Wow! 60 Followers… Thank You

There are 60 people in this world that have decided that my little blog is worth following.  Thank you!  I really do appreciate it.

I’ve always claimed that I write for myself. I do write for myself.  I wouldn’t write if I didn’t want to or I did not find it enjoyable.

BUT…

I write for you, too.  Pride boost aside, it’s exciting to know that there are others in the world that want to read what I’ve written.  It motivates me to keep going because now I have more than one reason to write 🙂

It’s even more exciting getting the likes and the comments.  That tells me that what I’ve written has inspired you enough to let me know that you like my stuff and/or want to discuss, critique, argue… whatever, about what I’ve written.  Feedback, good or bad, means that you took the time to read it and were motivated enough by what you read to give that feedback.  I really do feel grateful for that.  And I’ll keep going for you.

60 followers… it’s a good feeling.

Thanks again.

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Brain Clog?

Sometimes my mind does not want to focus on what it is I should be working.  Now is one of those times.  I should be working through my task as I sit here at my desk, but I’m a little tired and my mind just doesn’t want to wrap itself around the task at hand.  Why is that?  I’m obviously coherent and focused enough to be sitting here banging out these words on the keyboard.  I don’t dislike what it is I’m supposed to be doing at this moment.  I dunno…

Anyway,  I am tired.  I was awakened multiple times last night by a puppy that apparently had had enough sleep during the day yesterday.  He was less than pleased about being kept in his bed/crate for the night.  I’m tired…

I just nixed the page on this blog site that contained the first part of Mind the Shadows.  It’s a story I’ve been working on now and then for a few years now.  I found a couple of mistakes as I was looking at it, so I decided removal was the best course of action until such time I decide it’s worth fixing and putting back out here.

Besides, I never got a lot of feedback on it.  There are likely a couple of reasons for that…

The first reason was my naive presumption that I could create a page, mention that page in a couple of blog posts (a WHILE back) and simply get some “interactive traffic” there. Live and learn 🙂

The second reason was my lack of motivation/promotion for it.  It kind of ties into my lack of blog site experience.  The truth, though, is that I didn’t realize that I actually have to work to promote my work… go figure O_o  😉  Now that I’ve seen how folks like Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha (Kent Wayne) promote their literary works, I now know that I have to be more like that to get my stuff noticed and hopefully get some feedback.  I also welcome any advice on how to go about that and not lose followers.

Well enough of being off task for now… thanks for taking the time to stop by and give this a read 🙂

Day 2… Back At It?!?!?

I’m finding it difficult to rebuild momentum for my “daily life” after having a week and a half of not living my “daily life”.  It is far easier to shift gears into a more… leisurely… schedule than shifting those gears back to M-F, 9-5.  So, I decided to start banging on the keyboard for fun as I gather my wits about me and “rediscover” the requirements of the life that I left behind a short time ago in favor of a less… tasking… life.

I figured it would be a slow start today, but I’m trying to keep my “energy level” up so I don’t start staring at nothing and drooling while trying to gather my list and begin execution.

I think it’s helping, though.  I type a sentence or two here, then work on something else and make some notes about the task details for a few minutes.  A little tip-toeing around the entrance to the salt mine is letting me get my mind used to the idea that I will soon be back at it…

How about you?

Still Around…

Some time has passed since my last expulsion of verbiage in the general direction of this blog thingy.

My apologies to those that take any measure of pleasure and/or joy reading my posts.

My condolences to those that wish I would just quit typing…  eh… no… tough shit 🙂

I’ve been passing most of my recent time working during the day and gaming/goofing off with friends in the evening and weekends.  The wife and I have spent some good time together, too.  I went to visit family and friends in my home town since my last post – it’s most always time well spent there.  Otherwise, I’ve just been… living daily life, I suppose.

While it is nothing spectacular, I really have not felt compelled to lodge a complaint about being bored or not being some sort of extraordinarily productive member of society.

Don’t get me wrong… my ego would very much like hearing that something I’ve written or done has had a great effect on some people.  Let’s face it, it’s a good feeling when something you’ve written gets a good reaction from even just one person.

That being said, however, I stick by my previous statement of being okay with my humdrum life as of late.  I have not felt very compelled to do more.

