Friday, December 31, 2010

....In a Strange and Far Away Kingdom....


Yes I know that it says that I have two posts for today. Well that happened because I was posting a video and it took longer then I had anticipated and I was doing it about 15 minutes before midnight. The mission in Red Alert 3 took longer to complete; the Empire of the Rising Sun was being wretched....Yeah there I go again showing my geekness. Anyways. I am very proud to say that after pushing and prodding myself all day, and with lots of time to spare I was able to finish writing and proofreading my first ever fairy tale! The Queen's Crystal Plate has been posted on my website http://www.escapistnow.com/ and I am very excited about this story. It was really something new and different for me. The characters turned out well as did the story and plot arcs. I think it would make a great film, perhaps even a Disney film complete with an Alan Menken score. The one thing I battled with was detail; how much, how little that kind of thing. In the end I settled for less detail, and I think it works but there will always room for more. Aside from that and the pumkin bread and key lime cheesecake that I made, that was my day. Now I am going to wash the mountain of assorted dishes that I used to bake, watch an episode of Farscape and go to bed. Since I have to work tomorrow (a double) I want to make certain that I get enough sleep. Oh Happy New Years by the way. My resolution is to write more; this includes either editing my current screenplay or writing a new one, quickly finish editing my 2nd book, keep my website up to date, and continue to blog every day. Well take care everyone and may the New Year bring forth all of the pleasures and possibilites that you hope and desire.

Molasses and Progress.


Well. Today was interesting. I was unfortunately unable to complete my fairy tale, but I was able to work on it. It just keeps going and going and going. it is taking on a life of its own and the characters are running me around. I think it might be a rather long fairy tale, unless I can shorten it, which I might do for the sake of time, energy, and effort. Who knows. I also did a bit of editing for my 2nd book which was nice. I am on fire for that, hope the momentum keeps going. Tomorrow though I am going to devote my time and energy to completing "The Queens Crystal Plate" so I can move onto something else. That always seems to be what I am doing; finishing something so that I can move onto something else. I suppose that is what every writer does. My hope is that I will be able to find a balance one day, but who knows how long that is going to take. It is really cold out here in San Diego you know; I'm typing on my computer with a blanket wrapped around me and my fingers are still cold along with my legs. I thought I left this kind of weather in Illinois. I posted another video about me talking about the villains from my "Tale of 3 Brothers series." One day I will film more stuff and post that as well, but time seems to be elusive.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

You Have the Personality of a Potato.


My sister told me that one concerning an individual she had seen around Christmas. I died laughter almost over the phone when she told me that, and upon reflecting on it today I also laughed a hefty amount. Part of it is an inside joke between her and I; if you've seen the film Real Genius then you might know what she is referencing. Today was rather blah like the weather. It was very dark, dank and dreary. I got essentially nothing accomplished save for a haircut and paying some bills. My attempts to post videos of me talking about the process of creating the Tale of 3 Brothers series met with something less than I would have hoped for, but it wasn't too bad. The program I was utilizing was rather frustrating, and my computer and internet connection was going rather slow. The day just didn't go as I had planned or wanted it to, and it vexed me a bit. So up top is one of the videos that I uploaded more will be on the way, but the lighting is so poor in my room that I have to acquire some additional lighting otherwise all of them will look all blah. That was essentially my day, and I was sprucing up my website a little; fixing bugs here and there and doing my best to polish it up, although I think next year a site overhaul might be a good thing. Change is good every now and then. I unfortunately didn't do any writing, but I was close; perhaps it was the weather. I don't know. It sucks when you know you need to write but you honestly don't want to. Well there it is. I am still pushing to have my fairytale completed, we'll see if I can do it in two days along with everything else that I have to do.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Derezzed.


What a day. I don't know how it could have possibly gone by so quickly. It's such a shame that there are only so many hours in the day; I still don't seem to have a enough time to do everything that I'd like to do. Perhaps one day I'll get there. Did a lot of relaxing today which was nice for a change. Played a little of Red Alert 3 and also did a bit of writing. I wrote some more of my fairy tale and it is coming along rather nicely, it's just taking me longer to write it then I had anticipated. I'm really excited though about how it is going to turn out. The title is: "The Queen's Crystal Plate." The reason I am taking so much time on it is because I really want it to be good for my first fairy tale as much as it can be at least; deep down the heart of the fairy tale will be great. I'm sure critics will disagree about the form of my delivery, but I'm still learning as a writer. I also watched Damages which is an amazing series. It's like Dexter without the gruesome violence, foul language or sex. You should watch it if you like the gritty, dark, well scripted, and well acted dramas. I'm going to watch the last episode of season 1 after I post this blog. I'm very eager to see how it all ends. I also wrote a review for Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy Score which was an immensely enjoyable listen. Hopefully I can finish the fairy tale this week along with some more editing of my second book, which I'm getting more into as I re-read and edit what I wrote a while ago.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Off With Energy!

