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  1. Stewie the Stoic: Wealth (7/19/2019) - [Quotes provided by Seneca] [Wealth is a burden, both its accrual and possession. Poverty is freedom. Siddhartha, The Buddha would agree.]
  2. Stewie the Stoic: Priorities (7/18/2019) - [Quotes by Seneca] [This quote comes from the thought that cowardice may spring from placing too high a value on one’s continued existence. There may come a time when courage is call for and sacrifice required. Holding one’s physical self it such high regard, cheapens the Stoic. Reduces him or her to petty concerns of […]
  3. Stewie the Stoic: Fortune (7/17/2019) - Stewie as Seneca exposes one of the core tenets of Stoicism here: It is not the world in control of you at your core—your self-realization; rather, it is you, yourself and how you receive and handle the world’s slings and arrows that determines your fate, your fortune. More importantly, the Stoic realizes that it is […]
  4. Stewie the Stoic: Copyright (7/16/2019) - [Quotes courtesy of Seneca]
  5. Stewie the Stoic: Aging (7/15/2019) - [Quotes by Seneca]
  6. Five to Five (7/14/2019) - Is it just me or has life become a singular struggle to get from one 5PM clock strike, to the next one the following day? No, it’s not quite five yet. Four thirty-two to be exact. As you can tell, I’m counting. Weekends are the worst. Weekdays I’m regulated by the fact that I’m physically […]
  7. Stewie the Stoic: Biological (7/14/2019) - [Quotes courtesy of Seneca] [These quotes come from the discussion that blushing is uncontrollable. Regardless of station, age or wisdom, a modest, shameful or angered blush cannot be controlled.]
  8. Stewie the Stoic: Duplicity (7/13/2019) - [Quotes courtesy of Seneca] [This irreverent post pokes fun at the concept of god while still exposing the underlying stoic attitude that the bare truth of one’s countenance should not be one of self-deception and duplicitous intent. One might consider the “God” in this quote as oneself.]  
  9. Stewie the Stoic: Perception (7/12/2019) - [Quotes provided by Seneca]
  10. Stewie the Stoic: Swayed (7/11/2019) - [Quotes courtesy of Seneca the Younger]
  11. Stewie the Stoic: Popularity (7/10/2019) - [Quotes courtesy of Seneca’s friend]
  12. Stewie the Stoic: Now (7/9/2019) - [Quotes courtesy of Seneca]
  13. Stewie the Stoic: Making friends (7/8/2019) - [Quotes courtesy of Seneca]
  14. Stewie the Stoic: Longevity (7/7/2019) - [Quotes by Seneca]
  15. WordPress: What’s up with India? (7/6/2019) - Anybody else notice this? I don’t pay much (any?) attention to these wordpress stats, but recently I happened to take a peek and behold, India is leading the hits. All last month and the months previous, too. How many of you are from India? Do chime in. Let us know what’s up with you and […]
  16. Stewie the Stoic: Squandering time (7/6/2019) - [Quotes courtesy of Seneca]
  17. Stewie the Stoic: Possessions (7/5/2019) - [Quotes provide by Seneca]
  18. Stewie the Stoic: Time (7/4/2019) - [Quotes courtesy of Seneca]  
  19. Science writing: To the point (7/4/2019) - If you’re going to write about science — get to the damn point. All I need is the highlights, the topics, the bullet points. And if there are pertinent details, make them brief and absent of flourish. So many of the literary news outlets publish narrative science articles that I’m afraid it’s become an art. […]
  20. It’s – in the Cloud (7/2/2019) - I’ve had to deal with Microsoft since the early 90’s. Most likely, unless you’re an Apple bigot, you have too. And I hate Microsoft. They’ve done like, three things right in their entire history: Windows NT, Visual Studio and Excel. When they decided to compete with Amazon in the “Cloud” they tried to be clever […]
  21. BodyScale: 0 to 100 (6/29/2019) - Celsius is great for science. 0 freezing, 100 boiling – perfectly logical. Fahrenheit is just bonkers. Totally screwball with no logic behind it whatsoever. But the problem with Celsius (we’ll disregard Fahrenheit due to irrelevance) is that Celsius has only one immediately human identifiable anchoring: 0 degrees freezing. At 100°, the boiling point of pure […]
  22. Duke’s: A Song in Your Mind (6/28/2019) - Originally posted on tin hats:
    love comes from many things, people, moments it’s like rain falling silent snow, nights one after another … breath held until you black out all of it pushing you underneath lost in those towns, those voices, inside bodies holding you, wanting you, most trying not to die you finally wake…
