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My new year’s resolutions 2019

Greetings, readers. I’ve thought long and hard about what I want to change in my life in 2019. The first thing that came to mind was to better my diet. That will be a slow process, but one of the things I can easily do is drink a cup of green tea at Panera every time I go. I shall get the benefits of its antioxidants and, according to WebMD, the benefits from lowing cholesterol levels and improving blood flow.

Resolution number two. I’m going to try to be kinder to strangers. New Year’s Eve day I was at Panera having a cup of coffee, trying to collect my thoughts, when I spotted a mother and three little girls. The children were all so well-behaved, I thought wouldn’t it be nice if I bought them a cookie to share? Hoping I wouldn’t come across as the older creep, I cautiously approached the mother. After the mother gratefully accepted my offer, I went to purchase the large M&M candy cookie. When I presented it to them, the children were all smiles. It felt so good to give rather than to receive. I watched the kids occasionally as they ate their lunch and sure enough they finished every bite. Then they shared their cookie.

I’m going to try to be more positive this year. I tend to be a pessimist at times and lose my cool way too easily. I shall work on that every day with meditation and therapy for anger management. It is nice that I have a therapy session this afternoon and I can start this resolution right away. Therapy really is helping so much. I am sure my doctor can continue to help me with my negativity and occasional short fuse.

I’m going to try to repay kindness to people who have shown kindness to me. Again, giving is better than receiving. I understand that when you are a little child, you love to get presents. Try giving, young children, you’ll be amazed by how good you feel.

This year, I’m planning to write at least one to two pages a day on a work project so that this time next year I’ll have a book of between 365-730 pages. Yes it is going to go very slowly. If I really get on a roll, I might even type more than that per day. I need to get that great American novel out if I have it in me.

Now for my biggest resolution. Thanks to a point-out from Rebecca, I’m going to stop bad mouthing people. Sometimes when I talk about my friends, I tend to harp on their bad points and how they irritate me on a particular day, without saying anything about their good points. I’m going to learn how to be thankful for all my friends, knowing that no one is perfect, and I sure as hell am not. I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts that if you were to ask any of my friends about my bad points, the list would be about two pages long. That is why I need to change things.

What are some of your new year’s resolutions? Leave them on my Facebook page or here on this page’s comments section.

Rebecca and I are down to working one day a week now. I’m going to try to dictate a blog entry on Saturday when the work crews are not working and it is quiet, then post it for you late Saturday or Sunday.

Until then, take care, have a great day, have a blessed 2019, and happy reading.

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Arg!! Oh what a terrible morning

Greetings, readers. What a morning Rebecca and I are having. If it was not dealing with a serious matter to me, I could have seen Tim Conway doing this in a comedy sketch. It would have been hilarious. Here’s what happened.

I had one simple phone call to make. All I had to do is tell a human being on the other end of the line that I wanted to verify a piece of medical information for my insurance. In 45 minutes, readers, and after calls to three different phone numbers, do you think we actually got a human being? No. I don’t count the person who told me that I did not call the right number. I can see Tim Conway on a speaker phone – push 1 for English, 2 for Portuguese, 3 for Spanish, etc. Fifteen different languages all the way to Scandinavian. Meanwhile, Harvey Korman would be laughing at the faces Tim Conway would make in exasperation. Yes, folks, on TV it is funny. In real life, not so much. Rebecca suggested that we take a break and write the blog entry while my phone charges a bit. I think it was an excellent idea. I feel better already.

I already have in mind the idea for the next short story blog entry. As one of my readers requested, it is going to be a continuation of Toby’s adventures in the attic. I’m going to let my creative juices flow and push the envelope, as people say.

As I may or may not have mentioned in a previous post, my speech recognition program, for lack of another term, got set back to factory specs and I am in the process of re-teaching it my speech patterns. It should not take too long. The more I use it the more it will work. I have two appointments this afternoon, but I am going to write this evening and much of tomorrow. By then I should have the speech recognition program back to the way it was. It had actually learned my voice quite well, I was most pleased, but then it re-set. Sometimes, though, I still want to be that Tom Hanks character on Cast Away, who was all by himself; on an island or in a cabin in the mountains, and just write, write, write. However, this is something called the real world and I do have a plethora of appointments to go to.

Okay, I have sufficiently ranted and raved, and I feel better. When Rebecca and I wrap up this blog entry we will try again to contact the agency I need to talk to.

I bid you all a great weekend and that short story will be ready for Rebecca to cut and paste into the blog on Wednesday. Until then, take care, have a great day, and happy reading.

Resolutions for a New Year

Greetings, readers. With 2016 right around the corner, it’s time for me to make a few New Year’s resolutions. At first I had an idea to make this entry a top ten list, but I’m not going to, just in case I can’t come up with 10 resolutions.

Things I want to continue working on: I want to continue to keep my bathroom and kitchen in the apartment in good shape. My friend Cathy is a tremendous help. I need to do more. The living room fluctuates between passable and messy, and currently needs attention. Once I clear off the old, dead chair, I’ll be able to figure out how much room I have in here for new furniture. I will certainly want to keep the new stuff clear and usable. Just think, I’ll be able to have house guests. Another thing I want to continue on is the blog. Rebecca and I are 460 entries strong and I have no plans at this moment to shut it down. It is completely enjoyable and right now is my only means of creativity.

