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Random Thoughts – mid May

When promises become scarce you’ll need jumper cables and Vaseline.

Follow the lark, for she knows where she goes. Avoid the badger, he’ll rip your face off.

How did I not know that Dan Blocker’s son is on TV?

Too many good people are dying. Cut it out!

Trying to sleep while the mourning doves are in heat.

Got my first subpoena this week. I feel so grown up.

Poor Emily

I feel so bad for what I’m doing to poor Emily.

poor emily torture chanmberPoison, assault, neglect, bad decisions; these are just some of the laundry list of horrors I’ve already inflicted on poor Emily, the main character of my latest novel.

Stephen King at least once described his writing as creating lovable characters the dumping piles of shit on them. That seems to be the direction I’m taking with my book, but I’m not sure I’m comfortable with this path.

The general idea is that she soldiers on through the trials of life enduring to become a better person. When I first envisioned this I expected her life to be difficult, but I did not intend her to almost die every other chapter, or endure horrendous pain in the others.

I feel like a total creep. Each horror builds to another. Like I’m stuffing a voodoo doll into a meat grinder, soaking it in pepper spray then sewing it back together and sending it on its way with its arms where its legs should be. This poor little girl needs help.

The problem is that the appearance of a knight in shining armor would ruin the whole point of the story. Poor Emily must rescue herself from her tormentor. Unfortunately I am her tormentor and I wield pretty unlimited power over her. Currently I don’t have much hope for her.


Tom’s Novels

The state of Tom’s Novels address.

Novel 1: Broke Down on the Road to Glory

Self-published. I love this book, but it’s the kind of love I can’t recommend to others. Like a really bad movie that you still love despite all its flaws.

Novel 2: Unrealistic Expectations

Abandoned. Written for Novel in a Month. Countless rewrites but never found a story I wanted to tell. I expect I’ll use some parts of this in a later project. It has some great scenes, just no reason for those scenes to exist.

Novel 3: Untitled

Also abandoned. Many false starts but you can tell from the fact that it never earned a title that I never got a grasp on what I was trying to do. I think I was trying too hard to make a story for other people and not myself.

Novel 4: Remnants of Emily (Current Project)

I’ve had this idea for a while. Emily is the humanization and fictionalization of the life of a dog we once had. Her name was Emily and she was the ultimate crotchety old lady dog. The fictional Emily has a tough life, starting from the opening scene of her birth which is full of violence, drugs and an army of tiny nurse nuns. I think it’s a comedy.

Non-fiction: Assorted, on-going

I’m writing lots of blog posts lately on a variety of topics. Mostly trying to show off for potential employers. Now that I’m working on the Emily novel I don’t think I’ll as much time/energy for the blogs.

External Factors

Most of my energy is going towards the job hunt and learning new skills to improve my employability. I feel like I’m going to get a job soon and when I do I will switch all my job hunting energy into my writing. (If the new job isn’t too tiring.)

Watch “Pine Brook Speedway – Early 60’s” on YouTube

These are the TQ midgets in real life action.

I recently posted some auctions featuring old TQ midgets. I came across this video on youtube. Enjoy.


Austin Fixable on eBay

Austin fixableThe picture of this fixable Austin makes it look like a refugee from a Walton’s episode.

No word warms the cheapskate motorhead’s heart than fixable. It means that all may not be right in the world be the potential for correction is there. More importantly the money collectors are almost always removed from the chase.

I love Austin 7s and its descendants but so do many other people. Thanks to the laws of supply and demand that means I will never be able to afford one in good or better condition.

My only hope is to find one that needs enough work that is scares people off but not too much work that it is beyond my mechanical ability. Of course right now I am garageless so this is mostly fantasy.

Fantasy aside, I don’t see anything on this car that can’t be fixed.

With three and a half days to go the current bid is $5,402. The just-lowered reserve is unmet but I don’t imagine that it’s too much higher. (Unless the seller is truly delusional.)

See the full listing: Austin Bantam Roadster


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