Some Things

Friendly reminder – Voting is important. Refusing to vote isn’t a political statement – though it is your right. Please consider voting. If you do not like either candidate, look to the VPs to guide your choice. If we do not vote, we are telling the government that voting doesn’t matter. If voting doesn’t matter, then we are putting all of our lives in the hands of people that we did not help to elect, but that elected themselves.


Things I’ve Done

Since River passed away, I’ve taken to walking myself and riding my bicycle a lot more. Whenever I get the tug to walk River, I get up and walk Barbara.

Things I’ve Read

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert ( warning – this is a sex book. I had no idea. I bought the book based on the cover which is very cute and put me in mind of Rainbow Rowell. That being said – the writing is great, and the story is wonderful. You can skip over the sex without missing the story. So, treat like a VHS and fast forward through the stuff you don’t like. Or, don’t and tell everyone you did.)

Things I’ve Watched

The Social Dilemma – Netflix

Boston Legal – Shiny circles (DVDs)

Things I’ve Listened To

Fictional – Podcast

The Daily Stoic – Podcast

I didn’t include warnings about sexual innuendo for Boston Legal, because that show is Disney level compared to some of the commercials that are currently being played on regular television.

Voting is the Absolute Least You Can Do to Influence Change

If you do nothing else to engage in politics, please vote.

Here’s a list of reasons to vote and thoughts on voting generally:

  • If you are a single issue voter (gun control, abortion, etc.), consider putting that issue down temporarily and looking wider for presidential elections. Consider single issues for your local government and think broader for national elections.
  • If you don’t want to vote for one of two white men, then look to the Vice Presidential candidates to guide your vote.
  • If you don’t want to vote because there is no one worth voting for, remember that voting is a math problem. Imagine there are 100 registered voters. 50 people definitely want to vote for candidate A, and 30 definitely want to vote for candidate B. 20 registered voters don’t love either candidate and want to make a statement by not voting. The problem is the statement that is being made is not “give us someone better to vote for”. The statement is “I don’t want to vote.” This leads me to the next point-
  • If you have two choices: voting for the lesser of two evils or not voting, it is worth it to be counted for the better candidate.
  • Withholding your vote will not change our current options, and it will not mean that person who wins will have less influence over the laws that govern your life.
  • In the future, we will hopefully have a better way to express our distastes for certain candidates. In the meantime, we need to use the system available to us while also planning for better ways to make our voices heard in the future.

Having a Cold During a Pandemic

Friendly reminder – Voting is important. Refusing to vote isn’t a political statement – though it is your right. Please consider voting. If you do not like either candidate, look to the VPs to guide your choice. If we do not vote, we are telling the government that voting doesn’t matter. If voting matter, then we are putting all of our lives in the hands of people that we did not help to elect, but that elected themselves.


Having a cold right now means getting tested for COVID-19. This is because the symptoms of COVID-19 are basically the same as a cold, flu or sinus infection.

Not being able to taste or smell anything is the symptom that everyone is told to look out for, but losing your sense of taste and smell can happen when you have a cold, flu or sinus infection too.

So, here I sit…on my couch…with a cold…waiting for a COVID-19 test which will tell me to continue to sit on my couch with my symptoms and rest.

River.

River was an old dog. I’ve not been writing as much, because I have been taking care of her. On Tuesday, she left us.

This is the kind of thing you never get over. You just learn to live with it.

Thanks in advance for all of the well wishes and kind thoughts. There are no right words for something like this, so don’t feel obligated to comment. I know. 💜

My Second Time Reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman

These books are nothing like I remember them.

Let’s start here: I loved the SyFy series, but it is important to keep the series separate from the books. The books are their own thing as is the tv show.

The first time I read The Magicians, I didn’t really like it. I thought it was just okay. I remember saying, “He lost me at the talking animals. It’s just not for me.”

I kept reading. I read them all. When I finished the series (the first time), I said, “that was pretty good,” and moved on to the next book in line.

Something came over me last month. I missed the characters. The show is over now, and I missed my magician friends. So, I picked up the books again. And, whoa…

I was completely surprised by the second reading of all these books. I didn’t remember most of the story. Maybe, I wasn’t paying attention fully during my first go, but by the end of the third book, I was tearful and felt like I had been through something.

Let this be a lesson – reading a book a second time is not always required, but it can sometimes delight you.

Welcome to Not Now. I’m Writing.

Not Now. I'm Writing.

Finally a blog just about the writing bits.

Hello, this is Barbara. You may already know me from hellothisisbarbara.com, from my classes on writing, or from my books. You may not know me at all which is fantastic.

In any event, I am happy to have you here.

For a while now, my students and followers on Instagram have asked me to blog specifically about the craft and business of writing. This blog is the answer to that call.

While I am preparing new content for this blog, please visit my personal log for my previously written content on the subject of writing – https://hellothisisbarbara.com/category/writing/

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New Article: Where Did HTML Come From?

I’ve written a brief article on the origin of HTML if you’re interested –

You most likely already know that HTML is used to build websites, but do you know where the language came from?

In 1989, a laboratory in CERN was one of the only places in the world that had access to the Internet. The Internet at that time was very different than the cat video utopia and the political dumpster fire that it is now. This Internet was a way for the scientists at CERN to access each other’s computers at will.

Two Recently Published Articles on HTML

When I’m not writing fiction, I’m writing articles about topics that interest me.

A few years ago, I took a certificate course in WordPress Development/PHP. Like any language if you don’t use it, you lose it. I lost it.

Recently, I’ve browsing my old course text and writing small posts about what I find. I retain information a lot better if I have to teach it, so I am using these articles to teach others (and myself).

Here are my latest posts:

Where Did HTML Come From

How HTML Tells Computers What to Show Us