tuesday randomosity.

  • We’re all sneezing and wheezing here at Castle Frostbite, and pumped full of various cold medications.  (I find it highly insulting to have to sign for proper Sudafed, but I guess all this intrusive nonsense has cleansed America’s streets of illegal drugs…)
  • Being sick while having to take care of sick, cranky kids is no fun at all.  Trying to finish a novel while being sick and taking care of sick, cranky kids is a little difficult, when all you want to do when the kids are down is to pop some NyQuil, crawl into bed, and sleep for twelve hours straight.  Alas, one of my self-imposed work rules is “No Day Without (At Least) A Page“, and I sort of forgot to write in exceptions for sickness, natural disasters, or other inconveniences.
  • There are some writers who claim to work nine-to-five days.  These writers are completely full of shit.  The rare 5,000-words-a-day mutant among us notwithstanding, most people simply can’t spend eight hours a day writing usable fiction.  My personal battery runs dry after an hour or two of focused, steady writing, and then I need to take a break.  I generally get two or three one-hour sessions in per day, and a lot of that time is spent noodling with plots and thinking up stuff.  On average, I write 500-1,000 words of new stuff a day, with the occasional 1,500- or 2,000-word day being the rare and happy exception.  If I actually had the ability to a.) write for the duration of a full workday, and b.) spend all that time drumming out new material non-stop, I’d be so prolific, I’d make Stephen King look like Harper Lee.
  • After carefully consulting the relevant Scriptures, I am now utterly convinced that Hannah Montana is God’s punishment of America for making “Achy Breaky Heart” a #1 hit in the 1990s.
  • Vermont’s legislature just overrode the governor’s veto of the VT same-sex marriage law.  The only thing I find shocking about that is the fact that it took Vermont so long to pass one, really.  Our neighbors to the west (and we’re so close to VT that I can just about chuck rocks across the state line) are a strange mixture of granola-crunching hippy-dippy culture, and a fierce libertarian streak.  For example, VT requires no permits of any kind for carrying a gun–if you’re legal to own it, you’re legal to tote it, but $DEITY help you if you use one unlawfully.  (That’s the only proper and correct observance of the Second Amendment, as far as I’m concerned.)  Anyway, good for them, and the fact that the veto was flipped with a bicameral supermajority makes it sort of difficult for the opponents of gay marriage to claim that this particular law was “legislated from the bench” (read: interpreted in a manner with which I disagree.)
  • Regarding the above bullet item: if you’d like to read my more detailed opinion on gay marriage, go here and here.
  • Ever want to confuse the hell out of your kids? Put on a DVD with a movie they know well..and switch the audio track to a language they don’t.  This morning, I accidentally hit “Swedish” as the language option for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, instead of English or German, and it was fun to watch the kids sort of cock their heads and look at the screen with puzzled expressions.  They were like, “I know this show, but what the hell are Mickey and Goofy saying?”
  • Can Diablo III please hit stores Real Soon Now?  Our gaming drug of choice around here is World of Warcraft (Alliance on Steamwheedle Cartel, for you gamer geeks), but I loved the hell out of D2, and it’ll be nice to have a single-player option for those days when the satellite Intertubes decide to flake out on us.

That’s all the randomosity I have for now, folks.  Now I’m going to pop some DayQuil, and go upstairs to see if I can sneak in a nap before the kids get up from theirs.

12 thoughts on “tuesday randomosity.

  1. Vaarok says:

    Dawn of War 2 might tide you over. And can’t you get wireless broadband through the cell company? Way faster and more reliable than satellite.

  2. ChrisB says:

    Marko,

    How does Stephen King crank out so many books?

  3. Marko says:

    He finishes a novel every year or so, which is an eminently doable schedule. He’s just been at it for almost thirty years, so they add up.

    (Also, he’s been able to write full-time for a long time without having to work another job.)

    Vaarok,

    we don’t get cell signal at Castle Frostbite…there’s a hill just behind the house that’s between us and the nearest towers. I don’t even have a cell phone anymore.

  4. Jason says:

    The first Dawn of War is incredible. I loves it. I hope the second is even moar awesomer!!11eleventeen!

    As an aside to the sudaphed comment, we here in your former town of residence in the southeast learnt something last week! Evidently the body only processes about 40% of the meth that dopers ingest. The other 60% comes out in the urine stream. Dealers are now, literally, accepting PISS as a form of partial payment for meth. They then take this meth laden piss, and evidently, ala waterworld… distill the meth out of the piss, and resell it…

  5. Chang says:

    I’m gonna start doing a page a day because you do. This waiting until Thursday or Friday is bullshit.

    BEst of luck on the cold. Hate them

  6. Tom says:

    “They then take this meth laden piss, and evidently, ala waterworld… distill the meth out of the piss, and resell it…”

    Great, how long before you’ll have to sign for sudafed, and return your urine to the pharmacy or face prosecution?

  7. LittleRed1 says:

    If I’m on a fiction roll, I can get ten-fifteen pages in a morning. I’m tickled to get ten pages a day for nonfiction because of all the *&^^$^& footnotes and endnotes.
    I’m starting to understand the authors who manage to talk their way into being allowed to say “sources too numerous to list. Here’s a bibliography of the biggies.”

  8. perlhaqr says:

    Tam, I do believe it’s time to call my congresscritter and make a suggestion…

  9. JIGSAW says:

    We did the “sign for pseudoephedrine” thing here for a couple of years – now i’ve noticed that a lot of chemists are putting signs up on doors / windows saying “no products containing pseudoephedrine are kept or sold here” … so obviously the signing concept was very successful!

  10. Vaarok says:

    If you can find a copy of the old game “Darkstone”, that’s a pretty awesome old crawler. Probably available in the discount bin or online for $5 nowadays.

  11. Owen says:

    How do you like the satellite Intertubes? It’s my only option at the Barn of Doom, other than dial-up.

    I’m getting tired of dial-up.

  12. Marko says:

    It’s all right, really, despite my constant bitching. It’s much faster than dial-up, although not as fast as even a low-grade DSL line. (On our service plan, we get 384kbps up- and download speed, and they offer up to 1.5Mbps.)

    The two biggest drawbacks are the download quota (on our plan, 425MB/24 hours), and the satellite lag, which makes first-person shooters unplayable online. We have 700ms latency at minimum. World of Warcraft works fine, though, once you get used to the slight casting delay.

    All in all, it’s inferior to any other form of high-speed Internet, but much better than dial-up. It’s also reasonably reliable–the signal gets dropped very occasionally when there’s a storm passing overhead, but we don’t have the service outages that Comcast users seem to suffer frequently.

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