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Simple Can Take Many Complicated Shapes

I just completed my fifth novel, “Dalon Con.” (The Essence of Time). This was a spin off of a character that appeared for a page or two in an earlier novel, “Eden’s Wake.” It is, also, my first adventure into the world of time travel. Now that “Dalon Con” has been sent to the editor, until the first round of editing is complete, I feel it is my job to begin the next novel that will join the ranks of my arsenal. My first problem with this plan of attack is finding sustainable subject matter so that readers maintain an interest from the first page to the last.

In actuality, this is easier than it sounds. It can be a simple process if you will not over complicate your search and just pay attention to your natural surroundings. For instance, how about a duck-billed platypus? If you take a platypus, reshape his bill, add fangs,and lengthen his legs, you can make this new creation take to the air by adding a pair of wings. A few more exotic changes like this along with well-known creatures or humans and you’ll have an excellent start to your sci-fi, fantasy, or action adventure manuscript. Don’t discount the simplicity that resides around you, it may become the fodder for your next tale, be it a short story or a series of full length novels.

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‘Bout Time to Let it Go, Don’t Ya Think?

I really enjoy writing in my favorite genres,  science fiction, fantasy and action adventure. Part of the fun is inventing different creatures that are only limited to my imagination. This notion easily carries over to real life adventures. Although with me, sometimes I believe we need to determine the difference between actual life and make believe-case in point: Bigfoot.

 I used to enjoy watching the exploits of Bigfoot hunters normally found over the west and pacific North West. Similarly were stories like this furry creature in other cultural lore but about tales of the Yeti and the Abominable Snowman.

These adventurous sightings start dating back decades, over an area that seems to house, what one would believe to be a sizeable population of the creatures, but by the end of this hour-long show, we just miss seeing one of the elusive giant bipeds.

No worries for in the next few days another program that mimics the last Bigfoot search will drag us along on another chase just missing the next fur ball, except on this search we come away with a half dozen, dark, unintelligible pictures that no one but the photographer can figure out what they are seeing.

Once again, not to worry, for they never stop making these programs that always end the same way.

Then, we have the Loch Ness Monster . . . Nuff said.

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Freedom

Once again, it’s the time of year we celebrate the birth of our nation with a holiday we simply refer to as July 4. If you were to track down exact dates, you could start with the American Revolution, which began in April 1775, Jefferson’s first draft of the Declaration of Independence in June 1776, the actual Declaration of Independence, July 2, 1776, or the signing of the document, August 2, 1776.

July 4, was a day for hanging around and putting the final touches on the historical text. The paper, essentially telling England to “back off,” was delivered to Great Britain in November 1776.

Independence is more than just a word; it is a vast concept that we all wish to attain. If we live independent lives, in most cases, we will risk that life to maintain our freedom.

This year, set aside time to realize the many reasons you enjoy the liberties you do and give thanks to those who make/made it possibe.

  • The service men and women who gave their all, including their families who begrudgingly let them go.
  • Police officers, fire fighters and other civil service employees who sacrifice their lives, protecting us from anarchy, as our first responders.

Everyday faces in the crowd who step out to take on injustice. These are the faces of independence which we salute this July 4, 2019, and praise the God that gives us these and innumerable blessings each day!

 

Source: https://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-declaration-of-independence/fourth-of-july/

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Demise of the Six Legged Blood Sucker

Many people enjoy life in the city. I prefer a more rural setting. I consider myself blessed to sit in my writer’s room, stare out the window, reveling in God’s creation. It’s amazing how much joy something as simple as a tree can bring, especially when we find ourselves taking them for granted.

Have you ever paid attention to the seemly millions of tiny insects that abound during the summer months? Imagine the creation of the tiny digestive tracts and nervous systems necessary for the survival of each of these tiny creatures. It takes very little thought to bring this concept to beyond mind-boggling.

Of course, you see this time and time again throughout the world we live. So, the next time you step outside and raise a hand (which we will all inevitably do) to swat that biting insect, briefly remember the miracle of creation before you smash the little blood sucker to smithereens.

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Just in Time for Spring as it Rolls Around Again

The seasons change as they are wanton to do and in any season there are likes and dislikes prevalent throughout.

Take winter for instance, there are quite a few examples of places inundated with many feet of snow. I know what havoc a quarter inch of ice can wreak on an infrastructure. Imagine as much as ten inches of frozen water laying waste to parts of Canada. This actually happened in 1998  as a storm destroyed the large steel wire carriers mangling them into heaps of rubbish on the ground.

Summer shares its bountiful rainfall, many times beginning in the spring. Often times unimaginable amounts of water inundate settlements and cities alike as summer forces its way through.

Small but devastating vortexes, with winds up to three hundred MPH (known as tornadoes) rip man’s puny creations to the earth.

Finally, one of the most powerful weather systems waits until this time of the year to rear its ugly head- “The Hurricane.” This monster can be powered by winds well over one hundred fifty-seven MPH. It can produce a storm surge (i.e., a wall of water) better than twenty feet high and sized larger than three hundred miles in diameter that precedes the winds and often is more deadly than the hurricane force winds. Your safest bet caught within this behemoth, are five words… follow the yellow brick road.

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Well, Here it is Again . . . Another Year Older and Not Much Has Changed

I’ve always had a knack for retaining arbitrary knowledge. Most people would refer to this as trivia. I call it, Useless Information. It can be impressive to pull out an obscure piece of data related to whatever you may be conversing about at the time, but it’s still just Useless Information.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have created for ourselves days that equate to Useless Information. Case in point, Valentine’s Day. We have pulled from time an arbitrary day set aside to purchase flowers, candy, balloons, dinner at fine restaurants and whatever else we can think of to celebrate love. Celebrating the affection we have for our spouse or significant other should be done each day.

The next in line to garner an unorthodox amount of time, is a day of comic relief, April Fool’s Day. I know not anything of its origins and perhaps the reason I have not explored this day further, is I just don’t care. To pull an insignificant prank on someone and then scream, “April Fools!” makes no sense to me, so I’ll leave it where it lies and waste no further brain cells on this ill-conceived day.

To properly finish this blog, I will say, “Happy April Fool’s Day!”

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We’re Going to Hell in a Hand Basket, Except the Hand Basket Had Enough Sense to Dump its Contents and Head for Higher Ground

I abhor politics. They tend to be  divisive  rather than pull people together. What I’m about to speak on is more about the human condition.

In the United States, we have a real problem when it comes to discussing abortion. Personally, I’ve had it with the disregard for life. It’s tossed about as though it means nothing. Case in point, we are applauding the practice of late term abortions and infanticide.

I cannot for the life of me imagine totally birthing a baby and allowing this precious life to lie on a table until the powers-that-be decide whether or not to severe its spinal cord. In one state, they allow the murder of a full-term baby but have placed a moratorium on the death penalty.

“Dear Father, in heaven, forgive us  . . .” I only wish I could add, “for we know not what we do.” The shame with this scenario is that we know exactly what we are doing, and I, for one, am ashamed at those who would allow this to happen, and even applaud, as it does. In fact, I am ashamed to live in a country where such an atrocity would be considered for legalization.

 

Jeremiah 1:5  “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

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