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  1. The Gribble’s Eye: Cover assembly (7/14/2018) - Originally posted on Dave Cline - lost and found:
    The cover is taking shape. With the chiseled stone “Eye” that I tapped into the patio in the back, we’ve begun our trek that leads through the forest to the glade where there blooms a sun drenched pool of possibility. The “Eye,” as Widowcranky has insisted,…
  2. How do you like your eggs? (7/11/2018) - That should be the opener to every relationship. “How do you like your eggs?” Doesn’t it say just about everything about a person? “Oh, I don’t eat eggs.” — NIX! “Sling those delicious little ovums any ol’ way you want for me.” — WINNER! “Ooh, I can’t stand runny yokes.” — GONNER! “A buttery, soft-boiled […]
  3. Writer’s Log: 1790 Sentiment Cycle (7/10/2018) - Ready for maths? No? Well, how about pictures? Nice, Mole, what are we looking at? What you see before you is a word sentiment chart of The Gribble’s Eye plotted over the length of the story. This was created using some “R” code and the libraries offered by the professor behind The pair of […]
  4. Complex entertainment (7/6/2018) - Consider the entertainment industry 100 years ago. Or 200. Or 2000. Could you ever believe you might be satisfied with shadow puppets, Punch n’ Judy, traveling minstrels, oral stories in an amphitheater or around a campfire and maybe, if you’re lucky, a play or a view of the art of a city, the wealthy or […]
  5. Writer’s Log: 1782 Cyclical story structure (7/1/2018) - Last night I watched Brandon Mull’s #9 video on youtube (he subbed for Sanderson). Mull is eccentric and idiosyncratic (to say the least). But his thoughts (once they come out) were spot on. From them I designed my own writing organization philosophy. (To be honest, Sanderson also poses similar story topologies.) It goes like this: […]
  6. I am Crow (6/30/2018) - I am Crow. Like you I am Omnivore. Like you I wonder at the Universe. I plan and scheme and take when I can, what I can. I dance and dodge from your wheels, your threats. Still I survive. I cock my head and caw at your fist in the air. But I take no […]
  7. Cover: The Gribble’s Eye (6/30/2018) - Tribe, I’m on the lookout for a cover concept. The Gribble’s Eye is “draft-ready” but we’re still working up the 50+ illustrations: 25 done, 25 more to do. This is the story of a teenage girl and her 20-something tutor and a couple of Greek myths who serendipitously team up to fight the minions of […]
  8. Fossil fuel volcano (6/19/2018) - I’m reading Light of the Stars “Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth” — Adam Frank. I’m about halfway through and so far Frank has supplied mostly background in his attempt, I’m assuming, to present various models — based on our solar system’s mechanics and planetary variations — to determine the probability of exo-civilizations, […]
  9. Suicide: the selfish solution (6/15/2018) - Nearly 45,000 Americans killed themselves in 2016, twice the number who died by homicide. OK, you can curtail your churlish condemnation of the Anonymole pointing out that suicide might be a drastic, selfish solution to a (potentially) soluble problem. I think of death daily. (Yes, I really do. The tape measure is out and I’m […]
  10. Bring ’em back (6/14/2018) - Courtesy of the lovely Doctor Martina, I learned of the 27 Club; musical artists who died at the tender age of 27 years. Well, shit, that’s pretty damn young to die, I will admit. And the list is sad — there’s no other way to describe it. Sad. But, let’s say that if we all […]
  11. Let the Hell Cat freeze! (6/7/2018) - I love show tunes. Computer: Play “Paint your wagon” radio. “Playing Paint your wagon musical radio from your pandora station.” From My Fair Lady: “let the hell cat freeze.” — Rex Harrison Can you imagine calling Audrey Hepburn a “hell cat”?
