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Adrift

2016 has been universally bad year for just about everyone I know. We’ve survived a resurgence of authoritarianism, seen our heroes die, and struggled through horrific, world-wide tragedies. And that’s just the stuff that doesn’t directly affect us. I, myself, dealt with more inter-personal conflict this year than ever before and it has left me mentally exhausted and paralyzed in my pursuit of my dreams. I’m glad to see this year come to a close.

2016 reminded me that I still haven’t had any real success in publishing and most of that is my own fault. I’m the reason that the final episodes for Volume 1 of Supremacy: Reformation have been sitting in my word processor. I embarked on this journey 5 years ago and have not been diligent enough to produce new content. I’ve had the plans laid down through Volume 3 since I started writing the first word of this series.

2016 reminded me that the fate of all the characters in Shadeskin are in my hands. A new volume is sorely overdue, especially considering the state everyone was left in at the big finale of Shadeborn. I’ve thought of plenty of storylines for Shadeskin 3, but have put nothing to paper.

My writing career is languishing and it’s all my fault. I let this year throw me off course and gave it the rudder, which it used to send me into the middle of the ocean. I’m adrift in just about every aspect of my life. Well, that’s really an exaggeration, because my day job is going really well. However, my success at writing code is eating at my desire to write stories and 2016 exacerbated that problem. My head is filled with stories I need to tell, but 2016 beat me this year and they all remain within me instead of traveling the world.

Despite all this, I’ve had some major successes this year, for which I am grateful and that’s what I want to concentrate on. Like I mentioned above, my programming career is doing very well and I’m still working on some awesome side projects that I hope to finish up soon. I got to travel a bit this year. The wife and I explored Seattle, cruised the Caribbean, and took a couple weekend trips to Texas and Arkansas.

Resilience is the most important character trait to develop and it’s the one that I rely on the most for sanity. I live by the mantra that failure is permanent only if you give up. I refuse to give up. I will finish what I started writing and it will be awesome. I’m excited to ring in the new year, because I will not let 2016 win. 2016 was a turning point for me and that will make 2017 all the better.

See you all next year!

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I have pulled together a team of certified geniuses with whom I have created an original, comedic webseries called Nerd Hunter. Essentially, this is Crocodile Hunter meets nerds. The show centers around Nigel Cunningham, nerd enthusiast, who seeks out the most interesting parts of the modern nerd subculture.

Where there are nerds roaming about, you will find Nigel infiltrating their ranks to show you the ins and outs of being a nerd!

Check out the first part of the pilot:

 

Don’t worry, there will be many more episodes to come! Stay tuned to the YouTube Channel.

Well, today is the big V-Day and like any lonely, self-absorbed blogger, I have to crank out some sort of article about the subject of love to get caught up in the whirlwind of search activity and feel better about myself. Love is a tricky and elusive beast that you have to sneak up on and tranquilize properly to get it to do your bidding. Fortunately, there are a plethora of sources out there to help you on your quest. One of which is the trendy, Paranormal Romance genre of fiction and movies.

Last year, I decided to go out on a crazy limb and actually read some of this exploding genre to see what it was all about. I ended up reading almost 100,000 words from the indie PR author, Zoe Winters. Wow, did my eyes get opened. I soon found a perfect girl-attracting formula contained within those words that can help all of us single guys out there.

Zombie Valentine

All girls dream about being swept away by a hero, preferably a sparkly, pasty one. In case you don’t fit that bill, here are three simple steps to securing your very own chick, PR style:

1. Lock Her Away

The first thing you have to do is get her alone . You may want to stage a near death situation where you can jump in and rescue her at the last minute. For instance, a van (driven by your friend) careening through a parking lot that you use your ‘supernatural’ strength to push it out of the way just as it is about to hit her. Get on YouTube and search out car stunts to get more ideas of this nature.

After this, she should be pretty well shaken up, which is the perfect opportunity to take her to your ‘secret lair’ where you will eternally guard her from the entire paranormal world. She may resist at first as she will not immediately understand your manufactured delusions reasoning as to why she needs protection.

