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A 3/4 good weekend

Heck, I’ll take it. I made a task list friday night, and worked through 3/4 of it on Saturday. We got in a decent date night too.

After dinner at Old Chicago, my son and I stayed up late playing Borderlands. He also talked me into buying a solo game called Skyrim, and we set that all up. These are probably ancient news to you gamers, but I’ve never owned a game system until this year. They’re all new to me.

Sports wise, Boise State lost in OT, the Diamondbacks lost. Today the Steelers won, and the Diamondbacks also won. Can’t gripe about that result. This time of year is strange for me, because both sports overlap for a month or two. I’m not as big a football fan as I used to be, but I enjoy it. Baseball is my sport of choice. I was able to watch the Steelers game, and one Diamondbacks game. The others were sporadic iPhone score checks.

I got up relatively early this morning, and my parents are still in Alaska. That means no Sunday morning telephone call. I kind of thought I could add new words to my WIP, but that wasn’t to be. My wife got up about twenty minutes after I did, and that doesn’t allow me to write. It’s probably a personality quirk, but I need quiet solitude when I write.

I wound up working ahead a bit on promos and blog projects. It wasn’t what I wanted to do, but it was productive. I now have some promotional posts for Quantum Wanderlust when it releases. All I need for my posts is a purchase link. Honestly, it feels good to be prepared.

I exchanged some texts with my daughter for something I want to add to The Hat. A dress size can be a reasonable part of description. This is coming late in the story, but I also used it to show a bit of character. Lizzie went up a couple of dress sizes, but only admits to one. Let’s face it, she isn’t seventeen anymore.

I have to make a field trip with my paycheck job this week. I’ll be around, and check in when I can. I’m sure I won’t be scarce, but I may be more sporadic than normal. Hope you all enjoyed your weekends.

In other news, the USA always has one active volcano in Hawaii, today we have a devastating hurricane going on, and Idaho had a small earthquake on the eastern side of the state. Add that to all the ongoing wild fires, and the US is a mess. Honestly, it’s a big country. It’s hot and beautiful in Boise this evening. Keep your eyes open if you’re at the northern edge of the USA, you might see the Northern Lights tonight.

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Trying for my Sunday post

We ground up the peach branches today. They dried well enough to go through the chipper without making a knot of green bark around the motor. The tree looks good, and is leafing out well. The flowers I are gone, and I wait to see how many peaches it will set.

I actually got to watch the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers last night. The new rookie pitcher took out the top pitcher in the National league. It was awesome. I even got to see a Goldschmit home run.

This is a rare thing for me. Games are frequently blocked out and I can't watch them. Network television doesn't seem to think baseball exists beyond the Yankees or Red Sox.

Now I'm watching the Game of Thrones marathon on HBO. It's a nice warm up to the premier of the new season tonight. Can't wait to see what Tyrian Lannister is up to.

Is anyone else watching tonight?

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The writing vacation

I just stopped writing for the day. At least on the novel, I did. I may return to my short story later on. I’ve been off since last Saturday, using my vacation time to write. During that time, I worked on the novel and wrote some short stories.

I also updated this blog every day, and that’s unusual for me. I usually take Tuesdays and Thursdays off when it comes to blogging.

I wasn’t a complete shut in. I managed to go out with Old What’s Her Face* a couple of times. We even bought a new lawnmower. (She had to take selfies with it to send to family members.) I went fishing with my son and his family. Tomorrow everyone is coming over for Easter dinner.

II managed to watch the last three innings of a Diamonbacks/White Socks spring training game. It was a big win for Arizona, but if that’s an indication of their pitching staff it’s going to be a long year.

I always feel inadequate about my efforts. Maybe if I’d forced things it would be different. I wanted to finish my novel, but fell far short. The rough tally looks like I added about 9000 new words in the whole time I was off.

Those of you who get your thousand words per day can say “neener neener” at this time. I feel bad about it. I am the guy who put down ten thousand word in one day. This was writing The Cock of the South. I had a much tighter outline, but the genre also helped. Fantasy requires plenty of research, but The Playground is in a real world setting. I’ve spent plenty of time on Google maps, even going so far as looking up the menus of restaurants in the right areas.

The Playground starts in a fake city similar to St. Louis. That part flowed well, because I made up the locations as I needed them. Then it moved to actual New Orleans, and that required more research. Thank God they’ll be moving back soon.

I suppose I could do more of this research up front and add it to my outline. It really doesn’t work that way for me though. My outlines are more like mile markers, and I like it that way. If I need to get from one to two, how I do it is still by the seat of my pants. Once it’s right, I’ll aim toward marker number three.

Still, I figured out the minutia of how whole thing is going to go down and moved the characters into position. I returned to my victim, and spent a considerable amount of time detailing her new problems. Today my heroine and anti-hero are within two blocks of each other. The maguffin is there too. Shit’s about to hit the fan.

I’m at a point where I need time to think. My mind dwells on the order of all the little things I want to happen, and I will figure it out. There are distractions too. These come from my own mind, and sometimes I need to make notes for future stories. It’s that open mind part of the game, that allows other things inside too.

I kind of want it all to go down during a hurricane. Why give my characters a few problems to deal with when they could have ten? I won’t, because the time of year is wrong, but it would be cool.

