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Jenny in Neverland

Now, I don’t pretend to know everything about blogging. In fact, the complete opposite is true and I have no problem at all putting my hands up and admitting that actually, I don’t know a damn thing about certain aspects of this big ol’ blogosphere. I’ve been blogging for 5 years give or take and I’m always learning and having been around that long (God that makes me sound ancient), you do pick quite a bit up as you go along. Blogging is a process and there’s always something new to learn and I think that’s what makes it so exciting sometimes.

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Sorry for Being So Quiet

This is my third week in California and I’ve realized that I’ve been neglecting CrapPile quite a bit since I’ve been here. Even though I blog from my phone and have it with me all the time, I’m not on it nearly as often as I was back in Michigan, mainly because of my girlfriend being by me all the time. I no longer need to be constantly checking my phone to see if she has replied to me or not.

I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep but I don’t want to spiral down the path to giving the blog up like I have in the past. My views and likes have gone from the hundreds to barely hitting the 100 mark the pst few weeks, and I’ve gone from posting many times a day to brief posts once a day, which is no way to build or expand a blog. From here on out I have to put more of an effort into returning to quality posts on a much more regular basis, especially since I’m starting to have much more free time on my hands and more inspiration.

Talk to you guys tomorrow, blog!

Nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award!

It’s 2am here in California so this is going to be brief, but I was just notified that my blog has been nominated for yet another honor–The Mystery Blogger Award!

Tomorrow afternoon I will try to get on here and take care of the official nomination stuff. Which reminds me, I still need to do that for the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination from a little while back…

For all of you who follow my blog and support me in my endeavors, thank you. I’m falling asleep a VERY blessed guy tonight…

Another Great Sunday

The house here in California is quiet. The weather is beautiful. There’s BBQ chicken in the crock pot and ingredients in the fridge for some amazing smoothies for in the morning.

Alexis is still sick so she was able to come home early–she’s napping as I write this. My brother and his girlfriend had a gender reveal party back in Michigan earlier–I knew already but I’m going to be the uncle of a NIECE! Alexis’s Mom and stepdad got to enjoy a baseball game, which is always a great way to kick back before a long work week.

As I write this I am half-asleep next to Alexis, watching Vanoss on YouTube and finishing up a Pokémon battle on Ultra Moon. My mind is taking turns focusing on the future, Tom Mix, shiny hunting in Pokémon, the Code of the West, building the blog further, and sleep.

Sunday’s don’t get much better than this, folks.

The Code of the Old West

As I’ve been saying the past couple of days, for some reason or another I have found myself deeply interested in Westerns. With no reading or writing background AT ALL in that genre, I’ve had to start doing an enormous amount of research into an area I have almost zero experience in.

From the brief readings I’ve been able to do so far, the legendary unwritten Code of the West seemed like something I should definitely familiarize myself with.

Here’s something I found on legendsofamerica.com. Something tells me there is probably more to it than all this, but I’m sure as I start reading more and more and writing I will figure out the finer points on my own. But it’s a great place to start, nonetheless…

Don’t inquire into a person’s past. Take the measure of a man for what he is today.

Never steal another man’s horse. A horse thief pays with his life.

Defend yourself whenever necessary.

Look out for your own.

Remove your guns before sitting at the dining table.

Never order anything weaker than whiskey.

Don’t make a threat without expecting dire consequences.

Never pass anyone on the trail without saying “Howdy”.

When approaching someone from behind, give a loud greeting before you get within shooting range.

Don’t wave at a man on a horse, as it might spook the horse. A nod is the proper greeting.

After you pass someone on the trail, don’t look back at him.  It implies you don’t trust him.

Riding another man’s horse without his permission is nearly as bad as making love to his wife.  Never even bother another man’s horse.

Always fill your whiskey glass to the brim.

A cowboy doesn’t talk much; he saves his breath for breathing.

No matter how weary and hungry you are after a long day in the saddle, always tend to your horse’s needs before your own, and get your horse some feed before you eat.

Cuss all you want, but only around men, horses and cows.

Complain about the cooking and you become the cook.
Always drink your whiskey with your gun hand, to show your friendly intentions.

Do not practice ingratitude.

A cowboy is pleasant even when out of sorts. Complaining is what quitters do, and cowboys hate quitters.

Always be courageous. Cowards aren’t tolerated in any outfit worth its salt.

A cowboy always helps someone in need, even a stranger or an enemy.

Never try on another man’s hat.

Be hospitable to strangers. Anyone who wanders in, including an enemy, is welcome at the dinner table. The same was true for riders who joined cowboys on the range.

Give your enemy a fighting chance.

Never wake another man by shaking or touching him, as he might wake suddenly and shoot you.

Real cowboys are modest.  A braggert who is “all gurgle and no guts” is not tolerated.

Be there for a friend when he needs you.

Drinking on duty is grounds for instant dismissal and blacklisting.

A cowboy is loyal to his “brand,” to his friends, and those he rides with.

Never shoot an unarmed or unwarned enemy. This was also known as “the rattlesnake code”: always warn before you strike. However, if a man was being stalked, this could be ignored.

Never shoot a woman no matter what.

Consideration for others is central to the code, such as: Don’t stir up dust around the chuck wagon, don’t wake up the wrong man for herd duty, etc.

Respect the land and the environment by not smoking in hazardous fire areas, disfiguring rocks, trees, or other natural areas.

Honesty is absolute – your word is your bond, a handshake is more binding than a contract.

Live by the Golden Rule

Ohm Hours

Once a week my girlfriend’s family participates in something called Ohm Hours, where for one hour a week all non-essential electronics are shut off for an hour. This is something I’d never heard of until I got out West, but I guess from what I’ve been told it saves them hundreds of dollars a month on the electric bill.

My very first night here they had a BIG Ohm Hour, which was actually two hours long and involved switching off the circuit breaker. Luckily it was a gorgeous night so during that two hour period we spent time by the pool talking and getting chicken wings ready for the grill (not to mention preparing to surprise my girlfriend who I hadn’t seen in a year and a half).

The peace and quiet you get from having the TV and everything shut off for an hour is relaxing, as is the darkness. I’ve gotten quite a bit of reading and story ideas from them so far, which is never a bad thing.

I’m actually in the middle of one right now. After a day battling a headache, it’s rather relaxing…

Another Lazy Day in West CA

Alexis has been at work for the past few hours so I’ve been catching up on some Pokémon and thinking about some of the various stories I have in mind to write in the coming days. I’ve honestly not given “When the Captain’s Away…” much thought at all, and my eyes have been pointing more towards Westerns and other genres I’ve never paid much attention to than SF and fantasy. I still have zero idea where to even begin researching and plotting out a Western story, but I’m sure that process will start soon.

With SF and fantasy, the worlds come to me easily, as do the characters, powers, races, planets, and other tropes that make the genres what they are. The Western genre is different, though. It’s not speculative–it was a very real place, with real life figures and locales and historical events. The amount of imaginative leeway is extremely limited in this field, so it requires a much, much different approach than what I’m used to.

That has given me a literal headache today, one that seems to be getting worse by the minute. I’m going to try taking a little nap once this is posted, see if it will go away. Alexis is going to be coming home soon, she’s been sick the last few days so maybe some cuddling and snoozing will do us both some good.

Then, to the Westerns!