Needing Set Up Time to Get Into My World

For the past few years, I’ve used the time alone in the car on my return commute to leave reality and inhabit the world I’ve created. I think about plot, character development, civilizations, culture, dialogue and whatever else might snag my thoughts. By the time I reach my home, reality has receded into the background, for me to go through motions until I’m at my computer, ready to type whatever thoughts had been swirling down. This year, however, my thoughts have been disjointed and when I sit down to type, I’m desperately aware of the fact that I am on…

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“Serious” Games vs “Casual” Games

My boss went to a PS4 event and came back with brochures and free gifts. Somehow, he and I got into a big discussion about games, who plays them etc. It started when I noticed the audience for the Street Fighter tournament (which he attended) was 99% male. In fact, in his small video scan of the audience, I don’t think I saw a single female. I noted this fact so he comes back with, “Well, games are played by boys.” When I pushed back on this statement, he then made the subsequent and false observation, “Boys play ‘serious’ games while…

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Breathing Space!

Whelp, so much for doing Nanowrimo this year. I started okay for the first week in November, but then life happened. More specifically, work happened. You see, my day job is in health insurance, specializing in small group health insurance. December is the worst month in our business… worst in terms of time and focus, best in terms of income. December is when most groups renew. Why? Because rates change on Jan. 1 and if you renew in December, you’re getting 2015 rates for 11 out of 12 months in 2016. Hence the workload. What’s made this year worse is…

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Reputations – As in, How Do We Know?

Boing Boing has an interesting post today called What is Reputation? It references Gloria Origgi who had written a book called La Reputation, and an essay from her on the website Edge. In the essay, she speaks about the reputation of doctors which is interesting because everyone is convinced they have the best doctors. This tracks with an observation of mine. Coming from a mother who has an opinion about everything and a background of bad health, I’ve noticed that folks will make an opinion without experience. Here’s what I’m talking about. My wife’s oncologist came with high recommendations from nurses and other…

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Numbers to Remember During NaNoWriMo

Countdown to Nanowrimo: 3 days. Days in Nov. taken up by events, birthdays, holidays, visits: 8-10 days # of words to hit on remainder of the days: 2500 words/day # of days in Nov. I’ll be grumpy, proud and ornery: all of them # of minutes spent replotting whilst I’m writing: hopefully ZERO # of Raiders games to fit in during this time? 5

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NaNoWriMo’s Almost Here. Are You Participating?

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month – November) is about to start. I haven’t been participating the last few years but it’s a great tool so I will this year. To participate, one just has to declare the intention to write 50,000 within the month of November. This isn’t a tool for 2nd or 3rd drafts which is why I haven’t participated in the past few sessions. Since I’m working on the 1st draft of Thwarted Wills, it’s a great tool especially since I’ve got the outline worked out. Going to try out a couple of widgets here, then maybe create…

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My First Reaction is to Broadcast (Anthem’s changing their Rx program)

I work as a health insurance agent during the day. I don’t like my job, but I recognize that I provide a service for others. Sometimes, I get information that I think people should know. Like what I put on my FB wall: Everyone who is on Anthem Blue Cross in California. Be an informed consumer. PLEASE BE AWARE that starting 2016, your Rx may NOT be part of the coverage. Anthem Blue Cross is rolling out what they call “Select Rx” which means the more expensive Rx WILL NOT BE covered. This is across the board for individuals and…

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Curses & Blessing in Rush Hour Traffic

When I’m driving to work (strangely not when I’m coming home), I tend to think of some cars as curses and some as blessings. Some cars, when they change lanes, manage to stop their lanes. (Not really, but that’s what it seems). I call those curses and I HATE it when I’m the curse. Some cars, they get into a lane, and somehow the lane starts moving. Those are blessings. Today, I was lucky enough to be a blessing. Every lane I hopped into moved past the other three lanes. It made for such a nice drive.

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Falling at 50+ Years of Age Is Hazardous!

Had a big fall last night. Was walking out to the garden and going down the porch steps when Inkling decided he *had* to be in the back yard right then. He ran under my descending left leg and I came down hard on the the bricks. Laid there for about 5 minutes not able to move. W was out in front watering and couldn’t hear my yells. All I can say is, thank goodness I had that neck problem two years ago. I’ve worked so hard on relaxing all my neck/shoulder/back muscles that I was able to lie there…

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