  12. Writer’s Log: 1751 Writing Wrong (6/5/2018) - No, not righting wrongs. I’ll leave that to the characters of our stories. What I’m referring to here is practicing the craft but doing so incorrectly. We all know, a “writer writes” (both Billy and Danny say this in the movie), but what if what you write is wrong? Poor form? Grammatically, technically, logically, or […]
  13. A bramble vine basket (5/30/2018) - Humanity evolved creating stuff. Everyone in a tribe or clan contributed to the group’s survival. If things needed to get made, everyone (I imagine) pitched in. Sure some segregation of tasks took place, but I suspect most jobs were shared across gender, age and ability. Here you see a simple bramble vine basket I made […]
  14. I give you ONE wish (5/27/2018) - Here are the rules: You get one wish. It will come true the moment you utter the sealing spell “that is my wish.” It must be specific, that is, enactable by an omnipotent being (me). Meaning, it cannot be vague, “I wish for world peace.” (What would that mean? And how would any omniscient, omnipotent […]
  15. Have we met? I love you. (5/24/2018) - Imagine having a relationship with someone for years, decades perhaps, and never having met them. I’ve known people, through my work on the net, literally for decades. One fellow, Charles Carroll, I met while writing magazine articles for MIND (Microsoft Internet Developer) in the late 90’s, and while we worked on that ancient technology known […]
  16. Writer’s Log: 1734 – If only… (5/20/2018) - For those of you who care to follow my writing progress, here’s a brief interlude: A Paleo Friendship #1: A Paleo Friendship #2: If I could slap a button, big, round and red, and send myself back to such a time – POOF! That would be the end of me. POV: First Person […]
  17. Writer’s Log: 1732 Neil Gaiman (5/18/2018) - EXCERPT FROM “The View from the Cheap Seats”: “I was, as I said, twenty-five years old, and I had an idea for a book and I knew it was a real one. I tried writing it, and realized that it was a better idea than I was a writer. So I kept writing, but I […]
  18. Cocky du’Cotaigne (5/7/2018) - This is a piece, rendered silly and pompous for the purpose of donating to the effort to befuddle the woman who has just now tried to TRADEMARK the word “Cocky” for all romance novels released in the US. Like Taylor Swift, who trademarks her lyrics (not just copyrights them — which is built in — […]
  19. I’m a poet, don’t you know it. (5/2/2018) - Poetry that doesn’t rhyme, Taps my brain, takes too much time, To figure out the weird, strange beat, The double meaning, the awkward mete, I’d rather just go read some tweets. ~~~ I work too hard, all damn day, writing code, beyond dismay. So complex, it sucks me dry, that in the end, my only […]
  20. Inspirational musical: The Greatest Showman (4/29/2018) - So, I’m a sap. I cry at the oddest movies scenes. Hey! Don’t judge me. (I know you don’t, but well, okay, so we’re good.) I watched (and then re-watched with the lyrics and then found this site which allows you to follow exactly the lyrics of the movie The Greatest Showman (Hugh Jackman, Michell […]
  21. To live is to lie (4/29/2018) - Fiction is lying. The fabrication of a make-believe story, perhaps without a shred of substantiation in the real world, is, in all meaningful ways, a lie. Some archeologists believe that the ability to lie, to tell stories, may be what set Homo Sapiens Sapiens apart. The imagining of an untrue event or situation is effectively […]
  22. The mother’s dual role (4/14/2018) - A mother does two things. Provide a controlled, safe, blockaded environment in which a child can grow and learn and flourish. Surrender that environment and transition to the supportive, conducive enabling agent which will see their child launched into the world. These two things are diametrically opposed. Early on a mother MUST contain and protect […]
  23. The Writer’s Stew (4/11/2018) - Imagine a tasty stew. Savory meats, root vegetables, maybe some thick noodles or dumplings, a fine rich stock all simmering for hours on low. The aroma and unctuous anticipation of slipping some of that luscious meal down your throat just makes your mouth drip like Sobaki, Pavlov’s favorite dog. That is how I think writing […]
