Writing a Sequel

Hey everybody. How are things? Everyone hiding from hurricanes?

I’m busy on the Superego sequel — maybe about a quarter done of first draft. And hopefully a number of you got the beta copy of Hellbender for feedback. Looking forward to what people think on that one; thought it was fun, but maybe a little weird.

Anyway, this Superego sequel is my first sequel writing experience. I’m worried I waited a little long (it’s approaching three years since Superego came out), but I guess compared to some authors with two R’s as their middle initial, I’m moving pretty briskly. Still, it’s fun to revisit the characters and also try to correct what I thought were some valid criticisms of the first one.

So, agenda for a sequel:
* Up the stakes — but not too far that you have no where to go for the next sequel
* Further character development while not just repeating character beats from the first
* Make it fun

And now I’m trying to distill what people liked about the first book and make sure that’s in there — while not too much that it gets irritating. Rico can be kind of a fun character, but I’m always worried that his strong personality can get grating with too much of him — which is always a problem when it’s in first person and he’s commenting on everything.

And I’m aiming for a trilogy. I’ve been advised before to set things up as just an ongoing series, but I always think in big stories and having an end point in the future helps me focus things.

I know a lot of times people think sequels aren’t as good as the first one, but they really should be an opportunity to improve because as a writer you start with a good understanding of the characters and can course correct from what you learned writing the first. So what are your favorite sequels? I liked Highlander 2, The Exorcist 2, and Speed 2.

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Random Thoughts: Antifa and Immigration

The Nazis are successfully convincing a lot of people to support political violence and suppression of free speech.

The Defenders was disappointing. It was great when the leads interacted, but overall meh.
A big part was the threat. In episode 4, they basically fought the Hand all at once and won, so that reduced that threat thereafter.
And the Hand’s big plot was just to get themselves back to their status quo we didn’t know had ended (being immortal).
There was a throwaway line about how that would collapse New York City or something, but it never felt like huge threat.
Still hopeful for future Marvel Netflix because of past series, but that’s now two missteps in a row.

Trump not meeting Harvey victims seem like dumb controversy. If I went through huge tragedy, last thing I’d want is to deal with politicians.

I saw something I disagree with AND I’M FREAKING OUT!!!!

I’m going to publish a “Big Book of Bad Opinions People Are No Longer Allowed to Have” so no one is confused.

Trump’s superpower seems to be using his horribleness to bait his opponents into being even more horrible.

I finally saw the new Spider-Man movie and my new favorite superhero is Ned.
What a fun movie. Despite comic books movies being seeming kind of tire now, I’ve counted four really good ones so far this year.
Three of them went for being fun (despite one taking place during WWI) and the fourth was kind of brutal but very compelling (Logan).
I have hopes Thor: Ragnarok will be as fun as the trailers make it look. No expectations on Justice League, though.

I’ll support whatever rules you want for violence toward and suppression of Nazis as long as those rules also apply to Commies.

What if in girl Lord of the Flies someone sees a spider on the island?

Trump could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Ave. and it would dominate the news for a day before people seized on some moron fauxtrage.

“Is putting Tubman on the $20 your #1 priority?”
“Well, it’s not #1..”
HEADLINE: “Mnuchin vows to go back in time and murder Harriet Tubman”

Only Nazis are unequivocally against all political violence.

Trump lost my support early on when he crashed a blimp into an orphanage and sued the orphans.

People who make mealy-mouthed justifications of political violence are as morally disgusting as white supremacists.

Ridiculous to compare ideology that stomped puppies to death to benefit the rich with ideology that stomped puppies to death for the poor.

I have great faith the violent dimwits in black masks will carefully vet anyone before beating them up.

If you’re a violent moron and you want to do whatever you can to get Trump reelected, my best advice would be to join antifa.

Anyone who thinks antifa is doing anything other than help Trump is as deluded as a tiki-torch wielding neo-nazi.

It’s great how both sides have concluded that the only thing holding them back is not being angry enough.

