
He extended a finger out, “I want you to look over in this corner of the screen.” Both the women did so. “Now I’m going to fast forward the video to this point in time.”
All eyes were on the screen.
Euger then jumped a bit as there was a small flash of light on the display. “Did you see that?” His head turned back towards the others, “Did you see that?”
Steppy said, “It looked like a flash of a decaying TerryLASTname** particle.”
He then started typing in his terminal again and then another of his screens showed a bell curve on it. “Yes. Now it’s a very large decay according to what we would typically expect.”
Steppy said, “Okay….”
Euger started typing away again and the screen showing the battle changed to another one, “The battle of Ender.” He pointed to another corner of the display. “Look over here.”
They watched that corner as the main feed showed the now deceased battlestation going about its activities just before the arrival of the Saether fleet. There, right where Euger pointed to, the screen showed another momentary flash.
The Major said, “Another particle decay?”
Euger nodded, “It happened thirty minutes before the Saether fleet arrived.”
She leaned in and spoke in a softened tone, “Are you telling me these things are larger bursts are Saether in origin?”
He looked towards her and gave a hesitant nod, “I can’t say for certain yet but I found another one in the background during the salvaging of Saethar cruiser last month.”
Euger started working on his keyboard again and soon they were watching the video feed from one of their own battle drones. Euger pointed to a part of the screen and scrolled through the time scale until he got to that point.
There on the screen was another flash of high particle decay.
The Major asked in her lowered voice, “How long have you been working on this?”
He met her gaze and said, “I found not one but four in the University satellite feed information.”