Monday, April 30, 2012

Blah, Yuck, Tired.

It was a very long and busy day. I don't know if I even got a chance to really sit down, breathe and relax. It seemed that I was always constantly prompting, intervening, or doing something related to crisis intervention. No punches were swung at me today, but several SED's were being quite wretched and throwing the most ridiculous tantrums over nothing. I had great help for a good portion of the shift, but it's nothing like it used to be. A bloody shame if you ask me. I am very thankful that my days off are here because I will certainly use them and need them very much so. On a different note. I am uncertain how many of you pay attention or care about international news and how sovereign nations treat their people, but a few days ago a Chinese dissident escaped custody from the oppressive communist Chinese government and is presumed to be hiding in the U.S. embassy in Beijing. The U.S. government has said very little at this time about the matter as has the Chinese government. Chen Guangcheng is a blind man that has one daughter and a wife that stayed behind to aid in his escape from house arrest after four years of prison. Apparently it is quite the Hollywood story how it is described; he scaled a wall for his escape, drove 400 miles to Beijing and went from safe house to safe house until he arrived at the safest place in Beijing which is presumably the U.S. embassy. Why do I mention all of this? Because I believe in the ability for people to have freedom and choice without fear of reprisal. Chinese people are brutally and efficiently oppressed by their government daily, and the entire world looks the other way because of the Chinese military and economy. I am also displeased with how little our government is saying or doing concerning this individual. I am hoping that if he is at our embassy, that the leaders of our country help him out, so he can in turn eventually help the millions of Chinese people who have no hope or concept of freedom

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tagging Along.

Work went by very fast today, but I am exhausted. That might have something to do with the fact that I was playing tag with the SED's (about 9 or so) all shouting at me to tag them. I was running, sprinting, and dodging around the jungle gym apparatus for about forty minutes or so. I had a lot of fun, got a lot of energy out of the SED's, and got some much needed exercise with the only negative being I am exhausted right now. I was very fortunate to work with competent individuals tonight which of course made everything so much better and run smoother. Aside from a few outbursts nothing really bad happened, although I did hear a story about one SED all of a sudden licking one of my co-workers ears (this SED has an ear fetish from what I heard from the teller of the tale). Personally I would rather get punched in the face than have my ear licked. Well I hope that everyone's weekend was good. Lucky me, mine is about to start.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dragons and Death.

Well work began bright and early once more this morning, and all of the SED's were up and doing their typical things, which tended to not turn out to be a bad thing. My first tantrum didn't come until much later in the day and there was only a little bit of screaming involved fortunately. I hate screaming, and that is all that needs to be said. It sets me on edge, and irritates me to no end. What sucks is that my vexing neighbor's wretched children are doing just that right now; not my ideal pleasant and relaxing evening. At work I was spending time with one SED (I'm his primary counselor) and we were chatting while he was eating dinner and It told him he could ask me any questions that he'd like. I offered when we first were beginning to know each other, so I was rather curious to see what kind of questions he would ask now that he knew me better. He asked me about my family, my likes and dislikes and other such things. After he was done asking me questions he offered to talk about his family. He went on to talk about his mother (who beat him to a bloody pulp; no exaggeration) his sister, and his father (who had sex with his daughter) who is now in prison. He was very calm when he was telling me all of this, and I asked if he knew why his father was in prison and he very plainly said it was "because he had sex with my sister." I asked him what he felt when he thought about what his father had done, and he replied that he was angry. He also blames himself for what happened. These are the moments when my job is really the one I signed up for; getting to the heart of all the crap in a messed up kid's life and helping he or she through it all. Perhaps this kid will end up in prison, or die because of some sort of gang incident. But maybe he will thrive and grow and perhaps help others, or do something spectacular in life. That is legacy worth working and getting occasionally punched in the face for. After returning home I made some dinner and finished Game of Thrones Season 1. So apparently one season does not equal one book, which could end up meaning that this series is going have many, many seasons yet to come which may or may not be a good thing. These last two episodes certainly did have some surprises in them, but I'm still waiting for some real magic. I was watching some documentaries that were on the DVD and apparently the books are quite voluminous because of all the detail and the amount of characters and sub plots that are going on all at the same time. This I believe is the show's greatest weakness and therefore also the book. I won't go into my literary arguments as to why I believe this, but it makes the characters and the plot of the story weaker because so much time is spent on developing characters and plots that are pretty much useless or don't propel the main plot and story forward along with the main characters. The series is good don't get me wrong (although initially quite slow), but it almost has the makings of a medieval soap opera if you think about it especially with some of the crazy things these characters are doing with and to each other (incest being chief of these). Season 2 looks interesting with some interesting new characters and places, but we'll see how the story and plots go, along with who lives and dies.

Game of Thrones Season 2 Trailer

Game of Thrones Season 1 Documentary

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Painted Ceilings.

So work began rather bright and early today. Getting the SED's ready for school was....but a joy and a half. The morning didn't go according entirely to what I would have preferred, but resourcefulness is one of my many talents. I painted parts of the ceiling in the cottage finally after many, many weeks of trying to get around to doing it. I forgot how long it took or how much paint was needed since I haven't done it in such a long time, having done general construction work before. The rest of the day went by well, although I had shoes, a bucket of toy soldiers, paper, and other things hurled at me, oh and I had a door slammed against my foot. To top it all off, a rattlesnake was found at our facility but fortunately no one was bitten...at least I think that was fortunate. Can't say anything else about the day except that I did my usual routine when I got back to my apartment, and upon checking my email I found that my publisher finally emailed me about the second edition of my first book. Now I have to sort through all of that, but I will do that tomorrow. Now I rest.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Of Fantasy and Fathers.

