Monday, January 31, 2011

Mumified Cat.


The day at work went relatively well. Before all of that began though at 1pm, I had a rather nice and relaxing morning. I got up and made a wonderfully moist chocolate cake and white frosting for my writing group, and while that was baking I watched the newest episode for the Clone Wars which was called "Overlords." It was pretty cool and delved into some heavy mythology, and I'm not talking Star Wars (although it did that as well) I'm actually referring to Joseph Campbell and Far Eastern religion; the yin and yang; the light, dark, and the balance. It was pretty sweet. Big fans of Star Wars should definitely see it @ http://www.starwars.com/ or watch it on the Cartoon Network, or even if you like mythology or religion you might enjoy the episode. Back to work. It was an okay day at work and I didn't really have any difficulties with any of the SED's at all. Before leaving work me and some of my co-workers were reading some files on our clients, and this one kid while living with his mother lived in a pretty raunchy house apparently. According to the CPS (Child Protective Service) worker or what not while helping the mother clean, she found a "mumified cat in the vent." I searched and searched for more explanation in the file but couldn't find a single thing. How often do you run across something like that happening in a seven year old child's life? I'm still interested to know how the cat ended up like that, but for now I'll have to be mystified. At least it's a great conversation starter. Dexter and then sleep. Thank the Maker for days off; I'm going to really enjoy these.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Double-Header

Well today was double Sunday again at work. Unfortunately my two co-workers that I usually work with were out sick but I was able to hold the shifts together with minimal problems or difficulties thankfully. That was it. All day was work and then I came home and watched Dexter. That is my usual life on Sundays, and I'm kind of glad for that. People I think crave excitement far too much and under-rate having a boring and rather predictable life. With that said I am going to sleep and hopefully I won't have any weird or outlandish dreams.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Blood Never Lies

It was great to get back into Dexter after a long lull between seasons 2 and 3 for me. I had forgotten how much fun the whole show was. My goal is to quickly get caught up without finding out what happens on future seasons; we'll see how talented I am in maintaining my ignorance. However, after a long day of work (double Saturday) again and irritating, hyper little SED's I am exhausted and am going to bed. Aside from work nothing really happened, although my strawberry cheesecake was apparently divine. I think I still need to work on the crust though; I haven't quite nailed that down yet as well as I would like to. You'd be surprised how difficult it is to find a crust recipe for cheesecake that really does well and compliments the cheesecake.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Getting There.



I think I'm feeling much better today, although now as I write my body seems to be at the same place it was last night. I hate being sick. Anyways today was....not very productive where writing was concerned (yet again), but considering that I was sick I got a fair bit of things accomplished. I made the most fabulous strawberry cheesecake for work tomorrow and I'll make some homemade whipped cream to go with it. Should be quite tasty. I was also able to get a good start on a new short story that I have been itching to write. You know, I write about all of this fantastical or psychological stuff and it occurred to me that I should write something more real, something which defines the era in which Americans and parts of the world live with on a daily basis. So I am going to write a modern war story which has two points of view: the terrorists and the protectors. I am going to do my best to show the humanity of both sides as well as the depravity that each side is capable of. I am going to attempt to make it as real as possible, and try to make each reader feel what the characters are feeling and why they are feeling that. I think it is important to understand that despite a perspective that each individual possesses there is always another perspective that is different but not necessarily wrong. Anyways. It should be good when I'm finished with it. I finished the second season of Damages tonight and all I have to say is wow! That is such a great series and very wrenching on the emotions; so many twists and turns, you have no idea which way things are going. You all should watch it if you have the time and gumption. Time to start another weekend of work. Blah. Have fun those who relax during the weekend.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Aches, Pain, and Congestion......?

Yep that's right folks I am sick AGAIN! Was feeling it early this morning while I was hiking and then it hit me like a ton of bricks around 4:30pm. It sucks so bad, and I'm almost out of tissue as well. So right now I feel like my body in a way is shutting down, or is at least completely drained of all energy. Therefore being in that state hampered my ability to get a lot of writing accomplished. I was however able to edit another chapter in book 2! I'm on a roll for some odd, but wonderful reason. I was trying to watch some of Damages but Netflix wasn't working so I watched King Arthur instead. I love that film and the music. It is to date the only film that I have ever seen twice in the theatre on the very same day. Yeah that is how much I liked it regardless of what negative critics say. So I took some great legal drugs and am hopefully going to get some very good sleep, my only fear is not being able to breathe through my nose. Sleep well all of you and my prayer is that none of you get sick.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Time............Ends.

