Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Did they see it coming?


In case you have not yet heard, the blogospshere lost one of its most grouchy critics.

Rob was one to read with a pound of salt, but he made you both smile and think. Yes, people might get angry. But he never cared what others thought. Fortunately. I found out as others did, through posts on blogs. They provided a link, so it seems it is not an urban legend. No evidence of foul play, and for those who had cause for concern also heard answering machine messages which led them to believe all was well. Incidentally, computer kept picking up comments. Details are sketchy, but it looks like illness. A memorial is planned, and there is word bloggers are going to participate. I'll let you know when I do.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Florida Craziness


Carl Haissen must be having a field day. First it was that jail riot where guards had sex with female prisoners, which they shouldn't have, in exchange for drugs and other contraband. Just how desperate were these people? Then this gem I found at another blogger's site: had to look up article to see the background.


Some poor reporter was doing a story, and the way he packed up afterwards led TSA personnel to suspect he might have had a bomb! Oops.

Can empathize. I once put a bunch of rocks in my carryon, and it looked suspicious. Once the bag was dug through, I was able to prove there was nothing amiss.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Thoughts run amok


Seeing how the controversy over Dan Brown's The Davinci Code has grown and grown, I remembered I had one of his books. While I am not ready to read The DaVinci Code yet, I wanted to see what his style of writing looked like.
Digital Fortress is a fictional tale centered around the National Security Agency. Yes, we have one. Condi Rice used to head it. Anyway, no secrets relating to National Security were told. Did bring up one point which has not left my head. Especially in view of wiretapping mess. Since the NSA deals in codes (they have a website), idea was put forth for an ability to read peoples' email and seal it without persons being aware. Hmmm...
wouldn't there be certain words to look for? Same problem as blocking out websites due to content. Stop breast from getting through, and you also delete recipes using chicken breasts. Not to mention breast cancer info. Oops! So how does one differentiate between a terrorist sleeper cell and an online history class talking about the ways in which terrorism flourishes?

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Who said this would be easy?


So much for a page a day. Life tends to get in the way of writing a book. If that isn't depressing enough, someone told me it takes about three handwritten pages to equal one typed. Which means-I have a little over three pages! However, I can look at my stack and see progress. I know the characters like the back of my hand, for the most part anyway. I have thirteen to juggle. By making a prologue, it helped me back to where the story always started from. Managed to throw in a few extra characters while I was at it. Here's my problem-getting ideas from all over. But do they fit in where my pages are? Not really. Maybe a separate page to stick in later?

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Meme 1001


Since I am required to maintain this as a Blogcritic, every so often I borrow from the Net. I found this meme going around. For a completely different perspective, Richmond has answered with her own background and viewpoint here http://haloscan.com/tb/skydiv1187/114850818850576785

Of course, I do these memes in hopes I will be added to blogrolls, hint, hint....

Have you ever been searched by the cops? No
Have you ever closed your eyes on a roller coaster? No, but I hold on tight!
When was the last time you went sledding? At least a couple of decades ago
Do you prefer to sleep alone, or with someone else? Depends on the else
Do you believe in ghosts? Yes
Do you consider yourself creative? When it comes to writing
Do you think O.J. killed his wife? Reasonable assumption
Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie? Aniston
Do you know how to play poker? Daddy taught me himself
Can you honestly say you know anything about politics? Yep-I consider voting a priviliege and make sure my vote is counted. One of my relatives was once Gov. of Ga.
What is your favorite comercial? Bud Weis er frogs
Who was your first love? nobody. I just dated
If you were driving in the middle of the night without anyone around, do you run a red light? No. That would be the one time the cops were around the corner
Do you have a secret nobody else knows but you? Duh!
Boston Sox or Yankees? Not a baseball fan, but the Sox.
Ever been ice skating? yes
How often do you remember dreams? If they happen right before I am about to wake up, vividly
What is the one thing on your mind? The book I am working on
Do you always wear your belt? yes
What is the one talent you wish you had? clairvoyance
Do you like Sushi? Never had it
What do you wear to bed? Honestly think I am answering that?
If you could sleep with a famous person, who would you choose? James Spader comes to mind....
Do you know anyone in jail? No
what is the food you find disgusting? mushrooms
Have you ever made fun of friends behind their backs? No
Do you believer in angels and demons? yes