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Some Semi-Random Thoughts

I was trying to have a discussion yesterday with a friend over email but I had to bail on it when he started getting sarcastic. We were discussing Scripture, but when he ran out of Scripture (actually, now that I look back, he never had any), his only form of argument was to get insulting. So, if we were in a debating society, I think that means I win. In reality, though, no one wins if the two sides aren’t listening to each other. What we were discussing was the concept of forgiveness. He was arguing that God has forgiven everyone, no matter what.

Height Requirement

My oldest son is now taller than me. I don’t know when exactly it happened, but sometime in the last few months he has gone from being my little boy to “that kid who is two inches taller than me”. And who knows if he has stopped growing? If he’s like a puppy, it could be a while before he grows into his feet.

Answer Me! (please)

A big part of journalism is supposed to be GETTING ANSWERS and one does this by ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS. With that in mind, I want to ASK A TOUGH QUESTION, though my cynical, hard-boiled, ink-in-the-veins nature makes me think I won’t GET AN ANSWER.

(Before I go on, though, would you mind if I stopped doing the all-caps thing? Thanks.)

The big question I want to ask, the one that’s been hanging over our heads just as a giant ape would if Poe’s story of “The Pit and the Pendullum” had been called “The Pit and the Ape”, is this:

The End of the World (as we Knew It)

It was the kind of choice that seems innocuous when first offered. But then, after having made your choice, you realize that there was no right choice. All choices were pointing you to your doom.

Answer Me! (please)

A big part of journalism is supposed to be GETTING ANSWERS and one does this by ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS. With that in mind, I want to ASK A TOUGH QUESTION, though my cynical, hard-boiled, ink-in-the-veins nature makes me think I won’t GET AN ANSWER.

(Before I go on, though, would you mind if I stopped doing the all-caps thing? Thanks.)

The big question I want to ask, the one that’s been hanging over our heads just as a giant ape would if Poe’s story of “The Pit and the Pendullum” had been called “The Pit and the Ape”, is this:

Maslenitsa

I don’t know where they heard it, or what vast pool of information they think they’re drawing from, but if anyone tells you that the people of Belarus don’t know how to celebrate the end of winter, make sure you tell them how ignorant they are!*

Interview About My Novels

The following questions were sent in by reader J.M.K.3 …

What inspired you to write science fiction and, specifically, time travel?

I have always enjoyed science fiction and fantasy, having grown up watching the original (and best) “Star Trek” with my three older sisters. As I got old enough to read, I would read whatever sci-fi I could find in our school library or the children’s section at the public library. I was fascinated with the possibilites of … possibilities.

Celebrations the World Over

I don’t know where they heard it, or what vast pool of information they think they’re drawing from, but if anyone tells you that the people of Belarus don’t know how to celebrate the end of winter, make sure you tell them how ignorant they are!*

99 Cent Novels on Kindle & Nook

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That's right: Garison Fitch, Ellen Leades, Bat Garrett and all the other stars of my novels are available at just 99 cents a pop.

What Do You Want the Stats to Say?

There was a story on the news today about a man who was the victim of a despicable crime. He has come forward and reported it (as he should). And then, the news reporter said that “it is estimated that five of six of these crimes go unreported.”

What?!?!

Now, I’m not going to deny that more of this sort of crime goes on than is reported. Nor am I going to mention the nature of the crime because this is, sort of, a humor column and it’s not my point to make fun of the victims of crimes. My point is to—in this case—make fun of stupid reporting.

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