Jumping Through The Hoops

Posted: June 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

Life is like a three ring circus and to get along you have to jump through the hoops. If you don’t jump through the hoops life can be more difficult than it has to be. Of course you can continue to be the rebel and break every rule you find, but not without complications. Society, and life, demands that you follow the rules or suffer the consequences, and those consequences could be uncomfortable.

As much as I dislike rules, I have come to the conclusion that rules are important. The rebel in me tells me that I don’t need no stinking rules, but that’s not correct. I do need rules. We all need rules. And following rules means you jump through the hoops.

Rules help keep the chaos at a manageable level. Without rules imagine what life would be like? Think about it. Burglaries and murders would rise dramatically, more so than now. Mayhems and mayhers would increase to levels unknown since the middle ages. “Human sacrifices, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria” —Ghostbusters

It’s almost unbearable to even think about.

Let me give you an example of jumping through the hoops. The day is sunny with blue skies and the road straight with not a soul in sight. You’re driving along with the radio blaring away to one of your favorite songs. The wind is blowing through your hair, and the smell of sunshine fills your nostrils. You’re in no particular hurry. The road is clear and you’re not paying attention to the speed limit even though you took note of it as you passed it just a second ago.

But wait, what’s that in the rear view mirror? Damn, blue and red lights, the police, with sirens blaring, right on your butt. You pull over and wait for the officer to tell you what was wrong. She tells you that you were doing 45 in a 30, 15 over the limit. You say what’s the big deal officer? There’s no one on the road. No one got hurt. I was just driving and enjoying the nice day. What a beautiful day, isn’t it officer?

She’s not buying it. You get a ticket because you broke the law. Moan and complain all you want you still broke the law. You did not jump through the hoop. We all have to jump through the hoop, I don’t care who you think you are you’re going to jump through some hoops.

Rich people have to jump through hoops. Poor people have to jump through hoops. Middle class people have to jump through hoops. They may be different hoops, but they still have to be jumped through. And those hoops don’t care what your skin color is, your religion, or what sport you like to watch on the weekends. Hoops are hoops and if you want to keep your life as stress free as possible I suggest you jump through them.

Follow the laws, the rules, and whatever guidelines you come across. They were all created for a reason. Okay, some of them may be stupid. A lot of them are stupid, but if you don’t jump through the hoops then those mayhems could come visiting when you least expect it.

Now if you’re one of those who like to live on the edge, who continue to push that envelope as far as possible then don’t jump. I, however, have found out that the older I get the more I like the peace of not having to keep looking in my rearview mirror for flashing blue and red lights. Have I been known to break the speed limits? Yes, I have. Have I been known to break other *ahem* rules? Yes, I have. I tend to consider all rules “more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules”–Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. What I should do, or not do, compared to what “they” want me to do, or not do.

When I was a lot younger I didn’t jump as much. The older, and maybe the wiser, I get the more I consider the consequences of not jumping through the hoops of life and weigh the pros and cons of whether the hoop needs to be jumped through. And now that I’m older I don’t jump so much as walk through them lifting one leg and then the other while hanging onto the hoop. I’m always afraid that if I jump I may fall and break something that I may need later.

Bend them, break them, and ignore the rules. Don’t jump through the hoops. Live your life on the edge in defiance. Let me know how that works out for you.

 

Fernando update

Posted: May 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Not writing at all, can you tell? But I am trying to get through one scene with Fernando and the gargoyles! GAH!

I may post it here whenever I finish it! Yeah, if I finish it, GAH!

I’m bored so….

Posted: October 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

I’m bored with my WIP and not surprised at all. I can’t even just read one book at a time so why would I write one book at a time.

So I’ve put down Night and picked up Fernando. Patient Fernando who has been waiting forever for his story to be told.

And I have a bad memory so when I picked Fernando up again I was excited to see that I had written over 10,000 words on it already. I must have gotten bored with it and moved on to something else. I wonder what it was? Night? Or another one of my stories? It’s really hard to tell….bad memory, remember?

I would keep a log of what I write when and all the details but then I would forget to record it and lose track again. I need an assistant or something. But I don’t like people around me or in my house so not sure how that would work.

Oh, I did buy my professional author domain name. No, I don’t have a website and no I haven’t published any books yet. Shut up!

When I publish my first book and get a contract then I will get a professional website built. I only need someone to create the site. I know enough about websites to maintain it, I just need one built to look really good.

Laurel K. Hamilton has a really nice one.

Which reminds me I BOUGHT HER LATEST BOOK! It is fantastic so far. ooooooo love me some Anita Blake.

I also pre-order another author’s book and two movies. I hate pre-orders but then I won’t have to go looking for the movies or the book. They will just show up one day and I will be surprised because I would have forgotten I had bought them. SURPRISE!!

Okay, now I have to eavesdrop on some gargoyles to find out what is going on in the castle. I don’t normally eavesdrop on purpose. Oh yeah, I’ll listen to any conversation I happen to hear accidently but I won’t tell anyone anything. I know a lot of people and I hear a lot of stuff about other people but I don’t talk about it. Not my circus and not my monkeys. I just like to listen.

But this time I will have to eavesdrop on purpose so I can find out. I would ask them outright what is going on but have you ever asked a gargoyle a question?

Yeah, they won’t answer. Just stand there and stare at you like they are made out of stone or something. Sheesh!

