Words, Weights, Whatever

Saturday, February 07, 2004


Wrote in my journal and worked on setting stuff for my current work-in-progress (WIP) using pencil and paper. The change helped; the writing flowed and I'm enthused about the project again. Now, if I can just find a book interesting enough to keep reading....

Friday, February 06, 2004

When you want to give up writing....

Check out various publishered authors responses to a frustrated aspiring writer from the links on The Write Hemisphere.


Some updates....

I'm trying to figure out the best method to get back into writing. Start a new project? Or continue with my current one? If the latter, shall I reread everything I've written so far? Note I didn't mention any editing. Or just move on to the next chapter? I have a rough outline so that option is not difficult.
And outlines bring another option. Should I try to flesh out the outline more before continuing with the first draft? Or....

So many options!

I've dropped Bridge of Valor for some time. Ditto with some other books. I'm frustrated I can't seem to finish books unless they really interesting me. I've got to figure out something; I long ago discovered my writing comes to a grinding halt unless I'm readint concurrently.

I've received some good signs regarding my eating habits. One, I get major stomach aches when I try to eat anything too greasy. That's good for my cholesterol (both overall and the "good" HDL ones.)

I've also figured out why one of my pants doesn't fit. It just shrunk more so than my other, similar, pants. Whew!

Car's back after over three grand in expenses. There seems to be a second cold wave emerging (and I'm not talking about weather here, achoo!) Still lots of housework. And daylight is lasting longer.

More interesting quotes....

Thanx, sis!


1. If you're too open-minded, your brains will fall out.

2. Don't worry about what people think; they don't do it very often. So true!

3. Going to a church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. (Eeek!)

4. It isn't the jeans that make your butt look fat. Those commercials then LIE!

5. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity. (So what's this 'back to natural' junk...?)

6. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance. Ah! My spouse!

7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious. Have you watched regularly programming lately on the tellie?

8. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.

9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.

10. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.Or plastic surgery....

11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

12. A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel good. Not when their 'conscience' is between their legs....

13. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway. (Just remember how lucky you were to get a free trip around the sun.) True, but I won't be using a cane/wheelchair/oxygen tank/etc.

14. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

15. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes. See the Darwin awards....

16. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

17. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming. Especially after a few beers....

19. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on. How about an entire bureaucracy?

21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. YES!

22. By the time you can make the ends meet, they move the ends.

23. Thou shall not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

24. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.Such sad cases.

25. If you must choose between two evils, chose the one that you've never tried before.

Do you remember...?


I love these lists....

The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1984.

They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic. There were other options?
The CD was introduced the year they were born.
They have always had an answering machine. You mean there was time there were none?
They have always had cable. Remember On TV?
They cannot fathom not having a remote control. AAAARRRGGGG!!!
Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave. There were other ways?
They never took a swim and thought about Jaws. Never saw it, never will....
They can't imagine what hard contact lenses! With lasik these days, I'm surprise they know what contacts are.
They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
They never heard: "Where's the Beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel", or "de plane Boss, de plane". Camel? Is this a vacation thingie to Egypt?
They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. even is.
McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers. When did they?
They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter. What's a typewriter?

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Favorite quotes:

Here are my (current) favs:

"Live each day with a purpose, not just a reason. (If you don't know the difference, picture a bank robbery; the guy with the gun has a purpose. The guy handing over the money has a reason.)"

"Progress, not perfection."

"The thousand mile (or kilometer) journey begins with a single step."

"First, you write with your heart. Then, you write with your head."

"And I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

"What do you mean, no?"

"A ship is safe in the habour but that's not what ships are made for."

"Persistance alone is omnipotent."

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

The writer slowly...so ever slowly...writes....

Just journal entries and at work (see below). Nothing in the WIPs. That'll be changing.

Nada. Instead, ate LOTS of wonderful Thai food over at the Thai Swan. Saved a good amount, though, for tomorrow's meal.

Busy enough at work that my arms hurt. I've already suffered a short bout of tendonitis. Thus, minimum writing after I got home.
Finished Slayers Return and Slayers Great. Want---more---Slayers!*

*Gotta find Slayers Gorgeous!