  23. Team building: Barriers (6/28/2019) - Remember that little thing I mentioned about leading our morning stand-up at work: Well, it’s been a stellar success. We’ve gone through nearly the entire list, one more day—today—and then someone else will take over the minor roll of leading this team’s morning meeting. And now, no one wants to take over. They like […]
  24. Writer’s Log: 2055 Needs vs wants (6/26/2019) - Every story told comes down to the most basic of themes: Characters attempting to fulfill wants and needs. (My wife actually personified the difference between a want and a need when she related her eighth Christmas telling her parents: I want a record player, but I need a wagon.) I went searching for inspiration along […]
  25. A tentless hobo (6/20/2019) - The 1993 gold Saturn that was stolen Monday, recovered Thursday morning, is back in its spot from which it was abducted, worse for wear in that the tiny geode is forever lost. That and $311 bucks and a whirlwind trip to fetch it out of hoc. Oh, did I mention that we gained a few […]
  26. Cops and Robbers (towing) (6/20/2019) - Good (maybe) news! Our 1993 gold Saturn was recovered, externally undamaged, by the Portland Police and towed by a towing company to its impound area. Now, for the privilege of having our car stolen, we get to pay $300 (today only) for the honor of having our car returned to us (and towed from there […]
  27. A thief in the day (6/18/2019) - Yesterday, between seven and nine pm, the old 1993 gold Saturn I bought new when my son was born was stolen from the covered spot right in front of the apartment in which my wife and I live. We could look out and see it there. California, Utah, Oregon—26 years old. The sun hadn’t even […]
  28. Writer’s Log: 2051 Names (6/15/2019) - For whatever reason, I put considerable thought into names of characters, places and things in my stories. When you read a name, you say it in your mind and if it’s wrong for the character, then I find myself stumbling over it every time I read it. When a name fits, you know it. Finding […]
  29. Your Favorite: a stand-up round (6/14/2019) - Where I’m working, we have morning stand-ups: a quick meeting where 10 -/+ of us round the room explaining yesterday’s and today’s tasks. Everyone takes a monthly turn at leading. June is my month. So, first off, I built a spinner to pick who goes first: Then, I provided a list of topics that each […]
  30. Writer’s Log: 2048 Disturbing Content (6/9/2019) - All of us can dream up some pretty ugly scenarios. Depraved, disturbing, deranged. I’d wager you could come up with some horrific scenes with some downright criminal activity. Stuff you’d feel you could never put to paper. So, how is it that some authors can actually write that stuff and not be thought of as […]
  31. Masturbating cockatiel (6/8/2019) - Enrique permanently dropped off his pet cockatiel, Perrico, a lovely male with an exceptional attitude. I lived with Tom, my twenties’ mentor, in a house in Marin County. Enrique worked for Tom and, for the time being, so did I. Tom never married, owned a Cessna, mined California gold, hunted in Montana and lived to […]
  32. CorpPharma: Evil Incarnate (6/6/2019) - A while ago I wrote the attached post which explains when open markets make sense (capitalism) and when social systems make sense (socialism): Subsequently, I was not surprised to find supporting evidence of this theory. The CorpPharm company Pfizer, recently exhibited the exact behavior outlined in that post: If a life saving, life benefiting […]
  33. I’ve fallen in love with your spirit (6/3/2019) - Let it be known that I’ve fallen in love with your spirit. Not you specifically. You could be the proverbial “no one knows you’re a dog on the internet.” (Not that you’re ugly or that you lick your privates, or beg for treats at inopportune times.) No, it’s not you, per se, for how can […]
  34. I am so tense (6/2/2019) - What the hell does Past Simple / Past Perfect / Past Continuous even mean? Oh, I’ve done the research, and *know* what their usage is. But what sucky names. • Renny held the chicken to the block, waited for it to calm and swung the cleaver neatly removing its head. To me I’d call this […]
