- Light blogging continues, due to the fact that I’m a little over 10,000 words from the finish line with the novel. Also, it’s winter, and I spend most of what little free time I have up on the roof clearing ice and snow, or behind Mr. Snowblower. If you’re just dying to keep up with my trials and tribulations, I suggest tuning into my Twitter feed, which I still somehow manage to update several times a day. Call it microblogging.
- I’m skipping the Monday Search Term Safari today, because the search terms for this week are a lot like the ones last week. I don’t want to serve up dull repetitions, so we’ll wait until next week for the search term tank to refill. Gots to have a full tank to fuel the snarkmobile, you know.
- The Munchkin Mover needs a new set of brake pads and rotors to pass the NH inspection, according to the Dodge dealership. I only went in for an oil change and a tire rotation, but they always seem to find a few hundred dollars worth of extras. I declined the brake replacement and got a quote from a local shop, which quoted $250 for the job using OEM parts, to the dealership’s $550. Hmm, I wonder which place I’ll use?
- Looks like we’re finally going to get a tenant for our place in K-town. The little house has been standing empty for over a year, and it’ll be good to a.) have someone living in it, and b.) have someone else pay that mortgage for us. Tip: If you’re considering a move, don’t put your house on the market right before the worst real estate price crash in fifty years, take on another (much bigger) mortgage for the new crib, and think to yourself "surely the old place will sell in a year". Also, don’t let the sellers of your new house fuck you over and sell you a house with undisclosed roof issues.
- Those books I mentioned in last week’s Randomosity? Between the writing, the child care, and the property maintenance, I haven’t had a chance to crack any of them open yet. However, they’re patiently waiting for me, stacked neatly on my desk.
- I ordered (and received) half a dozen Rhodia notepads on the recommendations of other fountain pen users. Verdict: they’re very nice, with lovely smooth paper that’s ideal for fountain pens. However, I still can’t decide whether they’re worth $6 per 90-page 6×8.25" pad. Also, I found out that Borders carries Rhodia pads in that size, so if I decide to keep using them, I’ll save myself the shipping and buy them locally.
- Anyone have an opinion on the Flip cameras that are all the rage among videobloggers these days? The Kodak only does QuickTime videos, which aren’t the easiest thing to convert to a web-friendly format.
- I haven’t purchased a new gun in over 14 months. For a former member of the "Carry Gun of the Month" club, this is a radical change. At my old gun shop in K-town, they used to ask me whether I just wanted to leave the box to save time at the inevitable trade-in a few weeks later. I guess that means I have all the guns I need, although I do have a hankering for a lever gun in .357 Magnum to go with my two wheelguns, and a shotgun because I don’t have one right now, and a single-action revolver because they’re cool. Oh, and I should probably plan on getting a decent AR and a plastic bullet hose with lots of magazines, before the Lightbringer rams his "No Guns, No Violence" legislation through Congress.
Anyway, those are the random notes for today. I’m terribly busy with Real Life, but things will get a bit less strained once the novel is finished. (Of course, I’ll be starting a new one shortly after I stick the completed one into the mail to NYC, but that’s the thing about a writing habit. You can stop any time you want, but you don’t.)