Tuesday, October 21, 2014

As time goes by....

There simply are not enough songs about Albert Einstein.

Here's one of the best!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fractals and fiction

I have always been fascinated with fractals.
The endless repetitive patterns found in nature and mathematics.

I suppose one could sum it up with the old saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

It has long been an ambition of mine to go back to university when I retire to study quantum physics.
Universal truths are both eloquent and brutal.
There are no absolutes even in the grand scheme of things, anymore there is in daily life.
Chaos theory rules, but does not have absolute power.
Free will is an illusion, according to finer minds than my own.
The big question is... is there really a Big Question?

Still thinking...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Art and Evil.

Recently, I have been thinking about whether the artist, or those who patronize Art, can / should be separated from their talent/artistic endeavors and their evil actions/intentions.

IE: The Borgias (Lucrezia above) or Albert Speer, Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, etc. Hence Stephen Fry's angst over loving Wagner's music.

Can you divorce your appreciation for a work of art or an object, such as a beautifully crafted pistol, from its purpose - to hurt, control, kill, wound or maim a human being?

Hard questions.
Often I have sincerely loved an artist's work and found that appreciation ruined by the later discovery that the artist in question is, on a personal level, nasty.

No easy answers.
Still thinking.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

JA and Barry dialogue with Anon Big Publisher on Amazon and the best deal for Authors

JA Konrath and Barry Eisler talk Amazon vs Traditional Publishers.

Yesterday, a big bestseller (really big) Barry and I know and respect emailed Barry in response to our post Publishing is a Lottery/Publishing is a Carny Game. The bestseller’s thoughts were so interesting we decided to post them here, anonymously, with our response. We hope the person in question will offer some additional comments, whether anonymously or otherwise, because this is exactly the kind of conversation we hoped our post would elicit. And we hope we’ll hear from many more people who can offer different perspectives based on different vantage points within the industry.

I love these guys....

Friday, February 21, 2014

Experiments in self publishing


I put a rough draft of my novel Ace of Wands up at wattpad.com a year or so ago to hopefully receive some helpful feedback from, yanno, the entire planet or something. While it did get 900+ hits and a few stars, the commentary function at Wattpad kinda sucks, and helpful crit was not forthcoming.

In short, what I have learned is that two or three good writing friends who get you and your work are worth the ENTIRE internet all together....

SO thanks to my readers Mindy, Dana and Lynn for kicking my creative butt, offering shoulders when needed and in short, being amazingly amazing friends in times of creative crisis. You guys are my rocks....

I am a very lucky person.
Sometimes I forget that.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Cerebus is a comic that Dave Sim began back in 1977. I have been collecting it since... oh... 1984ish
It is one of those rare stories (6000 pages!!!) that I try to read each year.

Check it out. Cerebus, which is not without controversy, gives a lot of food for thought.*
*IE:  why you should never fart around your butler.