  35. Writer’s Log: 2041 Two Points (6/1/2019) - No, this is not a basketball post. (Yes, this is just two hours — subjective time — after my last Writer’s Log. And I really did spend the time on my writing.) Point 1) The sense that I’ve progressed comes with the trepidation that I may regress. Point 2) The just-plain-raw-excitement I feel when sitting […]
  36. Writer’s Log: 2039 (5/30/2019) - No, I’m not quite back in the saddle. But, the nag I’m riding trods steady, buckless in fact. All I have to do is stay awake and vertical while she stumbles along, finds a creek, drinks her fill and gobbles some grass. Hopefully, both my ride and seat come together in a synchronous duet. Fuck, […]
  37. Good Villain: Good Hero (5/26/2019) - Less than a year ago I wrote this: Villains 1882 and promptly forgot about it. Age, decrepitude, life’s problems commandeering center stage — you know, excuses. Then, having begun YAAS (yet another apocalyptic story) I found myself stumbling along, hero in mind, a theme, a setting, an era but, I struggled to jell the story […]
  38. Built in obsolescence (5/25/2019) - DNA and the mechanisms of aging have been selectively engineered to maximize population growth and the saturation of an ecosystem by any and all species. We are born, grow, procreate, raise offspring and die. DNA depends on this cycle. If there were no natural selection of dominant (maximum ecosystem exploitation) species, then at some point, […]
  39. Memory = Imagination (5/16/2019) - Here’s an interesting thought: In order to remember anything, you must imagine it. Visualize this: a black-with-white-spots bowling ball, spinning on the tip of a pool cue held on the nose of a pink poodle, wearing Elton John garb and glasses, while peddling a stainless steel tricycle. Do you see it? Now, recall the inside […]
  40. Little Fears & Anonymole (5/12/2019) - Here’s to LittleFears and his tenacious passion for puns and evocative art.   The sight of the beast, the woman’s partner said, provoked childhood fears the likes of which he’d suppressed — through therapy — and would care not to have them resurface. The DI placed a hand on the young man’s shoulder. “But we […]
  41. Are games sports? (5/5/2019) - Over on Frank Solanki’s poetry blog: May The Test Match Win he used the word “sport” to describe games being played between rival teams. Now, the world over conflates the word “sport” with a game played with equipment (sticks, balls, gloves, etc.) on a field or court, constrained by rules and governed by referees. In a […]
  42. Writer’s Log: 2017 Jack (4/24/2019) - Writing is like: Riding a unicycle, on a guywire, juggling apples and alligators, while simultaneously, planning your next act, with seven other players, in a circus you’re designing for the next town, as you remain cycling to and froe, twisting a cherry stem into a knot with your tongue, which you spit into a glass […]
  43. On a happier note (4/22/2019) - Having commuted over it more times than I care to admit, I often thought of those who took the plunge.  
  44. Uber replaced with blockchain (4/13/2019) - [This was a naive post. What I envisioned was a location based “payment for service” concept like TaskRabbit but fully genericized. Rather like an all in one Paypal/Venmo + Uber/Lyft + Taskrabbit/Fivvr + Angieslist/Craigslist. An any-location “I need this — will pay $X for it” service that provides the means to connect providers with consumers. […]
  45. Writer’s Log: 2014 Criticism (4/9/2019) - Take this you worm! Your writing lacks… Everything. You use too many adverbs. You use handicapped dialog tags. You coat your characters with pointless attributes. You head-hop. You write in passive mode. You inject author-speak. You divert the action with inane description. Jeezus-bloody-christ, but you wear me OUT with your failure to focus on your […]
  46. Writer’s Log: 2013 Edge (4/7/2019) - You, the writer, are a razor slicing down through words to the tender page, leaving a gaping wound that is your story. Your blade can be dull and the cut you produce nothing but a bruise: bloated writing, wandering plot, pointless details, backstory, telling. Or your blade can be keen yielding a deep slice exposing […]
  47. Sex.Food.Rush.Chill (4/3/2019) - Sex.Food.Rush.Chill. What else is there? Really? Epicurus — that devil-dog from 300BCE — would have stepped back from such a statement. He would have shaken his head like a dog, olive oil and bits of sardine flying, his wang hanging out of his toga and said with authority — let’s party! Sex: If you’re not […]