I'm fairly certain that today was very productive. Granted I didn't get much writing done per se, but I did begin to re-design and re-edit the pages on my website about The Tale of 3 Brothers story and that took roughly forever, or rather much longer than I thought that it would. In anticipation for the second part of the story I thought that a brush up on the old stories would be a good thing, but I still need to go through all 38 chapters and edit the content now that I have done the design. Yuck. I am formulating a lot of plans for the final part of the story and it will be nice to see the entire thing come to an after three years since its inception (give or take a few months). Of all the films that I could have watched, I decided to watch "Romulus, My Father" which stars Eric Bana, Marton Csokas, Franka Potente, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. It's a story about a father who tries to take care of his son in 1960's era Australia because his wife's essentially a nutter and goes off with other men compulsively and has long bouts of melancholia and self-indulgence. Everyone I mentioned above delivered a fantastic performance, and this was a very well done film which was apparently adapted from a book based off the real live people that the son wrote about. The son in reality eventually became a writer and philosopher; apparently all of the crap that happens in life can occasionally have a purpose (although I will never try to dismiss the pain it takes to get to that purpose). Eric Bana plays a good father, although there is this one truly frightening moment in the film where he's about to ax his son in a fit of rage. Marton Csokas played the kind, good, and loving uncle that took care of everybody; a good role for him. This man can play both villains and good guys very well. It's not a film that I would watch very often or much, but I'll give it a "Strong Ability" because of the excellent characters, powerful story, and good acting along with all of the other pertinent technical attributes of a good film. Speaking of crazy people, I get to go to work tomorrow and see all of the crazy SED's off to school and hope that none of them try to pummel each other with a tire iron like before. Have a fantastic weekend everyone, hopefully I will.

Romulus, My Father Trailer

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Why Does Nobody Ever Trust the Eunuch?"

Well today was a whole lot more more relaxing and productive than yesterday was. I got a lot of stuff done, and I was able to get a good chunk of writing done. I wrote another in the series of Modern War Stories: Grim Reality. This one is rather depressing at the title shows, but the point as with all of these stories is to explore and show how war affects all people, in all places, of all ethnic races. I don't know what soldiers go through upon returning from the battlefront, but it can't be easy depending on the various experiences each one has. My heart truly goes out to all men and women who have fought and killed in battle. In the evening I ordered a pizza and watched some more Game of Thrones and all I have to say is wow! I am completely hooked now despite my initial displeasure of the series. If you've read the books or watched the first season of the show then you can understand when I say that I really, really dislike the Lannisters aside from Tyrion. The plot took a most interesting turn (a huge turn) and now it seems as if pandora's box is about to open up. I've grown attached to characters like Lord Ned Stark, John Snow, Danerys Targaryen, and even the immoral Tyrion who embodies a character that every man wishes that he could be like (confident, wealthy, intelligent, witty, humorous, sexually appealing, and deep down very kind and generous). When an individual begins to become attached to the characters that is usually the sign that an author or writer has done a most excellent job so cheers for the adapters for the television series and for George Martin for coming up with it all. It's weird; it really seemed like it was a long day but it went by so quickly that I can't recount every moment, although I suppose a good portion of it went to writing. I could use two more hours in a day and I think I'd be set; I always seem to be running short on time. In regards to book 2 of my trilogy and even the second edition of book 1, what can I say but that the publisher is going very, very slow. Hopefully I will hear something tomorrow otherwise I will be emailing another person to lite a fire under their tender nether regions. Hope ya'll have a great night and day.

Guide to The Targaryen House

Magic Mike Trailer for all of you Channing Tatum fans out there.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Saving the Dummies.

Unfortunately I didn't have the complete day off. I had First Aid/ CPR training bright and early at 8am and it lasted four hours. So I learned about how to resuscitate someone, splint people up, how to treat burns, and of course how to clear an airway properly. The instructor was very, very odd; she laughed at the most uncomfortable things, and made some really odd jokes and laughed at the strangest things. She knew her stuff well, but wow; what a weird woman. Fortunately that was a way to get some additional hours in for my wonderful pay check. The rest of the day was filled with apartment work, exercise, and some leisure. I had to catch up on everything since my mother's departure and get back to my old routine. During dinner I decided to watch this one film on my Netflix queue called Glorious 39 which is about a British family that deals with the troubles of going to war in 1939 with Germany. It is a British made film with an extraordinary British cast of course, which is what drew me to it. I saw that Billy Nighy was in it and then I knew that I had to see the film. It was a huge plus to find out that Christopher Lee, David Tennant, Jeremy Northam, and Eddie Redmayne were in it as well. Romola Garai played Anne (the main character) and she did a rather splendid job. At first I thought that the film was going to be a drama about the man she loves, but then I thought it was going to be a psychotic drama with Anne seemingly going mad, but it essentially turned out to be a suspense story of sorts with a rather tepid ending, which was disappointing. It's difficult to explain the plot of the film without giving anything away, but let me say that there were people in Britain that didn't want war with Germany because they believed Britain could lose. Therefore they pursued peace at any price to avert war. It is a rather intriguing idea for a film, and one that I hope was only fictional; I really hope that none of the British people would have done anything similar to what happened in the film. I'll give the film an "Admirable Ability;" it was good, but not great or necessarily worth watching again despite it's rather interesting premise. On that note it is time to sign off. Let's see if I can get any writing done tomorrow.

Glorious 39 Trailer

New trailer for Brave. Looks amusing enough, and mildly interesting, but we shall see.

Latest G.I. JOE: Retaliation trailer. Looks good, but with "The Rock" and Bruce Willis in it, I'm a little nervous about the overall feel of it. I'm disappointed that some of the better actors and actresses will not be returning for the sequel. It's a shame. Oh well, it is only a film after all.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Busier but not as Better.

