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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

Birkenstocks

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

5 March 2022

Song mood: I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack. Because sometimes in life, you have to take a chance. Take a chance on true love. And with that introduction, I announce that I will be going to Australia. I will tell my mum tomorrow. I will tell my cousins tomorrow. And if anyone asks why, it’s because I want to dance. Because this is a major trip, maybe the biggest trip of my life, I am a bundle of nerves. And will probably be a bundle of nerves until I board the final plane leaving there. So far, I’ve told my favorite uncle. He told me of the time he was in Sydney. He went there during the our summer and said it will be cool but not cold. Big relief there. In the meantime, I will do everything I can to save money. I booked the flights on my credit card and will try to pay off the credit card as soon as possible. While building up my savings. Costco is really helping me on this. What I have come to realize is that I have a most unique life. And my significant other is a most unique per

2 March 2022

Song mood: I Drove All Night by Roy Orbison. Of course I thought that it was originally by Cyndi Lauper. Which sparked a conversation with my uncle. I told him about the movie Vibes where Cyndi Lauper plays a psychic name Sylvia Pickel. Who says through out the movie it’s Pic-kal. The memorial for my uncle was good. I was the only person there who wore a tie. Being in my hometown was okay. It’s changed quite a bit. That is to say I don’t spend much time in the town when I do visit. I went to one bar and I didn’t even know there was a fourth bar in town. There had always been three. In the new hotel just north of town is a small bar. And so I only drank two drinks. The last one was a beer, which gave me a monster headache. I finished The Lying Game by Ruth Ware on the way home. It was a good mystery and had an Agatha Christie type ending to it. Though, I would say that Ruth Ware is a better writer than Agatha Christie. I started listening to The House that Death Built by Mel Stone.

24 February 2022

Song mood: Fantasy by Maria Carey. I watched Free Guy last night. Fantastic movie. Guy is this NPC who wants to find love. But the only people who can do what ever they want are the people with the cool glasses. I highly recommend this movie. My favorite part is when Guy and his friend Buddy have a conversation about what is real anyway. Tomorrow I head up to North Dakota, or more specifically my hometown, for my uncle’s memorial. It will be good to be around my mum and sister and uncles. My sister came down from Alaska. I’m just not liking the cold temps. Today, Fargo’s low was -24F(-31C). Tomorrow’s low will be -7F(-21C). I hope that I will have phone reception. In years past I wouldn’t have reception while I was at my hometown because I had Sprint. But I’m under T-Mobile, so I hope that I get reception at my hometown. Though, I’m not holding my breath. I will be staying at one of my uncle’s. So when people offer me drinks, I can say, nope, I’m staying at my uncle’s. I don’t mind h

Suits

So I’m thinking of the memorial that I will be going to and I realize that I only have one suit these days. And it’s tan. So I need to find something a bit more somber. I have a bunch a of black dress slacks. So I think I will just get a suit jacket. Over the years I have been buying clothes that could cross over to my cosplaying. So I don’t have anything appropriate to wear at a memorial. The key to this task is to look somber.  If it was a wedding, then the task would be to look smart but not too smart. Weddings, the focus should be on the couple. And even then it’s more so that the bride looks fabulous. Which is why the bridesmaid dresses look so dull or off, so that all the attention is on the bride. I had been saying for years that if I was fortunate enough to be married, I would wear a dress kilt. These days, I probably wouldn’t unless it was something that bride wanted. The kilt I’m thinking of would be a bit spendy. But it would be black with little blue and green stripes. Or m

Video Editing

 Video editing can be a pain. And some of tonight's pain would have not existed had I not knocked over the camera (iPhone) stand. Which led to me putting it back in a spot that wasn't exact to the previous spot. So when I layered two pieces of film together, they didn't exactly lined up. This video I did was a learning experience. Also a lesson of letting go. I had a certain time frame to shoot the video. I can go back and try to make the clip even more seamless, but that would consume time and I'm learning. More than likely I'll do a few more videos like tonights and my skills will improve. It's a lesson in failing. Learning to let go and try again. I'm hoping that by taking this attitude, my stories and my videos and short films will be much better by the end of the year.

