Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mass Transit To Get Around

General Motors automobile mural
General Motors automobile mural (Photo credit: Toban Black)
I may have mentioned that my car has died and I am between vehicles at the moment, relying on mass transit to get to and from work. If I have not mentioned it, I just did.

This is a whole new world to me. I’ve always had a car since I took driver’s ed. at fifteen. Some cars were certainly better than others, but I always had wheels man. This is something I never realized I took for granted. The freedom that comes with that hadn’t really had true meaning until now.

Too many times in the past I’ve run out of ciggies at 2am and been able to just hop into trusty ol’ Red, my Toyota Corolla, may she rest in peace, and shoot off to the store, returning not only with a pack of ciggies, but munchies to satisfy… ok I won’t say it because there are kids here, but if I have the munchies, you can do the math.

Too many times have I broken a string on my guitar after putting off a trip to the music store one too many times, and been able to hop in the trusty ol’ Mazda Pickup (may he rest in peace [why was the truck a HE? I don’t know]) and cruise on down to the music store returning, not only with guitar strings but another guitar strap I really didn’t need.

Just having the freedom on a whim to hop in the car with my telescope in tow and a few Heart CDs heading for the darkness waiting beyond the city limits only to get frustrated that the damn moon moves entirely too fast to really enjoy the experience…ah, but the music was bichin’ and the drive was peaceful, especially with the windows rolled down in the middle of spring.

The list goes on and on and on and on.

Am I spoiled? You bet your bippy I am.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Why You Should Be Doing Stuff Erry Day!

Chapter 27.4 Danish Bakery
Chapter 27.4 Danish Bakery (Photo credit: dancelilsister)

Well we're over halfway through the year.  I can't believe how fast it's gone.  The days go by so quickly you really will miss it if you blink. It's both depressing and exciting. If you do something everyday that contributes to the achievement of your goals then it doesn't matter how fast time travels, as you're moving with it.  It's only depressing if you don't do anything.

Fortunately for me, I have been doing something everyday.  I finally finished the elusive gardening project (which was rabbit infested for quite some time).  My hard work has brought me right up to where I'd left off and I can now concentrate on moving forwards.  I'm also quite happy with the shape of my novel and think that I should be able to complete the first draft without requiring a re-tweak.  After having read the whole thing a couple of times over the last few weeks I am under no illusion that it will need a lot of heavy rewriting once I have finished the first draft.  In a strange sort of way, I am actually looking forward to it.  I think that because the plot will already be in its complete form by then, I can concentrate solely on the words I use to tell the story.

Anyway, I'm off for a little break; I've been writing since waking up and I can't look at a computer screen anymore. Have a great weekend everybody!