Having a QA on Writing

In my day job as a web developer I work with a small group of quality assurance (QA) people.  QA people are a necessary evil.  They keep the programmer from showing clients screwed up code.  They are also really annoying.  Some QA people are pretty good and some are pretty bad.  Some find bugs and some just find “differences.”  I worked with a QA awhile back that had an uncanny knack for finding bugs, attributing them to the wrong cause, then throwing out good work.  It’s a baby with the bath water kind of scenario, and it was going on constantly.  Nothing is more frustrating than pouring hours upon hours of …

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Miniature House Museum

Carmel, Indiana has it’s share of weird things sitting around.  They have all those art galleries, roundabouts, and statues plus all the rich people and their fancy cars.  I also talked about just how much they love their dogs. There is one other attraction in the Carmel Arts and Design district.  It’s this little (no pun intended) museum of miniatures just right next door from my office.  I’ve never been, but I’ll get to that in a second. I have never — in two whole years! — seen someone walk into that miniatures museum.  It might in fact be the perfect cover for some kind of smuggling/prostitution ring.  After all, …

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Fatherhood and Gaming

I’m not a father.  I’ve checked.  In fact, I ask Marissa about twice a day in varying states of panic whether or not I’m a daddy.  Thus far the answer has been a resounding and merciful “no” followed by an “and stop asking me that!”  But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate one of this year’s trends in gaming — portrayals of father / child relationships.  In most cases it is a portrayal of a father / daughter relationship. I’m thinking of two of the most critically acclaimed games of the last couple of years — The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite.  I haven’t played Shadows of Mordor, but …

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Removing Freewrites

Just a heads up, I’m removing a number of freewrites from my blog.  I intend to take these freewrites, revise them, and turn them into full stories that I may or may not submit to magazines, ezines, contests, whatever.  If you’d like to see one just message me. Thanks and Sorry, Dawson

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Something Cute on the Drive

A couple weeks ago I posted about nearly watching an old man and a baby die during my morning commute, but that wasn’t the only thing that happened. About 3 or 4 miles down the road from my traumatic encounter I stopped behind a small, older mini-van at a left turn.  This car was lurching.  The brake lights would flash off, the vehicle would move forward just a bit, and the brake lights would flash on.  It was rocking back-and-forth slowly gaining inches towards the line. I’m thinking, high school student playing a prank on his friends.  Nothing like toying with your favorite carsick friend in your own car.  See, I assumed …

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Buying Cat Food

At some terrifying moment in the past couple weeks I went from “a guy who happens to have a cat” to “a cat owner.”  I never intended to reach this point.  In fact, I intended to stop short of “a guy who happens to have a cat.”  My wife had other plans, and before I knew it some stray had adopter her. Now he lives with us. Actually, last night he slept on my pillow. I allowed this because I was in no mood for the inevitable argument that would cause. “Toby,” I’d say, “get down!” “Meow!” he’d say. So I would shove him off. This would cause him to …

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Writing Challenge

To make up for my generally lackadaisical posting and tendency to not write despite considering myself a writer, I will be posting everyday this week. Expect new posts from October 5th (today) all the way through October 11th (Saturday) at 7:00 am.  (I’m writing them a night ahead of time.) Oh, and this doesn’t count for today.

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Just Nearly Watched Someone Die… Again

I used to like driving.  There was a certain peace to it — an open road and me in complete control.  Then I started driving in (and around) Indy. This morning I was driving down 146.  Now if you’re not from the area, you need to know that 146 is a fairly major artery that links all the little Northern Indianapolis suburbs — Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield, etc.  I’m driving about 55, the speed of traffic, at about 8:45 this morning.  The speed limit is 45, but at that speed you’re a hazard most mornings. I’m driving along watching a lady in a red Ford Focus coming up in my rear-view …

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Request for Help

Dear Readers, All like one of you (plus my wife who is awesome but doesn’t count because she has to love and support me due to some vows she took,) I need some help.  The time has come for me to clean up my online presence and update my portfolio.  I’m going to be picking out some blog posts to revise and otherwise clean-up.   If you have any favorites, please post the title or link or description here or comment on that post to let me know.  It just helps me know what people like and what they don’t. Thanks, Dawson

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Just A Bunch of Softies

Toby ran off again yesterday.  He’s an indoor cat, but he still likes to run out.  I’m not sure why.  You’d think his last experience being left outside would be enough to keep him indoors, but no.  He’s over his fear of open doors now. It’s just so much great fun for him to bound out the door then spend the next couple of hours waiting for you to walk up before bounding off again.  Then he looks over his shoulder and meows.  Yeah, well, screw you too, buddy! It is a good way to make friends though.  Actually, for some reason, having a cat lets me get to know all …

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