Wednesday, June 17, 2015

So Much to Do...Or Is There?

I have been so neglectful of this blog; this virtual journal of mine. I meant for it to be a progress report on my life so I can let all who read this know just how I'm doing. If I were to grade myself appropriately I'd probably be averaging a B-. But there's always those extra credit assignments.

I have books to write, agents to nag with query letters, and so on.

But I have a higher commitment, or responsibility that I wholeheartedly take on: raising a family. My loving wife and two boys (and dog and now a gecko) are all that I need. My lifelong goal is to try and give them everything that would make them happy. Every time I come home from work and hear the boys' elated screams of joy my heart is warmed. God bless them; I'm truly happy with life!

I know we're doing fine now, but my subconscious pokes its head out of the water of the conscious waves in my mind and says, 'Hey, why not do this for a while?' and then swims away before I can retort. One of those recurring nagging thoughts is about writing. So far, I've loved what I've worked on. I've even submitted an entry to Writer's Digest for their annual writing contest. I have a completed manuscript I have to do a full edit on, plus I'm 7000+ words in on a different tale I've wanted to tell for a while now. It is something I would consider as a full-time career should God send that option my way. I have a Rolodex in my mind with stories that I want to put to paper - and I think a few people out there would enjoy reading them.

 For now, I whittle away at one story when I have a few minutes to spare, and I admire my work thus far. Other nights I'm lost surfing the Net or playing on my 3DS. Here's hoping I can keep blogging away for motivation and fun!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

So There's This Game...

I have been quiet for while because I've been so preoccupied with a few things.
1. New job - Started at Fastenal working their internal IT department. Basically taking calls from any of the 3000+ stores that Fastenal operates and helping their employees. Fun stuff, plus I get to work with my sis-in-law!
2. Book  editing - This has been moving so fast that-okay it hasn't. My goal this year is to get my book published, but I realized I need to do a few edits. It's not that I don't want to; it's because of point number 3.
3. Bob's Space Adventure - This is an iOS/Android game that came out last month by a company called Red Magnet Studios. To help promote the game they're holding a contest: Whoever maintains the #1 score on the scoreboard after August 17th will win one hundred thousand dollars. And I held the #1 spot for about 12 hours. Now I'm #6. I can't put this game down.

Anywho, family has been amazing, especially with Adam taking his first steps the other day! Noah is loving school and making such strong friendships. Mandy is finishing her first quarter of school and eager to find out about her most recent final. She's going for Massage Therapy! It's a great time to be a guinea pig. Hope you all are well and are enjoying the warming weather. Bring on spring!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Writer's Group? Here!? In La Crosse? I'm in!

Hello all, or one, maybe. Depending on how many folks are interested in this. I've been on a Blogger hiatus for a while and for good reason. I have family to love and take care of, plus I'm still waiting on my potential future literary agency to get back to me on my book. Which brings me to a new development: I've joined a group.
It's the La Crosse Area Writer's Group; not some sort of self-help group, but they do help in a way. I found them via the site Meet Up, which will help find groups that share similar interests in your area. Even though over 100 writers have joined, only about 12 showed up on Thursday in a cramped room in the Gundersen Lutheran basement. It was hosted by two folks: Larry and Roshan. They kept the atmosphere alive and well as each volunteer read his/her work. I was nervous as all get-out when reading my piece, but it was enjoyed and I received some valuable feedback. I plan to go again in 2 weeks with more to read. Next Thursday, however, is set aside for another group I found that plays strategy board games at River City Hobbies. Joy! Until next time folks!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I Can't Believe I Haven't Been on Here-well, yeah...

So much to say!

1. My son's b-day was on October 4th and he had a blast! YMCA is good for parties, that's for sure. My wife celebrates her 28th b-day today and is getting her first tattoo! Wowee! And I've been told that I'll be getting one someday too. Going to go with the Sierra On-Line logo ;).
2. An agency, WordWise Media, is checking out my manuscript! It's a foot in the door, but they could still lop my foot off if they don't want to represent me. And here I hold my breath...*faint, collapse, wake up dazed a few moments later*. Well, I think I'll just keep waiting.
3. Noah started school end of August and has bloomed in so many ways. Still I wish they'd keep him for 5 days a week vs. 3. He's really taken off with it and loves it. I couldn't be a prouder parent.

That's all for now, but I have to discipline myself to keep writing...maybe I will get that first page done...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Month Already...

     Yesterday Noah and I were having some boy time over at my Mom and Dad's house; he was playing Yoshi's Story on the N64 while Dad and I built a model rocket. It was great for bonding and we truly did have a fun time. I noted to Dad that it had already been a month to the day since Grandpa passed away. He said it's amazing how time keeps on ticking. Life goes on I guess.
     I still truly miss him. My heart aches a little more knowing I won't be able to tell him how Noah's first day of school goes, which is tomorrow. I'm sure he'll know somehow. My little boy is going off to school, and I'll be there to send him off. So glad I took the day off. I'll do all I can to make sure he is ready and excited for the big day, and then save the tears for when he's out of site. I love my little Noah. God Bless him and give him a great first day of school. That and I just noted Adam turns 10 months tomorrow too! Bonus!
     Book-wise I've been rejected by 4 or 5 literary agents now, and that's to be expected. Just have to keep bugging them until I get a bite. We'll see how this week goes. I've got plenty of support here; not giving up. Keep watching over us Grandpa; we love you and will make you proud. :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Last Weekend a Baby Shower; this Weekend a Funeral...

    So the inevitable did occur. My grandfather passed away around 10:20 PM on Wednesday, his 3 kids and spouses around him. I am glad he has finally found real peace. I can't help but reflect on his life and how he impacted my own. My dad had tediously started piecing together home videos and debuted a DVD last night when I went back to visit. The memories seemed to flood back as we watched scene after scene. Still, seeing a younger and more energetic Grandpa was warming.
     Funeral is on Monday and I doubt I'll be ready for it. For the past 48 hours (nearly) I've been crying randomly (in private cause I'm too manly to let it really show) and pleading with God to let me hear his voice just once more. In the end, I know he is in no more pain, and God is taking good care of him. I won't ramble on, but let me say that for being the only Grandpa I ever knew, he made life worth living for. Rest easy Grandpa; I love you and know I'll see you again. I will never forget you.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I won't forget today...

So maybe I'm overreacting, but I just received a call from my father about my grandpa. He's been off dialysis since Friday and now he's nearly comatose. He's in anti-anxiety pills and oral morphine to ease the pain, but I know time is short. It's still registering in my brain, but I know this is going to hit and hit hard. He's the only grandfather I've ever known. If he is leaving this world soon I can at least take some solace in a couple things:
1. I got to tell him I'm dedicating my next book to him.
2. I got to tell him I love him.
I'm going to lose my grandpa soon, but it doesn't really mean goodbye. Just, 'I'll see you later'. God, please make him comfortable when he gets up there. And don't let him get too crazy up there; we all know he likes to joke. I love you grandpa; I'll never forget you.