Time

I often wander aimlessly through my day wondering (wander, wonder-I love using those words together in the same sentence) ‘where does the time go?’

Don’t get me wrong. Working nights has made me a huge time waster-in my own mind anyways, and I think ‘if only I didn’t have to sleep, I would get so much done.’ Perhaps that is true, on the other hand, I love to sleep, I do, I really, really do. Not the time wasting sleep that has you in your bed too tired to get up, but unable to slip away into the oblivious unconsciousness that we all crave for at least once a night, where we wake up, stretch and say “man, that felt good!” Ah yea, that is what I mean. I get up after such a sleep and dash through the day getting everything done that needs doing, fall into my bed late at night, (there are no early nights for me, I am truly and completely a night person) and think ‘Now that was a good day!’

‘Early to bed and early to rise’ has never applied to me. Sure, sure, I have had jobs (infrequently) where I’ve had to get up and start my day before 0600, but that doesn’t mean that I go to bed early. I’m just not truly tired until after midnight, regardless of how few hours I’ve slept. Try to explain that to a morning person… they just don’t get it.

Back to needing no sleep. I think it was Benjamin Franklin (yes him again) that used to sleep several times during the day instead of one big chunk at night, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. I don’t feel inclined to look it up right at this moment, and since I’m the one writing this, I don’t have to. So, if I could adapt myself to his scheduling, would I get more done, or wander through my day half dazed, wondering what needs to get done that I’m not doing?

Of course, making lists would work, and they do work, in fact, most of the most successful people are list makers. I once was a list maker, and I have to admit that my days ran smoother when I made them; but alas, life threw me a double, actually a triple whammy and it’s taken me this long to recover from it. So maybe it’s time to start listing again. I shall ponder on that thought tonight while tied to my desk at work.

Where is all this going? Good question. I suppose I could make the point that we should respect each others sleep schedules, or we should all embrace our differences… there’s half a dozen adages that could apply; so just pick one that applies to you.

The Written Word

Have you ever noticed how some people believe anything as long as it’s in writing or on video?

Years ago, while still in the throes of my youth (I really like that phrase), I was told: Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you read. I learned later that the original quote; “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.” Was said by Benjamin Franklin, one of my favorite historical figures.

I must concur. If more people were more skeptical, and less influenced by the influx of media, then the world would be a more educated place to live-not to say that I’m particularly educated, but I do try to keep that which influences me based on facts and not merely what I see written on the page/screen in front of me.

One of my favorite websites is snopes.com. I know, I know, it’s still the written word, but after researching several items myself (I love research also, by the way), I found that they are spot on with their information.

So, back to people and the influence of the media. I saw a ‘documentary’ about Vampyres on Netflix, or I actually flashed through it, what I did see was disturbing, to say the least, and left a dark blotch on my brain that only some positive media input and a hot Epsom soak could wash away.

To say I was disappointed is a gross understatement. The only true reality I picked out of it was that of emotional vampires, which I had already known to exist, in fact many of us have encountered an emotional vampire at least once in our lives. You know, the friend, associate, colleague, etc that leaves you feeling completely drained after spending any amount of time around them… Yea, that’s what I’m talking about. They aren’t aware of it, not typically anyways, but they still suck the energy right out of you. More power to you if you maintain a friendship with one. I know several, and though the emotional vampires I  know are nice people, I have to rev up my engines before I see them. It helps to be prepared (Epsom salts, I’m telling you, great stuff).

Back to the ‘documentary’… From what I saw, and no, I refuse to watch it completely through unless someone can give me some redeeming value in the program, I refuse to subject myself to such intense negativity, and that was what it was. It was about people using the excuse of vampires to be emotionally dark. That’s as far as I’ll go, I won’t pass judgment on the people in the film, it’s not my place, and I don’t truly know them, but I tell you what, I didn’t see anything that would make me believe in the true existence of vampires that depend on blood for their existence.

If I were more influenced by what I saw, then perhaps I would believe, but… Nah, too skeptical.

On a brighter note; the vampires in my book are truly dependent on blood, as a result of a virus. Sorry, animal blood can be used in an emergency, only after the first year or so of the initial infection, but cannot be used as a permanent solution for sustenance. And no, they are not just people with fangs, nor are they animals that look like people.

Do you know any emotional vampires? Now that you know what they are, do you feel better or worse about them?

Also, wanted to tell you of a free writing contest I have entered through Writer’s Digest. The contest is for young adult and sci-fi writers and the website is http://tinyurl.com/a8msdw2 . I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Chuck Sambuchino for his time in posting information to help us new writers with a leg in.

Like

Okay, I must ask the $64,000 question: What is the freakin’ purpose of the ‘like’ button?

The way I see it, it’s just the lazy person’s way to say “I saw it, I’m acknowledging to you that I saw your post, but I’m not interested enough to post my opinion of it or to see what it’s all about.”

Am I alone in this, or do others’ share my opinion?

The problem is, there are many times when I see more negative comments to a post than positive, but I do see a lot of likes. So… who’s going to get more attention; a bunch of ‘likes’ or a few negative comments. Do I have to do the math here?

As a newby to the posting world, I must acquiesce to the ‘like’ button, ’cause apparently, someone, somewhere sanctioned it to sway the powers that be on the internet.

So here we are, enslaved by the power of ‘like’, wondering why? What did you ‘like’? How could I improve upon my post in order to get you to say something more?

I must admit that shamefully, I have been known to press ‘like’, sadly yes, I am guilty, but I can count on one hand how many times that I pressed the almighty button without posting a comment with it. I mean, if someone went to the trouble of sharing it, and I truly did like it, shouldn’t I say why? Shouldn’t you?

Keepin’ on keepin’ on

Fatigue has set in. I ended up working a couple of nights in the middle of my week off, and boy are my arms tired!!!

Oops, where did that come from?

So, I sit here trying to fire up enough neurons to input some mind-boggling, soul-stirring, spirit-arousing tidbit of information and all I really want to do is sleep.

I saw a video that my son pasted on Facebook. I tried to embed the link, but it wouldn’t embed properly and my brain is too foggy to figure it out. So, here I bid you good night. The sole purpose of this post is to keep it going. So there, the going is kept.

Writer’s Block

What is writer’s block?

Some times, I sit outside, in the car, waiting at the doctor’s office, etc., and imagine scenarios for the book I’m writing, or an idea formulating in my mind. When I sit down to put onto paper what was running unheeded in my head, I have nothing to put down. This happened a few days ago and it made me wonder; is writer’s block when you can’t think of anything to write, or when you can’t form into sentences and paragraphs the scenarios in your head.

So, what is to be done? Do you sit in front of your computer staring blankly at the sheet in front of you, shut everything down and walk away, type randomly and hope that something triggers your spark of ingenuity, or bang your head against the keyboard until both you and your computer are senseless?

What do you consider writer’s block and what do you do to get over it?

Aw Shucks

Some days life is easy. I really like easy days. An easy day doesn’t mean it’s a lazy day, nor does it mean that you have nothing to do, it just means that everything runs smoothly-no one cuts you off on, or off, the freeway. You don’t have to play vulture in the parking lot and find a parking space right away. You find everything you need at the store without searching high and low, and none of the check out lines are incredibly long, or else the cashier rings everyone up in front of you without a hitch.

Although you wait an hour for your turn in the Dr.’s office, the people and conversations are interesting and you don’t mind the wait.

Everyone sits around the table talking pleasantly, and even though the disputes get hot and heavy, they are resolved quickly and everyone is smiling and enjoying themselves once more.

-Yep, I really like the easy days.