Monthly Archives: August 2009

One week later

It’s been difficult to post to my blog regularly lately. Can’t answer exactly why. Sure the family has been busy, but I’ve still had the time to write here, just haven’t had the energy to do so really. Not sure if that in anticipation of my upcoming school-work, which is about to begin, or what. It won’t do my “hits-per-month” very good, that’s for sure.

Brittany missed a few days of school this week. She was tested for Swine Flu but the test came back negative. The Dr. suggested it was her sinuses again—this happened once before last year. Still, her being tested for Swine Flu was a little tense. She’s got three friends who tested positive for Swine Flu and I think that’s the reason she was tested.

Volleyball is in full swing and Brittany is having a great time. She’s one of the “setters” for the team and that seems to really excite her. BJ and I are still learning about the game. Something will happen and I’ll ask her what the call was…she doesn’t know either. Kinda fun to learn, though. Unfortunately, they were spanked pretty bad by arch-rival Oxford last night.

I’m actually moving sluggishly through the writing project on my plate now as well. I’m still working on Last of the Mohicans GN, and I’m finding it difficult to do. With Huck Finn, I knew the book so well, I moved through the entire process quickly. With Wizard of Oz (no release date from the publisher yet), it was a fun and fast read…and made the scripting easy. LOTM is 430 pages of very heavy text. How in the world do you condense that into a 64 page graphic novel? Don’t get me wrong, I like the book and think there are many visually exciting scenes…but wading through the text to get them is just very, very laborious.

It could be that I’m ready to move on to the project that will follow that. My agent, Kimberly Shumate, is still working hard at placing The Gifted, but we’ve swapped emails and had phone conversation about the “next” thing for me. As soon as I finish LOTM, I plan to get back to Cat & Mouse, the novel of which I’ve already got about 25,000 words written. No, it is not a “novelization” of my comic series—as someone recently thought. Instead, it is a different story inspired by my comic book stories. There will be a few supporting cast members who readers of the comic book will recognize, but beyond that, it’s brand new material. AND, I’m anxious to get back on it.

Lastly, Brittany is competing in the Mid South Fair talent show contest tomorrow. It’ll be in the Desoto County Civic Center Auditorium thing—a place we’ve never been but I understand it is quite BIG! Don’t know what time she goes on, but the competition starts at 2pm. Hope to see some of you there!

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Back to school

If I didn’t keep up with my own writing better, I’d say that I’d just written about the kids going back to school. Alas, however, it’s been almost exactly one year since I penned those words. This time, it has dual meaning. More on that in a minute.

BJ and I now officially have a high school kid. Egads! Brittany started 9th grade last week and Brett started 4th. I did the math in my head (and some of you know how difficult that is for me) and Brittany will be going off to college in FOUR (4) years! She and BJ already have her high school coursework mapped out for her, though.

Today is also the first day of the new Volleyball season. Brittany found out yesterday that she will be the “setter” for the JV team. I’m still learning Volleyball terms and am in no manner that well-versed (not like I am in football/baseball/softball). From what I understand, the setter is the 2nd person to hit the ball and it is her job to “set” it up so the 3rd person to hit it can slam it over. Now when I was a kid playing in the church parking lot, it was called a “spike.” Today it’s called a “kill.” Guess spike wasn’t aggressive enough for the Vball players.

New this year will be no softball. It will be the first time in 8 years that Brittany hasn’t played. She didn’t have much fun last year so BJ and I told her to take a break from it. If she misses enough, she can try out for the team again. Or, she can just play summer league if she doesn’t want to put the practice time required by the high school team—and it is a LOT! Also new, though, the tennis coach has recruited Brittany, learning of her break from softball. Brittany has been out only a few times, but has really enjoyed it. I think if the coach will work with her, she’ll be okay—she’s incredibly athletic.

Brett started back in cub scouts yesterday…only he’s moved up to Webelos. We never did “find” his shirt from last year. He wore it to school, but changed for some PE activity…when he returned for the shirt, it was gone. Now I can’t imagine why someone would want to steal a cub scout shirt…but it happened.

I’ll be starting the first semester of my program at Spalding. I’ve never done a long distance course like this, so I’m not sure what to expect. I’ve kinda watched my old pal Sid Williams do it, and he seemed to really enjoy it. It will take a lot of will power to get the studying done at home, but I’m looking forward to it.

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To blink or not to blink

Anyone who spends any amount of time in a car or other moving vehicle can understand why Americans have been having bouts with road rage in recent years. Drivers—other drivers, that is—can often be very annoying and irritating. Cellphone irritation is probably the highest cause of irritation. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve been behind a driver who repeatedly varies their speed 10-15 miles an hour for no apparent reason, only to pass them and see they’re on the cellphone. Or, to be moving on a four lane highway peacefully only to be frightened half to death because someone in the lane beside me is about to run me off the road…only to find out—you guessed it, they’re on the cellphone. And no, I still do not have a cellphone and no I still don’t want one. For now anyway.

Of course there are many distractions drivers can have. One of mine is trying to read a map while driving. I think I’m afraid I’ll miss the turn instead of pulling over to the side to read it. One of the funniest I see is ladies applying eye makeup while driving. I’ve seen that act done in front of big mirrors before—it must be truly a feat to perform that while driving, and yet I’ve seen in done quite frequently here in Oxford.

Recently, however, I’ve been incredibly irritated by the number of drivers who fail to use blinkers. I’m not talking about busy traffic lane-changers barging in front of you. I’m talking about sitting at a stop sign waiting for a car coming from the left to pass you by so that you can make that left turn—no traffic to your front or to your right—only for that car to suddenly turn right at your road. Meaning that you sat for 30 seconds when you could have pulled out into your own lane. And then when you shrug your shoulders at them—y’know, visually asking them why they didn’t use their blinker—they look at you as if wondering what your problem is.

Oxford has these set of “roundabouts”—I call them that because I don’t really know what they’re called. For some reason, the big mucky-mucks of Oxford think they’re cool…they’re not, they’re annoying—think Chevy Chase in European Vacation! Part of the problem is that in these roundabouts, you never know which “exit” other drivers are going to take. They could turn in your road, or continue past you to the next one. I’ve seen more than one driver who, like Chevy Chase, make a complete circle.

And then there are those people who like to turn their blinkers on…and leave them on.

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