  48. Silver Gypsy Maiden (4/3/2019) - The cafeteria hushed as Jacob strolled through the double doors. He glared at the cheer-table occupants, rolled his tongue across his teeth and made for the corner of the room. His back smoldered from stares of contempt. With a tilted chin he let his backpack fall and hit the table, trays rattled. Bethany cursed, “Watch […]
  49. The Day the Earth Died (3/30/2019) - I don’t often share such articles, but this one sticks out as critically important. It regards the KT moment, the end-of-days for Dino the Dinosaur. And what you’ll find is that it appears that a paleontologist has found evidence of the exact moment of the Chicxulub asteroid impact. — The KT event continues to […]
  50. How was your day? (3/29/2019) - In as few words possible describe your day. Don’t mistreat it. Don’t embellish. Extract its essence and stream it into our minds. ~~~ Go. ~~~ Our world spun its circular return. I blinked and woke up here, barely moved. Is this today or tomorrow? The rain would know. Soon drops will drown the dry tracks […]
  51. Emailing the dead (3/28/2019) - Dear Janice, Why haven’t you returned my emails? You don’t text me, nor twitter. What’s up? Hello? Janice? Google will never delete your account. It will continue to accumulate email long after you die. Consider all the accounts you will leave gathering correspondence years after your fingers have ceased to digitally transmit. The Archive of […]
  52. Alita: Battle Angel – loved it (3/16/2019) - My son and I went to see this movie — during the day — and we had the entire theater to ourselves. I went in knowing absolutely nothing about the story or the history of this film. It was a great way to see it. We both loved it. My son didn’t know about the […]
  53. Why so many flavors? (3/16/2019) - [Flickr: Commons Image] Humans, in fact most animals, could survive given the bare essentials of nutrition: Some grains, some beans, some earthy greens and maybe a few eggs. Pretty basic, nearly tasteless stuff. So, why do we have such refined sensibilities with regards to taste (and smells)? There are literally millions of ingredients, spices, recipes, […]
  54. Writer’s Log: 2007 The Spiral (3/10/2019) - [REF: my comment on Zarah’s blog] I’m of a mind that, like many endeavors, the process of learning to write is a spiral. Learn -> apply -> review … Hopefully, at each loop, one expands the spiral outward with the assembled knowledge and skill from the inner circles. For writing, the complexity of the inner […]
  55. Point System: keeping score (3/3/2019) - We all live by and adhere to a bevy of social contracts. One of those contracts is the equity of gift exchange. If I take you for lunch, you must, eventually, take me for lunch — or breakfast, or drinks or… Whatever it is, it must roughly equal the value offered in the original transaction. […]
  56. Hummingbird miracle (2/24/2019) - We feed hummingbirds. It’s an easy thing to do and provides hours of viewing pleasure. I got to thinking about the mechanics of a hummingbird and had to wonder about some of the factors that go into allowing such a creature the ability to do what they do. For reference, a human eye-blink takes about […]
  57. Creation vs Discovery (2/16/2019) - Over there on The Memoir of a Writer, Zarah and I got into a discussion on the concept of creating anything “new.” She had her points and I had mine and in the end I believe the conversation boiled down to: are we just discovering “new” or are we creating “new?” During our exchange I […]
  58. Your ancestors survived (2/16/2019) - Yeah, when you think about it, your ancestors had to survive. But consider their lives, lives directly connected to you. The probabilities are extremely high that at least one of your: grandmothers died in child birth, grandfathers was killed by a wild beast, ancestors killed another human, ate mammoth, giant sloth, or wild auroch, slept […]
  59. Old and poor? Crime pays (2/1/2019) - Years ago I thought that if you were elderly and poor, homeless even, then committing a crime in order to go to prison (three squares, a bed, TV and mates to talk to) would be an ideal habitat. Turns out the Japanese are doing just this. See the comment below (link included). What else should […]