  24. A themed universe (4/9/2018) - Something jelled recently. Those of you who read Sci-Fi will know the name Larry Niven. He’s most famous for his novel Ring World. But more than that, what he created was a broad context for (nearly) all of his stories. It’s what he calls “Known Space.” What’s curious about it is that it’s fully cogent […]
  25. Club Internet (4/8/2018) - If you have a raw nerve exposed, you can bet I’m going to be one of those who tries to tweak it, maybe shock it. Certainly pinch it a bit. OUCH! Yeah, sorry about that. (But not really.) And this is of course an exaggeration. I recently, yesterday or something, wrote about all of us […]
  26. 100% of you are bloggers (4/7/2018) - Consider this: A small town newspaper, with one reporter, one editor, one distribution manager, one advertising manger and one printer (all of whom are the same person) produces one edition per day. The ONLY people who read this edition are the OTHER small town newspapers (those that also have a single reporter, editor, etc. all […]
  27. Fiction: knowledge kills it (4/6/2018) - I spend some time over on Scrib-O-defile (which is a pretty good collaborative community for getting your writing critiqued — among other things. The moderators are draconian and the owner is an enigma. Anyway…) I batted around the concept of what irked me (or anyone) about Science Fiction tropes. I happened upon a thought, my […]
  28. I self published a novel (4/4/2018) - I just self-published a novel through (ebook only.) The process, which in and of itself was a piece of cake, took me a half-dozen tries to get the format right (downloaded from GDocs as a .docx) to make the title and copyright and all that work out correctly. D2D then gave me a 6×9 […]
  29. Blog me to death! (4/2/2018) - STOP! Stop right fucking there. If you think there’s some gotdamned yardstick you think you’re measuring yourself against by posting every gotdamned four, or six or twelve hours to this got-forsaken situation (the web/internet) — then you’ve swallowed the wrong gotdamned pill. This ain’t no way to run your pathetic life. The internet is not […]
  30. Do you love your slavery? (4/2/2018) - Aldous Huxley had to have been one of the most prophetic seers ever there was: “Actually love his slavery… actually happy under the new regime.” And here we are. The drugs and communication techniques — the internet being both — are controlling and placating us. Are we beginning to love our enslavement? Here is evidence […]
  31. Just some stuff… (3/30/2018) - Here’s some random stuff I’ve written here and there, recently. A 99 word challenge about flying fingers… “Drop your spoon!” My grandma’s favorite spoon clacked to the floor, batter spraying her shoes.” “What in God’s name are you making?” I popped the tupperware lid and showed her. “And what are you going to do with […]
  32. Writer’s Log: 1570 (3/22/2018) - Writing keeps me alive. The experiment continues. A couple of months ago, death and its long ivory fingers reached unerringly for my throat. Writing, the act of writing, held them off. The effort of putting words to paper continues to do so today. The stories that I wish to tell implore me — do not […]
  33. Writer’s Log: 1562 Golf (3/15/2018) - Learning to write fiction is like learning a difficult technical and physical game. Take golf for instance. A few decades ago I decided to learn to play golf. It looks easy, right? The game itself is simple (except for all the USGA rules), the equipment obvious — used clubs can be had for a song, […]
  34. The first page tells all (3/3/2018) - I’ve got a new novel acquisition rule: I must be able to read the first few pages. Think about it. Where will an author put their best effort, their greatest focus, their highest level of refinement? Page One. For all books I consider reading, I expect to be able to read the first 500-1000 words […]
  35. Writer’s Log: 1523 To all new authors (3/2/2018) - To all new authors out there, (here’s a shaker of salt, spread that around first won’t you…) Now, to all authors who are starting out on their first novel. STOP! I mean, don’t like, STOP completely. Only stop and listen to this short public service announcement: DO NOT WRITE A COMPLETE NOVEL WITHOUT PROOFING IT […]
