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Underclerk  ;)

Here’s the weekend’s agenda:
>this morning, shopping with Mrs. JMack for... lots of things. She’s plotting the order of stores now based on opening time, sales, and putting groceries last (because, cold stuff)
>this afternoon WRITING!
>tonight, catch up the show “This is Us”
>tomorrow, after church, start prepping the vegetable garden.
>tomorrow, any time left, WRITING!

I forgot cider drinking.
Cider drinking is part of WRITING!
So, I guess I didn’t forget it.  ;D

@The Gem Cutter, wow. Just wow. I know from your descriptions of her, that Mrs. Gem is a strong person. Match that with amazing medical capabilities, and the chances are so very good - heart issue or not. But meanwhile, I am sometimes a praying sort, and will be praying for her and all of you.

Plus, as SB says — hugs.

^ Like the sound of this book, thanks ScarletBea. And just downloaded from audible. Great.  ;D
Also @JMack  do you know both Jen’s new books, The Ninth Rain and The Bitter Twins are on

I did not! Oooh, I know my book for April. Thanks, Rx!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:55:39 PM »
Finished “Hounded”, the first Iron Druid. 3/5.
It just never really got me going. It was interesting, and I liked the dog.
But sorry to any fans: sort of meh.

So, my new Audible is... “The Eye of the World” by Robert Jordan.
I read it and about 4 or 5 more Wheel of Time books about 20 years ago (?), so it will be very interesting to come back to it.

Fantastic for you, @Eli_Freysson. We’re proud of you, and you should be very proud of yourself.

@Bradley Darewood, what an awful thing. Can only send you really good thoughts.

@ScarletBea, yay!!!!!!!!! You go, gal. What a long, long row you’ve had to hoe.

If it's chilly enough, yes. If not, did you think about some form of mummification?

I feel that true mummification wouldn't really fit the setting. But maybe laying the dead out in salt while they wait would.

I did some research into this a little while ago. Bodies were stored in vaults during cold months waiting for the earth to thaw enough for burial. This seems pretty common back in the day.

Can I second third and fourth Going Postal?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The 'winter' thing
« on: March 14, 2018, 11:10:32 AM »
I personally hate Winter, so I'll usually associate evil things with cold and darkness etc. But if you want to go in the opposite direction, a drought is a great way to go. Reading about deserts spreading, especially in the parts of the world where there used to be forests, always struck me as pretty ominous and chilling.

Deserts are difficult places to survive in, and they also are usually boring places were very little lives and very little happens. I do not like the idea of them spreading.

My current WIP is about some people trapped in a house by vampires. The house is in the middle of a desert and as the story goes on, their food begins to rot and their water source dries up in the heat. They can't leave the house during the day because the desert is too large to walk out of in one day and buy the time night falls they'll be completely exposed.

Have you seen the movie “Tremors”? Really funny, scary flick about a town in the desert being terrorized by earth-digging monsters. Your WIP sounds like it could be really cool. You might check out Tremors for how it handles something sort of similar.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 12, 2018, 12:19:35 PM »
My new Audible read is “Iron Druid”, which is pretty harmless fun so far.

The path to happiness is low expectations, simples.

Reminds me of one of my two snarky phrases to live by in business:
“Expect incompetence and you'll never be disappointed.”

The other is about IT:
“When you get an estimate from IT, double cost, double the time, and cut the deliverable in half.”

Those are when I’m feeling snarky.
My real business motto is:
“If you give value, you’ll get value.”

Though I think I should make up a new motto: something about chicken and icecream.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:58:35 AM »
Just finished listening to “Warbreaker” by Sanderson.
5/5, what a super book. I know a bunch of you have read it; for those who haven’t:

It’s a stand alone novel, and while long, it never felt like a door stopper.
The mysteries of its magic, history, and character secrets are great fun to solve and have revealed.
One thing I loved is that the book is about stopping a war, not waging it.
Lots of humor; had me guffawing. Really. Guffawing.  ;)
Also, lots of thoughtful stuff on how you know whether your life has any meaning; plus the need to be aware of the reasons behind your own feelings and actions.
Most all, I cared about the characters, especially the delightful god: Lightsong the Bold  ;D

I’d only read the Final Empire trilogy fromSanderson before. This is better by a long, long way.

On the plus side, I enjoy my job 19 of any 20 days. On the downside, as Bea says, personal life health can’t be sacrificed on the altar of pay and security without a real loss. If it gets too out of whack, then at some point you have to decide where you put your heart.

Part of the problem is that when you spend 12 of your 16 waking hours prepping for work, commuting, and working, you sort of have to invest in that time as a core part of where you get value in life. And you want to feel your effort is valued. So, pay is a simple scorecard for that.

TGC sees it out of balance therefore he should fix that, as he’s thinking about doing. So far, I’m doing alright with the status quo, even though I complain of the personal time lost.

I am home... and I’m NOT WORKING!!!!!!!
Are you ill? :o ;D
Seriously, that should be the norm... Does that mean you can go back to a normal life now?

 Nope.  But I am getting a chunky bonus of X percent of my annual salary next week. It’s not all about money, but money does help offset all the time lost.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Warcraft movie
« on: March 09, 2018, 01:33:28 AM »
Just watched this on HBO, and after the first half of utter hokey, it actually packed some real punch. Self-sacrifice all over the place; star-crossed lovers. But, yeah, so much fan service to shite that made no sense to anyone not steeped in the game. If they’d dropped all that, the movie could have been tight.

5/10, but could have been a good solid 7/10 with choices not dictated by having to reflect the game.

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