Tag: stupid sh** I do to myself when I should be writing

First, don’t forget about Christine’s You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby! Blogfest tomorrow!  Go sign up here!  And check back tomorrow when I totally embarrass myself with an old piece of my really bad fiction.  I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

As luck would have it, I’m flying every day for the rest of the week, which promises to put a dent in my fiction output–and also means, after tomorrow, you won’t be hearing from me until the weekend.  Turns out internet access in Kosovo and Serbia is pretty spotty.

So I thought I’d share a few photos of my new office with you.  I’ve been back to flying about six months now, and I tell you flying a real aircraft is much better than flying a desk.

This is the mighty C-26 (pic by yours truly, on the ramp in Rota, Spain), the aircraft I’m flying now.  It’s been nearly fifteen years since I flew a fixed-wing aircraft (the Navy trains all their pilots to fly fixed-wing first), and it’s been a real joy getting back in the cockpit, and getting to see a little of Europe in the process.

She flies pretty nice, and she’s equipped with some nice avionics and navigational equipment, which means it’s easy to get from point A to point B without too much trouble.  It’s a far cry from my Huey days when we used road maps to figure out where we were going.

We’re privy to some pretty spectacular views along the way.  Here’s Mount Etna, shrouded in clouds, off the right wing.

And this is a pic of the entire island of Corsica.  The visibility that day was truly amazing.

Yep, it’s a pretty good time.  Just for giggles, I uploaded this short video of a jaunt over the Alps.  And of course, if you have any flying related questions, feel free to ask.  Enjoy the video, stay groovy and we’ll catch up with you this weekend.

***WARNING: Rant only tangentially related to writing inbound.***

BEHOLD!  My left foot!  Or more correctly, my left foot in a cast.

Yeah, I went and done it.  I am a bit of a jogger–more an athletic dilettante–and I’ve run on roads all over the world while managing not to fall down (I’ve discovered, the not falling down part is pretty key). 


But it turns out the roads here in Sicily are pretty bumpy, and yeah, I happened to be suffering from foot-in-pothole disease last Friday.  I fell down.  :(

The doctors tell me I sustained what is called an avulsion fracture.  Of course I told the guys at work a wild story about getting chased by jewel thieves and having to save some bikini-clad princess in distress.  They bought it hook, line and sinker.  I do write fiction, after all.

Still, it’s a pretty big bummer, especially considering our house has three flights of stairs.  When told I’d be in a cast for six weeks, my ears almost fell off.  No flying for me either, which is the part I suppose I hate the most.  But hey, roll with the punches, you know what I mean?

Perhaps at this point you’ve also realized there’s a silver lining: I should have plenty of time for NaNo!  If I didn’t feel like such a horse’s patoot, I’d be right excited about that.  But my momma also taught me that when life gives you a broken foot, make broken-foot-ade.  Or something like that.  Never mind.  The point is, in other words, I think I’ve thought of a way to turn this spot of bad luck into some fun.

Wanna sign my cast?  😀

Yeah, I mean YOU wanna sign my CAST?  Yeah, really sign it?  It’s like a big white canvas around MY ankle screaming YOUR name!

Except by “sign”, I don’t mean actually “really” sign, unless you wanna buy a round trip ticket to Sicily.  No, I’ll let you “sign” it if you want to.  All you gotta do is leave me something witty in the comments–you can even tell me which little strip of plaster real estate is yours!–plus tell me the color (red, blue, or black) and we’ll get it stenciled on for you in a jiffy.

All you writerly folks can think of something cool or interesting or profound to say, can’t you?  And if you think this whole thing is only a stunt to curry sympathy and get some attention, you’re absolutely right!!!  Pictures to follow!

Stay groovy guys, and for those of you gearing up for NaNo, good luck Monday morning!