Two days lost, more to come

I took a vacation day on Friday. This was for our granddaughter’s high school graduation. It was held in a huge center, and they were running grads through all day. There was a school prior to ours, and another one after.

If you’ve ever been to a graduation, you know that your presence is more important than anything else. She was all smiles and photos, as one should be. Otherwise it was three hours in an uncomfortable chair, listing to the same speeches people have been making for millennia, and listening to the band play Pomp and Circumstance.

I’m proud of her, but didn’t get any writing done. Our daughter came over for the big event, so I got to spend time with her. Our son and his wife threw her a big party this afternoon, so between having our daughter and going there… nothing accomplished.

I have to call my parents tomorrow, and can usually steal some time after that. No idea when our daughter will go home and I don’t want to miss any visits with her. Tomorrow isn’t looking too promising either.

My flex day is Monday. I should have the house to myself, and have high hopes to get something done.

It feels like I’ve abandoned this blog, but I’ve just been busy elsewhere. If I get lucky, I can end the war in Lanternfish and start toward the denouement phase. If not, I’m not going to fret over lost time. I got to visit with my daughter, and hung out with my son and his family for the first time in a long stretch.

On the plus side, I scored a graduation program. I find these extremely helpful for naming my fictional characters.

I’ve been working on a cool idea for Story Empire, but it requires a second person. I’ve not had any luck in finding that person. I wound up hacking out a different post for my next turn through the rotation. It came out pretty well, but isn’t what I wanted to post. Perhaps I’ll find that other person in a few weeks.

I found an online hypotenuse calculator. I now know for sure whether an upright bass will fit into a specific pickup bed. (It will, even the full sized instrument.) Saved me from digging out my old HP and figuring out where I could find batteries.

I also came up with a couple of cool new characters, but don’t really know what story they might fit into. I’m glad to meet them, but they need some work. It appears I don’t need specific time to exercise my imagination.

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22 responses to “Two days lost, more to come

  1. Huh. Never thought about using a graduation program as a name source. Really ingenious. Hope you sneak some writing in at some point.

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  2. Hope Monday will be productive for you!

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  3. Congratulations to your granddaughter on graduation — and I hope you snag time for some writing.

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  4. Family time is important, especially now…

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  5. Some things are worth losing out on a day of writing for.

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  6. Congratulations to your granddaughter.

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  7. Congrats to your granddaughter. Now it’s on to the next phase for her. Sometimes, when I want different unique names, I look at the names of authors in anthologies or the LONG list of names at the end of movies. For old names, I go to cemeteries. Glad you had quality family time and good luck finding writing time on Monday!

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    • I’ve seen some fun ones in movie credits. MLB extended rosters are good too. It’s just nice to browse. I have an old phonebook from outside my area that helps, too. Nice to find a business name on occasion.

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  8. Congrats to your granddaughter, Craig! Hope you can make up for some lost time today, but at least your time was spent with family.

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  9. Victoria Zigler

    Congratulations to your grandaughter on graduating, and I’m glad you got some family time in, even if it meant writing time took a big hit.

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  10. What a great idea to steal names from a graduation program. Hope you had a nice weekend, Craig!

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