Usually by Monday I am exhausted because I've worked the entire work weekend, but since I had all of yesterday off I feel like I have energy still remaining and so I won't have to spend all of tomorrow re-energizing. Work was fine. In my writing group I showcased Sherlock Holmes, which some of the kids enjoyed, while others had difficulty focusing. We're on the topic of suspense and mystery. Perchance I might be able to pound something into their heads by the end of this series. Work pretty much all day, no time really for anything else. Yeah that's pretty much it. We'll see what this week holds.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Day After.


You know it was the strangest thing in the world to all of a sudden remember at midnight yesterday that I wanted to blog and then realizing that it was too late since the day was over. That sucks. Now its my own fault that my blog will not show 31 days for December, and Christmas day would have been relatively easy to write about as well. Oh well. My countdown was concluded obviously, although this past Christmas day wasn't necessarily packed with pleasant or fond memories to remember. I was at work all day (I did volunteer for it) and although it wasn't all that bad, some children had huge difficulties behaving and enjoying the day. The morning was quite hectic; you ain't seen anything until you've seen 7 emotionally disturbed children all open their own big bag of presents at the same time. Everything had to have each kid's initials on it, had to throw away all of the garbage, get batteries for everything, smile and nod the whole time, and then get all of the kids to put their stuff in their rooms. By this time it was about 9:15am and I still had the whole day to go. Blah. Aside from that it was an okay work day. This one SED occasionally had a melt down, but she eventually was able to cope with her crap. I got home later that day, showered, watched a film and went to bed. No writing done, but it was Christmas so I'll allow no work being done. Today I had off because I worked a double on Christmas. So I went to church and had a lovely time, came back ate some lunch and watched some Clone Wars: Season 2 after which I edited a chapter of book 2 of a Warrior's Tale Trilogy. I called me mum and chatted for a while and then spoke with one of my sisters. By this time it was evening and I made some cookies and pizza and watched Doubt. Earlier in the day though I played a little of Red Alert 3. I know it is a computer game and I'm a mature grown man, but I've been playing the series since the mid-nineties and just had to find out what the game was like since it was released a couple years ago. It wasn't too bad so far, but we'll see if it has what the others in the past had. Tomorrow is work and then my days off come! Well I hope each and everyone of you had a delightful Christmas. If you spent it with friends and family that's awesome. If you were like me and spent it with no one, well...my heart goes out to you and I just want to let you know that you aren't alone out there in the world. God be with us all.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Twas the Night....


....Before Christmas and all through the apartment; not a young man was stirring because lo, he was in bed. And that is where I intend to be after writing this blog entry. Well we have made it to the end of the countdown. Only one day remaining until it is Christmas, or rather a few more hours according to U.S.A. Pacific Standard Time. Work went relatively well, but it was exhausting for some odd reason; many of the SED's were so emotionally unstable because of the holidays that it spilled over on us the staff. I think all of us coped well enough with it though. The presents tomorrow will most likely make them forget about how horrible and sucky their lives are, and trust me they have it bad. If you have a family that you live with that takes care of you and provides for you, then you have so much more than these children ever did possess. I won't dampen the Christmas mood by sharing some of their stories, but it breaks the heart and sobers the soul. As a memory of many Christmases when I was younger, I remember always having difficulty sleeping because I was so excited about the presents that I would be opening in the morning. This lasted until I think highschool, and now as an adult there is no more such enthusiastic trepidation. I suppose that is what happens when you become disenchanted and an adult. The good thing is that I get better sleep on Christmas Eve. Work was all that I could manage today; I was too tired to do anything else. I sat in my comfy chair and watched Ernest Saves Christmas, a tradition which was until last year something I have watched every Christmas Eve each year that I can possibly remember. I hope that each and every one of you have a divine, magical, and special Christmas. God bless us, every one.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ho, Ho, Ho Merry Christmas!


People are either lovin or hating this Christmas season for some odd reason I am discovering. Between shopping, plays, being sick, and work people are over taxing and over-extending themselves. I was fortunately able to make certain that a present that I sent out today at the post office would get to its destination by tomorrow afternoon. After all why not. Got my new chair today and assembled it! Oh my goodness how wonderfully comfy and stylish looking it is. It is also perfect for writing on with a lap-top computer. I edited some more of my book tonight and it went splendidly; I'm once again getting excited about what I wrote. Hopefully I can keep the momentum going because there's still a long road ahead before I am finished with editing. I would have liked to write more, particularly about my fairy tale, but I want it to be good so I will take my time. The day was primarily running errands and doing a few things here and there. I watched a film that I recently acquired, which is an old favorite of me mum's, as I was assembling my chair and then watched the rest of it when I was completed. The movie was Darby O'Gill and The Little People; it is a whole lot of fun, and was done very well for back in the day. I think it was also one of Sean Connery's first roles, and the first where he did some singing. With so few days left until Christmas (2 Days) a memory that I'd like to share is when me, my sister, mother, and then brother-in-law were eating Christmas dinner we were talking about something that I found rather hilarious, which my mother and sister then found hilarious and then before I knew it I was laying face down on the ground laughing my head off hysterically and pounding my fist on the floor. It was so much fun that it hurt and took us a long time to stop laughing and get serious again. Those were a lot of fun times; they're fewer now, but since I am such a nostalgic indivdual I enjoy reflecting on those.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

T Minus 3 Days and Counting.....


