Monday, April 26, 2010

Old Technology

Monday, April 26

I happened across a computer magazine published before Windows became an operating system of its own. This is a time when one used DOS as the operating system and windows as a program.

Unless you worked with computers, you may be scratching your head and wondering what the hell I am talking about in the next few paragraphs. Granted, this is what some people call techno-talk. Mainly this is the language I used when I worked on computers.

My first PC compatible computer I purchased cost me over $1200. It was decked out 80286, 12 MHz with a 40 MB hard drive, 1 MB of RAM, monochrome video card and monitor, 5.25” 1.2 MB and 3.5” 1.44 MB floppy drives, and a keyboard running DOS 3.3.

I heard several mice click after that paragraph. Some even before they got halfway through the second sentence even. Matter of fact, I think I still have that computer in my storage shed. I used it for over six or seven years. Never did fill up that 40 MB hard drive. Can’t say that about a 40 GB drive I have in my desktop in my room.

Now, let’s come back to the modern day. Though my laptop is considered old technology, it has 4000 times the RAM memory (also called by some people the computer memory) and hard drive space. I am not going to venture on how much faster my laptop is. But if I were to by the equivalent amount of memory I have today at 1990 prices, that 160 GB hard drive would cost me $1,116,000.

That would buy me enough composition notebook that would last me a lifetime and still have over $1.1 million left over. (Especially if I can catch the 50 cent sale Wal-Mart has every fall.)

This amazes me on the advances made in computers and technology over the years that help increase the capacity as well as lower the cost of the technology. I hate to see what that 1 TB hard drive would cost me if I had to pay the 1997 price (1 TB is one million, million {trillion} bytes of information with one byte being one character on this screen). This would be $700,000 if my calculations were correct.

Now, we have things we did not have access to back in the early 90s, or at least I did not have access to. There are the jump drives, DVD/CD drives, and the Internet to name a few. If I so choose, I can turn my computer into a DVR and watch movies pulled off the cable on my computer screen.

Now, I think that is enough nostalgia about computers. Let’s talk about cell phones. A portable phone back in 1990 … Iaaaeeek…..

Sorry for the interruption. This is Stone’s internal editor. I had to stop this line of thought because we started to fall asleep. We will relinquish this line as soon as he wakes up from his trip to the past. Thank you.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April’s Report Card - 2010-04-25


Sunday, April 25

So far, I have not done much toward this month’s goals . Some goals have been made and some I am still working on.

On goal six, I got the second book read. That makes two down and one to go. I completed Beth Cornelison’s The Dark Defender on Thursday. Enjoyed it quite a bit. As for the reviews, they are in the works.

As for any other items on the list I started at the beginning of the month, they are still in the works. Last week I said I helped my mom set out some plants and that I planted some seeds. The tomato and pepper plants are looking good. The seeds have not come up yet. Still hoping.

My unwritten goals are going along fine though. Except for Friday, I have not missed a chance to walk. But, I do refuse to walk when I hear thunder. (Why I took Friday off.)

Another unofficial goal is that I started with a group of writers and authors to work on a project involving the book The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray and Bret Norris. This morning, I wrote the premise to the book down. Will work on the exercises on pages 9 and 10 (Weekends 1 and 2) of the book.

This week, I hope to complete my first goal of plotting out the remainder of my current Sci Fi novel. I will also work on building my articles and reviews this week as well.

For now, that is all I have. After I work on this week’s ‘to do’ list, I will start work on one of the two writing projects I have started. See ya later – Clark Stone.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Mind Maps

Friday, April 23

A couple of weeks ago, Delilah Devlin came up with the idea of using the book The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray and Bret Norris as a project and floated the idea around starting a Yahoo group to work on the project. With many people saying yes, she created Roses_The_Weekend_Novelist_Workgroup on Yahoo.

For the last three or four weeks, I looked all over the Internet for the name of a chart that I have been using in my writing. The more I looked; the higher my frustration grew. Though, there were some close calls but nothing matched what I did. At least until this past weekend.

Our assignment for April 16-18: To read the introduction and get ready to do weekend one of the project. As I read the introduction, two words jumped out at me: Mind Map. The answer to my question finally revealed itself.

I got on the Internet and looked that phrase up and found that this was essentially what I had looked for over the last month. One places a central idea in the middle and draw lines out from it with additional information about the subject.

Now that I know what it is actually called, I can go forward with a few projects I wanted to work on. Today, I plan to work on building on the story based on the dream I posted on yesterday’s blog post. That will more than likely include a mind map.