I can stress how much we need the Disney princess’s oppressive, outdated monarchy overthrown. We need it now.

We need an endangered species list for animals we actively want to make endangered. I’ll start the list:
Fire ants

The big challenge for the Democrats in 2020 is finding a candidate even more unlikeable than Hillary.

The best platform for the left to help them defeat Trump would be a closed forum that helps them figure out when they’re being insufferable.

I thought the pilot was dark and off-putting, but I am so onboard with The Tick after the first six episodes.
It’s established itself as something completely different from the previous incarnations while still being The Tick.
And love how it’s an Amazon Prime series and they integrated a great Amazon product placement in it.

Eventually Labor Day is going to become a celebration of robots.

I am so bizarrely fascinated by the Verrit authentication codes. I kinda want them to explain that and I kinda don’t.

Problem with immigration debate is many people are implicitly arguing for open borders without owning up to it which comes off as dishonest.
And people’s spidey senses start tingling when they see a lot of dishonest people arguing for something.
Realistically, though, the only thing that would stop Mexicans from coming into the U.S. illegally is if Mexico were a lot richer.

I think I might be a scientist. How can I tell for sure?

I used science, math, a compass, and a pencil to draw a perfect circle around Florida, the state where Irma is supposed to hit.

How hard is it to direct a Star Wars film? Just a bunch of lasers and spiritual mumbo jumbo. Get your act together, people!
I love the “we mutually agreed to part ways.” I assume security dragged him out kicking and screaming.

admiral collapses to the ground after being force strangled
DARTH VADER: “We mutually agreed to part ways.”

I don’t know which dishonest, demagoguing politicians to listen to on immigration.

I’ll direct your Star Wars. I want $30 an hour and one replica lightsaber.

Has anyone tried yelling “Racist!” to solve the immigration issue?

“You may say I’m a dreamer…”
John Lennon is immediately deported

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Random Thoughts: Robert Lee and ESPN

If ESPN had let Robert Lee announce the game as normal, I’d say there was a 2% chance we’d have seen a meme of it.
And even then, people would forget about it in an hour or two.

A strange amount of being a leftist these days is running interference for the stupidity and dishonesty of large corporations.

The Robert Lee thing is another example of ESPN thinking its viewers are idiots when the real idiots are closer to home.
What kind of skewed and condescending view of people they must have to think there would have been a big controversy from Lee’s name.
The ESPN thing is another example of “sensitivity” being used as a shield for its opposite: thinking poorly of your fellow man.

The left are determined to constantly demonstrate that Trump is but one obscene idiot among many.

The guy who took Robert Lee off the UVA game to avoid controversy has to be hoping this doesn’t come up in his next performance review.

ESPN should get the Presidential Medal of Freedom for single-handedly stopping the Confederacy from rising again.

“I’m hiding the word ‘IMPEACH’ in my letter.”
“Why not just come out and say it like millions do constantly?”
“It’s a hidden message.”

Is there a word for that shudder down your spine you feel when you realize eventually there will be an entire Marvel Universe reboot?

An argument against there being an alt-left is that those encouraging and excusing violence on that side are fairly mainstream.
On the right, those excusing violence are just fringe groups with little support. Neo-nazis. White supremacists. The POTUS.

It’s illegal to shout “Wolf!” in a crowded theater unless it’s when Harvey Keitel comes on screen in Pulp Fiction.
This is settled constitutional law.

Amazon Prime’s Comrade Detective is pretty funny and insane. I don’t know why I haven’t heard more people talking about it.

You can’t shout “You can’t shout ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater!” in an intelligent discussion on free speech.

I told my daughter what James Cameron said about Wonder Woman. Then I had to explain who he is. Then I had to explain Terminator franchise.
Then my daughter asked, “Can robots from the future really come to kill us?” And you can’t honestly answer no to that, can you?

Programming is a tense, intellectual battle between you and whoever designed the crap you’re trying to interface with it.