That was a great line from the Farscape movie The Peacekeeper Wars. Before I get into that though, let me say that today was lovely, although not as productive in the realm of writing as I would have preferred. I did edit a wonderful chapter in book 2; two characters had an amazing conversation which I think the readers are really going to enjoy as it gives hints about the main character and his inner thoughts and struggles. I played tennis with a good friend of mine, and honestly I didn't suck at it as much as I thought I would as it's been a long time since I last played. I chatted with my sister Paula, the sister who does a fantastic job with hair, for an extremely lengthy time and did some other piddly things. That was essentially my day; relaxing and mildly productive. Now on with the show. If you know nothing of Farscape stop reading now.

Farscape ran four seasons and then abruptly ended due to lack of funding, but they were able to get a 3hr feature film to finish the entire series. I originally watched this series because I remember when it was still running regularly on the SciFi channel and it looked interesting but I was never able to watch it, but I always wondered. I got my opportunity thanks to Netflix streaming to the television. The first two seasons were good, but after that they began to go down in quality rapidly although an episode every now and then would pop up that was good. For the most part though it was a dud of a show, but it had phenomenal potential to be greater then it ended up being. A shame but life goes on. I liked the imagination it carried; strange places and strange races and creatures was food for my imagination and that is what kept me watching, and the drive to simply finish the series. I never cared very much for Rygel, John Crichton, Chiana, D'Argo, Jool, Stark, or Noranti; some of them I occasionally grew to like, but for the most part I found them irritating. Aeryn Sun, Zhaan, Scorpius, and Sikozu were the only main characters that I enjoyed on a regular basis up to the very end. Whereas the others were impulsive, stupid, annoying, overly weird and frustrating. The four I named were intelligent, witty, powerful, strong and really cool. Zhaan will forever be my favorite character and she unfortunately died, as did the series begin to do so when she left it. Scorpius was a masterful villain with so many layers to his decisions and reasoning, not to mention he looked awesome and sounded amazing; Wayne Pygram is very cool. Sikozu was bloody good, even though she was a traitor in the end; I probably liked her because of how practical she was and intelligent. Aeryn was perhaps the best character in the entire series from beginning to end. She was dynamic, strong, you could empathize with her and she had the greatest story. Claudia Black pulled off the performance astoundingly. Even though the series was about Crichton, I really believe her character kept the show alive and relatively good.
Starburst with Moya and Pilot was an amazing concept that I loved along with wormhole technology. I loved the varied kinds of species that the travelers ran across as they fled from the Peacekeepers, which was a very good set of antagonists. Of all the species I was most impressed and thoroughly enjoyed the Scarrans; the lizard like species which were super strong and very technologically advanced. Awesome is all I can say, and they looked freakin sweet! Unfortunately the story writing didn't always live up to some of the characters, species, and places that were created for the series. The poor writing is what killed this show, and if anyone is to blame for it not cotninuing on it would be the writers. So many episodes sucked in such a corny ridiculous way that I knew I was wasting my time watching them. All of that money and talent, and they came up with crap like that. Absolutely confounds me. Well there you have it in a nutshell. Might watch an episode here and there occasionally, but for the most part you ain't missing too much if you pass this series by.




Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Black the New White.


