Catch 22

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What does the above color remind you of?  If you said Pepto Bismol, then you’re in agreement with me.

I wanted more time to write.  Well, I got it . . . at least for today.  My boss sent me home early because I am sick; I think it’s a stomach virus.  There is one going around here in my town and I think it decided to land on me.  Well, I’m still not feeling very well and am so sick that I can’t think straight enough to put two sentences together.

And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen.  A good old Catch 22.

The Gears Turn Again

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For those of you who were wondering where I went, I’m still here.  I have been working a lot of hours at the institution (prison), but still writing when I have that most elusive of things:  spare time.

I realize some of you are wanting me to finish the two Warhammer 40,000 (WH40K) fan fiction stories I started a while back.  Well, I will probably do that, but just not right now.  You see, Tuesday morning of last week I woke up at 3:00 AM from a dream about my own original storyline I’m working on for my book.  I worked on and off throughout that morning until about 10:00 AM.  During that time I came to a not-so-easy-to-make decision.  That decision drastically altered the direction of the storyline.  I had been writing the story that I thought others would want to read.  Instead, I’m now going to write the story I would want to read, and hopefully, there will be others who will want to read it too.

I tell the truth that I will likely, at some point, finish the WH40K stories, but right now I need to write what I’m inspired to write, and for now, it’s my book.

Playing in the Maelstrom

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A longtime friend and coworker has petitioned me to write some more Warhammer 40,000 (WH40K) fanfiction and post it here on my blog so he and his son can read it.  My favorite faction in WH40K is the Red Corsairs.  They’re essentially space pirates who operate out of a Warp rift known as the Maelstrom.  I plan on this being an ongoing miniseries that I plan on posting in at least three or four installments, perhaps more.

For those familiar with WH40K, and the forces of Chaos, in particular, these stories will be based on the game’s 3rd Edition rules, especially the Chaos Space Marines Codex known as 3.5 Edition.  The most fun I have ever had with WH40K was with 3rd Edition, so that’s one of the main reasons I chose it as a background era.

 

The Light

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In one of my previous posts I mentioned that retirement may be in my near future plans. Unless something drastic happens to change it, I will be retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons by the end of November.

I do not as of yet have concrete plans for a second career, but I have various options on the table. Whatever I do for a post-B.O.P. job, hopefully more writing time will be a part of the plan.

To use an old cliché, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

300 Club

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I had a doctor’s appointment today and when I stepped on the scale I realized I had joined the 300-pound club.  I have been kinda-sorta trying to lose weight, but now I really have to knuckle down and do this right.  My doctor wants me to try a modified Keto diet.  She said I can have the protein but not as much fat as would be consumed by following the true Keto diet.  I can have a small (and I really mean small) portion of carbs as dessert.  This is going to be tough because I like bread and pasta, but I have to do this so I can drop down to around 240 pounds again.  I hope this will help get my blood pressure under control too.

Almost Done?

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I may be close to being done with working in a prison.  I’ve been eligible to retire for a few months and I have very recently talked it over with my wife about retirement.  Before, when I would talk to her about it, her response was always “NO”. But now that she has spoken to some of my retired co-workers about how good and stress-free post-B.O.P. life is, she’s not saying yes, but she isn’t saying no anymore.