I usually love Monday for a number of reasons. I love working with the people that I usually work with, it's my last day before my days off, and it's usually a very busy day for the SED's which make it all go by rather quickly. The people that I work with usually weren't there, which made me very, very sad. Fortunately though I was working with at least one competent and hard working individual for most of the shift, otherwise I would have been quite....vexed. So it was an okay Monday, but I would have preferred it to be more like the old Mondays. One SED who like to beat herself up to get attention (don't feel sorry for her; she's completely nuts, very rude, and a miserable wretch no matter how many nice things you do for her) got herself some crutches because she damaged her foot from kicking her door too hard when she was angry. Yes this is same girl that ate blueberry chapstick because she was hungry and it smelled good (she also eats like a mad woman; she weighs as much as I do and she's about 12 years old). I have my days off though, and I will try to enjoy them, but I have a bit of writing to get started on. We'll see how all of that goes.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

At it Again.

Work was exciting as it often can be, except today on my first day back of course we had quite a few of the SED's going off. One of them was acting like a mad fool, and I mean this quite literally. She is truly one of those kids that have nothing going on inside of the cranium. She's going to go grow up and either be in a mental institution most of her life, or be a welfare leech. Another SED popped a kid in the face because "he wanted to"  which is the same SED that picked up a tire iron (he's 9 years old) and threatened to injure or hurt people in the vicinity. Police men had to be summoned to the area and brought him back to our facility in handcuffs. He's another crazy one, except that he's going to be in prison for most of his life if he makes it that long. He's going to hit the wrong person one day and he isn't going to recover so well. The rest of the shift was too bad, but I must admit that I miss my vacation. Oh well, one day left before my days off arrive.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

"The Lannisters Always Pay their Debts."

So I took my mother back to the airport and eventually later on in the evening I received a text that she landed safely back in Illinois, probably thrilled to death that she is back in her own home once more, just as I am thrilled to have my apartment all to myself once again. Perhaps since I have been living on my own, I must be used to having things a particular way and when things aren't done that way I might get a little.....irritable. Anyways. The remainder of the day was relaxing and uneventful. I watched some more from Game of Thrones and I must admit that it has immensely grown on me. My favorite character so far is Tyrion Lannister. The man is witty, humorous, sympathetic and aside from being completely immoral isn't vicious or seemingly cruel despite being treated thus by others, who pretend to be quite moral. An interesting thought isn't it? The character I've enjoyed is Daenery's Targaryen. From the first episode to the sixth, she has grown so much, and I think I can see where the author is going with the story and it is looking rather good so far. I'm liking the plots, twists, turns, and intrigue thus far. I also like the rich history and culture behind everything George Martin did an excellent job with all of the background and what not. There is a good amount of bonus information on the DVD's about the history of the world, people, and the various houses and kingdoms. It's a shame however, that the show has to be loaded with so much unnecessary sex and nudity; it doesn't really further any of the stories along at all. For a fantasy series, I am finding it very enjoyable aside from a raw heart being consumed and a horse being grisly decapitated. Now only magic needs to be utilized. My vacation is now officially over as I return to work tomorrow. Hopefully there won't be a huge mess for me to clean up as I heard there were some difficulties during my absence. Have a great rest of the weekend everyone.

The intro for Game of Thrones. At first I wasn't very keen on the intro or the music, but now after listening and watching it a number of times, I really, really enjoy it and it also seems to fit quite well for a period fantasy story.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Close to Avenging.

Well it is my mother's last night in San Diego, and then tomorrow she will be returning to Illinois to resume her day to day life, and thus I will be doing the same.  It was lovely to have my mother here, but it was time for her to leave and return to her own place and do things the way that she usually does so that I can do the same at my apartment. We didn't do much today aside from going out and eating brunch; she made dinner which was salmon, vegetables, biscuits which were all quite yummy. Hopefully I will be able to duplicate her success since my track record cooking fish is rather limited and sometimes not very good. During the afternoon and some of the evening I finished writing and sorting out how I was going to resume and finish my Modern Warfare Series. I was actually surprised how long it took me to figure everything out and connect it all, but I think it will be very, very good when I am finished with it all. There are some surprising turns the plot takes, and the ending isn't the brightest ever, but I love how it all will hopefully come together as I finish writing it. I was able to connect every single story to another on and bring all of the characters together. It is my hope that when I sit down to write it all that it will all make sense like it was in my head when I was coming up with it. I also hope that everyone will enjoy it as well. Now the only roadblock is me sitting down and writing it all, which might be difficult to discipline myself to do, but now that I have a road map to finish it all, I don't think it will be as difficult. We watched Iron Man 2 tonight as I thought it would be amusing and appropriate considering The Avengers will be coming out in a matter of weeks (two I believe). There it is. Have a good night all and continue to pray and think of the people of Syria.

The Avengers Trailer

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Trailing Along.

