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AFTER A LONG ABSENCE, I RETURN

Forgive me for not communicating for a month and more, but there has been much on my mind about the state of our country. I know this blog is intended to benefit writers, but life also effects our writing in one way or another. Many events, which I follow daily, are beyond belief. I shall leave the discussion of the current political climate to those more knowledgeable and eloquent to express the opinions which I feel.

One last comment. Do our elected representatives have their constituents in mind with their decisions, or are those decisions governed by their perceived power and a warped ego.

I will return this blog to its intended purpose; to aid writers in finding their way to publication. My next topic will be one with which I struggle: The challenges of the elderly writer and the rapid pace of modern technology.

One last comment. You may have noticed my reblogging work from other blogs. I follow many blogs posting information for writers. I hope to spread the knowledge.

July 15, 2017 at 10:56 pm Leave a comment

THE FUTURE

My daughter, Lynn, is marching on Saturday.

She is an great daughter and outstanding person.

Just recognized by the USDA as a woman farmer, she is making her mark in the world.

Let’s hope her generation gets involved to make this country and world a better place.

And takes notes for the future.

 

January 20, 2017 at 8:39 pm 3 comments

REMEMBERANCES: A MEMORY OF MY CHILDREN

My then wife, Joni, and I were playing work tag. She began work at Chester County Hospital at 3PM, and I left my research job at 3PM. Our girls spent minimal time at the babysitter’s home. After going to the hospital and searching out my wife’s car, I transferred their car seats and picked up Annie, 4, and Lynn, 2. Annie was always the big sister during those times, sharing her knowledge of the world with Lynn. One day, as I listened to them talk buckled into their seats, I heard Annie say, “You know, Lynn, there are people so poor that they don’t have a pool.”

I silently chuckled to myself. We have an in ground pool. The reason I found this amusing was that until I went to college, I lived in a house with no running hot water and no bathtub or shower. How the times of my life have changed.

Another experience fondly remembered is Annie drawing on post-it notes and hanging them in the room which is now my study. These were Annie’s drawings. She then brought her little sister into the room and asked her if she would like to buy any of them. They all had a price on the post-it note.

Innocent Lynn said, “I’ll take this one, and this one and on and on.” At the end of her selection Lynn handed Annie imaginary money.

Annie looked at Lynn and said, “This is reality. No imaginary money accepted.”

I don’t remember how the incident ended, but it is an incident I will always carry in my heart.

  

August 9, 2016 at 8:15 pm 1 comment

WRITERS CROSSING THE LINE

While attending a dinner with a friend, his wife said, “Glad you have a hobby like writing.”  My then-wife saw me bristle and understood why.  This incident occurred some time ago but not forgotten.

At the time of this event I had already been published and aware of the agony associated on being a writer on the quest to being an author.  I have pondered the issues of writing and differences of the title as writer as a hobby or writer as a profession and arrived at the following conclusion.

My thoughts are these.  As I went for putting words on paper to attempting publication,  I felt writing could no longer be deemed a hobby after experiencing the rejections, multiple times of my work.  After some thought, I realized writing can be a pleasant pastime; that some write for the sheer joy of the experience.   Never seeking publication, only enjoying the mind wandering to places they would never have considered.  Simply enjoying the process of creativity. 

Writing is a hobby until you decide to publish.  It is then you crossed the Rubicon.  There is no going back.  You crossed the line from hobby to profession, and God help you.  For unless you are extremely talented, a writing gem hidden from the world, you will most likely experience rejection.  The words you consider magnificence will push upon the brick wall of reality.

But if you goal is to become an author you will experience a level of doubt and rejection you never anticipated.  But someday, if you carry on, your work will find a home and you are on the road of being an author.  The difference between writer and author is perseverance.

You made it!

You’re an author now and the years of writing as a hobby are behind you.

    

July 12, 2016 at 9:57 pm Leave a comment

THE WRONGS OF THE PAST CONTINUE: A REVIEW OF YESTERDAY’S FICTION AND TODAYS REALITY

This could be considered one of my RANTS & RAVES pieces, but since it’s also a book review, it stands alone as a unique species.

The wide gap between the top 1%, the people of wealth, and the working class is beyond comprehension.

The products sold to the American public, behind the falsehood of corporate manipulation of the truth, is beyond belief.  Unsafe and contaminated products are sold, money is exchanged, and the trend will continue as long as there is a profit to be made.

The wealthy manipulate society to their benefit, robbing the working class of a better life as they fill their coffers of greed.  Something must be done for the common man as his world sinks into an abyss of despair.

If you think these facts were torn from the current condition of our society; you would be wrong. Although these revelations sound much like the current state of affairs in this country they are products of the past.

We now live in a world where wealth thumps conscience and the benefit of the average citizen.  Where the greed continues worldwide, and the richest 85 individuals in the world have more wealth than the bottom 50% of the world’s population (Time magazine).  Where, in this country, the gulf between the common man and the legendary 1%, which if you do the math is over 3 million individuals, control and manipulate our lives to their own benefit.  The conditions of the past and the present mingle in a disturbing never-ending situation for the people of this country.

I have just finished reading The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.  First published in 1906, the work changed our country with the introduction of laws to protect the public from buying contaminated meat products and labor reform.  The novel is an historical work of fiction, and through the primary character’s eyes, we are allowed to see the conditions, beyond imagination, which provide food for our nation at that time.  Where children are forced to work at unbelievably young ages to support their destitute families.

