Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Writer & Art


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

A Good Book to Read

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. [1] 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

Another Sad Day

The city of Nice is a beautiful place to visit. My first book, Tree of Freedom was based there. Sad to hear about what happened there on the Promenade de Anglais. There are fewer things more tragic than the killing of innocents. Of any innocents. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Spokane as a Place for Inspiration: Art, What is it Good For?

Now, most people don't think inspiration when they think on Spokane. But it can provide those moments where the mind can wander. [1] 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

On XKCD, Feeling "Old", & True Hope.

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.

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Horror

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.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Back from a Break in Boston

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.
Downtown Boston

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Elitist?

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. [1] These days it means the cosmopolitan elite. Those globe-trotters who are as home in New York as they are in other major cities. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Spider Bites

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

Brexit

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

What's In A Photo?

It was after a short but enjoyable hike that we caught this sunset at the edge of Liberty Lake here in Spokane, WA. This idyllic scene was captured: swallows and seagulls in the air, a deer jumping out of the reeds, and that summer chill just settling in. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

And Then July Was Upon Us


I'm in the midst of getting notes [1] transferred to documents on my computer and seeing where they all fit, but there's been a little bit of a stasis in my motivation and the muse has not been so kind as to visit me.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

What is Fiction?

I've been on a melancholy streak recently. It's gone as far as to debilitate my writing. I hope it doesn't last. But it was Memorial day that left my heart dipped in acidic thought. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Run, Audiobook. CityMuse AudioBook

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

New York Times Doing it's Worst Impression of Journalism

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:

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Orlando Shooting


Well. The largest mass shooting in our country's history has just occurred. So far there has only been a trickle of information about the gunman. Mainly that he might have pledged allegiance to ISIS and that the FBI looked into his terrorist connections. I withhold judgement until I hear the nature of those "connections" [1]. It looks like a lone wolf op—the kind that ISIS has been asking for. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The State of Literature Today

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.