Friday, July 29, 2022

Day Two of the Drought

Albert Goodwin's painting Apocalypse (1903)
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Once again I find myself with a lack of time to do any creative writing of the sort which has been entertaining you, my devoted readers, yes, you two, up there in the corner, for the past year or so.

Fortunately a three day weekend is in the offing (starting today as you read this, tomorrow as I write this) so I will probably find the time to continue my early World War Two in Europe saga. A story which I started as a means to cover the British characters introduced in my D-Day to VE Day book (working title Almost a Lifetime for those of you who remember such things). While I've done a bit of that, I've also created a whole bunch of new characters: Poles, Frenchmen, Finns, Russians, Norwegians, new Brits, etc. So yeah, I've gone a bit off track. (Probably we'll be meeting Italians and Greeks at some point in time, it was a big war.)

Thing is I like writing, a lot. It gives my creative urges an outlet and I feel that I'm pretty good at it. When I can't do it, I get frustrated, like I've let down the side. One of the things I'm looking forward to after I retire from the current job is having more time to write. Among other things as I've lots of hobbies and the paying gig gets in the way of that.

Of course, the paying gig gives me the money needed for the hobbies. Vicious cycle, neh?

So there it is, another Sarge fiction-less Friday.

Sorry ...



28 comments:

  1. Hey, it’s not as though we’re paying you to write for us.

    (Little Rhody is in a drought.)

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    1. As to the Little Rhody drought, had a downpour last night, lasted all of five minutes. I've seen worse here, but not in quite some time. As they say, this too shall pass.

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  2. Back in the 60's Texas Tech would fire a canon and have a black horse and the Red Raider ride around the track after a touch down. During one game, the referee got confused. He thought the 10 yard line was the goal line. The runner crossed it, he threw up his hands and the canon went off and the horse and rider did their flying ride around the track. He realized his error, when the runner was tackled on the five yard line. He eased over to the head coach. He told him, "I'm gonna stand here and talk for a few minutes to give your side time to Remount and Reload!!" Sounds like you are in the same boat. Rest and refit it fine by me.

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    1. R & R it is, give the Muse time to come up with a few more twists and turns!

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    2. STxAR,
      That tradition and THAT story were still going round when I was at Tech in the late '70s. Unfortunately, the need to ride laps was lessened quite a bit as was the ability to score touchdowns.
      Sarge, about the delay in the story, no worries mate! Hope the physical went well.

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    3. Got my labs back, all normal, all within optimal operating parameters. 😁

      I remain FMC.

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  3. Glad you like writing Sarge; because you're mighty (not "pretty") good at it. The task you've set yourself to is a huge undertaking and we "two" have benefited greatly from your efforts this far.
    Boat Guy -the one on the right up there in the corner

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    1. Why thank you much BG. Poke the guy next to you, I think he's sleeping.

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  4. Sarge, you "creatively write" almost every day; it is just that not every day is about World War II.

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    1. Good point, the off-the-cuff stuff is fairly easy, the WWII stuff takes time to research to make sure I'm not just making it up as I go along. History ya know.

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  5. Sarge, not to worry....waiting for the resume will be worth it, while you recharge!
    Cletus

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    1. I'll try not to make you all wait too long.

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  6. Crusty Old TV Tech here. Ah, the Three Day Weekend. I too am enjoying one. They are needed, more as one gets up in years I have found.

    Italians eh? May your Muse find her way to Sicily and find both Patton and Don Corleone!

    STxAR, that sort of confusion sounds like something that might happen more often up at Kyle Field, eh?

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    1. Sicily would be interesting, that's for sure.

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    2. Dad's pet name for Texas Tech was Double T High School. He knew whereof he spoke.

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  7. Collectively we have found it to our benefit to have your muse retreat into your cerebellum. When she and thee come back, roaring with rhetoric, we are all entertained and in my case certainly edified. I have learned more about all this that went on from your books, than I ever would have - had I been abandoned at the splash screen of retired life. (what's the "fog count" of that sentence?)
    Put in a simpler way, thanks Sarge.

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    1. I got to teach history to a group of fifth and sixth graders in London, it was a one night thing to help "pay" for my trip to London as a chaperone. The kids seemed to enjoy it. I like history to feel alive, not some dusty thing that happened ages ago to people who aren't quite real.

      Then in my daughter's (LUSH) middle school years I went with her history class to Waterloo. He teacher was a brilliant teacher and a lover of history. As I talked about the battle looking down from the parking area outside the gift shop, it was me, the teacher, my daughter and perhaps three of her friends, all were interested in what I had to say. Her other classmates were far more interested in the gift shop. I get it, but so many kids find an early love of history only to lose it at some point.

      Sigh ...

      I would have loved to have taught history.

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    2. You ARE teaching history Sarge. And I must say (having done so in public secondary schools) you are reaching a far more attentive and appreciative audience than you otherwise would have.
      Looking forward to the book. Let us know when we can pre-order.
      Boat Guy

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  8. Three day weekends are a blessing. Enjoy!

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  9. "Pretty good at it..." Nope, Dang good at it.
    I enjoy and look forward to your musings.

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  10. Speaking as the guy on the left up in that corner, I wasn't sleeping, I was...um...meditating! Yea, that's it!! Just with my eyes closed to...um...rest'em.
    Dad used to do that during the sermon in church...and we all believed him until one day he started to snore. Mom poked him in the side with an elbow. Woke him up for a bit...lol.

    Take your time, give the Muse a chance to cogitate more interesting story arcs, we shall all be here. Congrats on your good bloodwork!! It's important!

    For many years now I have worked Tuesday thru Friday. Started out when I was an LPN in the HMO office. My PA--the one I was assigned to work with--had kids in a co-op daycare, which meant one day a week he had to be there to help wrangle the youngun's...then the HMO got big enough/busy enough to need more exam rooms, but the construction costs were sky-high, so they put everyone on a 4 day a week schedule. Since I have been a per diem Home Care nurse (going on 15 yrs now) I have worked Tuesday thru Friday, and I love it!! I don't do Mondays! I have found everything can wait til Monday, but nothing can wait until Tuesday...so on Tuesday, when I get back to work, 99.9% of all the crap has been handled. Leaving me to deal with new crap...oh, well...it works...

    Suz

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  11. Sarge- You ARE teaching history! Your class meets at random times in locations around the world, and hold discussions afterwards, with the opportunity to query the teacher and each other. Thankfully, we do not get graded, but we certainly leave better informed than when we arrived. Tuition is FREE, and we thank you for that!

    History is IMPORTANT and many of the failings our our country today can be traced back to ignorance of our history, or worse, deliberate misinformation.
    John Blackshoe

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