Yep, going to have to just kind of loiter and listen in and see what I can find out what is going on without the gargoyles noticing. As long as I don’t move or make a sound too much they won’t notice me so it should be okay.

I’ll keep you posted.

Read ya later!

 

updates on Night

Posted: October 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

I’ve been working on chapter two. Yes, I know I am supposed to be working on chapter five, and I have been, sorta.

Chapter two was begging for some more action between two characters so I had to stop and work on it. Not that I’m complaining, or doing my usual whining. It did need more meat in that chapter.

Which reminds me…I’m thinking that 5k would be awesome for a chapter. But I will settle for anything over 2k. Let’s not get carried away knowing my weakness for doing anything BUT writing.

Writing is sooo hard. *sob*

So I’m adding to chapter two and finishing up chapter five, which at the moment is stuck in all the ice that was generated in the fight. The main character, the male one at least as I do have two main characters, had his father show up in the middle of the battle and now I’m stuck. Well, not stuck exactly. More like which way do I want to take this next scene? There are still a lot more things to kill but the scene is frozen in time, so to speak, which is kind of funny considering all the ice.

But I digress.

Now to finish the fifth chapter after I finish adding to the second chapter. Oh, three and four and one are finished for now.

On to another day of writing. Yeehaw!

And I started another blog for my articles under another name. Why? Because I wanted to, that’s why. Shut up!

Read ya later!

 

i read a quote by a writer

Posted: September 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

I found a quote by Katherine Anne Porter about writing the ending first so she knows where the story was going and that got me to thinking about my current WIP.

So I began to write the last pages of the ending and then outlined some points I wanted to add to it.

NO, it’s not really writing as in writing sentence after sentence and such but dammit I got all creative and wrote something. And I like it, yes I do.

I also wrote a review about Suicide Squad. Yeah, it was your typical Marvel comic plot with anti heroes but it also has some major action scenes and the CGI was off the charts.

There is nothing better in a movie than a lot of blowemups and some shootemups. I love that in a good movie. Oh, and the acting from all the actors was spot on.

I do have to say that I do prefer Heath Ledger’s Joker to Jared Leto’s Joker but Leto’s Joker fit the Suicide Squad much better than Ledger’s Joker would have fit.

And it is a bad thing to root for the Joker coming to get his Juliet, er, Harley? They are so in love with each other. Um, in a sick and twisted psychotic way maybe but love is love dammit.

Getting back to the point about this post…

I like the idea of writing the ending to your story if for nothing other than to give you a new perspective on where your story is going. It gets you thinking about the whole point of the thing. Ya know?

Now to finish chapter five so I can get a new character out and about and bring some drama to my fantasy.

Read ya later!

 

working on chapter five now

Posted: July 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

I’m working on chapter five now. At first I was confusing chapter five with chapter six and wasted some time doing research. But it’s all good. The research gave me a better answer for my irksome problem in chapter six.

What? What happened to chapters three and four? Uh, I finished those a while back. Are you not paying attention?

Yeah, I know I’m not writing in chapter order. Shut up!

But chapter five is where Grant finds his father and they have a nice, uh, chat about Grant’s mother. Well, not so much chat as fight. Sort of! You’ll find out.

But I like the way chapter one came out with all the magic and stuff. Yeah, I do like me some good stuff.

So, I’m working away, slowly as usual. And I have a list of opinion pieces I want to write, too. And the list keeps getting longer.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do about the op pieces but I will hunt for magazines or website that might buy them. If not I might post them here.

Read ya later!

Since I’m on vacation, of sorts, I figured I’d finish chapter two and get the darn thing out of my face. I barely introduced a new character, which will be killed in a chapter later on, and then I finished the chapter. I had to finish it because one  of my MC needed to meet the other MC so I could then move on to chapter five and six  and finish them and so forth and so on.

I don’t know why I had such a hard time with chapter two. Oh, the biggest part was figuring out what my MC was going to find in the underground tunnel but when that idea got me all I had to do was sit down and write.

Uh, yeah, it’s the sitting down part that is the hardest for me. For some reason.

Anyway, two if finished and now I can move on to five and six. And I refuse to EVEN think about chapters after those are done. I’ll get to them when I get to them.

I do need to dig out book one and put it together. That idea came up when I was talking to someone is this stupid Facebook group. OMG just stop whining and/or showboating. We do NOT care about your idiotic stuff. Yeah, I got tired of getting all these posts on my Facebook page so I quit the group. Wow, what a bunch of whiners.

But I’m on vacation and tomorrow I have to be ON SET by noon. How cool is that, eh? I’m going to be in a movie as an extra/background person. Oh, and I’m an executive producer. At least that is what the director keeps calling me.

I’ve been on camera before, the news counts, right? But I’ve never been in a movie before and since being a background extra is on my bucket list and this opportunity came up I thought, “What the hell, I’m going for it.”

And I figured out the car problems. Tire guys fixed my leak and the new gas cap finally made the check engine light go away. I feel so accomplished. Now to put the garage door thingie, that I finally remembered to buy, on the garage door and I can really feel accomplished.

I have to find book one, bucket list, and some legal documents so I can make my wills up. I’m going to need three separate wills for three separate things. Who knew that dying was so complicated? Not that I’m dying yet but I like to get my chickens in a row before I really need them.

And book one should really have been completed before I finished book two. I thought it was until I went looking for it and found out that, NOPE, it was a mess. *sigh*

BUT I AM ON VACATION!!! yessssss

Read ya later!