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12 May 2022

Song mood: Joy by Bastille. It’s been a while since I’ve done these little updates. I’ve been busy writing the novel. I’m currently at 44,000 words. I’m stoked about it, of course. I’ve been writing a thousand words a night on weeknights. Tonight, I wrote the big reveal of the mystery. The who done it. When I go back and tweak things, I will go back to this scene. So yeah, the novel is really happening. And the person I had in mind of who done it when I started the novel changed to someone else. Got to love creativity. So, because I’m writing more, I haven’t done as many blog posts. I bought a new computer. A new Macbook Air. Mainly because of the M1 chip that came out last year will make my old computer obsolete in a matter of months. Where I wouldn’t be able to upgrade the operating system or get support for the computer. And because I have a feeling that the prices of computers will go up sometime in the near distant future, now was the time to buy. I bought a microphone. A Blue Ye
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My company sent me and Amazon gift card. And for a while I couldn’t decide what to spend it on. I was thinking about getting a microphone for podcasting. But it will probably be a while before I do anything with podcasts. So I’m thinking about shoes. I’m sort of a fanatic when it comes to Birkenstock shoes. They are the most comfortable footwear ever. I have some rules about Birkenstocks. Mostly one main rule. Never ever let anyone wear them in the first three months. They have cork footbeds that conform to you foot individually. I believe that it takes three months of daily walking for the shoe to conform to your foot. In the three months, the cork under goes a process of shaping. If people must wear your shoes after that, I would still not recommend it. But after the three month period, their wearing it won’t ruin the shoe. I suspect that the shoes wouldn’t be as comfortable to another person as they have conformed to your foot. Birkenstocks are unique in the way that they are only u

23 April 2022

Song mood: Spin by Lifehouse. Haven’t done one of these in a hot minute. I’ve been busy. Writing the novel. I went to Fargo to hang out with my mum on Easter. Currently listening to In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. Down to the laste five hours. I’m learning more about Australia. It’s a fun book to listen to. I could learn a thing or two from Bill Bryson’s writing. I like his sense of humor. Currently I’m reading An Exquisite Corpse by Helen A. Harrison. It’t wonderfully written. Not perfect. It’s a good book to study for mysteries, that is. I’m at around 32,000 words for my project Eileen Dover’s Seattle Adventure . A few weeks ago, I changed things up for the story. Well, I was going to have most of the characters go to London. But then I made the mystery a two body mystery. Which meant I had to keep the rest of the story in Seattle so I don’t make the story any more confusing. And so that I don’t have to introduce new characters like new detectives and whatnot. Then on Thurs

9 April 2022

Song mood: You and Me by Lifehouse. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. My focus has been on this novel I’m writing. So far I’m at 23,000 words with no sign of slowing down. No sign of running out of ideas. Which is good as my target is for 60,000 words. Sometime I will do some brainstorming to generate ways to connect ideas. I’m thinking of the project in two parts. The first part is when Eileen, the protagonist of the story, is in Seattle. The second part is when she goes to London. I finished listening to House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas today. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was a bit tearful towards the end. I have a large list of books to listen to. I think my next listen will be On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Flemming and read by David Tennent. And then after that will be Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country . I decided that this month’s theme for my poems would be Art. Which is what I normally do for August. I’m not sure what August’s theme will be. O

28 March 2022

Song mood: Everlong by the Foo Fighters.  So I am making progress in the Eileen Dover’s Seattle Adventure novel. I hit 16,000 words tonight, roughly 65 pages. I have been writing 1000 words a day. I set up the Word doc for the manuscript. So far, the book has the title page, copyright page and the dedication page. Once I finish the rough draft, I can run it through my Prowritingaid app. The sections where I dictated, I will have to go through and clean up before putting them through the app. I’m making progress and I’m happy about that. And because I have been writing more on the project, I do fewer posts. And then I realize, it’s been a while since I did a post. Eventually this website will be more a travel writing website in the future. I’m still listening to The House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. I’m liking the book. As I may have mentioned, it reminds me of the Altered Carbon series with a touch of romance.  I think it’s a romance and not a love story. In the genres, th

21 March 2022

Song mood: Manic Monday by the Bangles for no other reason that it’s Monday. The weather is a bit dour, which is a bit uplifting to me. Well, I would rather have cool temps and rain. It’s been a while since I did one of these. I’ve been writing a bit. Still working on my mystery reader show project, which I have named Eileen Dover’s Seattle Adventure . I have been writing about a thousand words a night on the weeknights. I’m currently up to 10,000 words on the project. I’ve written the scene were I introduced Detective Lund. Though she doesn’t play that big of a role in the book. It’s Eileen’s story, mostly. I’m having more fun with the project now. Things I’m going to add to the story: a fight at a party and a chase scene in London. I’m still listening to The House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. I have another seventeen hours left. I have a lot of books on que. But next up will be Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country . It will be part of a study on travel writing. Currently I’

11 March 2022

Song mood: Let There Be Drums by Sandy Nelson. It’s actually an excellent song in its own right. It’s not the song I’m thinking of, but it’s close. And sometime, I’ll probably do a dance video to it. Something I would have never guessed that I would say. Which shows how a certain app is changing me. Bruce Willis has some amazing videos on the app. I love watching his videos. Which, in turn changes the way I think about my videos. I am a slow progression. It’s been real cold lately. So I have been walking around the mall with a mask on. I haven’t been listening to a book. It will take me a long time to finish House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas. Which is okay. I actually like that book. It’s fun. I watched The King’s Man tonight. Which was good, but compared to the first Kingsman movie, not as clever. It had a different feel to it, mainly because of the time period. This one takes place during World War One. It was a bit more serious. I discovered the Adobe Creative Cloud Expre