  36. Earth: galactic laboratory (2/26/2018) - Here’s an alternative “Zoo” hypothesis regarding a solution to the Fermi Paradox. We’ll call it the Lab Hypothesis. If you’ll recall, the Zoo Hypothesis is the idea that intelligent, space-faring cognizants exist and they, either a single species or a collective, have intentionally isolated Earth (we’re effectively quarantined) in order to allow humanity to sink-or-swim, […]
  37. Writer’s Log: 1522 Staying on the Clock (2/24/2018) - One of the more difficult aspects of writing, I find, is remaining cognizant of clock and calendar time within the story. Imagine if your story’s internal time frame spanned only a single day. But, it took you a number of months to write it. Here you are on chapter 7, maybe 30,000 words in and […]
  38. The Pulse and Glow 1.1 (2/23/2018) - I’ve had this story in my head for a long time. I decided to give it a start and see how it felt. The Pulse and Glow The world balances at the tip of peak energy. More, ever more, beg the people of the planet. And who are the First World nations to hold back […]
  39. Writer’s Log: 1488 Nuances of clause placement (2/22/2018) - ‘Milly paused, wiped her lace handkerchief across her brow, and looked up, startled, to find Antonio sitting upon the impatient stallion, staring intently at her, later that afternoon.’ I’ve been editing Blue Across the Sea, my first, anxiously anticipated novel and, as I do so, I find numerous occasions where I flip, mix, or bludgeon […]
  40. Changing the mind, again (2/22/2018) - I copied this from an email From Mr. Pollan. I’ll delete it (probably) when his book comes out in May, 2018. I’m a fan of Michael’s, I’ve read most of his books. And I’ll be reading this one. I bothered to copy this here as the topic of “changing your mind” seems to be popular, […]
  41. I live with my ideas turned off (2/20/2018) - I am surely cursed. I can look at a blade of grass, a cloud, a mote in the sunlight, or nothing at all — the emptiness of a tipped bucket or unfinished barrel and see a story, see the makings of the work-a-day effort, the striving, the agony of completion as the task is done […]
  42. What is wrong with us? (2/18/2018) - Humanity must be pretty god-damned-fucked-up to continuously have to defend its very existence at this stage of the game. Instead of everyone of us directing our waking moments to solving the galactic and universal issues that constrain our species — you know — those that say, “hey, humans, you’re just a puny single orb-locked species […]
  43. A poor wizard? (2/17/2018) - How is it possible that the Weasleys in the Harry Potter universe — are poor? Most likely, Rowling didn’t pay enough attention to cogent world building. She told a great (7 great) stories, and that’s was enough. Specifically for the Weasleys, of course they wouldn’t want to be poor, or seen as being poor (“Let […]
  44. Be rid of annoying friends and family (2/15/2018) - Here’s a way to be rid of annoying friends and family members who nag or pester you with their social media: Ask them to beta read your novel. As soon as you send them a link to your book, you’ll never hear from them again. As they probably won’t read it, and if they do, […]
  45. Here come the choppers (2/5/2018) - When you hear the sound of a helicopter(s), what do you think? • “Oh, it must be a Life-Flight, or the Coast Guard out saving someone, hurry, hurry!” Or • “It’s the authorities come to spy/harass/nab me or someone I know.” Or • Nothing, you never hear helicopters or if you do you don’t even […]
  46. I’m an impatient reader (2/3/2018) - I’m an impatient reader and I’m sorry for it. Mostly. Most of the books I read I blaze through, skipping ahead, scanning for important words and passages, impatient to get to the meaty actiony parts. And most of the time this works. The actionless drivel (or even the more literary stuff) I slog through, meanders […]
  47. The dog licks the plate (2/2/2018) - If you’ve ever had a dog. And you’re not a a stuck up fucking prig. Then you’ve probably laid your dinner plate down on the ground (in the kitchen or near the table) and let your pet lick the porcelain disk clean. So clean, you could probably place it back in the cupboard and nobody […]
