The World will still be Here

Blog Post No. 513

tenor2I might be off work again soon and I don’t know for how long it will be. Hopefully the time off will help kick start me back on the Invasion Novel edits. I really need to get over the hump on that one. I’m so tired all the time from the state of things at work. And from being an adult in a world seemingly crumbling. That’s the thing about the world, though. If you get out of your own narrow perspective, you’ll see a lot of similar events have happened many times over. We’re not that special.

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Mood Altering

Blog Post No.486

2ghbmrmI remember being in a bad mood the other day. I was driving at the time (I can’t remember where or exactly when, so you can tell it wasn’t that big a deal). I could have been on my way home from the day job (a big but decreasing stressor in my life right now) or I could have just dropped over a hundred bucks on gas. The reason doesn’t really matter much. It was fleeting (like most of my moods are). But, at the time, I remember flipping stations on the radio and stopping on a song that totally changed how I was feeling.

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2006

Blog Post No. 480

tlk63eart015kvfm7tyJanuary was tough. All my shifts at the day job were cancelled (as I mentioned recently) which means I had no money coming in. The plan was to use the time to write short stories and get ahead on the edits for Snow from a Distant Sky. Unfortunately, despite the free time, I just couldn’t seem to get motivated at all. Continue reading “2006”

The Day Job

Blog Post No. 468

nnwcbxeI have a love-hate relationship with my day job. Pre-pandemic days, I mostly worked at a single rental facility. It was mostly a great job. I liked my co-workers (or at least got along with them well enough). I had large chunks of time when I could get some writing or editing in (when I was good and forced myself to) and I made just enough money to afford working part time and have free time to write. Continue reading “The Day Job”

Back to the Day Job

Blog Post No. 453

03e6627d43574a5c6a737e857572b928It all happened so quickly. The provincial government was rushing through their steps to reopen and my new boss sent me an email asking me if I was able to take a shift at a different facility. I agreed (eager to ingratiate myself, even though I had only covered shifts at that facility). The next day I was offered a shift at my regular centre for the end of the week, then I picked up three more shifts by the end of the day. That’s not to say I’m back at the day job full time (or even to the extent that I was pre-pandemic). Five shifts in two weeks isn’t much and it will be a while before the facility where I work is open for more than rentals (if at all). Continue reading “Back to the Day Job”

Ben (and his Brother) VS the Earwigs

giphyBlog Post No. 450

Christian has a horror novel called Infested (at least the working title was Infested, I’m not sure what it’s called now). Not to give anything away, but it had big bugs in it and it was super creepy. While he was writing it, he decided that the bugs in question would look like earwigs, but much larger. The reason he chose earwigs out of all the creepy, crawly, critters out there, is that the earwig is among the most unsettling to look at. Over the last week (and weekend) my entire life was consumed with stoping an infestation of my own. And you’ll never guess what critter I had to deal with (unless you can put two and two together, or you read the title of this post). Continue reading “Ben (and his Brother) VS the Earwigs”

Sharpening the Knife

Blog Post No. 419

tenorWhile Christian has been going over the latest draft of Break/Interrupt, I’ve been working on the ebook (still). I’ve made some good progress, but the deeper I dig, the more mistakes I find in my current attempt. It’s gotten to the point where I have a single major issue remaining and I’m going to (hopefully) fix it by redoing the whole thing with new encoding. That means creating a new file and moving all the code over, then reviewing my code looking for places where I can replace old tags with new one. (Tag being the wrapper for the content i.e. <p class=”first”>content</P> for a paragraph). It’s more complex than that, but really not by much. Continue reading “Sharpening the Knife”

Update!

Blog No. 384

giphy-5I have a few days left of my time off from the day job and I’m waiting to hear if I will continue to stay home (probably) and if they will keep paying me (probably not). In the mean time, Broadcast Wasteland is at the printers in the processing stage and I should be able to order copies within the next few days. I’ll probably order a few test copies before I jump in with a big order of 100 and start selling them. I may see if I can get them to Biblioasis since they have been doing deliveries, but I haven’t really thought about a distribution plan beyond that. I wanted to get all my accounts settled with Biblioasis before starting a new one, but these are strange times. Continue reading “Update!”

Ben VS the Uncommon Cold

Blog No. 206

fa29d1dd64f48a9d4eac880f42daeced8877ba46a34f1c54648564118a5b10a1_1I work up on Sunday morning and knew something wasn’t right. My weekend had been the culmination of two solid weeks of work (no time off for good behaviour, or writing). Lots of terrible thing happened that had no choice but to be dealt with. Friday night was seven hours of crap that stuck to me through Saturday morning for my back-to-back shifts. While I managed to get a solid chunk of text written Friday morning, nothing was getting done on Saturday. As soon as I got home from my thankfully easier shift (minus having to mop the floors as the cleaners failed to do for the umpteenth time) I took a much needed nap and prepped all my stuff for Sundays RetroRama. No time for love Doctor Jones. I did my best to get to bed early Saturday night, knowing what was in store for me. Continue reading “Ben VS the Uncommon Cold”