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Pennsylvania, thunderstorms in February, and climate change is a myth.

When will we wake up?

I only hope it is before it is too late.

Perhaps it already is.

February 25, 2017 at 10:45 pm 2 comments


While reading the May, 19 issue of Time over breakfast this morning, I came across an article which proved quite exciting for me.  The article discussed  movies released or soon to be  such as Godzilla, Into the Storm and Snowpiercer.

In discussing these movies, a new genre was mentioned, at least new to me, cli-fi.  This is a story of science fiction or fantasy dealing with a climate or environmental factor.

My novel, The Beast Awaits, which I sure you are all getting sick of hearing about, is about stem cell research gone bad leading to global warming.  Is that a fit or what?

I plan to start working on a new query letter and will share it with you soon to see what you think.


May 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm 2 comments


As my readers know by now, I’m a news junkie.  But that is not the only type of junkie I’m guilty of being, no there are no track marks involved.  I’m also a weather junkie.

Long before the weather channel morphed into broadcasting weather related series and documentaries, it was all weather 24/7.  I would watch the weather channel for hours, back then.  Now, I rarely tune in.

I’ve lived in and visited a great deal of this county.  I enjoy knowing the weather in those locations so I can picture what the area looks like under the current weather conditions.  Also, there are places I have yet to visit but I’m drawn to their weather.  On a winter’s day, look up the weather in Fairbanks, Alaska.  I see their weather and imagine how life is and endurance test compared to the weather conditions I experience.  My imagination grows muscles in pursuits such as this and that can only help a writer.

So what brings me to this piece?

As I sit here the sky is blue and the sun is out.  Tomorrow it will start to rain and then snow.  By Monday night we may have twelve inches of the white stuff.  This will be about our thirteenth storm of varying size this winter. (Read my poem, Snow, at this point and then please return.)

Currently California, after a prolonged drought, is being deluged causing mud slides, and also causing growth which will provide fuel for fires which will set up mud slides etc…  As Kurt V. would muse: And so it goes.

I know a great deal of this moisture will eventually find its way back to the ocean from where it came, but there’s a hell of a lot of water that stays behind, water absorbed by the parched earth and coursing into rivers.

I should mention at this point that one of my novels I am currently editing and hope to publish, The Beast Awaits, has a significant weather component.

Now back to this piece.

Global warming, or the term becoming more popular, climate change, is responsible for melting vast amounts of ice, at both poles along with a host of other historically ice-bound areas.  Due to this melting, we’re told that the level of the oceans will rise so many inches in so many years.

At the same time, storms seem to becoming larger and more numerous, think Hurricane Sandy and Katrina.

I wonder if anyone has done the math correlating the increasing storm activity and the vast amount of moisture involved against the rise in sea level due to melting ice.  As a side note, I see all kinds of plots here perhaps worthy of a story.

That leads me to genetics.  See how my mind works.

I read an article some time ago where a question was posed: Is the evolution of man still taking place?  The answer was: Yes, and at an increasing rate.  How is that possible?  Advances in our knowledge make it possible.

Think of the advances in medicine and our genetics.  To an increasing extent our abilities are cancelling out the natural law of Survival of the Fittest.

Consider the progress made by medicine and genetics where flaws in man can be cured or deleted.  But who determines what a ‘flaw’ is?  That is the rub and as we gain more and more knowledge in the control of these aspects will determine the course of our future.

For those who have read this far, I’m about to tie this all together.

Look in the mirror.  That’s what ties it all together.  We tie it all together.  We have a profound influence on the weather.  A growing body of knowledge examines human activity and how it relates to climate change along with an awareness of how to alter our activities to slow that influence.  But here’s a reality check: How can billions of us exist of this beloved rock and not cause a change?  Sure, we can perhaps slow it, first we have to believe it, but change is inevitable.  This planet has undergone fantastic change in its history without our help, now those changes are increasing with our input.

Same thing with evolution.  We evolved along the bumpy road of time, but now with our hand in the mix and with our increasing control, who knows what lies ahead.



March 1, 2014 at 10:16 pm Leave a comment


This is the time when we have an opportunity to mold our lives for the coming year, to repair all the wrongs of our lives.  To make promises we usually don’t keep.  For years I’ve promised to stop drinking and lose weight – both now accomplished and one the result of the other.

Therefore, I’m going to use this opportunity to outline what I want to accomplish in my writing career, have a record of my goals and see how I do.  I’ve got a great deal of work I want to complete, hence the multiple volumes.  I also want to keep each short so I don’t lose your attention or bore you.

This section will deal with two novels already written, The Beast Awaits and Sweet Depression, both in need extensive editing.  Any agents or publishers that may stumble upon this missive, I’m all yours.

The Beast Awaits deals with hot-button issues, stem cell research, corporate greed and global warming.  Creatures are developed accidentally using stem cell research in the course to gain increasing profits.  They rapidly multiply and swarm the planet causing mass destruction leading to an increase in global warming.  There is no firm resolution at the end of the story only a chance for a lesson to be learned, hence the title of the novel.

Sweet Depression also concerns corporate greed, to some extent, but the driving force is the troubled youth of the CEO and his need for power and control in his adulthood.  The story is a cross between the work of James Patterson and Robin Cook.  The CEO uses science to increase the company’s profits; however, the product has disastrous side effects.  A detective, his own family a victim, sets out to discover what is behind a sudden increase in murder and mayhem.


Happy New Year to all my readers.

May this coming year find you healthy and happy.

December 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm 2 comments


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