I will let you know how that works.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

One of those Days


Thursday, April 22

Yesterday was one of those days. Every time I turned around, something else caught my attention. Before I knew it, time flew by. Someone needs to put the brakes on time and see about slowing it down.

I intended to write something yesterday for my blog but let time pass faster than anticipated. Since I did not put what I wanted up yesterday, I will do it today.

The following is the dream I promised to post on the Internet. Like I said, I hope I don’t get a visit from people wearing white coats talking about a rubber room. By the way, since this is a dream, do not expect it to make since in the form it was written. I am posting in the form which I put it down on paper.

Dream-20100412-0521 - The first recollection of the dream is that I was assisting someone repair an electronic sign outside a big business in a small strip mall. It was some type of cable store that sold cable electronics. I don't know why, but I was the one who is responsible for putting together the bill. While we were finishing up the repairs on the connections, I noticed that the selections on TV weren't as numerous as they should have been. When I looked over to a table to my left, I found a teenager working on a computer that looked out of place. Or it could have been a display unit. Something about him was not kosher.

I found out why he was triggering some type of alarm in my head when he looked around and put something in a backpack. It turns out that he came into the store to swap out components so he could upgrade his equipment without having to pay for it. He almost got away with it if it wasn't for the action of my group.

Then, the dream changes in that someone else and I were being forced to follow this 18-wheeler truck.

Somehow or another terrorists had targeted a luxury resort. Apparently, this resort had been a target before and it was a high security institution. They, the terrorist, kept close tabs on us everywhere we moved. But closer to the target we got, the more reckless they became. We were ordered to go into the facility and distracted guards.

When I approached the front door, I spotted the guards in the lobby. The lobby had two windows: one in front and one to the back. The two guards had high-power rifle and were looking in opposite directions. One facing the front was in a prone position and the one facing the rear was sitting. Both had their weapons ready so that they try to keep people from getting close enough to set off an explosion. Apparently there was a tower they didn't want destroyed. Why I do not know.

We were to distract the guards or our families would be in danger. As I was looking in at the guards, I noticed that they were yawning and slightly distracted already. I didn't care about my welfare, because if they set off an explosion, was would be dead anyway. As for their other threats, I was willing to take that chance. I yelled for them to get up and set off the alarm in order to alert the other guards on the other floors of this facility.

I don't know what happened but scene changed where I was inside assisting the guard as well as my companion in trying to keep the terrorists at bay. I think there were six of them, and I managed to pin them down next to a nearby building. Using the high-powered rifles with scope that the guards had, I managed to take out a couple of them.

One of them shot at me and it came close. The bullet hit the scope. The scope stopped the bullet but no longer was useful. After removing the scope, I continued to shoot the bad guys. Also, it was at this point that I realized I was dreaming and thought to myself “I need to write this down when I wake.” Also, since I knew I was dreaming, I also stopped the bullet from going through the scope by telling it to “stop.”

I don't know if I had accidentally set off the explosives or one of them set off the explosive after I shot, but there was one big explosion that took out the glass window in the front lobby. But the tower still remained. When the bomb went off, everything went into slow motion and I saw the compression wave come through and pushed through the windows. The glass cracked and the broke. The glass began floating toward those in the lobby. I managed to duck down behind the reception desk.

It all came down to this one female terrorist who made it all the way to the building. I shot her as she reached the door. Then a second explosion went off, but it was less powerful than the first one. Thus, the tower remained standing.

That is all I remember.
Take note, the above was written while I was half asleep. So, please forgive me for my grammatical slips in the above piece.

The plan is to expand on how I go about building a story or even a scene from the dream. Does it trigger a story idea for you?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Daily To Do


Monday, April 19

I said that I would cover my daily ‘to do’ list in a little more detail. Some are easy and others are time consuming. But here is my daily “to do” list”
  1. Read at least five blogs.
  2. Daily exercise
  3. Read at least 30 pages to a book
  4. Go through the day’s paper
  5. Read through my affirmations
  6. Read today’s devotional
  7. Pick up and put up 3 to 5 items in order to help keep home clean.
What I am searching for in the blogs is information that I may be able to use in my works. It could be research or the post can trigger an idea for a story. That is the reason I go through the daily paper as well. A blog can be a personal news outlet.

My daily exercise list has nine different exercises that I want to do every day. My goal is to accomplish at least five of those nine. So far I have met that goal (in the last two days – Big Sheepish Grin). This past week I rode my exercise bike for 18 miles. My goal for this week is 28 miles.

