Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Fifth Element

The title of the post refers to the movie of the same name, a fun picture I recommend highly for some good science fiction, tongue-in-cheek humor and neat special effects.  If you put Blade Runner on one end of the spectrum and Galaxy Quest on the other (leaving out Spaceballs entirely), I would say this… Read more »

The old chair and the sea

Long ago, when my birthdays were still about getting gifts (and not just hosting a barbecue), I received an especially valuable gift from one of my friends. I am an avid baseball fan and an avid barbecuer.  Add them together and you have a recipe for tailgating!  I already had a mini-barbecue (the type that… Read more »

Taking my book for a walk

Except on rare occasions, I don’t blog on the weekend.  The same goes for writing.  I treat my writing like a job:  work at it during the week and take the weekend to relax, do chores and visit family and friends. Which is not to say I stop “writing”; I just don’t do it on… Read more »

I never made these mistakes on my typewriter…

Sometimes I just can’t write.  Sometimes it’s mental, like we discussed yesterday.  Sometimes it’s physical, the vagaries of health.  Sometimes it’s tropical, as the mercurial weather of my beloved state can wreak havoc with little warning and at any time. During such times, I try to be productive by working on the editing/cleaning up of… Read more »

None shall pass

(Click the image for some fun viewing and mood setting and then come back here for the rest of the story!)   Writing is funky.  Well, I can say that for me…I can only assume it’s likewise funky for many of the other authors out there. Sometimes, the ideas and words come so swiftly, my… Read more »

Something old, something new

We’ve already gone over the “old”, as I’ve explained about my return to using the laptop in writing “What Now?”, Book 3 in the Jeremy Shuttle Adventures.  That’s the same way I wrote Book 1 (“What if?”) and I detailed for you the supposed benefits in yesterday’s post. Today, we’ll talk about the “new”, specifically,… Read more »

Blinded by the light

I started writing the final book of my trilogy (“What Now?” for you latecomers) using notepads, similar to the way I had written Book 2 (“What Next?”- helpful reminder #2).  After five chapters, I switched back to the laptop, ostensibly to save the time it takes transcribing those written pages into the word processor. Now,… Read more »

Of writing

Over the course of blogging, I’ve made occasional mention of the “right” way to blog.  Based on professionals and experts everywhere, having a single theme and targeting potential readers (subscribers) to that theme generates the best performance of a website.  Regular readers know I have no general theme, much like my brain.  Much like life…. Read more »

Stubborn or principled?

It’s a fine line, right?  Are you holding to higher standards and beliefs or are you just childishly unwilling to budge? In some ways, the question is as confusing as the motivations that go into the behavior.  Stubbornness usually connotes a negative quality, though terms like “stubbornly refuse defeat” and “stubbornly cling to hope” often… Read more »

Your meter is running

Back when I first started this journey, back all the way to the first tinkerings on What if?, I considered how to keep all my previous co-workers and friends updated on my progress writing. Inspired and influenced, no doubt, by two decades of Life in the Land of Spreadsheets, I came up with a goofy… Read more »