Occasional reminder

Occasional reminder: the media do not care about democracy or you; the internet is a psychological tool designed to overwhelm you; marketers want to prescribe your language, identity, and desires. One answer is to read books to children, often.

mental health PSA

PSA, for whomever needs to hear this: For your own mental health, it is OK to block authoritative people. In case you don’t need any more authority. It is healthful to conclude a correspondence that diminishes you. Even if that means kicking over a few tables....

Re-reading The Lord of the Rings

I’ve been slowly re-reading The Lord of the Rings; I’m into the Return of the King now. It’s as spellbinding as it was when I first read it forty years ago. It’s worth returning to every few years. A few things of which I’m reminded, as I...

Advice on writing fiction

Think of an interesting story you will enjoy telling. Make a plan for your story and mend the plan as you go. Have at least one likeable character. Villains can be likeable. Each character needs a distinct voice. Characters should learn. Build characters, not worlds....

Lazy words

amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, and so on let me decide for myself if something is amazing amazing means you stand and stare at something, not necessarily because it’s neato breathtaking brilliant chilling effervescent egregious . . . this word means “out...