  60. Rare Earth: more evidence (1/27/2019) - I keep a running list of the reasons why we should consider Earth as rare in the Universe. Two additions I’ve recently added are this: • Theia’s impact delivered more than just iron and nickel to Earth’s core (producing an extra large magnetosphere) but also (probably) delivered additional carbon, nitrogen and sulfur — chemicals which, […]
  61. Grave of a child (1/6/2019) - I’ve stopped reading and writing. My kindle is chock full of “To Read”s yet, there they sit. I’ve got a dozen story ideas listed on a whiteboard each one glaring down at me. My blog inbox is bulging. My outbox is crickets. My fingers creak as I write these words. In fact, penning this post […]
  62. Amazzzzzzzzzon (11/30/2018) - If Amazon /must/ exist (and no one can convince me that it should), then why can’t I buy weed on Amazon? Weed has saturated the Best Coast. Why hasn’t Bozos, er, Bezos figure out a way to sell Cannabis legally on his beloved garbage garage website? Really, Jeffrey — what the hell? Where is the […]
  63. We all wear masks (11/24/2018) - In the United States, Thanksgiving is over and most of us can store away the masks we wear for family occasions. We unlock the chest, rummage to the bottom, and tuck them beneath the yearbooks and faded photo albums. We’ll unearth them again at the Winter Solstice holiday (Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the New Year). […]
  64. Twenty pounds of acorns (11/3/2018) - UPDATE: 30 hours later and all the acorns are gone; squirreled away into every orifice the land and forest can offer. The juniors, naively, try to bury what they steal from the pile in the yard, directly. Pat, pat, tuck, tuck, their little paws smooth the ruffled grass and earth in the pretense of an […]
  65. A better TODO list (10/27/2018) - (Sent to Atlassian – makers of Jira – an issue management software application.) Missing layer — per user task list MyTODO: Is it a todo? Checkbox. Is it a thing to remember – informational? Star. Or is it a discovery node? Something to have answered? Question mark. I’m sure I could think of a dozen […]
  66. Squirrels Love Dave’s Killer Bread (10/25/2018) - Dave’s Killer Bread vs Acorns. Here you will witness an experiment. Below you will find an array of acorns matched with a line of Dave’s Killer Bread. Now, truth be known, EVERY squirrel in our back hard loves DKB. They eat it out of our hands and fight over it like demons. However, notice the […]
  67. Death to Amazon (10/24/2018) - October 8th, 2018 • Submitted The Gribble’s Eye to Draft2Digital publishing engine. Days elapse… • All of the publishing venues approve the submission — ACCEPT Amazon. Why? No one can say. “BLOCKED” read the publishing segment in D2D. Well, fuck me sideways. Thanks you, you Bezosian troglodyte. No email from the Big ASS, sorry AZZ. […]
  68. Telling is easy, showing is hard (10/22/2018) - Kill me now. Right fucking now. Alright, wait a moment, but just a moment. Have that shiv ready. I’ve said it before. As have a million bloody armchair writer/teachers. I’ve said it to myself a dozen-fifty times. The truth is: this is a truth that never stops being true. And you can beat your head […]
  69. An occupied mind (10/14/2018) - My mind is saturated. So much so that the thought of writing original work seems impossible right now. I’m just over two weeks into this new gig. The learning-tasks I’ve been told to undertake are manifold: a new platform (Microsoft AX — an ERP), a new language (X++), a new business domain (transportation mfg.), a […]
  70. Writer’s Log: 1885 Pedalin’ (10/10/2018) - Back when I used to ride a street bike through the hills of Marin County. Pedalin’ I pedaled long, barbed fence after fence raced my fleeting form. I pedaled smooth, muscled metronome, one revolution per second. I pedaled steep, shady redwoods grew at impossible angles on the mountain side. I pedaled quick, a blue Mercedes […]
  71. Writer’s Log: 1885 Floatin’ (10/9/2018) - Back when I used to strum a 6 string… Chords are: E then A (repeat), Chorus is B7, A, and E, then B7 — E Floatin’ Lazy we’re layin’, an afternoon snooze. Cast the balloon, our inflatable cruise, begins with a whisper, the touching of lips; sparkling smiles that launch fantasy ships. Floatin’, floatin’ with […]
  72. Writer’s Log: 1884 PBBFH (10/8/2018) - This is a bit I wrote at the end of a vicious emotional extraction, e.g. breakup, way back in my mid-twenties. PBBFH = Psychotic Blond Bitch From Hell ~~~ Twilight finds me dyin’ from the daggers thrown by you. Insinuation, lies, deceit flowin’ blood, I’ve paid my dues. I see a tear fall from a […]