As mentioned earlier, this novel resulted in laws changing our society’s conditions for the better.  Yet, to some extent, the same conditions remain in effect.  Greed has a way of refusing to die.  Industries, today, continue to provide inferior products, causing damage and death to the population.  When these inferior product are discovered massive fines are imposed.  But the profits reaped before the discovery of purposeful negligence far outweigh the fines.  Today, this is good business practice.  I have no proof of this conjecture beyond common sense.  I assume, perhaps wrongly, but I think not, that these companies providing products recalled and deemed hazardous, have a massive army of lawyers and accountants running the dollar amounts for possible fines vs profits.

I will not name the prime industries involved.  But if you have access to any form of news, and also a memory, you know the industries of which I speak.  All you need to do is read or remember the massive recalls and billion dollar lawsuits resulting from the death and injury of consumers caused by unsafe products.

This piece reveals nothing new if you follow the current situation of our society.  The only truth it does reveal is that our use and manipulation by the wealthy has not changed.

 

This could be considered one of my RANTS & RAVES pieces, but since it’s also a book review, it stands alone as a unique species.

The wide gap between the top 1%, the people of wealth, and the working class is beyond comprehension.

The products sold to the American public, behind the falsehood of corporate manipulation of the truth, is beyond belief.  Unsafe and contaminated products are sold, money is exchanged, and the trend will continue as long as there is a profit to be made.

The wealthy manipulate society to their benefit, robbing the working class of a better life as they fill their coffers of greed.  Something must be done for the common man as his world sinks into an abyss of despair.

If you think these facts were torn from the current condition of our society; you would be wrong. Although these revelations sound much like the current state of affairs in this country they are products of the past.

We now live in a world where wealth thumps conscience and the benefit of the average citizen.  Where the greed continues worldwide, and the richest 85 individuals in the world have more wealth than the bottom 50% of the world’s population (Time magazine).  Where, in this country, the gulf between the common man and the legendary 1%, which if you do the math is over 3 million individuals, control and manipulate our lives to their own benefit.  The conditions of the past and the present mingle in a disturbing never-ending situation for the people of this country.

I have just finished reading The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.  First published in 1906, the work changed our country with the introduction of laws to protect the public from buying contaminated meat products and labor reform.  The novel is an historical work of fiction, and through the primary character’s eyes, we are allowed to see the conditions, beyond imagination, which provide food for our nation at that time.  Where children are forced to work at unbelievably young ages to support their destitute families.

As mentioned earlier, this novel resulted in laws changing our society’s conditions for the better.  Yet, to some extent, the same conditions remain in effect.  Greed has a way of refusing to die.  Industries, today, continue to provide inferior products, causing damage and death to the population.  When these inferior product are discovered massive fines are imposed.  But the profits reaped before the discovery of purposeful negligence far outweigh the fines.  Today, this is good business practice.  I have no proof of this conjecture beyond common sense.  I assume, perhaps wrongly, but I think not, that these companies providing products recalled and deemed hazardous, have a massive army of lawyers and accountants running the dollar amounts for possible fines vs profits.

I will not name the prime industries involved.  But if you have access to any form of news, and also a memory, you know the industries of which I speak.  All you need to do is read or remember the massive recalls and billion dollar lawsuits resulting from the death and injury of consumers caused by unsafe products.

This piece reveals nothing new if you follow the current situation of our society.  The only truth it does reveal is that our use and manipulation by the wealthy has not changed.

ec

May 17, 2016 at 9:54 pm 1 comment

RANTS & RAVES: COMING OUT

I am heterosexual.

There, is said it.

Can I get some media coverage?  I’m a little know writer in need of some.

 

Okay, I’m old (68), and perhaps uniformed as I should be with the current media, entertainment.  Yet I try to follow the news and I see a constant revelation of persons, I guess in the public eye although their name provides no recognition (old age) coming out as being homosexual and making the news.  This certainly increases their media exposure.  So I thought I’d give it a try.  I’m walking out of the heterosexual closet.  

 

May 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm 4 comments

PORTRAIT OF JENNIE: A HAUNTING ROMANCE

As promised with my piece about The War of the Worlds, a romance would follow.

Here it is and I hope you pursue this haunting story.

The movie follows a starving artist, played by Joseph Cotton, during the Depression struggling to survive in New York.  An art dealer, played by Ethyl Barrymore, recognizes that he has talented and buys some of his paintings.  Then he meets Jennie, played by Jennifer Jones.  The book, written by Robert Nathan in 1940 and made into the movie, Portrait of Jennie, in 1948 is well worth viewing.  Nathan also wrote The Bishop’s Wife in 1928, made into a movie twice, beginning in 1947.

Now back to Jennie.

This has to be one of the most hauntingly beautiful movies ever made.  When Jennie is a child she and the artist first meet.  As the story progresses, Jennie rapidly matures.  Finally the artist paints her and that portrait becomes the highpoint of his career.  Jennie and the artist become an eternal love.  Jennie is the most haunting character I have ever seen.  Please watch this movie, sometime offered on TCM, if you have a chance.

During my last viewing I looked for the author’s name which was Robert Nathan.  Nathan, born in 1894 and died in 1984 wrote many novels, along works in other genre as we all do, but I feel Portrait of Jennie is exceptional.  I recently purchased to book and found, for the most part, the movie closely followed the book.

If you are a romantic, such as this author even though I write horror and science fiction, watch the movie when you have an opportunity.  And read the book and be mesmerized.

As a side note, I want to mention the enjoyment and importance I find in bringing to light past authors who are forgotten, unknown authors making a contribution to their art but whose name has been lost to time.

 

 

February 19, 2016 at 9:53 pm 2 comments

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