Thursday, February 20, 2020

No one will save America

In case you don't realize that, you need to by now. No candidate will resurrect this dying empire. And it isn't all their fault. America continues to destroy itself because of its citizens or, rather, some of them. It is rotting on the inside, and it has been for some time.

Look at our racial issues. Those have NEVER been resolved. Discrimination and racism still run rampant. Our original sin didn't end; it merely morphed.

We are shooting each other on the streets. Mass shootings happen weekly. NOTHING is being done. America is a violent, deadly place. It isn't safe anymore, and it won't be again.

Income inequality is the greatest in human history. That's getting worse.

Health care isn't available to those who need it. It is too expensive, and it doesn't cover much of anything.

Education is under siege, and ignorance and stupidity are celebrated.

America dies while its citizens watch Netflix. I say dies, but, in reality, it is essentially dead. Most of us just don't see it yet. Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Ottoman Turks, Britain, and now America, all fallen.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Where do your ideas come form? #amwriting

Now that my work has started to appear in print publications I'm no longer a hack (or so I think). Consequently, now I get that cliched question: where do your ideas come from? No precise answer exists for this question, so my general answer is: everywhere and nowhere.

Everything seen, heard, or thought can inspire ideas. I don't recall who said it, but there are no original thoughts. That's true. And there are no new stories, quite frankly. Everything is recycled. For example, how many stories are the "hero's journey"? Hero starts out somewhere (home). He or she is tested. Hero wins and returns home victorious and changed. Lord of the Rings is a good example of this.

Typically I blend fiction I've read and some real life occurrences. Usually my characters are an amalgamation of fiction and multiple people, but not you, dear reader.

So my ideas that occur on an active level are normally loosely planned. Not so in the nowhere category.

When I begin writing, things pour into my head like I'm sitting in a movie theatre watching. On the good days, I have no idea where anything is coming from, and I frantically try and type everything I can as best as possible until the vague vision goes away. This is imperative because it will go away and never come back, like one of those illusive dreams you long for seconds after you wake up.

My best ideas have seemingly fallen out of the sky, and I say, "Oh...shit, I better write this down." My latest story came out beautifully, and I still can't believe it came out so well. It fused somewhere in the ether after two thoughts, years apart, met each other in my mind while I was running, I believe. I'm working on a novel based on that story, but I wonder: how am I ever going to come up with a story like that again?

So much more can be said, and I've likely not given you a clearer idea than when I started. Quite frankly, I really don't know where the ideas come from, but I do know if I read, write, and observe there will be more ideas.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Writers write #amwriting

Writers keep writing no matter what. It may not feel good. Your words may trip over each other (or seem to), and your ideas may feel garbled. But you must write as much as possible even if it is only for a little while each day. That's hard to do, especially if you are a busy lawyer like me. But I make some time each day, even if it is only for twenty minutes. Writing acts as a release, but you also improve when you do it. As most writers will tell you, very few writers are born, but almost all of them are made.

I don't know about you, but I get sick of hearing from people, who "want to write." As Stephen King says, "Writers write." It's that simple and that difficult. If you don't write, you aren't a writer. You are just a talker kind of like that person who says they want to go to law school. They don't.

Writers also read a lot. I've found this doesn't just mean reading a physical book because I listen to close to sixty audio books a year. That's a lot, and I think it helps me hear how words sound and visualize paragraphs. I get more of a sense of rhythm, pace, and when to do what.

My advice to other writers is easy: write, even if it's just a little.

Friday, February 7, 2020

The door is closing on democracy #impeachmentshamtrial

Democracy is dying before us. A maniacal tyrant rages against its existence. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Real trials have evidence and witnesses #ImpeachmentTrial

You can't have a trial without witnesses. can if both sides stipulate to deposition testimony in lieu of witnesses, but that's not much of a trial. It is tough to get evidence into the record if there aren't witnesses to help it be admitted, which may be the goal all along. Regardless, whatever Mitch McConnell and the other Republicans are doing, it is a sham. And trial is a sham, even though Adam Schiff is making all the correct arguments, and these arguments are quite damning. It won't matter. Trump will be acquitted by a jury of Senators that's bought and paid for. They aren't even trying to defend Trump, but they are content to attack the process (lawful impeachment). It's pathetic and sad. Furthermore, it is a failure of our system of government.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Blue is better than red #micropoetry

Blue makes up the sky
and all its possibilities.

Red means mad
and frustration.

Blue windows
of water flow in the ocean.

Red embers
die in the fire.

Blue states
are where you want to be.

Red states
are flyover.

Blue hats
are smart.

Red hats
are stupid.

Blue is better
than red.

#2020 is a walk in the park thus far

It depends upon your perspective (not really) or rather your blindness to the world around you. If you think things are great in the world, you aren't paying attention. One billion animals are dead in Australia due to a raging inferno, largely brought about by climate change. We are on the verge of WWIII with Iran (probably Iraq too), and Donald Trump was impeached. It is unclear if there will be a trial (certainly not a fair one). The president is corrupt beyond belief. So 2020 sucks so far.

And these are just a few of the issues. We haven't even touched on school shootings and other shootings in general. "Good guys with guns" aren't making us safer at all.

Poverty expands its reach, and health care is failing most Americans.

Our education system is awful because certain people want you to remain stupid and accept you need a trade school over higher education. There's nothing wrong with not going to college, but people should be encouraged to pursue higher education. It's the only way Americans will be able to compete for better jobs and improve the economy.

Anyway, these are just my thoughts as we continue on this walk in the park.


Friday, January 3, 2020

#WWIII is coming with #Iran

It's funny: I was going to do a podcast episode about how the outlook for 2020 looked gloomy because of all that is going on in America. But I held off because I wanted to focus on the positive. Personally things are overwhelmingly positive, but that's not the case for many people. I'm lucky, and I know that. Now we have the specter of war upon us because the president killed a major Iranian leader. So I'm rethinking that podcast episode.

Trump wants war to save himself. And he may destroy the world in the process.

We should all beware.