Happy New year

Do something new and different.

Do something you’ve been putting off, but will feel better once you have done it.

Make the new year worth remembering.

For myself, I just did a little bit of bullet casting for the first time. Turned out all right, once I got a heat source that worked right.

Audio

Sorry for no updates in a while. Many things going on in life right now.

In story-related news, Heretics of St Possenti is now out in audiobook format!

In related news, Paul sent me an email with the following:

Miguel had an interesting article: https://gunfreezone.net/index.php/2018/06/19/horsesht-concern-trolling/

It links to an American Psychological Association paper http://www.apa.org/pubs/highlights/spotlight/issue-97.aspx. The abstract includes this:

“A final problematic assumption is that avoiding trauma reminders is healthy. The opposite is true. Avoidance behaviors make PTSD worse, and effective treatments include safe exposure to thoughts and feelings related to the trauma.”

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now all I need is a real job with a support-a-family-sized paycheck, and for my mom to get well enough to get out of the hospital (relatively minor stroke, now in rehab with a pacemaker; doing well, all considered).

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.