Blimprider Times; #1

Good day, friends and followers, and I hope it finds you well.  I’m still finding my way, and defining what this page will become going forward, so allow me to drop a few words of introduction.  There will be times that I have things to share that don’t warrant a formal look-how-smart-I-am blog post, and those times will be covered in this semi-regular feature, Blimprider Times.  Today I have some good, some catastrophic, and some making-the-best-of-it items to pass along, so I’ll get right to it.

CWPerkinsGood friend and reviewer C. William Perkins has posted a review of Player Piano, which happens to be Kurt Vonnegut’s often overlooked first novel.  Written shortly after the Second World War, it foretells of the automated society and the associated falling value of physical labor that we live in today with a fair degree of accuracy.  I’m not going to steal any of his thunder; this is a detailed and compelling review of the sort that Mr. Perkins is known for, and very much warrants a read, especially if you aren’t familiar with Vonnegut’s debut novel.

Now the catastrophe:  I went to my CreateSpace account to see if I could update the URL to my author page in the preface to Beyond the Rails.  Not only can I not do that, but the book is now unavailable until I resubmit it!  Of course, I still have the file, but it’s in Office, which I stopped using over a year ago.  What that means is that in order to resubmit, I have to first download Office (I think I can get a one-month trial version without repurchasing the thing…  We’ll find out shortly!), then submit the document to CreateSpace.  Then, of course, I’ll have to go to the Kindle version and reset the opening chapter pages, the hyphenated words, and probably some other stuff I’ve forgotten by now.  So there’s my weekend, and then some.

Finally, making the best of it, this will enable me to update not only my author page URL for future readers, but to tease out some more of the typos and inevitable misspellings, bringing it ever-closer to that elusive goal of perfection.  Also, with my mind completely focused on writing for the next couple of days, I can keep my notebook by the keyboard and jot down notes for the short story I’ve been invited to write for an upcoming anthology.  The little cherry on top:  It’s looking to rain all weekend here in the land where the sun spends the winter, and won’t be inordinately cold either, so I can crack a window and let the drizzle on the eaves really put me in the mood!

Well, that’s my little update.  Like the format, or not so much?  Let me know in the comments below (See?  I write poetry, too!), and watch for my regularly scheduled post tomorrow.  Now I have to go answer a couple of late-breaking comments, and do last night’s dishes.  After that, I guess I’ll see you around the Office!  Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead tonight, and I’ll be back with a fresh topic tomorrow.

8 thoughts on “Blimprider Times; #1

    1. The legend as I’ve heard it: The Arizona State Legislature was meeting on whether to adopt DST. They opened the floor to public comment, and an old Apache medicine man who had ridden with Geronimo stepped to the podium.

      “Only a dishonest white man would try to tell us that we can cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom, and somehow have a bigger blanket,” he said.

      The measure was voted down unanimously.

      Thanks for stopping by. Don’t be a stranger!

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      1. In fact, the real story may be almost as good. The reason Arizona was saved from Daylight Savings Time, according to a good writer friend whose dad owned a movie theater in Phoenix, was the Drive-In Theater owners. Drive-In Theaters were still a major thing in Arizona at the time Daylight Savings was first enacted and they were afraid shifting the day so it got dark later in the summer would seriously hurt their business. So they convinced the legislators to kill the bill!

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  1. You’re right, David, that is a good one! I hate to lose my old Apache tale, but if it has to be replaced, let it be by this.

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