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Long Weekend, the Wrong Way

Spent today in bed. Sick. It started with a scratchy throat yesterday around noon and progressed steadily to a full blown cold. I slept until 2:30 this afternoon, got up long enough to take a phone call and write a blog post. I'm sure it's not the flu. The symptoms are all wrong. This is just a cold. Congestion, congestion, and more congestion. I'm off to bed. Later.

Light, Write, Play

I spent far too much time working on the exterior lighting at one of my branches today. What I thought was going to be maybe an hour ended up taking all day; and I get to go back with parts tomorrow. Such fun. Kinda screwed my plan for the day and subsequently my plan for the rest of the month. Now I'm going to have to scramble around tomorrow to get everything done. NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. Sunday will be the first day of actually writing the novel. I feel pretty good about the notes I've got and the outline I've put together. There are holes. Holes in character. Holes in the story. But they're good holes. The kind of holes that I expect to be able to fill easily as I write and get a better handle on the story, characters, and relationships within the novel. Like I said, I feel good about what I've got and I think this is going to be a good story. Jay and I have the bye in our Madden league. Denis played the Rams tonight and lost. They beat me a couple

Standing Desk, Maybe, We'll See

I lost my fantasy football game. **SIGH** That leaves me with a 1-6 record and a sinking feeling about the rest of the season. Damn you, Roy Williams. Damn you, Calvin Johnson. And a big FU to all my runningbacks. I started piecing together my 'standing desk' tonight. I picked up a two drawer cabinet as the base. Then I used some galvanized pipe to create a monitor stand. I found a bracket to use for a tilting keyboard tray and screwed a board to it. It's very rough right now, but I don't want to put a ton of effort into making it pretty until I determine if it's going to work for me. So far I've put about $60 into it between the cabinet itself and the pipe and fittings, so even if I hate it, I'm not out much. I've already got the monitor and I should have a keyboard around here somewhere. I think it'll be a grand experiment. Tasha thinks it's dumb. Tasha thinks I'm not going to like it. Tasha thinks it's a waste of time, effort, and mone

West Bound and Up

Dinner on Saturday was not my sort of shindig. But it was what it was. I had fish. We sat at the bar. Seeing Joyce and Wayne was pretty cool. Better than I expected. Wayne and I actually had a conversation. Kinda weird actually. There was a birthday party for Tasha's mom today at a friend of hers. There were a lot of people there that I didn't know. But I saw Karin and she seemed none the worse for wear. Sounds like she's going to try and get a job at the Noodle Company. As I didn't know any of Jan's (mom) friends, I watched the football game. Those Vikings look awful good for being led by an old man. Unfortunately, the Steelers came out on top. We had Chinese when we got home. Hunan Chicken is the bomb.

East Bound and Down

Heading to the east side to go to dinner with Tasha's mom and sister. It's mom's birthday, or rather it was earlier this week, so it's kinda a celebration. Afterward, we're going to try and hook up with Joyce and Wayne. Friends from back before we left Rochester. I'm a touch nervous as I haven't seen these people in years. Tasha talks to them all the time. Me, not so much.

Games I'm Not Playing

I picked up Champions Online a couple weeks ago. I enjoyed City of Heroes while I was playing it so I thought I'd give this new super-powered MMORPG by the same studio a chance. Strangely, I wasn't particularly geeked about the purchase. I actually left the damn thing in the truck for 3-days before I even brought it in the house to install it, which is very unusual for me. My excitement didn't increase after the install either, I downloaded the patch and started using the character creator.... but I shut it down before I'd even finished making a character. I didn't pick it up again for a week. Then, I did make it through the character builder, but shut it off two minutes into the tutorial. I just don't care. I don't like the graphic style of the game, I found the character builder to be clunky and not very intuitive, it's just not doing it for me. I'm not willing to invest myself in this game. My City of Heroes account expires next month and I have n

New Books

I went on a little book buying spree today while waiting around the mall. There is a new Barnes & Noble book store right next to the mall office, where I was trying to get roof access. It was more temptation than I could handle. So I wandered in and walked out with three new reference books. Two of them are writing books; Howdunit - Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers by Lee Lofland and Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict, Action & Suspense by William Noble. The third is more of a career reference for folks getting into the P.I. field, but I think it'll be useful as I work through this novel; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating by Steven Kerry Brown. I haven't cracked the cover on any of them yet, but I'm looking to digging into each of them. I didn't get on the roof. Win some, lose some.

