I woke up this morning to find a fresh two inches on the ground with about three to four inches total. I knew this was coming so I got up around 3:15 am (EDST) so I could add some time for the bad roads. And man did I need it. Every road between home and the warehouse was choked with snow. The highways were fine, except for 224 between Canton Rd. (91) and Portage county line Rd which was covered in snow. My first twelve deliveries were a mix of snow covered and clear streets. By 9am (EDST) most of the streets I delivered to were clear.
A funny thing. I wrote a short story for Hub Pages, so I could put in a link to my first book on sale on Amazon. They accepted the story but removed my link even though I used a link module they provided. The trouble with a site like this is that while they say they are there to help you make money they are in fact there to just promote their advertising dollars. I would write more for them, but I just don’t like how they easily denied me access to the advertising money while they make money on my work. Now my work is crap, but it is my crap.
Speaking of my crappy work, I am posting the next part in the Magic series (the Akio, JT & Margret story line) here by 5pm (EDST). I also have a new part in the other story line but I want to take a look at it and just maybe rework it (I typed it as I watched the Super Bowl last night) so it meets my crappy standards. As of right now the magic series is the only active story line. I am trying to fix Book two in the Average All-American Killer Girl story, but I don’t think I will be publishing any of it anytime soon. My next goal is to go back to the west with Joleen Warren and restart with her by next week.
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I got home just in time. The rain had turned to freezing rain with snow on the way. We will have a layer of ice underneath a layer of snow. I stopped at the store and bought enough food for the weekend (I hope). I have my laptop back. They were able to remove the last update then reinstall it so it won’t jam the laptop again. I hope to have something to post by tonight and the next chapter of The Book with No Name vol. 2 by Saturday. This weekend I am just staying inside typing on my stories.
I was driving on Marks road today when a car coming up on the other side had no lights on in the dark and rain. I remember thinking, “how can someone drive a dark car in the dark and rain without your lights. They need a cop on this road.” That was when I saw that the car was a cop. Nice. People were in a rush to get out of the weather before it turns ugly. Too many people speeding, jumping back and forth in the lanes, tailgating and other stupid sh**.
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I started off today at my usual time (up by 4am EDST at the warehouse by 5am). With everyone out (Sunday) I was able to get out by 5:30 am and to my first stop by 6:20 am. I had to stop at a couple of places trying to slow down my route because some of the stops were not open. It was very cold (18 degrees (Fahrenheit) according to the car) but there was a little sun by the end of my route. As I type this I can hear the wind outside and the weather coming.
I watched a guy make a left turn on red into oncoming traffic. He didn’t even stop. And it wasn’t like the light had just changed either. Had he waited for ten seconds he would have had the light. leaving Akron on my way to Median I saw what had to be a big fire. Along I76 near the East Market street exit there was smoke and flames viable from the highway. The highway at that point must be twenty feet away from the ground. I could see embers from the fire. Unfortunately, with it being Sunday the local news station was not running (in fact it had dead air at this time). It was a little eerie. No cars, large fire and a radio station not broadcasting.
Part 2 of Chapter 12 in the Book with No Name was posted just before I posted this. This part goes back to a similar theme of extremes and boundaries. Part three and four (maybe five) will cover Cathern’s search for more information on the book and just maybe a way to save her daughter.
With the weather changing I am going to have to react with it. this may take time away from my crappy writing so there could be a few days with nothing but this daily talk. I will try and go as far with this today, so I can have something to post.
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This would have been a typical Tuesday if I could get it through my head that today was Tuesday. We had a lot of packages to deliver today. I hope everyone got their stuff I just don’t see how it could happen. But we almost did it yesterday so who knows it could happen.
Please stop at the stop signs. I nearly hit someone today who decided they didn’t need to stop or look before going through and turning at a stop sign. Didn’t stop or react when he/she (too fast to be sure) went on by.
Part 3 of chapter 11 in the Book with No Name will be posted by 6pm EDST. I might not have anything for tomorrow. I lost a lot of time on the road and fixing problems with my computer (an update disconnected many connected systems).
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All day I had to remind myself this was Monday and not Tuesday. With tomorrow bringing the Blue Apron/Plated I should be back on track with what day it is. I had a lot of packages today and tomorrow will bring even more. It will also bring the rain then eventually winter weather.
Now on to the turn signal. Don’t get me wrong I am happy to see people use them (yes, there was a lot of people not using them today as well) it’s just that when you use it is as important as if you use it. you turn the signal on before you turn not as you turn. I nearly came to bumper blows with a couple of people today who turned on the signal as they turned. There are a lot of nice people out there. For some reason driving takes that niceness away.
