I really do not have anything particularly deep or symbolic to say about this day that I haven’t said in the past. My main points are pretty simple.
1. Remember the Lost and the Fallen. May they rest easy.
2. Some things are worth fighting for.
3. Only the Dead know the end of the war, hardly an original idea.
4. Wars cost, long after the shooting stops.
I suspect losing my father last year to Agent Orange induced ailments while having struggles with Desert Storm induced ailments has made me rather depressed overall. So I will focus on other topics.
The Writing Front
I looked over two projects this morning while sitting on the front porch. Mainly I incorporated the thoughts from the Beta Readers into my material and wrote up To Do Lists for the projects.
One of them, I believe, can be compressed into a 1000 word stand alone story if I play my cards right.
The bad news is that I learned today that my submission window actually closes at the end of June instead of July. So it is time to get into high gear on these two projects.
By July I’ll transition to conventional science fiction efforts for the remainder of the summer.
I just need to get into the habit of writing again. One disturbing aspect of looking at the activity logs for A Restoration of Faith is that the last time I actively worked on it was April 12th. That, really, is unacceptable.
The Reading Front
When I’m not writing or swimming laps, I will be reading. On tap is The Landmark Herodotus, which was slated for last summer. Also I have a number of other history books related to topics I do enjoy, mainly military and ancient history. Finally, I will do some professional reading with an aim toward revising a number of my lectures for the Fall.
The Fitness Front
Starting tomorrow I’ll head up to my assigned aquatics facility for laps before they open to the public. Our facility offers lap swimming along with splash and play for the kids before noon. Given how hectic our lap lane can get during open swim, I feel this is the best time to get the laps knocked out. Hopefully I will be doing this on my days off and days when I am assigned to second shift.
Additionally, I will get a membership at the Community Center down the road from here. I think some light weight training is probably doable to a degree. The muscle mass will help burn off the fat faster and maybe this time around, come November, I can keep it off.
Not much else to report really. The usual chores associated with keeping up a house are on tap for this week which include mowing the lawn and other such things. As things settle down, I’ll push forward on clearing those off the deck.
Lastly, it is my hope that I’ll return to regular blogging and perhaps it will entail some content of interest as oppose to personal entries like this one. Granted, I keep a blog mainly for my own personal benefit but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t write with an eye toward expanding my audience.
Steven Francis Murphy
Kansas City, Missouri