Monday, September 12, 2011

On a Roll!!!

Woo hoo! Not only have I posted twice in three days, but the Detroit Lions also won a game! Armageddon approaches!

Seriously, it’s not like posting every couple of days should be that hard. Most of the blogs I read do it. Even I managed to do that on my previous blog (now dormant except for the occasional comment – usually spam), but that was before my decision to learn how to write fiction. In fact, it was this obsession with fiction that caused me to stop posting at my old blog in the first place.

Rachael Harrie announced the first challenge for the Build Your Platform Campaign a week ago, but due to my being away on vacation and them being really busy when I came back, I never got around to taking up the challenge. The quality of the fiction written by those who did take up the challenge was quite good. Makes me jealous!

Some of my fellow campaigners have been posting “10 Random Things About Themselves,” so I thought I’d join in.

1. I used to run three miles a day many years ago, even though I hated running in high school. My longest run ever was 9 miles.

2. I’m a research chemist by day, and a part-time chemistry instructor at a local community college by night.

3. I love castles. In fact, I love all old stone buildings – the older the better. Actually “love” is probably too weak a word, but if I told you how I really feel about castles, this post would most likely get banned in some countries.

4. I enjoy reading books on alchemy and trying to replicate their experiments. Hmmm, alchemy, castles, teaching at a school... Is there any wonder why I feel such a connection with the Harry Potter books?

5. My wife and I rarely watch television real time. We record them and watch them later, when it fits our schedule. Unfortunately, this often results in a three month backlog of shows by the time April rolls around, requiring marathon viewing sessions in order to finish them all up before summer.

6. My memory for names and faces is abysmal. Rarely can I make it through a movie without having to ask my wife who’s who at least once. They all look the same. And don’t even think about asking me to help the police sketch artist come up with a composite. One of my biggest fears is that all the characters in my book will end up sounding the same. I may not be able to tell!

7. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Halloween, the start of school, milder days, cooler nights (with just a hint of mystery), and my birthday. The biggest problem with fall up here in Michigan is that it doesn’t last very long. Summer hangs on too long and then it just passes right on through to winter. Sometimes we only get about two weeks of real fall weather.

8. I love video games, although I no longer have much time to spend on them. I’m also the one responsible for getting my kids hooked on Portal. Sorry, honey, I didn’t mean for it to happen. (Yeah, right.)

9. I believe I have finally entered the “Blog Event Horizon” (ala Douglas Adams), which means I am now following more blogs than it is possible to read in a 24 hour period.

10. I would love to retire in Britain someday. The castles and history alone are worth it.

Bonus random fact:
My long term plan is to eventually get around to writing my own series, sell a bazillion books, buy a castle in Britain (a haunted one would be best), spend all my time developing the Philosopher’s Stone, and pay someone else to read blogs for me.

Now all I have to do is learn everything there is to writing fiction and finish my book about Hogwarts. Baby steps, Ken. Baby steps.

P.S. You probably noticed all the extraneous qualifiers (probably, really, actually, etc.) sprinkled throughout the post. It’s best that I get them out of my system now instead of them showing up in my WIP later. Sorry if they made your eyes bleed.


  1. Loved learning new info about you. I rarely watch tv unless hubby forces me. You want to retire to Britain too? London is my ideal place for romance...even if they do say it's dark and dreary. It's got werewolves written all over it. Good luck on your rise to fiction. :)

  2. I won't be the one to burst your bubble about England, but I think you'd be okay in a castle :-)

    And if I wrote my fiction the way I write my blog, all smiley faces and dreaded exclamation marks, I wouldn't dare let anyone read it. Oh, wait...

  3. I really liked the 10 random things. And I kind of already knew about the castle thing. I mean, just look at your website design and your tagline! : )

  4. Ohmygosh, no worries about the qualifiers a lot too! I mean, they're only blog posts. ;) The important thing is that they stay the heck out of our WIP!

    I loved your 10 random facts! I'm really looking forward to autumn right now too! And castles are gorgeous, I got to stay in an Irish one in high school and that was the highlight of my high school life :D

  5. *Ack, edits - No worries about the qualifiers. I use them a lot too! And apparently I can't spell or finish sentences.

  6. I love, love, LOVE castles, too. The haunted variety are the best, but I'll take them any way they come! It is NOT a surprise that you connected with the HP books!! Best of luck on getting to Britain. :-)

  7. Thanks for all the comments, everyone. Especially the castle love.

    Laila, imagine how I felt when I returned home to Detroit (the suburbs actually) after spending several days in London a few years ago. Depressing!

    Sarah, your profile says you live in Bradford. Isn't that a beautiful area of the country?

  8. I enjoyed your 10 random things, I love castles as well, as well as the big old houses we have a lot of around here. I am in your MG/YA group for the campaign. Pleased to meet you.

  9. Ken, In a word - no :-) Although there are beautiful areas that you can get to by train or car.

  10. Lol, I've been at #9 for a while now too. I have to split reading blogs up on different days to not get overwhelmed.

    You'll have to do a post on castles sometime (if you haven't already). I'd love that!

  11. There is a medieval fortress(castle) going up not too far out of Eureka Springs, ARK. It is being built using only what tools and technology was available in the 14th century, and it's fascinating! We talked with blacksmiths, carpenters, weavers, farmers, potters, "Ozark Medievel Fortress" and take a look!

  12. I moved from MI to SC several years ago and trust me: I MISS Michigan falls! They last so much longer than SC ones (although this year it cooled down way early!).

  13. What? How can the SC falls be shorter than the ones in Michigan. They only seem to last about two weeks up here!