I read my daily devotional when I get up in the morning. The inspirational stories in this book helps prepare me for today’s challenges. Somehow, the stories fit what I feel for the day.

My goal of setting a page count on reading a book is because lately, I have been neglecting that part of my writing career. But the main reason I let reading slide to the side is that I have the tendency to read the book from cover to cover and not get anything else on my list of things accomplished.

As for my affirmations, they help guide me through my life and my day. I use them to attempt to keep order in my life and sometimes to see if I can change some aspects of it as well.

The last one is “picking up 3 to 5 items.” My room is so cluttered that I can spend weeks on it. That too is a drain on my creativity. I decided that every time I walk through my room or our home, that I will pick up something and either put it in its proper place or deposit it in the “round” filing cabinet. I know it will take longer but I believe it will eventually show results.

So, that is what my daily to do list is about. Do you have a routine that you try to stick by? If so, what way do you use to remind yourself of those tasks?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Weekly Report Card - 2010-04-18

Sunday, April 18

The start of a new week stands before us. Time to step up and note my successes and, uuh, failures. (BG) Now, a report on my April’s goals.

Goal 1 - I managed to write 25 scene-descriptive paragraphs. Most paragraphs contain anywhere from seven to 12 sentences that describe the basics of each scene. I think I have another 20 to 30 of these to get to the end of the book. Also, there may be a good possibility that some of the paragraphs may have enough basic material to cover two scenes. Will not find out until I start writing again.

Goal 6 - I completed my first book for the month. Gina Wilkins’ Private Partners is an interesting read. It kept my interest all the way through and I found it very entertaining. The next part of the goal is to write a review on it. I plan to do that this week as well as start another book.

Goal 10 - my mom and I transplanted six tomato plants and four pepper plants. I also planted some catnip, hot jalapeno, and wild onion seeds. The four pepper plant are mild pepper but I want some that has a little heat. Just need to remember to keep the plants apart.

As for the wild onion, we have them growing all around our yard and I collected a bunch of seeds last summer. I would like to dig them up but every time I do, I find that I cut the bulb in half. This time I planted them in containers so when the mature, I just turn the container over and collect the bulbs. Also, when mom mows the front yard with the tractor, the pleasant smell of onions fill the air.

Now some unwritten goals I made. One of them is that I found 20 blogs that I wanted to follow. Some are daily but many are a couple times a week to weekly. To my surprise, I have been able to keep up with them this week without much interruption. As a goal for this week, I want to look at a few other blogs. I may either expand my list or replace a few on my list. The main thing I want to do is to expand “My Blog List” on my blog page. Might even build a links page for my website.

Another unwritten goal is that I wrote a daily to do list along with a daily exercise list. So far, I managed to accomplish most of the items on the ‘to do’ list every day. I will cover this a little more in tomorrow’s blog post. The exercise list is just a list of suggested exercises to work on throughout the day. They do not have to be done in any order.

Well, it looks like I left out the failures and I think I like it that way. Seeing what I accomplished this past week makes me feel better. I just figure why dampen the feeling by posting the negatives.

So, have you had successes during this week? If so, raise your right hand, place it over your shoulder and give yourself a pat on the back. Keep on smiling. It can make you feel better.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

What If …

Saturday, April 17

It’s Saturday and another week has passed. Thoughts about my stories continue to bounce around my head: New ideas, old ideas, changes to other ideas, etc. My favorite technique is to play “What if?” when I get stuck or want to jazz up my work.

For instance, how boring is this statement: I went by the store on the way home and got a five-pound package of chicken leg quarters. The goal: to barbecue them all today and then have my part of my meals prepared for next week.

Looking at those two sentences, I found what I did was dull. Definitely would not capture anyone’s attention. Also, I doubt if anyone would seriously read the second sentence. That is where the phrase “What if…” comes into play.

What if while I was shopping, I found myself in a situation where robbers came into the store and rounded up everyone? What if I was the one person they missed? What if?

I know I have covered this before in an earlier post but I feel this phrase needs to be brought up again. And, I might bring it up again and again. By using some “what ifs,” excitement can be added to the story that then could grab the attention of the reader.

For instance, what if I knew the three thugs who were robbing the store? What if they were there to fulfill a contract and I knew that? What if I found their target and hid him/her? To add a bit more urgency to the story, what if they discovered my presence, and the other customers told them that I had been walking and talking to their target?

