Geographical Oddity

Well! Ain’t this place a geographical oddity.  Two weeks from everywhere!

-George Clooney Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

I wish we were talking about my favorite movie, “Oh Brother Where Art Thou.”

I wish we were talking about some geographical location.  It doesn’t even have to be an exotic locale.  …Where the heck is Wall Drug anyway?

But a while back some dumb ass looked at some tongue with some rashy areas outlined in white and called it a geographic tongue.

-It’s named.  Because of its map like appearance.  Officially it is called benign migratory glossitis

-Call it good.  Because its benign and painless.

-End of story.  Since it’s named and it stops there, there is nothing to do about it.  Quit asking questions.

Okay, I haven’t done enough research to be calling anyone a dumbass.  For all I know this person is/was highly intelligent and had no idea what he was looking at. For all I know, my tolerance for pain dropped as I aged and I just got whiney.  But! Boy! Would I love to get 100 people with a geographical tongue in a room to ask questions.

I’m going to start right here for now.

I don’t understand why someone hasn’t been curious enough to do this by now.  Well maybe they have and I just haven’t run across that information yet.

If you can’t tell I’m a little angry.  One reason why I am blogging on this particular subject is so I can work through some of this anger instead of simmering in it. I don’t want to share my anger.  The idea is to get 100 people with a geographic tongue in a room.  I do not need to get 100 angry people in a room.

I guess it all started in my youth when I was six or so.  I would have flare ups or blooms but the white lines never disappeared like I’m told they do.  My geographic tongue has never gone away on its own without treatment like all the sources say it should.  At least until I stopped eating gluten after a few weeks.

And that was my WTF moment.  All my life, this oddity that has been my tongue, didn’t have a cause.  Nor, was it supposed to cause any symptoms beyond a fissured tongue.  Then continued abstinence from gluten brought relief from my migraine quality headaches.

This was a complete surprise because gluten was on a list of trial and error experiments because I was gaining weight when I should have been losing.  This began my quest to look at a geographic tongue as a symptom rather than a condition and to document it.

New Year; New Project

I didn’t blog about quitting smoking because I wanted to avoid accountability.  I was going to quit smoking, because I was going to quit, not because I was going to do it in front of an audience.

I made the right choice.  I’m glad I didn’t quit smoking in public.  Although as a writer; now I’m thinking if I blogged through my year of quitting maybe I would have built a platform.

It’s hard building a platform about quitting smoking in hindsight. Smokers are curious about how to quit but they really don’t want anyone to dictate their quit. That is why nothing works. They just want to buy the book, go off in private to read it, extrapolate what pertains to them, then go quit on their own terms.  Then move on with their life as a non-smoker.

If I am going to create a following, or a platform, I think I am going to start with something new, even though it may not be the same subject as my book. This will help me collect some notes, test some theories, and document what I remember from way-back when. This way it is live and ongoing and people could check in every-once in a while.

Besides, I don’t want to finish writing this book and then set up shop to be a smoking cessation coach.  I am a writer who wants to sell books.  When I am done writing this book, I want to hit the road to promote it and continue working on my next book and add a third book and a fourth book etc.

Anyway, I plan on attacking this like I did quitting smoking; with a calendar, note my activities, be aware of cause and effect, and question everything.  This time I think I will hit the blogosphere instead of a notebook.

NaBloPoMo 7: I’m Voting

 

I’m voting bright and early tomorrow morning.  I almost voted absentee but with lines waiting nearly two hours all week in our small state, I decided to take my chances before work.

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NaBloPoMo 6:Independent Career

img_1319   I am a writer. I write almost daily, not just when it is convenient, nor only when I feel like it.  I have subject matter.  I have a demographic of 41 million people in the USA alone. People express curiosity about my subject matter. My dilemma; do I seek representation or do I self-publish?

My goal is to be a writer independent of a day job.  As long as I am working toward that goal, I don’t care if I get there by agent and publishing company or if I get there by self-publishing.

The problem is that I keep flip-flopping between using my writing time to seek an agent or editing my book.  So far writing a proposal has served me well for creating a business plan in case I do not find an agent.

The more I study techniques to find an agent the more I feel shoved out as a person they do not want.  Unless, I do more work to gain a following that actually enhances my ability to successfully self-publish.

My time has value.  An agent’s time has value.  A publicists time has value. A publishing company’s time has value.  I’m sure if we all got together we’d work to produce something of value.

One day I will see how my success plays out.  I find that interesting.

NaBloPoMo 5: Skipped a Day

Yesterday I did nothing but got up, went to work, then went to dinner with my sisters.  One sister opted out of her share of the bottle of wine leaving it to and even split between me the other sister.  I was in no shape to blog before midnight.  I even tried.  I had my blog open created a very short post.  Decided it didn’t make sense. Closed it and went to bed.  This is a placard just so I can keep my entires matched with the date of the month, knowing that I skipped a day.

NaBloPoMo 4: Voting

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Tonight, I’m exercising my independence by studying ballot issues.  Voting local is where your vote counts.

NaBloPoMo 3: Just Because You Can; Doesn’t Mean You Should.

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A Federal Judge has ruled that work on the four-state pipeline can go forward, but Tuesday President Obama said that the U.S Army Corps of Engineers is examining possible alternative routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline.   (full npr article here)

I really hope this happens.  This just doesn’t affect lake Oahe and the Missouri River they are also going under the Mississippi between Iowa and Illinois.

I’d rather not see the pipeline go in underneath all that farmland.  But, to find an alternative route especially after a Federal Judge gave the go ahead, I would love to see that expression of independence thought demonstrated.

Just because you can doesn’t always make it right.  I hope the powers that be make a stand for independence.

 

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