Friday, October 30, 2009

Blog Envy

Wonder how much time folks spend on their blogs. Some of them are fabulous. Pictures and links and all sorts of good stuff. Of course some of them are themed like cookie recipes or travel or art or cars or noodles. You name it, there's a blog for it. Guess one of these days I'll have to update mine. Not in the foreseeable future though. No time right now. Procrastination. That could my theme. It'd be a big blank screen. Or not.

Saw a headline that the stimulus saved a bunch of teacher jobs in California. Good press right now, but what happens in the next fiscal cycle? California is still broke from what I hear, along with 49 other states and probably some territories too. I guess we can cut down a few more trees and print more money.

The dollar is being challenged as the coin of the world now I hear and the USA may be fading as the world leader. Not sure that's a bad thing really. We've tried to supply aid and troops to just about everyone since I can remember. (And that's quite a while now.) Maybe it is time for someone else to try to run the globe and solve all the problems. Let China fix what's wrong with the Sudan and Somalia. Or stop folks from blowing each other up all the time. England had the title for a while and had to give it up. They survived the trauma, so maybe we could too. Then all the ills of the planet could be someone else's fault besides ours.

While I'm on politics...do you suppose there is about to be a viable third party in this country? Will we have to form coalition governments? Or will the Republicans morph into something other than what they are currently. The next couple decades (or less) will be interesting in this nation. At least I think so.

Just in my area the political scene is so busy ratting each other out you have to wonder if there's anyone at the helm any longer. I guess the person on the switchboard might be left in place. It started with a couple of judges on the take and now it's a new name or two everyday in all political corners. A purge of sorts.




Monday, October 26, 2009

Getting Nervous Now

Seems like I get here every couple of weeks. Had the grand idea of more often, but it hasn't worked out that way. Latest thing going here is the prep for NaNoWriMo. It starts Sunday. This Sunday. Like six days from now. Not ready at all. Ideas keep morphing toward the weird. Maybe I should let them morph. Yeah, right, and end up with a thousand words and no way to move forward. Not the best method for this sort of thing.

I had a character all constructed and she was absolutely without heart or scruples. Make a great wicked step mother figure. She was supposed to reconsider her ways and do good stuff. Not a chance! There are more colorful ways of expressing that but not now or here. She's bad. Sounds awesome, doesn't she?

See what I mean about the weirdness inside my head? Had another character that deals with terminal disease. Sounds like a tear jerker, right? Nope. Instead it becomes a treasure hunt for the heirs. A little less weird until they find their inheritance and then it gets on out there. Stephen King type weird.
Tried reading poetry even and you guessed it. Only the weird appealed to me.
Picked a book to read. Kafka. More weird. The worst of it--I think I understand him. How scary is that! Maybe all this is a sign that weird is the direction this year.

So, OK. Weird it is. The bad girl described above deals with a terminal illness and leaves her family the inheritance they all seek after and deserve. I think I hear eerie organ music playing in the background now. Just no vampires, please. The muses must have some pity. Don't they

On to other topics? Are there others with Nano six days off?

Apparently not.





Thursday, October 15, 2009

Challenges

Wow. Two weeks since I posted here. Really committed to doing this? Well, yes and obviously no. Can't say the time away produced any amazing news. Nano has been on my mind a lot lately for sure. Had one in the outline stages and scrapped it. No, put on the back burner when I realized it needed more planning than I was ready to do right now. Currently, I have a totally different idea and direction that looks to be "the one ". Coming together better with fewer holes in the plot line so far. Yea! What's the big deal about this? It's just the challenge of giving it go again.

Challenges. Must be the stuff of life. Definitely the reason some of us exist. Wonder what it is in our beings that makes that so? Not sure. There's a group of folks that want to explore and do and think. Then there's some that are just the opposite. Basic wiring? Acquired? Both probably. What I am sure of in my own existence is that the lack of new challenges, new ideas suffocates me. I don't like that either. But, looking at my daily routine you'd not guess that at first. Look a bit deeper and you'd see it. Same thing as a night person forced into a day person world. Doable but definitely not the best idea. That's me on both counts. Poor me!

The first snow of the season in progress now. It's slush and not accumulated so far. It is persistent though. Forecasts? Look out the window and get the same information. It's precipitating a mix of all the conditions possible for water except vapor. And it may be doing that as well, but I can't see it unless the low clouds count. If they do then we can see all that nature has to offer in water at one time. That's kind of exciting in a way.

Let's leave it at that today. A positive note, something to ponder, a challenge to look at the world in a more expanded view.








Thursday, October 1, 2009

October 1st

October arrived today and for some reason that makes me happy. The leaves haven't turned, thick clouds obscured the sun, a damp northerly breeze added to the overall fallness of the day. Spellcheck says fallness isn't spelled correctly. Actually, it's probably not a word either but it works for me. Still October makes me happy today.
The biggest event aside from October's arrival happened a couple of days ago. I have an idea for Nano! That's a really big deal. So is the idea. Pretty ambitious, if you ask me. I'd still like to try it just to see if I can come anywhere near pulling it off. It's going to be a scifi/political-ish idea. So far at least. Ideas morph as time goes along. See, I learned something from last years try at it. Now to get all pieces going for it so I can write when the contest starts.

So why am I doing this instead of creating the perfect alien creature or his world? I am creating but it's running in the background at the moment. The biggest thing might entail explaining the why's of the world and it's population. Why do the trees grow so tall? Why do they not have birds? Why are they building a fleet that will deplete their natural resources? Stuff like that. Like I said this is a big project. Ought to be fun.

Still reading NT's books. Started the reread of the blue book now. Got a couple of others going as well. No fiction though. Not reading much of it lately for some reason. Not even Oprah's latest choice whatever it's title. Must be a phase or something.

Speaking of reading I think I'll go do some of that now and bask in the beginnings of October with a good read.