Okay, that was quite descriptive… but dude, it's better to know thy enemy then let the skin get sucked right off you. No wonder why people get a little paranoid… I freaked out with ticks. At least you can see ticks. Chiggers (or mites, they look the same to me) are freakin' tiny! Remind me to like NEVER go into tall grass… or anywhere wild… scary…
Other than freaky little bugs, Hoyt got some good news today. He finally got a landlord to respond to his inquiry, so he took a look and ended up signing the lease and putting down the security deposit. He'll be moving in on June 1st. I am trying to convince him not to purchase any new furniture… he makes it seem so permanent! Not like we don't already have two whole apartments' worth of furniture and crap… now he wants to add more. *sigh* Have to get him to focus on bills first! :-p It's hard not to spend lots of money when you haven't had it for half a year! I love him anyway. 😉
In the very least, I am finding my voice is more annoying than creative, innovative, or even plain useful. I come off as irritated to people, and somehow offend just about anyone that hears me. I would be better off not speaking at all. I tried this once while in Mongolia, taking a short vow of silence to regroup my thoughts and only say pertinent useful thoughts and information. What resulted was just a lot of distress by those around me. Imagine first trying to interpret someone speaking English (a language not very recognized in Mongolia), then trying to interpret a mute English-speaking student… in the end though, I felt a lot better having no obligations to respond and letting my own thoughts mull about in my own head. With Hoyt on nights this week, it doesn't seem like he will be calling at all. Not that he informed me of this, he's just not calling… argh!! Looking at my work schedule, the only day I could consider taking a vow of silence is Friday, and I have a dentist appointment that day… so I'll have to talk to them… I just want to focus on my writings, whether it is a story, a proposal (I have mixed feelings about my bus proposal now… why should anyone care about my misfortunes?), or a letter to Hoyt. Too bad my desktop wasn't more portable.
I finally got around to interlibrary loaning Brian Stoner's first novel entitled Sorceress. Sadly I returned it with only a third read, simply because of how completely and wholly frustrated I grew every time I picked it up. Try as I might, I could not stand his writing style or any part of the book. The plot was hard to follow because he kept coming up with all these new races. And not only did they multiply, but each one only had one still alive… And he describes one of the main characters with the same words, “gentle” and “soft” every single time he's mentioned. Now, that wouldn't annoy me so much if I didn't know he felt that he was that person, and that he truly felt he could do all these things this being of power since creation first born could do… Argh!! And grammatically, I am surprised something written that flows so terribly could be published. I feel like I am being very hard on him, but I have read a lot of fiction, and while I've dealt with some pretty graphic content, it has at least been written clearly and in a readable fashion. So, unfortunately, I have to say do not read Sorceress if you are able to find it (I could only find four libraries in the world having it), I would recommend not doing so.
The other book I recently looked at was Kevin Trudeau's “Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About”… need I say more? The book is riddled with incomplete explanations and horrible propoganda. Even I, who really dislikes the current administration, found the book to be offensive and extremely overdone. Many of his “cures” include cleanses that he doesn't explain what they are or how to do it even if one was interested. And apparently getting a Candida cleanse, body fat cleanse (what is this and how do I get one?), liver/gallbladder cleanse, and colon clenase will cure just about all your ailments… if you can figure out what they are and how to do it. Half of his suggestions require you to go to his website to see exactly what he's talking about because he's “forbidden” to list brand names. Oy… gives me such a head ache. But I did find some things that were useful, or ways of thinking that should be considered more, such as do not put on your skin what you wouldn't eat. Or, aka, only buy things you can read the ingredients for. Otherwise, I think the book is a waste of time, unless you enjoy reading extremely anti-anything (except organic treatments/foods)… and if that is your bag, more power to ya.
All in all, let me just say I am glad I also checked out Brian Greene's first book. At least I'll get some good reading in this week. Brian Greene is like my hero… if only it didn't cost $20,000 dollars to have him speak for an hour. Pfffft. Money rules everything in today's society. So sad… but that's a whole other issue. 😉