Stuff the advice this week. It’s Christmas! Okay, I know that not everybody celebrates that particular holiday. And that “War on Christmas” stuff is just one more way that Fox News is crazy making. But, we do have a secular holiday by that name in this country, and next Monday is it for 2017. So, We Wish You A Merry Christmas for sure! And,
Good Mithra’s Day,
And A Happy and Prosperous New Year!
And, one more for those War on Christmas weirdos: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Inspired by my friend Mercedes Yardley, (you can read her newsletter here) I am posting a realistic Holiday Letter, not to be confused with the mocking one I posted a few weeks, or days, whatever, ago. All-in-all, I think we had a decent year, considering that it was 2017 and all.
The picture above comes from the LA premiere of the latest season of Mystery Science Theater 3000. We always enjoyed the old ones, and when we saw the Kickstarter campaign, we contributed enough to the successful effort to be invited to watch Episode One, Reptilicus, from the VIP section. Reptilicus is possibly the worst movie ever, but of course it is in competition with some pretty awful stuff. If you haven’t already done so, you should check out MST 3000, The Return, on Netflix. Season 14 is coming along, but you still have time to be caught up before it is released.
Tami has been working a lot at her law firm. She has participated in some famous cases, as well as some nobody ever heard of. Recently she was involved with the Wynn v Wynn settlement, and nary a news report about it was seen. Not sure why not.
Steve started driving for Lyft in July. He also keeps plugging away at writing fiction, and coordinating the Las Vegas Writers’ Group. He’s also on the board of Writers of Southern Nevada. He writes a bit. Oh, and he passed the Jeopardy audition, but hasn’t heard from them yet.
We have one animal casualty to report. Bob Katt has bone cancer in his right leg, and the prognosis is not good. He’s a very fine cat, soft as a bunny, and will be sorely missed.
In other animal news, Beauregard Katt grew up and the other cats quit letting him eat first. He was confused, but acquiesced. Georgia had a blood tumor removed from her tummy. Emmy grew into a furry pig after Beau grew up and quit chasing her around. Kitty the Forest Cat managed to avoid being shaved for this year. And Sonny, fka Mister Sunshine, continues to be just about the nicest cat I’ve ever known.
We also visited London in May, wearing ourselves to frazzles in an eight-day trip. We heartily recommend Virgin Atlantic for flying to England. The return trip, especially, was positively enjoyable.
There you go. Why not publish a realistic newsletter of your own? Won’t cost you nuthin’!
I went to a “whitelist” mail filtering scheme due to incredibly vast amounts of ever changing SPAM. I failed to put Leslie Godfrey’s address into my whitelist, or my contact list. Ouch. So, I missed a lot. Which is why there is now this long string of Odd Godfrey posts in a row. Sorry, Leslie. I’ll do better, I promise!
Today’s post may be the last for 2 weeks. I’ll be more or less out of position to post anything. I’ll be in London, in fact. If it turns out that I am wrong about that, you’ll see a post next Wednesday. Otherwise, even Odd Godfrey will just have to wait. See you on the 17th!
So, this post is to come out yesterday, but I guess that isn’t going to happen. Luckily for my blog, the Odd Godfrey’s put out a couple of new posts in a row, so at least my readers have had something to look at. So, the story?
Is that I spent three days on my knees installing new flooring in our Arizona house. It looks great, I feel like forty miles of bad road, and nothing got written (by me that is.)
So, I’m not going to pretend because I prefer honesty. Nothing this week. But, I do continue to recommend the Godfrey’s journey around the world (like, where else can you go, huh?) as something to follow. I repost their posts, but you can also simply follow them over at oddgodfrey.com.
Next week I will have something about writing. On Wednesday. Oh, and it will be so swell!
I’ve mentioned this before, but maybe you didn’t see that post. The pictures you see on these posts are almost all vacation pictures from my own past. You gotta have pictures, right? Well, these are all pretty nice, sort of interesting, and don’t need to actually illustrate the post. (Sometimes the picture does relate to the post, so I hope that’s okay with you.)
One of the links in the sidebar of this page is to nevadawriters.org. Besides creating literature so brilliant that Shakespeare would be jealous <grin>, I am on the board of this non-profit group dedicated to supporting writers, and writers groups, throughout Southern Nevada. In March, WSN will be presenting a workshop to the Las Vegas Writers’ Group, of which I am coordinator. I have advocated finding support on this blog before, and now I’m doing it again. I will state for the record that I get nothing financial out of support for these groups (although if there’s enough cash left over at the end of the year, Las Vegas Writers’ will have a holiday party.) What I do get is the moral and spiritual support that I need to keep plugging away at a craft that is, in all truth, a lot harder than anyone who has never tried it believes.
WSN has a lot of events planned for this year. Sometime, today or maybe tomorrow, maybe even Friday, but this week, there will appear, as if by magic, but actually by our President, Eric Miller, a calendar of these events. Some are workshops, some are Painted Stories, in which an artist or two interprets stories read by two or more writers. Some are mixers in places such as a local bar or restaurant. And we are holding a Writers’ Retreat at the Boulder Dam Hotel in Boulder City, Colorado, in September. All at affordable prices. (The March workshop, as it is also the meeting of the Las Vegas Writers’ Group, is just five bucks!) We also have a speakers’ bureau, right on the same site.
So, check out WSN at nevadawriters.org (the link is above.) Small investment, good return!
Writing posts will resume next week. I’m donating blood today, because the holidays are when it’s most needed. I donated about a gallon and a half in the Denver area when I lived there, and now I’m at 12 liters total donation in Las Vegas. A good vampire (their word not mine) won’t hurt a bit when they draw your blood. And, in Las Vegas, you always get some sort of reward for your generosity. If you donate in the second half of December, you get free Penn & Teller tickets! (I saw how Penn catches a bullet in his teeth the last time I attended their show. No shit!)
I’m told that every time I donate whole blood I save a couple of newborn babies. Not bad for an old man, I think. Chances are, you can save a bunch of people too. You don’t have to donate whole blood. They can take just red blood cells, or just platelets that encourage clotting (important for those on immunosuppressive therapies, don’t you know?)
You’ll write a whole lot better knowing you’ve saved a life or two! Trust me!