Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Adorn Your Desk With Flowers

Today, I went to the local florist shop and, although I have no beau to buy flowers for me, I purchased some for myself, for my desk at work.

I've always had people say to me, "How are cut flowers lovely/romantic? After all, you've just killed the thing..."

But I rather think these people miss the point. If my aim was to surround myself with dead things, I'd decorate my desk with taxidermy. Flowers lighten the mood of the office, and they give you something beautiful to look at. Most importantly, they are a constant reminder that there is beauty in the world, no matter how rough your work environment is, how callous your bosses are, or what your particular situation might be.

The bouquet was $10, and I consider it money well spent.

Friday, September 25, 2015

My Old Saturn, & The New World Order

This year's been hard for me. I had to get rid of an old friend - my Saturn, Harley. You see, she was a faithful girl, but she was old - real old. Like 20 years old. Which in people years would be a billion.

The poor girl started choking out white smoke. I could have replaced the engine, but it would only be a matter of time before something else went out. I could see that it was time. Cars don't last forever. They're like people, in that way.

Which brings me to my next point. I dunno how I feel about the idea of a New World Order. But I got a pack of playing cards about it anyway, showing the supposed culprits of the conspiracy to turn our sovereign nation into a former-nation and whatnot. And you know what I noticed? Most of these guys are, for all their wealth, really really old. They're like my Harley. They keep replacing their internal organs, getting transplants and whatnot - but you can only do that for so long. Eventually everything in the body will break down. Nothing lasts forever, no matter how you try and stave off the cold hand of death. Better to live a happy, charmed life and to die knowing that you lived well. Nothing wrong with that. No one could fault you. It would be the most human thing in the world.

Well I learned my lesson only after pouring a bucketload of money into Harley, which did the trick...for a little while (a couple weeks), and left me with a large bill to pay.

So anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is, All Things Must Pass.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Difficult Times

I have to keep telling myself this. These are difficult times for me. Nothing I've tried, to switch out of a job I hate, has worked. With my writing, I have little time and don't seem to be really getting anywhere. And every time I have an idea to start working on something, I run up against a brick wall, whether it be in my professional or private life.

And so I know how Ash feels in the middle of my novel, Retribution. She's hunting down the five crystals that she has to destroy to weaken Malegaunt's power, and she faces huge obstacles, time and time again. Victory is anything but certain.

So what do I do, to break the seemingly never-ending cycle of failure??? Hell if I know, but I (and my character, Ash) had better figure it the f*** out.