Eagles In The Superbowl!

Hello!

So first of all I have to remind everyone here that I have been a Philadelphia Eagles fan for at least ***censored*** years. This is only the second time I’ve had a chance to celebrate this particular milestone for the team I root for, so just give me this chance okay? I know some of you get to cheer for your team almost every year (and those of you who have that chance are so going down this year!), but most of us fans out here in the world only rarely get the chance, if ever. It’s a nice experience.

I know that this probably isn’t the most expected team for someone who lives in Kansas City to root for, especially given that we have our own team here, but I didn’t always live here. Yes, I’ve always lived within about a hundred miles or so, but still… I wasn’t required to be a Chiefs fan back then. So now I have two teams I root for, one in the AFC and one in the NFC. I really wanted a Chiefs vs. Eagles Superbowl, but it just didn’t turn out that way.

So yeah, this has happened before. It was only a few years ago that these two teams met up in this same game. That one didn’t go so well. This one… we’ll see. I’m going Eagles all the way.

Of course I am.

But I have a good feeling about this one. Nick Foles needs to play the game he did against the Vikings, sure. And the Eagles D needs to step up and do their part. The coaches and players must not back off at all when they get the lead. But they can do it. And they will do it.

How many of you out there are sick of hearing that Tom Brady is the GOAT? Greatest of all time. Puh! Bring it, Tommy!

These Eagles are GOAT slayers!

My prediction:

Philadelphia Eagles 29 – New England Patriots 17

Have a great weekend everyone!

Short Post

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to do a really quick, short post this week so you didn’t think I forgot (again). I woke this morning feeling ill, so I haven’t had a chance to do much. I had a migraine and some nausea, and I had to take something and go back to bed. Still not feeling too super.

I did, however, see that Westboro Baptist Church (those hateful @*$#) are picketing outside of Shawnee Mission East, a school in the KC area. Why? What do you prove by doing this? I know, I know, some people think we should just stop talking about them and hope they go away, but I don’t know if I agree with that. If you do or say nothing about these things you’re letting evil go unopposed. And what they do is evil. How else would you describe picketing around schools, public events, and funerals just to let everyone know that you think LGBTQ people are icky? It’s evil. Plain and simple.

You can see more about that here and here.

Why do hate groups like this exist? What makes a person hate another so much that they have to stand outside a school and tell children that God hates them? Those are some seriously disturbed individuals doing that. I had thought WBC had started to fade away, but I guess they aren’t gone yet. I’m at least happy and proud of the way the students and staff at Shawnee Mission East handled it.

And in case anyone needs to hear this:

Wesboro Baptist Church, go away. You are not welcome here!

Busy With The Sequels

Happy Friday Everybody!

So this week I’ve been working away on my new book, which will be the third and last installment of the Non-Vampire trilogy. Yeah, it’s been a long time coming, but at least it is coming.

Last week I had a character throw me off track, and I’m still overcoming that. The idea was supposed to be that two of the characters go out of town, come back home, things progress as they were until maybe 50 pages later(approximately), then a supporting character does something that changes things. It gave me time to set up everything. It gave me time to build up support, to continue the tension, to make it all make sense. Instead that character took the opportunity of the other characters being out of town to just jump ahead fifty pages, totally throwing my well-planned series of events off track.

I talk to people around me like this, like my characters are real people with their own minds and their own ideas. They are. I know it sounds crazy, but I don’t just create these characters and mold them whenever I feel like it. Yes, I create them, but that’s where it stops. It’s like giving birth to a child in that you created them, you can influence them, but in the end they have their own minds and will do things you don’t always approve of.

No, we don’t have children, but I helped with a bunch of nieces and nephews, as did my wife, and I know a thing or two about kids and how much you can really make them into what you want them to be. In short, it ain’t happenin. Some are going to take on your values as they grow, and some will not. You have to be okay with that as a parent or aunt or whatever your relation to them is. It’s the same with my characters. I can give birth to them, try to instill the proper values in them, try to explain to them what the best way to live and be happy is, and some are still going to do things I don’t want them to. And that’s okay. It’s interesting.

Sometimes it’s hard to deal with when I’m writing, but still…

I’m making progress, so that’s good. I haven’t quite figured out how to get from where I’m at to where I want the story to go, but I’ll see what happens as the story moves along. Then, of course, I have to go back and punch up the character dialog to make it more consistent with the way each character spoke and their personalities from the first two books. Character consistency can be a pain in sequels.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to come up with an idea for the cover of Freedom’s Fate’s second book. I have a title (which I don’t think I’ve shared yet, and I don’t intend to for a while), but no cover idea. I just need a basic thought to give the artist to get him started. I’ll come up with something soon, though. Hopefully.

Anyway, back to the writing. Enjoy the weekend!