I finally got around to seeing the Black Swan and finding out what all of the talk was about. My review pretty much says it all, but I wasn't impressed with what I saw. I did some chores around the apartment and some maintenance on my website besides watching the film, but that was about it. I also finished my Farscape run; all four seasons and the really long movie are all in the past. Thank goodness. It wasn't all bad, but I'm glad that I got through it finally. You might ask yourself why would I watch something that I didn't necessarily enjoy? Well I like to finish what I start, unless it is so dreadful that I'm not even going to bother completing it. The Farscape series also had great imagination behind it which is necessary to fuel my imagination for writing, and several episodes were quite good as well as the characters. Other than that the entire day blew by fairly quickly. I've been sitting at my computer for over an hour and a half writing the film review and putting all of the parts of it together for my website and now I'm blogging. Lately, all of this writing has been getting to be a heavy burden to do on a consistent daily basis, and part of me is afraid that I am going to burn out eventually on one of the things that I love most. Then I think to myself, "what is the ultimate goal? What am I trying to accomplish in the long run?" And then I pick myself up and keep on pushing, and keep on writing hoping and trusting one day that I'll be able to write on a basis more in my control and at a more relaxed pace. It would also be nice to have some help with my website in the future as well; writing a book along with all of the stuff on my website and then managing the site as well as this blog in addition to the full time job I have is a lot to juggle and consistently do it all. Well...I think I have yacked enough for tonight. Ya'll take care of yourselves.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Another Work Weekend Over.

They just seem to go by so fast, the work weekends for me. It seems like I was just starting my early and long beginning to my work schedule on Saturday and now I am once more finished and live to sanely tell the tale. It was actually not a fairly bad day; none of the SED's had an abundant amount of difficulties, but it was very busy. I came back to my apartment and found it a mess, my lazy roommate did nothing all day. Not really a surprise, but it is nice to dream and think that he might think of someone else besides himself at least every other blue moon. At any rate, I have a long and busy week ahead of me so hopefully I'll be able to get a lot of writing done in between everything that I have to do.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Gimp Away!

One of my SED clients somehow "bruised" his leg while playing night tag in the dark the previous pm shift, and today he was limping, whining, complaining about it ALL DAY LONG. He has a very, very low pain tolerance...come to think of it, he might not even have one. He is also highly sensitive (emotionally particularly but just in general as well) although he puts on this tough faced. Anyways I was calling him a gimp because he limped around all day, although he went on a skateboard and tried walking laps and at times wasn't limping. He was so faking and milking everything he could to get attention. It was rather irritating. Well...it was double Sunday again and it wasn't too bad of a day. My SED's weren't too bad, but others weren't as fortunate. One kid went off and attack one of my very nice and sweet co-workers with a large metal (and it was very heavy and large) stainless steel baking sheet. It sucked, but apparently she came away from it alright; she's quite a trooper. I had a very lovely chat with another one of my co-workers who worked with genuine sociopaths as a therapist, who bragged about how they killed, raped and did horrible things to people. What's really scary is how easy these people are getting off and then getting put back on the streets so they can murder and kill again because there isn't enough room in the prisons. Oh, and anti-social personality (serial killer type people; think Hannibal Lecter) types never get better they only get worse and worse with the only hope for change being divine intervention. She shared some interesting stories and experiences. Never insult one horribly because he or she will most likely kill you. On that note, pleasant dreams.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Average Day.

There was nothing really remotely interesting or exciting that happened today. It was double Saturday and the beginning was a little rocky but then things turned around. I had a good time at work with my co-workers and the SED's weren't too bad at all and rather pleasasnt and fun to get along with. One of the kids even said that I was cool, which hit me in just the right spot. It's always nice to hear kids or people say genuinely nice things about you. Never underestimate the power of words from children especially. Also one last thing, homemade lemonade is extraordinarily delicious; my co-worker (Ari) makes it like I've never tasted it. Goodnight world, hope the rest of your weekend goes well for all of ya.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Enough Grit In Your Life?


Now I remember where the day went. I slept in fairly well and then went and saw True Grit to see what all of the talk was about. It was a good film, but I'll allow my film review to give the rest of the "gritty" details. I need to see The Black Swan as well, hopefully I'll get around to seeing that next week. I edited more of my book and made some decent progress thank God. I'm hoping so much to get that done and over with soon, and I also cannot wait to be finished with the entire trilogy. I think I may have mentioned that before, but I was talking to a friend of mine who will be getting his Masters degree this May and he asked me when I'd be going to grad school or if that was even in the picture. I informed him that the plan was to do it after I finished my trilogy, unless I could do school, work, and write simultaneously but I doubt that even I have the strength and resilience to do even that. It is really annoying for me to see so many of my friends and college colleagues acquire their graduate degrees while I am languishing in ink. I know I've been published, but I really want that grad degree as well. I suppose my problem is that I want everything all at once. Anyways. Writing is a part of who I am, but this trilogy has been dragging on for far too long. Some of that was laziness, some of it was not having a publisher and there was also college as well. Now I feel that I am in a far better position, although I am much more busy. I cannot believe my work weekend is yet again here! It only seems like a few days passed by. If anyone out there knows a way to clone oneself than I would love to have the formula, or if you see my twin hanging out somewhere have him give me a call (that gives me an idea for a very, very good story).