CDC: Boat, Home, Car

[caption id="attachment_720" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="38' Chris-Craft Commander"] [/caption] Coconut Attitude During his divorce, Josh, was looking for an apartment when a family friend allowed him to stay on his boat as a sort of liveaboard caretaker. The boat was in need of some TLC and the owner was only visiting it two or three times a year. It was a good arrangement for both of them. Josh got a place to live and the owner had someone to maintain the boat while he was away. Josh, found that the liveaboard lifestyle fit him and when 3-years later the owner wanted to sell the boat, Josh bought it. He has lived aboard ever since. The boat has switched marina's a few times but is currently docked on the Trout River just outside of downtown Jacksonville. The Coconut Attitude, the boats original name, Josh hasn't bothered to change it, is a 1972 Chris-Craft 38-ft. Commander of the flybridge variety. She's  13-feet wide

Fish, the Best Friend

[caption id="attachment_709" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Newfoundland Dog"] [/caption] If you visit Coconut Attitude you're sure to encounter Josh's dog, Fish. He's a very large, very black Newfoundland Dog.  Around the marina Fish is famous for his giant size, deep bark, sweet disposition, and his swimming; everyone knows Fish. Fish is huge. He's 28-inches tall at the shoulder, more than 5-1/2 feet from nose to tail, weighs 180 pounds, and is covered in shaggy black fur. It is not uncommon for people to mention his resemblance to a bear when first seeing him. His head is the size of a pumpkin; a black, droopy lipped, hang jowl, slobbering pumpkin. To look at his soft, drooling expression you might think him a bit slow, but he carries himself with a benevolent and dignified temperament. Despite his huge size and intimidating appearance, Fish, is a well trained, loving, and patient dog. His gentleness, kindness, and al

CDC Wallpapers

So I was supposed to be writing the 500 word character study of Josh Hale for you tonight. But instead I did these two inspirational/motivational wallpapers to help me focus on the story. Ha. They're both 1920 x 1200 resolution, because that's what I use. I didn't make any lesser resolution wallpapers because, well, who the hell would want them. This is the first time I've done this with photos, check them out. And I make no claim to any part of these pictures, all I did is put them together in a manner conclusive to my needs. Peace out. This was the first one I did. And then I did this one, just because. Enjoy.

Cool, in 500 words

[caption id="attachment_707" align="alignleft" width="432" caption="unknown actress"] [/caption] Caitlyn Marie Reese 19 years-old, Aquarius, 5-ft. 5-in. tall, 125-lbs., Blonde hair, Green eyes The only child of divorced parents. Caitlyn's father left her and her mother when she was five for a topless dancer. And she saw him maybe a dozen times in the intervening 13-years before she left home. Each time he had a different bimbo on his arm, and as the years passed the age difference between her and these women decreased. Birthday's and Christmas' were celebrated with greeting cards and twenty-dollar bills. She both loves and hates this man who is her father as only an abandoned little girl can. While her mother has nothing good to say about him, she more than obviously is in competition with these girl-women and as a result of this Caitlyn has developed a very strong but unrecognized desire to please her father. Caitlyn's mother rem

Deadly, in 500 words

[caption id="attachment_693" align="alignleft" width="430" caption="Actress Sarah Shahi"] [/caption] Luciana Maria Bianchi 35 years-old, Aquarius, 5-ft. 7-in. tall, 140-lbs., Dark Brown hair, Brown eyes Lucy grew up in Holland, MI. She was the youngest of four children, 3 brothers (Daniel-45, Anthony-41, Nicholas-37) and 1 sister (Sofia-44). An average student but active in school (basketball, softball, volleyball, and student council). Tried community college for a year, but decided it wasn't for her. Joined the U.S. Marines at 19 and stayed for 3 years In the marines she was an Engineer Assistant performing various duties incidental to construction design, planning, estimating, and management. And was trained to use optical reading/electronic total station survey instruments to establish the horizontal and vertical alignment/layout for construction projects. In addition, she was trained to use manual/Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) methods of