  48. Leaving Las Vegas – wisdom (2/2/2018) - Consider that the movie Leaving Las Vegas embodied everything we know about existence. And that the ultimate fate of man was death. And that to die, comatose, drunk off your ass, was, really, the absolute acknowledgement that life is futile. What of the opioid crisis? Maybe every one of those overdoses is actually someone acknowledging […]
  49. Oligarchs are evolution (2/2/2018) - While watching a In a Nutshell episode (below), I extrapolated the concept that intelligent life consumes all of a planet’s resources. It’s like a machine that eats until everything it can eat — gets consumed. But, the oligarchs know this, and plan for lifeboats which are escape pods shot from a planet’s surface out to […]
  50. Sadness feels comfortable (1/31/2018) - There’s a smooth easy feeling to sadness. I find anger to be distasteful. Vehement reactions that raise my ire just leave me feeling spent, like I wasted a substantial fraction of my life drawn up in a taught knot of energy. Blech, eff that! But sadness is calm. Like a velvet coating on the world. […]
  51. Ranking vs rating (1/29/2018) - This is a reoccurring theme with me. When we have a choice, we don’t want some numeric number to help us choose, we want binary options. All choices, even from an array of options can be reduced to a series of binary choices. When it comes to reading a book, you have one choice of […]
  52. Versus: The love I remember (1/27/2018) - Two people sitting on a bench. He turns to her. “If this is what addiction is about, then I can understand why it could be a problem. But for me, addicted to you is the only cure for loneliness I could have hoped for.” “Just a touch, from the tip of you finger, and I […]
  53. Wax on, wax off (1/27/2018) - This is a continuation of the topic of of unlearning how to write poorly. Mr. Miagi, I want to learn how to write narrative fiction. Anonymole-son, you must first learn wax on, and wax off. No, no no. Not like that, like this. Ah, better. Now keep going. (later) How’s this Mr. Miagi? Very nice […]
  54. Learning to unwrite, writing to unlearn (1/26/2018) - As I learn to write narrative fiction, what I find to be the most frustrating aspect and what I continuously ask myself, over and over, is: WHY THE HELL DIDN’T I LEARN TO WRITE THE RIGHT WAY TO BEGIN WITH? I can write. I write rather well. But not narrative fiction. I was taught, primarily, […]
  55. A Wizard of Earthsea (1/24/2018) - Ursula lived just down the street. I should have paid her a visit. She was, after all, my first taste of a world I would spend the next forty years or so enthusiastically wallowing in. A Wizard of Earthsea was the very first fantasy/sci-fi book I ever read. Ursula K. Le Guin then led me […]
  56. Writer’s Log: 1401 (1/24/2018) - When you build a home, a building, a bridge, a road — things, substantial things, that take months, years to construct, you follow a design. That design has patterns. And for the most part you replicate those patterns, over and over. Framing a home’s floors, walls, rafters, joists – becomes easy be cause you repeat […]
  57. Blue Across the Sea: Intro (1/23/2018) - Here’s the first few thousand words of what my copy-editor and I call BATS. Sample back-cover verbiage: A raging storm threatens as Tillion sets out alone to fish the sea for their means of trade. Regretfully, his sister must remain with their father, a broken, untrustworthy man. ‘Fill the barrels and return’, Tillion tells […]
  58. Writer’s Log: 1400 what we remember (1/23/2018) - Update: I’m back on my first manuscript, Blue Across the Sea, rewriting it for self-publishing on Draft2Digital here soon. This story portrays a designed environment, a bucolic dis-utopian future set in the Great Basin (which is now the Bonneville Inland Sea). I had a great time writing it, but my skills were pitiful — and […]
  59. I need a new alcohol (1/22/2018) - No, it’s not “I need a new drug”, I’m not Huey Lewis & The News. I don’t want a pill or a powder. I want a new alcohol-like substitute. One that doesn’t cost too much, taste too bad, one that’s yeah, just right. But I DO want it to make me sick if I take […]
