15 December 2012

Random Musings - 12/15/2012

Since it's been a bit since I've done just a post of general musings (which I mention under the title of the blog), I figured today was as good a time as any to do one. So, here goes...

On the general life front, everything is getting prepared for Christmas. Gifts have been (mostly) acquired, and wrapping should be accomplished this next week. Looking forward to some time off from work, although my guess is that I'll be spending some time finishing up work in the basement (new paint and flooring).

I have decided to re-implement my boycott of Best Buy. I'd originally put one in place after some nonsense involving an attempted return on a video game that wouldn't work on my computer, but negated it when I discovered that other stores had implemented the same draconian regulation on their game returns. However, this week, while attempting to replace a busted television, I learned that the staff at the store has no knowledge of the products they sell, but passes themselves off as having said knowledge. Much to my chagrin, I found out when installing the TV that I'm now going to have to go pick up a new DVD player and an RF modulator...sigh. So long, Best Buy, it was nice knowing you...

Work is going well, though hopefully things improve in the economy at large. The aircraft industry still seems to be limping along, and it's always been a tenuous one to start with. That said, I keep working hard and things seem to be going my way. I only wish writing and publishing was that easy. There has been some talk of a life-altering change, with my name on a list for overseas assignment (though I've been told that a lot of people have their name on that list, so I shouldn't feel too special :-P ). With the amount of other life events taking place next year, this change would definitely cause issues...

On the writing front, I learned this week that one of my favorite online magazines (where several of my stories have been published in the past) went on semi-permanent hiatus. The fact that it's been two months since they announced this change makes my heart ache that I haven't been keeping tabs. Sadly, this was their second chance at launching the magazine, and all of my stories appeared during their first incarnation. I'm not entirely sure why, but my submissions there during this second run all incurred rejections, even though said stories were picked up in other magazines. At some point, I stopped submitting...and stopped visiting the magazine itself. It still makes me sad that they couldn't make a go of it this time.

Well, it's been fun, but that's enough for this week...perhaps I'll work out a schedule for these posts to take place more regularly in the future.