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Books I Am Reading & Writing

Posted by on Jan 10, 2023 in Blog | Comments Off on Books I Am Reading & Writing

WHAT I AM CURRENTLY WRITING: I have begun writing the story that will serve as the first book in my Maalstrom Series. As yet untitled, the story shows how Earth colonists arrived on the alien planet Maalstrom and what happened to them when faced with the almost indescribable impact that the planet has their DNA. For readers of Maalstrom and its sequel, The Selk King, who are looking for the sci-fi element and an explanation of how the later mostly medieval society on Maalstrom evolved from the original Earth colonists, the story I am writing...

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More Nonsensical English

Posted by on Dec 31, 2022 in Blog | Comments Off on More Nonsensical English

There is a sorry tendency of English speakers to say “verbally” when they mean “orally”. It’s standard nomenclature in law school — among people who should know better — to refer to anything pronounced aloud as “verbal”. But anything written in a human language is by definition verbal. Oral, OTOH, means voiced aloud. So people should say “oral” instead of “verbal”. Similarly, people often write “insure” when they mean “ensure”. These words...

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Nonsensical grammar

Posted by on Dec 26, 2022 in Blog | Comments Off on Nonsensical grammar

“The is a car of George’s.” Though grammatically correct, this makes no sense, We say “The car belongs to George” and we say “Give this car to George”, and “This car was from George”, and we even say “The house of George”, so why don’t we say “This is a car of George”? We don’t say “The house of the Rising Sun’s”, we say “The house of the rising sun.” We can also say “This is one of the cars of George.” So why...

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New York publishers & the PC Cult

Posted by on Dec 12, 2022 in Blog | Comments Off on New York publishers & the PC Cult

The latest news from the mega-corporate monopoly publishing houses in New York City is that they are now requiring a litmus test to be applied to all books they publish. This litmus test is straight from the PC Cult, demanding diversity, equity, and inclusion, which as all independent analysts realize means the exact opposite of what these terms denote, i.e., few whites, legal privileges for special ethnic interest groups, and exclusion of white males. These are applied to the characters of every novel and story. Villains — as has long...

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Negative people

Posted by on Dec 9, 2022 in Blog | Comments Off on Negative people

Avoid negative people, the time-wasters, the doubters, those who want to drag you down to their level so they no longer feel inferior. This is what such people say when they learn you are starting an enterprise of your own: 1) it can’t be done 2) you can’t do it 3) it was beginner’s luck 4) you will fail next year 5) (to others) I helped him succeed 6) I taught him everything he knows 7) we grew up together, we’re old friends!  

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The Gender Divide

Posted by on Dec 5, 2022 in Blog | Comments Off on The Gender Divide

If women run an organization, they hasten to fill it with their female friends just as they rush to join any organization where women are in control. But if men run it, they swiftly put up blocks to keep other men out while admitting women because they may be potential mates. Women look for reasons to include others, they lower entry standards in every organization they dominate, admitting marginally qualified people, and erasing barriers and borders. Women look for reasons to include others. Men look for reasons to exclude others, especially...

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Nonsensical phrases

Posted by on Jul 28, 2022 in Blog | Comments Off on Nonsensical phrases

Here are a few nonsensical phrases that I hope never to see again: “It’s just the right thing to do.” Or “That’s just who we are.” These phrases are a sanctuary for small minds, a refuge from having to think about things rather than just react. A favorite of certain power-mad professional politicians like Pelosi and Biden, these are actually nothing more than virtue-signaling, reducing complex sociological topics to cheap empty slogans, an expression of anti-intellectualism. Don’t use them. It’s like putting your...

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Fixing Blame

Posted by on Feb 26, 2022 in Blog | Comments Off on Fixing Blame

Thank you Biden and Pelosi for helping us fix blame for Russia’s dispute with Ukraine: it’s all Trump’s fault! No, wait, it’s all Bush’s fault. No, wait, it’s all Reagan’s fault. No, wait, it’s all Nixon’s fault. . .

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Mercedes Lackey’s

Posted by on Feb 16, 2022 in Blog | Comments Off on Mercedes Lackey’s

Mercedes Lackey’s

A Teaching Moment. Far from the madding crowd dost today’s Social Justice Warrior write, embraced by global conglomerates and their cellophane orcs. I recently encountered a novel-writing thread on Quora hosted by a “flaming liberal” by name of Mercedes Lackey. I had only the vaguest notion of who this person might be, since I do my best to avoid any writer endorsed by mainstream publishing, not only to preserve my sanity but to retain my ability to compose a coherent sentence, something that seems increasingly to escape the...

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Bad Habits of Beginning Writers

Posted by on Jan 11, 2022 in Blog | Comments Off on Bad Habits of Beginning Writers

Bad Habits of Beginning Writers

(RE: latest on the Bubba saga, see below) In my years hosting a writers’ critique group, I found that beginning writers frequently made the same writing mistakes, over and over. These were not necessarily due to inability or illiteracy, but simply to bad habits, habits that could be fixed. Here’s a brief summary of what I encountered. Sentences all the same length. Readers are not machines, they need variety in input and, like many endeavors, writing is not a science, but an art. A writer must develop a feel for implementing...

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