Monday, February 23, 2015

Drive carefully --

-- it's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

{start winter peeve}

You there, you driving that big-ass monster SUV or truck or behemoth on the road. Quit tail-gating me. I'm doing a reasonable speed for the road conditions. There's not just a slight coating of snow, there's inches of snow. Trust me. It's slippery out here. I know this road and I know where it can turn to ice. So get off my butt. You have 4-wheel drive. You don't have 4-wheel stop.

{end winter peeve}

Enough said.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Everybody is ignorant ...

... only on different subjects.

This one seems so obvious until you really think about it. We all have a blind spot, a Thing We Don't Get.

Mine is popular culture. I have no idea who Kim Big Butt is or how she's related to whoever and why people care. The same is true for most music people unless they were born in the 1940s and 1950s.

But I can tell you about the history of comic books in America, and discuss American Realism and Naturalism in fiction, and also help you troubleshoot your computer.

Some people can tell you how to game the system and get something for nothing. A dubious talent, but a talent, nonetheless.

It's all in how you look at it, right? We're all ignorant, and we're all smart -- just in different spots.

But when I see pictures of Miss Big Butt, I do have to wonder, I admit....

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

An optimist thinks this is the best possible world.

A pessimist fears this is true.

I prefer to be an optimist this year. I chose my yearly word -- a far more difficult thing than it should be, I suppose.

I wanted to aim for "positive", "enthusiastic", "easy-going" -- something to indicate (to me) that things just won't throw me for a loop.

I finally settled on "upbeat". ♪ Always look on the bright side of life ♪ That's what I'm going to do. The reason for this?

The Dreaded P word.

I'm spending 2015 on promotion. I vow to actively promote my books and see, once and for all, if it makes any damn difference in sales.

I shall report back in with my findings later. Hopefully, in one year.

Must stay upbeat. Must stay upbeat.....

Saturday, November 22, 2014

When she saw her first strands of gray hair

...  she thought she'd dye.

Sorry. Couldn't resist the pun.

I have a few strands (or more than a few) of gray, and I've never consider dying my hair. Mainly because it's a pain to keep up (constant re-application of chemicals), it's expensive, and who am I fooling anyway? I'm a Lady of a Certain Age. Why hide it?

Of course, I haven't really figured out a good hairstyle yet, and I'm in my Golden Years. So I guess that tells you my attitude toward personal beauty. It is what it is. I'm not going to sweat it too much.

Or at all.

Monday, October 20, 2014

I don't have a soluton...

... but I admire the problem.

Doesn't this happen sometimes? You see a problem, and are totally stumped about a solution. Like, oh, world peace. You think it should be easy. But then there are economic factors to consider. Let's face it, a large part of the economy is war-based. And cultural issues. Are people ready for peace?

That reminds me of Childhood's End, a great story by Arthur Clarke. The way to prepare a culture for a change is to start with the children. Of course, his solution was a bit draconian, but it really was an interesting way to consider alien takeover of earth.

It's a rather depressing book, but it's also thought-provoking. The best kind, I guess.

So yes, I admit there are problems. And some are so big we can't even start to chip away at them. But you know ... start small. There might be a solution there somewhere.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Most cats, most of the time, have already met most of the people they want to meet

And you know, I kind of understand that.

If you stop and think about it, you've met a LOT of people in your life. "Met" might be a loose term, here, but think of the daily interactions, the casual strangers, the friends.

That's a lot of people. Some were good interactions, some not so good. I have a general rule: I assume good unless I'm proved wrong. It makes life a lot easier. Others I know seem to assume the bad, and they just give off a very negative vibe.

The way I see it is this: it ain't personal. If somebody doesn't get along with me, that's fine. There are a lot of other people in the world. I can't get along with everybody. So it goes.

I've already met a lot of people. A few less is okay with me.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Teach a man to fish ....

... and he'll spend most of his time out in a boat and out of your way.

That's not cynical, it's the truth. I have so little free time, between my job and the usual household routine, that I value it greatly when I get it. I'm totally wrapped up in my current book project, and there are times when I wish my DH was one of those fishermen who loved to get away for the weekend.

He doesn't rely on me for entertainment, but I do sometimes get nudged into doing things I really have little interest in. Not often, but sometimes.

I remind myself that a long holiday is coming up and I'll have all the time in the world.

But sometimes fishing isn't such a bad thing.