Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Yup, another personality profile


You are 42% Rational, 57% Extroverted, 0% Brutal, and 42% Arrogant.

You are the Hippie! Characterized by a strong sense of extroversion, irrationality, gentleness, and humility, you no doubt frolic through fields preaching peace and free love! Immediately following that, you then frolic to the hospital with herpes! You are probably either very spiritual or needlessly paranoid about "the man", like most hippies, as a result of your focus on intuition and feelings over cold, brutal logic. You are also very, very social. And like any hippie who would have no qualms about hitchiking across the country just to meet some interesting people, you also love to interact with others, even complete strangers. Because we know most any hippie is peace-loving and humble, it stands to reason that you, as well, are terribly gentle and humble, almost to the point of revulsion. Your carefree attitude of peace and harmony is probably very, very sickening to realists or cynics or anyone who isn't a hippie, to tell the truth. In short, your personality is defective because you are overly emotional, extroverted, gentle, and humble--thus making you an annoying hippie. Now go do your drugs and have sex with filthy bearded men in tye dye shirts.

To put it less negatively:
1. You are more INTUITIVE than rational.
2. You are more EXTROVERTED than introverted.
3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.
4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.

Your exact opposite is the Sociopath.
Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Hand-Raiser, the Televangelist, and the Robot.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

'Trophy Wife' profile pic contest

Cindy has made the statement that she is less than satisfied with the body on her current profile picture. So I, as a dogged, hen-pecked husband, am obliged to offer her alternatives in a swift but thorough manner, or suffer dire, long-lasting consequences (you all know how angry she gets). Keep in mind: whichever picture is selected will be reworked to be much more natural, seamless, and eye-pleasing. I fear for my very life if it isn't.

Vote for the current picture, or 1-4. I'll go first. . . . hmm. . . . How bout' the current one (the one that's done)?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

An answer to the persistant cries

Due to your overwhelming responses, I've decided to post my one-paragraph synopsis of the first book in my series. It's taken straight from the basic query letter agents will receive. Now stop begging, all of you, or I'll be forced to utilize the biblical curse-generator. (Woe unto thee, thou lazy Babylonian, for you will go on a diet of crunchy, unsweetened locusts!)

Sorry, that one slipped, you know what a hair-trigger these curse-generators have.
Where was I?. . . . the synopsis:

Two gifted children are abducted by aliens and taken to the hub of the galaxy where a thriving, multi-racial culture exists. Their abductor, the brain queen Zill, a communal intelligence, experiments with their gifts, hoping to discover something that will give her an advantage in her bid for galactic conquest. The children are met and aided by a gentle alien who leads them to an extraordinary, almost magical starship – The Mythicon. With its unique, non-lethal technology, they escape the cruel brain queen and set a course for Earth, a journey that will take them seven years. Before they get far, they are confronted once again by the horrible tyrant. They must find a way to escape, to outsmart her – and defeat her if they can.

So, does this sound interesting? This one paragraph is all you're given to impress most agents, so, you know, I hoped i dun writed it good.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Sites you can't live without

Here are some new links I’ve been wanting to add for a while:

The Wittenburg Door (+) --(an actual magazine, but not my favorite)
Ship of Fools (+) -- (come along for the ride)
Biblical Curse Generator (+) -- (useful on a daily basis)
The Lark News (+) -- (hysterical – but very subtle, read every square inch carefully)
Reverend Fun (+) – (‘Far Side’ style daily cartoon)
Flying Spaghetti Monster (-) -- (these pirates make a good point)
Landover Baptist (-) -- (if you’re a Christian, do not click this link – I mean it)

(+) denotes pro-Christian humor
(-) denotes anti-Christian humor.*

Yes, they’re all ‘humor’ sites. ( I am still Chilldaddy)

* Disclaimer: Unlike in some faith’s, I’m not offended when our detractors poke fun at us. I don’t think they’d have anything to exploit if the flaws weren’t there to begin with. The Church should learn from it’s critics.

Whoa, that last link, though…

Chilldaddy makes a serious statement

I reject the idea that human’s exist as the pinnacle of a supreme cosmic coincidence piled on top of supreme cosmic coincidence. I started from the perspective of an agnostic: there appeared to be some sort of creative force at work, but I didn’t know much about him. Then I read the book of Matthew and the words struck a life-giving chord deep within me.

I’m a Christian. I believe that God did send a part of himself to live among us, to demonstrate a perfect life, and to teach us the meaning of our existence. I believe that I’m ultimately a flawed person, with no hope of redeeming myself apart from this Saviour’s sacrifice.

But I am forced to agree with the world’s current estimation of the Christian church. When I look at so-called ‘Christians’, I don’t like what I see, including myself sometimes. I understand why people would say, “If that’s what a Christian is, then I don’t want to be one.” Judgemental? Self-righteous? Close-minded? Superior? Yes, all too often. I read a lot of anti-Christian sentiment on these blogs, and many times, I find myself agreeing.

So I decided to write this entry. Not to disagree with any of you, but just to remind the denizens of cyberspace that I am a man of faith, even if I don’t seem like it at times.

Dismiss the Christian religion if you must, but I would caution you to not dismiss the Christian God. If there’s even a chance that it contains some truth, you need to explore it. I always say, “There’s no sense in playing a game where you don’t understand the rules, and what’s in store for the winners and losers.”

If you’re not seeking truth, you’re running that risk.

Pick up a Bible, read one of the Gospels, and decide for yourself. That’s exactly what I did and I’ve never regretted it. It’s been a slippery road at times, but it always pointed in the right direction.

Another one on the shelf

It's late and I'm tired, so I'm gonna make this short.

I'm done. Just finished.

