Archive for May, 2011

It’s going to be a busy night

Posted in Science, Spaceflight, Website, Writing on May 31, 2011 by The Prince of Pithy

I usually start my first story as part of my 30 Stories in 30 Days when June is a few minutes old.  So I will be working on that.  But about an hour later, I’ll be watching to see if Copenhagen Suborbital’s Heat-1X gets off the … sea, since it will be a sea launch and not from the ground.  And then, about an hour-and-a-half after it launches, the Space Shuttle Endeavour will be landing for the final time.  I’m not going to get much sleep tonight.  Good thing I’m taking tomorrow off.

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Ten days until madness

Posted in Website, Writing on May 21, 2011 by oneoveralpha

On June 1 I will once more descend into madness in my fourth attempt to write 30 Stories in 30 Days. On that page you can read how this came about (as well as the 90 stories I’ve written the first three years) and see that I’m doing something different this year. Instead of posting the stories on my website, I’m going to be posting them on my Oneoveralpha’s Writing Blog. The reason for the change is I think it will be easier for me to upload my stories and people will now be able to comment on them. It should be interesting.

A brain itch

Posted in Odds on May 19, 2011 by The Prince of Pithy

A few weeks ago, one of the guys I work with developed a stress fracture in his foot.  It’s not in a cast, but he wears a special boot.  One day, he was talking about his foot itching.  As a guy, I laughed at him.  Over the last couple of days, I’ve developed a rash on the back of my hands.  At times, they are almost excruciating itchy.  In an attempt to keep my mind off it, I’m wondering which is worse; having an itch that you can’t scratch because you are physically prevented from doing so, or an itch right out in the open you have to keep yourself from scratching by force of will?

Do non-writers have dreams like this?

Posted in Books, Odds, Writing on May 17, 2011 by The Prince of Pithy

Just after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, I sat down and read through all seven books.  I had seen all the movies that were out by then, but that was the first time I read the books.  Now that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is about to be released, I thought it would be a good idea to reread all the books and re-watch the movies.  I’ll give J. K. Rowling this much, even the later tomes are quick reads.  Add in my general desire to be done with the series, it was a weekend, and I was getting over a head cold so I didn’t feel like doing much but read, I made it through the 870 pages of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in three days.

While some may applaud my devotion to reading in this age of growing illiteracy, I’d ask them not to because I ended up with a headache.  😀 Whether it was from the reading or the cold, I don’t know.  But a downside I do know came from all that reading were the dreams.  I’ve known since high school that if I do something too much, I’ll have dreams about it.  The two most common dream inspiring actions are video games (which started with Tetris in high school) and reading.  By reading dreams, I mean dreams where I have a book and I’m flipping pages.  These dreams most often pickup where I left off, but go in bizarre directions.  For example, while reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I dreamt Dobby took the three main characters to a deserted island and they set out to rebuild civilization.

Now the point of this blog, is that lately, my Harry Potter dreams – instead of going off in bizarre directions – have me rewriting the scene.  In one (I can’t remember which book this was part of) the main three characters were eating and talking about Malfoy, but I was trying to get Hermione to talk about Quidditch because it would flow better.  (I know that’s not much, but it’s the one I remember best.  Most are really cool while I’m half-asleep and in bed.  Once I’m up and about, I can’t remember what they are.) All this made me wonder 1) Does anyone else have reading dreams? and 2) Does anyone – writer or non-writer – rewrite stories they’ve read?

Steve Thompson for Dummies

Posted in Humor on May 11, 2011 by The Prince of Pithy

A friend at work was playing with The Official For Dummies Cover Generator, and came up with this:

To explain the second point, usually a couple times a week I’ll be bored and I’ll walk over to his lab and say, “Entertain me,” and clap twice, and he seems to think I should pay him to be entertained.  My defense is that I clap twice which should preclude the notion of payment.  And as to the third point, I bug him when I’m bored and need to kill time.  There’s no “guising” of work, or even “work.” Of course, when I pointed out this error to him, he didn’t feel inclined to correct his mistake, which is an obvious example of him not caring for the quality of his work.

An “End of the World” prediction

Posted in Humor, Religion on May 10, 2011 by The Prince of Pithy

About a month ago, the big news was these nutters saying the world was going to end on May 21st.  Well, my prediction is that I will wake up on the 22nd, check Twitter to see if the world ended, and if it didn’t, I’ll tweet a link to this song to connect it to the long line of similarly failed predictions.  I’ll then tweet a link to this post as proof that I’m a prophet.

Happy Publication Day!

Posted in Books, Humor, Writing on May 6, 2011 by oneoveralpha

My book A Man of Few Words is one year old today!

If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, now would be the perfect time. Hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink. 😀