Hoping for a relaxing, sunny weekend here in Texas. Now to check the weather forecast as I sip my drink…

In defense of Trump, maybe he has no idea what he’s doing.

New hurricane prep step: Download shows you’re binging to iPad in case the power goes out.

I can never take the word “humanist” seriously. Like is it opposed to “dogist”?

I’ve only read Game of Thrones. Last thing I remember was Jon Snow being stabbed to death – only interesting thing to happen in last 2 books.
The third book of Game of Thrones was one of the most exciting things I ever read, but things kinda meandered after that.

One of most frustrating things as some who writes in spare time is imaging what George R.R. Martin does with his day as a full time writer.
I mean, I’m lucky if I get an hour to write a day, and I’m still guessing I’ll have the sequel to Superego out before Winds of Winter.
Anyway, taking years would be okay if they were masterpieces, but the last two needed lots of editing for pacing.

I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Made me do something I almost never do: rewatch a Marvel movie as I rewatched vol 1.
I’ve seen and enjoyed almost every Marvel movie but they never seem worth returning to. Maybe first Iron Man.

Why is “alt-fascist” abbreviated as “antifa”?

I’ve heard of both Taylor Swift and Beyonc√© and understand they are both singers. That’s all I have to contribute to this conversation.

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Why Soulless Capitalism Is the Best System for Helping the Poor

People want their caring to mean something. That’s why a lot of people have big problems with capitalism as it explicitly doesn’t care about people and their well-being. Yet capitalism materially helps an order of magnitude more people than charity or a misguided economic system made with the poor in mind, like socialism. But the reason capitalism is so much better at helping the poor is that it that it actually cares about the poor in a much more concrete way than any other system as it cares about their collective spending power.

Now if you take the poor and the middle class all together, that is a massive amount of spending power — much more so than all rich people together. If you have a business that caters only to the rich — like selling yachts — that’s a niche market. To get insanely rich in capitalism, you need to cater to the poor — you need a Walmart. So many things in capitalism start out just for the rich — flat screen TVs, cellphones, electricity, indoor plumbing — but capitalism dictates you need to figure out how to do those things cheaper so you can sell to everyone if you want to get really really rich. And that’s why the poor in the U.S. have luxuries that the rich from a hundred years ago couldn’t even imagine.

So while charity and socialism say you need to sacrifice to help the poor and in exchange you’ll get a good feeling, capitalism says you can become a millionaire helping the poor. So it’s no wonder why one gets 1000 times more takers. The problem is this is religiously offensive to many people. “It should hurt to help the poor! You shouldn’t gain from it!” So while capitalism has drastically decreased poverty and malnutrition in the world over the last century (all while population has drastically increased), people still rail against it. Because of their pride. People want their intense caring to mean something. But the irony is they don’t actually care about the poor or they’d suck it up and support capitalism. Instead, they choose their pride over the poor.

NOTE: This shouldn’t be seen as a condemnation of charity which I believe to be every person’s duty. It’s just charity is a band-aid, not a cure.

This should be read as a condemnation of socialism, though. It’s awful and it kills people. Leave that turd in the last century.

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The Correct Way to Handle Politics in Fiction

No one likes getting lectured. Lectures are supreme arrogance. It’s saying I am right, you are wrong, and you must stand there and listen to how right I am and wrong you are. Political lectures are the worse, because in areas of such disagreement, it takes the most supreme arrogance to declare yourself the arbiter of what’s right.

Now, I for the most part don’t like politics in my fiction. Politics is stupid and fiction is for having fun. So for the most part, I avoid politics in the novels I’m writing — I want to write about more important things than the usual stuff people screech at each other about. And most importantly, I want my writing to be fun. Still, there is a correct way and an incorrect way to approach politics in fiction.

