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A Roundup of 2017

Well 2017 is closing and my life progresses.

Accomplishments for the year:

53,519 words written and sent out into the world.

43,114 of those words were strung together to create some fiction.

2907 of the fictional variety expanded my Outfitters Universe

8,605 were of a personal nature  and insights into my day dreams.

1,800 words were paid for and are now owned by a periodical publishing company.

I like to think I strung some words together in a coherent and entertaining manner.  The biggest falsehood I created was Tending the Stones for the Lock, which was  an almost weekly urban fantasy story.   It is truly a first draft with not that much editing, and my plans are to eventually lengthen it (and hopefully improve it) into a full length book.   The most personal piece was probably My Personal Heaven about what I hope for after death.

On the book front, Primary Collision my next science fiction book in The Outfitters Universe.  I scrapped whole sections of it and started over again in some aspects which is working better, I had hoped to have the book completed by now but that just has not happened.  The book about my grandfather and his time in uniform continued on the research phase.

That is on the writing front, on the amorous faction of my life I am still single and unencumbered (Also un-Cucumbered , never liked them).  I have had some dates (with women!), had some laughs and good conversations, but nothing has stuck.  Early in 2017 I had seven (7) women approach me on Plenty of Fish, a dating app, I thought an old friend who is a hacker was pranking me but that turned out not to be true and it was just 7 lonely women who were interested in me at the same time.  (Very Weird).  The prognosis, the forecast, the prediction for my romantic life is still hopeful.

I still have the day job but hopefully in a couple of months I will be retiring from the field of law enforcement,  optimistically I will be moving to a southern state with a theme park and working in security and if that does not work out then maybe a bus driver or some other non-stress job.

What have I learned this year?   I have leaned that stripping away stuff that does not matter is a great way to live.   That my brain wants to create stories  and if I cannot see a fulfilling ending to that story then I don’t really see the point of continuing with the story.   Fulfilling does not necessarily mean happy, but at least interesting and meaningful.

I learned that I really enjoy whiskey and scotch and am developing a taste for the hard liquors, straight no ice.

A good year I am not walking away with tears in my eyes or a heaviness in my heart, just more knowledge, hopefully slightly more wisdom and patience and most of all a greater respect for kindness and that fear (fear of failure, fear of being insignificant…) is a killer of joy.

 

 

Just something that makes me smile.

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Fear

Well, the most terrible fear that anybody should have is not war, is not a disease, not cancer or heart problems or food poisoning – it’s a man or a woman without a sense of humor.    Jonathan Winters

Jonathan Harshman Winters III (November 11, 1925 – April 11, 2013) was an American comedian, actor, author, and artist. Beginning in 1960, Winters recorded many classic comedy albums for the Verve Records label. He also had records released every decade for over 50 years, receiving 11 Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album during his career and winning a Grammy Award for Best Album for Children for his contribution to an adaptation of The Little Prince in 1975 and the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album for Crank(y) Calls in 1996.

With a career spanning more than six decades, Winters also appeared in hundreds of television show episodes/series and films combined, including eccentric characters on The Steve Allen ShowThe Garry Moore ShowThe Wacky World of Jonathan Winters (1972–74), Mork & MindyHee Haw, and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. He also voiced Grandpa Smurfon The Smurfs TV series from 1986 to the show’s conclusion in 1989. Over twenty years later, Winters was introduced to a new generation through voicing Papa Smurf in The Smurfs(2011) and The Smurfs 2 (2013). Winters died nine days after recording his dialogue for The Smurfs 2; the film was dedicated in his memory.

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Whiskey

Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.  W. C. Fields

 

William Claude Dukenfield (January 29, 1880 – December 25, 1946), better known as W. C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer.  Fields’ comic persona was a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist, who remained a sympathetic character despite his snarling contempt for dogs and children.

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Thought

 

A library is thought in cold storage.     Herbert Samuel

 

Herbert Louis Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel GCB OM GBE PC (6 November 1870 – 5 February 1963), was a British Liberal politician who was the party leader from 1931 to 1935. He was the first nominally-practising Jew, although a personal atheist, to serve as a Cabinet minister and to become the leader of a major British political party. Samuel was the last member of the Liberal Party to hold one of the four Great Offices of State. He also served as a diplomat.

One of the adherents of “New Liberalism”, Samuel helped to draft and present social reform legislation while he was serving as a Liberal cabinet member.

 

 

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Character

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike. Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, and naturalist, who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25th Vice President of the United States from March to September 1901 and as the 33rd Governor of New Yorkfrom 1899 to 1900. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore, alongside those of George WashingtonThomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.

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Together

We are all in this together, by ourselves.   Lily Tomlin

Mary Jean “Lily” Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. Tomlin began her career as a stand-up comedian, and performing Off-Broadway during the 1960s. Her breakout role was performing as a cast member on the variety show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In from 1969 until 1973. She currently stars on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie as Frankie Bergstein. Her performance as Frankie garnered her three consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2015, 2016, and 2017.