Old Stuff/Windows Frustrations/Querying

So lately we’ve been going around to garage sales and to thrift stores looking for old tech stuff. Honestly, this all kind of started when we built a retropie machine to play a lot of our old games on. If you don’t know, the retropie has emulators that let you play games from just about any old video game system out there (assuming you have the original game so that you are just format shifting and not violating any copyrights). This makes it incredibly easy to switch between anything like a Nintendo to a Sega, or whatever, and not have to hook up multiple systems. It’s all in one, so you just play whichever game you like.

Anyway, that led us to looking for older computer stuff, as well. We aren’t having the greatest luck with that, but we’re looking. I did find a Macbook G4 for $10 at a Savers the other day, and once we bought a new power cord for it from Amazon, I found out it still works, so there’s that. We’ve found a handful of the little retro-style games that are basically just a controller hooked to your screen, so that’s kind of fun.

What else…

About a week ago my system did a Windows update and my internet has been bogged down and slow ever since. To top it off, I can’t even navigate and click the same page correctly. When I’m in my email, I try to select multiple to delete and it just hangs for about 30 seconds. It’s frustrating. I used to write software, so I get that you can’t anticipate every scenario, but come on Microsoft, you can do better than this. Anyway, I rolled back one update and it seems to have helped a little, so we’ll see.

Um…

I’m about to start sending queries on my latest book. It’s an upper-middle grade novel, which is new for me, so I’m just hoping for the best.

That’s about all I got, so everyone have a good weekend!

Why Are We Still Debating Equality?

Today they are debating the Equality act on the floor of the House of Representatives of the United States.

Finally.

Except we all know this isn’t going anywhere. The Senate is controlled by… well, by Mitch McConnel, but technically by the Republicans. The right wing of the Republican party always, always, always plays to fears of their base. If we give equality to people then they will have to serve cakes to the icky gays. They will have to sell homes to us. They will have to admit we exist and they can’t get rid of us. And, of course, they always claim trans people will be going into the bathroom with your children and assaulting them. Because, ya know, the only thing stop anyone from doing that right now is that it’s illegal for them to go into the bathroom. Which, of course, ignores the fact that assaulting a child is illegal in the first place, not to mention immoral and inhuman, so if the law was going to stop them then they would not be doing it regardless of this law.

So why are we debating this? Because they want to say “religious freedom” and stop everything. That is an excuse. As I just saw someone paraphrase from the bible, you are supposed to love your neighbor. Not love your straight neighbor. Not love your cisgender neighbor. Nobody is telling everyone they have to like serving gay people. The civil rights act never forced people to like any minority, only to treat them fairly and equally. That’s all this act would do, except now for LGBTQ people.

So why are we not already treating EVERYBODY equally in the United States of America?

I don’t know. I just don’t know.

Have a good weekend!

Free Stuff & Next Book

Hello!

I just looked at all the time that has passed since my last post. Eeep! Sorry about that. Wow, I stink at this.

Anyway, on Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and many other places, you can now download Brynne, Non-Vampire for free. Soon it should be that way on Amazon, if they do the price match they said they would do when I emailed them. So yeah, first book in the series there for you all to enjoy.

I’m finishing up my next book. I’m kind of thinking I may send out queries on this one. It’s a middle grade romance thing, where the girl just really wants her first date more than anything, and she happens to be a lesbian with an anti-lgbtq step-mother. I just remember the last time I queried anything, and it was an exercise in frustration and somewhat like sticking your head through a hole where people with bats bash it, and yet you keep sticking your head through and asking them to bash it again. Not sure I want to go through that, but I’m thinking about it.

I guess that’s it for now. I hope everyone has a great weekend!