Monday, April 16, 2007

Busy Weekend

I had a few friends from work over this weekend for game night. Dave, Brian and Cindy came as well as the friend-who-must-not-be-named. Dave brought his wife, Edie, and Brian brought his girlfriend, Rachel. I ordered pizza and had some veggies and fruit, too. Since our family is LDS and we don't drink, I also had a large bowl full of chocolate candy. I gained a couple of pounds from the food, but I had a great time.

We played Fluxx and Cranium, both of which are pretty freewheeling types of games. With Fluxx you start with only one rule and no goal, but you add new rules and goals as the game progresses. It's confusing the first time through, but it gets to be a lot of fun once you get used to it. Cranium, as you probably know, is a game that combines every other board game known to man... Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Scrabble, etc... into one.

We split up the couples and Brian and I took on Dave and Rachel on one team and f-w-m-n-b-n with Edie and Cindy. Brian and I kinda won, but there was some argument about whether or not we cheated. I was ready to keep going until we got a definitive winner, but it was getting late, so we let it go. I think everyone had fun, I know I did.

The only downside was that I had already been feeling ill and I spent way too many hours cleaning and getting ready for the game night, so that on Sunday I was too sick to do much. We postponed celebrating Mom's birthday until next week and I called in sick to work today. I got out of bed long enough to check email and call in sick and then went back to bed until noon. This afternoon the winds knocked out our power so we went to Chipotle's at the Annapolis mall and did a tiny bit of shopping.

I am still sick, but the two days of rest helped a lot and I'm going back to work tomorrow. I hate to be out at all right now with all that is going on. I definitely can't take two days off. I should be ok tomorrow, I handled the mall just fine tonight. I think that five hour nap this morning helped a lot. Sometimes when I get too exhausted my body just shuts down on me. I don't know which comes first - getting sick and then feeling tired or getting tired and then feeling sick. It's one reason I try not to overdo it, though, because I always end up sick. Speaking of which, I need to get to bed. I've been up for a full nine hours!

Friday, April 13, 2007

New Harley Page

I was preparing a sample javascript page for my advanced HTML class at work. It takes a while to load, but otherwise it's pretty neat.

The Many Faces of Harley

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Loyalty

I think I demand way too much from the people I consider friends. First and most important, I expect loyalty. Unfortunately, that is what I rarely find. Maybe it would be different if I were a better friend myself. I think it's time to go back to being a hermit. Can you be a hermit while living in your parent's house? I'll let you know.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Happy Belated Easter!

I hope you had a good holiday. Ours was very quiet. We had Easter baskets, of course, and went to church and spent the rest of the day goofing off. In fact, I goofed off all weekend except for doing a little writing. I wrote my eighth story tonight, so I'm still on track for the 30 stories in 30 days challenge.

The one I did yesterday is getting the strongest reaction, with people either laughing at it or telling me how much they hate it. I didn't write it to be funny, but I guess it is, a little. I also didn't want people to hate it, but since it's the content they hate and not the writing, that's ok with me. I would rather have a strong reaction, even if it's negative, than a bored one.

The writing of it was fun because it is all dialogue, which I love to write, and it was fun seeing if I could carry an entire story without anything else. I think it works. I would post it, but it's got a couple of strong words in it and I would rather not have that on my blog. Maybe I'll censor it and then post it. Not tonight though, it's bedtime.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

30 Stories in 30 Days Has Begun

I don't know if you remember, but I decided to do a challenge similar to NaNoWriMo. I'm trying to give myself a break from my novel and force myself to look at new ideas, so I came up with the 30 Stories in 30 Days challenge. I was going to start on April 1, but that wasn't possible, so I began on April 2 and will run it until May 1st. I know, it's a little off, but then so am I.

The rules are simple, write 30 stories of at least 1,000 words for 30 days. If you write a story that is more than 3,000 words, it counts as 2. If you write one that is more than 6,000 words, write a novel!

I started a story yesterday but it wasn't going well. I started another one this morning, but it was having problems, too. Finally, I started one during the drive home tonight and it went as smoothly as silk. It came in at just about 3,000 words, so I can count it as two. That means I'm right on track!

My dad started this challenge with me. He finished the NaNoWriMo challenge before I did, so he'll probably show me up this time, too. I don't care because it means I get to read more of his writing. There is nothing in the rules that says your story has to be fiction, so he's doing memoir pieces. I may do one of those later this month, we'll see. The story I started this morning was from Harley's point of view, but it wasn't working. I still like the idea, but I'll have to start over.

It's not too late to join us, you know. If you can't catch up, do 28 stories in 28 days. Anything is better than nothing.