Boys into Men

I read a description of manhood, as seen through the eyes of a fictional medieval knight once. He watched a child with his wooden training sword pretending to be like the squires, the squires pretending to be like the senior men at arms, and the senior squires listening intently, and pretending to be like the lords that they served. The knight’s┬áline has always stuck in my head: Pretending and pretending, we pretend ourselves into men.

Women do similar, it’s part of how┬áhumans learn to be adults, we watch how others do it, and try to mimic. It works, but sometimes it leaves out a lot. Men grow up feeling like they have to always be strong, and going to the doctor when you’re not dying, is seen as being weak. ┬áIn reality, going for a general┬ácheck up on a regular basis, can protect men and keep them healthier for longer, so the pretending they are always strong is counter productive. On this International Men’s Day, I’d like to encourage all the men I know to take care of themselves too.

Watching the wheels …

Upgraded the memory in the┬ácomputer – aka the SNC, (Yay, I can work on two documents at once without causing the SNC to have a hissy fit!) Then I upgraded to a new operating system (meh – but necessary) Then I went to reinstall my copy of Word, and it wouldn’t install. Apparently between all the switching between the in-it’s-death-throes computer to the SNC, and then the upgrades necessary for the SNC, my old copy of Word is out of use. *sighs* Didn’t feel like going for the 100+ km round trip to go get another copy of Word, so I installed Open Office.

Open Office is a bit of a trip down memory lane, but I’m enjoying it. In the process of all these upgrades, I completely cleaned off my desk, and polished it. The very first visitor walked in, told me it looked weird, and I need to put all the clutter back! ­čÖé In between all this, I’ve gotten beta reader feedback on the first section of Abandoned Sentinels, seen the concept cover art for Seldi of Legend, and am almost down to 300 unread emails … just sitting back here with a cup of coffee,┬áwatching the wheels go round.