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Fri, Aug 17 2018

MAGA

There's a lot of growling about the MAGA acronym. Those who love it use it on hats, headbands, bumper stickers and Twitter profiles. But many don't like the acronym at all, whether for the slogan itself or for the politician(s) it might represent. Or, they believe America is already great. If you don't like the orignal meaning, you can still love MAGA.

Make America Grateful Again

We have so much to be thankful for, including freedom that allows us to pick and choose what an acronym means to us. I hope people will do that instead of arguing over MAGA. It's nice to be great, but it's even greater to be grateful.

posted at: 11:47 | category: /Politics | link to this entry



Tue, Aug 07 2018

Simple is as simple taxes.

More and more services seem to come out of taxpayers' pockets in the USA. I always wonder how long it will be until taxpayers revolt.

If you take a good look at the US Constitution, you'll see that there was very little expected of taxpayers in the way of monetary support for government. People sometimes complain about defense spending, but defense is actually one of the few things tax money was supposed to cover. The government was never designed to handle issues of individuals praying in schools or managing flood or homeowner insurance. These things have crept into our laws over time, possibly diluting the power and majesty of the Constitution.

posted at: 09:01 | category: /Politics | link to this entry



Fri, Jul 20 2018

Hedging your bets

When losing weight, one of the ideas offered is to put a photo of a thinner self, or maybe a svelte model in clothes you like, on the front of the refrigerator to help you keep making healthy choices during times of stress discourage.

I try to keep extra writing projects or ideas in the pipeline so that when I bump up against a dry spell with a lengthy work-in-progress I have other writing I can work on to stay motivated.

If that fails, you can keep a copy of a mortgage statement or a car insurance bill on hand. It's not the same happy kind of motivation, but it might keep you from giving up, even if writing is a side job.

posted at: 19:32 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



Wed, Jun 20 2018

Part-time? Nonsense.

No one who writes is a part-time writer. The mind is always on that track, that bent. Other people take a thing that happens and grab the experience they see in the moment. A writer takes a thing that happens and steeps it in his or her senses until it is reborn as a story for everyone to grab.In a sense, everything a writer does is like living twice.

posted at: 10:22 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



Wed, May 30 2018

Truth and/or consequence

If you tell the truth, you don't have to have a good memory. But is fiction the truth? It can be, if it represents basic truths. A detail such as setting can enhance truth, but an underlying principle is what makes a story ring true with the reader. If you want your protagonist to survive jumping off a cliff, you'd better have a good reason why he or she doesn't die in the process. A miracle is convenient, but short of a miracle, Does a tree break the fall? Does a pterodactyl swoop in and grab the protagonist on the way down? Does he or she sprout wings and glide? The solution may surprise the reader, but the solution should still fit in with the general theme and tone of the telling.

posted at: 09:17 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



Tue, May 15 2018

Writing aside...

When we write, we use parts of our brain that may not be in use by most of the population in exactly the same way. That's not a scientific observation, but it seems to be true, in my experience. The fact that our brains are very busy may mean that our bodies are less active in many instances. We usually sit to write, so we're rarely walking or cooking dinner. We may be thinking about a story as we move, but when we sit down to the mechanics of actually writing our brains are occupied with getting words down, whether through typing or handwriting. (Some also record spoken words.)

When we're not actually forming words and we're thinking, conversing or listening, some of us need something to do with our hands. It's also true for other desk jobs, such as sitting in on a meeting or waiting for software to compile. Workers whose brains are busy but whose bodies are on pause may feel the need to fidget with something. Pen clips, rubber bands or other objects may find their way into nervous hands. Some twirl their own hair or turn a ring on a finger to keep the hands busy. What's your favorite way to fidget? Check out these fidget widgets and get more ideas for fidgeting.

posted at: 10:48 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



Mon, May 14 2018

Every climb is different for every character

The story you tell at the foot of a mountain you're about to climb is very different from the one you tell while climbing the mountain or the one you tell at the crest of the mountain. When you climb down the mountain you will have yet another perspective (and maybe another whole climb).

If you were climbing that same mountain once before and fell back amd broke your leg you'll have other thoughts weaving in and out of your mind the whole time. If you climbed it with a companion who was killed you'll have that memory climbing with you this round. If this is the 10th time you've climbed the mountain you may encounter different challenges on this climb. Do you have a child with you on this climb? Is someone chasing you on this climb? Are you following (or chasing) someone else on this climb? Is it winter with a blizzard this time, when it was summer and warm on the previous ascent? Are you meeting someone at the top? If so, can you see them up there? Will they be glad to see you or are they planning to harm you?

The climb is the universal theme. Your back-story, current conditions, motivation, and companions (or lack thereof), will make it a unique tale.

posted at: 20:40 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



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