Goals, Objectives, and Dreams

I’ve spoken at lengths in the past about writers and authors.  Whether it was at a convention, or even periodically at this very site, I talk about distinguishing between a writer (a literary artist) and an author (a literary professional).  Some people prefer to transpose the terms, which is fine.  The vernacular and semantics are unimportant.  What matters is noting the difference between the two.

A writer is motivated by their artistic goals and desires.  They are motivated by a need to create, share, and present their work.  It isn’t enough to make a work of art; it must be digested and experienced by an audience.  That audience can be everybody in a writer’s circle, everybody on a fan site, or every literary consumer in the world.  The audience depends on the writer, the work, and a host of other factors.  You can debate about core audience versus ancillary audience and all that jazz, but at the end of the day, the writer creates work for an audience. Continue reading “Goals, Objectives, and Dreams”


Moment of Clarity

I had a moment of clarify last weekend.  An epiphany if you will.  It started out very small but slowly spiraled to encompass a great deal of my life and my world.  I’d like to share it with you, but I must warn that this is a bit of a tirade.  A bit of a rant.  I’ve long dedicated myself to civil discourse, good manners, and all the usual hallmarks of polite behavior.  Still, I would be surprised if some toes were not stepped on.

It all started as most things do in my world of make-believe: with Star Wars.  A conversation brushed on the recent brouhaha over the next-to-most recent Star Wars film, The Last Jedi (or Episode VIII or however we’re naming them now).  See, a whole swath of the fandom took issue with Laura Dern’s character of Vice-Admiral Holdo.  Many more took issue with Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico.  I’m not really sure what their problems were.  I think in Tran’s case, it was that she had the audacity to be Asian and/or curvy.  In Dern’s case, I think her purple hair was supposed to turn men gay?  I really don’t know. Continue reading “Moment of Clarity”

Happy July Fourth

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Yo prometo lealtad a la bandera de los estados Unidos de America, y a la Republica que representa, una Nacion, entera, con libertad y justicia para todos

ataeahad bialwala’ laeilm alwilayat almutahidat al’amrikiat , wa’iilaa aljumhuriat alty taqifu fiha , ‘umatan wahidatan , ghyr qabilat liltajziat , mae alhuriyat waleadalat liljamie


(PS: Please forgive the Google Translate)

(PPS: Yes, this is the Pledge as written by its authors, George Balch and Francis Bellamy in 1892)

What Is Sleep?




Whatever the language, sleep is a universal experience that everyone experiences.  Next to eating and breathing, it may be the first experience we as humans have.  Sleep serves a lot of roles in our society and our psyche.  It’s everything from a reward for a hard day’s work to the psychological equivalent of ‘have you tried turning it off and back on again’.  We have specialized sleeping rituals, clothes, even furniture.  We take medicine to get to sleep, to wake up from sleep, to sleep better, to sleep deeper, to sleep longer.  We spend (roughly) a third of our life asleep.

But why? Continue reading “What Is Sleep?”