The correct way is to just present a view as “here is another way of looking at things.” The incorrect way is “here is the correct way of looking at things.” The former can cause people to think, the latter is a lecture and annoying. A good example of the former was House which often had each episode centered around a controversial topic but just presented the sides without picking one. Another is early seasons of the Simpsons which touched on such topics as immigration and guns without saying, “Here is what you should think about these.” One of the worst examples of lecturing I can think of, though, was Boston Legal. While I really like the James Spader and William Shatner characters, I had to stop watching that show because I couldn’t stand the Spader lectures. I think it was a lecture I agreed with that was the final straw. If you were to make a list of all the people you feel the need to know the political wisdom of, where would TV show writers fall on that list? So how much arrogance does it take for one to say, “Here is how you should think about things!”

And while it’s not the best example for this, I should point out in that Love Gov series I wrote, it was the bad guy constantly lecturing people. It was part of what made him intolerable.

So, in summary, touching on politics is okay in fiction, but only if you have something unique and interesting to say and you present it as “here’s an interesting way to look at things that you may not have thought of.” But if you get it in your head you have the truth and everyone must accept it, that’s where you get intolerable.

Was this a lecture? Yes. But if you were writing preachy politics into fiction, fell lucky you got off with just a lecture.

UPDATE: I should mention that Hellbender (which a number of you should have gotten a beta copy of) touches on politics a lot more than my previous two novels, but I’m hoping in the non-annoying way. That’s why I’ve also been trying to find left-leaning test readers.

Also, I’ve just started watching an inherently political show — Comrade Detective on Amazon Prime — which is positioned as one big political lecture (as that’s what propaganda is). It’s so absurd, though, that the political lectures are just stupid fun.

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Random Thoughts: Nazis, the Eclipse, an the Defenders

WWII Veterans : Antifa = Prime Rib : Giant Turd

Stalin opposed Hitler, and not only was it okay to criticize Stalin, it was morally necessary.

Getting a little afraid that the left are going to use literal nazis to justify political violence from the horrible people on their side.

I just want awful people denounced regardless of what political views they espouse.

#NationalTellAJokeDay Why did the chicken cross the road? To show the raccoons it can be done.

My daughter asked why Scrooge McDuck wants more money when he already has a vault full of it. I guess I need to explain capitalism to her.
“You have to understand when Scrooge introduces a lost gem from Atlantis into the economy, that expands it for everyone.”

“Expert” and “scientist” are terms that pretend to tell you qualifications when they tell you nothing. I say this as an expert scientist.

This is getting a little out of hand; they just tore down a statue of Bruce Lee.

“No, no, no. I’m the good kind of hate-filled, angry person.”

I’m forming the “No Trumps” party if anyone wants to join.
And despite the name, we’re not even allowed one.

This feels like the hundredth time I’ve thought to myself, “Well this looks like the end of Trump.”

Do they ever have Asian supremacy marches in Japan?

The Trump presidency has gone as well as could reasonably be expected.

And stop bringing up we have 3.5 more years of this. One day at a time. One. Day. At a time.

Dunkirk has been so successful they’re going to do a prequel – Begin-kirk. #NationalTellAJokeDay

I can’t believe it’s 2017 and we’re dealing with racists marching with torches. We should be battling space racists.

Statues are big metal people who don’t move or do anything. They’re like broken robots. Stupid.
I once visited a statue, but I didn’t understand what you’re supposed to do with it. Look at it, I guess. Why?

“I’m afraid of nazis having free speech, so let’s empower Trump to decide whose speech is ‘intolerant’ and should be banned.”

Be less afraid of the external nazis and more afraid of the seed of a nazis inside yourself.

Nazis don’t like free speech. Don’t be like a Nazi.

The statue stuff getting crazy. They tore down a Hitler statue and replaced it with Gandhi… which sounds ok except they left Captain America punching him.

There are limits to free speech. You can’t speak more than 24 hours per day, for instance.

Did Romney try “Catch the Mitt!” as a campaign slogan?
Well, too late now.

Sad we have to keep explaining the problems with “hate speech” laws which you think would be extremely obvious with Trump as president.

Bannon? More like Ban-him! #PoliticalHumor

Why… why is it important to so many people that Tina Fey get politics “right”? She’s like a comedian or something.
Know who it’s more important be right about politics? That president Trump guy. But I hardly ever hear leftists criticize what he says.

