Social media burn out

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Lately I've had a cold, a sucky-spring cold that sucks suckity-suck. This has dis-improved my mood somewhat and made me, shall we say, grumpy? Plus I've been spending a little extra time at the day job just trying to get the manure out of the stalls, shall we say. That has dis-improved my mood even more because pretty much all extra time at work comes out of the 'sleep' category and I need my 8 hours a night just to function. So when will I become 'gruntled' again? That is a distant light at the end of a long tunnel; I got no answers amigos.

To make matters worse, the alcohol has nigh run dry here and I've decided to suck up the lack until I get more fundage, as opposed to borrowing money from a helpful credit card company to meet my rum habit. Rains and pours my friends, rains and pours. Speaking of wetness, it's been raining all the time too. I enjoy the rain, but after four or five rainy days the grass grows about 12 feet high and the tigers move in, which makes visiting the vegetables dicey.

Not to be all downer I have still been managing to get to the gym each morning, where I struggle through the motions of 'jab-cross-hook-backslap-upper' as usual. And, while I haven't been writing much, I have been reading a ton. No zombie stuff; I'm fairly burnt out on zed-fiction right now. There is a ton of good stuff out there and I want to give it the attention it deserves when I'm in my happy place, so I'm reading old science fiction. Not stellar stuff, but good enough to pass the dazed hours and cut into my sleep. Oh and I've rediscovered steel cut oatmeal, good stuff made better by not cooking it at all, just pour it and some juice into a container before bed and voila! The stuff is ready for me in the morning when I get up at the crack of a rooster's crow.

I think I need to get some chickens, just a few egg layers, perhaps three or four to keep me in eggs. I'm a little leery of having them tie me down, like any other animal they require care and leaving them for prolonged periods while I go sojourning in Washington isn't really feasible. I know, that's what these things called 'Friends' are for, to look after the homestead while I'm out drinking with my buddies. I just don't like to be a burden on them. I've been striving to be more 'independent' of the 'system' in which we live. You know what I mean, have some food production going, perhaps some energy production, keep stocked up on supplies in case the zombies come, that sort of thing. On the other hand, I sure do like me some internet. If I were living in a cabin in the middle of Alaska, I doubt I'd have the google and youtube, but man would I have a helluva back yard! There are tracts of land still available in the lower states too, some of which undoubtedly butt up against national lands of some sort (BLM, please!), perhaps in a few years I'll look to those places and carve out a place of my own. Who needs the internet anyway? (I mean aside from making a living on it and all...)

These days I think I spend far too much time checking my email, checking facebook, checking twitter, looking at google maps, reading the news...I mean, seriously it's getting to be too big for my wee little mind. Facebook consumes a good portion of my internet experience on a daily basis and, ironically, some authors have been posting that they need to get off FB and get back to writing, something I can heartily agree with. Maybe there is a week without facebook in my near future? Probably not, but this post is all about dreaming, isn't it? I see no reason to break the tone now...

I've been reading my Joy of Cooking a bit more lately too. I have an old copy, one that tells me how to prepare raccoons and squirrel and other animals I have some hope of catching as they can be trapped. That book is excellent! I can see why the editors took out the game section, in our 'modern' time and all, but for me it is useful. It makes me feel like I'm adding to my knowledge, without actually having to gut an animal, soak it for three days to get rid of the musky taste and stew it. Mmmm...raccoon stew.

The time has come to put the washer pits back in. This will require a bit of work in the yard (after the mowing, whenever the weather breaks) but I miss playing the game. I took them out because I had the pads set up unevenly, with one downhill of the other and, worse, placed in such a way as to make it inevitable that the setting sun would blind you when you were throwing towards the western pit. This time I'm going for a more level, north-south configuration and I think I have the right place in the yard to put them. Time to dig out the rotor tiller and shovels, heck it's better than spending a day checking facebook, but maybe not as good as finishing off Cayo Elina.






by blazinerday on Fri, 05/04/2012 - 14:24

i have been lucky enough to never have joined facebook. i view it as crack.if you do it your gonna get addicted. i avoid anything that t has to do with social media except youtube. im sadly hooked on watchin youtube videos. but i have a way of limiting my usage. i dont watch unless a get 1000 words in. if i "punish" myself until iv done so. i do anything but use the internet until iv put in 1000 words. this has helped my book come along faster than i thought. as for reading other books, i dont. i play xbox360. some of the storylines in modern games really get your imagination going. and the violence involved helps with parts in my book were action is involved..i think you should take a break from the zombie universe. it would suck to not have new chapters but not having the same great quality of writing would suck more.your heart should be into it. from the sounds of it i think your a prepper.i am as well and i believe we should all be ready for a shtf(shit hits the fan) situation. i think it would be helpfull to join a group or organize your closest friends and neighbors. it can be overwhelming to do it yourself and get off the grid alone. btw whats your fav zombie movie?ever thought about writing a movie script?

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by zombieman on Sat, 05/05/2012 - 15:21

Like liquor, I can't stop checking in to see what condition my condition is in. Not to mention I run the Ctales page out there. I sort of like catching up in a non-have-to-see-them sort of way with what my friends/family are doing too.

I'm definitely going to cut back a bit on the pure zed writing, I've done that arleady, not so sure I'll get back to the sci-fi or fantasy stuff, but I got a couple of other things I'm typing on too. When I put the final cap in Cayo (any day now, really, really!) I will probably work mainly on other stuff and generate a weekly chapter for Contender, because, I like Contender quite a bit and should have no trouble making that work.

Zombie-Movie wise I think I like both the original and remake of "Dawn of the Dead", which was the first zombie movie I ever saw. Kinda like an old girlfriend, I'll always think of it in a kindly manner. Zombieland is right up there too, humor and zombies do mix.

I'm more of a wanna-be prepper than anything. I used to be big into the 'go out into the woods and live for a while' sort of stuff, but not anymore, mostly as I live a long way from any woods where I could do that. I read a lot, tinker with growing and preserving stuff and toy with the various livestock/power ideas, that's about it. Lately though, I'm thinking I should up my game in this department a little.


by blazinerday on Sat, 05/05/2012 - 19:27

but i prefer 28days later and the sequel. most realistic. if it ever happens thats how itll be.

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by zombieman on Sat, 05/05/2012 - 22:02

28 days later rocked, really rocked. That scene in the underground tunnel when they are changing the tire? Yeah I'll remember that forever. I didn't care for the sequel, it just struck me wrong I guess, like they were only trying to cash in on the first ones success. I'd have prefered the same scenerio from another survivors point of view, maybe advancing the story just a bit from where the first one left off. <shrug> Not like I have influence to get such things made though.

by blazinerday on Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:24

that part made you can feel the tension in that almost makes you want to scream "get out! the zombies are coming"i recently saw a subtitled french film called the horde it was on netflix the story was good for a low budget germans and swiss have done zombie films recently. europe is in the middle of a zombie craze. have you ever looked into getting your books translated in other languages?a new market to explore. im fluent in spanish if you need a hand.

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by zombieman on Wed, 05/09/2012 - 19:16

I sell a few there, but I've got no translations, no, I'd need a publisher for that I think. My spanish is weak and no one reads latin or esperanto anymore...

I do like to hit up the european films, I loved 'Let me in' and another one about nazi zombies, that I don't recall the name of, I think it was filmed in Norway though.

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