15 February 2022

Song mood: Don’t Tell Me by Madonna. It’s been a while.  Over the weekend I learned that one of my uncles died due to complications of covid. The memorial will be not this Saturday but next Saturday. I will make a trip to hometown (a six hour drive). My uncle was a good man, an interesting man. He once built a limo and then had a limo service for a few years. For Independence Day, he would get a couple of five gallon barrels and fill them up with bottle rockets. He would light one up and the sky would be showered with bottle rockets. It was his annual fireworks show. He will be missed. I’m glad there will be a memorial. It was kind of a fifty fifty chance there would be one. My uncles don’t like funerals. The last uncle who died didn’t have one because it was his wish that there wasn’t one. Currently I’m listening to Northanger Abbey by Jane Austin. Which should have been her first published book under the name of Susan . But there was an issue with the publisher who bought the right

6 February 2022

Song mood: Left Hand Free by alt-J. I’m debating on going to their concert when they are in Omaha on 21 March. But then, I probably won’t go just because I’m trying to save money for the next big adventure. I finished Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. It was real good. I’m curious on how the BBC adapts the book into a television series. I enjoyed the book. I think I’m a bit burned out on murder mysteries. So, I’m currently listening to The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black. I read two of her trilogies before. I’ve read The Folk of the Air trilogy and the Curseworker’s trilogy. Both were fantastic. Holly Black writes YA fantasy. Since I read a few of her books before, this collection of short stories was a safe bet. I will still work on the disappearance mystery that I was writing before. It’s import to finish that project soon. So tomorrow, I will get some writing done. I figured out who did it, though I haven’t given the character a name yet. I also figured out how t

2 February 2022 means six more weeks of winter

Song mood: In the Meantime by Spacehog. The groundhog saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter. Winter really wasn’t that bad this year. I just don’t winter, no matter the length. So far we have had a spring like winter. Where one day it’s warm enough to melt all the snow and bitter cold the next. Reasons to hate winter: 1. It’s cold. 2. My skin gets super extra itchy. 3. I don’t exercise as much because of the cold. I’m starting to make progress on the disappearance novel. What I’m working on is stacking the cards against the protagonists.  I made a change to the murder victim. The victim is an ex-girlfriend to the male lead. She has the most unappealing traits. Like the character has a drug problem, which leads to a money problem, which leads to her fate. I want the reader to see right away what is going to happen to this character.  The reason I made this switch was because it will add extra tension between the protagonists. It will make Eileen suspicious of Sean. Also, it’s other

30 January - Watching 'Groundhog's Day'

So Groundhog’s Day is probably one of my favorite movies. Well, my favorite romantic comedy for sure. It has Bill Murry as Phil and Andie MacDowell as Rita. And Phil relives the same day over and over again. He is trying to figure out how to get out the time loop that he’s in. All the while, he’s trying to win Rita’s heart. The thing that makes the movie is that Phil has this dramatic character arc. He under goes a drastic change. Where he goes from a selfish jerk to an altruistic hero. I normally watch this movie on Groundhog’s Day, February 2 nd , but decided that I don’t have to watch this movie on this specific day. Many years, I have. It’s okay if I watch the movie around that day. Kind of like me watching The Saint on All Saints Day. Or You Got Mail and or Sleepless in Seattle on Valentine’s Day. The Thin Man on Christmas Eve. As I mentioned, Phil was a jerk. And Rita is this good natured wholesome as heck kind of person. Phil says some really inappropriate things to her and

29 January 2022

Song mood: Somewhere Only We Know by Keane and which Lifehouse did a cover of. Here is a list of things that I did today: I went to the Tea Smith. I went to the two book stores in town. I got rent money. I walked around the lake. I did laundry. Nothing too exciting. I went to the Tea Smith because I was going to do a zoom call with my bestie. Kind of creating feeling of normalcy, or something to that effect. I’m not sure what word I’m looking for. The server asked me if my friend was going to show up. I told her no. To which she said, oh, have a good day. To which I thought, what am I chopped liver? Granted that I’m in love with someone else. But I just wish people would want to talk with me as well. I’m always the bridesmaid and not the bride, erm, I mean, I’m always the sidekick. Anyway, my friend forgot about the call. Then I went to the bookstores and didn’t buy anything. I took pictures of books I thought looked interesting. I went to the library where I shot a video and wrote a

27 January 2022

Song mood: Something to Talk About by Badly Drawn Boy. In the movie About a Boy , the song happens right when Will is in a pensive mood montage. He messed things up with his girlfriend and has spiraled into a depression. Then, in the middle of his walk about, he realizes that his friendship with Marcus is very important. I’m still listening to Essays by George Orwell. I’m down to the last four hours. This collection started with the bigger essays and now is on the smaller pieces. I’m looking into changing my diet. I’m even looking into becoming gluten-free for a time. That would be a drastic change. But if I feel better after trying it out for a day or two, the switch will be easy. The other day, I bought sugar free chocolates. They were okay. I get an empty feeling when I eat them. Kind of like eating pork rinds, for some reason I just feel empty whenever I eat those. Bundaberg’s diet ginger beer is actually good. I’m actually making progress on the disappearance novel that I’m work