If you think Trump is special threat, but your worry with him being gone is Pence will be president, you’re what’s called a “dumb partisan.”

Bannon was fired because he got tired of winning. Look how tired that guy looks. Winning is obviously worse than smoking.

I’m going to wait for the Xbox One X 2.

In high school, one of our football games got interrupted by bunch of guys marching with tubas and drums. No idea what they were protesting.

Dumb, violent fascists are bad if they specifically label themselves as “Nazis.”

One side is calling themselves pro-free speech and the other side anti-fascist and I’m guessing neither is correctly labeled.

I don’t know if it’s fair, but I ain’t ever letting my daughter date a feminist.

It’s strange contest in who understands less about science: Those who doubt everything from it or those who believe it with an undying faith

Why do trust science when it makes solid, verifiable predictions but not when it makes vague predictions of doom that can’t be falsified?

The only thing that sounds interesting to me about the eclipse is how it freaks out the animals.
They must have been way more interesting before we knew how to predict them. Kinda ruins the magic now.

“Where… where’d the sun go? Is it coming back?”

“Oh. There it is. That was a scary couple minutes.”

I haven’t been watching Game of Thrones but I have been watching The Crown and this statement applies to both of them: Monarchies are stupid

We should only build statues to men we know will never let us down, i.e. fictional ones. Like Robocop.

Liking The Defenders, but it was a bit slow to start. Two and a half episodes seems like a long time to take to get them all together.
It wasn’t until the beginning of the fourth episode that I got exactly what I was looking for: All of them talking, butting heads.

Did the pinhole thing for the partial eclipse in Texas. It was lame. Guess I need to wait for 2024.

I just use the yellow emojis. I assume the specifically white emojis are some sort of trap to identify white supremacists.

I hope everyone learned an important science lesson from the eclipse about how something can get in front of something else and block it.
I hope that really showed all those doubters who don’t believe things can be opaque.

The earth is expected to block the sun tonight for several hours.

We’re told we’re supposed to be happy about the hate-filled losers who aren’t Nazis, but they also make me very sad.

I find the whole Trump presidency rather depressing. The only thing that cheers me up is remembering Hillary losing.

Reminder: At least one of your deeply held beliefs you’re extremely certain about is absolutely wrong.

“The city of New York is at risk of destruction, and only ones who can save it are four people abnormally good at punching – The Defenders!”

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Believing Science But Not Understanding It

I’ve seen a sad number of people of people (including Neil DeGrasse Tyson who is supposedly a scientist) compare predictions about when eclipses occur to predictions about climate change and its effects. Oh come on. If the eclipse doesn’t occur today based on predictions, how devastating would that be that science? Can you think of any similar prediction about climate change that if it ended up false would cause any ruckus at all?

This is so elementary it feels dumb I have to explain it, but the eclipse is a verifiable prediction based on a handful of steady factors — rotation of the earth, revolution of the earth around the sun, revolution of the moon. There’s a few other things that affect it in minor ways (the moon is slowly moving away from the earth) but using just those factors can give you a pretty accurate prediction.

Now what factors are needed in predicting climate change? Unknown. They’re still trying to figure it out, but they are numerous. The climate is already something constantly in flux (unlike the revolution of the earth) and there is certainly no record of making accurate climate predictions like predictions of eclipses. Because that’s so complex as to be impossible.

Again, this is really simple science concepts, and it’s sad people don’t understand them. Even if you think the science about climate change is pretty good, to put it anywhere in the vicinity of the science used in predicting eclipse makes you very very dumb. We always hear about the problem with people not understanding science who doubt it, but we never hear about the problem of people not understanding science who unquestionably believe whatever they think scientists said. Not believing something you don’t understand is natural. Trusting blindly in what you don’t understand is religion, and science is a really silly, capricious thing to form a religion around.

I really think science would do better if most people just ignored it beyond getting the occasional notification of when to watch an eclipse.

