How far does light travel in a year?

How far does light travel in a year? (How far is a light year?)
10 trillion kilometers (6 trillion miles)


Posted in Economics, Sociology, Writing | Leave a comment


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why does my brain lock-up?

Posted in Psychology, Writing | Leave a comment

How many protagonists does it take..?

There are no new stories, only new ways of telling the same stories.
All human stories are about the same things: love, betrayal, greed, acceptance, etc.
These are emotional touch-points that imbue story immortality.
An ‘Epic’ story has this for multiple POV with an over-arching ‘Grande Plot’.

Posted in Business, Sociology, Writing | Leave a comment

Protagonists need a goal, a mountain to cross

Protagonists need a goal, a mountain to cross.

(KL) We’re biologically designed to be egocentric. Thus survival is not a problem, it’s a given. It’s also why this conversation makes my left eye twitch:
KL: So what is your protagonist’s goal?
Writer: To survive.
KL: *face palm*

Here’s the deal. We ALL have a goal to survive. If, at the end of the day, I am not dead, I consider that a pretty good day. My genetic desire to survive is why I don’t take electrics in the bath, take up bear-baiting, or see how far I can drive backwards on a highway at 75mph. Survival isn’t interesting. Whatever threatens survival? That’s what’s interesting.

What did your character want before this event?
How is that threatened?
How will defeating the mountain get him closer to his goals?
How will being defeated by the mountain affect him?

Luke Skywalker did not have a goal of ‘survive this’, his goal was racing cars when not working on a farm. He had a far away dream of leaving his mudball and fighting for the ‘good guys’ – absolute fantasy – until his dad came looking for his sister’s droids…

Posted in Film, Politics, Psychology, Short Story, Technology, Writing | Leave a comment

How much is too much mood-surfing?

If it took me 30 days to recover from two weeks of depression, what does it take to recover from a massive manic and psychotic episode?
It can take a year for some people. No one wants to hear this, but I believe we need to be honest with ourselves in order to survive bipolar disorder.
I recently banged through: 2014 Dad dies before Christmas, 2015 Moved to TX (late that year, recovering from it all), 2016 Hail destroys the house (six months later I’m getting back on track work/book 8600 new words), AND then 2017 Mom gets sick (and I add another anti-d), announces cancer at thanksgiving (still has a dramatic flair), gets all Kevorkian (did not need all that imagery), then cancer/starvation downhill quickly into 2018…
Not much left to do about anything but a purge of old, a completion of getting things back in order; a quick clean up and prepare for Lent – how? I’m not sure. People are handling the estate stuff and I worry.
Current mood is hypomanic (moderately ‘happier’), fighting off depression, oscillating between being pissed at something or happy about something. Worrying about the chasm of crappy emotion that splashes up a bit still as it settles.
Patience doesn’t come naturally for me. I tend to put myself down for not being able to work much these last few years, but man-oh-man, this is a darn serious illness. It’s stunning how something as simple as forcing myself up at an early hour leads to better overall “purposefulness” (persistence of willpower) to  the day…
Posted in Psychology, Writing | Leave a comment

Put some of it on the shelf

Sometimes talk-therapy can cause you and me to over think everything. Sometimes you just have to stop thinking about some things and move on.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Stop thinking too much

Stop thinking too much.

It’s all right not to know all the answers. Sometimes there is no answer, not going to be any answer, and there never has been an answer. That’s the answer! Just accept it, move on. Next!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Your life isn’t comparable

Don’t compare your life with others’ you have no idea what their journey is about. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw the others, we would grab ours back as fast as we could.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

You are responsible for your own happiness

No one is the reason for your own happiness, except you yourself. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
  • August 2018
    S M T W T F S
    « Jun    
  • Minion Tags

  • Subscribe to Blog via Email

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • NaNoWriMo Linked Image
  • Tradeblanket supports NaNoWriMo and the Young Authors program. Please consider donating to the great crusade:

WordPress SEO