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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How to Have Long-Term Rivalry & Emerge as Friends

I was a decent fan of tennis in the 70’s and 80’s. If you were any sort of fan back then, you basically had to choose sides: Chris Evert or Martina Navratilova. I chose early and never wavered from my choice until she retired: Chrissy Evert. Here’s an article from Parade.com about these two tennis greats’ rivalry and friendship. The best quote from Chris Evert in there was this: I was one of the greatest players who ever won Wimbledon who didn’t have a serve! I’d say 99.9% of Evert’s serves were returned. If she played another baseline player, you were…

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Mental & Physical Breaks

I took a break. Did you notice? It’s been a long time since I wrote anything, for here or on my novel. Even my facebook posts have been in drips and drabs. I wish there was some epiphany behind the breaks, or some desire to “get away from it all.” Maybe there were reasons of sorts, but they never formed into a spoken desire. It was more of a “not today” type of rejection. Am I rested? Probably. Are my creative juices rejuvenated? More than likely. I guess there’s been a part of me wanting to wait until the writing…

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Nightmare, or Was It?

The other night, I woke up to Westina shaking me awake. “There’s someone in the house!” she whispered. I heard noises immediately. Somehow, I was able to see a shadow moving down the hallway, which should’ve clued me in. Getting up, I indicated to Loki to follow me. Inkling was still curled on Westina’s legs. I walked into the living room to find a stranger sitting in the middle of my couch. He was stretched out with his hands tucked behind his head (as if he was surrendering) and his long legs jutting out from the couch as if they…

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Cracks in the Block

Around November 15th, a block of dense material dropped on top of my imagination’s path, obscuring any sight. As time went on, the holidays, birthdays and video games happened. As did the discovery of the Amazing Race on Amazon Prime. As a result, the block stayed and its weight settled it onto my imagination’s ground. Every time I looked over, the block looked more massive, more settled, more… permanent. Which led to me feeling a little despondent at the thought. First it was, okay, after Thanksgiving, I’ll sit and write. Then it was, okay, after W’s birthday I’ll write. Then it…

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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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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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Hippo Birdie Two Me

52 and counting. Never thought I’d make it past 30 and look at me now. Regarding the graphic: I’m a 3rd generation rabbit. My grandfather on my mother’s side and my grandmother on my father’s side were rabbits, as was my Dad. Unfortunately, I’m the last of the run. My sister didn’t have any rabbits and well, my dogs don’t count, do they? And what would I like for my birthday? Why, thank you for asking. Please buy copies of my book and if you’ve already read it, give a copy to someone who might enjoy it.

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Imps, Chimps or Chumps?

Two days ago, I misplaced my wedding ring. To my mind, it can only be on the bathroom sink or the kitchen sink, the only two places I take it off. Yet, after tons of searching, I couldn’t find it even asking W. thrice whether she’s seen it or not. Frustrated, I go and do the dishes that I had promised to do a day before. I somehow think that the ring will magically appear under a bowl or plate. Then hours later after I finish the dishes, I go to bed sans ring. And what do I spy on…

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Fuck Cancer

A couple of weeks ago, I received a text from my sister. My cousin’s wife was diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized tumor on her ovary and most likely it’s cancer. Yesterday she had a hysterectomy and it’s confirmed. I sent her the link to the blog that I maintained during W’s cancer journey and she in turn sent it to my cousin, her husband’s sister. That made me reread what I had written. I pretty much spewed everything onto that blog, then forgot about it because seriously, who wants to relive those moments? In a way, I’m glad I did spew…

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