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Sympathy for the Devil

A little while ago I read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning which is about Frankl’s time as an inmate in the Auschwitz concentration camp. It’s a very intense book where Frankl attempts to analyze both the inmates and the guards from a detached, psychologist perspective, but it’s certainly hard to even listen to and be detached. Frankl detailed so much cruelty and injustice I was constantly at the crossroads of rage and sadness, but what was odd to me was the part I had the most trouble listening to didn’t have to do with any of that. It was Frankl talking about how there were “good” Nazi guards and “bad” Jewish inmates.

Now, this is counter to anything we want to believe. Those being subjected to oppression are good and those inflicting the oppression — especially Nazis — are extremely evil. But if you’ve ever been around people before, you know things are not that simple. Not everyone in Nazi Germany was this horrible monster unlike everyone you’ve ever met before. But despite how sophisticated we like to think we are, we tend to gravitate toward black and white thinking on good and evil. And this seems to be the natural state of things judging by children.

A while ago, I was watching Pokemon with my daughter, and the evil Team Rocket got in trouble and the good guys — Ash and his team — ended up saving them from death. My daughter wondered why the good guys would save the bad guys. I told her that Jesus says we should love our enemies, and her eyes went wide. “What?!” That’s definitely not a natural inclination. It was also notable to me that the reaction of both my daughter and my brother’s daughter to the big reveal at the end of The Empire Strikes Back was to ask whether that was really true. Up until Darth Vader’s reveal, Star Wars had a very black and white morality, but finding out Darth Vader used to be good was the first bit of gray. And again, from a kid’s perspective, there’s only good and evil and the two don’t mix.

Anyway, I mention all this because I see a lot of push toward simplistic thinking on both sides these days, and all that does is block understanding. We have to recognize the good and the evil in everyone, which means looking for the good in those you oppose and the bad in those on your side. And the most important subject to identify the bad in is yourself. There’s a great danger in continuing to treat Nazis as some special, exceptional evil because they weren’t — they were people all like us. And those worst impulses that led to those horrors are impulses in each and everyone one of us. We think trying to stop the next Nazis means finding the special evil people in society and loudly identifying them, but what’s needed most is vigilance on ourselves.

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Random Thoughts: Nazis and DuckTales

The whole James Damore thing has exposed a lot of journalists who should be fired.

If we get nuked, then I’ll have to admit Donald Trump was a pretty bad idea. So you’ll have that going for you.

Can’t we all just get along?
The answer, of course, is no. And it’s probably racist and sexist to suggest otherwise.

It’s good to know our media apparatus will spring into action to defend a $100 billion dollar company from a lone dissenter it fired.

The one thing I hear the most from people is how much they love my sarcasm.
But there’s something off about the way they say it…

explaining the nuclear apocalypse to my grandchildren
“We didn’t Pokemon Go to the polls.”

The problem with the NRA is they’ve basically completely and utterly won their issue and now they’re just becoming a silly partisan group.

Communists, socialists, Nazis – thought we done with those after they murdered millions last century. Aren’t there any horrible new ideas?

Don’t think people realize equality makes no sense from an evolutionary perspective. But it makes perfect sense when you believe in a soul.
Don’t think many people – myself included – always act like everyone is of equal value. Hard concept but something to constantly strive for.

I’ll only worry something significant is going on when I see people behaving in a way that’s inconsistent with partisanship.

Why don’t I hear condemnation from the people I insulate myself from?

One day there will be a take so hot that the entire internet will burst into flames.
And then we’ll be free.

Watching The Crown. I’m finding their Winston Churchill a much more interesting character than Frank Underwood.
Churchill was not a big fan of Nazis.

It would have been nice if the left had some new level of outrage for Trump that they didn’t already use up on Mitt Romney.

I know the pilot often doesn’t have the opening song, but if they do that for the DuckTales reboot it will be a crime against humanity.

