It has been a while since I have been here to write anything. I wish that I could say that it was because I was off having some amazing adventure in a far off land where I could not write anything here. Sadly, that is not the case. I have found myself having to deal with some boring normal life issues that have taken up way too much of my time and mind. Between issues with plumbing, annoying city employees, yard work being hindered by the alternating rain and extreme heat, issues with pets, and being sick as a dog for a week I feel like the past month has flown by without anything actually being accomplished. I can't even say that I accomplished much on the normal life issues that have been taking up my time. Then again I guess that is the way life works with many of those issues-just a constant struggle to stay afloat. On the other hand, I have also found myself with an almost insatiable addiction to two different activities the past week or so. The first one being something that is nothing new for me-reading. I always like to read, but the past couple of weeks I have been simply devouring books. I have have on a couple of occasions read a whole trilogy in a day. Now, I know that these are not books that require a lot of in depth reading and thought to get through, but they are books that are popular and in genres I have interest in writing. Besides, as I have said before, I see no reason why people should ever be ashamed of reading anything that interests them. The other obsession has been watching the Olympics. No, I don't watch all of the gymnastics, swimming, and track. I enjoy watching the volleyball, team handball, fencing, water polo, and other sports that are not the "big" ones people always talk about. The combination of reading and Olympics has been both a good and bad one. It was good because the sports I enjoy are on live during the day for me to watch and then read all night. It has been a bad combination because it allows me to fill up most of the day with just those two activities. Well, that isn't really true. I have kept working on my legal pads writing out dialogue and making detailed outlines of scenes. I just had hoped to have more chapters actually written by this point of the summer. I think that it should be easy to piece together the legal pads to make coherent chapters. I probably have most of the book written, but it doesn't feel like it is really written until I have it saved on the computer. So, maybe life isn't as distracting as I thought. Maybe it just took writing this to realize that I am doing better than I thought and be encouraged again. It is strange, that even accidental encouragement can have a very positive impact. I think I am going to actually get some typing done tonight. Wait, do I owe myself some sort of fee for this session? I guess I will just bill myself to pay at a later date. Until then-READ, and enjoy the Olympics as well.