I've been finding more and more places with art, and not just in museums. This has been a great boon for me to create more with my writing. Again, it's still been a vast amount of short stories, but even these are coming together very well. There will be more here soon. Thanks for the patience, all my readers!
Saturday, July 23, 2016
I just read the book, The Sympathizer, a book about the Vietnam War, as well as the Vietnamese immigrant experience here in the States. Whatever my thoughts about the book, I'm of the mind that you should read it.  When compared to many of its contemporary brothers and sisters, the book is able to say quite a lot of things about America, Vietnam and the war. And when compared to previous Pulitzer Prize winners that I've read, this one seems heads and tails above them all.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Now, most people don't think inspiration when they think on Spokane. But it can provide those moments where the mind can wander.  Recently, I went out to buy some milk, and instead I found myself wandering some second story gallery. It held some amazing pieces, and when compared to the plethora of realistic or impressionistic pieces I've seen in the area, it was a breath of fresh air.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The only thing about this article that makes me feel old is the disconnect between me and the zeitgeist (to include people my age). Though that isn't directly connected with feeling old, it is a variable in feeling old. Any how, I'm thinking on this XKCD comic. Suppose growing older is fine. But I, for one, see this as a great thing. I don't want the next generation to be as stupid about 9-11 as we have been.
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Friday, July 8, 2016
A horror has unfolded on the streets of Dallas. Thoughts out to the slain and the injured. I heard about it as soon as it happened on my Twitter feed. It was interesting to see such an act unfold through social media sites and to, in real time, hear people's reactions.
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Thursday, July 7, 2016
Just back from a break in Boston (some pics here for some of it). I've written a few things and I'll duly post them up. Publishing (of my personal stories and books) will be erratic in the coming months as it looks like we're in for a big move. Or big life change. Big enough that I have a sense of trepidation in my gut. Nothing crazy but it will take me away from that which I love—and away from deadlines of a few books some of you have wanted. Sorry.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
The word elitist has been used to label many things. Usually an out-of-touch group of people at the top. I personally never liked it, but there have been enough changes to it that it seems to mean something specific.  These days it means the cosmopolitan elite. Those globe-trotters who are as home in New York as they are in other major cities.
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Saturday, June 25, 2016
I had one of those dreams last night. It was a ferocious one, and something I had not experienced in a long time. The details, as they usually are with these ephemeral lives lived, have since evaporated. but the emotional scars remain, and that alone is worth talking about.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Well the news is here, and with all the hysteria going on, it seems that we'll have to wait and see what happens. But out of all the cries of wolf, there are a few that are legitimate. I'm no expert, but this is the age of the internets and I'll throw my two cents in (in that sense, it's very good to make observations and take screenshots, this is humanity playing out the same song all over again). Some of it backed by the experts. For example, all the cries about the pound falling seem overblown. It's not a big deal when the country has debt in its own currency.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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Monday, June 20, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Summer here in the Pacific NW isn't what it should be, though that's not entirely bad. We had a taste of the previous summer with a streak of 90+ degree days. It was compounded, on a personal level, by a non-functioning AC. Clear hot days would seem to be the reason for summer, but here too many such days a desert it shall make.
Monday, June 13, 2016
And the stupidity continues. Hardly any good analysis out there, The Intercept excepted. Nonetheless, it's interesting to hear all the reactions, and what's considered newsworthy:
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Sunday, June 12, 2016
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Saturday, June 11, 2016
Another email out. Another story as well. For those who haven't had the chance to sign up, I recommend that you do so now. Now on to other matters:
Here in the States, the literary world seems to be improving in leaps and bounds and in a myriad of ways. Let me not, however, talk about the different ways people are using it, but rather how it seems to be growing more diverse. I speak of the newer groups of writers.
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