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Could have Been....More.


Although I was able to complete a short story today, I could have done more like edit more of my second book, but I just wasn't feeling it. So here it is my newest short story Solum Sicarian: My Favorite Weapon. Now the reason why there is a subtitle is because it's going to be kind of like.....a....mini-series I suppose. I know I said I wanted to stick to stand alone stories, but for some odd reason this one just didn't go that way. I could have I suppose, but the way the characters and story lines were forming in my head it wouldn't have been as good. Now this short story is about a hired killer who works for himself and he is very good at what he does. It is perhaps my most risque and overtly sexual work I have written for my website, and I will put it this way; it is pretty dark and gritty. There are certain facets that I am going to explore of his deplorable character that are going to make most people feel very uncomfortable and maybe even want to vomit or cringe. If that happens I succeeded in creating yet again another horrific monster. I will however have an interesting foil to his character for those of you who don't like villains as much as I. I am still working on my "hero." I'm not quite certain what kind of career to give him (although I just had a lightbulb moment on that). I'm going to try and focus more on the individuals and theirl lives rather than the acts of violence themselves and explore who they are as people and how their actions affect those around them and what not. Each "mini part," I guess you could call it, can work alone but when the two story lines meet it should be very interesting. Other than that, I experienced a very lazy day. Played some computer strategy games and talked to my father about his.... "Gone with the Wind" romance taking place on his visits to Columbia looking for...well companionship I suppose. Finally I am on the last episodes of the final season of Farscape! I thought I'd never be done with that series, eventually I'll go more in-depth with it here on my blog; I don't think the whole show is good enough for an exhaustive review on my website. Enjoy the story and have a good night's sleep.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Odd Balance.


Today was a rather interesting combination of productivity and relaxing. I played some computer games for a little bit and then did a good bit of writing on this short story that I've had recently floating about in my brain. I'm not certain how it's going to turn out, but it should be interesting. I wasn't able to satisfactorily complete it, so I'll probably be posting it tomorrow or so. A co-worker came over to my apartment and we made home made potato pasta called....well I know how to say it but I'm not quite certain how to spell it. It took us forever to do everything. We boiled potatoes, mashed them and then made them into dough which we then rolled out and made individual pastas which we then chilled for a while and then cooked. Eventually we were able to make enough to have a monstrous feast. We also made a positively scrumpscious tomato based sauce which was to die for...oh my goodness it was fabulous. I think I'm going to be making my own sauces more frequently from now on. While we made dinner we watched this film called White Oleander and it was actually really good. The only bummer was that we were cooking so I wasn't able to watch the entire thing without my attention being split. I was hoping to edit some of my second book, but I just didn't have the time and energy to even do much besides think of it. Well I'm going to watch more of season 2 of Damages and hopefully my brain won't go on overload. That show is so intense; if you like excellent drama like Dexter, Law & Order S.V.U. and The Tudors then you'll like Damages. Oh yeah, and happy birthday to my mother; she's looking younger and younger every year.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Writing and Molasses.


What do writing and molasses have in common? Absolutely nothing. However, what's bad is when your writing is going as slow as molasses on a warm day in Antarctica. I spent about...hmmm....a little over three hours editing about six pages in my second book, and it would have been a whole lot longer if I had tried to edit the entire chapter. As I was reading one of the characters that I wrote for the second book, I realized that I didn't like how I ended up writing him. The weird thing was that I had this idea in my head how I wanted to write him and as I wrote him it turned out much different, and now I wish that I had stuck to my original idea back when I was writing the book. Oh well, but now I have to re-write almost every part of the book that he is in and how the characters interact and respond to what he says and does. This of course I have to do as my characters are becoming more complicated and situations more tense, and so forth and so on. I guess that is why it took me so long to edit so few pages. I also didn't get any other writing done, although a great deal of ideas are simmering in my head to write, so hopefully I am going to get around to writing one of them tomorrow. God knows. Anyways. I stepped out of my normal genre of film watching and saw Wild, Wild West. I had seen part of the film years ago and always wanted to see the whole thing through. Well....it was amusing, but I admit that Will Smith's character severely annoyed me although I wish I looked that good in the outfit that he wore. I loved Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh though, they were excellent characters and are of course excellent actors. Poor Will Smith has improved since 1999, but I have never enjoyed any of his films except for Independence Day. It was a diverting film though away from reality which is always nice to have every now and then. May the Force be with us all.