23 January 2022

Song mood: Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden. I figured out my character’s names for the unnamed project. The guy’s name is Sean Honeyman. Which would pay homage to my Scottish ancestors. The woman’s name is Eileen Dover. And her handle is Eileenallover. Her birthday is on 24 December, which is important because this is how she opens his phone. I will write a scene or two and then ask myself some questions to figure out the book. I discovered that you can download Five Night at Freddy’s on the iPhone. It was a game that I was interested in and decided, why not. It wasn’t what I thought it was and was actually better. I have to admit, I actually jumped. It reminded me of my favorite kind of scary movies. The ones where they don’t have a lot of blood or gore, but a well placed gotcha moment that makes you jump. I wasn’t able to meet with my bestie from college this week. He is going to Italy for his job and has to quarantine before traveling. I envy him on going to Italy.  My heart

20 January 2022

Song mood: Never Tear Us Apart by INXS. Not feeling calm, cool or collected at the moment. Sometimes I’m not sure what to write on this blog. I’m not that interesting of a person. How many times can I say that I didn’t sleep well last night, or that I’m tired, or that I’m in zombie mode. It’s been just too cold to go on walks for the last couple of days. This morning it was -7F (-21C) and now it is 15F (-9C). I’ve been okay with the lack of exercise. I will continue to use my rowing machine for exercise. I’m still reading A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. I’m still listening to Essays by George Orwell. I hope to finish both of those next week sometime. They are bigger books than I normally read or listen to. I am currently working on the fun project. Where there is the guy who is missing and the woman has to find him with the clues on his phone. I’m not sure what to name that project. I’m bad at naming projects. I normally get the idea of the name while I’m writing the

19 January 2022, Wednesday I am sorry

 I hate it when we have these arguments over public forms. I'm not exactly sure what I did, but I'm sorry. I'm sorry about writing the post that I deleted. Which I wrote because I feel frustrated because I am in love with someone who is on the other side of the world. I'm frustrated with myself because I don't know what to do in most situations. I'm frustrated because I'm not always sure how I can show you how much I love you. All I can say is that I do love you and that if I made you feel like I was playing you, I am truly sorry.

14 January 2022

Song mood: I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eye Peas. I really liked watching your clips tonight. I like it when it looks like you aren’t wearing makeup. I loved the way you did your hair. I couldn’t help thinking: you are absolutely beautiful. I’m running with that idea. The cool thing about that is, I’m excited about the project. And because of that, it’s easier to generate ideas for the story. So far, I figured out why the guy has to ‘disappear.’ Someone related to him has a gambling problem, or something like that. The story will take place in Sydney, for a brief moment so I don’t have the conundrum of describing a place I haven’t been to yet. It will also take place in Seattle, then London and Paris. I thought about putting Tokyo into the story, but decided that may be too much. Since it takes place in Seattle, it will feature my female detective: Erika Lund. Who, looks a lot like Jodi Whittaker a.k.a the thirteenth Doctor. Today was the first day, I left the house in days. I ordered

13 January 2022

Song mood: We Don’t Talk About Bruno from Encanto . I just watched that movie. It was phenomenal. I loved the movie. It would movie that I would only watch with a significant other. It’s just a movie that I got emotional while watching. Lin Manuel Miranda is a musical genius. I enjoyed Hamilton on Disney+, I wish I would have tried to get tickets when Hamilton was in Omaha. There is a strange thing happening with my Prime. What it is, under the recently watched, it showing shows that I didn’t watch yet. The other day, it showed that I watched Queens of Mystery . I thought it was odd. I haven’t watched that show in a while. Then I discovered that they just released season two for Acorn. So then I started watching the show. Anyway, I thought that maybe someone has access to my Prime. I was a bit spooked out about that thought. I have decided it must be a new algorithm. I had watched the first season. Prime recognizes that and then when a new season comes out, it puts the show on recen

10 January 2022

Song mood: Hazy Shade of Winter by the Bangles. More cousins are catching either covid of the flu. Thankfully, no one has caught fluvid yet. I have been isolating, which isn’t much different than before this last wave struck. My mum went to the doctor today. And I thought they were going to schedule the procedure. The doctors told her they need to run more tests. She has hypertension in her lungs. Two of her valves are leaking blood into the lungs. The next appointment is on 28 January. So that has been a bit stressful. Currently listening to Essays by George Orwell. It’s the whole collection of his essays. I really love Orwell’s writing. The far right like to quote him, but they have never really read him. Because if they had, they would know like those of us who have read his essays, that he was a socialist. He was a part of the British socialist party, which is the Labor party. He really believed that we should be helping out our brotherhood of man. I will be listening to this for