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Monday, September 11, 2017

The Daily Grind: 11 Sep 17

          "A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining."
                                   ~ GEORGE W. BUSH

          This is The Day, and before we go further, let's set aside our regional, political, and racial differences and take a moment to remember the victims and the heroes of that fateful day.  I guarantee you that none of the firemen, policemen, and private citizens, some of whom gave the last full measure in those ruins, were looking at skin color or asking about someone's political leanings before pulling them out and heading for the exit.  Is that what it takes for us to come together?

          Moving on to news of the writer, not much is going on today.  I've designated Mondays as a day away from writing, a day when I catch my breath and refocus my thoughts before launching into a writing binge from Tuesday through Friday.  I write a blog post on various aspects of The Craft to sort of clear my mind and explore my thoughts in those areas.  Today I looked at using fear to enrich characters.  Come have a read if that sounds interesting.
          Tomorrow, I'm going to throw away my outline for the last half of Stingaree, and rewrite it from scratch.   I read somewhere that when a book seems to write itself, that is a dangerous indication that you are piling cliche on cliche, taking the easy solution to every question, and writing what will be a transparent and predictable plot.  That is what has happened with Stingaree; I hereby promise that no matter what happens with my writing down the road, Stingaree will be finished, and it will be the best product I can produce.  It may take a while longer, but I think it will be worth the wait.

Friends in the Biz


          Let's start with a big party.  Our favorite little steampunk elf Stephanie Kato attended the Long Beach Comic Con, and took a few pictures while she was there.  I didn't count, but she says there are over sixty.  A fun read indeed!
          William Jackson returns with Episode Three of his Atoms and Shadows movie review series, and believe me, that is always a ride.
          Immerse or Die looks at A Very Short Collection of Shorts by Rebecca Welch, while David Lee Summers announces upcoming book signings in the southwest this coming weekend.
          Finally, Metapunk has posted a thought-provoking article on how being a Dungeon Master has made him a better teacher.  All of these items are worth you while, so it looks like you've got some reading to do!
          Play nice, look out for one another, and above all, keep safe, and I'll see you back here same time (more or less) tomorrow.

~ Jack

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