....Until Christmas. We are approaching zero hour people. Shopping is probably pretty much a nightmare at the moment so best of luck if you are one of those people doing any last minute gift shopping. I need to go to the post office but I'm really afraid of what the lines are going to be like. I got the present that I ordered in today and I need to ship it off, so hopefully I'll be able to do that tomorrow. I did get some writing done today. I edited some of my second book and I also worked on my fairy tale which is coming along wonderfully; I think I'm about halfway done with it. I really think it is going to be fantastic, although I'm struggling with making it a child's fairy tale or something more adult themed. I also had the hankering to watch Elizabeth the film, and it was delightful as usual. That was essentially my day, besides sleeping in and doing some cleaning. Got some Christmas stuff in the mail from my father so that was cool, and tomorrow hopefully I'll get my new chair. Now that I think of it, tomorrow is going to be really busy, or at least it seems that way. Can't remember if I shared this Christmas memory or not, but one year for our school Christmas play I played Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life and that was a lot of fun and I got to be mean all the way through the play. However, I performed with strep throat because my mother thought I just had a cold and sore throat, but in turn it wasn't that. I had antibiotics in my system I think, but I took tylenol before I went on stage. It actually was a lot of fun and all of us did a great job with the play. I really miss performing on stage. Merry Christmas all.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Final Countdown.

Only 4 more days until Christmas. Found out one of my presents won't be arriving until the 24th most likely, which is really useless because I have to send it to my sister who lives in Illinois. That is what all of my procrastinating gets me. Oh well, I'm doing belated Christmas presents this year I guess. So yeah the day was very, very busy. I got up and did some house work and went grocery shopping and then I had a friend over and chatted and I went straight into cooking mode. I made a cherry and pumpkin pie, which turned out fabulously, and then the main course was smoked ham, red potatoes mashed with cheese on top, green & black olives, rolls, cranberry sauce shaped like a can, pickles, and corn. It was all rather plummy and delicious. I had some friends over for an early Christmas dinner and we had a rather lovely time chatting and eating ourselves away. That entire process and everything involved with it took up my entire day without really any relent, so yeah there wasn't any time for writing. Hopefully tomorrow will be different and I'll get something done. A long time ago for Christmas we were visiting my father's parents for Christmas and the present that they gave me was a coca-cola stuffed polar bear. I called him Fluffy and to this day I still have him. Right now he's sitting atop my bookshelf, and he was the one who accompanied me on the trip I made when I moved out to California. He sat in the passenger seat with a hat and some cool shades. I wonder what that border patrol officer thought when he stopped me at a checkpoint in New Mexico?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Another Round Mates!

Another round of days off thank God. This past weekend wasn't really that bad, but it is always nice to have days off. This week promises to be very busy. I have the dinner tomorrow night with some of my really good friends that I have to prepare for, that should be an all day event. Wednesday and Thursday shouldn't be too bad, but I have a feeling I'm doing something on those days. Then I work on Friday and a double on Saturday which should be rather interesting. Work today wasn't bad at all, the SED's behaved themselves quite well and my writing group went very well and a number of the kids got involved with the discussion about the characters and other such stuff. I was so very proud. Well only 5 Days until Christmas. I keep hearing stories about people getting stressed and all of this last minute shopping. Unfortunately I am going grocery shopping tomorrow and picking up my chair on either Wednesday or Thursday. Wish it was tomorrow, oh well...Anyways. I remember for a Christmas Church play or paegant I was this one kid, which was one of the leading roles, and I got to sing songs like "Any old thing will do for you, any old thing will do. A used tea bag, THAT'S QUITE ABSURD, any old thing will do..." That is just some of what I would sing. I was trying to find the perfect gift for my sister or mother and was settling for something less when I could have done far better and more. Such good memories. Sigh....Have a good night

Sunday, December 19, 2010

It Always....

....Rains when I work on the weekends. You might be thinking this is a good thing, especially if one lives in San Diego; obviously if you work all day and can avoid the rainy weather, and when your days off come then you can have fun prancing in the warmth of the giant fireball. With me it is different though; I love dark, damp and dreary weather. It is so awesome, and it is the greatest weather for me to write and read in. So work was good and rather pleasant; the double today went really, really well. No major difficulties and no child urinated on me thank the maker. I think that I actually had fun with some of the clients. 6 Days until Christmas! The countdown continues and the shopping becomes more frantic! If you are one of those few who have saved Christmas shopping until the very end, good luck to you because it is going to be crazy. Another tradition, which was new for my family in the new millenium, was going to see a film on Christmas day. We daw many, but The Two Towers was perhaps my favorite film that we saw on the holiday. It was more difficult when my nephew was born, but things can't always stay the same unfortunately. Change happens and we have to adapt. Happy holidays folks,

