Heroic Ethos

One of my favorite subjects, not a term I use lightly, passionate as I am in the few things I am passionate.  Heroic ethos, just sounds like the title of a course at a prestigious university that will never grant you that high-powered managerial position at an investment bank.  And it’s a subject deserving of…

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Update, Week of May 22, 2017

I don’t think I’m going to do an update for this Friday.  I’d rather keep my work a secret, vexing as it is. Looks like I’ll be traveling again.  Kiss the weekend goodbye.  Events that can’t be missed and the misery of return to one’s home town again.  I know some people enjoy travel.  I…

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Query: Favorite Authors

I hate this topic; I hate this question even when applied more broadly; and it’s not that I don’t have favorite authors; and it’s not that I can’t think of them at the sodding moment [although that’s a frequent embarrassment]; but I know that I’m a terrible liar, and any companions would be bored with…

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The Alignment System

It’s an illuminating and frequently deeply flawed mode of perceiving character value, an apperception inherited from the Dungeons and Dragons rule set from as far back as I can remember [my second edition rule books].  If you’ve ever heard of “chaotic neutral” or “neutral evil,” you know what I’m talking about.  For those that don’t,…

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Update: Week of May 15, 2017

Working on another short story.  Shouldn’t be more than ten thousand words, but I can’t seem to finish the expanse of the diagramming.  I’m seeing a near constant explosion of vehicular violence from beginning to end intended to leave the reader numb and shattered by the conclusion of the final paragraph, unable to so much…

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I Can’t Speak Human

I used to frustrate my mother, and she used to frustrate me–according to her–when I was still a child, just having grasped the barest tolerance of spoken language.  I would ask for things, make wild gesticulations in a near panic, but while my mind was consumed in heat my tongue would never heed me, and…

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Writers Can’t Stand Their Parents

This is going to be a difficult subject, knocking the very idea of parenthood particularly into the offspring’s adulthood, but it’s something that nevertheless infects my awareness.  In truth, I could extend the phrase to “Writers Can’t Stand Their Parents and Family as a Whole.”  Now, you’re probably thinking I’m being something of a black-adorned…

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Update, Week of May 8, 2017

Happy belated VE day. I suppose I have less to talk about.  There’s three possibly quite nearly finished manuscripts sitting in my lap, and I’ve only got time to publish one of them for the immediate.  That’s exciting; isn’t it?  Unfortunately, I’ve been so productive as to price myself out of a job–spending my free…

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Twitter: Bold Claims sans Elucidation

An issue near and dear to my heart.  I used to have a Twitter account, something I was developing for the sake of my business long before I realized the partisan political ends of the corporation itself and thereafter the complete uselessness of its product as a whole.  Twitter is a terrible service developed by…

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Update Week of May 1, 2017

Busy busy. Looks like Youtube is well on its way to becoming little more than television, providing a medium for major–particularly news–media whilst simultaneously driving their own original creators, who made the business successful in the first place, altogether out of business or otherwise entirely off the platform, perhaps for bigger and better things.  And…

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