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Doesn’t everything taste better with sosej?


I may have reached a new height of procrastination today. I sat down to write another thousand words . . . . and now I have started a blog.


I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 5/5

I knew there was a movie about it and this was really popular, but I wasn't really expecting much, considering I heard it was all about the 80s.

What a great surprise. You don't need to catch up some references (though some you'll definitely identify - Ultraman, Godzilla, etc) and I don't think everything was 80's (unless Neon Genesis Evangelion was made in the 80's).

This is most likely how I believe some people would do if VR became as powerful as this, but the book went even further than that, also showing the really bad side effects if you get addicted to it. It wasn't just romanticizing games and movies.

I loved RP1. Due to its success, there are boatloads of people who will tell you Ernie Cline is a horrible writer and RP1 is a horrible book, and I do have some critiques (the movie did some things better and some things worse) but overall, RP1 hit all my happy buttons and I'm happy Cline gets to live every nerd's dream of having his book made into a super cool movie. I look forward to the sequel!

Re: the movie, WTF was Rush?! (as in, where in the f...)

@J.R. Darewood, that's hysterical. :D

I can’t wait to have grandkids that I can hand back as soon as they’re sick.  8)

Drinks on me!
While bored and tired and unable to actually write today, I set up a website/blog with a renewed commitment to updating it. Then compile an ebook of my stories (all available for free here, of course). Then conquer the world.

I know this is probably in the wrong place, but is the place.

Except that I can’t sleep. But I did solve just about every plot line of a new story!
If you were me, it would now be too boring to write.

I totally get that. And usually, I have to write to discover the story.
But this is going to be a challenge.
You’ve trained me over 4 years to write to a 1,500 word limit (you evil genius, you).
This will need to be no more than 5,000 for the stated limit, and that’s going to be interesting.

Glad you're chipper Jmack!!!

Except that I can’t sleep. But I did solve just about every plot line of a new story!

I have it on my shelf; haven’t read it yet.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 08, 2018, 07:28:09 PM »
I go to church many Sundays and sing in the contemporary ensemble. My dad used to say I go because that’s where they’ll let me sing every week.

I view my faith as a means to touch the spiritual in human experience. Which implies, of course, that I believe in a spritual experience that has reality. And many days I do, while others I don’t.

I’ve had several experiences which I can explain through brain chemistry, suggestion, what have you.

The first was at a pentecostal church down the corner from my house. A friend (now head of the philosophy department at a well-regarded liberal arts college in the U.S. ) suggested we go due to a common interest in exploring faith. There was an “altar call” to accept Jesus as one’s personal savior. I went up and knelt. The pastor put his hands on my hand, declared that I was saved and I went into an altered state. My body felt filled with electricity and my mind expanded and exploded. I won’t go into more long history about what happened after. Suffice it to say that I went through a period of believing that the experience was caused by a connection to God and then a period in which I saw it as chemically induced trance. These days I sort of see it both way. I believe the two are not mutually exclusive.

The second was very recent. Before my heart surgery, I prayed with a chaplain, who led a visualization based on a scene where the risen Christ appears to his apostles while they’re fishing. He basically runs a quick beachside fish fry, and it’s (to me) an utterly charming story. After my surgery, when I h]was in considerable distress and pain, a nurse told me to essentially go to my “happy place”. I intended in that moment to picture our camp in Maine, but instead found myself on the beach in Galilee at night in front of a small fire encountering a welcoming and powerful figure in the shadows. My distress vanished and I was back in my body in the hospital and through that part of the ordeal.

Of course, Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus, “animists”, and others will relate their own stories of how they were touched by the eternal otherness, or what have you. My experience is in keeping with theirs and in a Christian context because that’s what I’ve found useful (and frustrating, maddening) in my life. It’s my context, so it’s the frame of these experiences.

I hate the phrase “everything happens for a reason.” Bullshit. I remember a quote from a novel I read in college. “Remember, things do not slide, glide, form, or fashion. They fall in place.”

But I’ve had these experiences and they are real. They may be self-hypnosis of a sort. I can buy that. But only up to a point. So in the meantime, I go to church where they let me sing each Sunday. I’m a fine singer.

General Discussion / Re: I'm a Big Wee Hag
« on: December 08, 2018, 05:00:16 PM »
Ah.  I found that exact post, saw its original post date in 2013, and missed last updated 2016.
Looks like Elfy will be another fine Hag very shortly!

General Discussion / Re: I'm a Big Wee Hag
« on: December 08, 2018, 03:06:49 PM »
@ScarletBea, I’m looking for the rank title announcement post.  Do you know where it is? It might be good to put in its own thread and pin it within the Q&A section.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Fantastic lines from books
« on: December 08, 2018, 02:19:07 PM »
I just read this in Lavie Tidhar’s “The Bookman.”

She came through the door like — sunshine? Wind? Like spice? ... He fell in love the way trees do, which is to say, forever. It was a love with roots that buried deep, entangled, grew together. Like two trees leaned into each other, sheltering each other with their leaves, finding solace and strength in the wide encompassing forest that was the city, holding together in the multitude of alien trees.

That one line in bold almost needs nothing else. I think i’ll Remember it every time I try to write about any great love.

What lines have jumped off the page for you, and into your heart?

Writers' Corner / Re: Social media - I would really appreciate some advice
« on: December 08, 2018, 01:15:41 PM »
Is it possible to add your own survey link at the of an ebook?

One thing for sure, this is a piece of cake compared to open heart surgery!
I am home and reasonably comfy. Mrs. JMack is making chicken soup and chocolate pudding.
I’m not going to tell her that food rewards are a bad way to train me not to have surgery.  ;D

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