All in all, it wasn’t a great writing vacation from a volume standpoint. The stuff I got down was pretty good though. I’m only focusing on the novel here, there were many more words if I look at it that way.

I’m half way through my critique work, and will finish that sometime today. I’ll be ready for the group come Thursday. Tomorrow may offer some time too. Maybe I’ll consult with Lorelei** about my next steps.

* Not my wife’s given name.

* Lorelei is my Muse.

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Happy Happy Happy!!!

I have a post in mind for Friday night. I’m going to go ahead with it, but I couldn’t pass this up.

I got news today that the Arizona Diamondbacks finally fired General Manager, Kevin Towers. Towers is the guy who took a pretty good team, and via his trading expertise, turned it into one that couldn’t compete in Little League. (I hope no Little Leaguers are insulted by comparing them to this dismal excuse for a baseball team.)

It will take years to recover from this era, but nothing can happen until the first chip falls. Towers was the first chip.

See you again tonight. Woo Hoo!!!

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So many things to blog about today

The best blog posts are about one topic. I have a lot to talk about, but I’m going to pick one. Maybe I’ll post again later.

Let’s talk about Tony La Russa. He was just appointed to the position of Chief Baseball Officer with the Arizona Diamondacks. Here’s the article I read: La Russa

This can be nothing but good news for the Diamondbacks. The team created a position, above the Manager and General Manager and gave it to one if the best people in baseball history.

The timing is important here, I think. The current GM is the one responsible for ruining this team. La Russa was brought in ahead of the draft. In my mind there’s now a babysitter to keep Towers from doing anymore stupid things.

Many of Towers’ trades served to deplete what was once the best farm system in Major League Baseball. It’s to the point where all the other general managers must get boners dreaming about a trade with the Diamondbacks. The trades have worked out really well for everyone else.

I’m one of the few that doesn’t blame Manager Kirk Gibson for the state of the team. I think he makes some dumb lineup decisions, but he can only field the players they give him. I think he’s salvageable, but if he doesn’t last I won’t be heartbroken. Many of the players he has are past their primes. They might as well try running out Ted Williams’ frozen head for all the good it would do them.

Right now the Diamondbacks are at 16 wins and 28 losses. Many of the losses are against division rivals. They’ve accomplished this dismal record in about six weeks or so. Something has to change, and I think it’s about to.

In my mind, La Russa was brought in as an axe man. (I mean, they created a position for him.) It will be his job to identify good replacements before he cuts the other people loose. He’ll probably lend his status to recruit people into the organization too. What young baseball guy wouldn’t want to claim working with La Russa on his resume.

La Russa has a tough job ahead of him. This year is over. The farm has already been harvested. It will be difficult to put a winning team on the field before 2016. I wish him all the luck in the world.

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Baseball Frustration

Opening day is right in front of us. Well, it’s ahead of us, and it already happened too. Arizona managed to dump two games in Australia already.

This is the time of year where everyone’s supposed to be tied for first. Arizona isn’t, but I still think bringing the sport to new markets is a good thing. If they’re going to quit televising the games, and make us all pay through the nose for a package on cable, they need a broader footprint to stay viable. Welcome to any new Australian fans out there.

Teams will trickle away between now and June, and this is normal. Only a few get to slug it out in August and September, the rest are just along for the ride, playing spoiler at best.

I thought the Diamonbacks made some cool trades during the off season, and it sounded like they might be pretty good. Injury reared its head already, and we have four wounded pitchers. Fans are usually optimistic, but this can’t be good.

There seems to be a rash of young players needing Tommy John surgery right now. I wish MLB would look into this instead of slowing the game down with instant replay. There has to be a reason for this wave of joint injuries, and it deserves a study.

Once upon a time, pitchers threw nine innings and they did it every day. I’m sure there were a ton of injuries, and medicine wasn’t modern enough to diagnose everything. There was an era of three man rotations, and a bullpen only had someone come in late to finish the game. Today we may get three or more relievers in one game.

It would appear that pitchers are throwing less, not more. This isn’t the case though. Young kids play baseball year round in some places. By the time they reach college, some of them have thrown more innings than the old timers did at the end of their career. Maybe elbows and shoulders all have a finite number of pitches in them. Maybe Tommy John surgery is like a ring job on your car.

I heard that Willie Mayes weighed in on why pitchers shouldn’t weight train. He said they need muscle in the lower body, but their greates asset is a flexible arm. A muscle bound strong arm may add velocity, but it’s easier to damage. Weight training is something all the pitchers do these days.

I get that baseball is big business. It’s probably better for the owners to have a great pitcher for two years than a decent pitcher for ten years. I’m afraid I’m talking about the same young man under different circumstances.

I think it’s time for MLB to look into this. They should sponsor some research that begins in Little League and assesses pitchers at every level up to MLB retirement.

It may sound like I’m bitching because my favorite team doesn’t have a top pitching staff this year. That isn’t my intent. They have a good pitching staff, but they’ll watch the games from the bullpen this year.

I’m still happy to watch some baseball this year. Television will have a few games on, but they’re almost always limited to the Yankees or Red Sox. I’d like to see my team play, and win. I just want the best team on the field for both sides. If they get beat, they get beat. I don’t like fielding a team based upon who isn’t injured today.

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