Well today was rather lovely, with very few problems at all. My mother and I went hiking again today, except this time I brought my camera. Despite not having a lot of moments to take good pictures I tried; it's difficult when everything is essentially brown and dry. It was a rather nice hike, which I wish could have been longer but my mother isn't really up for long hikes I guess, regardless of the ease of which this one could have been done at. I posted some select shots below. After that we went and I got fitted for a suit that I will be wearing to my sister Paula's wedding this November. I have to admit that it looked fairly good on me, despite not being a huge fan of grey, but it is nice to have a suit that actually fits me after all of these years of me swimming in the coat and the pants. It cost a pretty penny, but I would have spent something akin to what I did purchasing the suit even if I was just renting it. I can check that off of my list of things to do for this year, and the individuals fitting me was very helpful offering me advice about how to dress when wearing the suit. The belt and the shoes are supposed to match, and the socks are supposed to be the same color (as much as can be) of the pants because it is something similar to an extension of the pants. There were a few other little details, but I can't remember them at the moment except when wearing a blue tie and or shirt, wear brown shoes. Red tie and shirt, ox blood color shoes, I think I remembered that all correctly. I'm not very useful for fashion tips as I rely on my sister Paula for such things, and my mother helped me with picking the right cut for the suit or something like that. I was the body and the money. The rest of the day pretty much involved me writing and working on two projects. I am working on the second part of my story The Tale of 3 Brothers and figuring out how I am going to wrap up my Modern Warfare Series and get all of the story lines to connect with each other. I think I spent about six hours or so working on all of that, although much of it was spent on getting ready to write the future prospective stories than the actual stories themselves. That will come soon enough. When I began writing this new fantasy epic I was envisioning, I suddenly remembered that I should finish something I started before going onto something else, and technically I really should finish that Victorian British high society family story before continuing with  but alas I'm not. As I was going back and reading over some of the stories I forgot how grisly I wrote some parts of The Tale of 3 Brothers; it will need some fixing up but the core of the story that is there is excellent. I'm going to briefly get my soap box out and yack about Syria again for a little bit. The U.N. posted peace watchers or whatever they're called to keep an eye on Assad's forces from further butchering the Syrian people. However, when Assad's forces opened fire on protesters, the U.N. people turned tail and ran away. Good work, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and U.N. Special Envoy Kofi Anan, you've proved that the U.N. can do nothing but watch, talk, admonish, and then run. I really hope some people with some sense step in and do something to diffuse that situation and get that maniac out of power, and or at least protect the  men, women, and children that are relentlessly being slaughtered. I'm done now. Ya'll now try to sleep well, alright.






Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Beach Woes.

You would think that going to the beach would be a lovely affair, and for my mother and I it was for the most part. I actually drove to Coronado island, over the big bridge, through the crazy masses of unintelligible and very slow drivers for the first time ever since I have lived in San Diego. I know I don't get out or to the beach very often, but I really hate driving, but especially around a lot of people. Anyways, so we got there and kind of went through and around the infamous Hotel Del before going to the beach. I can't imagine staying at that place; it's so colossal I'm afraid I could get quite lost, but I bet it would be a lot of fun despite being outrageously expensive. So we went for a nice long walk on the beach. It was very sunny, but somewhat chilly. She didn't bring a bathing suit with her, so I didn't wear one either as I wasn't sun bathing either since I was carrying an umbrella with me. It was a lovely day out and not a lot of people. I disliked the smell of dead fish, but apparently once I was on the beach for a while I forgot it and it didn't bother me anymore. So we walked about for a bit and relax, and then we're heading back to my car to get some stuff, at least that's what I'm thinking, and the next thing I know there is some "friction" between the two of us. Needless to say I did something very much to vex my mother (from what she told me) and eventually I was able to pacify her by buying dinner afterwards and trying to make light and forget the irritable moment, but it was the only one we've had so far so that's good. The rest of the evening was us merely relaxing and chilling. I played a couple of computer games, read the newspaper, and watched some television; but it is so awkward watching anything with my mother. If it has anything sensual or foul language I almost feel her eyes boring into me. Whatever. I would have done some writing, but my computer was slightly occupied and then the moment went away. Very sad. But, here are some of the pictures that I took, and I wish that my mother had taken better pictures of me and I would have posted them, but she has no skill whatsoever with a camera. Three days left; here we go!



 The infamous Hotel Del


U.S. Naval jet flying overhead at the beach. I believe they have a base nearby, and boy was  that plane loud.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Day of Rest.

Despite being on vacation, lately I and my mother have been so busy doing stuff and going places where we haven't taken the time to simply relax and do nothing, so thus that is what we did today. Got up slowly this morning and did some baking for breakfast and then did some stuff followed by some more stuff, and then a nap and then nothing, and then I can't remember and so forth and so on. It was essentially a very boring, but relaxing day. Tomorrow is when we get back to the business of doing stuff. I have found it a little difficult with my mother being that we have different tastes in so many things, film and shows being the major on. She was upset that Captain America had foul language in it, so thus I have to be mindful to not select any form of media entertainment that might possess any kind of foul language, sexual content, anything overly violent, and nothing dark or depressing. Considering that I tend to prefer the dark and ignore the rest of the stuff that she dislikes so much when it is present in a film or show, I am very limited. Tonight I was striving to find something to watch that I wanted to watch that she wouldn't mind watching, I was mostly unsuccessful so we watched nothing really. I did however find a moment to begin writing something completely new and exciting, and despite being a fantasy story (which I always tend to find myself doing) I think it has the potential to be something very, very good. It isn't going to be an epic book, but rather an epic small series I think, or at least that is what I am hoping for. I could do so much more writing if I didn't have my job, but if I didn't have that then I wouldn't have much at this moment. I should have just taken a week off and just write; perhaps I'll do that next time. I guess I just like the idea of being home on vacation and not worrying about having to go into work. My dream job is being a full time writer making good money and working from my own home; that would be sweet. Now I just have to work on finding out how I am going to find my ideal home, and how I am going get to that point in my writing where I am financially supporting myself with it. Perhaps I will just get lucky, which is something I will definitely we able to live with. Well, it's been fun and real. Take care, enjoy your week as I hope you all have been so far. Oh, one solemn note to end with. Everyone needs to pray and hope for the people of Syria; those people keep dying and getting irreparably wounded day by day and no one is doing anything about aside from saying "stop, you naughty boy" (in a manner of speaking of course). Those people need true friendship, and a lot of care and prayer; hopefully someone will answer their unspoken pleas of help.

