Writing, But It Is Going Very Slow Right Now


Lately I’ve been a bit bogged down on my writing speed. I’m still making progress, but it is going painfully slow. I can’t really explain it. It’s not writer’s block because I have the ideas and know what I want to write. It’s almost like I go into slow motion while writing. I’ll look up after writing for what seems like half an hour, only to realize it has really been over two hours. It’s weird.

One possibility that has occurred to me is that the summer break for the local schools has drawn to an end. My wife being a teacher, we were together most days over the summer. We had lunch and went out for a little while doing one thing or another on most days. And now she’s away and I’m here alone, working on my book. While I worked on it during the summer, with her here, the place just feels different now.

Another possibility is my allergies are just driving me nuts. This could be a stand alone problem, or it could be just a contributing factor. For whatever reason, July seems to hit me really hard allergy-wise, and I’ve had it bad the past few weeks. The past week or two have been especially hard. So maybe I’m just kind of in an allergy-induced zombie state.

There’s also the possibility that I have just been mentally distracted. Just off somehow. Whatever it is, I’m toiling away and making progress.

So, onto another topic I guess.

What do you all think of that primary win for the Democratic party the other day? She has a chance to be the first lesbian, Native American member of the house if she defeats Kevin Yoder in the general election. Yay for LGBTQ representation in Congress!

I heard about an ugly incident after that primary that Ms. Davids won the other day, though. A local activist, a young woman who was the youngest delegate for Hillary Clinton two years ago, went to a rally after the results were in. She congratulated each candidate for running a good race, and most of them were nice to her, even though they didn’t win the election. Not Brent Welder. From what I have read, he went on a rant against her for some reason. He went so ballistic on this poor girl that he didn’t stop until she was in tears.

Wow, now that’s a class move there, Mr. Welder.

So seriously, whatever your political views and whoever you were supporting, I hope that any of you reading this out there know that you treat others with more respect and better class than this guy apparently did. I think the Democrats in Kansas should be very happy that their nominee isn’t as big of a jerk as this guy comes across as.

Have a good weekend!

Sticker Shock At The Dealer

Hi everyone!

Today we took a car in to a dealer to get some standard service done. We have never taken our car to this particular dealer, but we wanted to have the little car checked out carefully. All of the service has been done on this thing regularly since it was brand new, so we didn’t really expect anything too large.

Imagine our surprise when we got an alert right away that it was going to cost over $1000 to fix a headlight, that something was wrong with the horn, and that several hundred dollars worth of brake work needed done immediately.


Exploding Head Image

Whoa, what?! Um……. no?

Please no?

So after talking about it, we decided to hold off on part of it. One of the headlights, it turns out, does have a problem, but $1000 was quite excessive. The brake ‘problem’ was that they just needed new pads soon, not something awful that had to be replaced (At a VERY inflated cost) by them. The horn problem was not a problem, they just wanted us to upgrade to some optional horn that was available on the car when it was new.

So yeah… crisis averted.


I think I can actually fix the headlight myself (At least I think so), and the other stuff we can do somewhere much, much, much cheaper.


Talk about stress inducing.

How was everyone else’s week?



***yawns, covers mouth, yawns again, stares blurry eyed at the screen***

This week has been kicking my butt. Really, I have the bruise to prove it.

I will not be showing that here!

***Warning! Whining about insomnia ahead. Continue at your own risk. Otherwise, skip this next section.***

All week I’ve had bouts of insomnia. I’ll fall asleep, only to wake up in a couple of hours, then be up for the rest of the morning. Or I will just be dozing off, then suddenly jerk awake for some reason, then be awake until 3 or 4am. It’s been so hard to accomplish almost anything this week, but I’ve been giving it my all.

I have managed to make some progress in my current story, at least. A lot of it is in my head, but it still counts. At least I’ve been able to plan out some new parts of the story as I lay there un-sleeping.

The weird thing about this is that my wife is also suffering off and on with the same problem. We haven’t really been doing anything all that different, so I’m not sure what it is that is causing it. We’re not eating anything we usually don’t, we’re not staying up especially late, we’re not doing anything at all that we don’t normally do. The only thing I can think of is because of the summer closing out soon, since she’s a teacher, but we haven’t had this problem in the past. I’ve even been taking Benadryl for my allergies, and that hasn’t knocked me out. It’s just weird.

***End of whining***

I am very excited that I at least have some new ideas for my story, and I’ve started (in my head) weaving them into the story that was planned. I think it’s going to improve it a lot. We’ll see. I’m still making some progress, at least.

The cast list for Star Wars episode 9 came out. I’m happy to see Carrie Fisher listed in there. I figured they would do some kind of tribute to her. I kind of assumed her character would have to suffer an off-screen death, and that we may never see her again, but it sounds like they have some footage that was unused from when they were shooting The Force Awakens and will be using that. I’m interested in seeing how that will play out.

I’m also excited to see that Lando will be making his return. My wife brought up a good point: Will the way Donald Glover played Lando influence Billy Dee Willams’ portrayal in any way? I think it would be interesting if he picked up anything from that. I think Donald Glover did an excellent job of portraying Lando in a way that was consistent and believable as a younger version of Billy Dee Willams’ version, so I don’t know exactly what effect it will have on Lando for episode 9.

I’m going to bed. Goodnight everyone.

Have a good weekend!