I like to look at proverbs and idioms from all angles. For example, the Bible is quoted as saying 'Pride goeth before a fall'. The meaning of the verse is clear to a Christian given the Bible repeatedly states meekness and humility are preferable to pride. Studied Christians know the phrase means pride will lead … Continue reading Pride Goeth
Everywhere I go online I am asked to leave a comment, click on a like button, fill out a survey, or write a review. I get e-mails after a purchase to please 'Review and give us five stars'. I do give reviews under the best of circumstances but if there are any obstacles, I don't. On … Continue reading Reviews and Feedback
Only a few of the characters in the "Quirni" series have lived on all three planets in the system. Erica lived on Sirrus until she was eight. She lived on Marril until her mid-twenties, and then she moved to Quirni. She was never lovingly housed and protected from harm no matter which world. Instead she … Continue reading Is There Anything Good to Eat?
Aberfan is a town in Wales that suffered a horrible accident October 21, 1966. The waste from the mine had been stored as hills. One of those hills slid onto the town. It killed children in the school, teachers, and families in homes. I have used the name Abervan in Quirni in memory of the … Continue reading In Memory of Aberfan
When we begin the setup for publishing a book on Amazon we are asked which genre best represents the story. Quirni is definitely Science Fiction because it takes place in the future on a far away planet. There are space ships and space travel. The first thing Erica does is get off of a space … Continue reading Cross-Writing Genres
After parents die, it is the business of children to empty their house. While doing this, my sister found photographs and asked me to go through them with her. Among those we found photos of our mother and my full sister together. Those gave my sister insight into their relationship. Neither of my parents were … Continue reading Photo of Mother
I saw my sister today after nine years. My father died recently which spurred the sudden contact. She waited at the house, the place we grew up, the place my father spent his last days in his pissy clothes, mean and angry at the world. This was the place where I created Quirni. I invented … Continue reading Trust is Grown
I work in a lab with a group of people who represent a varied cross section of personalities, quirks, and origins. The lab itself is one of the more difficult labs in which I have ever worked. The work load is extreme and the people are often so different from me I'm at a loss … Continue reading I’m watching.
Today is a time for joy, the death of my father. I have time off of work, three days, for this. It is a time well earned and one of the good things he has done for me. Speak no ill of the dead, they say. Meh. How can that be when the dead … Continue reading Death Today
There used to be an ad on TV with the catch phrase 'Reading is Fundamental'. I agree. It is fundamental to improving a person's lifestyle. It is also fundamental for improving an author's writing. I'm not talking about reading someone else's work to glean the trends of the day, which is often cited as a reason … Continue reading A Critical Eye