Saturday, December 18, 2010

1 Week Left!


Christmas day is in one week! My goodness I cannot believe that the time has flown so fast the past couple of weeks. Who'd a thunked it was possible. Work was fine, but there was one SED that was completely vexing from the moment I stepped through the door at 7am to when I left. Ya just want to wish that you could knock some common sense into the kid, but he is rather crazy and very oppositionally defiant. Bummer for him. Did a double, but fortunatley for me it wasn't a long one and I actually had fun with the kids and the staff that I was working with. I started watching this show called Damages starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne and so far I am very impressed. Great acting, dialogue, stories; such a good show, definitely up there with the same quality as Dexter. 7 Days until Christmas! One nice thing that we'd do at Christmas time when growing up as kids in a family is each of us would open one present at a time and then give a present to the next person and wait for them to open that. My mum did this so that everyone got to be in the spotlight while they opened a present. It was nice, unless it was something awkward or embarrassing and we did have fun with that. I think one time I put something very small in something very big, and then I put weights in it to mask how heavy it was. My sister and all of us laughed so hard; that was an awesome memory. I think the present I got my sister was the Sleepless in Seattle DVD. I love that film by the way. "Jingle bells backwards!"

Friday, December 17, 2010

Greetings Program.


My mother would always say that to my father when he called on the phone or came home. I had no idea, as I was a child, that the saying originated from Tron. I won't give away too much of my thoughts concerning the film Tron: Legacy (follow link for review), but I will admit that I enjoyed the film immensely. Two highlights: Daft Punk & Garrett Hedlund's performance, but the visuals were also quite stunning. Aside from that, my day was rather uneventful. I had a dickens of a time finding a Lamps Plus store so I could obtain a chair that I saw in an advertisment, which is something I have been seeking for a lengthy period of time. It is so difficult to find something you desire at the right price. God dropped this chair right in my lap and it's on sale to boot! I was very happy, but they didn't have it in stock when I went there, so I have to go and pick it up next week. Bummer, but the living room is all re-arranged for it when I bring it home. Can't you tell I have no social life whatsoever. This past week I am going to accept as being plain off where my writing is concerned. I have wanted to write and plenty of it, but circumstances have just gotten in the way. Bummer again. I don't know how next week is going to shape up, but I am going to try and get some writing done. 8 Days until Christmas; ONE week until Christmas Eve! A Christmas memory that I recall is....When in highschool I played Mr. Scrooge from Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." It was so much fun playing Scrooge, that is until he got all giddy and happy; I liked being the mean old miser. I remember during rehearsal I tried to do a back flip for some odd reason and ended up landing on my head. It was a rather horrid display and headache, but the performance was excellent. It was nice being the star of the show, and I had the gray hair to prove it; literally.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Forgettable Day.


I remember in a way what I did today, but it really wasn't anything really that productive or interesting. My place of employment had a staff Christmas party which was fun; everyone enjoyed the chocolate cake that I made. Afterwards there was a going away party for two of the SED's which will be leaving the facility tomorrow. After that the rest of my evening was rather blah. I wasn't per se bored, but I wasn't in the mood to write anything. I didn't want to watch television or a film so I played a computer game for a while and then read the Wall Street Journal and watched golf. That was essentially my day. I wanted to edit my book and get going on my fairy tale, but the desire wasn't there and I didn't really want to force myself to write. When I do that, the product doesn't always turn out the best I've discovered at least for me. I'm on the final season of Farscape finally, although I have to do the mail in thing for Netflix for it which is annoying. The series goes both ways; there are good episodes and a lot of really stupid ones. But I like the characters for the most part and all of the weird species and planets they visit. Good creative imagination. 9 Days until Christmas. Things are beginning to come together thank goodness and I seem to be getting more accomplished for the season. I always remember what we'd eat for Christmas lunch; we as a family usually ate around 1pm or so versus dinner and then we snacked on the leftovers for the rest of the day. One year in particular the ham was amazing; so juicy and tender. Home made rolls, cranberry sauce shaped like a can, black and green olives, pickles, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, fruit salad, and sparkling grape juice. Yum! Then we had desert cherry pie (my favorite), pumpkin, apple and pecan. Double yum. My mother was so awesome around that time, despite how cranky she'd get from all of the stress. I miss the food and what not although I am going to try and duplicate that in a dinner with some friends next week. We'll see if I can do it.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Buried in Christmas Cards.