Monday, April 16, 2012

"We Like To Hike!!!"

It was actually a rather busy day, much more than I had originally anticipated it was going to be, but that's life I suppose. My mother and went hiking after having a lovely breakfast/lunch at The Omlette Factory. The hike was nice, although it was a bit desert like for most of it and it was rather hot out. Fortunately though I had my umbrella with me to keep the sun off of me, but mi madre was not as careful and therefore got a little....lobster like since she is from the midwestern U.S. We went and did some shopping after that, at one point we went to look at suits for my sister's wedding and my mother found one she liked that met my sister's criteria. I then sent her a picture and she seemed to like it, so I am going to have some sort of fitting this Thursday and find out if I really want it after I try it on. Finally we got back to my apartment and relaxed for a bit, and then I made chicken fajitas and they came out of course quite deliciously. We  then watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. It is actually getting better, or rather more to my liking the more times I see it, but I still like the first part more. I made a key lime cheesecake and it looks like it turned out rather good, but tomorrow I shall taste it and see. Well, I think I might get some sleep and hopefully not wake up to the sounds of something being slammed shut, or sunlight bursting through the windows. I am immensely enjoying my vacation and thinking of the fact that I will not be returning to work until a week from yesterday! Doing nothing has never felt so wonderful.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Some Doubts?

So yesterday for some bizarre and irritating reason my internet stopped working and I couldn't blog. I hate Cox Communications. If the government wants to go after companies that truly do have monopolies then they should target cable companies as I can really only subscribe to one company and nobody else. But as you can see the internet is once again working fine so I am blogging. I picked my mother up successfully from the airport, although her flight was quite late. We then ate at the cheesecake factory and did some shopping around a little, but by that time I was sick and tired of driving around. We watched Captain America and then the evening slowly came to an end. I got this air mattress which came with a pump, but of course I didn't check if the pump needed batteries and it of course did so I had to blow the air mattress up with a hair dryer. Needless to say it was not as effective as the pump would have been and I didn't get a lot of sleep. My mother and I then went to church this morning, and then came back and lounged around. We had BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato) sandwiches for a late lunch and then watched the film Doubt which I thought was fitting since it was Sunday. Some time later on in the evening I finished reading a Star Wars book "Deceived" written by Paul S. Kemp, and despite having a fairly good ending, the book sucked overall. I don't know how some of these individuals are permitted to publish their manuscripts. This book was very poorly written, and had the style of amateur all over it. Definitely never worth reading again, although finding out more about Darth Malgus was fascinating, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. So far my vacation has been lovely, and my mother seems to be having a good time so hopefully it remains that way.

"Deceived" Book Trailer

Looper Film Trailer. Looks interesting up until the moment Bruce Willis appears.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Too Early.

Do to a new schedule at work that individuals who work the AM shift have to conform to, I had to be at work at 6:30am and therefore had to get up at least around 5:30am. I am not a morning person, which isn't to say that I am grouchy, mean, or finicky but rather I just simply love my sleep. I don't really understand people who don't like sleep that much and prefer to get up early. True I find that I can get more done the earlier I get up, but still sleep is such a wonderful thing. Work went....well I guess, although I still felt like the one man army due to my incompetent co-worker that I can never seem to get away from. I realized I began to feel more tired, irritable, and overwhelmed as soon as I began working with her a few months ago; Lord knows how I have survived this long. Thank goodness I am getting some vacation otherwise I might have gone out of my mind, or rather put her out of her's. It was a very, very long day and I very much want some sleep, so if this post seems a little odd that's why. I just finished watching the first episode from Game of Thrones and I really wasn't that impressed; I was actually bored most of the time waiting for the film to pick up and it never really did. The cinematography was quite lovely, and the costume design equally lovely, but I really only found a couple of characters that I began to gravitate towards that I found interesting, but their story lines were the less developed. So I'm hoping over the course of the rest of the season that things pick up and become more interesting otherwise all of the talk about how great this series is will seem a little anti-climactic. Been storming really bad over here in San Diego, actually thought that my roof might actually get ripped off for a moment, but then I breathed and nothing happened thankfully. We have the wind and the rain, and so all that we are missing is thunder and lightning. Not the best way to begin a vacation, which now starts. And now to celebrate I am going to get a lot of sleep hopefully and then pick my mother up at the airport tomorrow morning. Sleep well, and sleep long all.

Game of Thrones Episode 1 Behind the Scenes Documentary

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Panama & Panic.

First things first, when you see that a film has Brendan Gleeson, Geoffrey Rush, Pierce Brosnan, and Jamie Lee Curtis you think to yourself that it is going to be a great film. However, The Tailor of Panama didn't really deliver as a really good film. I suspect that the book that it is based off of, written of course by John le Carre, is much better than the film despite the author's involvement in creation of the picture. Geoffrey Rush had a great performance with his character and he came across as very likable and well done. It was interesting to see Pierce Brosnan in a role that was almost villainous. Jamie Lee Curtis was good of course, but had a small role as did Brendan Gleeson (whose character I did not like that much, although I had to do a double take to see that it was him). The film was very slow (like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) but didn't have the intrigue or the excellent range of actors and a very good screenplay. It was mildly entertaining with a rather interesting plot, but other than that The Tailor of Panama was a very boring film that wouldn't be per se worth watching again. I am therefore giving it a "Yearning Ability." As for the rest of the day it was rather uninteresting. I had a very long conversation with my sister Paula as she had a lot of stuff to share with me and get my opinion on. I also began reading through what my print manager sent me for the format of the second edition of The Curse of a Warrior and apparently someone screwed up and sent me the wrong version so I had to email the dude and tell him or someone to get it right and hopefully it will not take them that long to do so. Other than that my day was quite boring. I have to admit that my publisher is getting rather on my nerves with their frequent difficulties with getting my book out; I suppose as long as it gets done I wont throw too much of a fit. Back to work once more tomorrow, but then my vacation is here! I am relieved and immensely happy, but all I have to do is survive tomorrow.