Monday, January 17, 2011

I Was Sleepwalking.

That was what one of the SED's said when he wandered into another client's room. All of us thought that it was ridiculous considering the child didn't even appear to be sleepy. It was another relatively long day at work. I was able to get a smidgen of writing done, although I was merely jotting notes down for a short story about the Secret Service and Al Qaeda that I will be writing this week as I was watching the SED's. It's actually going to be a fairly good story when I'm done with it, I'm even getting quite a few good ideas for it now. Hmm....Anyways. My writing group went well. We're beginning our march into comedy and we'll eventually get into poetry. So that was the day. Not really exciting, but then again my work days rarely are, although I was talking to the overnight staff that was going to work and she shared this one story with me. It was devastatingly heart breaking, and I think I'm actually going to make a short story or a novel out of it in the future. A beautiful young couple gets married and have the picture perfect wedding, but after the wife has twin boys (which are beautiful) everything very quickly goes to hell. When I'm done it'll be worthy of an Oscar.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I Need Laffy Taffy.

It was a rather long and busy day at work. The beginning of the day wasn't too bad, but towards the end things started to go awry rather quickly. One kid after another fell apart: yelling, screaming, and tantruming the whole blasted nine yards. One of the SED's even postured like he was going to hit me. I stared at him incredulously as he walked dertermined towards me, but he didn't strike like I thought he could have. It was actually rather amusing to see him tantrum over something so ridiculously small. Some other kids were just....well on edge I suppose would be the best way to describe them. Several times I had to close my eyes and mentally calm myself down to keep myself from shouting at the SED's. Days like this make me wish that I could get that screenplay sold, or more copies of my book sold, especially when I return to my apartment and remember the....type of roommate that I have. Oh well. Someday all of those good things will come to pass. Yeah that was my day in a nutshell. Not the greatest, but not the worst. I'm now eating grape laffy taffy and it is amazing. That is my choice of substance to help me cope with stress, distract myself from the frustrating complexities of life, or simply just enjoy. Sleep well world.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

What Kind of Fruit are you?

One of my co-workers today was making this delightful fruit pizza (it was so delicious) and I randomly asked what kind of fruit she thought I was. It took her a while to come up with an answer but she landed on....a...Pineapple! I thought it was because it looked prickly and hard to get through on the outside, but inside it was sweet and...I suppose just plain awesome. I don't know, but that was my reasoning. She looked at me kind of funny when I shared that with her. Given that interesting set of circumstances what kind of fruit do you think you are? Or your friends for that matter? Think about it. I picture myself as an apple for some reason. Work wasn't too bad. None of the kids really experienced any difficulties, thank God. So it was a fairly cool day. We'll see if the karma keeps going throughout the weekend.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Beouf Bourguignon!




Well after a long day of cooking and slaving away in the kitchen I was able to make a great dish. There were a lot of steps to Julia Child's recipe, but if you were able to do all of them well enough, then everything else was relatively simple. The sauce was amazing! It worked very well with potatoes (I used red potatoes, which I think go superbly with beef). I also had green beans and fresh French bread; it was actually still warm when I picked it up at the bakery today. Yum! It was a tremendous dinner and my friends loved it. For dessert we had chocolate ganache cupcakes, which were to die for. Those were really delicious. I can't really remember doing anything else all day besides going grocery shopping and cooking. I have a long ways to go before I master the art of French cooking, but I am on my way. I think there's a recipe in Julia's cookbook for peppered steak or something like that which I will try next because it sounds so amazing. Obviously I didn't have any time to write. I was so exhausted by the time I had cleaned the kitchen and finally put the Beouf Bourguignon in the oven and put the ganache on the cupcakes. Being a housewife before the advent of fastfood and modern applicances must have been an arduous job, and even now it can be a difficult job. I give praise to all of the women out there that have a job outside of the home but yet still find time to cook and clean for their families. Back to work tomorrow! These past few days off have been nice and relatively productive. Let's see how the kids do for the next couple of days.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chim Chim Cher-Ee!