Now it hasn’t all been “Groundhog Day” for me and the wife, especially very recently.  But it’s nothing serious and nothing worth posting about, either.

The only significant “change” I have made since my last post is that I have “officially” taken a break from my virtual racing career on iRacing.  I guess I just need a break.  My enthusiasm has waned significantly.  I found myself getting angry at small mistakes way too easy during practices.  I even rage quit a race – something I typically don’t do.  So, I’ve decided not to get on iRacing until after the first of the year.  I may already be looking forward to getting back on there, too.  That’s a good thing.  The bottom line is that I need a real break from my hobby.  My recent half-hearted attempts to compete with my race team have not been good for me, and have done absolutely nothing for them.

My mind has been lingering on tabletop gaming (RPGs) lately.  I think I would like to throw my hat back in the D&D ring for a bit.  If I start gaming, I promise to make posts about the game/characters and the story.

I’ve started streaming again a little bit while playing 7 Days to Die (fun game).  This can be fun to watch since I’m doing this with my best friend and a small group of friends.  I’ll put the links below.

I have found myself enjoying playing the game Cities: Skylines.  It’s a city building simulator. I find the creativity and manipulating the infrastructure of a city oddly relaxing and satisfying.

So, that’s the 10,000 foot view.  Sorry it isn’t something more spectacular.  Maybe it’ll get better?

Thanks for “listening”.

Race Team: Ridin’ Shotgun Motorsports

Twitch Stream: www.twitch.tv/myrok9

 

An Inspired Response

So, I just read this post by @millyschmidt where she talks about dealing with being rejected by publishers.  She writes about a pretty good process for getting through rejections – something that writers live with a lot.

So, anyway, I was triggered for some reason to write this…

The ultimate sword is forged when the hammer strikes the perfect spot on the cooling blade at the perfect moment in time. Then, and only then, can this blade transcend from an ordinary tool of utility and general purpose to the artifact that can slay the beast; the beast that is working to crush you and deny you the chance to live as you see fit. A desire to create such a weapon and the will to enter the forge suggests that you may have the recipe. The real question at this point, however, is not whether you can forge the sword. Instead, the question is do you have the drive to live for the opportunity to do so?  Only those that are willing to embrace the passion for just being in the forge will be given even the slightest chance for creating that ultimate sword.

20 Followers… woo hoo???

I just noticed that I have 20 followers.  At first, I was like, “Very cool!”  Then I noticed something else.  I saw that one of the followers is me.  I don’t remember following myself, but okay… <shrugs>.  Then I noticed that 2 of my followers are the same person.  So, I guess, technically I have 18 followers.  I can’t count myself as a follower because I’m stuck with me O_O

It still feels good.  So, thank you, followers.  I hope you’re enjoying some portion of the stuff that gets out of my head and onto this electronic medium.  Feel free to let me know what you think of any of it.  I’m eager to learn what I could do better, and/or hear that someone likes what I do here… or a different opinion, some advice or random passing thought.  😉

Until next time…

The Waiting Game…

It’s both a good and bad thing that I am approaching the last week of my current source of employment.  It’s good because I have chosen to challenge myself and strive for a new career path that should take me into a continually lucrative future.  I am concerned that my current trade has peaked, and there might come a time – as I age – where being so hands-on will just not be possible.  I am hopeful that project management will be something that I have some starting skill at and that I will enjoy not just being a piece on the game board, but the guy that helps get the pieces into play to “win the games”.

Project management is something that I have observed for a major portion of my time as an engineering technician.  My interaction with project managers has been been little more than get the task, complete the task and report back for the next task in the time allowed.  I have formed opinions about what a project manager should be in that time, with those types of interactions.  I am rather eager to find out if I am even remotely accurate.  So, all good things I think.  I like to learn.  This should be an education.

The bad thing is that my usefulness where I am still has waned to effectively nothing.  For me, it is a difficult thing to sit idle and pass time that does not have, at least, some productive value.  Plus, I’m just bored.  I appreciate, however, the fact that my employer is willing to keep me on until the prescribed time in spite of being idle.  I’m hoping that this will help pass the time in a more productive manner 😉