A funny thing happend on the way to the game department in the store yesterday. Me and the techno-tot wandered in to get a hair cut and I told him we would go look at toys. He has some early birthday money from my Dad so of course, being four, it is burning a hole in his pocket. So I told him we had to be good boys and get a hair cut and we could go look.
Well we were indeed good boys, got our ears lowered, and off we went. On the way, we saw a huge display. On one side was a big Barbie House, on the other was a big Thomas The Tank Engine play set. He stopped and stared. So I knew where this was going and just stood there, waiting. He had to check out Thomas! He was really excited and kinda doing the hopping from side to side like a kitten does when they get excited.
Then he went around the other side and was checking out the Barbie house and he had that calculating look on his face. You know the kind of face a vaudeville actor would make, very dramatic and easily recognized by the audience. If he had a goatee, he would have been stroking his chin...
He looks at me and says, 'Dad, I need the cell phone.'
So being the curious type, I said sure and handed him the phone, wondering where this was going. Sure enough he flips it open in a style that would make Captain Kirk proud and pretended to dial. This was his end of the conversation..
'Yeah Santa, I have a question for you. I am in Wally World and there is this huge Thomas play set and I want to get that for Christmas. Can you put that on the list? Oh and right next to it is a doll house and Olivia would really like that too. She doesn't talk yet, but I know she would really like that so I am asking for her. Add that to our list please, thank you.'
He hands me the phone and says ok, lets go look at flashlights. I was stunned. You know back in the Fashioned Challenged Seventies I wrote a few letters to Santa, put a stamp on em and mailed em at the post office. I had no idea Santa took list requests via cell phone? And how did the tot get Santa's personal cell number?
So me being me I asked him why he didn't just email him. The tot says.. 'Well the email system is down and don't ask, but the text system is acting weird. So we can just call him until they get the servers online.' I was stunned.. say what? He was so matter of fact about it, like duh Dad, dont you know anything?
Apparently not.. the generation gap due to technology has left me holding stock in the buggy whip company and looking lame. Good thing the techno-tot knows what he is doing or I would be even more clueless then normal.
On the way out the door I had to explain, in detail, what the lady with the bucket and the bell was doing. Once he figured it out, he says you have my change from the flashlight in your pocket, put that in the bucket ok? Sure thing, you bet.
Regardless of technology and all the other differences, there is one constant. The one thing that has not changed is the magic, the spirit of the season. It is still about giving and doing for others, and the little guy has that down already. He just uses a cell phone..
What a long week! I have to admit, most days I would scramble home and think, feed me, let me sleep. Not much else has wandered through my head. And frankly, this is a good thing.
The new job is a challenge. Lots of learning, intense training and plain ol' doing. There is a bit of pressure, one is expected to pass assessments and work really hard. The last test was not as difficult as I anticpated, but to pass, you needed to get 100%. No pressure, right? Good news I did that and we continue onward.
And I understand the requirements and the expectations, I knew all this going into it. The rewards are worth it, no doubt about it. So yeah, not real surprised by any of that.
I just had no idea how hard it is to be laid off for 8 months and then get back in to the swing of going to work every day. Simple things like time management, getting to places and doing things on a set schedule is something I think most people just take for granted as every day life, I did.
After getting out of the habit of getting up with an alarm and being on a schedule, these first two weeks have wiped me out. I had forgotten how that works. Kinda funny eh? After all, a year ago I was doing the old job five days a week, writing in NaNo and blogging everyday, and on occasion, scribbling in other projects and it was as easy as pie.
Not today, my fellow wanderers. This month NaNo is kaput and I can barely blog once a week, the energy is just not there. The desire is there, but the ability to juggle everything is not. I'll get back at it eventually, baby steps, baby steps.
The thing of it is, I am very excited and quite happy about it all. This opportunity just does not happen every day, not by a long shot. Sooo.. this is great. The ability to work at a great company with some pretty cool people, earn pretty good money and have all the benefits of a very good job is worth the time and effort it takes.