I woke up bright and early and went hiking up a wonderful mountain that I had hiked up numerous times before. However, halfway up my hiking partner decided to go a little faster and thus we sped at a brisk pace up the mountain. I relatively well considering I believe myself to be miserably out of shape; apparently that is not the case. We got to the top and there was a spectacular view of San Diego. It was a beautiful and clear day which made me glad that I am no where near the midwest or the eastern United States. All of that snow and cold. Brrr. I get cold merely thinking of it. Then on the way back down my hiking partner wanted to really go fast so we were literally running and leaping down the mountain dodging rocks and people as we went. It was kind of crazy now that I reflect back on it, but fun at the same time. I got to break in my new shoes although my toes weren't all that thrilled, and my legs felt a little like jelly when we reached the bottom. Not bad for a morning hike. I ran some errands and got a few books, one of which is a dictionary of Imaginary Places. I thought it would be a great reference book for writing. As you know I am having a dinner party with some friends tomorrow and I am going to make Julia Child's "Boeuf Bourguignon" but I needed the cookbook. I knew it was at the library so when I went to check it out both copies at the library had were gone! It was quite vexing, but fortunately my determination won out and I was able to find the same recipe online. Hopefully everything turns out alright. I was going to make the chocolate bavarian cream, which I also found the recipe online, but that looks dreadfully confusing and complicated although I'm sure it isn't. I'm going to make chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate ganache instead. Later on I didn't feel like watching a film, or going to see one because I was so exhausted and drained from the hike, so I watched this documentary on the Sherman Brothers, Robert and Richard.
I enjoy their music and lyrics immensely and Alan Menken along with Howard Ashman filled their shoes quite capably. If you enjoy film music then you should try to get your hands on this documentary and watch it.
I Never knew how many songs that they wrote both for films and outside the world of cinema but it is truly remarkable. No writing done today because I was very, very tired and drained. I remember looking at my watch and thinking incredulously, "It's only eight o'clock?" I don't know what I'll get in tomorrow but I'll try. Have a good night everyone, and remember "It's a small world after all...."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Spasms of Productivity.


And that title is the truth. I can never seem to be productive on a constant or consistent basis. My productivity seems to come in chunks at a time, and then I am not as productive as before and it takes some time before I get as much done as I did when I was really productive. I don't know if any of that made sense, but there ya go. I was very productive today if you couldn't tell from what I wrote up there. I was able to edit a chapter in my book, which was very lovely. I edited a portion where a character from the first book goes through some fairly interesting growth, and several things are revealed about him as well. It'll be awesome when I'm done with it all. I also wrote an Inception Soundtrack Review which was long overdue, but I finally found the time to do it at last. I also got the hankering, and got around to finally watching Insomnia, which was directed by Christopher Nolan. I was interested to see what one of his earlier films looked like and I was...intrigued. All of that took up a good portion of the day, but I also made some rather boorish errands. It feels good to know that I did all of that writing, especially on one of my days off instead of lounging about lazily. Now if I could only do that all of the time then I'd be pleased. Well off to bed so I can get up bright and early for a lovely hike. Gonna be feeling it though since I haven't gone in a while.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Feels Good to do Nothing.


