On Life, the Universe & Everything and Also Being Mostly Harmless

As you may know, I recently accepted challenges that life, the universe, and everything wanted to throw at me. I’m still wishing for a stunt double or minions to help me out from time to time.

So in the process of not having stunt doubles to help me with recent challenges, I’ve let Mermaids Don’t Do Windows grow really, really quiet.Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Mermaids Don't Do Windows

I’m so sorry to disappear like that.

My promise to post something every third day (hey, it’s a schedule of sorts) got tossed out the window while life, the universe, and everything came in.

Yeah, I signed up for NaNoWriMo–the challenge to write 50,000 words in November.


Every time I think I can pull off that many words in a month, I get life, the universe and everything instead. I have a few new words (lots of them), so I win with myself. I even planned and plotted ahead of time. (I did write 50k in a month once, but it wasn’t a NaNoWriMo month.)

Sometimes Always, family comes first, which means I haven’t been online much (except lurking from my phone apps, which is really unsatisfying), my word count is lower than expected, and my blog reading is waaaaaay behind (and there have been some great posts that have deserved more than the quick scan I’ve allowed myself). Yeah, so that’s why I haven’t posted anything in a while…

The spam tried to get in, too–over 500 spam hits in a week and 250 just over the weekend. Spammers are getting cleverer by plagiarizing snippets of text out there for their comments now. I suppose if they can’t handle the grammar on their own, they’ll steal words from someone else to trick the spam filters. Dang, I emptied the spamminess before taking a screen shot of the movie summary one. Then there are the flattering ones:

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Don’t worry. I reckon it’s all mostly harmless. πŸ˜›

Mostly harmless. Whatever. Spam is definitely annoying.

And the answer is 42.

What was the question?

Sorry, I couldn’t resist after things started sounding like references to Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books. If you’ve never read the trilogy that has more than three books, you should.

(It’s much better than the movie, in case you were wondering… Also, “Adams’s” is mostly correct for making a last name possessive. πŸ˜€ )

All the things!

Thanksgiving, I hosted my in-laws and a dear friend. It was a small, cozy event. We used the good china—I don’t remember the last time we did that. πŸ™‚ Also, I made sweet potato casserole from the ones I grew in my garden. (I’ll post about that later this week.)

I even managed a few loads of laundry AND discovered a leak in my washer. Oh, yes….there’s a hole in the bucket, well, the boot, actually. Don’t worry. I’ll explain soon when we fix that hole. Because, yeah, we’re gonna do it ourselves. I think the washer felt left out after the dryer got its very own repair post.

You must know that I’m not complaining. Seriously, I’m not. In fact, I’m taking on more schtuff that’s mostly harmless. What’s even more twisted is that I wouldn’t have it any other way.

How are things going with you? I’d love to hear how your Thanksgiving was. Did you brave the Black Friday insanity?Β (I didn’t. Nope. I’m insane enough already.)

Click the reply link and tell me what’s up. πŸ˜€

16 comments on… “On Life, the Universe & Everything and Also Being Mostly Harmless”

  1. I had 10 people the entire week! My son is the last to leave and his flight is in 35 minutes. So hard to say goodby to him. I had to share him with way too many people! πŸ™‚
    As for Black Friday? We all stayed at my farm and continued eating… πŸ™‚

    • Diana Beebe

      Wow! What a houseful! It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I can’t even imagine having to say bye to my kiddos like that (I’d have a hard time sharing, too)–so glad I don’t have to worry about that just yet. Hugs to you, Joy.

  2. Wow. I don’t think I even breathed while reading that post! πŸ˜€ … and I think Douggie is the true master of the universe – wherever he is these days.

    • Diana Beebe

      LOL. Take a breath!

      I’d heard that someone was going to write the sixth book in the series based on his notes and with guidance from Mrs. Adams. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Hmmmm… Could be interesting…

    • Diana Beebe

      I have never been inside a Buc-ee’s–I just keep on driving. I’m not sure what the fascination is. LOL. Love the billboards they put up though.

  3. Sounds like you need SaneBox spam filter extraordinaire. Let Dawson fill you in on the details, and when they ask how you found out about it, tell them it was me. πŸ™‚ I think I get a free month or something. Its the best thing since 42.

    Once, mine went down for a day and I was getting spam email every 3-5 minutes in my inbox!! HELP!! So I wrote to them of course, and the OWNER wrote me back. They fixed it pronto (one of my emails was timing out the filtering process for some reason). Back to sanity. ahhhhh. Try it for free and you will never go back. No this ain’t no spam, neither. πŸ˜‰

    • Diana Beebe

      LOL. I use the spam filter plugin through WordPress and my TechGuy Jay wrote an additional program. Spam rarely makes it out of the filter for which I’m hugely grateful! I check the filter to be sure no one real got filtered out–it has happened only twice.

      I will keep the SaneBox filter in mind for other stuff though. Thanks for that tip! I love hearing about tech companies who have active, involved owners like that.

  4. I’m constantly surprised about how life can always surprise me – and isn’t that weird. Yes, family does ABSOLUTELY come first (and as you mentioned to me), you shouldn’t feel guilty about putting them first. But, if you are like me, then we are always running into “distractions,” especially around the holidays. πŸ™‚ Good to see you back “in blog!” πŸ™‚ Now I need to get back to work myself. πŸ™‚

    • Diana Beebe

      Oh, yes! I lurrve distractions. *rolls eyes* And absolutely no feeling guilty when we have to skip being online because our families need us. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. I’ve had the same sort of month! I haven’t put up a blog post in a while … need to get back into the swim of things. Unfortunately my stunt double and minions got lost with yours. Perhaps they are all at the pub! Good luck with picking things up again πŸ™‚

    • Diana Beebe

      At the pub?! Those slackers!

      Good luck getting back into the swim of things, Kim. (I love that!) I hope the new book launch has been going well for you!

  6. I swear, the second I accept a WFH contract with a tight deadline, some kind of crisis appears! Somehow I always pull it off, but that much caffeine can’t possibly be healthy…

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