Moving Soon

So we’ve bought a new house and we’re about 2/3rds moved into it. In two weeks movers show up to pack up and haul all of the furniture away to the new place. Then we’re out of the once great state of California and off to Texas.

This is the second time in my life where I’ve moved cross country and into an area where I really don’t know that many people. The other was when I moved from NY to Oregon. Thankfully I had a lot less stuff then, and it was just me making the move. While this move is about 2/3rds the distance, there’s two of us now, plus pets, and a hell of a lot more stuff.

I will definitely be glad when the end of this month arrives and all of this has been completed.

I will miss some of the pastimes and people I’ve come to know and enjoy in the last dozen or so years I’ve been living in California, however I will not miss California itself. I’ve grown to hate California and the vast majority of the people who live here, because they took a place that was once a paradise, and have pissed it away into a total hellhole. California is on the fast track to third world nation status (parts of it, like San Francisco, have already achieved it), and when it hits bottom, it’s going to be an epic disaster.

Understand I’m not leaving exactly willingly, I’m leaving because several of my hobbies and possession are now a felony in the state of California, regardless of that document called the Constitution. I’m not talking far-out ‘right wing’ conspiracy theory stuff either. Just things I’d openly bought or made over the years I’d lived here, things that California gave me ‘permission’ to own (even though there’s that pesky document again) and suddenly outlawed on pain of incarceration, with no compensation for the property that they have effectively ‘seized’.

This is something California has done twice now in the 25 years I’ve been associated with the state (I used to get sent here for work back in my DOD and Tech days fairly often and sometimes for over a year at a time). Each time they did it, they made promises, which they promptly broke and people ended up in jail or with huge financial losses.

Then there’s that whole dam fiasco. If people knew how close we came to losing that dam and having multiple cities wiped off the map and hundreds of thousands of people killed, maybe, MAYBE, they’d wake up and do something about it.

But I honestly doubt it.

So yeah, crime is rising, quickly. The laws are being applied randomly, when they’re applied at all. Taxes are going up. The state has a half trillion dollar debt that they scrupulously ignore ever talking about. Only Democrats are allowed on the ballot to run for office, and with such a super majority guaranteed forever, they’re passing laws that only the Mad Hatter himself could have thought up. It’ll be detroit all over again, only this time writ large.

And I’m just so incredibly glad that I’m escaping all of it.

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Just a little note

I haven’t posted here in a while, mainly because I have two other blogs (https://jvanstry.blogspot.com/ and https://stryvant.blogspot.com/) where I post more often, and of course the ever ‘wonderful’ facebook, where you pretty much have to have a presence if you’re an author these days.

Overall, the last year has treated me well, sales are way up, and my work is being well received by the people who are willing to give me money so I’ll keep at it. I doubt that the ‘literarti’ would have any kind words at all for my work, but then those people couldn’t tell a good story if they wanted to.

I’ve got a new hobby, seeing as the old one became my job, building bass guitars. I’ll see if I can’t add some pictures below. I’m also moving to Texas here, soon, because California has just become too insane to live in. The state is passing laws with nary a concern about individual rights, constitutional limits, the future, or common sense. When California crashes, it’s going to be spectacular, and I do not want to be here to see it.

Getting back to the writing, it’s been going very well, but I realize I need to work harder at it. To some folks a book a month may seem to be a lot, but then I look at some of the other authors that I know, and I see that they’re out-pacing me on that, and I honestly want to do that as well. There are a lot of folks out there who like what I write and I honestly want to keep them happy. They are after all, the reason why I do this, and the fact that they are willing to give me their hard earned money so that I can focus fully on writing makes me want to work harder to offer them more.

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard in my life, (well, maybe in the military). But the rewards have been worth it. I’m getting to tell so many of the stories I’ve always wanted to tell, and you all not only enjoy them, you want me to write more of them.

It’s been a great year.

On the basses below. The first is a headless (so no, the head wasn’t cut off it ends there). I built it because I wanted something to take on airplanes that wasn’t huge. Took maybe three weeks to build.

The second is a Warmoth P-Bass. It took over a month to build (there were some complications) but it sounds fantastic and I’ve been playing it a lot lately. It’s also incredibly heavy, weighing in at about ten pounds. The body alone is over five, before it was finished and loaded up with stuff. The third pic is of the P-Bass with strings and stickers.

(I also go gold mining in the mountains on the weekends, one of the few things I’ll miss about California after we move. Maybe I’ll put some pictures up about that eventually).

Still haven’t updated the picture

And I really should to, as I shaved last week, and for the first time in over a decade I am now clean shaven (may even be longer than that, I’ve had a beard and/or mustache for more years than I haven’t). So yeah, I look a little different now. I was at a convention this last weekend where I know a lot of people, and many of whom didn’t recognize me at first, until I said hello.

Wow, they sure make this a pain in the Ass!

So, thought I’d set up a wordpress account, solely because so many of the people I deal with have them.

And wow, what a pain! I thought blogger was a bit annoying, but wordpress really takes the cake. It’s got lots of arcane things, no ‘simple’ setting, and navigating it and figuring out how it all works is fairly counter-intuitive most of the time. And the links they give you, they take you who the hell knows where.

And on top of that is wordpress’s famous complete lack of security, so you know odds are good your page will be hacked, and hacked often.

Well, I guess I’ll see if I can figure this out, but I’ve already put more time into it than the ten minutes I wanted to. Because I already have a blog and I don’t know that I need yet another one.

https://jvanstry.blogspot.com/

or my author page:

http://www.vanstry.net