Sleep deprived ramblings and a poem

Greetings visitor,

I am posting another poem. This one is called Universe. It is not new but it is one of my favorites

The magic number today is 256, down 3.5 pounds since Wednesday, a decent start.

Computer guru still tweaking the Mac. We are going cable to increase download speed. The increase will be significant, approximately 16 to 18 times as fast as the DSL.

Pot luck at work last night. Lost a valued 3rd shift mutual fund member to another department. Smart fellow, good worker, hate to seem him go. He will be going to 2nd shift. Might even have something resembling a life.

Still have one of the Gypsy Muse member’s documents to critique. The meeting is at noon tomorrow.

First though, must sleep, been awake about 20 hours now, brain functioning at reduced capacity.

So many things going on and no time to write. Things will slow down eventually but I need some “me” time to create. The stories are rattling around, just waiting to come out.

I am going to retire now. If I could think of something pithy to say I would but that part of my brain seems to be on strike.

In the meantime, be safe, be happy, be creative.

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Slow Day

Not much to write today. I am up well beyond my normal bedtime. Today’s number is 257.5. That’s up a pound. Well, the veggies were good just too late in the in the day.

Gym this morning, shoulders, presses and rows, then punching combinations mixed in with varied ab work. Good work out but we’re kicking it up next week. Lot more cardio, get the blood pressure up and get my wind back.

Still have one of the Gypsy Muse writer’s work to critique before Sunday.

Company Saturday and a meeting Sunday. This whole working thing is cramping my style, or it would if I had any style. There seems fewer and fewer opportunities to write. I’ll have to find a way to make time. Of course I say that about working out at home as well. Not enough time, never enough time.

Pot luck tonight, a coworker is moving on to something new. Wish him the best. He is a smart guy and the department will miss his expertise.

Tired, need sleep. Till tomorrow, be safe, be happy.

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Summer Storm

Thought I would share one of my poems today. I was remembering the kind of storms from when I was a kid back in East Texas and decided to pen this little poem.

A confession, I tried to add a link for this poem but since I’m technologically challenged I was unsuccessful. I will have to have some of my young friends show me how.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my word play.

Summer Storm

Sky’s gettin’ dark like a bad attitude;

“Clouds rumblin’ and grumblin’

Getting in the mood.

Lightnin’ flashes getting mighty close;

Wind whippin’ and twistin’

Getting’ ready for the show.

Raindrops play a staccato tune;

“Maybe she’ll blow by,”

But I spoke too soon.

Rain starts gentle but it doesn’t last;

Hail comes callin’

With a mighty blast.

Wind keeps tearin’ at my tired old shack;

Barely past noon,

But the sky’s sure black.

Wind gets stronger — I hear a tree go;

Mean old storm

Takes out my window.

Floor’s gettin’ wet where the window broke;

If the rain keeps comin’

I’m gonna need me a boat.

Darn tin roof — can’t hear a thing;

Hail finally stops,

What relief that brings.

Storm lets up in an hour or so;

Dirt floor’s muddy,

But what a light show.

I’ll check out the damage when I get my breath;

Don’t mind admittin’

I was scared to death.

Big old storm, little bitty me;

And darn it all,

Lost my favorite tree.

Now storms is fine — we need the rain;

But a little less storm

Would be a nice thing.

Deane E. Carter

May 21, 2008

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Gypsy Muse Meeting

Met with some of my Gypsy Muse buddies today. We now have a science guy, too cool. He gave us some good ideas on the Consortium Project. I either have to do a major rewrite on “Personnel Change” or scrap it and start over. I wrote it before we had a science guy.

Our science guy has agreed to review our stories. This will make them more believable but more difficult to write. The constraints of keeping them scientifically feasible greatly limits the story lines. If the stories aren’t scientifically feasible the savvy readers will likely rip the them to shreds. We will be extrapolating far into the future but the extrapolations begin with hard science or at least current generally  accepted theory.

I currently have several other writing projects at present: “It Fell Out Of The Sky,” “The First Time I Died,” “Dealer’s Choice,” and my second novel, “Unfinished Business.” I would love to finish the novel but there are probably fifty to one hundred pages to go and that is a serious block of time right now. There is a Gypsy Muse meeting August 26th and two  in September. I need something on paper for each.

Factor in work, sleep and the gym three times weekly and time to write is a precious commodity. The novel will have to wait.

The other Consortium members are much younger than me. I feed off their enthusiasm.

If we can pen some decent stories they want to market them visa Amazon. We’re talking probably $.99 cents to read a story but you have to start somewhere.

More ramblings later. In the meantime go write something.

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