Now, there is conflict. “What if?” can add more twists and turns and make the story interesting. Let’s add another twist:

I remember the way to the rear delivery dock. What if they had someone in the back of the building? Now, the target and I are trapped.

The good thing about the “What if?” game is that I can develop my stories by providing answers but then use the answers to build more “What if?” questions.

Have you used this technique to build or add conflict to your story? I like it because I can get my characters in trouble and then see I can come with ways of getting out of trouble.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Writer’s Wednesday - 2010-04-14

Wednesday, April 14

This week I want to take up reading. The main thing drilled into my mind at my monthly meetings over the years is the concept of reading the type of books one wished to write. Now to take it one step further, I believe that one should read all types of books to expand on one’s knowledge of writing. Good writing is good writing; it doesn’t matter what genre the book that one reads.

The same is true about bad writing. If one comes across a book that he/she does not like, then figure out what about the book you do not like and try to avoid that pitfall.

I like sci fi, mystery, and action adventure. I would write one of these genres. Then again, I would write a book that has several of these elements in it. That does not mean I limit myself from reading other books. I read romance, paranormal, comedic, and the like. My work will have elements of these in it as well. Some things transcend genre.

The book I am reading this week is a Silhouette Special Edition by Gina Wilkins titled Private Partners. Though I have not finished the book, I see the conflict and an air of mystery involved in this well written romance. Now, it is not a who-done-it, but it grabbed my attention and I am not willing to set it down.

After I finish the book, I plan to go through it again and see if I can pick out the elements that allowed it to capture my attention. This can be done with any book out there.

Also, this is the first book I picked up in almost four months. The one thing I relearned is that time flies when reading a good book. I compare it to getting into the zone when I write. Time flies then as well.

When I read a book, whether it is sci fi or not, I learn something new about my writing craft. Yes, I know that I can’t incorporate every nuance I discover in my first novel. That does not mean I can’t use it later in a different book.

Now, last week, I talked about recording my dreams and using them as a basis of a book. I had one earlier this week. Actually, I had several but I managed to capture one on my voice recorder. It isn’t really a gem but I think I can use it as a basis of a story. I am considering making it one of my short stories goals for this month.

I will work on it some this week. When I make up my mind, I will start posting the material later this week.

If I come across a different dream, I may post it as well. Now, there is nothing bad in the dream. Just afraid that if the authorities find out, they may reserve one of those rubber rooms for me somewhere. (Big Grin) As it is with most dreams, they usually do not have a logical order on how the scenes play out.

Monday, April 12, 2010

April’s Report Card - 2010-04-12

Monday, April 12

Yesterday, I mentioned that I peeked at today’s topic and it looked ugly. It does. I will be discussing my progress on April’s goals.

Goals one, two and five involve my sci-fi novel and goal four pertains to some short stories. On those, I have not done diddlelysquat. My novel is on the front burner for today’s activities once I complete my blog post. I get cranky when I am away from it too long. The short stories are still in the planning stage - I plan to start work on them as soon I can get a roundtuit. (If someone send me a ‘roundtuit,’ I might be in trouble. Big Grin)

As for scheduling my blog posts, I worked on that some and it is a continuous process. This one I expect to have nailed down by next week, hopefully.

I have selected the first of the three books I plan to read this month. It’s Gina Wilkins’

Now, onto goals 7 and 8, those repairs are still in the works. Other things have to be accomplished first. I hope to start on the closet this week.

Goal nine has had mixed results. The tires and tubes to replace the dryrotted one on the bike along with a liner cost me $55. Man, prices have gone up. Should have purchased that bike that Wal-Mart had on clearance for $50.

The bike now has two new tires with tubes that are supposed to self-heal if they get punctured. Then there is the added protection of a liner between the tire and the tube.

The axles to the bike still need to be greased and my legs need to be strengthened. I have not ridden a bike in so long that I had trouble riding the thing. The main reason, I believe, was that my legs were so weak.

As for my Web site, I still need to look through it so I can determine what deficiencies may be present. When I posted my Easter Story, I realized I had a problem with posting other stories when the time came. I have to look into this a little more. I want my short stories to be located in a different directory away from my alien short stories.

Today, my mom and I are scheduled to set out the tomatoes and pepper plants. I plan to plant seeds for some herbs and onions. We will get out and work in our small garden this afternoon.

On my four articles, I have been allowing ideas to bounce around in my mind. Also, some research has been done, but as for writing them, one has been started. Timeline on when it will be finished is still up in the air.

How is your month coming along?