Things I want to begin working on: I’m going to borrow a bulldozer and clean out my bedroom. I’m going to sell my father’s single bed with hopes of putting a double bed in there. I’ve always had that size of mattress, it is what I am used to and what I like. I always feel like I am going to roll off of Pop’s bed, and that is not a good feeling. Also, I want to volunteer or get a part-time job. I do fully understand that if I get a job now, in late December or January, I might not be able to go to camp in August. I don’t know what the procedure is for people with part-time jobs to get time off. Full-timers have to work one year before getting a vacation week.

The biggest thing I want to try to do in the next 6 months and beyond is choose one writing project, either with Rebecca or on my own, and work on it every day. I need to flex those creative muscles and even if the work never gets sold, it is practice. And it will have a purpose. In the last week or so I’ve come up with 2 or 3 great ideas. I always do my best thinking at 2 in the morning when the lights are off. I have jotted down some notes and I’ll be ready to go after the holidays are over.

A very long-term resolution is to make it to September 24th to celebrate the one-year anniversary with my girlfriend, Traci. It has been a long time since I celebrated an anniversary.

If you would like to leave your New Year’s resolutions on my Facebook page or here in the comments section, please do. We’ll compare notes.

There will be a blog entry tomorrow and just like last week Rebecca and I will be off on Friday. So until then, take care, have a great day, and happy reading.

I plan to read and edit Four’s a Crowd today

Greetings, readers. The other day I was inspired by Rebecca’s husband Darren. As a lot of you may know, Darren is turning my play Kimberly into a novel. The third draft of Four’s a Crowd is finished. We were looking for readers, with what we call fresh eyes. That way they can pick up on any flaws in logic. So far no luck with readers.

I have decided to take on this section of the project to critique and edit it. Admittedly, I probably know the story too well, but I will try my darndest to stay objective and keep a close eye out for anything that needs correcting.

I don’t have goals very often but I have one now. The goal is to have the thirteen-chapter book read and critiqued twice by August 5th. I leave for Maine a day or two after that. While I’m gone, the project will be turned back over to Darren to make corrections and we will call that the final draft.

The step after that will be to communicate with lawyers, draw up contracts, and then find an agent. I’ve decided that this book is too good to be self-published and sit on shelves because we don’t know how to market it. Between now and August, Rebecca and I will look at a possible list of agents. We will have to have a query letter and also a sample of the finished work ready to send to the agents.

If this book is as good as I think it is, we may be sitting on the launching pad. I don’t think it is going to hit Oprah’s top ten list, but I see it selling much better than my first three books did, which were self-published. Darren’s worked hard on this project, as I did years ago. I’m hoping that Four’s a Crowd will at least get us on the map.

On to other things, my kitty-cat Keekee is looking me right in the face meowing for her dinner. Before editing, I’ll probably give in and give her what she wants. I am pleased to say she got a clean bill of health yesterday at the vet’s office.

Tonight I have very simple plans; reading, reading and more reading. Even though my eyes become strained quickly, I want to finish at least through chapter five tonight. I began using a color coded system in my editing process but that slowed me down tremendously. I think I will grab a tablet, have that next to me, and make my notes there rather than constantly changing font colors. To me the use of that time was counterproductive and I could have gotten more done.

On a whoo-hoot note, I signed my letter of intent to stay here at Arnold Addison Court apartments for another year. Yes, it is small and yes the Penn State crowd can get loud sometimes, but in the end I really like my place. I have no immediate plans to leave. If I’ve counted correctly, I’ll be starting my tenth year here come October. How time flies.

It’s time to get onto other work so I will wrap up with my usual ending, bidding you a good day, do take care, and as always, happy reading.

1,101 words since Friday evening

Greetings, readers. It has been a long time since I have been in a writing groove like this. Yippee! I’ve finally come up with a project which is fairly easy for me to do and it contains characters I’m familiar with. I am trying something brand new with this project. I am keeping a daily log of how many words are written each day. Wednesday I had a big fat goose egg of zero words on the ledger. 😦 And for the first time, I can actually say it bothered me. So, even though it was late last evening, I did get 220 words completed on the script, including having to go to Google Docs and translate two lines of dialog into French. unfortunately, I could not copy and paste from Google Docs to my document. So I had to type in French, not having any of the accent marks; those will come later.

I am embarking on a television script for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yes, I know that series has been off the air since 1995, but part two of the project will involve turning it into a novel. It will be my third attempt at writing a novel.

My major sticking point is the creation of characters. That’s no problem here. They are created for me already. The next big step will be creating characters of my own. That has been my big sticking point problem up until now. When I wrote my play, Kimberly, the story line was certainly strong enough but the four characters were as flat as pancakes. Especially Lyle, the husband. Even after four drafts, I couldn’t make him any stronger. Thanks to Darren, who’s currently turning that project into a novel; he has fleshed them out and given all four characters much more depth. I’m extremely pleased with what he has done so far.

My writing surge, if you will, is thanks to three people. First of all, Rebecca, for her constant and gentle encouragement. Second, Darren, who has lit a fire under me with the wonderful progress that he has made. And lastly is a man named Ron Jones, who helped compose and put together the Star Trek: Next Generation music on compact discs which I am using to inspire me and get me into the Next Generation zone. That has proven to be quite effective.

Before we sign off, just a quick note about the weekend plans. On Saturday evening is D&D gaming night with Darren and Rebecca. 🙂 Since it is the evening session, that will leave me several hours to continue my work on this new project. Gaming night relies on the weather being good. So far the snow storm predicted for the weekend is apparently going to track south of us. Today is sunny but still dang cold. Spring, please get here soon.

Until next Wednesday, have a great weekend, stay warm, and happy reading.