  60. Comedic impedance mismatch (1/21/2018) - Could you be a comedian? Imagine the mind of Robin Williams, Jim Carey or Sarah Silverman? (Or any of the hundreds of manic, amazing comedians of our time.) I could never be a comedian, even close to their caliber. However, my mind is capable of understanding and instantly embracing what those folks relate through their […]
  61. Arrogance vs humility (1/20/2018) - “I’ve got the biggest muscles, the smartest brain, an inexhaustible stamina and the longest penis; if you dragged me behind ten horses I could plow a thousand acres with my stiff rod. Follow me and I’ll lead you to greatness!” “I’m no one in particular, but I’m pretty sure that that first fellow is lying […]
  62. Transitory associations (1/19/2018) - If you’ve have had a number of jobs in your life, you’ll understand that, although some of those friendships you developed at prior workplaces may linger, if you don’t share some fundamental feature of human understanding — they’ll probably fade. The same goes for neighbors you’ve had as you’ve moved your body around the world. […]
  63. Mirror, mirror (1/16/2018) - Here’s a curious concept you might ponder today: Humanity has only, within the last 3-5000 years (and really only in the last few hundred) been able to few their own visage in a mirror. Prehistoric humans never knew what they, themselves, looked like. Sure they could look into a clear pond (or often a wide […]
  64. Which one are you? (1/15/2018) - In ninth grade (freshman high school) I sat, dull-eyed, at a desk while the English teacher, a fellow who, I’ll admit, was pretty animated, proceeded to, oddly enough, perform a statistical test on the class. “Who wants to bet that at least two of you (a class of 30) have the same birthday?” We all, […]
  65. Suffer the fools: Sarresh & Gor (1/15/2018) - Sarresh & Gor because I’m addicted to writing (but I still suck at it so until I get better I need to practice and vent — and you’re the foolish, unwitting souls on whom I’ll cast my tepid pages.)
  66. Whence madness (1/14/2018) - If you are aware of the onset of madness, are you truly mad? Does self-awareness of degrading mental health accelerate or stymie recovery? A quick writing practice, 1st person reflective.  
  67. Civilization: how thy collapse? (1/13/2018) - Depending on the mechanism of the apocalypse, the end of civilization would occur in vastly different ways. Here’s a recent video sponsored by the Royal Institution and conducted by Dr. Lewis Dartnell (of The Knowledge fame).     It’s of pretty standard apocalyptic fare, but there are a few standout notions posed by the panel […]
  68. Country size: An interesting perspective (1/13/2018) -   Here’s a curious image. I’m not sure I recall where I found the site on which I built that, but, what it allowed me to do is drag countries around to see their relative sizes. (Alaska is rotated to bolt to the US.) I lined all the biggest along the equator, from largest on […]
  69. I need a new Magic (1/12/2018) - I lay in bed, thinking about things, as I do, and I wondered if there was a new type of magic that I could dream up that had not already been imagined. So, in order to determine what might constitute “new” I had to itemize the existing types of magic. Here they are in no […]
  70. Would you rather… (1/10/2018) - Would you rather: Have your vision expanded to see in infrared or ultraviolet? At any time, once a day, be able to levitate one foot and float at will for one hour, or fly as high as you like for one minute? For one day the year, be given Harry Potter magic or Cassandra prophetic […]
  71. A philosophical minute (1/9/2018) - Our lives are simultaneously accelerating, while becoming ever shallower. We’re like skipping stones glancing off the pond of life. To truly live, we must slow and sink into the world around us. -AM
  72. Shadow Shoals 1.5 end of part one (1/8/2018) - This concludes Part One of Shadow Shoals at 17,000 words. Shadow Shoals 1.5: I figure by perhaps the end of my fourth novel (this is #3) I’ll have honed my skills to the point where my work becomes publishable. Until then, I hold no delusions. In the mean time, writing keeps me busy. It […]
