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.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Transitioning from 27 to 28...

It's easy to miss how much we should be grateful for when it' around us 24/7. As I watch my final day as a 27-year-old pass I can reflect on all that's happened. We've been blessed with another beautiful baby boy, Adam, who now presents considerable competition for our 3 year-old Noah. My wife and I will be celebrating 6 wonderful years of marriage together, and looking forward to many many more! I've been able to finish writing my 2nd book and gotten positive feedback from one fellow who just finished proofing it. I have two others in tow so I'm hoping for more good reviews, but I'll take the good and the bad. Hopefully soon I'll be in the market for a publisher. That's about all I have, so now I'm gonna go change a poopy diaper. Bye!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Keeping it Brief...

Just a quick note to the few readers out there. I have my book 'done' and two very awesome people are in the process I proofing it. They haven't fallen asleep yet so it must be halfway decent! Thank you guys for taking this on! You know who you are!

Monday, January 6, 2014

So Much to Say...

Yeah, I know. You're shaking your heads going 'I told ya so'! I said many a time that I would keep up with this blog, that I would be diligent in my work. Honestly, bigger priorities have come up in the past few months, and have taken me away from this task.
For one, my awesome son, Adam, was born back in October. Naturally, that took up a lot of free time I once had. The time I spend with him is wonderful. Sure, I still sit downstairs with the lad in my arms while I attempt to play video games. I may have that free time, but the only other change is that I'm much more exhausted that late at night. I actually find myself waking up mid-game after having dozed off. Pretty sure Mario was glaring at me once.
Still, I had one major accomplishment over the past week: I finished my book! Now I'm at the editing stage. As of a few minutes ago I have gotten through chapter 5 of 51. This is probably the most difficult part because I have to tie up any and all loose ends. This could be harder than writing the book itself!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Final (?) Countdown...

Here we are: October.  To me this will be a month to remember.  So many exciting things going on: Noah's birthday, Mandy's birthday, and our 2nd boy's birth (could be any day now). One other milestone I hope to achieve is finishing my book. 77,000 words in and feeling fine. Again I've been able to draw together two big chunks of the plot, putting my protagonist somewhere in the 2040's. I feel so attached to him and his colleagues that I truly WANT to write them through to the end. Any doubts about this book not fitting in with the readers out there is now hogwash in my opinion, so I will press on.
I've been pushing to write and work out every day until the book's done, then comes the first of a few final edits before printing and the sendoff. Sure, it may be 3 months until I hear something back, but at least it will be off my mind. I've had to hold off on other book ideas just because I don't want to get distracted (I'm prone to procrastination anyway, but we'll cover that more...someday). Wish me luck folks...I wouldn't be writing this at all if I didn't think that some small facet of it would appeal to you. Cheers for now.


Monday, September 23, 2013

75,000 and Beyond...

     It's a milestone to me; breaking 75 thousand words as I plunk away on my book.  It's provided such a good feeling because I seem to be making strides every week with this project.  Last week I was able to tie together two huge chunks of my story, basically allowing the protagonist to exit the 1940s and venture once again to the future and face any potential consequences.  Thanks to anyone out there who has been following along; even if you've never said anything.  I know people check out my ramblings once in a while, so yay!
     I've also been reading the book to my wife and son (who's in utero for about another month yet) and had some much appreciated editing done by them.  It reminds me of when I listened to Stephen King's autobiography, particularly the part about his wife reading his work before sending it out.  I really and truly appreciate the support they've given (Adam kicking about in approval) and have made corrections almost daily.  Maybe when all's said and done (and I get some free time in the future) I'll do my own version of an audio book of this.  Until then, away I write!