Tailor of Panama Trailer

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

That's Just Prime.

Today was completely unproductive, and I was ridiculously lazy and doing useless things for absolutely no reason whatsoever. I even got up earlier than normal, but that didn't seem to help much. I actually sat down to write twice and both instances I didn't; apparently I've hit some sort of roadblock in which I do not desire that much to write. This of course annoys me because I need to write to keep my website up to date and keep my writings skills brushed up. That might be the problem though; I'm writing because I have to, yet there isn't really much of a reward or incentive for all of the time and work that I put into any of my writing. I actually have yet to come across any form of financial benefits from any of the writing that I have done. Life sucks, especially when you continue to work really hard and seemingly get nowhere. I suppose before one makes the money, one has to put in the time and effort to acquire skills and other.....things. Anyways. I watched a lot of Transformers Prime today, and I am actually quite delighted how well done not only the animation is, but the characters, plots, stories, and even the music is. Brian Tyler did the music for season 1, and the main theme is amazing! Similar to the theme from the live action films, but different enough to carry its own musical independence. I know that it is a cartoon, but hey that format has some of the greatest versatility for storytelling and thus can be even more entertaining. I went to a goodbye party today for one of the SED's. She actually has a positive story going for her at the moment, which I hope continues as she grows. She got adopted by a wonderful woman (from what I  can tell) and it looks as if she is going to have a good new life. She will be missed, but her new life is going to be even better for her. These are the moments that make my job worth it all; when the kids get some happy endings, which they do indeed deserve. Well, I'm going to watch some Frasier and then get some sleep. Should read that one book, but eh, I can do that tomorrow.

Transformers Prime Main Theme

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Form a Possum!"

I wouldn't say that today was overly that interesting or exciting. I finished some things for my publisher's PR department and Print department concerning the second edition of my first book, but that could have been the most interesting thing today. Something mildly exciting is that I won my apartment complex's raffle and won a $100 credit towards my water bill! That may not be all too exciting to the average few of you, but money I don't have to spend is more money I can either save or spend to hopefully make a whole lot more money in the future. Spoke with me mum and eldest sister, and it was nice to catch up and chat for a bit. A note about bacon tonight; I had breakfast for dinner again and made some of the best bacon ever (it was smoked maple wood, or something like that). One of my first girlfriends in high school hated bacon and swore that she would either never marry anyone that ever consumed bacon, or that individual would have to give it up all together. Luckily, we didn't stay together that long, and it was fate because I really do enjoy bacon, and the other things that ham does produce...or rather pig I suppose I should say. My strawberry cheesecake is baking in the oven as I write and it is looking fantastic so far; now all I have to do is keep it from ballooning and it will turn out fabulously. One of the great keys to making a superlative cheesecake is cooking it nice and slow; remember, it is a custard, not a traditional cake, so thus you cannot bake it as thus. I watched "Rango" tonight for the first time ever and I loved it. It was animated with great wit, and Johnny Depp provided an awesome character voice. ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) delivered some fine animation as well, but what else could you expect from the company that did Star Wars and the Transformers films. It had a good story, good characters, good plot, and reminded me a lot of Cat Ballou which similarly was an old western with quite a humorous edge, and it even had a couple of really good gunslingers. Back to Rango though, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to film goers for something light, witty, and highly entertaining (I got quite a few deep belly laughs). I'm therefore giving it a "Strong Ability" despite Hans Zimmer's music sounding very similar to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Cheesecake is almost done; now it just has to sit in the oven for at least another 30 minutes and then voila!

Rango Trailer.

Rango Making Featurette 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Slow but Good.

I know, I know; "that's what she said." Anyways, it was a rather slow day at work, which is something you'll rarely hear me say, but I was happy for at. This weekend exhausted me greatly, but now that my days off are here I am going to get some much needed rest. Hopefully by the time my mother arrives this Saturday I will be all rested up so that I don't have to play catch up while I am vacationing. Nothing really stuck out with the SED's today; everything went fairly well. So I'm going to call it a night and get some sleep. Hope you all do the same.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Greetings to all you egg hunting, and jelly bean eating people! Although I was hideously evil and slept in late instead of going to church, I don't think that God will strike me down with lightning. While reading the newspaper this morning I put Transformers Prime on since it was on Netflix, and it was actually fairly good. Work was....survivable. One SED went off shortly after me getting there, and another one almost blew up both because of this one staff that simply escalates the SED's and is very loud and obnoxious. I had my worthless staff working with me, but fortunately I also had an intelligent, hardworking, and communicable staff which made the evening go much better than it could have without her. This one SED during her rage of a tantrum literally turned into "The Hulk" which isn't something I've encountered in a while. The thing is that she may be only 11 but she weighs just as much as me if not more (and I ain't no light feather). Eventually though she calmed down and had a good rest of the evening, and overall the SED's did fine except for being their aggravating selves. I hope that everyone had a great day, and holiday with their families if that applies to you. I thank God am almost done with my work weekend, and then I only have to work one more day before my vacation as my mother is coming to visit me! I am very excited.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

In Christ Alone.

