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Just got back from lunch and wanted to take a moment to keep pushing to build my daily blog habit up. Was having a conversation with a co-worker who has been out of the office for some time due to a broken leg and had one of those random thoughts that may end up being something in a story later. What if your time here on this earth has to do with your karmic balance and the availability of a reincarnation slot? You don’t get to die without having adjusted your scales in some way and there has to be an available slot for you to be appropriately reincarnated into.

It needs some work, but I can see some potential story options there…

Trying to get back into the habit of consistently posting a JE and doing so at lunch…

Yesterday I did a little shopping to replace some worn-out clothes, nothing fancy and I’ll call those Christmas presents, along with the spaghetti pot I had to buy too. I originally bought a little one from Walmart, and I liked its size, but I guess the finish was cheap because when I pulled it out to use it I saw some spots of rust in the bottom of the pan. Well, the new one is non-stick and way bigger than I need – but I guess I won’t have to worry about boiling over based on how much I’ll be cooking in it.

I also bought some Christmas presents for the family, simple things that I’ll mail out after they arrive. (Can’t share here because they may be reading this too!) While doing that shopping I saw something I am not sure isn’t a scam – a power conditioner that you just plug into an outlet near your circuit breaker. I’m not sure how that’s supposed to fix distribution throughout my house, I would expect to have to place that before the circuit breaker to impact the whole house. I need to do some reading…

No I didn’t forget about posting here, it’s just been stupidly busy in my life and I don’t think I am going to put a lot of it in the Journal right now. I spent a lot of time on Second Life this weekend and have finished the first story.

Still debating on if it’s an Arc or a Prequel for a series. The story just took me to a pivot point that was also a natural end in the current telling. I feel that way because I need a style change to tell the story going forward. There are going to be real antagonists, and while I will stay in first person, the mechanics need to be thought through and documented so I can be consistent in my delivery.

I feel like my first story is pretty rough, and there’s a lot of editing that I should do to polish it up. However, I don’t really enjoy the editing part as much as I do the creating part – and that’s why I need to spend some time putting some style rules together before I start writing – less editing!

My travel is done for the year, so I have a chance to get back into good habits, do some site maintenance and maybe learn more elementor so I can make the site better overall. I have some other things I want to do with my domains, so part of my upcoming staycation will be working on the www.

Look for more regular posts here and design changes too!

Ok, I have Second Life caught up and ahead of RR now. I been hiding in Cancun this week support a convention hosted by our company. So things are still out of whack between work and personal life. I’ll post some more about my trip later! Enjoy the new chapters!

Scrambled to get a chapter ready for Second Life today. I need to write one tomorrow and Tuesday, too, so I can be ahead while I am on a business trip this week! Keep watching for them to post!

Once this trip is over, I have to turn in my current leased car. I need something for a couple of years while I wait for Arcimoto to get their production line into full swing. They’re saying my reservation delivery schedule is 2023 or 2024. It always takes longer than expected to get things up and running, so I’m sure it’ll be late 2024 or 2025.

I mostly ride my Vespa since I don’t have a big commute. Maybe I’ll lease a small Mazda, like the AWD CR-5, since I will end up using it in the winter more than any other time.

I did some reading this week since work took up almost all my free time. Also finished an audiobook while doing some coding at work. Think I’ll try and post here notes/reviews so you can see what else I’m spending my time on.

I finished chapter 39 yesterday, but it was very late. So, it didn’t get posted until today. So many work things are taking my time. One of them is a new computer on my desk – which I am very happy about. I have been suffering from computational performance issues for months now! 😉 16 Core I9 with 64g of RAM is crunching spreadsheets like Cookie Monster eats cookies!

It’s late, and I have to rebuild a financial model in the morning, so no extra stuff tonight. Enjoy the chapter!

Last week was stupid busy at work and had me missing updates! Damn it! Building a good habit is hard if you don’t have consistent behavior.

Yesterday I started working on all the home chores I missed last week. I also put my nose to the grindstone, and you get a new chapter today. I also fixed all the bad colors and missing graphics in Second Life. Now I need to fill up the queue on Second Life. I’ll try and put one out every day this week to get a buffer built back up.

OMG Chapter 35 of Second Life sucked it right out of me! What a dark turn in the story. I hope you enjoy!