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December 30, 2018 - The Subconscious

The new novel now has 12,360 words in it and more will be added as soon as this has been posted. I plan on working on it every chance I get. I hope to have the first draft done by the time I return from Launch Pad next year. Speaking of next year -- I hope everyone has a happy new year and has plans to make 2019 better than 2018. These are stressful times and spreading a little joy to others is one way to help ease that stress. Respect others and extend a helping hand when you can.

It's strange how the subconscious mind works. Yesterday, while in the shower, a thought popped into my head informing me of something I've overlooked in the novel I'm working on. I wasn't thinking about the book nor did I have any idea I'd forgotten something. But, there it was--poof! This has happened to me more times than I can count. It's as if the subconscious mind is continually reviewing things and if it finds something that needs to be addressed it alerts the higher mind to what it has found. That's why I've learned to blank my mind as best I can when I'm trying to solve a complex problem. I just look at it and let the super parallel processor called my brain work on it for a moment. The solution usually appears and if it does not I know it will pop up sometime in the near future when I least expect it.

Even though my birthday is not until next week, my wife and her sisters decided to celebrate it yesterday. We went out to a local restaurant where they presented me with a couple of cards. The presentation of gifts was forbidden--has been for some time. My wife managed to find the best birthday card I've ever received. As you know, I like dragons. I write about them and love watching them in movies--especially dragons that have a relationship with people. My primary reason for watching Game of Thrones is because of the dragons. Look at the card she got me:

This is a card I will keep for many years. I plan on taking it to work so I can put it on display.

Even though I'm still on vacation, I did have to drive into work yesterday. Our Information Technology department pushed some updates to our computers. This triggers a forced restart a day or two later. I can tell when the production computers are not running because there is a report that goes out at 0420 every morning. I have it sent to my personal email so I can monitor the system. If that report does not show up, there's a problem. I also get emails of errors when they occur and another when the error clears. the system is robust enough to handle most catastrophic network failures and minor issues with the database. Yesterday, the report did not show up and no error message was received. This told me that the system had been restarted. I drove in, logged back in to the two production servers, and was back home in about an hour. These are not true servers--just laptops running multiple Microsoft Access programs. Keeping them running is part of my job.

This concludes my last post for 2018. See you all in 2019!

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