Nada. And I'm actually feeling some anxiety not writing. That's definitely a mixed blessing.

Cardio. Got a compliment from some of my fellow students. They said they're inspired by me; specifically, my enthusiam.
Wow. Also, the instructor still encouraging me to attend the "how to be an instructor" course this month. Hmmmm....

After running chores (e.g., exchanging my rental, picking up more coffee and prescriptions) I visited my friends over at The Center Orange County. Good time for all though tinged with sadness over The Center's move at month's end. Collapsed into bed shortly after getting home.

Monday, February 02, 2004

The stuff of life outside the solar system

Hubble Detects Oxygen, Carbon Around Distant Planet

Back in the groove

Regarding Giving up on publishing.

For those who took the time to comment about the entry, my thanks. I'm...over...the impulse feeling and am resuming my writing, with your words (and my spouse unwavering support) a nice slap in the face :-)

Lost 2.5 pounds since the 19th. Hitting the weights again this week. Yeah!
More important, though, I'm again changing my diet. Moving fried foods, fatty stuff, and other tasty but not so healthy items more towards the weekends (my "cheat" days). LOTs more soups, TV dinners (the good kinds) and LOTS of water during the weekdays. Note that I tend to eat less anyway since I have less time due to writing, workouts, and housework during that time (not to mention sleep.)

Mom's out of the hospital. While she's doing fine, I hope she's beginning to realize the gravity of her situation and make the necessary changes to avoid the heart probs in the future.

My car's out of the shop. Unfortunately, my spouse's vehicle didn't pass the smog test. We hope it'll be finished by mid-week. In the meantime, I'm driving one of those monstrous SUV/truck. Yow! Hate it!



25 Rules for being a Good Republican

1) Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you are millionaire conservative radio jock, which makes it an "illness" and needs our prayers for your "recovery".

2) You have to believe that those privileged from birth achieve success all on their own.

3) You have to believe that the US should get out of the UN, and that our highest national priority is enforcing UN resolutions against Iraq.

4) You have to believe that government should stay out of people's lives but it needs to punish anyone caught having private sex with the "wrong" gender.

5) You have to believe that pollution is ok, so long as it makes a profit.

6) You have to believe in prayer in schools, as long as you don't pray to Allah or Buddha.

7) "Standing Tall for America" means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India.

8) You have to believe that a woman cann ot be trusted with decisions about her own body, but that large multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind with no regulation whatsoever.

9) You have to believe that you love Jesus and Jesus loves you, and that Jesus shares your hatred of AIDS victims, homosexuals, and Hillary Clinton.

10) You hate the ALCU for representing convicted felons, but they owed it to the country to bail out Oliver North.

11) You have to believe that the best way to encourage military morale is to praise the troops overseas while cutting their VA benefits.

12) You believe that group sex and drug use are degenerate sins that can only be purged by running for governor of California as a Republican.

13) You have to believe it is wise to keep condoms out of schools, because we all know if teenagers don't have condoms they won't have sex.

14) You have to believe that the best way to fight terrorism is to alienate our r allies and then demand their cooperation and money.

15) You have to believe that government medicine is wrong and that HMO's and insurance companies only have your best interests at heart.

16) You have to believe that providing health care to all Iraqis is sound government policy but providing health care to all Americans is socialism personified.

17) You believe that global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are "junk science", but Creationism should be taught in schools.

18) You have to believe that waging war with no exit strategy was wrong in Vietnam but right in Iraq.

19) You have to believe that Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney was doing business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

20) You believe that government should restrict itself to just the powers named in the Constitution, which includes banning gay marriages and censoring the internet.

21) You have to believe that the public has a right to know about the adulterous affairs of Democrats, while those of Republicans are a "private matter".

22) You have to believe that the public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades but that Bush was right to censor those 28 pages from the Congressional 9/11 report because you just can't handle the truth.

23) You support state rights, which means Ashcroft telling states what locally passed voter initiatives he will allow them to have.

24) You have to believe that what Clinton did in the 1960's is of vital national interest but what Bush did decades later is "stale news" and "irrelevant".

25) You have to believe that trade with Cuba is wrong because it is communist, but trading with China and Vietnam is just dandy.

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