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Trump, guns, Parkland, Pavlov, and character(s)

In the real world, people tend to be true to their nature. Good writing reflects that, and characters act in ways that are internally consistent and believable. You may or may not like the characters, but if the various players in the story each are true to their own worldview, education, upbringing, etc., they are believable. In much the same way, various actors on the world stage – politicians, bureaucratic organizations, lawyers, televangelists, etc. – all play sadly repetitious, if not completely predictable, parts. Continue reading Trump, guns, Parkland, Pavlov, and character(s)

Vet Freestartr

It’s up. Doing Well.  Over $23k and >350 backers at this point.

Interesting point is that by my quick count, John C. Wright is in the lead, Lawdog is in second, and I’m in third.  not a straightforward “count names” because a number of posts mentioned more than one title in ranked order, or brief discussion of merits. Each has it strengths and weaknesses. In any case, I’m honored to be considered in the same group, even if in last place. In any case, contribute, chip in if you can, cast your vote, and bask in the glow in a good deed that will induce REEEEEE!

UPDATE: $32k, 478 backers.

UPDATE2: >$42k, 608 backers, a bit less than 48 hours to go.

Not movin’ dozn’ mean not doin’

Red and green static dances everywhere for a moment, then disappears.

Quiritis mutters to herself “What’s that all about?”

The Ship AI replies quietly, still with a heavy piratical accent. “That be the sounding lead, testin’ the waters.”

“Meaning?”

“Someone looks t’be slippin’ into the harbor, quiet-like, to take us at anchor. Crow’s nest can’t see a thing, fog’s thick, but thar be a splash t’ be heard.”

Quiritis ponders the words a moment. “You think we are under attack?”

The Ship AI is cautious. “Aye, perhaps, lass. But no shots fired yet, an’ we cann’a fire blindly in’t’ fog without knowin’ wha’ sail be thar.”

“What sort of attack?”

“Noises. Pokin’ ‘n prod’n wi’ lightnin’. Gettin’ their magic in’r compasses.”

“Lightning? EM attack, hacking?”

“Aye. Shit-magnet ‘peers t’be on full power, t’is.”

“But they can’t do that at this tech level! Jamming only.”

“Aye. That’s why the crow’s nest is keepin’ a sharp eye, so’s we knows th’ targets well. Then we be clearin’ the decks in a hurry.”

“Can’t you do something!?”

“Not movin’ duzin’ mean not doin’,” the Ship AI replies conspiratorially. Continue reading Not movin’ dozn’ mean not doin’

Veteran’s Day

It’s that time – the day we commemorate Veteran’s Day. A somber day, not exactly a “Happy Holiday!” with a cheery smile sort of occasion.  This year, appropriately enough, the observance day is also the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps (U.S.M.C.). Happy birthday, Marines!The US military has been going through a rough patch in the last few decades, with more enemies domestic and internal (especially the most recent former C-in-C, whose policies were extremely destructive to the professionalism and moral of the uniformed forces, from what I’ve heard) than external… those the external threats, from ISIS to RocketMan are not inconsiderable.

I’m a veteran of sorts – served an uneventful (in terms of actual hot-war deployment) enlistment in the US Army Reserve. It’s enough that on some job applications I can check the “veteran” status box, but on others that list specific types of veterans (Vietnam War Era veteran, Service Medal Veteran, etc.) I cannot, because I don’t qualify as any of those specific types. Just a generic “signed up, served, went home, carry on” sort of thing.

I honor those who served, whether draftees like my dad, or volunteers like myself, friends who or family who served in war and came home like Joe Huffman’s son-in-law, or those who served and didn’t, like Adam Plumondore.

So bow your head briefly, raise a glass, or whatever, and thank those who served to protect your right to politely disagree with your fellow American, and helped to create the greatest country this planet has ever seen, flawed, decadent, and in decline though it may be.

Cheers!

Happy 4th!

The Declaration of Independence, the Original Brexit!

Celebrated with explosions and guns and food and family and all things the crew of Tajemnica would approve of.

Wasn’t always easy.

Wasn’t always fun. Been more than a few rough patches and growing pains. And now, apparently, having a moment of sanity among the encroaching senility and decadence of old age and too much easy living. But still the greatest nation on earth. That may change in a few years – all things change, all empires fall and fade – but we’re on the right path for a few more years.

Heinlein’s future history spoke of the Crazy Years. We’re in them. My future history so far published has been deliberately vague, but I think it’s safe to say that I’m predicting more tough years ahead, but all in not lost. Venice arose out of the fall of Rome. America rose from the faltering British Empire. But Haiti arose from a faltering French empire, so nothing is guaranteed.

For today, celebrate what has gone before and gone right, while praying for things to improve, and work toward making it so.

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day. It’s a day set aside to remember those who served and died wearing an American military uniform. It is a Federal holiday commemorated on the last Monday in May. I’m a vet, and I know a lot of vets. I don’t know a lot who died in service, but I have met a few who later met their fate while still much too young.

To all those who served honorably, and paid the ultimate cost, I salute you.
May you soul rest in a better place.

The idea of “what is worth fighting for, dieing for?” is a theme much looked into in literature and fiction, and different people are looking for different answers. I hope that I may have given some people insight through my humble writing. If not, there are greater pens than mine in the world, and I ask you to keep looking, and never give up hope.

Shadow-Banned

Well, sort of.  Welcome to the edgy dark side of the web, where you know you are doing something right when they start taking shots at you.

It looks like some SJWs at Twatter and FB noticed Michael Neal’s new The Stars Came Back pages and activity. Likes and follows were ramping up steadily. Suddenly the new likes and follows almost completely dried up for a while, before starting to trickle back in. Suddenly “Facebook the stars came back” doesn’t return any Facebook pages on Google search. Suddenly a whole slew of people Michael started following as a test didn’t reply or return a follow. Did a great majority of a thousand people suddenly not see a new follower? Curious. But the pages are still there. The tweets still exist.

If a conservative tweets in a throttle did it really happen? Continue reading Shadow-Banned

Real Marines study “Starship Trooper”

Well, of course they do. No; I mean, they really do.

To be more specific, they have decided it’s a good idea to read Mil-S/F in general to look for ideas on tech, trends, and doctrine, to see what they might possibly need to prepare for, look for, procure, and teach. It makes sense. You read history to find out where we’ve been, what’s been tried, what’s worked, what’s failed, etc. Reading Mil-S/F to find scenarios that some other smart people have already thought about, maybe even thought through somewhat rigorously to see how it might play out, how it might be used or countered. Obviously some things like FTL or space-aliens might not fit directly into anything going on now – but some hard-science things with sensors, ways of thinking, computers, etc., might be quite relevant.

That’s part of the reason I like Mil-S/F: it makes me think about history, what is, and how people act and react when the SHTF.

H/T to Instapundit.

Movie deal in progress…

Currently starting to work out the details on a movie deal. Not the whole thing, at least not at first. Currently exploring the idea of pitching a scene with two or three different budget funding levels depending on how much can be raised for it, with various “extras” depending on interest, etc. If only a shoe-string budget gets raised, we aim for more “proof of concept” and a short version of the scene. With more money we get more length, better location, better costumes, better actors, and especially the special effects improve. With enough money, perhaps enough of a Tajemnica set and F/X modeling can be built to allow for shooting a number of additional scenes at minimal extra cost.

Still early in the negotiations, but the fact that it’s being seriously considered by someone in the industry is exciting. Once something like a formal agreement has been made, pitch and production budgets outlined, and proper right option signed, I can post more, along with links to product demo reels from the people involved, where to go for fund-raising donations, etc.