A writer just trying to make sense of a world on fire and maybe write some worthwhile fiction.
Police, Soldiers, and Lawyers Oh My
As a freshman college student, I might’ve had a ‘thin blue line’ sticker on my laptop, except that it was 2012 and policing hadn’t yet become such a controversial issue. I was a cookie cutter conservative at the time and had yet to own my beliefs. Politics seemed so horribly partisan back then but was tame compared to today. Now, almost a decade later, I can’t say that I am very supportive of the police. I mean yeah, I hope they catch the ‘bad guys’ and put them in jail and I hope there is minimal loss of life in that process, for both the police and the presumed criminals… I say “presumed” because the American justice system enshrines “innocent until proven guilty” as key to justice.
Corporations are not your friend. (Despite what they post on social media.)
Our new woke corporate overlords love to talk about human rights, and voting rights, and rights this and rights that, but for some reason their words ring hollow. Perhaps it’s because it feels like they are pandering to an activist class in the United States that is completely blind to the plight of the world, which by the way is not getting better about any rights. (Australia certainly doesn’t have a right to protest as seen below.)
Writing as Craft, Craft as Work
Writing is powerful. It breathes life into imagination. Fully-formed nations have sprung into existence from the strokes of a pen. It strengthens the mind as lifting weights strengthens the body. With writing we pour our souls onto the page and search the text for flickers of hope or depths of despair. Writing is a calling, a craft, an art! And work.
Why I Love Vocal's Challenges
Vocal challenges have been a major boon to my writing. I haven’t won a single one I’ve entered. I can’t even say that I’ve produced my best writing for them. Honestly, most, if not all, of my entries have been mediocre - and that’s okay. No, I’m thankful to Vocal’s Challenges for four reasons that have nothing to do with winning them.
How bad would you have to screw up to lose your job? In today’s world we have seen some innocent actions lead to firings. One person, who worked for Marriot, was fired for liking a tweet that pissed off China. Generally, I feel like pissing off a country running literal concentration camps is good. Let’s say you totaled a company vehicle? Would that get your fired?
Crossroads of Insanity
I set out to write something kind today—I wanted to make a point, but gently. A nudge of persuasion and a sprinkle of controversy. But I realized I was dissembling and dancing around my real concern—which is really more than a ‘concern.’ It is a fear – the sort of fear that you dwell on at midnight when your spouse is asleep, and the world is quiet.
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
The greatest fantasy world is undoubtedly Lord of The Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien created a masterpiece, out of a language and a children’s story. He wrote at a time when the world was changing faster than anyone could measure and created a timeless epic. Our understanding of modern fantasy is all based on the foundation he laid, line by line. To his credit, that foundation was a mix of a great many old legends, along with fresh inspiration. He created new languages for his story and a cosmology that is more complete than some world religions. Shadows of his influence permeate every nook and cranny of fantasy.
Disunity of the Highest Order
I watched President Biden’s speech on additional COVID measures on September 9th and boy do I have thoughts. It’s like somebody in the White House back in July received a cheat code for how to lose the House and probably the Senate in 2022 and then the Presidency in 2024. Between Afghanistan and this speech, I find it very hard to see a 2022 election where Democrats are not hammered. If you didn’t catch the speech or see the outrage, then here are the six main points at this link.