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And the next step…

Okay. The first revision of my submission to the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award is finished. For all of you real authors out there, that may not be much, but for me it’s a major accomplishment. Now, it’s on to the beta readers!

Too good not to share

I don’t usually link to anything by HuffPost, but for this I’ll make an exception.

“In an interview with HuffPost, Uygur said he is a strong supporter of unions.”

Really? What’s he going to say next, that some of his best friends are Armenians?


Shamelessly stolen from Old NFO’s post:

bloomberg gun ban bingo


I like to write. Except for the times my muse decides to vacation in the Bahamas, I really enjoy it, even though I have not yet been published. More accurately, I guess, I enjoy writing the rough draft. Now, I am in the middle of revising a rough draft. Yes, it tightens up the story. Yes, it helps me see plot holes that need to be addressed. Yes, it helps me meet manuscript length limits. It really does make the story better. And I still don’t like it.

This whiny little rant is hereby concluded. Thank you for reading.

Preparedness, revisited

Hopefully, the three people who follow this blog recognize that I’m not big on panic or overreacting. It’s silly. It’s a waste of time, energy and physical resources. Still, as three bloggers I follow have pointed out, here, here, and here, the corona virus potentially poses some significant issues.

I don’t see some worldwide pandemic coming, especially not one of 1918 proportions. I do, however, think the following are reasonable things to consider.

  1. Numbers of both those infected with the virus and those who have died as a result are suspect, given China’s less than stellar history of veracity.
  2. China produces a significant number of items, or constituent parts of items, consumed in the West, including in the United States.
  3. Such items include common, everyday convenience items. You know, things like toilet paper and other personal hygiene items. And OTC meds. And pet supplies. And, and, and…
  4. This also applies to some common food items.

What I consider to be common sense, then, would seem to dictate that a reasonable person for who preparedness was part of a normal and healthy lifestyle, would keep those things in mind when doing their regular shopping. Please note that I do not think it is wise to spend your entire paycheck on toilet paper. You still have bills to pay and the sky is not falling, so please, don’t be stupid foolish. I plan on simply bearing those things in mind as I do my regular shopping. You, of course, will make your own decisions. I am simply encouraging you to consider the possibilities…and then to go on living your normal life. Running off to your bug out location and going into “lockdown” strikes me as more than a bit of an overreaction. Rather, remember that the whole “normal and healthy lifestyle” approach to preparedness tends to focus on likely, real world events. So, the cost of some consumer goods suddenly increasing seems to qualify. World wide depression as a result of the virus? Not so much.

Of farming and animals

I spent part of my childhood on a farm. It’s not easy. It’s not easy physically and it’s not easy intellectually, unless your goal is to go broke really fast. Thus, I have no problem with the criticism Michael Bloomberg is receiving for his comments.

The best response I’ve seen? This one.

bloomberg farmer

Which leads me to think about animals. Consider this: virtually every philosopher, at least Western ones, would agree that the way a person treats animals provides some insight into the kind of person he or she is. Further, I’ve known farmers and ranchers who largely based their assessment of other farmers and ranchers upon how they treated their livestock. It was not unknown, decades ago, for farmers to inquire as to how some young man who wanted to court the farmer’s daughter treated his animals. All because it gives insight into a person’s character.* Bear with me. This is going somewhere. With the exception of some people who eventually needed to be locked away for the safety of others, I have yet to meet the person who does not think we should treat animals decently. “Treat animals decently” is perhaps the easiest sell there is. How is it, then, that an organization, let’s say one that perhaps goes by the acronym PETA, manages to make such a thing controversial? It takes a special kind of stupid to accomplish that — or at least it takes an ideology that seeks to demonize and antagonize the vast and overwhelming majority of those it supposedly seeks to influence to change because, you know, that always works.

*If you argue it was because such farmers thought of their daughters as livestock, you’re an idiot.

Bad dreams

Went to bed at a reasonable hour last night. Then, I spent all night being chased through the jungle by bad guys with guns. Wow. I’m still tense. I haven’t had one of those in a long time. Don’t know how much I’ll get written, today.