"The third thing of Christmas that's such a pain to me; sending Christmas cards...." That is from a song that was a parody of the 12 days of Christmas, and boy did I get that today. I think I was writing Christmas cards for a little over 2 1/2 hours, maybe more. They never seemed to end, and I was texting people for their addresses while I wrote and conversing with them as I texted, and then several people called as I was writing the cards, and so I had to multi-task. Eventually come 5pm I was finished with Christmas cards. I then moved onto making my famous three layer Perfect Chocolate Cake from scratch for the staff Christmas party at work tomorrow. That took another 45 minutes or so, and then I made myself dinner (chicken alfredo) and read the Wall Street Journal. I then made the filling for the cake and the frosting and then put it all together. By the time I was done filling and frosting the cake along with cleaning up it was about 10pm. I then had to take the trash out and mail those charming Christmas cards. And then when I was FINALLY finished with everything, I sat down and watched an episode of Law & Order SVU. Right now I am bushed completely. I was suppose to edit my second book and write the fairy tale but Christmas got in the way (but in a good way), and I really wasn't lazy at all today. I slept in late, but that is a good thing. I am getting over being sick and am finally able to solidly sleep through the night. Praise God! 10 days until Christmas. Wow! It just keeps getting closer and closer without relent. A good Christmas memory that I'd like to share is....when we'd go to my Grandparent's for Christmas we'd watch Mickey's Christmas Carol and it always warmed my heart as a child and brought a smile to my face, and it still does whenever I see it. I suppose not only does it remind me of the reasons and joys of Christmas, but also of the innocence of my childhood. It's nice to reflect upon a time when I didn't have as many worries or responsibilities.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Once Upon a Time....


....In a strange and far away kingdom lived a king and queen." Those are some of the opening lines to the fairy tale that I am currently writing. I was simply watching Beauty and the Beast the other day and I got the urge to write my very own fairy tale. I am actually very excited about it so far, and I even like the title that I selected for the story. It is developing very quickly and well at the same time and I am exstatically thrilled! I won't spoil the surprise as to what the title is or what the fairy tale is even about; I'm rather curious if people will be able to figure all that is in it and what it is about. We'll see if I will finish it tomorrow or not. I am writing it in fairy tale form, not really a story with a lot of dialogue between characters. Well today was pretty chill. Relaxed mainly and continue to try and get over being sick. I had a very long conversation with my sister, the cosmetologist and one with a gorgeous voice. My nephew, her son, is going to be in his first Christmas pageant tonight as a Christmas tree. So she is vert excited about that, but tired because of all of the work she's had to do with his costume. I got some more inspiration for writing from watching Fantasia 2000 this evening. I am seriously hoping they continue to do Fantasia since the newest thing would be for them to do it in 3-D, and I personally have some good ideas that they could utilize. 11 Days until Christmas! Finally got a present today, hopefully I can get it shipped off before Christmas arrives; we'll see. I don't know about ya'll, but my family and I have quite a few Christmas traditions. One of my favorites was that we'd watch Ernest Saves Christmas on the eve of Christmas. We did that for as long as I can remember, and it still remains a classic Christmas tale for me. Jim Varney is hilarious beyond measure, and of course after the film all of us kids would go to bed eagerly anticipating the morning. Unfortunately this year won't be quite like that, but at least I have the good memories to reflect upon.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sick Time.


After a whole year of working and not calling in sick I finally did so today. As you can imagine I have quite a bit of sick time that gathered up over the year, so I might as well put some of it to use before it all vanishes away and a new year begins. I am so sick of being sick and working at the same time, hopefully some additional rest will help me kick this crap that is lingering in my body. Who knows. So yeah I felt like crap all day, but the good news is I can breathe regularly through my nose and am not hacking up a storm all of the time, at least for now. The morning when I initially get up seems to be the worst and then the hacking part isn't as bad, but I feel like crap. Thank the Maker for legal drugs and the scientists who helped engineer them. I just kicked back and did nothing all day essentially, no writing. Although Upon seeing Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast I received inspiration to write my own fairy tale. If I hadn't gotten sidetracked from looking at furniture online, I would have gotten somewhere with all of my plotting in my head concerning what direction to go with my fairy tale. Oh well plenty of time to do it still. I just hope that I feel better. Christmas day is in 12 days! Oh my goodness! I still haven't done anything yet. I never use to be this lazy, but I also never use to be this busy. I feel like an adult now. A Christmas memory that I can recall after speaking to me mum tonight is....when all four of us kids in my family would decorate the Christmas tree which usually went up around the beginning of December. My mother would organize all of the ornaments and then hand each of us kids an ornament to put on the tree and we would find the perfect spot. It was a lot of fun, and if I could do it to this date I still would and have a blast. I never knew how much my mother made Christmas so wonderful and special.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Take it in Strides.

