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Paid for another year.

I did it.
I paid for another year of LJ.
I wasn't sure I would.
But here I am.

Hello, LJ

Yes. I thought I'd post something.

Things are going well here in Central North America.

The family (well, most of us) just returned from another wonderful trip to Poland. I really do want to live there someday, but I'll have to wait until I retire or something. People keep sending me these bills to pay. I pay them, then they send more in about a month. What's up with that?

My daughter (the one family member who didn't go with us), is starting college in a couple of weeks. She's not at all ready for such a thing, and I have dreadful concerns about how miserably she will fare, as nearly 100% of the decisions she makes are the complete opposite of what a sane, reasonable, sensible, mature person would do. I have tried for years to get her to move past fourteen years of age, and she won't do it. She's turning 20 towards the end of this year, and she still thinks that life is simply about texting your friends, spending time sneaking around with boys your parents know nothing about, sleeping until noon, and watching television all day (the most horrific shows about how cool tattoos and unwed pregnancy are, and how fashion is EVERYTHING).

I write all the time about how our culture makes babies of teenagers these days, and expects them to remain childish and helpless until about age 26. It's ridiculous. We were once a country of people who went out on the frontier and built communities out of wilderness, and many of those strong people were only in their teens.

I decided long ago that my kids will be capable, mature, well-educated, independent, etc. For the two boys, it is just like that. For my daughter, though...

She simply rejects everything her parents suggest, request, instruct, or advise, and does the opposite. Such ugly rebellion. So self-destructive. For what? Parents or not, if someone who has been through this life for many more years than you have says, "You know, I'd try it this way," why would you not listen? Why would you not at least TRY it to see if what they say is remotely correct? You could always reject it later and do something else. By ignoring such advice, you hurt only yourself.

I suppose in the next few years she will either have a rude awakening, and learn on her own what life is really like, and improve some thought processes, or she will fail horribly and be another one of those "Where did I go wrong?" people who have no clue how they ended up in Life-long Bad-decision Camp.

I really don't know what to do besides what I've already done.

I keep hoping that she'll be successful and then in ten or twenty years maybe she'll mature to the point where she'll say, "You know, I finally realized that you guys were right, and that you had my best interests at heart the whole time I was growing up. I should have listened to you more back then, and I would have avoided a lot of pain and suffering."

Well, I wasn't intending this entry to be all about that. Other things are going well.

I just need more time to write, as I've complained here before. Now that school has started, I'm happy that I can get back to a 'normal' schedule, and perhaps find a little time each morning for that.

Who knows? I might even post more entries here on good ol' LJ!



Christmas is almost here.

I had a blast doing NaNoWriMo, and really came up with some great stuff. The sad thing is, now it's December, and as usual, this month has turned into the busiest of the year. I have not had six minutes for writing for many, many days. I have around 60k words so far, and could easily keep this one going to 100 or so. I also need to do some editing work on a previous novel. It's got really cool potential. Life's too busy, though. Have to keep working on the corporate treadmill . . .

Hopefully this week will be super-relaxing at work, and then I'll get to write a little over the break. I would just LOVE a life where writing was all that I did. That and homeschooling. And cooking. Doesn't sound very manly, but those are things I love to do . . .

Well, back to real life.


I'm really looking forward to NaNoWriMo. I have my idea brewing in my head and it's forming nicely. I can't decide, though: 1st person or 3rd? I think both, maybe.

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Won't you tell her, please, to put on some speed . . .

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Slow Day

Man. It's a slow day.

It's been so long since I've been to lj-land.

Nice to see that some of you dear people are still around.

I'm still around too. I just haven't had anything interesting to post.

I hope everyone is enjoying the weather that is FINALLY looking better.


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What's up, LJ?

I never get over here any more. I keep saying that, but then I don't do anything about it.

I've been doing some writing lately. I think Spring brings that out in a person.

I have been getting weird spam comments on ancient LJ entries. What's up with that?

I have a point to this entry . . . really . . .

I've been reading those Stieg Larsson novels. Amazing stuff. It's been a while since a character was so cool I just want to quit my job, stay home, and read. Not that I did that.

I've read two of the three, and can't wait to get into the third. However, I'm alternating them with Hunger Games novels. I'm on Mockingjay now, and once that is done it'll be time for Salander #3.

Speaking of novels, I'm starting to get really, really annoyed at how novels for young adults/teens are being edited so horribly. There are incomplete sentences all over the place, verb number not agreeing with subject number, and all kinds of other obvious errors. I mention this to my kids, to see if they have at least a spark of editorial empathy in them, and to see if it bothers them to see their mother tongue so abused. They say, "But they are writing in the character's voice, and that's how a kid would talk."

They have a point. BUT, I've seen (and written) plenty of novels where the young person narrating knows how to sling a sentence in the main body of text, while at the same time there is plenty of dialogue in more casual-speak. In other words, a person's inner voice doesn't have to be written in sloppy English, does it?

Oh, well. I'm probably turning into some cranky, old, grammar-obsessed curmudgeon. Just ignore me.

Bye for now.



Geez. Is this Seasonal Affective Disorder or what?

I'm a gloomy Gus these past two or three days.

Probably not. I know what's missing and it will never be not-missing, and it's really starting to bother me.

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Future Perspective

One or two hundred years from now, when they look back at us and shake their
heads with silly grins (the way we grin and shake our heads at the Puritans or
Victorian up-tightness), for what traits, behaviors, and/or beliefs will they be pitying

Long time no post

I know, I've used that subject before.

Well, I finally got internet access at the ol' homestead, but it's really not full-on internet.
It's a MiFi from Verizon.
It's moderately fast, but it has limits, so I won't be posting any videos or streaming movies.

It does allow me to visit LJ, though. I've missed this place. I've missed keeping up with friends
here. Sadly, many of them have left.

I guess that Facebook thing really has sucked the life out of some of the older blog sites.

I still like longer-format entries, though. Yes, I have a facebook, but it's for short bursts of
information. Long, meandering thoughts still need a place to live, and livejournal is a great place
for that.

Although, I'm sure with facebook taking over all email and text communications in the near
future, it won't be long before they tack on a blog-o-matic feature, and that will be that.

The scary thing about facebook, though, is how darned much they follow you around the web,
spying on everything you're doing, and build your personal information into a dossier on you
that they can use to target you with eerily targeted advertising. It's Orwellian, and I don't
use that word lightly.

In other news, I continue to dream, write, pine -- all of those good and bad things.

And I hope to be here more often again. I'm low on friends, though, so I might have to
dig around for a few new ones. Gotta try to keep this LJ thing going strong!