Private Partners, second book in the Doctors in Training series and a Silhouette Special Edition. This will be my distraction on my exercycle this morning. I’ll let you know how it is when I finish it.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Resolutions Progress Report - April

Sunday, April 11

Hello, it’s Sunday. I read a blog post this past week on New Year’s resolutions and began to think about mine. Somehow, I let them slip through the cracks. Sort of “Out of sight; Out of Mind.”

So, I looked it up. I also looked up what I wrote as my goals for this month. It seems that time is traveling so fast that I do not have enough month left to work on my goals.

First, I will cover my resolutions. Except for this past week, I have been fairly diligent in writing and uploading my blog posts. I am currently working on a schedule for my blog.

The second resolution is two-fold: to lose 50 pounds this year and to lose 15 pounds by March or April. It is April, and I am still working on the first part, but the second part has not come to fruition. I can still lose weight this month. I doubt that it will be 15 pounds. At least not unless I starve myself. (NOT)

As for the third resolution of riding 1,800 miles on my exercycle for 2010, I have gotten over 60 miles on it but forgot to write down the starting mileage. As of today, it reads 7650.0 miles. I am still aiming for this goal and maybe shoot past it. I am determined to ride it at least twice a day. That and stretching helps my legs the most.

As for the fourth resolution, I got a basic links page up on my web site. It is still a work in progress. I plan to do work on the web site this month.

As for resolutions five and six (performing the Kata warriors to music and writing on my Usscan’s Observation project), I have got to get back on them. I want to perform the Warriors Kata in September as a tribute to my system. As for my alien blog, I have put that one to one side so that I can finish my current novel.

Which brings me to my seventh and final resolution. This three-part goal is still in the works though I missed the first deadline of completing my novel by March 1. I hope to finish it this month. Then start working on my second novel as I edit and polish the first one.

So, that is how my resolutions fare as of today. Tomorrow, I will talk about how my April goals fare. (I just took a peek at them, and it does not look too good. BG)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Dreams - Writer's Wednesday


Wednesday, April 07

Hello! Today, I wish to cover the subject of dreams. To me, they are an excellent source for story ideas.

Like most people, my dreams are usually are in color. It seems most of them entertain me while I am asleep. I have gone to bed trying to solve a problem, and the dream provided a solution for it. This is rare though. Like I said, most of the time, they are like watching mini-movies while I am asleep.

If the story is interesting enough, I try to write down everything I can remember about it. I remember one time that I had this one dream three different times. The ending to the dream differed each time. I wrote all three versions down.

The dream involved a monster made out of electrical energy coming after me and some friends. In the first dream, it killed us when we tried to destroy it. In the second dream, we killed it but it still killed us.

I remember thinking that this was not the way this dream should end. At this point, I knew I was dreaming. I restarted the dream and went through the whole thing again. The third time, we managed to draw the creature out and trip it up on a grounded wire thus killing it but not killing ourselves in the process. Upon success, I woke and started writing it down.

About the third of the time, I realize that I am dreaming and that is when the dynamics of the dream change. Most of the time, I take control of the dream and have a blast. They call this type of dream 'lucid dreams,' - a dream where the person knows he/she is dreaming.

I have gotten out of the habit of writing down my dreams. At first, I did not remember much of my dreams. But when I started writing them down every day, I began to remember more details about each dream. I had gotten to the point that it took me two hours to write down the dream.

Since the first of the year, I captured four dreams on paper (or in my computer). I think I will start doing it again this week. The AlphaSmart 3000 will be placed next to my bed tonight. Tomorrow morning, I shall restart capturing the dreams once again. If one makes since this next week and a half, I may share it.

Then again, that may open me up to be chased by the men in white lab coats and the nets. I really do not care for those white jackets with extra long sleeves either. Big Grin.

Have you had a dream that you turned into a story idea? Has a dream helped you resolve a story problem? Let me know.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Progress Report 100404


Sunday, April 04

Today I am going to cover the progress I have made over last week. Progress of what? I guess progress of certain goals. I also wished to place a link to a short story I wrote last year for Easter. I hope you enjoy it.

So far, I managed to begin plotting out my book once more. There are times when I have so much information bouncing around in my mind about my book that I start feeling overwhelmed. When I get this way, it is hard for me to write. One thing I do to keep from stalling out and stopping my writing is to force that feeling down and to force myself to write.

This hit last night while I was attempting to figure out what I should do next in the book. My goal was to write a paragraph for each scene describing the basics of that scene. I manage to plow through that feeling of being overwhelmed and write six paragraphs representing six scenes.