Crazy, in 500 words

[caption id="attachment_698" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="actress Isla Fisher"] [/caption] Amber Lynn Hale 31 years-old, Gemini, 5-ft. tall, 120-lbs., Red hair, Brown eyes Amber was born and raised in Kissimmee, Florida. She is the first born of Bonnie and Donnie Michaels. Her parents stayed together, but they probably shouldn't have. It was a bad relationship full of physical and alcohol abuse, infidelity, and all the drama that comes when you mix that together with four daughters. In each of her first two years of high school she was hospitalized for anorexia/bulimia and got her first BPD diagnosis . After high school, Amber, moved north with a friend went to Seminole Community College in Orlando and worked at a number of bars and restaurants between classes. She went in with no clear idea of why she was there other than to get out of the house and came out with an associate of arts degree in public administration thanks to the co

Charting My Path

I've been working on my story. Getting my ideas put into some sort of order. Fleshing out the characters. Determining locations. And I've got to say it's coming along pretty good. I haven't heard from Doug since I broached the NaNo subject, so I can only hope that things are going as well for him. Tasha has been helping me out with some of the psychology, motives, and general story stuff as this tale is more along the type of stuff that she reads than what I read. I've read some suspense/crime fiction but mostly my connection to the genre is through the television, so it's nice to have her input. I started to fill out a character chart for my main character, with the intention of completeing one for each of my primary supporting characters. But the chart I was working from was a 5-page survey and a lot of the questions I couldn't answer, didn't seem to fit, or didn't seem relevant to the character or story. I understand the point of the exercise is t

Sunday Means Football

I played my first Franchise game in Madden 10 tonight. Jay's Bears against my Packers. If you want the whole crap-load of stats, and I can't imagine you do, you can check them out on the Madden Franchise site, here . Actually, I'm not certain that you'll actually be able to see that page. I'll simply say that things went pretty much my way throughout the game and I won, 14 Bears @ Packers 24. I had one fumble, but Jay had 1 fumble and a whopping 5 interceptions. I wanted to win, but not that way. Jay was a good sport about it and I look forward to a less one-sided affair when next our two teams meet. In the No Nuts, No Glory fantasy league, my Rampant lost for the second week in a row. In fact, my scores seem to be going down with each week. It's not how I'd hoped this would go. Anyway, final score in the game; WTF? 114.3, Rampant 94.1. I don't really have much hope of the team improving, because I just can't bring myself to care all that much. I d

A Glimpse into the Past

I found this little bit of inspirational wallpaper that I put together back in 2002 (I've been thinking about this story off and on for a while). The characters have evolved a bit in my mind and I'm not sure that this really works anymore as an inspirational piece, but I thought I'd share it with you all again. [caption id="attachment_288" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Crazy Deadly Cool"] [/caption] I can't take any credit for the artwork. It's a collage of different images that I cropped together and then tinkered with the color. The title, well, that's just CoralPaint. Enjoy

NaNoWriMo Countdown

One month until the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) . The 11th annual word chase to see if you can wrangle up 50,000 words between November 1st and November 30th. They call it a novel, I call it a good chance to get back into the eb and flow of writing and get half a novel done in one month. I'll be participating, will you? Come on. Give it a chance. You know you always wanted to be a writer. It's only one month out of your life and you know you've got enough of an idea for a book to get 50,000 words down. Join the fun. I'll be doing a detective story, crime fiction, whatever you want to call it. Tentatively titled "Crazy, Deadly, Cool". It'll be my first attempt at first person narrative and I think I've got a pretty good feel for the story at this point. I'm going to take the month of October to frame up a loose outline of the story, flesh out my characters, and toss around some ideas with Doug to get the old juices flowing. The