Summer Outings 2017

Summer is almost over and I remembered I have pictures from some of our summer activities. Posted below, some pictures from the Padres game we attended in June, the Palomar observatory we visited in August and big clouds that were generated during some of our extra hot weather. No pictures of the eclipse, I'm afraid. My camera just wasn't up to the task and the pictures were too bright.

Large Clouds on Summer Day

Goodreads Giveaway for "You Don't Want to Go For a Ride"

We are giving away two signed copies of the proof version of our book "You Don't Want to Go For a Ride": Our Family's Journey with Autism. The signup for the giveaway will start on 8/22 and end on 9/4. The book will be released on 9/19.

Click on the link below to enter the drawing, there is no obligation for purchase in order to enter.

Keeping Silliness Alive

I defined my schedule a few months ago and it seems a bit frivolous to me to post this article considering what has been in the news lately. However, perhaps it is even more important to remember to take a moment out and keep things light hearted. I want to shine a light in the world and continue to create a feeling of home and safety even if times are troubled.

Squirrel looking out of its den

Notes on Writing: Writing a Character I Don’t Like

My note will be short this time, my blog buffer is low so I’ve been writing the next chapter instead of working on this article. This chapter introduces Brian Wilson, who is Deidre’s father. He and Deidre are estranged but Brian still tries to watch over her. The Year 2038 bug will remove those tools and he will have to find other means to keep an eye on his daughter and grandson.

Tulsa Oklahoma - 03:05:00 19 Jan 2038 UTC /21:05:00 18 Jan 2038 CST

A slight glow filled the room from the monitor screens. The images were reflected in his glasses as he moved his head, first showing server data from Europe, than a live webcam feed from Hawaii. The monitors were mounted all the way to the ceiling and out to several feet beyond his desk. On the left wall, he paused at the report on DNS outages, then his eyes caught a change in the count of trusted systems versus untrusted. Over in the right side of his desk, at eye level, his gaze rested a video camera feed. The video showed a living room with a closed door.

War of the Tomatoes: Fortifications of ‘17

After the loss of tomatoes in the summer of 2016, I brooded over the squirrel’s victory and plotted for my revenge. I was determined to have a garden and the fruit of my labors, keeping them out of my foes paws. How to proceed, that was the challenge.

As the summer of 2016 changed to fall, we started getting rain, lots and lots of rain. The drought finally broke in our area, and I felt some despair as I saw all of the new growth. I knew that my garden would need to stand against an onslaught of new squirrels, hungrily looking for fresh food for their conquests.

Notes on Writing: Character Development for the "Year 2038 Bug" Story

It’s time for the third chapter of my book along with a note about my writing. This chapter focuses on Marie Wilson, a semi-retired software developer. She and her husband Joseph live just outside of Boulder Colorado, in a house designed to be off the grid as much as possible. With her background in software, she believes in redundant systems so she and her husband are fine when the 2038 bug starts but who knows what will happen as time goes by and the bug isn’t fixed?

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