Easter Sunday is not a celebration that everyone will or does celebrate for their own reasons, but for me I do celebrate it. I hope and wait for what comes after my life on this planet is over, and Jesus gives that to me. For everyone else, I hope all of you are at peace with the decisions you made and are making as I am. Easter is a case for celebration for those who believe in Jesus Christ, but it is also a sober reminder about what he endured for us to receive the opportunity of eternal immortality with Him. So tonight in keeping with that sentiment, I watched The Passion of the Christ; Mel Gibson's film. Aside from some theological representations I disagree with, along with some artistic ones as well, it was a good film. It depicts well the physical suffering that Jesus went through. When he received his lashes, I could watch that unaffected, but when it came time to pounding the nails through each of his hands, and then his feet to the cross I couldn't watch a single part of the scene. My new sound system made it harder to even listen to. I've been reading the Biblical Gospels lately and am in Mark right now, and after reading Matthew and now Mark and seeing this film, everything seems more real and is put into such perspective. I pity the people like Judas and the religious leaders that put Jesus' vicious death in motion, but without their vile participation I'm not certain how Jesus would have been able to do what he needed to. Thank you God for what you and Jesus did; what a thing indeed you did.
Now, my work day was lovely for the most part....I think. I had this one SED tantrum occasionally like she was about to die, and she had some difficulties but after some intervention she was fine. I made blueberry pancakes, sausages, and omlettes for the SED's this morning and all of them thoroughly enjoyed it all. The other highlight of the day was when one SED and I played "Just Dance." I don't know if you can imagine me dancing, but there I was dancing to songs like "Kung Fu Fight," "I'm a Barbie Girl," and some song having something to do with chickens or something like that. I'm certain that I appeared quite ridiculous. Wow what a workout that was, and I did surprisingly good for my first time playing the game. Christ said to love those that hate and despise you, and to pray for those that persecute you; for me, that can be these kids frequently. These kids have taught and continue to teach me so much about life, and what true care and love are. I hope that all of you find peace and genuine love, because one man died so that you may have all of that forever.

A song that I thought would be fitting for this upcoming day.
"In Christ Alone"

Friday, April 6, 2012

And You Thought Your Kids Were Crazy.

I can't really say that my day at work was overly eventful, but I am indeed thankful for that usually. However, one SED did have an....interesting adventure that I wasn't really apart of until later, but the story is worth it all. This one girl went on pass with her brother's foster mother for about a little over a week, at least that was the plan. This girl is almost 9 years old by the way. Anyways, during a disagreement she broke something with shards and chased around the people at the house she was at threatening to kill them, and especially the baby infant because she really hated it. She broke a woman's nose potentially, put holes into the walls, and essentially trashed the place. The police were called and restrained her in handcuffs and almost used a taser because she wouldn't stop freaking out. She was then taken to a psychiatric facility until she arrived back at the group home a little around 12pm. When I was told that, I was trying to be optimistic and hope that she ended up being crazy at the hospital so that they would keep her longer, but it didn't work that way unfortunately. Aside from the SED's occasionally being vexing, nothing else happened. I relaxed when I got back to my apartment and did a whole lot of nothing. Neighbors are still noisy, but at least the bugs seem to be going away. Heard back from my publishers PR department and the Print department as well; needless to say I have a lot of work to do over the weekend....or rather that I should do over the weekend. If everything goes relatively quickly, I should have that 2nd edition out in no time.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

"...I Want To See the Light Leave Your Eyes!"

I hate loud neighbors, and wouldn't you know it mine are the loudest in the entire complex. Talk about cruel irony. Anyways. Today was a little more relaxing than yesterday, although my lunch engagement had to cancel yet again, making it I want to say the third time that she has cancelled on me I believe since we have been trying to do this for a couple of months. Oh well, I found other things to occupy my time. I finally found a little bit of time to do some gaming which was a nice little diversion. I also wrote the film review for Wrath of the Titans which fortunately didn't take too long, and I was going to write one for Hugo but I ran out of steam. People in my publisher's PR department contacted me and had me fill out a rather exhausting form with all kinds of questions for the second edition of The Curse of a Warrior. I wrote out a synopsis of the book, which took a while, and based off of that I guess they wrote a small blurb that is supposed to go on the back of the finished book. I haven't a clue how the individual who wrote the blurb for my book makes any money as what they wrote was crap. I virtually had to re-write the entire blurb, and it was of course much better. Sometimes you gotta wonder how less talented people have better paying jobs than people who work harder and are far more talented. One of the SED's is having a birthday party tomorrow and asked me to bake her an angel food cake with strawberries, which I did tonight and of course it came out looking quite....fluffy I guess. Work again this entire weekend, which sucks because I wanted to have Sunday off so I could go to church as my leisure, but if I can corral myself to get up early enough, I can still go. I watched Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire tonight during dinner. I love that film, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with Robert Pattinson being in it. Part of what makes it so endearing to me is that it was the last film I saw before I read all of the books, so I really hadn't a clue what was going on and was strung along each moment waiting to see what would happen next. Good memories when I saw that in the theatre back in college with Ryan and John.My favorite scene is of course the graveyard when Lord Voldemort returns; so awesome! Well that's it for tonight. Have a great Easter weekend, or a regular weekend depending on your point of view.

Bel Ami Film trailer. Yes it is just a coincidence that Robert Pattinson is in this film as well, which happens to look rather enticing.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Salmon Eating.

The first part of the day went by either really fast and I can't remember anything, or really slowly so that there wasn't anything to remember. I was doing a lot of tinkering with my computers, which I think is what I did most of the afternoon and I played this old computer game Nox after testing it to see if it would work on my new laptop computer. That was a lot of fun for a while before I moved on to something else. I should have written film reviews for Hugo and Wrath of the Titans but I just didn't get around to it. I also did some....bug cleaning work. I think I might have found out how they get into my apartment via a big gaping hole behind my oven. Needless to say I blocked the hole (after spraying bug poison all around the vicinity) and so hopefully now the bugs will stop coming, especially the big ones. For the evening, I and three co-workers and friends had dinner at my friend Heather's house and she made salmon, vegetables, and rice. Oh my goodness it was divine. I love salmon so much, and I think it is a comfort food for me. One of my other friends, Adrienne, brought cheesecake which was scrumptious. My tummy at the end of the night was content and very full (I had a big piece of salmon). The company and conversation were wonderful, and it made for an exceedingly excellent time. So tomorrow I have to do that writing and get everything done before I resume my work week once more.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Titans and Oil.

