I spent most of yesterday correcting the last chapters I wrote in my new book, The Hard Years, then printed them out for Terry to edit and proofread. After I did that, I looked through the whole manuscript, correcting a couple of other errors that got missed.
One of the problems with doing a series like this with so many different characters is keeping track of everybody and their birthdays. I had one character doing something because, in my mind, she was still about five years old. But as I was going to bed Sunday night, I realized that she would actually be somewhere around twelve years old in this book, and it wasn’t something a girl her age would do. So I had to go back and make some changes there.
I also have a set of brothers in the series, named Peter and Patrick, as well as a set of twins, Robert and Junior. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten Peter and Patrick confused in the storyline, and the same with the twins. No wonder my parents called all of their kids and grandkids, “Hey you.” It was just easier that way.
When I finished with that, I had some time to kill, so I decided to have some fun with my Oculus Quest virtual reality headset. There are a lot of free games and experiences you can download to the headset, and some of them have basic free experiences you can enjoy, and if you care to, you can upgrade to more intense ones. One of those is something called Epic Roller Coasters. I do not enjoy roller coasters, or at least I didn’t enjoy the only two I was ever on when I was a young person. But I decided what the heck, it’s free, so I’ll take a ride.
It was kind of interesting starting out. There were dinosaurs and pterodactyls and all kinds of prehistoric critters wandering and flying around the track in 3D and some massive boulders falling off the mountains all around you. Alright, not too bad. As the roller coaster picked up speed, you really do get a sense of movement even though you’re just sitting in a chair. The faster it went, the more I was aware of the sense of movement, but it was okay. Well, it was okay until a giant dinosaur started chasing the cars, and the rollercoaster started going in reverse to get away from it. That wasn’t much fun. After about two minutes of that, I actually found myself getting motion sickness to the point where I had to stop, turn off the headset, and go upstairs and sit in my recliner. It lasted for quite a while, and this was one of the “easy” free rides! I definitely won’t be paying for any of the premium ones!
Fortunately, I was feeling a little better by the time dinner was ready, and I was sure glad of that because Terry made a delicious roast chicken, along with mashed potatoes, gravy, peas for me, and broccoli for her. It was very good, and because she had bought a large whole chicken, there was plenty left over to make her fantastic chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles tomorrow. Oh yeah, I’m a happy little fat man!
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. I know some first responders who would agree with this advice.
Thought For The Day – I don’t have a train of thought. I have seven trains on four tracks that narrowly miss each other when their paths cross, and all the conductors are screaming.