I actually did a whole lot of nothing today and it was rather splendid. Don't get me wrong, it was lovely to have my mother here and we had a terrific time, but now I have time to myself and I got to recover on quite a bit of sleep. Sleeping on the couch for a whole week almost was slightly uncomfortable. I did write the review for The King's Speech and posted it on my website. Hopefully I'll get to see True Grit and Black Swan this week sometime. I'm tenative about the remaking of True Grit since I admired and enjoyed the film that had John Wayne in it so much. I hear a lot of good things about it though, so we shall see what all the fuss is about. I also drew some rough drafts of new maps for my second book of a Warrior's Tale and it was annoying. There is nothing like trying to get the correct scale for what I want, and I must admit that I am not very good at drawing or sketching. However, if I can get the rough idea down, then my map artist, Jared Penland, can take that and make it believable. I watched this documentary on the U.S. Secret Service which was filled with all kinds of little fun facts about Presidents as well as those who protect them. The documentary gave me an idea for a very exciting series, which could work in book format or television; something like HBO or Showtime, but I like Showtime more. Series like The Tudors and Dexter ring in my mind as true masterpieces. Their website, The U.S. Secret Service , is also filled with all kinds of useful and interesting information, like how to identify what real money looks like as opposed to counterfeit bills. Well tomorrow should be relatively more productive but we shall see.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Quarter of a Century!

Yes it is true, today is my birthday and I turned 25 years of age. I can't believe that I've made it this far in life. It has gone by rather fast and only seems like I was just having fun and wasting my time away while in Kindergarten. No I didn't do anything exciting for my birthday besides work, which actually went very well. All of the SED's behaved relatively well, and even my writing group went quite well. After spending a few weeks on Mystery & Suspense we're moving onto Poetry and Comedy, which should be quite interesting. Well I'm going to watch some television and go to sleep, and sleep for a long time I shall.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tired Beyond All Reason.

I can definitely state that I am extremely tired, sleepy and all of that good stuff. Work was rather nice. The SED's weren't in poor space and did very well interacting with me, as a matter of fact a kid that usually hates me was hanging all over me and smiling which I found highly odd, good but very odd. I'll take it though. With these kind of kids, anything I can do to get them to be happy in a safe and good way is something I'll take without griping. Yeah I worked from morning to late night, and now I will watch some television and go to bed to finish off my work week tomorrow and hopefully this week I can get back into writing full swing after taking essentially a week off.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Ponderless Pad of Puddles.

Not quite certain what the title is suppose to convey other then the fact that I am very, very sleepy. I slept terrible and then had to take my mother to the airport at 4:20am and then I had work at 7am, of which I was at until 10pm. To say the least I am very tired. Work went well, and the SED's weren't particularly wretched much. A co-worker of mine made lemon bars, and they were super scrumpscious. Thank you Ari! I'm tired, so I will watch an episode of Farscape and go to bed. Goodnight ladies and gentlemen.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Once More Unto the Breach.


Vacation and days off have come and gone and now my mother is returning to the frozen midwest of the U.S.A and I am returning back to work. It feels like I've been gone forever, or rather at least a lengthy time. Seeing the kids should be.....an enthusiastic adventure. Yes I know that I didn't get any writing accomplished this week, but even writing this blog every night has been a constant battle. There were times when I was so tired and just not feeling it where I had to make myself do it, and that is what I've found writing to be like. Relentless discipline and forcing oneself to sit down and write even when you don't want to; do that long enough and you're sure to have a book on your hands eventually. Saw the King's Speech this past evening with my mother and I enjoyed it. Over the next couple of days I will get around to reviewing it, but if you have the opportunity to see it then you should. Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, & Helena Bonham-Carter were fantastic. It is sad to see my mother go, and I wish she lived out here, but perhaps with all of the distance that is why we get along so well. Family is good; treasure it deeply, especially if you have a whole one together that everyone truly and genuinely cares about each other.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cheese.........Cake Grommit.

My mother and I went shopping today in San Diego and it was a lot of fun, especially when we ate at the cheesecake factory. My goodness they have the best food and the best chessecake I have yet tasted at a restaurant, and there wasn't any wait like I normally encounter at that restaurant. The cheesecake that I had was Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake and I'm telling you it was a magnificent love affair. We went to Armani, Louis Vuitton and passed a Gucci store. Oh yeah we were having a terrific time. However, tracffic was a bloody nightmare. People are the only severe problem I have with living in and around San Diego, other than that I can handle anything I've been thrown at. For some reason people out here have very little skill with driving on average. Me and my mum then watched Amadeus and called it a night. Shopping around a lot of people is very draining for me. I'm turning into too much of a complacent solitary hermit who enjoys being around myself and certain people more than the general populace. I suppose I'm turning more into a conventional writer; I was getting pretty grumpy as the evening drew close because of all of the people and vexing traffic. My hermit behavior has its uses but oftentimes can be a rather large pain in the neck. No writing done, but I did get more stuff for my apartment care of my wonderful mother for Christmas and my birthday. Auf Wiedersehen.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Jade.