During the night, thoughts continued to pop up for additional solutions on expanding my book's plot. The end is in sight and I hope I reach it within the next couple weeks. I do plan to complete plotting my book before I start writing it. So, I have another 40 to 50 scene descriptions to go. Granted, some of the scenes will be short. I intend to have these descriptive paragraphs done by the end of this week if not sooner.

Then another thought popped in my mind last night. I wrote a Easter story last year for a blog but it did not get much attention since the blog was shut down. I chose to revive it and post it on my website. The story is called “Buddy de Bunny - An Easter Horror Short Story.” You can find it at this address: http://www.clark-stone.net/Observation/Short_Story/BuddySS.html

I have it labeled as a horror story but it's more of a comedy. I hope you enjoy it and I wish I had thought about this earlier.

Have a happy Easter -- Clark Stone

Saturday, April 3, 2010

April’s Goals

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Over the last few days, I have been wondering what I need to accomplish for this month. The usual things around the house seem to be a bit too awkward to list in my blog. Others would not make since to anyone else but me. My current ‘to do’ list that I keep in my journal has over 600 items on it.

This list will be limited to twelve items that I want to complete. Some are items I should have already finished. Yet, I will have new items mixed in it.

Most of these goals will pertain to my writing. These are items I really need to accomplish this month.
  1. Plot out the remainder of my current sci-fi novel using scene outlines
  2. Finish the first draft of my current sci-fi novel
  3. Build a schedule for my blog and stick to it. (further explanation down below)
  4. Plan out and write five short stories
  5. Go through manuscript for questions and make sure they are answered.
  6. Read three books and write reviews for them
  7. Repair the floor to my closet and add shelves – have to clean out closet first
  8. Repair floor in bathroom
  9. Repair bicycle and start riding it
  10. Determine three areas on my web page that needs adjusting and adjust them
  11. Assist mom in the yard and garden
  12. Write four articles
  • 1) Two on backups
  • 2) One about index cards
  • 3) One yet to be determined

On the third one, I had already figured out what I wanted to do for several days but misplaced where I put the list. With the use of 4x6 index cards and a pocket photo album, I plan to make a daily ‘to do’ list with a card for each day. Then I can put the card into a sleeve of the album.

As a person who worked on computers years ago, that sounds like the non-technical way of doing things. And, it is. I do this sometimes because I do not want to turn on my computer at times.

On the sixth one, I have discovered that there are holes in my story where something occurred later in the story that needs to be foreshadowed in the beginning. There are items at the beginning that somehow got dropped as well. What I want to do is make sure everything lines up and that all questions are answered.

Now, the fun part will be the seventh and eighth goals. I have many things that I have to move out of the way in my room before I can repair that closet. A couple years ago the shelf that held the clothes and stored items on collapsed.

I plan to rebuild that shelf but also build some additional shelves so I can store other items that have made their way to my room. And yes, there will be items that will either find their way to either Goodwill or the parish landfill.

Then I plan to repair the floor in the bathroom. The trailer I live in was made in 1974 and they believed in that particleboard stuff. Whenever they get wet, they collapse. Needless to say, they had gotten wet over the years and the particleboard disintegrated.

Well, I will keep you up on the progress of my ten goals as the month goes on. What are your goals for this month. I hope you have a happy start to spring and Happy Easter.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fool's Day

Thursday, April 01

Hello again. Master here. You know, Stone’s cat. Things have changed for the better around here. Stone is doing everything I want him to do.

Neck massages whenever I want. Stone keeps my bowl filled with salmon and moved it to the table. I got along with his younger brother’s Chihuahua. I have given up on chasing that squirrel. The birds singing no longer bug me in the morning.

Oh, by the way, April’s Fool.

What should have gave it away was the phrase, “Stone is doing everything I want him to do.” He has never done what I want him to do.

As for that noisy thing called a chihuahua, I could have sworn that it was an overgrown rat the first time I saw it. But I never heard a rat bark. The thing is the noisiest thing I ever heard.

As for that squirrel, I almost got it the other day. I slapped its tail several times, but the thing managed to out climb me when he shot up that tree. That hasn’t stopped it from fussing and hurling insults at me.

The birds are just too cheerful in the morning. That drives me nuts. I don’t mind them being happy, but do they have to sing about it in the morning. Baa Humbug.

As for the salmon for my lunch, I am still working on that. I will work on the device a little to see if I can adjust its effectiveness.

Well, until later – Meow.