What a day. I felt horrible sick when I got up this morning, I feel horribly sick and very faint right now. It was a long double day at work dealing with SED kids, one of whom urinated on me. After all of that I returned to my apartment and find it a mess with a drunken woman laughing her head off and falling over chairs. I also find that they aren't leaving and are in fact going to stay longer, eat tacos, and watch a film. After a long day of work and being sick, that was the farthest thing that I needed to come home to, and I think the final straw with my ridiculous roommate. And the irritating thing is, I don't think he really cares that any of that bothers me. It sucks. But I'll take it in strides as things come to me, and bide my time. Anyways. On a happier note. Christmas is in 13 days. My how the time is going by so fast. A happy Christmas memory was when my grandparents from my mother's side came and brought me and my sisters presents when we were living in Wisconsin; I think I was about eight or nine. That was a great Christmas. There aren't a lot of specifics that I remember, but I remember the Christmas tree and my grandparents walking through the garage door. It was lovely. Right now I am going to try and sleep, and hopefully the majority of my seething anger will have worn off by tomorrow.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Resistance Failing...Must have Chicken Soup...

....For those of you who are not familiar with that line, it was from one of the episodes of animated cartoon The Tick which was a favorite show of mine as a young child, and still remains so as an adult. The purpose of the title though is because I am once again miserably sick. My nose if stuffed up like Santa's sack before take-off on Christmas Eve, and it is a real pain in the neck when one is trying to sleep. No matter how many different legal drugs I take, it doesn't seem to get unstuffed unfortunately. Work was long and at times arduously difficult. My co-worker had the unfortunate experience to deal with an SED who de-clothed while in the bathroom and while in the process of dealing with him, this child attempted to urinate on her. That set the tone for the morning. The rest of the day wasn't too bad, but it was long. 14 days until Christmas. Four years ago it was my nephew's first Christmas, and although he was kind of unaware of what was going on he appeared to be enjoying himself. It was a big thing for me as an uncle, not to mention the whole day was fun. I remember holding him as my sister and mother isntructed me how to hold him without dropping him like I was afraid was going to happen. A couple pictures of us were taken in front of the tree, and I think I had blue hair at the time. Good times.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Long Days & Long Nights.


I don't know if you've ever tried to sleep when you can't breathe through your nose but it is bloody difficult to do so. For the past few nights that has been my story, but last night in particular was a grand pain in the neck, and I was so miserably tired as well. Today though I went to Target and got some stuff to assist me in my ability to sleep and open the airways for my nose for tonight. Aside from that the day was rather nice, although I'm not entirely certain where all of it went. That keeps happening a lot. I ran a lot of errands, and then I ended up watching the 3rd Chronicles of Narnia film : Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It was actually rather delightful, and much better than the previous two films. I also watched The Dark Knight and cleaned the kitchen. A boring evening I suppose, but being sickish I don't have much energy to write anything of a substative value, unless I suppose I was writing about someone who was sick then I'd have really great insight. Fifteen days until Christmas and I have yet to send out cards or buy Christmas presents. I have a lot of catching up to do. A memory from a past Christmas...umm..let me think. I got this one PC game called Rebellion, it was a Star Wars strategy game which was amazing! I actually still play it to this day, and the game itself is about twelve or so years old. I was so thrilled and played it all of the time when I first got it. I think I actually lost sleep one night because I was strategizing in my head how to destroy the Rebel Alliance. That was an awesome present, and one that I still have and play today. A good investment by my parents. Maybe that's something else I'll write...useful Christmas presents that people not only enjoy and use, but do so for a very lengthy period of time. Good night all.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Out of the Mountain!


Even though I was literally off of the mountain yesterday as I finished hiking with friends, in my book my characters finally made it out of the mountain and I survived without encountering any brain damage. I am referring of course to my second book of a Warrior's Tale Trilogy. Made some progress there with editing, but was unfortunately unable to write anything else. The time today just eluded me, and I always felt rather busy, as if I was doing something that needed to be done all of the time. Perhaps it would be better said if I mentioned that I wanted to do so many things. I also watched Inception with my roommate who had never seen it before, and that was quite enjoyable. I love seeing films with people that have never seen what I've seen before; it's like I am able to once again experience what it was like to see the film for the first time again. I think as a big film watcher that is something that we all try to obtain. For example, I wish I could recapture the first time I ever watched the first Saw film; that was an amazing film experience for me. 16 days until Christmas. Being as all together as I usually am with my memory, I forgot to write about a Christmas memory in my previous entry. I don't know why it is so difficult for me to remember to write this stuff down. At any rate. When I was very young, about five or four I remember either my father or mother waking me up Christmas Eve and explaining that Santa Clause was at our house. I got up all sleepy eyed and there was jolly old Saint Nick. I remember more images than anything else, but based on the pictures I've seen, apparently I was enjoying myself unless I knew at a very young age how to fake a smile. It is a faint memory, but a pleasant one. It is interesting though however to hear my mother's take on that evening, but let's keep it a happy Christmas memory shall we.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Vacation.


