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On schedule for me today

Greetings, readers. I believe this is the second blog entry I have dictated via the speech recognition program. I’m on a slightly different schedule this morning, so I asked Rebecca to meet me at Panera Café and a little later than usual. Earlier on, I did some splendid work on my major writing project, also using said voice recognition program. I love it! It’s almost like acting; so fun.

I was up at 3:45 this morning, as usual, and began my day by making coffee, looking at Facebook, and doing a little virtual fishing on Steam’s Fishing Planet. With the new patch that came in yesterday via an update – a major update – the game plays so much better. The creators bettered the physics, I think improved the graphics, and added a Photoshop feature where you can take a picture with your humongous prize catch. It’s about three notches below Star Trek’s hollow deck.

This afternoon, I have an appointment at 3:30. It should not take more than an hour. After that, I’m planning on a light supper followed by more work on my writing project. I am really getting into the story now. As you all know, dear readers, it’s been forever since I’ve been in creation mode. If I am to take time off from my fast food job this summer to rest my feet, I must find some way to perhaps generate income through my writing. I don’t wish to just sit around for three or four months and just do nothing. Yes, one does get very used to that paycheck every two weeks, doesn’t one?

I still have an early bedtime this evening for tomorrow is a work day at the fast food job. I need to get plenty of sleep and rest my feet. When, or if, I am going to tell my manager I would like the summer off is still up in the air. My swollen feet are saying, “Go for it!” My wallet is saying, “Don’t you dare.” Right now, I’d say my decision is 50-50. I will know by early May.

Well, there you have it. I know this wasn’t the longest entry in the world, but it is what’s current in my life today. I bid all of you a great weekend, stay safe, take care and as always, happy reading.

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From Rebecca: The blog is all mine – for a week and a half

Braa-ha-ha! (evil laugh, in case I wasn’t clear.)

Hi, Joe’s readers. Regular readers, you know that Joe goes away to Maine every year in August and that I update the blog while he is gone. New readers, you may not have seen one of my entries yet, especially the new influx of Bear Spring Campers we welcomed recently, but I am Joe’s assistant Rebecca. I do about a dozen blog posts throughout the year, though I haven’t done one in a while.

Usually my posts while Joe is away are updates on how he is doing on his trip or how his cat Keekee is doing back here. She misses him so much when he goes away; I come in on my work days and a couple of other days to feed her and give her some company, while I do a little work. Some years during this time, I manage an entry with a good topic that will be of interest past the vacation, and I will try to do that at some point this year, too.

Joe and I were surprised that one of my vacation posts that was pretty much an update has been viewed a bit more than we expected over the years. Regular readers know that Joe and I are fascinated by the viewing statistics for this blog, which show which posts are viewed each day. From Rebecca, a little bit in a hurry will show up occasionally. It is a nice piece I wrote in August of 2012, but I don’t know how it can be compelling after all this time. Oh, well, it makes me feel good that people like my work. Another post that keeps coming up in the views, a lot, is the Top ten list of modern conveniences. It has been viewed 940 times since it was posted on February 22, 2013, including 5 times this past week. Our best guesses for its popularity are that a lot of people in the world are curious about modern conveniences, or that it is being used in a class exercise to teach search techniques on a computer. Though really, who knows?

So, if you are a regular reader or a new one, I will be the one posting on this blog until Joe comes back from Maine in a week and a half. Until Friday, as Joe would say, take care, have a good day, and happy reading.

Star Trek Continues is a great series

Greetings, readers. YouTube is so wonderful. Last evening I stumbled on to a web-series created by a gentleman named Vic Mignogna, who is obviously a fan of the original Star Trek. I found three full-length episodes, based on Gene Roddenberry’s old show.

The first story, “Pilgrim of Eternity,” was a sequel for the original series episode “Who Mourns for Adonis?” The greek god Apollo (played by the same actor, Michael Forest, who played the role in the original) comes back as a dying old man and asks for help from Captain Kirk and the crew. As time goes on, he can’t help but to want to be worshipped again. The captain and crew, of course, can’t stand for this.

The second episode, called “Lolani”, is about a beautiful Orion slave girl who comes aboard the Enterprise and longs to be free. Her villainous owner is played by the famous actor Lou Ferrigno, known most notably for playing the incredible Hulk in the 1970s.

“Fairest of them All” is the third episode which goes back to the mirror universe and is a continuation of the “Mirror, Mirror” episode in the original series. Mr. Spock goes against his captain, along with several others, to save the Terran empire.

Now, for my personal opinions. One of the actors I recognized was the former co-star of Mythbusters Grant Imahara who did a very good job playing Mr. Sulu. All the performances were extremely well done, especially that of Vic Mignogna as Captain Kirk, who was also the series producer. Mr Scott was played by Chris Doohan, the son of the original cast member James Doohan. Not only were all three of these episodes extremely well done in every facet, writing, acting, and production, but either they re-created all the sets perfectly, or were able to use the 1960s show’s sets. In all three episodes not once did I say to myself, “Oh, that looks amateurish.”