  73. Why buy a story? (1/7/2018) - Have you ever bought a novel? Paid money to see a movie? Bought a DVD? Rented a netflix, redbox or, gasp, a Blockbuster video cassette? Have you ever watched TV? Of course you have. We all have. But why? Because we love to be entertained. Our brains are so big, so complex that they crave […]
  74. Writer’s Log: 1382 Suffer the children (1/5/2018) - Can you create characters to which your readers feel emotionally attached? What are the tricks to getting someone to care about your main character (or supporting characters)? This is the heart of good story telling. When you, as a reader, care about someone in the story, you emotionally invest yourself with the character’s plight, their […]
  75. Shadow Shoals 1.4 (1/3/2018) - Another 4k words. About a 15 minute read time. The story sits at 14k words now which is about 1/6 of a novel. The characters are established. Time to speed up the clock, heal, collect ourselves and jump into the next conflict. Shadow Shoals 1.4: 1.3: 1.2: 1.1:  
  76. Campfire, surf, forest = chaos (1/1/2018) - Much of the mind is dedicated to pattern matching: cerebral, visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory cortexes and subsystems which load and store and recall patterns. Our life as modern humans rely on these facilities to navigate and work our world. When you exhaustively tax such systems, you know the feeling, there are a few simple things […]
  77. Death to Success (12/31/2017) - I’m going to conduct an experiment. You can participate as well. Or you can watch this spot for progress reports. Or both. The hypothesis for this experiment is as follows: The mind is plastic. Evidence of this is that the internet and specifically, social media (through PCs and smartphones) has, unbeknownst to us, rewired our […]
  78. If you become popular (12/30/2017) - If you become popular, be prepared to lose me. Now, that might not be a worry. No, let me rephrase that. That most definitely will NOT be a worry. Only hubris (of which I have bucket-fulls) could figure into that first assumption. And only humility (of which I have gobs and gobs, oodles of, in […]
  79. The Content Economy: update (12/28/2017) - In the spirit of full disclosure the following sites/services were found which may or may not apply to this concept of the Content Economy. Both Jamatto and LaterPay have WordPress plugins. Some strange ones: Numerous “tip bots” on Reddit. Wikipedia has a minimalistic post on the topic: Unfortunately, none […]
  80. Warning: You look nice (12/21/2017) - Gender differentiation has come to an end in the office. Hi Sally, you look nice today. HOW DARE YOU OBJECTIFY ME. I’LL SEE YOU IN COURT! The end of any, and I do mean any, kind of attribute acknowledgement: hair length, skin tone (tan), clothing length (or curvature, or clingy-ness, or plunge, or exposure, color, […]
  81. Taxes = Happiness (12/20/2017) - Name the happiest people in the world. Name the highest taxes paid by people and corporations in the world. Guess what? They (tend) to be the same people. This is a simple plot (R code below) of 108 countries plotted by their “happiness quotient” in relation to their combined personal and highest corporate tax rate. […]
  82. Writing: a fools errand (12/19/2017) - Are we fools to think that we can succeed at writing? With prompting from Tom-Being-Tom, and my own curiosity over the last two years I thought I’d throw together a spreadsheet that tried to rationalize the numbers involved with publishing a novel. You can find it linked here: Such a pursuit is fraught with […]
  83. Phil Huston slapped me (12/18/2017) - Phil Huston slapped me. “Mole, you don’t need dialog tags to get people talkin’.” The slap was proverbial, but it hurt regardless. “But Phil, there are so many good speaking verbs I can use.” I sloshed more whiskey into mine and his glasses. “When the talking gets heavy and you need to I.D. someone, as […]
  84. Wy’east in the West (12/15/2017) - Wy’east lies dormant, a Cascadian jewel. Her fingers grasp the Trail. Brothers to the north, Sisters to the south, atop a fault now frail. Shining in the twilight, shadows lean and leer, at her blush of bare repose. Her triggered temblor, her wrath erupting, onto Willamette greens below.
