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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Omega Man

Which do you want first, the good news or the bad news?

Resolution is out, completed and published. I saw that Amazon already has it for sale (in paperback) but didn’t have the cover image yet. By the time you read this, that will undoubtedly no longer be true. The eBook versions typically take a little longer but they are done as well.

I count that as the “good news.”

The bad news is that this web site is dying. This will probably be the last post. It supposedly will remain on view until September when it will finally be interred for good.

I am currently evaluating alternatives. When I find one, that site will, naturally, replace this one (magically, one day.) Hopefully, it will look fresher and more professional. We shall see.

Until then, keep the faith and let me know what you think of the trilogy. The contact page should work for the same time period.

Onward and upward.
10:38 am est

Thursday, January 16, 2014

It's done!

The final volume of the trilogy is done! I sent “Resolution” to the publishers just last week. It turned out a little shorter than “Persistence” but, otherwise, it is pretty much what I wanted it to be.

The publishers are doing their thing to it now. I expect it all to be finished in another month. eBook versions usually take a little longer, maybe another month.

Please, let me know what you think of it. It is never polite and very often only marginally civilized but I still think it is logical and, indeed, almost inevitable. I will be glad to argue with anyone who disagrees.

I am trying not to start on the next one right away. I need to decompress, as well as do a final proof reading of the finished manuscript. I am pretty definite, though, that the next will not be science fiction. So far, I am leaning towards a sequel to “All Along Down that Road.” I sort of miss Tim and Julie.

Otherwise, January generally sucks. Let’s all hope for an early spring. Hang in there, in spite of all appearances, it just might get better.

2:14 pm est

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Does anyone out there know someone who could create the cover art for the last volume of the Forbearance trilogy, “Resolution?”

I would like a portrait of Mrs. Danbury standing on North Shore Drive with the cityscape behind her, particularly City Hall, and a trolley passing by. I was thinking of her being in profile holding her parasol.

This book will be 9”x6” like the other two but the drawing can be of almost any size. I’m certainly open as to style and technique. The drawing can extend to the back cover but eBooks usually only show the front cover. I can only pay a few hundred dollars, my budget is really tight, but the artist would certainly receive full credit.

Know anyone out there who might be interested?

10:53 am est

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Random, disconnected thoughts, which are pretty much my current state of mind.



·         The World Series ends on October 30th?  What will they do if they ever have to postpone a game because of snow?  Get serious, guys.

·         I really like “Arrow” but they have far too much on their plate.  It used to be that TV series got screwed up after their second year.  “Arrow” is trying to do it after just one.

·         Everyone likes Robin Williams but it is a little like watching a slow motion train wreck.  Here’s one vote for Pam Dawber as his ex-wife.

·         So the government survives blackmail.  The Republicans are on the ropes, showing themselves to be the venal, seditious idiots they are.  Then what happens?  The Democrats shoot themselves in the foot again.  OK, I’m convinced.  Let’s have a second Constitutional Congress.  Unlike the one in my trilogy, this one will take a lot more thought.  Laugh if you think there is even a remote chance of consensus.

·         Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday.  Why?  Why even bother?

·         Too bad football is only on Sunday afternoon, and night, and Monday night and Thursday night.  What a waste of the other four days (I am being facetious.)

·         Is it my imagination or has Halloween gotten completely out of hand?  Around here, it is the second biggest holiday after New Year’s Eve.  Any excuse for a party I guess.  As far as I am concerned, any costume is too much.  Your choice: slutty nurse, waitress or witch.  The only worse costumes are those homemade ones that pretend originality.  Star Wars is over!

·         I vote for Lifetime’s witch series over FX’s.  At least that one has a slight sense of humor.  Since when is evilness, blood and guts entertainment?  Does anyone feel better after watching the one on FX than they did before?  And racism between witches?  That has to be a new low.

·         Dick Cheney is starting to pop up again, speaking of evilness.  Someone needs to put him in his place.  Where is Edward R. Murrow when we really need him?

·         Of course, that applies to most of the Tea Party idiots as well.  Am I the only one who thinks that Ted Cruz looks just like Joseph McCarthy?


Be good to yourselves, no one else will.  By the way, the book is in the red zone.  Scoring should be imminent.  I don’t know if that makes any sense but, trust me, it is almost done.  It may be out by the first of the year.





4:14 pm est

Monday, October 7, 2013

When in Wonderland ...

Lack of reasonableness in discourse.  A pompous way of saying that we are not talking to each other, we are merely talking at each other.  Even when the volume is lower, no one is listening.  Is this debate fatigue?  Are we all tired of restating our positions that are still the same?  No one is changing their minds.  Why continue to talk when no one wants to negotiate?


I believe what I believe and I want what I want.  This is not to say that I think that they are as right as I am or that they even have the right to be wrong.  That is the fallacy of compromise.  It may work if we are talking about qualitative matters, such as how much money to allocate towards a problem, for example, but not about whether the problem exists or not.


When it is a matter of right and wrong, fact versus belief, there is only one correct answer.  The only question is: have we gotten to the point where talking is futile?  Is it now time for action?


After a certain point, the time for talking (or not talking) is over and it becomes a call to arms.  Boehner is one man, he is replaceable.  The rabid Republican right (the Tea Party plus their quavering minions) exerts far more pressure than their numbers would seem to allow.  The status quo cannot continue.  The fiscal cliff approaches.  Who has the courage and fortitude to break this impasse with deeds rather than worthless words?  Unlike Egypt, I hope it is not the military.  How about another march on Washington?


None of this would be necessary if the so-called more moderate Republicans would just get their act together.  They know this is hurting their party.  How do you replace the Speaker of the House?  You know how.  Do it!


I use to think that Boehner was a victim of the Tea Party crazies in his camp.  I now wonder if he might not have been converted.  Maybe we should call him Tania.  In any case, he is the obvious stumbling block.  Easy or hard, it has to be done.


                              OFF WITH HIS HEAD !!!




11:02 am est

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