Mar 22

What?

Are you kidding me? 6 weeks? It’s been 6 weeks since my last post? Where in the Hell have I been?

Busy is where I’ve been. Not much of an excuse, but there it is.

The garden has been keeping me occupied for much of the little free time I have. Cooking, shopping, and walking occupy more of it. It’s amazing how much time it takes to be healthy. Worth it, though. My blood sugars have never been better. I am also ten pounds lighter and one belt notch thinner. That keeps me going.

The worst part of that is that I have now reached the point where it is a struggle to keep going. I crave simple carbs. I don’t really want to go walking on my scheduled days. I don’t want to bother cooking healthy food. If I can just push on and get through this time, I will reach the point where all of this has become a habit, a routine. I look forward to that time.

Mostly, my time has been taken up by work. I am preparing to move a library, a daunting task in the best of times. Furniture and shelving are supposed to be installed in the new building next week. I suspect it will take a little longer than the vendors project just due to the sheer size of the project. 3 floors housing 4 separate nursing and allied health programs and a library. Yikes!

We don’t yet have a firm moving date and will have to be ready to go on a moment’s notice once everything is ready. Preliminary boxing of non-essentials has been done, and I hope we can move those into the storage room as time and furnishings installation permit. That will ease the burden a little bit.

This will be the third time I have moved a library. The one thing I have learned, much to my sorrow and dread, is that there is just no easy way to do this. Things will be in a mess no matter what. Lots of work before, during, and after the move.

Still, I am looking forward to this. We will have 3 times the floor space, 3 times the computers, three times the shelf space. After being cramped into a tiny space all these years, that will be a huge relief. We are also located just inside the building’s front door, a very good location indeed. Much to look forward to to carry us over the hard times to come.

On the writing front, there is just not a whole lot to report. I have received 2 very complimentary rejections, which keeps my hopes up. I have also submitted 2 stories (the same ones) to new markets. I am involved in revisions on 2 other stories for submission sometime in the near future. Other than that, I am playing the waiting game with those stories already in submission. That’s hard on the nerves, but a necessary part of the writing life. Composing new stories is on hold until I have some little bit of extra brain function to devote to that.

All in all, the continuing theme in my life at this point is one of hope and looking forward. After the long dark times, this is a joy.

Apr 04

Mission Aborted

No colonoscopy today. It turns out I am apparently immune to the laxative. Yeah, I know, but if I weren’t weird, life would be so boring. We’ll try again during the break between Spring and Summer Quarters in June. tambo, it looks like I’ll be researching frustration today instead. 🙂 The Great Tiger Trek is still on, if the weather cooperates.

Instead of sleeping, I spent the afternoon setting out mums so the wife can re-use the pots they were in for her own nefarious purposes. Good, hard work. Good for frustration. Not so good on the back.

On the very plus side, I finished a first draft of a new short story (as yet untitled). 1742 words. Just for the Hell of it, here’s the opening paragraph. Call it a long-overdue Friday Snippet:

Few people ever go nose-to-nose with a full-grown red wolf. Very few of them do it because they want to. Stan Harrison was one of the very few.

Hope everybody has a great weekend.

Jan 25

Names’n’Things

I found this Web site through Christian Marcus Lyons’s blog. These things can be scarily accurate sometimes, though the part about being upbeat is somewhat far from the mark. That’s why I believe in hidden meanings and forces byond our current comprehension or ability to explain.

Here is what it said about me:

You entered: carter lee nipper
There are 15 letters in your name.
Those 15 letters total to 84
There are 6 vowels and 9 consonants in your name.

What your first name means:
English Male Cart driver, cart maker. A surname sometimes used as a first name.

Your number is: 3
The characteristics of #3 are: Expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts, the joy of living.
The expression or destiny for #3:

An Expression of 3 produces a quest for destiny with words along a variety of lines that may include writing, speaking, singing, acting or teaching; our entertainers, writers, litigators, teachers, salesmen, and composers. You also have the destiny to sell yourself or sell just about any product that comes along. You are imaginative in your presentation, and you may have creative talents in the arts, although these are more likely to be latent. You are an optimistic person that seems ever enthusiastic about life and living. You are friendly, loving and social, and people like you because you are charming and such a good conversationalist. Your ability to communicate may often inspire others. It is your role in life to inspire and motivate; to raise the spirits of those around you.

The negative side of number 3 Expression is superficiality. You may tend to scatter your forces and simply be too easygoing. It is advisable for the negative 3 to avoid dwelling on trivial matters, especially gossip.

Your Soul Urge number is: 3
A Soul Urge number of 3 means:

With the Soul Urge number 3 your desire in life is personal expression, and generally enjoying life to its fullest. You want to participate in an active social life and enjoy a large circle of friends. You want to be in the limelight, expressing your artistic or intellectual talents. Word skills may be your thing; speaking, writing, acting, singing. In a positive sense, the 3 energy is friendly, outgoing and always very social.

You have a decidedly upbeat attitude that is rarely discouraged; a good mental and emotional balance.

