Xbox Appendectomy

Hi, guys and gals. Hope everyone’s doing well.

As a beloved comedy troupe once said, “And now for something completely different.”

As you (probably don’t) know, I like to collect retro games. I recently came upon an original Xbox in one of the local thrift stores for $25 (Canadian dollars, approximately 82 cents USD). It appeared to be in good condition with no roaches or anything pouring out of it, so I decided to bite the bullet.

All the warranty seals were in place, which was a good thing. It meant no one had been in there before to tinker around, and that it had never needed repairs. Now, the thrift store claimed that it was “tested”, but I’m not sure if that meant they just plugged the power in and made sure it didn’t immediately catch fire. However, it was still a good sign.

It was also a bad sign. See, the original Xboxes (up until the last revision) all had a very distinct issue.

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Geopolitically Bad Timing

Hi, guys and gals. Hope everyone’s doing well.

Here’s a free tip: If you’re thinking of upgrading the flooring in your home, try to do it before you cover it with furniture…

We’re got all the furniture out from the second room, and I’m going to start laying down the actual flooring tomorrow. Why not today, you ask? Well, because of this:

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Just a quick post, ’cause I’m headed to bed for a well deserved rest in a few minutes.

Now, I’d say let’s get the housekeeping stuff out of the way, but you’d understand the irony of that statement if you saw my house right now. I’ve finished the flooring in 1 room, and you can check out the pictures on Instagram if you’re morbidly curious. We also spent a good chunk of the long weekend (the fake Canadian Thanksgiving) cleaning, organizing and doing general maintenance around the house.

But, enough about that. Lets talk about orgots.

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The First Elephant

Hi there, guys and gals.

Just a quick update, in which I’ll be addressing one of those elephants stuffed into this room.

Yes, this site looks… like something you wouldn’t expect to find in this day and age.

Here’s my line of reasoning. I’ve attempted to try quite a few of the more professional WordPress themes and templates out… and it wasn’t a pretty sight/site. Graphics design just isn’t my forte. I mean, take a look at the cover for Episode Four if you need proof.

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Well, If It Worked For Ancient Greece…

I’ve gone and done it, guys and gals.

As you can probably tell from looking at the sidebar, there’s now a big, shiny Patreon logo. Well, not really… I mean, it’s average-sized and sort of matte red. But, it’s there now.

If you’re willing to forego a couple of coffees a month, I’d be grateful if you chose to send that money my way instead.

Please note that this isn’t a requirement to get access to new ebooks. All new ebooks will also get listed on Amazon, Kobo, etc. And, as always, if you can’t afford to get an ebook in the future, contact me and I’ll send you a free copy.

Also, I’m still thinking about the rewards levels at each tier, and they’re most definitely not the final product. To that end, I’m not unwilling to make changes. If you see something that just looks wrong or weird (or if you think my dice idea is just plain dumb), let me know and I’ll take a look.

As always, folks, take care and stay safe!

Spilling Some More Beans

Happy October, guys and gals.

Just like the it says on the can, I’m going to let you all in on a little bit of my plans.

It looks like I’ll be trying out Patreon to see if I can make it work.

Of course, I’m not just going to say “gimme money” and leave it at that. I’m planning on offering rewards to anyone that decides to become a patron.

Most of the rewards will be digital, as shipping costs may prove prohibitive for many physical rewards. Nonetheless, I am trying to figure out a way to offer physical rewards, such as signed paperbacks.

Some of the ideas for the digital rewards include Patreon-only posts with topics such as:

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The Plan Going Forward

Hi, guys and gals. Hope everyone’s doing well.

Not much laminate flooring done today, as I worked later than I had expected. This leads right into the reason behind this post. Namely, I’m going to explain my tentative plan for the future.

As I said, I was working late today. Again. And I’m really starting to hate that.

I work in IT, and I’ve been working crazy hours at an understaffed department for a long time. This not only bleeds into my personal life, but also cuts into the time available to write. Basically, by the time I’m finished with the “day” job, I’m just too drained to sit in front of a word processor. Our current pandemic has just exacerbated this, as recent work-from-home policies has increased my IT workload even more.

I need a change, or I’m going to burn out.

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