I will have part 2 of chapter 11 of the Book with No Name posted later today (by 6pm EDST). As I drive around I worked out somethings with the story. With all the stuff I want in it I will need to have a 13th chapter. Part two finishes the castle and sets the mood for the future. Part 3 and 4 (possibly 5) will cover Cathern and her quest to learn about the book. More to come.
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I was in a turn lane waiting to turn behind the cab of a semi. The light was green, but the incoming traffic was heavy. Behind me was an a$$hole (and I don’t mine own. This guy tailgated me from when I turned down the road to this spot. The light was changing so the third guy in line jumped over to into the oncoming traffic and up the ramp. This guy was a F.I.A.T. (a Fu#k In A Truck). I don’t know if that guy just sucked or it was that strange inpatients people have just before a holiday. I watched a lot of people cutting off other cars, trucks and Semis. Running red lights including a left turn on red (in a nonlegal place.)
I am in Thanksgiving Day mode doing all the predinner cooking tonight so I can have the turkey in the over by 6:30 am. My sister must work tomorrow so dinner has to be done by noon. I guess this will be a Thanksgiving Day lunch.
With all that happening I won’t have a part done tonight. I will post part 4 of chapter 9 in The Book with No Name in the morning (after I have the turkey in the oven). Sorry about the delay but I don’t want to rush my crappy writing by starting and stopping it changing the tone (like I have a bad habit of doing).
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I got up and did the usual things for work. I left early to get gas at a station I like only to have my debit card declined. A quick trip to the bank and somehow, I went from a $100 to $-63. Nothing was in the account that showed were the money went. As it turned out the money was there it was just the system working and the amount was a glitch. A glitch that nearly sidelined me today. Tailgating and rushing the light was a real problem today. People need to use their turn signals even if they are turning into their own driveways and stop the button hook turns.
I will post part 2 of chapter eight in the Book with No Name here soon. It will conclude the story of Hector the Black Knight. Things only get worse for Maria as events turn on Hector. Part 3 will cover the orange knight and part 4 will cover the red knight with white trim. The last part will go back to story at hand and the moments after Thomas and Kaylee move into the house.
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The weather channel app said it was cloudy and it was very cloudy as it rained. I was surprised to see or not see that many people driving without their headlights on. I nearly watched a man drive into the side of a minivan as it turned against the light. now I can only speculate from what I saw. The car turing left onto 71 from Media Road (18) was way too close to the truck in front of them to the point they couldn’t see the light change. The man started moving on the green not watching for anyone and nearly hit the minivan. There is a reason driving instructors say count to three before going when the light just turned green and this was it. there was more but I don’t want to waste any more time talking (typing) about this. For now.
I am going to release the first part of chapter 8 in the Book with No Name here soon. I need to edit it and reword a section. I hope to have it posted by 6 PM EST. I think this week might be dominated by the Book story.
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With winter coming we are losing the light in the morning. I can understand using your high beams while driving on a back road in the dark. Just if you see a set of headlights coming the opposite way, dim the lights. I am going blind (and not in the fun way) from the high beams on the back roads. Also, please don’t pass me until you try and see what is pass me. I was stopped at a stopped school bus (lights on and sign out) when a minivan went to pass me. After some tire screeching she wound up in the wrong lane waiting for the bus. This was a nice delivery day that ended just before it became annoying.
I am still working on my Amazon book. I made so many mistakes in it that I am happy no one bought it. my plan is to work on it tonight and Saturday along with its sequel. I will return to my current stories Monday.
The Book with No Name’s chapter 8, 9 and 10 will see more backstories on the other knights (black, orange and another) the effects of the book on Kaylee and how that affects her relationships (both mother and Thomas).
This turned out to be a good day on the road. It was dark, and the threat of rain and snow was all morning but not much of both happened. I was at a gas station with free air. There was one car at the air and one waiting. The first car finished and drove away. Before the second car could pull up a tow truck cut the second car off and took the air pump. I wanted to stay to see what happened. the tow driver got out and went to the store in the station rather than the air pump leaving the second car waiting there. Nice.
I am posting the last part of chapter 7 in the Book with No Name here ASAP. After this I won’t have anything to post until I finish reworking my books Alice kills a Drug Dealer and the unfinished book Killing the Past (a sequel to AKDD).
Michael Collins is a Delivery Driver and an amateur writer living in Lakemore, Ohio
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