I don’t know what the downsides are of denouncing white supremacy that Trump is trying to avoid.
The left will screech just as loud no matter what Trump says (which is why they’re useless), but he could avoid giving substance to that.
Eh. Trying to understand Trump is a full time job and there doesn’t seem to be a point to it.

Yay, finally found my Paperwhite. The 9.7″ iPad Pro is fine for reading, but nothing beats the comfort of those little Kindles.

Way more people asked to be beta readers than I was expecting. Don’t think they know what it’s like reading 100,000 words only edited by me.

Thought the new DuckTales was great. It was a big hit with my kids and I enjoyed it too.
My 4yo now wants a cane and lots of coins to be like Scrooge. My 1yo made me replay the theme song 50 times in a row.

I’m kinda uncomfortable with the concept of statues of particular people in general.

We should tear down The Thinker statue. Odds are he’s thinking something problematic.

My guess is when we get Winds of Winter it will just be a transcript of the video description of the last couple seasons of Game of Thrones.

Glad Disney is finally rereleasing The Lion King. I need to teach my son an important lesson about avenging my death.

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Let’s Help Frank

Can I ask you guys a favor?

Hey, I’ve blogged slightly more. You owe it to me!

So writing wise, I’ve been mainly focusing on my novel writing and hope to finally start putting those out at a regular pace. My next novel (formerly known as The Clearing though it will have a new title) will come out probably in December, and I’m very excited about it as it’s my favorite thing I’ve ever written. And I’m also several chapters in to writing the sequel to Superego.

Furthermore, I have the second draft finished for another novel, and I’m looking for beta readers (SarahK — the alpha reader — is the only one who gets to see the first draft since it’s her job to keep from embarrassment). It’s a scifi comedy called Hellbender. Yes, I know I’ve a couple times years ago tried to do that story piece by piece on this blog (just like Superego first started), but I threw all that out and I think this version is rather good. Well I hope it is. Parts of it make me laugh at least.

Anyway, if you’re interested in giving it a look, just say so in the comments and I’ll contact you through email. And I’ll owe you one. Plus you’ll get like acknowledged in the acknowledgments. That’s big time.

Thanks guys. My writing has evolved over the years — columns, humor books, script for a web series, novels — but it all started here thanks to you and your support. I won’t forget that. Unless I get really really famous.

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The Left Needs to Be More Clear on Its Religious Views

I think the left needs to be more clear on what they consider religious views and thus are areas where they don’t care about the science. Like with this whole Google memo thing; the guy cited offensive science — not bad science, just offensive to their worldview — and they’ve freaked out and aren’t sure how to cope. The naive fool thought if he backed up what he said with science, he’d been in the clear, but he didn’t realize (and many of the left don’t realize) is that the left views on gender is actually a religious view and thus science is irrelevant.

Now, it’s okay to have religious views where you don’t care what the science has to say. Like I’m very clear my views on equality are a religious view. I think all people are equal because we all have souls (unprovable), and that is our true selves and a state where we are all equal a and what we see here in this world is just dross. I don’t care what science you might say to dispute that or arguments about how equality goes against evolution or what not. It’s a view far more important than silly science data.

The left also has many religious views, but they just won’t admit they are religious and thus get very confused and agitated when science goes against them — part of that is because one of their religious views is science is supposed to always back their ideology. But you don’t get to dictate what science says. A lot of Christians have run into this problem, and now it’s the “secular” left’s turn to have their religion in conflict with data. And the solution is usually to step out of it. You say this is my capital ‘T’ Truth, and it matters not to me what suppositions some silly people make with their data, I will always believe it.

If the left does this and are more clear on what they consider their religious truths, that will save future Damore’s from thinking he’s arguing a science question when in reality what we have is a religious debate.

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Random Thoughts: Socialism, Communism, and Google

True socialism has never been tried. That would kill a country instantly instead of slowly weakening it.

Could someone very slowly and carefully explain to me what a “buttered roll” is?

Coconuts grow on deserted islands because that’s the only place anyone would be tempted to eat one.
“So what kind of fruit does this tree have?”
“It’s a… brown hairy ball full of wax.”
“Can… can trees have mental problems?”