Which is exactly why you should…

2. Tell Her You Have Powers

No chick wants to date some boring guy who leads a boring life. Spice it up with an awesome back story about how you have been around for a few generations locked in a bitter struggle with your mortal enemies. Just let your imagination go wild. This is your chance to become what you have always dreamed of: vampire, high functioning zombie, werewolf, Mel Gibson (if you really want to terrify her, not recommended) etc…

You might also have to convince her that since you are much older (but appear to be the same age), that it isn’t creepy for you to be dating her. Just use whatever justification Hugh Helner uses and you will be good.

After you have this in place, it is time to…

3. Convince Her of an Assassination Plot

As with all healthy relationships, everything has to be about her, so make sure to let her know that there are terrible creatures roaming the night looking to dine on her blood and you are the only one who can stop them. This way, she will lean on you whenever trouble comes around the corner. She may give you crazy looks to begin with, but when she realizes that you love her enough to put yourself into immortal (make sure your back story has this word sprinkled throughout it) danger, she will never leave your side.

 

So there you have it, three simple steps to finding a date for all you single guys on this Singles’ Awareness Day. I think I am going to go cry in a corner now…

 

Getting On Digg 4

Trying to get this on the new digg

Hello world!

Hello World!

I am quite sure that my fellow programmers are intimately familiar with this program. It is a rite of passage that we must all write before advancing, so I have taken it upon myself to make this my first blog post here on my awesome nerd blog!

Programming is currently my livelihood. In fact, I am working on some SQL SSIS stuff right now and am using this post as a slight distraction until I gather my thoughts. Well, my thoughts are now gathered, so I must go and fight the good fight of code.

Peace!

Christmas Time Again

Well its that time of year again! You know, the time that everyone starts complaining about something.  The Christians are up in arms about the ‘War on Christmas’, the atheists are rambling on about how ‘Christians are ramming Jesus down their throats’, and everyone else is screaming about how ‘Christmas is just a materialistic holiday’. When did Christmas become so painful?

Enjoying Christmas is so easy a child can do it, and they are about the only ones who do anymore. Just as the head elf, Benard, in the movie ‘The Santa Clause’ said, “Children hold the spirit of Christmas in their hearts”. As responsible adults, we forget about the spirit of Christmas and make of it what we want–a season of contention. We need to accept some personal responsibility and simply enjoy Christmas again.

Christmas, at its core, is all about spending time with friends and family. Everyone agrees with this. We need to get back to this basic principle and spead love, not hate and division. We must take back the holidays and recreate the magic we remembered as children.

Below is a handy guide to enjoying Christmas for each of the three groups I named above.

For Christians

There is no ‘War on Christmas’. What is so wrong about retailers trying to include everyone during the holidays, anyway? A retailer’s sole mission is to make a ton of money off our consumerism. They are only trying to maximize their shopper base, and I would venture to guess that they don’t care about the ‘true meaning’ of Christmas at all. The only one making a ‘War on Christmas’ is you.

For the record, the only thing truly Christian about Christmas is the story of Jesus’ birth. Literally everything else came from pagan winter festivals; everything from Christmas trees to colored lights to exchanging wrapped gifts. Go look up the history of Christmas and see for yourself.

For Atheists

Does a Nativity scene on public property really erode the fabric of our society? It is public property after all, which means it belongs to all of us. You have just as much of a right to put up a secular Christmas display as the Christians have for putting up the Nativity. Oh, wait, Santa Clause is already a secular symbol for Christmas that is currently more pronounced than Jesus’ birth on public property. Can you try to chill out a bit and take a more constructive approach besides attacking the Nativity? This is suppose to be a season of unity where we can celebrate everyone’s views.

For the ‘Retailers are out to get us’ Crowd

If you don’t like the consumerism craze that goes on during December, then don’t be a part of it. Focus on the important things like your friends and family. I am sure they would appreciate spending time with you more than feigning appreciation over a gift. I hate the day after Thanksgiving as much as anyone else, which is precisely why I stay at home and hang out with the people that matter to me the most.

The magic of Christmas is up to you to capture. If you let yourself fall prey to consumerism and the ‘rush as fast as I can to buy gifts and mail cards’ plague, then you have only yourself to blame. Calm down and cherish the simple things this holiday season. Retailers cannot dictate how you live your life.

Christmas is what you make of it, so make it count.
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