  85. Rhymes with snot (12/15/2017) - Poetry seems to be overtly evident in my net sphere lately. I happened upon this diddy I wrote many years ago. Tissue tidbits The little boy who blows his nose, and looks to see the prize, what does he think that he will find, there before his eyes? A fish, a frog, a flying bug? […]
  86. The guilt of not writing (12/14/2017) - Yes, writing ruined reading but, I’ve since found that I’ve been able to elevate my criteria for selecting reading material so I’m once again reading without too much zoom-out-to-editor-mode. But, now, when I find myself not attending to my endeavor of learning to write well, I feel guilty. If I let a weekend go by […]
  87. The Stoic within us (12/13/2017) - The only true power we have in the world is that which we command, of ourselves and our reactions to the world. How to nurture the Stoic within you? Someone cuts you off in traffic, or steals a cab, or cuts in queue, or calls you out online, or sends you a baseless, accusatory text […]
  88. The internet divides us (12/12/2017) - In concert with mobile devices, the internet has ushered in a social malady we may not cure but for the arrival of calamity. The “living” room used to be a place of congregation. Handicrafts, garment repair, reading, conversation, music, then radio and then the single family television, all of our favorite social pastimes took place […]
  89. Holiday songs (12/11/2017) - I wrote a few songs and posted them last year. I share them again here. Note, these are the lyrics to what never became songs. So, they’re tuneless. If you know someone with musical talent and they’d like to write the music… Feel free to share. And because I’d rather not just […]
  90. Humanity’s one shot (12/8/2017) - [Sometimes I write to myself just so I have the thoughts persisted. A thought written is a thought not forgotten. This is one of those posts.] Blue Across the Sea & Shadow Shoals foundational premise. Here’s my theory. First off this happens: Blue Across the Sea Epilogue, (a pair of massive CMEs destroy the […]
  91. What was my first blog post? (12/8/2017) - I had to look. Tom Being Tom prompted me to go back through my archives to see what was my first blog post. No, not here on WordPress (although it started about the same time I wrote my own custom code to process my personal blog posts), no, what I wrote was my custom blog […]
  92. A day in the life of (12/8/2017) - Your content stays fresh for about 24 hours. And then it goes stale. Stale content reeks, like a goldfish in a bag, shoved into the heat register, for a month. “My god! What IS that smell?” Oh, it’s last week’s blog post. Are we so enamored with the hot, the new, the topical that we […]
  93. A little advice (12/7/2017) - Let me give you a little advice: Don’t take my advice. The prophet who fishes profits from fishing, fish or no fish. It’s not that the glass is half full or half empty nor half again too large, it’s that you’re slow — because mine needs a refill already. Bottoms up. What do they call […]
  94. Writer’s Log: 1359 (12/6/2017) - Continuing the sharing tradition. Shadow Shoals 1.3: If you have beta reading you’d like to share, don’t hesitate to announce it. I’m happy to spend an hour or two in trade, periodically.
  95. Tomorrow’s swill (12/6/2017) - The internet is like tomorrow’s swill. There used to be a comic called The Wizard of Id, and I used to read it often enough to have memorized some of the panel sets. One of them sticks out in my mind. The dungeon guard is delivering a meal. He hands a bowl to a prisoner […]
  96. The Content Economy (12/5/2017) - If you’ve only just joined us, let me bring you up to speed on my vision of the “Content Economy.” The Content Economy will be a system of monetary exchange made through micro-payments. But not that micro. A penny or pence or whatever 1/100th of a euro or yuan is. You will have your content […]
  97. Writer’s Log: 1354 Narrative Trust (12/2/2017) - Editors cannot trust the author. Readers must trust the author. [This is a reblog of this same post from February — testing the date alteration in WordPress as an experiment…] Editors are there to seek out issues with the writing. They’re not there to get wrapped up with the story flow and character attachment. If […]
  98. Book vs Movie (12/2/2017) - Book vs Movie. Who reads the book after they watch the movie? Who? Anyone? No one. No one will read the book after they watch the movie. Why? The movie has polluted their entire view of the characters. No imagination is necessary now. It’s a sad, sad world now — for the reader. Harold “I […]
  99. The solution is simple (12/2/2017) - Treat everyone, EVERYONE, with kindness. Treat everyone with kindness. Treat everyone with kindness. Treat everyone with kindness. Treat everyone with kindness. Treat everyone with kindness. Treat everyone with kindness. Treat everyone with kindness. Treat everyone with kindness. Treat everyone with kindness. Treat everyone with kindness. Treat everyone with kindness. Treat everyone with kindness. Treat everyone […]
  100. Rewarding logic: Spock paradox (12/1/2017) - Why would Spock prefer a logical solution to an illogical one? The human brain is fixated on self-reward. Our endocrine system, in concert with our cerebrum, serve to lead us in how we think and react to our world. The two systems work together to produce our behavior. There are dozens if not hundreds of […]

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