Book four of the 'Starship Mythicon' series, 'Mythicon and the Master's Tournament', is now completely written - 295 pages. I'm gonna totally abstain from writing for the next few months. I'm all about getting an agent -- nose-to-the-grindstone, laser-like-intensity focused.

What does this mean for you? More time to blog.

Forgive the contradiction, like I said, it's late.

Instead of spending every spare minute with spiral-bound notebooks, or feeling guilty cuz I'm not. I should have time to attend to the important things in life, like blogging (in between researching agent listings, writing query letters, and mailing off samples of my manuscripts, of course). I tried to get published a few years ago and it is definately not as much fun as actually writing. In fact, rejection letters tend to bring one down.

And for anybody out there who knows a little about the bidness, I am well aware that "a writer must write everyday", I'm a little different. I can't do two things at once. If I continue to write, I'll procrastinate the 'getting published' part. Luckily I've been blessed with the ability to pick up a notebook at any time and let it flow.

Any interest in hearing what the book's about?

Thursday, February 16, 2006

My 'Trophy Wife' has a blog now (sort of)

We took today off from work to sort of celebrate Valentine's day. Actually, we were supposed to go to a fancy company dinner last night recognizing me for 10-plus years of service to the hospital (free prime rib = cheap Valentine's date). So we got all dressed up, showed up at the dinner, found our name tags, looked around the crowded room, didn't see anybody fun, threw our nametags away, and went out for grinders and margaritas.

I guess we're more 'grinder' people than 'prime-rib' people.

Anyhow, we had a pleasant, lazy day at home today. I blogged for a change. For some time now, I've been wanting to create some kind of screen name/profile thing for Cindy for when she leaves comments but I couldn't figure out how to do it without creating her an entire blog. She really doesn't want her own blog, so don't waste your time checking it too often, but, in case you're dying of curiousity, here's the link: Trophy Wife

You might be thinking we're shallow or that I don't appreciate Cindy, but let me just emphatically state, the whole 'Trophy Wife' concept is meant to be a joke. We thought of it together, while she was cooking and cleaning and bringing drinks in for me as I lounged about on the computer. After she's done rubbing my shoulders, I might let her post something to her new blog.

I am, after all, a very benevolent ruler.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

I'm forcing Mrs. Chilldaddy to answer the questions

four jobs I've had:
Dairy Queen
Donut maker

four movies I could watch over and over:
The Replacements
Lord of the Rings
Clint Eastwood movies
My Cousin Vinny

four places I've lived:
with my parents
with my older sister
by myself (with Chantze when he was a baby)
then I got married

four TV shows I love:
News Radio
that 70's show
Happy Days
Daily Show

four places I've vacationed:
Mackinac Island

four of my favorite dishes:
biscuits & gravy
french toast
pumpkin pie
cheese & onion quesadillas

four sites I visit daily:
chill daddy
veenie babies

four places I'd rather be right now:
(always with my family)
new zeeland

my four favorite books:
the bible
frank peretti books
chronicles of narnia
ray's stuff

four hobbies/things I've been into:
playing with my kids
scaring my kids
tormenting my kids
make my kids get in trouble so i can punish them by giving them housework

four things I wish I could get done:
get organized
pray more
house work

four people who've inspired me:
Mr. Talo, my biology/anatomy teacher in high school

The other kids finally invited me to play 'tag'

Thanks a lot Shortensweet.

I'm not being sarcastic, really, thank-you Jamie. Being tagged, while slightly cheesy, seems to be a sort of 'right of passage' for a blogger. Once it happens, it's like you're all grown up, no more eating at the kid's table. It's like 'blog puberty'.

Ok, that was kind of gross. I'll just go ahead and answer the questions now. I'm adding to it, though.

four jobs I've had:
stock boy
US Army (mechanized infantry)
Security Guard (many times)
Surgical Technologist (scrub nurse)

four movies I could watch over and over:
I hate to rewatch movies, I don't know why, but here's four I love:
Bruce Almighty
Indiana Jones
Tommy Boy

four places I've lived:
with my mom,
then the army,
then my mom again,
then I got married.
I've never lived alone, and at this point, hope to never have to.

four TV shows I love:
We get no TV reception here in the country (which is good), but these are my all-time favorite shows:
Star Trek

four places I've vacationed:
Corpus Christi, TX
Orlando/Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Our perfect honeymoon)
Mackinac Island, MI
Tulsa, OK

four of my favorite dishes:
italian subs

four sites I visit daily (regularly):
Junk from Jamie
Drawing a blank with Bunnyjo
DCver's Twilight Zone
Creamer's Screamers

four places I'd rather be right now:
I'm at home right now - my favorite place on Earth, but here're some dream vacations:
Cruise - tropical island
Wine and Castle cruise on the Rhine
Holy Land tour of Jerusalem
Other tours of ancient archeological wonders (Rome, Egypt, South America)

four people I'm tagging:
Here's the deal, since these questions were a little on the lame side, I'm creating four more questions and RETAGGING THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE TO ANSWER THEM:
Perfectgirl (Hailie)
Mom (Yes, get a blog and this will be your first entry)

my four favorite books/authors:
The Holy Bible - the inspired Word of God
Ray Bradbury
C.S. Lewis
Arthur C. Clarke

four hobbies/things I've been into:
Music (songwriting/guitar playing)
Writing (science fiction, fantasy, horror, children's)
Children's ministry
Art (cartoony drawings and doodles)

four things I wish I could get done:
all light bulbs changed
fixing the brakes on my truck
getting the dog groomed

four people who've inspired me:
Jesus Christ
Uncle Brian
Mrs. Knoth, my sixth grade English teacher