  73. Writer’s Log: 1883 Fog (10/7/2018) - I found a bunch of poems and songs I’d written decades ago. I’ll post these here over a few days/weeks. Fog Where the sea meets the sand  humidity finds its invisible status  has left it behind. A chilling night air  bumps head to head with a moist ocean breeze  and between them they shed a […]
  74. Reading in one’s own accent (10/6/2018) - Here’s a strange thought: do we read in our own accents? If you’re from Boston, or Atlanta, or Winnipeg, or Edinburgh do you mentally verbalize — as you read — in your own accent? That is, does your own mind’s voice speak to itself in the particular accent of your locality? Got you thinking, right? […]
  75. Back to reading… (10/1/2018) - In lieu of writing (which I’ll have to relegate to the weekends) I’m back to finding quality reading. Two of, what appear to be excellently written novels, I’ve run into (last three days) are The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman — Robin Gregory and Small as an Elephant — Jennifer Jacobson. They’re YA, and short, […]
  76. Old dog: New tricks (9/28/2018) - I’ve had to take a “real” work-a-day job. Up at 7 am. There by 8 am. Home by 5:30 pm. Sitting (and standing) in a CUBE FARM, ALL-DAY-LONG. Oy! So, I’ll be wiped for the foreseeable future. I’ll be learning Microsoft Dynamic AX & X++ for an S&P500 company — maybe it will delay my […]
  77. Adolescent squirrels are spastic (9/25/2018) - That big Douglas Fir tree there was covered with cones. Two or three Energizer squirrels, young ones with apparently nothing better to do, cut down every cone they could reach. The cones littered the lawn and the mower does not care for them. So I had to collect them. Here you see three bins filled […]
  78. Baskets are easy and fun (9/23/2018) - Here’s another basket woven from trailing blackberry vine. I take these and stick them into nooks in trees as “AirBnB’s” for birds. Literally. They’re fast and entertaining to make. The key is starting with an odd number of spokes. Remember that. Odd. Spokes. This one took about 20 minutes to weave. Some bird will thank […]
  79. Writer’s Log: 1882 Villains (9/22/2018) - What makes the best stories? I would wager that the best stories have the best villains. Sure you need a good hero/protagonist — or at least an adequate one. But without the threat of a convincing villain, how can the conflict truly escalate? With this in mind I wonder if the approach I’ve been using […]
  80. China to invade Russia (9/22/2018) - There was a recent map published which showed population as area rather than area as area. What struck me was the juxtaposition of China and Russia. Russia has 16.3 million square kilometers of land. China 9.3 million. Russia as 144 million people. China has 1,415 million people. Russia shares a border with China that is […]
  81. Writer’s Log: 1881 (9/17/2018) - I picked back up on Shadow Shoals, another 10k words. Recently I tried to perform that character shift that I mentioned a few weeks ago: Start with a character’s persona on one side of a paradigm — evil say — and then try and convert that character to good. I had to be subtle, dropping […]
  82. You know? Yeah, I know already (9/13/2018) - Have you noticed the growing trend of people who use the verbal tick, “you know?” “You know, I was a high functioning expansive vocabulary guy before I got caught up in this insidious affectation, you know?” Hooboy, what an irritant that is. I find myself counting “you know”s now — ignoring whatever the person is […]
  83. One man band (9/11/2018) - In Pleasant Grove Utah, there is (was?) a small restaurant called One Man Band that served breakfast/lunch for a small Mormon town. On Sundays we’d go down there and have the place to ourselves. On Sundays, a slow day, there truly was just one guy doing everything: orders, cooking, billing, cleaning up. Slinging eggs and […]
  84. Burn one with Elon (9/7/2018) - Ran across this: And had to chuckle. Elon Musk describes cannabis as “coffee in reverse,” which I thought insightful. I haven’t watched the 2.5 hour long video, but who would blame me? Sheesh, even with the 2x speed increase (I watch almost all youtube videos at at least 1.5x), this is too much. Ten, […]
