The Big Day (Writing and the Show)

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Today has been a big day. Actually, the whole weekend has been a big, well, weekend. Shall we run through the list of things that have happened? I think so :P.

Note: The current schedule I am holding for blogging right now (every day but Wed.) is not going to be my standard schedule. Likely I will do three blogs a week and every third week a new chapter (or every month entirely depending on what I can manage). So just take note of that to check back every other day in the future.

1. I finished Chapter One! It’s not going to be up, as I said yesterday, but I finished writing it. Next weekend I will edit the little thing and get it at least presentable to the world. Then I’ll post it that weekend. I was surprised that I finished it when I did. Sometimes I say “oh I will finish this at such and such time” and then I end up writing about it for a long long long time. I’ve actually hit a deadline. This is good news because I have proven to myself that I can actually succeed at hitting a deadline that I made for myself. Good news good news. So that will go up next weekend.

2. Got in a lovely argument with a friend. Well, it was more like a serious discussion than an argument, but it involved our friendship and the issues we’ve been having with it. Needless to say it was not ‘fun’, at least not in the same sense as going to an amusement park, but at least the issues have sort of been resolved.

3. I just realized how much homework and reading and note taking I still have to do for the weekend and it will all have to be done after my thing today (a.k.a. Saturday). I am taking the following classes this semester:
a) Traditional Native American Art
b) Concert Band
c) Spanish (the first class for it anyway)
Note: This is actually a light load for me and there’s good reason. Everyone has a subject they aren’t very good at. Well, languages aren’t my forte, especially when they are ones I am not interested in. Nobody teaches Latin or Japanese anymore around here and it’s terrible.
So I have about 45 pages left to read for TNAA, which involves highlighting and eventually writing down notes and printing them since this teacher allows us to use our notes for the tests. Then I have to prepare for a presentation for Spanish and the first exam on Thursday. In all honesty I think I will ace the first exam, but only because it’s really simple stuff and requires mostly some memorization. We don’t have to write paragraphs yet, because that crap is hard. I shoud know because I took Spanish once in High School and didn’t get a passing grade and I also took one college semester way back when that I had to drop out of because of medical reasons (a.k.a. Cancer and being stuck in a hospital for two weeks). The reading is probably going to kill me the most. The problem with Art History classes is that the reading tends to be rather dry. I took an Asian Art class from the same teacher a while back and the book was one of the most dry and boring things I’ve ever read. However, when we started getting into the stuff about Samurai and how they designed their swords, the number of stages and hammering it took to get them in the perfect shape, etc. It was all fascinating and amazing. Zen Buddhism was also fascinating, which by the way is not just meditating. There is a whole lot more to it. Anyway, so the reading will be dry basically.

4. The Sacramento Reptile Show & Sale: Well I got back today (well this post will be shown to be the day after so just assume this was ‘yesterday’) from the 9th Annual Upscale Reptiles Show and Sale in Sacramento. It was awesome! I got to hold a corn snake, a snake called a Cribo (which was HUGE), and a baby Reticulated Python (who was so docile and amazingly neat I couldn’t believe it). I had a Leopard Gecko on hold from Marcia at Golden Gate Geckos and ended up getting a second from her, both females. The one on hold was an adult Chocolate Tremper Albino Jungle, and the other that I picked out was a gorgeous Bold Stripe Jungle.
And to top things off, I took the plunge I had been expecting to come for some time. I bought a Crested Gecko! His name is Tim. He’s so adhorable. He’s sort of this wood brown/orange color and it’s so hard to describe without pictures. Hopefully I’ll have some soon to show everyone. He was absolutely gorgeous and I couldn’t resist when I saw him. His little darling face and everything! Oh man he was cuuute.
My Leo’s are cute too, it’s just this is a new type of gecko for me and I’ve grown a fascination with them over the last few months.
So needless to say things went very well. I spent all the money that I had brought with me, which was expected I suppose. I also found an insect that I will actually want to keep cause it looks so cool. It’s called a Whiptail Scorpion. No, it isn’t a scorpion in the traditional sense, nor a spider. They are actually completely and utterly harmless: no stinger, venom, or anything of that nature. They just look evil and I think they are fascinating little creatures. There’s also a little insect that looks like a scrunched up scorpion but instead of a tail with a stinger they have this long stringer tail and apparently when they are threatened they secrete what is basically like vinegar. It’s very acidic but doesn’t hurt you or anything, in fact you could lick it and apparently it would taste similar to vinegar so I wonder if it is actually vinegar that comes out since that is nothing more than an acid usually.
Anyway, there was so much stuff there and I fell in love with a bunch of new animals there. Gargoyle Geckos are on my list of other things I want to keep! They are so cool looking too.

Anywho, I need to get going to bed here cause it’s rather late lol.

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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