Some crap about my life


While Minnesota is getting socked with snow, we’re getting unusual rainstorms. The radio is not only talking about flood warnings for several counties, but landslides, too. Man, I wish we hadn’t moved into that clifftop mansion.

Yesterday was a good writing day, the first one in a while. I’ve been complaining about what a struggle this book is, but silently. Only to myself. I know there are a lot of writers out there with a lot of despair and frustration to vent, but I try not to do it very much myself. (It’s kinda dull) But what happened? I let myself complain to some friends, and while talking I realized what I was doing wrong. So, yesterday = good. And god forbid that public whining is part of my process.

After writing, the whole family went to see Rudolph, The Next Verse. It was comic improv theater about the difficulties Rudolph had on the night of his famous flight. And of course, those troubles (and other details) were decided by shouting 4-9 year olds. The whole thing was very funny, had a lot of firearms and radiation in it (courtesy of the kids) and a bit of singing, too. My son was one of the kids who got up and danced during the “Radioactive Candy” song. Thanks, Andrew!

After the show, we dropped in on Half-Price Books where I bought an ARE of Child of Fire. I’d given mine away for reviews and whatnot, and I’d always regretted not keeping copies for myself (Posterity!) They had a copy some reviewer had sold them (shelved in Mystery, for some reason) so I snapped it up for my collection. And yeah, I checked for my own signature/inscription, just to see which dear friend had boxed and sold it off for a couple quarters, but surprisingly it was a rare unsigned copy.

And now I’m off again to the local cafe to try to have another good day.

4 thoughts on “Some crap about my life

  1. janet

    **Sometimes**public whining to a sympathetic ear puts things in perspective. I’ve been astounded at my stupidity for not realizing an obvious solution until I resorted to whining and or bitching. sigh

  2. Tom Fakes

    I’m a computer programmer by trade. One of the tricks of solving a tricky problem is to explain it to someone else. Even if they can’t help specifically, the act of explanation almost always helps you make progress, and often solves the problem completely.

    This isn’t bitching and whining, its problem solving.

    In the late 80s in London, the SF community joke was people trying to find an *unsigned* Douglas Adams book. Even he joined in at signings…

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