Alden Loveshade End of the Year 2016

alden_loveshade_aura_explodes-_sYes, it’s that time once again, time for another missive from moi.

This year is perhaps most significant for what has not happened; nobody I’m really close to has passed away.  For that I am very glad.

However, it has been a year for things falling apart and needing repair.  I fixed a gutter that leaked; got a computer working; got a modem working; cut/sawed/pulled/mowed small mesquite trees, wild grasses, and cat’s claw to make a path to the front tank (what those of you outside of Texas might call a “pond.”)  Am I handyman or not?

Well, not.  My intense mowing caused the lawnmower to start puffing out copious quantities of white smoke.  I looked at the mower and discovered what looked like a major problem–there was a hole in its side.  So we checked with the dealer–the hole had always been there.  It was the exhaust.  Oops.

Then just days after the warranty ran out on the television, the sound went out.  Great timing.  Did you know almost nobody fixes televisions anymore?  Just throw it away and buy a new one.  Anyway, this one got fixed, but certainly not by me.

My mom didn’t get a new hand with a carpal tunnel problem, but did get surgery to help fix it.  Mom is scheduling surgery for the other hand.

My long-running animal care gig is over, at least for now.  But I do have a couple dozens puppies–which are also kittens.  Both terms apply to baby mice.  I’m getting a young black-and-white mouse used to sitting on my brown-and-white dog’s head.

In the writing/publishing gig, I published some articles, edited a magazine issue, and did some graphic design for a couple of magazines.  I recently learned a book I helped with five years ago is being published.  Finally.

I finally got dragged to Six Flags for the first time.  I got pushed to try a “mild ride.”  I asked, “If it’s such a mild ride, why is it called ‘Pandemonium’?”

From a recent doctor’s visit, I learned that my weight is the highest it’s ever been.  Oops.  So it’s more exercise and less late night snacking.  And more mowing and sawing.

Have a Great Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Chanukah, Wonderful Yule, Fine Winter/ Summer Solstice, Terrific New Year!

Alden Loveshade

An opinion of an individual members of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect that of the whole family.

Photo of Alden on the wall from self-portrait by Alden with graphics from added by Vance Lizza.

About Alden Loveshade

Alden is a philosopher, personist, writer, playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, poet, photographer, dumbek drummer, roleplayer, and educator. Worked for others and freelance as a journalist, investigator, columnist, reviewer, teacher, animal caregiver, photographer, and dishwasher. Claims e doesn’t care about money, but always needs more. Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, the U. S. Jaycees, and groups of like ilk. They don’t necessarily like em, but they recognize em. Graduated summa cum laude from some university that apparently figured the best way to get rid of em was to graduate em. Alden has worked with Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Nominees and Winners but they never shared their awards! Alden has dual citizenship in the Principality of Sealand and the United States of America. His official title for Sealand is Lord Alden Loveshade. E thinks that makes em sound impressive.
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18 Responses to Alden Loveshade End of the Year 2016

  1. Miley Spears says:

    It’s good things are better this year. You’ve had such a hard time for a while. You need a break! 🙂

  2. Pet Girl says:

    Pandemonium is as wild as you make it. You can make it twist and turn!

  3. Pet Girl says:

    I’m glad you didn’t lose anybody this year. Things have sucked for you.

  4. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    Your year end letters are always quite amusing. You can make mowing the lawn funny.

    Like the others, I am thankful that you didn’t lose anyone close to you this year.

  5. Christian Andy says:

    I’m glad God has blessed you this year and that you can come through things with a sense of humor. I hope this next year will be even better for you. God bless!

  6. Funny and informative. You didn’t mention your latest play but hope it works out. Have a great year!

  7. Tom T. Trucker says:

    Yeah, you’re kind of the rural Jeff Foxworthy. Only he’d know what an exhaust is.

  8. Tom T. Trucker says:

    Keep on truckin’!

  9. Pope Hilde says:

    You’ve done so much, and you focus on trivia. But I found it a funny post. Good luck for the next year.

  10. John Schuck says:

    I don’t get online much and lost touch. I hope you have a great year!

  11. Vernon King Avaritt III says:

    I’m glad that things went better for you this year. Let’s hope 2017 is a better year.

  12. Vernon King Avaritt III says:

    Yes you are a handyman and that is way cool. I am glad that no one died that is cool too. I am sorry that the pet store job ended and I am sorry that you got stuck with dozens of pets. That is difficult to take care of all these pets. Congratulations on your writing gigs and getting your book published. That is way cool. Sorry about your mom and I hope she gets better. I bet that your weight isn’t that bad and you are not that overweight.

    On Deviant Art I have over 1000 deviations (drawings and artwork) though some of it I did before I was on DA. I am also a greeter and I give birthday greetings. I also have three groups that don’t like me. One group declines every submission I make (they have declined 50 of my poems) The other two don’t decline my poems and writings, they just don’t respond to my submissions and they time out. I make it a point to give them poems every day. I love to mess with pompous jerks. I have submitted a lot of stuff to groups and they accept my submissions or tell me why. It is mostly cool.

    • I really don’t know if calling people you want to publish your work “pompous jerks” is going to help.

      Here’s a couple of links that might help you get published.

    • I appreciate your support.

      I do agree with Lorien, however. And I believe that you may be confusing declining submissions with not liking you. I’ve had editors who have rejected my work and then accepted another piece. I’ve even had an editor who rejected several things but asked me to send more. And I’ve had editors I didn’t get along with who accepted a lot of my work.

      Many people (read most) also do not understand that writing is mostly rewriting. I’ve written 2 1/2 pages to get a 3-line haiku to be good enough for a literary magazine. I may write a piece in a couple of hours, then spend days redoing it. If someone writes a poem, looks it over, makes some revisions and then submits it, they’re probably not giving their work enough time and effort.

      It’s like carving a piece of wood. Carving often doesn’t take as much time or effort as sanding and polishing. But it’s the sanding and polishing that can make the difference between something made for you own amusement and something that is praised by the world.

      • Nannie Spears says:

        I’m not a writer but you said it very well. Things need sanding and polishing to be done right

  13. Have a great 2017! Mindy and I will try to get out there this summer. We thought about going for winter break but I heard its really cold there right now so summer should be better!

    • Today I’m having to go out in freezing weather to get warm water to animals. In fact I’m going out again right after I post this. Ironically, though, on Christmas it was pretty warm. But I really hope to see you both this summer!

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