Friday, January 22, 2016

Terri DelCampo's personal update for January 22, 2016


January 22,2016

So I haven't written a personal update in awhile – like six months. 

And in that six months I got married to Robert (Blaze McRob) Nelson, teamed up with him to establish Blazing Owl Press, entered and won NaNoWriMo (wrote a 59,000 word novel in less than thirty days), celebrated Blaze's and my  amazing first Christmas together surrounded by Greggs and Heegers, and Devonshires (oh my!), published a couple of books, published a couple dozen Friday Frights stories, published the RoJo Adventure Blog (which has caught on!) for my grandchildren, and actually sorted out my schedule to a point where I think I might be able to cram all the projects Blaze and I have planned for 2016 in (of course there's a high probability that we will go bat shit crazy in the process, but hey, life's a crap shoot at best.)

Plus, the week before Christmas my computer crashed; got a new little cheapy one, and had to reorganize all my file onto flash drives to save them because this little notebook has rinky dink memory.  But that's okay, it works.  And I still got shit done.  Wahoo! 

All in all it's been an interesting and happy few months.  Tres productive. Hopefully things will continue on like this for a long time.  That would be a good thing. 

I want to thank all of my friends and family for the support and love. You stoke my energy and endurance when times get tough, (and on occasion pull my butt out of the fire).  I have some amazing people around me, and not a day goes by that I don't count my blessings.  I love you all very, very much. 

I would like to think that my grandchildren, Rosie and Joey will see this, and I want you to know that I love you and think of you every single day.  I hope you like the RoJo blog. 

Okay,  I have another two blogs to write, and dinner to fix.  So I'm signing off for now! 

Hugs and love to all!

Ter
PS - Happy Birthday JP!!  Love you bunches!
And a belated Happy Birthday to Sandi Shelnutt-Peck! 

Friday, January 15, 2016

PAUSE FOR THOUGHT - A DONE THING IS BETTER THAN A PERFECT THING


DONE THING BETTER THAN A PERFECT THING



I keep hearing this sentiment passed around in different circles (from nieces and nephews talking about schoolwork to colleagues talking about manuscripts, to co-workers where I used to work, to crafters), in all walks of life:

A done thing is better than a perfect thing.

I call bullshit on that one.  Something doesn't have to be absolutely perfect, but the garbage that passes muster these days doesn't even come close. 

A done thing is better than a perfect thing.  

  • Tell that to anyone who's had their car recalled (especially anyone who had a serious accident because they weren't notified in time). 
  • Tell that to anyone who's had a heart attack because the medicine that they were prescribed hadn't been tested enough. 
  • Tell that to women who had deformed babies when they took thalidomide because the drug was under-researched. 
  • Tell that to people who developed cancer from cyclamates.
  • Tell people who, on a day to day basis, by inferior products because of the slipshod work ethic and bottom line mentality prevailing in manufactories today. 
  • Tell that to anyone who's read a book full of page after page of awkward sentences and spelling errors that distracted them from a good story.

If you raise your children with this mentality, they will carry it out into the world and do everything half-assed starting with doing the dishes at home for Mom and Dad, right on up to producing inferior products (if any at all) to raising the next generation of slackers. 

This erodes the very fiber of our society and in turn lowers our reputation worldwide, and the self-esteem of our population. 

Lowering the bar on a regular basis weakens Americans and makes us a laughing stock.  All because one schmuck somewhere down the line decided to be lazy and coined the phrase "a done thing is better than a perfect thing." 

For one person, that could be shrugged off.  For an entire population, no.  It's a death knoll. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

PAUSE FOR THOUGHT - PRIVATE LGBT HIGHSCHOOL IN GEORGIA

LGBT SCHOOL ARTICLE

There's a high school in Georgia being opened by the LGBT community, for LGBT kids.  I think it's great that the kids have somewhere to go, but all in all I don't think segregation of any group is the answer. The only way to be understood is to communicate. Support groups are terrific, but segregating any group is unrealistic. What happens when these students go out into the real world? They will be unprepared to deal with problematic situations and be eaten alive. And society in general will never learn to understand and accept gays and lesbians if not exposed to them every day. I think the LGBT community is doing itself a grave disservice.