I need a very, very long and isolated vacation from any form of work. Even my days off of work seem to be filled with nothing but work. Today I went on a very long hike. It was a six mile hike up and down a rather large and rocky mountain. The view was quite spectacular when we got to the top. It overlooked so much of San Diego area, and the weather was perfect for hiking as well. It was justly named: Iron Mountain. Got back from all of that and I was exhausted since not only did I get up early in the morning but I didn't sleep very well either. Being sick sucks so much. Tonight though I should sleep very well...at least hopefully. I have posted my film review for Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I have also watched Howard Hughes' spectacular film Hell's Angels which debuted in 1930 I believe. As you may recall some months ago I finished reading the biography on Howard Hughes and became rather curious about this film. I will write a review of it, but I mainly watched it to see what the aerial battles were all about, and Jean Harlow as well. I wasn't disappointed. Because of all of that and other little things that I did throughout the day I didn't get any other writing done which sucks. I really need to knuckle down and edit more of my second book, as well as some other little projects that I have been planing for a while.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Off.


At the moment I am rather tired and my throat is bothering me because all of all the crap my sinuses are forcing down it in order to combat this most wretched cold that will not go away! Anyways. Today was busy. I did housework and went grocery shopping spent and saved a lot of money. I also got Inception at Target and will hopefully be able to watch that sometime this week. Tonight however I watched Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I'll save most of my comments for a review, but I will say that the second time around watching it was much better than the first. I completed my review of Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise. I am closer and closer to seeing all of his major films. I think I have about...seven or so left to see. That was all of the writing I was able to do today. I made myself some very yummy tacos for dinner; I think I might put the recipe online sometime and share the deliciousness with the rest of the world. 18 days until Christmas. The last Christmas I had with my family, 2008, in Illinois was great just for that reason. I haven't been with any of my family at all for the holidays since that year. There was the snow (which I now can live without), the family, and all of that stuff. I think I was actually helping my brother in-law at the time shovel the snow out of my sister's and his driveway at their home. I don't miss that at all. Hiking and hopefully a lot of writing tomorrow. We'll see

Monday, December 6, 2010

OVER!!!!!!

Thank God work is over! This day went by so very fast it was ridiculous. The SED's at work were off the chart right as soon as I got there. The foulest language you could imagine, nasty temper tantrums and all at the same time. I was hopping from one crisis to another without relent for a couple hours it seemed. Fortunately they all calmed down eventually and were fine. A long work day though, and halfway through it I wasn't feeling very good. Still am not at a %100, but am getting there. 19 Days until Christmas. I cannot believe how quickly this month is going. Another good Christmas memory is when my sister and I decided to go sledding off one of the roofs that were on our parent's property into a pile a snow we had made. It was fortunately a small roof and even though we did it nothing was broken, but I did have a very sore backside for a while. Those were good times.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A "Goat-Yodi."

A rather curious title I know, and I can't even remember what it exactly is, but the overnight staff for where I work said it and it sounds like so much fun. Anyways. The morning was bloody hell. Shall we say that by 10am in the morning I was thinking I wanted a shot of whiskey, and I really don't drink alcohol at all. The SED's were really being exasperating and wretched. Fortunately though they got it all out of their system by lunch time, by which time my co-worker and I thought we had worked two full shifts. Oh what a day. It is over though at last and now for some television and much needed sleep. 20 days until Christmas. Another good memory is.....when my family was living in Wisconsin in the country at an old farm house, and some person dropped all of these Christmas trees off in our driveway, just randomly. We burned them along with the wrapping paper from opening presents and the flames were so high with different colors. It was very cool, especially when it was so cold out. There ya have it. Good night.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

So...Very...Sleepy.................


And that is how I currently feel, besides blah. I really hope that I'm not coming down with anything again; that would be entirely too vexing. So work wasn't too bad, but honestly I really can't remember most of it. A few of the SED's almost exploded, but then I was able to utilize my awesome "skills" as a staff member and encourage them to make the right decisions. That was the day. I'm now going to snack on something, watch an episode of The Dresden Files and then go to bed. I've been watching this show on Netflix and it's okay, although I like the topics and the general idea of the show, but it is actually fairly weak so far. I would like to see some big time dark magic, sorcery, conjuring or something. Hopefully the show gets better. Signing off. God be with all of you. And I keep seem to forget about my whole Christmas thing. I tell ya my memory is getting so bad. 21 days until Christmas. A good memory for me from Christmas is.......when all of my siblings and I, along with my nephew, woke up Christmas morning and just chatted near the Christmas tree. I was sleeping on an air matress next to the tree and my nephew pounced on me quite early I might add waking me up and then my sisters gathered all around me. We ended up having a good old time; lots of fun. I think that was back in 2006. Wow four years ago. Time really flies by as one gets older.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Didn't I Just Finish my Work Weekend?


