So a friend asked me today how one goes about researching a book. The short answer is that that depends upon the book. I use several techniques depending on the genre of what I am writing. For my most current project, a book both about and based mostly in the Victorian Era, id est Historical … More On research – part 1, brief
I cannot sleep as I am caught somewhat in an obsessive loop. Rather than concentrate upon it further, I have decided to revisit some ideas that I came across recently. Thus, I shall offer some thoughts triggered by some remarks discovered in a letter from a friend… But what I find harder to believe in … More On Mortality in the COVID-19 Age.
So I am a professional writer, and a published one as well for those who want to check my cred, and I have really sincerely had it with the people who seem to feel that reduction of language could ever be a good thing. EngSoc doublespeak is double plus ungood! We think in words (for … More Watch your language.
As a rule I do not provide trigger warnings but given the sensitive nature of this topic and the potential levels of fear and panic involved I am going to ask that you not read this post if you suffer from high levels of stress or anxiety or are not familiar with the facts of … More Thoughts on COVID-19.
So this evening I sat down and primed my pump by writing the introduction to my book. This is a multipurpose chapter for me in that it allows me to give a little background, provide the reader -and myself- with an outline of what I mean to say and how, and allows me also to … More Book Process Post 7
So apparently there has been quite a resurgence of interest in gnosticism in American pop culture of all places. Today I am wading through multiple academic papers on the subject but just in breve. Pop Culture with with Gnostic themes in them Aliens franchise Prometheus and Aliens: Covenant From Hell The Watchmen Alan Moore’s Promethea … More Book process: American Gnostics
After a long and pointless period of semi-crisis, I am back to work. Today, I went through my backlog of emails and social media messages and began compiling a list of all the people I need to follow up with and also I began my follow up questions list. Each person will receive at least … More Process Post 5: Follow ups and backlog
Today I will be looking at and studying a Wiccan alter. The owner has kindly agreed to share his alter with me and to tell me it’s story. I will then dig deeper into the symbologies and histories of his pieces as time allows. Then if time allows I will expand this entry a bit … More Process Post 4 – alter
Today I am printing out all the interviews or using the transcription software to make them printable. I am still old fashioned enough to like having actually paper on hand. I will be checking my edits (spelling/grammar only) and then I will begin the process of comparing my data to see if I have any … More Process Post 3
So far everyone who has accepted my interview requests have been white and Anglo-European. Odd. I do have requests pending with both the Cherokee Nation (NC) and a an African-American pastor (Southern Baptist). And I am accepting interviews from all races, creeds, and colors. Makes me wonder if some of this is not perhaps race … More Writing Process Post 2