It was a rather long day, not necessarily eventful but I was constantly busy. I did talk to my landlord about the big bug issue, but that all seems to be taken care of for now thankfully. Hopefully the bugs will just go away though. After getting up in the morning and taking a shower and getting most of my daily reading done, I went and saw Wrath of the Titans. Unfortunately I wasn't able to write a review of it today like I usually do because of how busy I was afterwards. The film was........entertaining to say the least. The 3-D was notably better than it was in its predecessor, as was the action, but the story writing and screenplay remained relatively weak. It was a purely action driven film, which to me is getting boring after seeing so many because things tend to blend after a while unless something original and innovative is done. The performances by the gods (Liam Neeson as Zeus, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Bill Nighy as Hephaestus and even Edgar Ramirez as Ares) were the finest of the cast. Sam Worthington as Perseus was fine, but there was no character development at all; he didn't grow really at all from the first film, which was a huge disappointment for me. Rosamund Pike as Andromeda was a fantastic choice, but she wasn't unfortunately given much to use her phenomenal skills as an actress. I really enjoy Toby Kebbell (Agenor) usually, but I wasn't very thrilled with his character or his performance in this film. This film is essentially a special effects, 3-D extravaganza and was designed around that kind of thinking. Pure action was all this film was; the story was a mere conveyance for the effect shots and action, which is a real shame because there was a lot of potential here for great stories since so much of Greek mythology is the bedrock for heroic western archetypes. I give it the rating of "Admirable Ability" as it just didn't come off that strong for me; the lacking going on in the writing was a highly noticeable negative. Many people will be thrilled with it, but I wasn't. After watching the film I went to Wal-Mart and acquired the items needed for an oil change for my vehicle. Everything went well and I was even able to get some other maintenance done on my vehicle while I waited for the oil to drain out all of the way. By that time it was late afternoon, so I decided it would be a good idea to eat something and peruse the internet and check my email and other usual stomping grounds. After dinner, I had a friend come over and fix my computer and it works wonderfully as of now, and sounds like it is off; all of the fans are so quiet. He was over for a while doing some other enhancements to my system and we chatted for a bit, so it was very late at that point. Thanks Tim, you are a lifesaver and an amazing friend. I then returned a call to my sister Paula and we chatted for about an hour about all kinds of things. During our conversation I tried to write this blog entry, but I couldn't divide my attention between the conversation and what I was trying to write so I just chatted with her. I haven't even looked through any of my newspapers yet due to the lack of time which is frustrating; I hate paying for something that I don't utilize thoroughly. Now I'm either going to watch an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation  or read my newspapers; not quite certain which one I'll do.

Wrath of the Titans Trailer

Monday, April 2, 2012

One Big Bug.

I got up around 9:30am and began baking snickerdoodle cookies for my writing group at my place of employment, and I also cleaned the kitchen while I did that. All of that took me until about 12pm when I finally sat down and rested for a few minutes before I began getting ready for work. I would have to say that work went very well, with very few problems and the SED's were in relatively good space most of the time and followed directions from us well. And I finally once again got to work with competent, intelligent, and wonderful staff which was such a relief. In regards to my title, when I came home and began putting everything away I walked into the kitchen and began looking or any bugs, cockroaches in particular since they like to "hang out" in the kitchen apparently in the dark. So I couldn't see anything and I was happy, and then I noticed this big blob like thing on the floor. I took a step closer at first convinced that it couldn't be a bug, but then I saw the antennae moving and got seriously grossed out. That sucker was almost two inches long! I put it into a plastic bag, so I can show my landlord tomorrow about it, and hopefully I will get the small problem eliminated. I'm not very fond of having cockroaches of that size in where I live. Almost sounds like some sort of horror film. Days off are here! And now to relax a little, but I have a very busy plate tomorrow and the rest of this week so that will be unlikely.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Incompetent & Incomprehensible.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am tired of working with lazy, incompetent, and weird people. I walk into work pretty much straight into a crisis, and the individual who was handling it wasn't doing a very good job and was only making the situation worse moment by moment. After being asked a second time, by me, to not talk with her until after this SED calmed down, he finally stopped addressing her and low and behold she calmed down relatively quickly and didn't have any further difficulties for the rest of the shift. He mind you has been working there far longer than me, and yet he couldn't figure out how not to make the situation worse, and continued to escalate the SED until I stepped in and was able to calm her down. Some people don't have a clue, and then some people are just plain stupid; I seem to be running into those a lot lately, which has been very vexing. Later on (after the Incompetent staff left) I had another SED have problems which included tantrumming and what not, and the staff who I left in there to deal with her, couldn't even manage her. It was ridiculous. Her stupidity really seems incomprehensible to me, as does the other staff; one just became a father, and the other is getting her Master's degree and then wants to get her Ph.D. Both are very scary to think about. Oh and to top it all off, when I walked into my kitchen I found a rather large cockroach trying to scurry away from the faucet; fortunately I eliminated him before he got away. Definitely will be something to talk with my land lord about tomorrow. Well Happy April Fool's Day, although I didn't do one thing to try and fool someone today, or even play a joke because I was so busy. Life really sucks; can't wait to get to what lies beyond afterwards.