I’m leaving you…

No… not forever… please stop crying…  I’m sorry… no… just breathe… that’s it…

In two days, I am going away. I will be gone for nine days. I know, I don’t usually tell you when I am leaving… for security reasons… so Trent doesn’t sneak into my house and dress up in my clothes again…

But my brother is going to stay at our house with our ferocious watch dog. And my brother is almost as big as me… and has nowhere to go… so I feel it is okay to inform you that I am taking my lovely wife to Hawaii for our second honeymoon. We have been married for 25 years. We are going to do a recommitment ceremony on the beach at sunset.

And when I get back, I guess you will have to look at about 5,000 pictures.

I know… I can hardly wait either…

The thing is… what, you thought I forgot about the thing?… I am going to show my wife how much I love her by not blogging during this trip. I would like to tell her that I am not even going to think about you people… not even once… for the whole nine days… but we all know that ain’t going to happen.

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Blogging… it is a lot like being addicted to crack… only cheaper…

Not that I’m saying I have ever been addicted to crack. But the symptoms seem to be very similar. I spend every waking minute wanting to do it. And no matter how much I do it, I still want to do more. When I am not doing it, I am thinking about doing it.

I stay up way too late, telling myself that I am almost done, knowing that I am going to be a wreck the next day, but I just need one more little fix.

I get jittery when I can’t do it.

I know there are things I should get done, but they always seem to slip into the background.

I know I should spend more time with my family. And I will… just not right now.

I think I could be a successful writer and musician and artist… but I have this great idea for a post, and it shouldn’t take me too long.

But hey… I know I can quit anytime I want to.

 

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So, you know that post where we are trying to break the record for the most comments on a single post… the one that now has 26,865 comments… let’s do something fun there today, shall we?

We haven’t done anything there for a while. I will make this an easy one. Today, we are going to make up silly words…

If you are new here, and haven’t joined in the fun on our record-breaking comment post, this is a great place to meet new friends. Just pick random comments and say something funny to the commenter. I can’t begin to tell you how many people have made new friends who end up following each other. Because my commenters rock!

Here is a link that will take you right to the end of the newest comment page, so you do not have to spend an hour scrolling…    http://wp.me/p25PYJ-21u/#respond

Or, you can just click on the link at the top of the sidebar over there to the right>

To get things started, here are some words that I am going to make up, right off the top of my pointy little head:

Moozzlebits

Mumruzzers

Flammintards

Nerthtinglies

squibumbumms

Grooddle

Wanglee

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Okay, people, I just need 6 more followers to get to 2,000…

I know… you are a busy person… you have things to do… you are already following too many people and don’t even have time to read all their posts. But you must admit, 2,000 is a nice round number.

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If I was going to compare my action/humor/adventure sci-fi novels to existing works of creativity, which ones would I compare them to?

That is a really good question. I would have to say that they are like a love-child of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Dr. Who, if you add in a bunch of Monty Python and some Star Wars… and a dash of Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom and a big pinch of South Park. I mean, you know, if I was trying to sell you my books… which are right over there in the sidebar, along with links to where you can get them…

This question was brought to you by my friend, Daisha Korth, over at: http://dkorthbooks.wordpress.com/    She describes her novel series as a cross between Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey. If that doesn’t make you want to read her books, then what possibly could? Oh, and she is also the one responsible for doing that other book over there in my sidebar, the anthology of short stories by a bunch of brilliant bloggers… also available on my book page under the links if you click on the pictures of the books… over there… in the sidebar. I happen to have a short story in that book.

Now go check out her blog.

 

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I can’t believe you believe that… or that you don’t believe that other thing… that is sort of hard to believe too…

Let’s talk about beliefs… and whatever the opposite of believing is… because believing… or not believing in things… seems to be central to the core of what makes us human.

This is not a post about religion… except that it sort of is, because religions seem to expect us to believe certain things, while simultaneously exhorting us not to believe in other things, and I find it all just a bit confusing.

Many people who believe in the bible also believe that the earth is only about six thousand years old. It doesn’t say that in the bible. This came about because in the 14th or 15th century, some monk looked at the bible, found a part where there was an historical event that could be accurately set to a real date… I believe it was the death of Nebuchadnezzar in ancient Babylon… and then, he went through the genealogy section of the bible and added up all the begating… (that is ‘making babies’, if you do not speak bible)… and the lifespans of all the begaters… and came up with 6,000 years. (Fortunately, a lot of those early bible baby makers lived for like 600 or more years. If not, our planet would only be about 500 years old, and that would be really hard to explain.

I am not making fun of your beliefs. I am just saying that the facts do not seem to support your conclusion. Do not blame me, blame those annoying facts… like the fact that we can see starlight that is millions of years old… or the fact that the fossil record seems to be just a tad longer than 6,000 years.

The bible also conflicts with the ‘theory’ of evolution. It says we were made… from mud… or something like that… there are actually two conflicting stories about that in the bible, so I guess you get to pick which one makes more sense. And believe me, I can understand that the idea of being descended from apes is a lot less appealing than the idea of descending from mud.

Then there is the issue of global climate change. Many people do not believe that this can possibly be happening. I can also understand that viewpoint. Who wants to believe that human beings are no smarter than rats living in a cage and drowning themselves in their own waste products. That makes us sound stupid. Like we are really living in a closed ecosystem with a finite amount of oxygen and space, and then proceeding to fill that space with toxic chemicals while at the same time killing all the trees that renew our oxygen supply so we can build more houses to fill with even more people who chop down even more trees while putting even more pollution into the limited atmosphere… that is just crazy talk… what, are we descended from stupid monkeys, or what??? There is no way that filling the skies above us with stuff that isn’t supposed to be there could possibly change the balance of nature.

Believing is stuff… or not believing in stuff… is part of what makes us human. We teach our kids to believe in Santa Clause and the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny. But we also trust that our kids are smart enough that when they get older, the reevaluate these beliefs and give up the really silly ones.

I do apologize. I never meant this to turn into a rant. It all started with a news story I have been following about a rancher who lives in the middle of the United States. For years, he had been letting his cows graze on government land, but he has been refusing to pay the grazing rights. This is just a fee that the government charges for the rights to let your cows eat on land that belongs to all the people of this nation.

Well this rancher, it turns out, does not believe in the federal government of this country. Which is strange, because he rides around on his horse carrying an American flag. And you can bet that he believes in the postal service when he wants to mail a letter.

But this guy, and some other gun nuts, actually pointed the guns they love so much, at federal agents of the bureau of land management when they came to collect the bill that the rancher owed. Fortunately, this did not end in bloodshed. But it could have. And all because this guy chooses not to believe in the country he lives in.

And why does he have the freedom to not believe in it?

Because the country he doesn’t believe in is a free country, where people are free to believe… or not believe… in whatever they want… or don’t want… to believe in.

Okay, now my brain hurts… I hope we can have a meaningful discussion about beliefs… but I am not sure if I believe that is possible.

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Oh, it’s a game alright…

a 15

A game of musical chairs…

Where the only music is the whistle of sword blades, the hum of arrows, the thudding of hooves, the crunching of armor and the cracking of bones…

 

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