Blah. Blah. Blah..........I am so tired right now that is what I feel like. And for the life of me I have no idea where the time went this past week. It does only seem that I was at this same exact spot not too long ago. The kids I work with often complain about how slow time goes by. I wish it were so, because time seems to be flying by faster than ever. It is rather frustrating especially when one has so much to do and so little time to do it in. I thought I could be productive today where writing is concerned, but I really felt like...well honestly I felt sapped of everything in me and I don't really know why. It is actually quite vexing, but what can ya do. No writing was done today at all. I was tempted to edit some of my second book, but I again remembered what chapter it was and was filled with dread. This was a chapter back when I was writing it that took me a very long time to complete. When I finally completed it I joked that I got out of the mountain in which I was stuck for so long, and the characters are actually traversing through a mountain. There are so many details that I'll probably just have to re-write and I wasn't up to the challenge today. I watched 1492: Conquest of Paradise which is a Ridley Scott film about Christopher Columbus and his early exploits to the new world. I was going to write a review of the film, but as I mentioned above I really felt blah. I hope that I am not getting sick again. It was a good film and had a lot to it; the scope was massive and the characters diverse and many. More on it though when I post my review. There is something I keep forgetting to post and that is that Irvin Kershner died a few days ago. He directed The Empire Strikes Back which is chronologically the fifth Star Wars film in the saga. It happens to be my favorite of all the films. He was a talented director and good man from what I understand. The world of film will miss him deeply. Striking a different note. Another good Christmas memory, since our countdown is now 22 days until Christmas, is when I was with two of my sisters, mother, and now ex-brother in-law. We were at my sister Paula's apartment where she and her husband lived, but they didn't have a dining table so we ended up eating Christmas lunch/dinner on their rather sizable coffee table as we all sat on the floor. My sister, Paula, was a little upset at this, but we ended up having a blast and I think I about laughed my head off because of some movie quote that me and my sister shared. Good times.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Illuminated?


Today was partially productive. I got up bright and early and went on a lengthy hike, which was quite lovely. I then went to some meetings at work for some of the SED's, and then upon returning to the apartment did some odds and ends and then watched a television show about a rather interesting detective. I had originally thought that I was going to edit my book. However, the hike had drowned me of all of my energy and I knew that the chapter of my second book that I would be editing woul be long and dificult. I skipped it and did something fun. I made some delicious pumpkin bread and then wrote my review of Josh Groban's "Illuminations" album. I actually had to stop before I got too far into the review because of a live web concert that he would be performing at 5pm pacific time. Apparently if you bought a special version of the CD like I apparently did you recevied a code which gave you access to a private and unique live concert of Josh Groban performing songs from his latest album and some from his old album in an intimate setting. It was actually very delightful and lovely, and he fielded some questions that viewers had sent to him. He actually possesses a rather delightful sense of humor, and a powerful voice. I then finished my review, ate dinner and watched The Sorcerer's Apprentice which was a delightful film as ever, regardless of what critics and people say. I was going to write a review of Hannibal, but after seeing the film and then debating about it, I really don't want to write a review. The film was at best rather tepid with essentially everything else being equally tepid; the score, characters, story and plot especially, although the cinematography wasn't too shabby. I didn't like what Ridley Scott did to the characters of Clarice and Dr. Lecter, and I just didn't really care for the storyline. It could have been far better. So I thought, "why waste my time." So therefore this is as close to a review as I am going to give it now. Could watch it again, but unlikely considering everything else I want to watch. Red Dragon is far better. The remainder of the evening ran down and I'm about to watch another episode of Dresden. 23 days until Christmas. Another good memory is when one of my sisters got me two Harry Potter wands; The Dark Lord's, and Professor Snape's. You should've seen the expression on my religiously fanatical sister and brother in-law; you would have thought I was committing a grievious and unforgivable sin. It was a great time though, and I've used those wands in many battles since then...Probably shouldn't say that, as it reveals the geeky or nerdy nature within me. Oh well, there it is.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Is it Possible to be Too Productive?


I'm not certain about the answer to that question, however I can state however that I had a very productive and satisfying day. After almost two years of working on my fantasy serial of The Tale of Three Brothers I am finished! Yes that's right I wrote Tale of 3 Brothers: Chapter 38 and boy was that a long finish, but I figured might as well do it in one fell swoop. The first part of the duology is completed and now it will be time for a much needed break from it. All 38 chapters, all 119,000 words, and all 400 pages. Wow I'm tired just thinking of everything that was involved in crafting that story and world. It was such a relief being finished with the whole thing after so long, and I also had this great feeling of accomplishment. Most of my day was consumed with writing it, but I am done with it for now. I do have thoughts on how the second part is going to go, but it will be some time before I go back to that series. I'm going to focus on singular short stories and try to go back to something that I had been writing for a while, but took a break away from. My second book and screenplay writing are things that I am going to try and make my center focus right now. I also edited some of my second book, which was nice. I also wrote my film review of Thelma & Louise and posted it, actually just finished putting all of that together. And I watched Hannibal tonight which is yes you got it, another Ridley Scott film. I really am trying to see all of the man's films, and it'll take some time but I'll get there. He's really diverse and I think that makes him a great and very successful director. That was my whole day in a nutshell. Quite busy and productive. We'll see how tomorrow goes. Oh and beginning that whole 25 days of Christmas thing which I almost forgot. A good Christmas memory for me is when I got The Phantom Menace DVD for Christmas in a Victoria's Secret bag back in 2001. Yeah my sisters had a hoot over that one, as well as my mother.