I have a new fascination with Jade. My mother and I went to this one museum today which wasn't far from my apartment; it was small and intimate but really cool. Their collection was mainly from the Americas, but they had a small selection from Asia, and particularly China. There was this massive Jade sculpture of a Chinese ship and I took a picture with my phone, but like an imbecile I forgot my camera. Oh well, I suppose I'll go back some time and take pictures. It was really, really cool; the details were incredible. So now I am all about Jade, well I think so at least; what I saw at the museum that was made of Jade was extremely cool. There were also many other things at the museum that were cool, but they also had these mounted heads of different animals which were cool. Some deer from Africa have some very HUGE heads. Who'd ever have thought. The rest of the day was relaxing and we went and had dinner with some friends of mine who are essentially my second family out here in San Diego. No writing save for this blog. Hope you all are enjoying the New Year so far.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Feeling Blah Today?

I suppose I didn't really feel blah today, but I do right now. Since my mother is here for the week I'm not going to do any writing since I am spending time with her. So that is my excuse for not writing. Like I said I'm feeling "blahish" right now so I'm going to end this now, and I'm having difficulty even spelling. Good night all.

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Eagle has Landed.

Well work today was rather lovely. My writing group actually went well; the kids were quiet and were able to listen and paritipcate with the activities that I was doing. And for the most part the SED's were in a good mood, although when I initially got there two were out of area playing in the mud and threatening to throw some at me. I was able to get them to stop somehow and miraculously they came in and followed directions. Today was a whirlwind though. I met an old friend for lunch, Jared Pendland; he's the magnificent artist who created the maps for The Curse of a Warrior. We discussed many things, but also some updated maps for my second book. Before that I had to finish cleaning and bake some cookies for my group. Then after I was done with my shift I went to pick my mother up at the airport, and the traffic on the way there wasn't too bad, but once I was there it was horrendous. It was like bloody rush hour traffic in Chicago. Anyways. We lived to tell the tale and got back to my apartment, which she thinks is amazing, and we'll have a lovely vacation the rest of this week. Well good night ya'll.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

An Artistic Plunge?

When I was in college, my Humanities class professor told us that we had to do "artisitc plunges" which was essentially us visiting places of architecture or fine arts stuff and writing up a report on it. Now what I mean by the title is not that, but rather of what I did at work throughout the day. Some of our SED's decided to hold their crap in so long that they plugged of the toliet. There are two bathrooms in each cottage and at one point both bathrooms were clogged, and I attempted to turn the water off of one toilet that was overflowing. I almost died of vile disgust. Fortunately I was able to unplug one of the toilets, but the other was hopelessly plugged up. It was as if the kid dropped a log in the commode because it didn't budge at all even after the SED and I plungered it for over an hour. The grand total time of unplugging toilets was around 3hrs in length. The one SED that was helping me unplug his "log" threatened to throw the plunger at me, but thought about the ramafications and wisely decided to opt for a different choice. Other than that, it was a relatively good day at work. Me mum is flying in tomorrow so that should be rather nice, and my roommate did a grand job of cleaning up everything that I asked him to thank goodness. Tomorrow is going to be a whirlwind, but at least the end of the day will be good. I bid thee all an excellent night.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Watch Out They Spit!

That title was an interesting revelation when one of the SED's spit on me just because he wanted to. Later on the same SED ended up stripping and urinating on the porch outside of the cottage. What a lovely field I work in. The rest of the day was fine as far as doubles go. Everyone loved my key lime cheesecake, although me myself thought it was a little too tart. I suppose next time not so much lime, but the crust turned out far better than I thought it was going to. Double tomorrow as well. We'll see where it goes, but Sundays usually aren't too bad (knock on wood). Oh I would like to congratulate a friend of mine, Grant Belcher, who recently got engaged to an apparently charming woman. I hope both of them are happy.