  85. Anti-trust: Bust ’em up, or? (9/6/2018) - Clearly Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and a few others are too big, too market expansive, too monopolistic. Apple less so, but the argument would still hold for them. Those first three are market behemoths with the power and capital to quash any competition — primarily through acquisition. Don’t like that company competing with your searches, […]
  86. Writer’s Log: 1852, Time (9/3/2018) - * A Writer’s Level Four topic. I picked up the axe and swung it as if I could split the world. It arced through the air and plunged toward the white aquiline neck that lay outstretched before me. Only the day before, that same neck had twisted and her eyes had glared at me, her […]
  87. Writer’s Log: 1846 (9/1/2018) - [RE: Iced, in reply to my editor…] This story is one where I’m trying to put my big-boy pants on and write to a bit higher age level. It’s still not fully “adult” yet, despite the cursing. There is one writing factor that I’ve recently been trying to internalize which I’ll be attempting to apply […]
  88. Writer’s Log: 1845 (8/30/2018) - I can fuckin’ write. (And so can you, probably.) Here’s the thing — just a short note — reading back stuff (buku stuff from my past, recent and ancient) I come across and find some turn of phrase, some eloquent flourish of words I may have (yeah it was me) penned in the past, and […]
  89. Writer’s Log: 1844 Level three (8/29/2018) - The problem with learning to write is there’s no set program. No prospectus. No itinerary. Every writer has to create and follow their own learning schedule. “Just keep writing,” they say. No, I’m afraid that doesn’t work. Not really. You could beat the crap out of a golf ball or flail the brush with your […]
  90. MTBF: Life (8/22/2018) - * Fermi Paradox topic alert MTBF is a manufacturing term meaning Mean Time Between Failure. On average, what is the amount of time a product operates without failure. In our analysis of the paucity of life in the universe, this concept — as applied to life — is less frequently addressed. But it’s critical to […]
  91. Obesity: stocking up for the End (8/18/2018) - What if the current trend of obesity was preparation for the coming apocalypse? When Anak Krakatoa blows its lid, kicking off another super volcano somewhere (there are a number of them). Or when the CME finally arrives (I’ve been waiting for years). Maybe it will be that elusive rogue asteroid that sneaks past observation (I’d […]
  92. What would you say to Hemingway? (8/17/2018) - Originally posted on Dave Cline - lost and found:
    What would you say to Hemingway? The Idaho sun is, just now, rising above the treetops. The Sun Valley home you find yourself within smells of Hoppe’s, old leather, whiskey and sweat. He’s there, sitting in a stiff backed chair behind a desk. You’ve plopped yourself…
  93. Elder centers: beta reader bonanza (8/14/2018) - I wonder if there are any elder care centers around that might entertain the idea of creating a beta-reader club. Here’s a population of folks with time on their hands. They have organized activities, book-o-the-month clubs, social gatherings and whatnot. They sound like the perfect victims for assaulting with the likes of a poorly written […]
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  95. The writer’s mind: a basket (8/7/2018) - The writer’s mind is like a basket. Initially, during the nascent years, the basket holds gross instructions and blatant rules: a. watch your use of passive. b. mind your use of filler words. c. adverbs – don’t! And so on and so forth. Later the basket fibers get infused with the earlier concepts which become […]
  96. Butterflies and SUVs (8/7/2018) - Feedback. Chain reaction. The Cascade Effect. In all likelihood, humanity has triggered calamitous climate change. Calamitous for us and millions of species that enjoyed the Holocene as much as we did. The concept that chemical, physical, environmental changes, seemingly small and isolated that may provide self-propagating feedback resulting in runaway change in systems attached to […]
  97. Writer’s Log: 1821 (8/6/2018) - Two years into this writing effort and I’m just now starting to shift from tactics to strategy. I started writing Blue Across the Sea in the summer of 2016. I literally pumped it out in 90 days. I had no idea what I was doing aside from telling a story I’d had in my head […]
  98. I’ve got a glass eye (7/28/2018) -
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  100. 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 […]

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