I like Science Fiction but I Don’t want to Participate

Well … if I could get on a rocket and go to the moon today, I’d be sorely tempted. I’ll qualify that: a nicely settled, well-established moon base would be preferable. Hey! I’m 67. I like some comfort in my life these days. It’s movies like “Andromeda Strain” and “Contagion” that I don’t really wantContinue reading “I like Science Fiction but I Don’t want to Participate”

Almost Ready to Publish: “The Alien Visitation Chronicle”

It’s almost ready and it’s making me nervous. Did I catch all the errors? Probably not. According to a reader of my first novel, “Millie’s Adventures in Time,” there were a lot of errors in it. Of course, “a lot” is a very relative term. I asked her if she made note of them. No.Continue reading “Almost Ready to Publish: “The Alien Visitation Chronicle””

Julian May: Author par Excellence

I have just finished re-reading a couple of books by Julian May. The books have the general title of “Intervention” and were published as two separate volumes titled “Surveillance” (1987) and “Metaconcert” (1987). May is also the author of “The Saga of the Pliocene Exile” series. There is a very good chance that I shallContinue reading “Julian May: Author par Excellence”

Pseudo-Synonyms: Words that seem like they should be, but aren’t quite, the same

I love words. I love their meanings and how they sound. I love investigating their origins. But more than anything else, I love using them. And I love playing with them. That’s why I’m a writer. But they mystify me sometimes. And synonyms (words with similar or related meanings such as shut and close) areContinue reading “Pseudo-Synonyms: Words that seem like they should be, but aren’t quite, the same”

Inspire, Promote, Encourage, Sing!

There is no doubt that songs can be inspirational. Songs are written about all manner of things and because words put to music are often easier to remember than otherwise, songs have been used through the ages to teach and inform as well as sell and influence and even warn. A national anthem tells theContinue reading “Inspire, Promote, Encourage, Sing!”