I've been spending way too much non-productive time at the computer. Fun though the Book of Face can be, I've got to cut down -- and if I haven't friended you, it's because most of my interest there is interaction with people in jobs like mine: we're a small group and getting smaller.
Managed to rake up the leaves from the front yard yesterday afternoon and bag all but two piles; they were on the dark side of the house by the time I finished and there was only one bag left. Weather permitting, I'll start in on the back yard this week. Until it gets too cold for my bargain-priced farmhouse light to run, there's plenty of illumination over most of the back yard.
There's lots to do in the house as well, this being prime shedding season for the cats, Huck especially; he's got fairly long fur for a shorthair and appears to be growing in a winter coat. And there are plenty of books to shelve.
At the computer, I need to spend more time writing fiction and less time looking at cute or sad videos, and way less time on politics: most of the time, all the political stuff does is get you riled up with nothing to do about it. My conservative and liberal friends spend a fair amount of time being deeply irked by various "them" and sundry issues of supposedly worldshaking import and what good does it do? What good to they do? --Not much, if any. That's no way to live; better to do what you can to make the world more like the way you'd have it and let the rest of that stuff go hang. If you're not going to write your Congressthing, go wave signs, raise money, make a speech or live in a commune of occupation (etc.), unclench and go do something you will put some sweat into.
I'm also gonna rip some new music into my iPod, darn it! I hadn't done so for a long time even before I misplaced it. In fact, I think I'll do that now.
--Oh, I should have another short story posted soon, too. Held it back thinking to sell it but I was convinced by reviewers that the cast of character is too big for the length. I can't help it -- the USAS Lupine is a very large starship and it takes a lot of hands to keep it running.
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