Taking to Americans, especially White Americans, about any form of government different than what we have now is a huge exercise in futility. Europeans at least have a couple of thousand years playing about with nations and states. Northeast Asia has had some clever mixes of despotism. But here, it’s always “1776!” and “muh Constitution!”
It’s not just because I know history so well. There are plenty of folks who know history better than I do but flinch as if shot when I suggest that our federal republic has outlived its usefulness. I really think it has to do with family: that fact that mine is so old and predates the Republic helps, but is not the only factor. Still, having ancestors is a tremendous psychological cushion, as it were, when looking at our day to day crises.
Continue reading “Questioning Civic Orthodoxy”
Anything set by firelight is amazingly atavistic. We are the descendants of all those that stayed close to their family and the fire to listen to wondrous stories. Think of it as evolution in action.
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Formerly an exclusive on Gab.ai, where you can speak freely, below the fold is the cover of the my next novel. Monica is wrapping up her copyediting, so I hope to have a proof copy in my hands in no more than a week. A week beyond that should see it released to the wild. So honestly, call it two to three.
I really need to get back to writing Part Two!
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My four ‘Retro’ posts seemed to generate some interest and it made me recall a TV Tropes page that a fan, from southern England, made of my visual novel some time ago. He did yeoman’s work in covering all four stories and all possible endings!
Spoilers abound – especially with the hidden text – but I think it’s a wonderful review of my first foray into writing.
TV Tropes – OTChi Kocchi
I love prologues that are also spoilers. It then is incumbent upon the writer to make the reader forget it until the last few pages. Every new novel of mine must have a personal challenge I’ve never tried before, and this is it.
I’m continuing to get good prototypes in via 99designs.com for the cover of ‘Friend and Ally,’ the first book about Nichole. Entries will be open until Friday. I’ll also have to think of a sub-title for this second book. Reflecting the first, it’ll be “something and something,” but I’ve no idea. I’ve time enough; and worlds.
Below the fold is how the story ends. As David Byrne once asked, “Well? How did I get here?!”
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This is not a bad representation of how I observe Machine Civilization and report it back. Except, of course, for the music, beauty, and talent. I just watch & write.
Things coming together nicely. DayJob is better for the next week as my boss is on vacation. With that mental pressure off I thought about writing through the weekend, but recalled I must get my submission for a new cover up on 99designs; that’s a week overdue.
I realize I’m lecturing a little bit but at this point in his life, Barrett has no one else to talk to. His daughter, Lily, mentions that in passing in ‘The Fourth Law’: “Had her father lost all of his friends?”
A pyramid of human skulls is little comfort in your old age.
Continue reading “MachCiv Dreams – Death Ship (pt.4)”