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For want of a printer cartridge.

My life is ruined. No, not really, I'm just being a whiny bitch.

But, my printer is totally out of ink. And, I want to print things. Specifically, one or two of my little cat stories to send somewhere. Yes, today we went to B&N, and bought a couple cat magazines. One being cat fancy, which seems to have an attitude about submissions which is, "Be published, then we might consider glancing our noses at your article."

I'm not super impressed. Besides, I don't think my style of writing about cats would appeal to them, because they seem to be filled to the overflowing with gooshy, glurgy, love for cats. I adore my cats, but I'm realistic too. I know they are royal pains in the arse at least 80% of the time, which is why I love them, but I'm not going to write about them as if they're perfect. They would be darned boring if they were.

But, I found another magazine that seems a bit more open. And they actually invite you to send them stuff, and don't say, "With a page of credentials telling us how you're published, so we'll look at it." So, I think I'm going to give them a shot.

But, I can't print anything, cause I don't have an ink cartridge. And, I can't afford an ink cartridge, cause I spent more money than I should have today, on buying magazines and a few books. And, I've been debating if I should buy a new printer anyway. Considering the cartidge will cost me 30-50 dollars, and the printer I"m looking at will cost me about a hundred, it's a serious thing to consider. Well, we'll see what happens on payday. I'm so caught up on the bills, that I might actually be able to pull this one off.

One thing I couldn't find in the bookstore was the all inclusive book of amazingly stupid facts you never knew you needed to know. No, that isn't a real book, but I sure wish it was. I'm still fleshing out my fantasy world. I thought I had it down, but I'm realizing I really don't, so I'm fine tuning it. My goal is to make it as fleshed out as any of the established universes I've worked in, writing fanfiction. I figure if I do that, then writing about it won't be as difficult, and hopefully, I'll be able to explain things as needed.


For example... how far can someone travel by day on horseback? Now, when I was a kid, I was told that the pioners heading out to California covered about 20 miles a day with a wagon train. I never questioned that. So, I thought to myself, "Assuming you have a traveling caravan of people, wagons, cattle, etc. I can expect that these people would cover about 20 miles in a day."

But then it hit me... what about one person on a fast horse? What would they average? Of course, terain has to be considered too. Traveling along a well worn path will be faster than traveling across a mountain range. A group of warriors on sturdy horses will travel faster than one guy on a so-so horse.

And of course, how fast would you go if traveling by foot?

And then, after that it hit me, "Where did I ever hear that 20 miles a day was good for the pioners traveling west? Who told me that? I accept it as fact, but is it? Maybe someone told me that who didn't have a clue!"

And then I realize I also need to draw a map of this world, and then I look at my pitiful drawing skills and stomp my feet in frustration. It doesn't help, but it sure makes the kitties jump.

I think, once I get everything I need together, including these facts about travel and somesuch, I'm going to put up a website and invite people to go there and rip my world apart, looking for things wrong with it. But, also to have my little facts up there, so that in the future, if I or anyone else needs to know these things, they can find it.

In the meantime, does anyone know where I can find places of useless information, like how fast people can travel when using horses and carts, vs. modern things like cars and airplanes?
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