Why am I always tired on Wednesdays?

Maybe it’s hump day and my body knows that I’m only halfway done with the week, or maybe it is something else, but Wednesday always seems to be my most exhausting day.

True, I do have a writing group that day that sucks up my time and energy, but I like writing groups, they are fun and despite the later than normal night and extra travel, I come away from them rearing to go as far as writing is concerned.

All in all, they are good days, but I think it really is just a combination of things. Wednesdays are the days I get the least amount of work done because the first half of my day are spent in meetings, then I end up scrambling in the afternoon to try to catch up, even though it never seems to happen.

I then have a short amount of time to try to get some writing in, recording, then off to head out to my writing group.

Regardless, I gotta suffer through it.

Till tomorrow.

Tom

When will it end?

So it has been pretty crazy around here lately. Getting caught up YouTube videos when I can, trying to stick to my writing schedule, but the big issue is work. I can easily put in 80 hours a week if I’m not careful, and my job will certain allow me to if I don’t stop.

This is just the busy time of year, and there isn’t much I can do about it other than try to stay on top of the deluge of work that is coming at me.

It’s fun work, to be sure, but stressful, and somewhat overwhelming. Some things will just have to slip because I still rely on the job for my income (writing and youtube pay for the occasion eating out right now).

So anyway, there we are.

Till tomorrow,

Tom

Why am I always tired on Wednesdays?

Maybe it’s hump day and my body knows that I’m only halfway done with the week, or maybe it is something else, but Wednesday always seems to be my most exhausting day.

True, I do have a writing group that day that sucks up my time and energy, but I like writing groups, they are fun and despite the later than normal night and extra travel, I come away from them rearing to go as far as writing is concerned.

All in all, they are good days, but I think it really is just a combination of things. Wednesdays are the days I get the least amount of work done because the first half of my day are spent in meetings, then I end up scrambling in the afternoon to try to catch up, even though it never seems to happen.

I then have a short amount of time to try to get some writing in, recording, then off to head out to my writing group.

Regardless, I gotta suffer through it.

Till tomorrow.

Tom

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review

Okay, seriously, is there some sort of collusion going on among screenwriters where they are trying to push people to books or some other kind of entertainment?

Seriously, I am having a hell of a time finding good movies to watch lately. Dark Tower was a disappointment, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was so laughably bad that I spent the entire movie wondering which 9 year old’s fan fic got picked up for the screenplay.

Seriously. Where do I start?

The whole opening sequence went on WAY too long. The CGI was watery and flaccid. A handful of painful minutes watching baby Groot running around totally oblivious to the world around him, while all the others give groan-worthy quips each time they were thrown away from the monster.

I can count four times the entire movie that I actually cracked a smile and only two made me actually laugh.

Jax was completely worthless this entire movie. I honestly don’t know why they kept him. He’s not funny, his over the top joking and ridiculous laugh just made me cringe rather than chuckle. None of this jokes were funny.

CGI to make old people look young needs to stop. It’s all uncanny valley and ruins all the shots. Star Wars Rogue One was the worst offender in the last year but this one was up there as well.

The gold people were trite and over the top, acting like children the whole time. I did sensibly smile at the arcade-like notion of them all playing video games for war, but that was their only redeeming quality. The whole gag with the walking on the carpet was another cringe-worthy moment.

Sigh

I really don’t know if I’m just getting jaded by tired gags and paper-thin plots, or I’m just getting old and none of the jokes are funny to me anymore.

The only character I had any sort of emotional connection to in the entire movie was the guy that raised Starlord. His death scene was, and I’m not kidding here, the only good part of the entire movie. The rest was just trying to setup the big finale in Episode 3. Woo, pissed off gold people? This is the height of big-finishes?

Okay, I will give the sister plot line a nod, if I must. It was pretty well done, if a bit silly during, but the resolution at the end wrapped a decent bow on it. Still, polishing turds and convincing people at the end of the movie that the last two hours was amazing shouldn’t be the goal. Write an amazing movie, and a fantastic finish, so we walk out of the theater blown away. Don’t hit us with emotional overload at the end (denouement was WAY too long, btw) to divert us from a crappy rest of the movie.

I almost don’t want to watch #3 just because this one was so awful.

Till tomorrow,

Tom

Catching Up

Start of another week.

Dropped my daughter back off to college this weekend, saw my parents and brother yesterday briefly as I was heading out to my critique group (hey ladies!)

I also managed to knock out a bunch of videos this weekend, one collab (Hey X!) and I got some footage of the rain on Saturday night that I uploaded to youtube.

All in all, long, tiring, and busy, but I accomplished a lot, and that makes me happy.

I also saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 but I’ll (ahem) save my scathing review for later.

Till tomorrow,

Tom

Ulysses going paid

Recently, the app that I use to do all my blogging announced they were going paid. there will be a monthly (or cheaper yearly) charge to have access to all versions of the app, be it Mac, iPad, or iPhone.

I have mixed feeling about this direction. I understand that developers need constant revenue to stay afloat, but all of their changes are whittling away my income. $5 here, $7 there, $99 a year for office, etc.

I understand that this is the direction that most development companies will be going, but it does frustrate me. I think this will make us have to stop having 40 different apps on our devices, each one that does something specifically very well, if each one of them requires a subscription, that’s a lot of money to have to pay each month just to use the software that I love.

That all being said, I suppose in the long-run it allows the developers to stay in business, and that is good for them and for me, but I just hope that they continue to strive for every penny they make from their customers to ensure they are providing the best app for the money.

Till tomorrow,

Tom