Saturday, February 25, 2012

How to relax from being a computer technician... fix your own computer!

It's true... after working for 11 days straight, I finally got two days off and decided to replace the motherboard in my desktop that runs Windows XP. I need XP to run an older racing simulator that I love, so I spent a leisure morning getting the machine back up and running with a fresh Windows XP install.

During the few lunches etc. I've had at work, I've been reading through Black Legion by Michael Thomas (think ancient Greece in space) and taking down ideas for one of my own stories characters.  I'm still not sure where this new position will lead me, or if it will be a short to mid term solution, but at least the money is good for now!

In my next life I wanna' be a writer! :-)

Friday, February 10, 2012

New Job, Same Company, Writing a Little and Reading a Lot

Ever had to give something one last shot before you called it quits and moved on?

That's where I'm at with a new position and location for the company I work for.  Three years in and I was about to go in a different direction, when an interesting opportunity presented itself in a manner that I least expected. The job fits most of my criteria for the type of position I wanted to find to stay in the company, but also comes with high expectations and will require me to expend a lot of energy to be successful. I'm going to battle hard and give it everything I can, if this doesn't pan out, then I know what I'm doing next.  I just felt like I needed to give it one more try in the right situation.

I've also been reading a lot, and enjoying Vaughn Heppner's "Invasion Alaska" and I just started Michael G. Thomas's "Black Legion" which are both great reads by talented authors.

I've managed to put a little time into two of the three stories I've been working on, but find myself jumping back and forth between them due to time and motivation/creative issues. One story draws heavily on one of the darkest times in my life and will be a powerful read when finished, but it seems I can only write it in small doses. The ultimate story idea came from a song by one of my favorite bands "Cold Driven".

I must also confess that my GF and I have got the "Star Wars The Old Republic" bug and have spent a good amount of time in the evenings playing that game. A new friend wrote me and told me they were interested in SWTOR, but thought that it would negatively affect their other priorities... they are right in that assesment! ;-)

So as we draw closer to Spring, I want to remind everyone to remember to take time-out to stop, look around, take it all in, and realize that there is still a lot to be thankful for. It's the journey, not the destination.

Best Wishes To Friends, Family and Readers!