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Solar Eclipse

Yes, this is about a month late, but hey. It was on my mind.

We’re lucky enough to live in an area which reached totality. For days we were inundated with the solar eclipse. In the newspaper. On the local news. We even had an ‘official’ meteorologist.

On the day of the eclipse, I wheeled my mom to where others had gathered. There were cookies and moon pies, but we arrived to late for that. Using our official glasses, we scanned the skies. It was cloudy and there was a real chance the eclipse would be eclipsed.

Mama said she couldn’t see anything, she couldn’t tilt her head back enough. I hoped I could figure out something before we reached totality. When we reached the spot where the others were, all elderly ladies, she did manage to see it. It was here I was told I couldn’t put the eclipse glasses over my regular glasses. Well, it was that or see nothing but blur, so I only took quick peeks.

Meanwhile, the clouds clustered closer together, smashing together to create larger ones. And the clock was ticking down. Fifteen minutes to totality. Ten. Five. One.

The cloud covered the sun/moon.

Noooooooooo!

And the clouds parted. I snapped a few pictures. Using the LCD panel to see and leaning against a pillar, I snapped a few pictures, hoping for the best before putting the camera down and admire the view, to experience totality. It was cool. I didn’t find it mind-blowing, but it was pretty neat. Definitely something one had to see once.

Mom liked it too although I’m not quite sure she did see it. She first said she didn’t, then said she did. I should have checked on her better. Still, she had the experience. Totality.

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While sitting at the doctor’s office, I read through the ‘Entertainment’ magazine. Seeing that ‘Anne of the Green Gables’ was going to be on television, Netflix I think, I thought cool. Not that I get Netflix now, but, one day. And then I read more. The show would focus on the darker aspects of Anne.

Really?

Seriously?

We have to Game of Thrones and Walking Dead Anne of the Green Gables? Why? Why does everything have to have a ‘dark’ side? That pretty much spoiled the whole series for me. A nice, wholesome story every once in a while should be okay.

This pretty much as me gobsmacked. Next thing you know Dennis the Menace is a serial killer and the kids in Family Circus are in rehab.

I will not be watching this.

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Blogging Workshop

This is a test. I’m at a blogging workshop and I just learned something new – how to write a post, but not publish until later. How cool is that? I can certainly use this for later, like when I have several ideas in my head and don’t want to write it twice. Let’s see if it works.

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The story I outlined is going well and moving forward. I don’t know if this is the way other people do it, but the way I’ve outlined, just giving a shaky skeleton is working out fine. I can expand sections, decrease, or omit as I want and, so far, I still want to end the story like I have it planned. Will wait and see.
I have decided that outlining works well when I have a story in mind that has a beginning and end. If I don’t have an end, forget it. I’ve been trying to resurrect one story I started with outlining and am getting nowhere. I won’t give up on this story though because it has great characters, a wonderful setting I want to expand on and a interesting premise. That is the beginning is. I’ll have to wait and see how this goes too.

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You’d think that having a break over the summer I’d get quite a bit of writing done. I wish. Still I am moving forward if not at a quick a pace as I do over the rest of the year when I am squeezed for time. Instead of writing on my manuscript, I am working on my holiday journal of Arkansas. Right now I’m still on Wednesday, but that’s okay. I am on the third edit of my New York trip and I’ve edited all the pictures except for the Pawnee Kitty and Angus ones. My Hadrian’s Wall trip journal, Pawnee Kitty’s rather, is moving along nicely. I think this will be the best one yet. I’ve decided that for my 2015 trip Blurb book I’ll do Peru. Not sure after that.
One thing I’ve done that I haven’t in years is picked out my Christmas story already and maybe this year it’ll be illustrated again. The last two years I started, but never finished with the pictures. It’d be cool to turn it into a picture book. Maybe.
Now that I have a netbook again I can start writing stories on it. I’ve already started on a Dear Hamish letter that deals with those two naughty twins (who save the day no less) and a children’s story.

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Over the summer we’re heading back to Table Rock State Park. My nephew is not keen on keen on coming along. He’ll be bored. There’s nothing to do. All his friends are in San Antonio. He can’t connect to the Internet there. He doesn’t like reading. Sometimes I think he was switched at birth. Or maybe he’s a throwback to my Oma. She thought reading was a waste of time. Everyone else has their nose in a book whenever they can. Library hour.

I’m thinking of ways of making him less bored. He’s become interested in photography and wants a digital SLR camera. If we can get him one before June then maybe he won’t be so bored. I thought, hey, animation! I’ve already done a bit with Pawnee Kitty going after a buffalo using Movie Maker.

I checked out Movie Maker on my netbook. It’s now Windows Live Movie Maker. Words cannot describe my utter disappointment with it. It used to be so cool! Now it is only a shell of itself and a miserable one at that. I think you need Internet connection to use it properly. Darn cloud. Not everyone can connect whenever they want.

At work I checked out my options. The older movie maker is for XP only, but others say you can download it to Windows 7. What about Starter 7? As soon as I get a connection, I’ll try it. I’ll let you know what happens.

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New Year, New Goals

Okay, so some of these are old goals, but maybe this year I’ll surpass them.

One goal is to post more to my blog.  I would also like to update it and add more than just posts.  This will first mean that I be more prepared to load something, a post, picture, etc, before I log on.  Lately I’ve been writing on the fly.  Find Wi-Fi point, remember to take netbook, find time to get to Wi-Fi, hope it’s a fast connection, log on, get in, quick write what’s in my head.

If I came more prepared I could back up some of the statements I want to write.  If I said I read this particular article, I want to give the title and author and where I found it.  If I have a statistic or a figure, I want to be able to give the statistic or figure and not an estimate and (underline and) state where I got it from.  Also, it won’t sound like I’m floundering.

I’ve been wanting to write more book reviews.  I’ve read some pretty good books lately and some duds, but by the time I get around to writing them the book has already been returned to the library and I only half remember the author or title.

I was going to write more goals, but I’ll wait for now.  First let me get going with this one.  Also, first let me finish up all my Christmas cards.  When I have that out of the way, I’ll probably feel better about accomplishing this goal.

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