I’m going to link the website here so that you, my readers, can check it out. It is called Star Trek Continues, and this link will get you to the index page. I certainly hope that they make more episodes, but I fear that they are finished. I invite you to find this episodes through the link or on YouTube. Any fan of the classic Star Trek will be happily surprised and pleased.

It is a winter wonderland here in central Pennsylvania, so in closing I wish you all to be safe, warm, I wish you a good day, and as always, happy reading.

Update 1/22/15: Since I posted this entry yesterday, I found out about the Kickstarter program that the creators of Star Trek Continues have to raise money to make more episodes. Yay, at least two more episodes! They set a goal for $100,000 to be met by February 16, 2015, and as of this update they have $86,770 in pledges. I’m very impressed. Next week, I will pledge what I can, for I definitely wish to be part of this endeavour, even if it is in a small way. I looked up Star Trek Continues on Twitter, and I plan to make contact with them there to say I love what they are doing.

Where we’ve been

Greetings, readers. Just a quick update as to where we’ve been most of the past week. Rebecca was sick and I was coping, emotionally, with the loss of a good friend. However, on Wednesday, Rebecca and I will back at the salt mines putting the finishing touches on the new material for my latest book.

Also, on Wednesday or Friday, we’ll get another new blog post up. Until soon, have a good rest of your Monday, take care and happy reading.

Blog comment policy update

Greetings, readers. Today, Rebecca and I accepted a comment from someone who came across my entry “Preliminary report card on MLB13: The Show.” The comment was on topic, which I was thrilled to see, but it contained an advertisement on how to get more readers by going to a linked website. This in itself might not have been a bad thing, but at present I cannot get into any kind of advertisement that I might have to pay for later. I marked the comment as not spam and then snipped the ad part off the end before I approved it. We reserve the right to edit any solicitous comment.

So please, by all means, do comment. But no more advertisements. Thanks and have a great day.

Progress report on upcoming book

Greetings, readers. On this Thursday afternoon, the 24th of May 2012, I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out if I have missed steps in my book process. The whole writing experience has seemed to go much faster and much more smoothly. This is not necessarily a bad thing, unless I have forgotten a step.

I estimate the release of my second book, Tales from North Bay & Beyond: More Bear Spring Camps Stories in thirty to forty-five days. I am holding slight hope that the release of the second book will rekindle enthusiasm for book number one. Both Rebecca and I are extremely excited and proud that we have accomplished this task in approximately nine months; a shorter time than the first book.

As for my summer plans, Rebecca and I shall work on a personal writing project not related to camp. My big news, however, is that starting in late August or early September, the third and final Bear Spring Camps book shall begin. It is tentatively titled, A Captain’s Remembrances: The Last of My Bear Spring Camps Stories. My buddy David Trost says I have a million camp anecdotes, but if I’m truly going to succeed as an author, I have to branch out and find a wider audience. Though writing about my camp experiences has been enjoyable, they are not going to make the New York Times bestsellers list. Perhaps some kind of mystery or romance novel is next for me. Time will tell.

I’m not certain if I will post a new blog entry tomorrow or not, so if I don’t get around to it, take care, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

Writing update 5/16/12

Greeting, readers. Hallelujah. Camp book 2 is nearly completed. We finished with the imputing of the book in CreateSpace.com’s formatted blank. To my minor surprise, camp book 2 will be just about the same number of pages as camp book 1. I was hoping for a slightly longer second book. For those of you who are wondering if there will be a camp book 3, that will largely depend on my buddy Dave Trost, who has agreed to sit down with me this camp season and flesh out some story ideas. We shall reminisce, maybe take some notes, and see if a third book is possible.

As far as camp book 2 goes, some read-throughs now have to take place to make certain that when the proofs are in our hands, they look the way we want them to, before I click, “yes, make it for sale” on the website. Though I waited a whole year for camp book 1 to be available on Amazon Kindle, I’m not going to wait nearly as long for this book. Probably only a couple of months, if that.

With my new non-camp book writing project in its infant stages, I am happy to tell you all that I got inspired after reconnecting with a friend of mine late last week. The next time I communicate with her, I’m going to see if she will allow me to loosely base a character on her. With no real names being used, I probably don’t need permission anyway, but I don’t want to betray the friendship so I will talk it over with her. As I’ve been told by a number of people not to give away new project ideas, I plan on keeping this idea under wraps for now, but if all goes well, it will truly have promise.

Lastly, since Rebecca and I are now working fewer hours per week, I shall soon invest in a program that will allow me to talk into my computer so that all we will have to do is edit. I figure the more typing I can get done the more time we will have for smoothing and polishing. My online research for said product will begin this weekend. Until Friday, good day and happy reading.