Just My Thoughts – Will Smith’s Assault on a Civil Society

(Pensacola, Florida; April 1, 2022,) – Will Smith is a childish bully who ENDORSES violence against those who SAY something he doesn’t like. Once again, I take up my pen on a cultural issue because the only thing evil needs to succeed is for good people to say and do nothing, and assaulting a man … Continue reading Just My Thoughts – Will Smith’s Assault on a Civil Society

The Writer’s Craft – Worldbuilding, Part 4: Retcon City!

(Pensacola, Florida; Mar. 22, 2022,) – The privilege of worldbuilding is both a joy and a burden, an eagerly anticipated part of writing that storytellers relish, but one that requires good organizational skills in addition to a powerful imagination. A systematic approach to worldbuilding can prevent your sanity from taking flight, leaving you a frustrated … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Worldbuilding, Part 4: Retcon City!

The Writer’s Craft – Worldbuilding, Part 3: Organizing Original Organizations

(Pensacola, Florida; Mar. 15, 2022,) – Worldbuilding is an incredible unique opportunity allowing writers to turn fantasy into reality, bring new characters to life, and draw their readers into a land of adventure, excitement, romance, and danger. Developing your characters’ backstories is important, but it’s not something done in a vacuum of isolation.  Those characters … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Worldbuilding, Part 3: Organizing Original Organizations

The Writer’s Craft – Worldbuilding 2: Building Biographical Bastions!

(Pensacola, Florida; Feb. 23, 2022,) – Worldbuilding is a uniquely wonderful opportunity for a writer to enlarge the glorious tapestry of the literary world with exciting and heretofore unknown characters and stories. However, worldbuilding can seem like a daunting challenge.  The first step needed to keep this process within manageable limits is to figure out … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Worldbuilding 2: Building Biographical Bastions!

The Writer’s Craft – Worldbuilding Part 1; Getting Construction Permits

(Pensacola, Florida; Feb. 11, 2022,) – The great news about getting building permits for your fictional world is that you have to visit no government offices, nor pay any taxes or fees! Worldbuilding is a part of writing that is uniquely yours.  You’re creating an entire mythology for your story, meaning you have an opportunity … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Worldbuilding Part 1; Getting Construction Permits

Just My Thoughts: You Don’t Fight R@cism by being R@cist

(Pensacola, Florida – Feb. 2, 2022) – You don’t fight racism by being a racist. That seems like a pretty simple statement, right?  Engaging in racist behavior is patently anathema to building a social contract in which all human beings are afforded equal opportunity.  However, it’s been occurring to me for about, oh, nearly thirty … Continue reading Just My Thoughts: You Don’t Fight R@cism by being R@cist

Veteran Talk – Deceleration is Authorized!

(Pensacola, Florida; Jan. 23, 2022) – The military life is a fast-paced, tightly scheduled animal defined by rigid schedules and flavored with the endless expectation each member will never stop striving forward towards greater leadership and responsibility. The post-military ‘slow down’ in life can make you feel like a bird flying smack into a plate … Continue reading Veteran Talk – Deceleration is Authorized!

Just My Thoughts: Christmas with the Presidents

(Pensacola, Florida – Dec. 16, 2021) – Christmastime at Mount Vernon in the late 18th century was a far cry from the lights, trees, tinsel, and frenetic pace of parties we know today in the 21st century.  Christmas trees were largely unknown to the American public.  The Christmas tree was brought to the U.S. in … Continue reading Just My Thoughts: Christmas with the Presidents

Travel Log: Natural Bridge, or ‘Oh, Crap; There It Is!’

(Bowie, Maryland; Nov. 28, 2021) – I’ve been struck dumb with breathlessly overwhelming awe at my first sight of natural formations four times in my life now. The first time was the sight of Uluru (formerly Ayres Rock) when I visited Australia in 2004.  The great, red sandstone giant rising from the flat Australian Outback … Continue reading Travel Log: Natural Bridge, or ‘Oh, Crap; There It Is!’

Photo Finish: Aquariums!

Aquariums are one of my favorite places to visit. Here's a look at some of the best images I captured in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Animals are difficult to photograph, even when in artificial habitats, but the results one can get through patience, creativity, and blasting out a number of exposures will stack the … Continue reading Photo Finish: Aquariums!