“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who use the words.” – Philip K. Dick We now find ourselves living in an age of politically correct censorship where the definition of "fiction" has been lost to… Continue reading Censorship, Society Report
A poem from Magdalene Aubergine... They say that we teach people how to treat us. I was reading about the poet ee cummings, that when he started out, his style was so individual, unique, unusual, that it was often questioned, and ridiculed. The biographer stated that ee cummings taught his readers how to read him,… Continue reading Consideration
There are, I believe, pivotal moments in every life. This idea is one that has been much explored in literature, philosophy, art. What a blessing it is, I think, to be gifted with self-awareness in such moments, to be able to feel the subtle shift in the energy of the universe. Of course, sometimes that… Continue reading A Subtle Shift in the Light
Well, here's an update on those Gremlins. I was using the free versions of Grammarly and Ginger, both good grammar editing/correcting programs. With the free version of Ginger, you get a limited number of free corrections. I hit that. It was then that I realized that the purchase of one of these programs had become… Continue reading Grammarly
I just found so many mistakes in a manuscript that I already corrected and published, that it's making my head spin. I'm a good writer. My grammar skills are average. But I've got to step it up in the proof-reading department. It's sloppy. In one sentence I found the words "Shup up" instead of "Shut… Continue reading Gremlins
I live in California. I was born in California during a time when being a first-generation Californian was still something of a thing, even if it was one that was on its way out. I spent the first years of my life in Southern California, and my beginning grade school years in Texas and Oregon.… Continue reading The Attempted Elimination of the Middle Class
Here's a great write up/interview of author Danielle Steel at Glamour mag. How has Steel written 179 books? She writes/works twenty to twenty-two hours a day. If that sounds like b.s. to you, you might not be a writer, or at least not one who knows what it's like to lose yourself in the story,… Continue reading Danielle Steel
The rain has been seemingly incessant. It was ingrained in me throughout my youth not to be a "complainer." However, seeing as how I am now firmly into my middle age, I am, on occasion, given to indulging myself in a bit of complaining and I will tell you, I think I've had it with… Continue reading Inclement Weather, and Quotes from Saint Joan
So, I am a poetess And I knowitess. April is National Poetry Month. Here is a link to poets.org, if you are interested, you can check that out. Rarely have I discussed my favorite poets. Some of that is because it has been very personal to me, and some of it is because if you… Continue reading April is National Poetry Month
I've kept some kind of a notebook, or journal, since junior high. Thankfully, the majority of them have gone the way of the wind. I suppose that's a nice way of saying that I destroyed them at one time or another. I recall erasing every word one January, in some other life a million years… Continue reading An Unraveled Hem, Joan Didion
"We tell ourselves stories in order to live. To see enough and write it down, I tell myself, and then some day when I am only going through the motions and doing what I am supposed to do which is write, on that bankrupt morning I will simply open my notebook and there it will… Continue reading Quotes from Joan Didion.
This hasn't been a bad week. Out now from the wonderful editors at Solarcide, Martin Garrity and Nathan Pettigrew, SOLARCIDAL TENDENCIES , the best of, so far! This is a unique collection of stories from some of today's brightest authors on the rise. I am so very pleased to have my story THE LOVE included… Continue reading Solarcidal Tendencies.
Recently I’ve been thinking about how much time we, I, spend on the internet. I’ve thought about it before. There was a time when I did not want a computer, whether it was a matter of being something of a technophobe or simply a general leeriness for reasons that I couldn’t quite explain, the… Continue reading OPEN 24 – 7, But It’s Closing Time: The Re-Rewiring of the Internet Affected Brain.