“When will I know I’m a real writer?”
Being younger (and certifiably dumber), I imagined the answer would be something like:
- Mansion and starlets rubbing coconut oil on my aching fingers.
- Riots at my book-signings
- Tabloid reports about my coke-fueled binges on croissants and women of questionable virtue during lost weekends in Vegas.
When younger (see above), I was expecting certain kinds of evidence to confirm that I was a “writer.” The fruits of success would be the proof.
And when those fruits (as I conceived of them) didn’t appear, I was downcast. I failed to achieve the rewards, and thus I was a failure.
Then, as so often happens when we’re not looking, …
Had shoulder surgery last Friday. I was trying to be tough on Monday and skipped the pain meds, figuring I’d only need those to sleep.
I was sadly incorrect. When the ortho doc heard my story, he encouraged me to use them. So I dutifully swallowed them down when I got home. Damn, what a difference.
So I’m writing this while under the influence. My son happened to be home from college this weekend, and so he and I spent some time watching movies and chatting, as the shoulder surgery rendered me useless for our usual pursuits (bike riding, getting pizza, that sort of thing). Tuesday, as we …
Had some unexpected help with today’s research. BabyKat dropped by to give me her perspective on the issue at hand.…
A few weeks ago, I commented on a book (“The Sword and Shield”), which covered, in 732 pages, the KGB archives that came out with a Russian Defector. It dealt with nearly 80 years of the USSR’s attempts to influence and coerce. The scarier tidbits (and there were a lot) covered how Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration was riddled with communist agents, the stories the Reds planted with the press to derail Presidential candidates (a job the press now does cheerfully for free against the “wrong sorts”). Assassination (both character and mortal), overthrows, plots, millions of dollars a year to the “innocent” American Communist Party, to say nothing of their insanely focused efforts to steal technology
As some of you know, Andrew Breitbart famously pointed out that politics are downstream from culture. I’ve heard folks clamor for more positive entertainment options, not only for our own pleasure, but because of pop culture’s potential power to sway public opinion away from somehow looking upon Progressive (Communist-Marxist-Maoist-Stalinist) Fascism favorably. America has very little time left if it is to be saved.
“How can I help?” you ask. If you are a Kindle enthusiast, you can visit Amazon’s Kindle Scout page and nominate novels by known writers of the Right. In my previous post, I mentioned illustrator and author Kia Heavey, who writes excellent fiction (with a dash of fantasy mixed in) that is pleasing to people with good, …
I don’t know if I told you all, but last Monday morning, when I was driving home in the dark and the thin fog, just before I turned off the highway, I came upon a very beautiful deer in my lane. I was coming around a gentle curve, so I saw her in plenty of time to slow down. This deer was standing in the middle of the lane, head down like she was eating something off the pavement.
I slowed down and eased up on her…I wanted to get her off the road but not terrify her. She looked like a mule deer, with those big ears. She looked at my very slowly approaching car then turned and …