The 3 Soul Urge gives intuitive insight, thus, very high creative and inspirational tendencies. The truly outstanding trait shown by the 3 Soul Urge is that of self-expression, regardless of the field of endeavor.

On the negative side, you may at times become too easygoing and too optimistic, tending to scatter forces and accomplish very little. Often, the excessive 3 energy produces non-stop talkers. Everyone has faults, but the 3 soul urge doesn’t appreciate having these pointed out.

Your Inner Dream number is: 9
An Inner Dream number of 9 means:

You dream of being creative, intellectual, and universal; the selfless humanitarian. You understand the needy and what to help them. You would love to be a person people count on for support and advice.

Copyright © 2006 Paul R. Sadowski (http://www.paulsadowski.com)

Jun 27

The Bad, The Worse, and The Weird

The latest search query harvest for carternipper.com yielded the following:

1) “simple secrets to becoming a writer” — Simple, OK, secret, not so much.  To become a writer, you must:

  • Write.  Write until your fingers bleed, write until your eyes dry out. Write until you can’t write anymore, until you’re sick of writing, until you will scream if you ever have towrite another word . Then write some more.
  • Read. Read everything.  Read anything, even cereal boxes.  Read until your eyes fall out, then pick them up, plug them back in, and read more.
  • Listen and Learn. You don’t know everything   As a matter of fact, you can’t assume you know anything.  Listen to those who know and learn from them.
  • Then write some more.

2) “angels fuck” — Do they?  Hmmmm. A story idea there…

3) “oh broke pain mouth filled” — Uhhhh, what? Go away!

4) “how to get the most from what you read” — Easy: PAY ATTENTION!!

5) “morons in charge” — Yeah.  No shit.

6) “puppets in the attic” — Another story idea.  Thanks guys! Your weirness is one of my best sources for inspiration. Keep ’em coming.

Jun 25

On the Go, or Just a Pinch?

Your Score: Dash

You scored 7% Sociability and 52% Sophistication!

  There’s no denying that you have a certain flair. You don’t mind being around others, especially your little brother, the hyphen, but you rarely emerge except when needed. You respond well to those who know how to treat you, but have only contempt for those who don’t–you tend to embarass them every chance you get. Your only enemy is the colon–he will sometimes try to move in on your turf.

Link: The Which Punctuation Mark Are You Test written by Gazda on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Actually, I thought I was a colon. Heh.

Link via tambowrites.  Go by and wish her a Happy Birthday.

Jun 21

Pass the Hemlock, Please

Your Score: The Oracle

33% Extroversion, 80% Intuition, 44% Emotiveness, 90% Perceptiveness

  Heuristic, detached, and analytical to a fualt, you are most like The Oracle. You are able to tackle any subject with a fine toothed comb, and you possess an ability to pinpoint nuances and shades of meaning that other people do not have and cannot understand. Accomplishment and realization of ideas are, for you, secondary to the rigorous exploration of ideas and questions — you are, first and foremost, a theorist. You hate authority, convention, tradition, and under no circumstances do you accept a leadership role (although, you will gladly advise leadership when they’re going astray, whether they want you to or not). Abstraction and generalities are your interests, details and particulars are usually inconsequential and uninteresting. You excel at language, mathematics and philosophy.

You are typically easy-going and non-confrontational until someone violates one of the very few principles that you deem sacred, at which point you can fly into a rage. Although you possess a much greater understanding of process and systems than the people around you, you are always conscious of the possibility that you’ve missed something or made a mistake. You don’t tend to become attached to particular theories, and will immediately discard mistaken notions once they’re revealed to be incorrect (but you don’t tolerate iconoclasts who try to discredit validated theories through the use of fallacies and bad data). Despite being outwardly humble, you probably think of yourself as being smarter than most other people. That’s because you are. In fact, in your dealings with people your understanding of their motives is so expansive that you know what they’re going to say before they say it, and in world affairs, you usually know what is going to take place before it actually does. This ability would make you unbeatable in debates if only you were a little less pensive about your own conclusions, and a little more outgoing.

Famous people like you: Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, John McWhorter, Ramanujan, Marie Curie, Kurt Godel

Stay clear of: Apollo, Icarus, Hermes, Aphrodite

Seek out: Atlas, Prometheus, Daedalus

Link: The Greek Mythology Personality Test written by Aleph_Nine on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Link courtesy of Jean.

Jun 20

Back in Business

As I expected, the upgrade threw me a couple of curve balls. One of them hung, as I got a hold of it, though, and it looks like everything is back working.

I went ahead and got a new theme, while I was at it, but I haven’t tried any of my plug-ins yet. Maybe tomorrow.

I’m on vacation until July 2, so I guess I have to get some real work done. No excuses. I have some stories that need editing and submitting, and a couple of ideas for Washed in the Blood that I want to explore with the help of Holly Lisle’s Create A Plot Clinic (Which I have read through, and it’s REALLY REALLY GOOD) and Liquid Story Binder (which I have not tried yet, but you can see Jean’s reviews here). We’ll see what happens with that.