So the writing gig and all that has to go on hold. Been there, done that. This time I am much smarter and will get back into the flow quickly and with just as much gusto as I have enjoyed for the past year and a half. Just gonna take a couple months to learn, acclimate, and kick butt on the new job. Then I can start adding in the groovy gig and why then.. it will be Fiddler's Green.
Until next time.. Happy Wanderings.
Been a bit since I posted an update here, been kinda busy really.
Started a new job and that has been foremost in my mind for awhile, lots to learn and do and to get back into 'work shape'. Eight months is a long time to be laid off and it is taking a bit to get back into the swing of things. But I dig the job and it is a great opportunity and worth every bit of energy I put into learning and doing the best I can every day. So yay! its all good.
On the Nano front.. ugh.. what was I thinking? Well the good side of it is the 5k or so I have done is a nice start to the next big novel project, so thats a bonus. Bad side? not gonna get 50k by the end of the month, no way. But thats cool. Still writing other stuff, poetry, short stuff, and still trying to get to the finish line on last years Nano novel. All in good time...
November is a good month, always. It is Birthday Month 'round these parts. Better 1/2 achieved the Ultimate Answer to the the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. I gave her a towel to mark the occasion.. And my day is just a couple days off then its on to the techno-tot's b-day! So yeah, November is pretty fun, and its turkey time too!
Lot of non-blog, non-net stuff going on right now. I get into the groove, and we'll be back scribbling away on a more regular basis here and elsewhere, just gotta catch my breath a bit. And that is that.. gotta finish a poem I am working on and we can go hang in the corner at some point soon and who knows? maybe I'll post up a bit of short story here too.. you never know.
Thats just how I wander...
It is Day 5 of NaNo and I have exactly... let me count here.. 3,102 words on a new project completed. Six hundred words a day on average. I need to do around 1800 to make it to 50k by the end of the month. This does not bode well.
In the past month, I have wrote less online, a lot less. I have delved deep into last years project and.. got lost. The goal was to have a working, finished copy for people to do a beta read. I have not even got as far as the better 1/2 alpha read. Heavy sigh...
My espectations are way beyond my means. I am kinda like that. I gave my self a year to have a finished novel and thought I would be shopping it around starting this month. It is not gonna happen. So I keep working on it. I will get there.
And that is my problem. I am stuck in that world and it is really hard to get out of it. I say this knowing full well that I have done just over a hundred freelance articles online. I have also produced about 300 blog posts in that time. I have published a few poems and even had a short story in an anthology. Behind the scenes, I have worked on countless poems and over a dozen short stories. I have even ventured into sheeple stories and stuff like that, stuff that is more non-fiction but still story like, i.e. the sheeple stories.
I have also worked on that blasted novel for many, many hours. To start a new novel project seems foolhardy at best, but that is what I am trying to do. Ambitous or insane, I dont know which, but there it is.
I guess I will go wherever the wind blows, see what I can see. Maybe I wont make it this year, but thats okay. I do write more, a lot more. Some of it even seems.. cool. Maybe thats the point, to just do it, worry about all the other stuff later. It will happen when it happens.
Until then.. keep on scribbling.
Well I did not think I could do NaNoWriMo again, but I am gonna try. Last year was fantastic and I just have to try it again. Nooo.. I am still not done with last years novel, still putting finishing touches on it so I can have some folks read it. But what the hell, why not do it again?
Call me crazy, call me insane.
I have two pretty fleshed out ideas, one SF, the other fantasy. Think I am gonna try the fantasy one as its more.. prepared. The SF one is a pipe dream still. Well.. all of it is a pipe dream, some are just less hazy, if you follow me. We'll see how it goes eh?
Starting a new job next week, so that is going to take precedence over writing, but you know, I write more in the early morning before work anyways, and now I will get up and get crackin' before the day begins instead of screwing around until.. 'whenever' in the day to start.
Call me a wild, crazy, dreamin' fool for diving back in. Just don't call me Brian Wilson cos that gig has passed..
See ya on the other side.