I feel like all I’m doing these days is promoting my book, but whatever…
Here’s the link to my book website for anyone who is interested enough to go check it out.
Yep, it’s out there. Here is a link:
Here is the blurb text I put on the book description:
The Testing Time has arrived. The world is falling into darkness. Lirak, a young forest-dwelling stone-chipper has become a pawn in the eternal battle of the Gods. Born of an outsider mother, feared by superstitious villagers, distrusted and resented by his own brother, Lirak must fight back an invading army while learning how to control the destructive powers that boil inside him. Lirak’s path from simple stone-age villager to heroic warrior is only the first part of a much longer and more dangerous journey.
Dunno if anyone still checks on this blog, but if so, I would love to get your thoughts.
I haven’t commented much about the NFL this year. Too much else going on, and I had honestly decided last year to let go of my final long-frustrated desire to see the Dallas Cowboys do well once again. And for the most part, I’ve done that this year. I commented briefly back in the first quarter of the season about how Tom Brady was being called “old” and “washed up” after a bad early game, and, of course, he’s now squarely in the middle of the MVP talk, an MVP he deserves in my opinion.
But someone else probably deserves that MVP too, but he’ll never get a mention, in fact he will probably be behind his own teammate in the final MVP analysis. Of course I’m talking about Tony Romo. The same Tony Romo who shattered my hopes last year, of course. I swore then I’d never defend him again. And yet here I am. I am quite frankly stunned by today’s results. I was taking my dog for a long walk when the game began, deliberately, and I was spinning scenarios in my head of how the Cowboys might possibly go toe-to-toe with Andrew Luck and the Colts. By the time I returned from my walk, the Cowboys were up 28-0 and continued to pour it on after that. Tony Romo completed a Cowboys franchise record 90% of his passes (18/20) including four touchdowns with no interceptions. Those are remarkably Aikman-like numbers. Both in quality and quantity. While everyone, including Jason Garrett and the Cowboys coaching staff, rightly call the Cowboys a “run-first” team, Tony Romo has completed 10 touchdowns with no interceptions in the last three games. The most-maligned December quarterback I can think of has performed so well in three games this December that he has risen to the #1 spot in accuracy, yards per attempt and QB rating. Yes, I said QB rating, which Aaron Rodgers owned a more than 10 point lead just a month ago.
And Romo has done all this with broken vertebrae in his back, torn cartilage in his rib cage and back surgery less than a year ago. The list and severity of injuries Romo has played through has become so long that it has almost become unnoticed.
I still don’t believe in the Cowboys though. I want to. Maybe I even should. But just winning the NFC East isn’t enough to convince me these Cowboys are for real. I need to see them beat Green Bay in a playoff game, or even Seattle, before I really will accept that they’ve become a legitimate contender.
But at least for today, I have to acknowledge what the Cowboys accomplished to get to this point, with one game left to go. I think how they do next week, in what will likely be a meaningless game against a team in chaos with nothing but pride on the line, will tell me a lot about their real toughness.
Yep, my year plus drama at work with layoff, no layoff, new layoff, no layoff, etc. has finally officially ended for good. Today I sent in the papers that officially ended my tenure at the multi-national financial services company I have worked at for seven plus years. I’ll get seven months severance (not in one lump, it will be paid out as a continuation of my paycheck for seven months or until I get a new job, whichever comes first) to live on while I figure out what to do with the rest of my life.
And, of course, what I WANT to do is be a writer. So it’s time to start getting really serious about that.
This week I’ve seen three separate stories about three different fusion “breakthroughs”. This story is about an announcement from Lockheed’s “Skunkworks” experimental development team. Luckily it includes a cool technical looking photo that probably has nothing to do with the actual fusion reactor, but it looks great.
If this story, or one of the others I’ve seen, pans out, this could be the biggest thing that has happened to the human race since the industrial revolution. Maybe even bigger.
Last season was the worst season Tom Brady has had. During the season I considered his poor stats to be due to losing all of his key receivers and having to re-establish the timing and coordination with new receivers. Plus I pointed out that in spite of his supposedly terrible year, the Patriots very nearly had home field advantage throughout the playoffs and made it to the AFC Championship game before losing to the supposedly unbeatable Denver Broncos. In fact I thought that the perseverance and determination shown by the Patriots in spite of adversity was a testament to Brady’s character and leadership.
This year though it’s harder to make that argument. Brady has just been bad. I listened to the first half of last night’s MNF game and it was so painful that I just turned it off.
Today all I see on sports websites is that Brady is finished. Kaput. A first ballot HoF lock who has lost his skills and needs to hang up his cleats.
I find hard to believe that he could fall so far, so fast though. I’m not quite ready to write him off. We’ll see how the rest of the season goes. The Patriots are lucky that their division is one that nobody is running away with, so they still have a shot to win the division if they can right their tilting ship.
So… I’ve been meaning for a long time to pull off some of my posts on this blog and compile them into a sort of Baby Boomer lifestyle anthology.
I finally went through and got all the “True Life Stories” posts and pasted them into a single MS Word document. I mostly just wanted to see how much material there was.
Well, there’s 70 pages or so, ant roughly 30,000 words of it. I’d say about half is pretty decent material.
As part of my attempt to kick off a writing career, I am going to put this into anthology format and see if I can’t get it on Amazon as a Kindle book.
Wow, what a pain this is.
Still, not as bad as I feared. But it is painful. I have to clean my nose out with hydrogen peroxide, saline solution and some special salve three times a day, and that ain’t fun.
They gave me 12 days worth of percocet, so they’re expecting it to take a while to heal I suppose. Hope it’s not hurting that long. Still swollen from the surgery so not much to report on the improvement side. But keeping fingers crossed.
My first follow-up is Tuesday. That’s when my surgeon takes out some or all of the stents that are holding my nose together.