Why in God’s name am I up at the buttcrack of morning?
Ok, it’s not exactly dawn now, but it was damn close when I woke up today after only five hours of sleep. Nothing woke me up. I just opened my eyes and couldn’t get back to sleep. I guess I have too much on my mind lately. Understandable. There’s a lot going on in my life.
1) MizStar is moving out. Can’t go into details. It wouldn’t be appropriate, but it plays a large role in my headaches.
2) the job–is not as mindless as I’d like it to be.
3) school–my professor is not getting back to me. Is this a bad sign?
4) writing, editing, querying, reading subs, rejecting (I have a new appreciation for agents now), getting ads, blah, blah, blech.
5) my health–it has now been two weeks since I quit smoking and life is good. On the other hand, my hip is freakin’ killing me. I need to walk miles and miles.
6) Oh crap, I need to finish editing my thesis. Yes, the one on Edgar Allan Poe.
7) The final copy of The Lottery is done, and the professor agreed with me! Nice!
8) clean my house.
9) renetwork my network and get a new printer.
10) get the cop and the firefighter to read Dusk of Death for input.
11) go to Life Skills training at 11:30am–ugh.
12) move furniture around in my house.
13) sweet–my lucky number. We’ll end on that note. =)
On a good note, my mother is out of the hospital and doing well.
How’s your day?
Ah yes, I am easily amused. I suppose that’s a good thing these days. It keeps me out of too much trouble.
The BBC lists 10 things they learnt about Sarah Palin. Check it out.
I think this is my favorite line: “The Associated Press reports that the church is promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer.”
Seriously? LMFAO! Um, hate to break it to ya folks, but I don’t think it’s possible to “convert” people into something they’re not. Many have tried over the years and it just doesn’t work. Why can’t people just accept the fact that whatever God they believe in made people the way they are? God made me a six foot Italian goddess who can kick your ass into oblivion. Deal with it.
And directly following the “power of prayer” statement that had me falling off my damn chair, was this one: “As hunters sometimes do, Mrs Palin has incurred the wrath of wildlife-lovers. It’s not just that she shoots moose and caribou, she has also backed legislation to encourage the aerial hunting of wolves, as a “predator control” measure. Plus, she has opposed the US government’s listing of a variety of animals as endangered, including the polar bear and the beluga whale. Unlike Mr McCain and to the horror of many environmentalists, she actively supports drilling for oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.” This is why I don’t like the woman.
I think it’s wonderful that a woman is in a position to be Vice President of the United States (and even President, considering McCain’s age). However, the fact that she is a woman is not a good enough reason to vote for that camp. The fact that she is a “hockey-mom” or a “hunter” are not good enough reasons to vote in that direction. I do not condemn hunters who do not hunt merely for sport. I have no issues with them and their hunting. I’ve been married to a hunter and I know the ethics true hunters have. I’m not saying that Mrs. Palin is or isn’t a true hunter. What I am saying is this: The fact that she backed that legislation to encourage the aerial hunting of wolves is the very reason I won’t be voting for a Republican this year. Science is the issue when it comes to that legislation, and science had nothing to do with it. It was masked as “predator control,” but science was not taken into consideration when that legislation was put into play. Alaska’s legislature has found a loophole in the AHA (Airborne Hunting Act) and they are exploiting the hell out of it. Here’s a little snippet from my Aerial Hunting article: In 1972, Congress passed the federal Airborne Hunting Act (AHA) to ban hunters from using airplanes to hunt wolves or other wildlife. This Act came about when a brutal scene was put on display depicting a wolf hunt, which began a national public outcry. Alaska, however, has found a loophole in the Act, and has made wide use of it. They feigned it as “wildlife management,” allowing hunters to take to the air time and again to engage in the ruthless slaughter of wolves and black and brown bears. Alaska’s voters have twice attempted to stop aerial hunting, but the Alaska Legislature has overturned their efforts each time. Aerial hunting is prohibited by Federal law, according to the AHA, but Alaska still continues to practice it for the purpose of falsely increasing particular game populations to bring in hunters from all regions of the nation. The targeted region covers 60,000 square miles of wolf population, plus 12,000 square miles of bear population.
I hope that’s enough food for thought because I have to get going. I have a supervision today.
I) My mom is in the hospital again, so I’m a bit flustered after sitting in the lobby for six hours and I really want a cigarette, but otherwise she’s fine and staying overnight due to dehydration, and I’m fine, sans cigarette. It’s 2:30am and I’m waiting for a phone call from the hospital. I’ve only been home for an hour.
II) Went and saw Babylon A.D. today with a client and was severely disappointed with the ending. The film is good, lots of action, good storyline (what you can follow), and well hell, it stars the über sexy Vin Diesel (whom my husband hates because I think he’s hot), but at the end I was questioning exactly how much got cut and left on the cutting room floor. I said to my client, “Something’s missing.” Apparently, I was correct because my husband later told me that the director is extremely agitated with the producers about the film and how much was cut for the U.S. audiences—notice how that says U.S. audiences—WTF? Why does every freakin’ thing get censored here? Honestly! Anyway, now I’d like to see the uncut version of this film so I can actually see the ENTIRE freakin’ story, and oh, I don’t know, maybe so the ending will make freakin’ sense! Here’s a Twitch report I think you’ll find interesting. I can’t believe they did this!
III) The Swivet has a link up about vanity presses on Lynn Price’s blog. Good information, I’ll admit. Vanity presses are a bad idea, but as someone pointed out in the comments section, don’t mistake using a vanity press with someone who self-publishes. There’s a world of difference there, and I would know, and so does Lynn Price. Vanity Presses want to charge you tons of money. POD is different. Go read the blog, but be sure to read the first few comments, too.
IV) The 3-Day Novel contest was a blast to experience and I will be doing a repeat next year (hopefully sans cigarettes—I quit right after the contest ended). I actually did complete a novel, but the title will be withheld for political reasons (if you’ve known me over the last two years, you would understand this wording). Winners will be announced in January, so I must wait until then to inform you of my idea, but it doesn’t mean I can’t work on it in a separate file—hehehe. I think I’ll participate in NaNoWriMo this year. Hells yes!
V) My murderous tendencies are going away with the headaches and lots of ibuprofen. Everyone in my household has yet to die by my hand… but the week isn’t over yet.
Murderous tendencies are not helped by boys who stalk MizStar, no matter how endearing the apology is.
…for those who reside in my home: My murderous tendencies are lessening.
But I still have my moments.
I want a cigarette.
I just quit smoking.
I want to kill someone.
I don’t care who it is.
Who steps in front of me.
And pisses me off.
The household has been warned.
Let’s see if they live through the week.