So before today, did anyone else know you could put butter on a roll and eat it? I just used rolls as something to chuck at squirrels.

Most action movies are cheering on bad guys getting shot. I guess the more grounded in reality, the more “problematic” that becomes.
Taken was kind of in that mold, and it was very popular. At the cinema, we tend to like the simple, unapologetic solution to evil.

Is a poem written on a statue binding law? Before you answer, know that the statue is very very big.

He’s a father who after an unspeakable tragedy no longer cares if SJWs come after him en masse. It’s Bruce Willis in Problematic Wish.
“You can’t just gleefully gun down thugs without being contemplative about the underlying socioeconomic concerns!”
“Try and stop me.”

Considering the record, if you still support Communism over Capitalism, you absolutely, positively do not care about famine or the poor.
With the record of Capitalism versus Communism on famine, that’s like comparing a prime rib dinner to a shotgun to the groin.

Difference between Nazi and Communist is when you say how horrible Nazis have been, they don’t say, “Well, real Nazism has never been tried”

Really, though, who cares about the NYT? When was the last time they influenced anyone who wasn’t already a mindless left-wing partisan?

The difference between a prophet and a scientist is that there are more specific qualifications to being called a prophet.
We’d all be much smarter if journalists were required to replace “scientists say” with “some guys say”.
Then you’d ask, “Who are these guys and why should I believe them?” Questions some people think the term “scientist” answers when it doesn’t.

Guys, come on. Keep quiet on spoilers for the next 40 years while I’m waiting for George R.R. Martin to finish the books.

NYC having best pizza sounds like a dumb urban legend. You can just copy whatever recipes they have and make it the same in any other city.
Same for bagels.

Isn’t limiting the acceptable areas of discussion more anti-science than anything else?

So is Google even going to attempt to refute what the guy said or are they just going to fire him?

Whoever thought promoting diversity and tolerance would so often involve screaming, “Burn the witch!”?

Looking like 2020 will again be an easy choice between a cartoonish, moron buffoon and people who will constantly lie and try to destroy you.

There’s a hotline to call to report any nuclear wars you see.

The North is definitely my least favorite of the Koreas.

I’m all for tolerance as long as it’s for things I approve of.

What struck me about the Google memo was how earnest it was. He honestly thought he was going to foster a discussion.
He thought response would be “Here’s where you’re wrong and where your biases are blinding you.” Instead it was “You hate diversity! Fired!”
He comes off as this poor, naive guy who foolishly believed people who disagreed with you had other settings than “Crush! Kill! Destroy!”
Lesson learned for other Google employees: Stick to quietly seething.

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Random Thoughts: Kid Rock and Anakin

With his trans in the military tweets, Trump is responding to the controversy of how former men keep dominating the women’s division of war.

“We interrupt your Netflix streaming to bring you breaking news: Trump just tweeted something.” -possible future nightmare world

“We now return you to your Netflix stream already in progress.”
“No! Why would you do that? Rewind it!”

HILLARY: “I would like to announce my new book, What Happened. It will be $500, which as far as I know is a good price for a book.”

Biggest nightmare as a father is to hear someone utter “What bad kids.” and then hear Mr Miyagi correct them with, “No such thing as bad kids, only bad parent.”

If I was richest person on earth, I’d buy a plaque saying so. Hopefully it costs less than the difference between my wealth and the 2nd richest.

I loved the ending to Angie Tribeca’s third season. It was so so stupid.

A garbage fire that burns brighter than the sun.

Senator Kid Rock will only be a couple steps away from having an Insane Clown Posse caucus.

Has Pickle been located and brought to justice yet?

The whole internet hates Pickle, the 9yo who loves Trump! 5 seconds later We regret to inform you he’s real and not a racist

As a parent, hard to imagine the powerless of the government telling you your child must die and you’re not even allowed to bring him own.
That was a disgrace. Those were not the actions of a civilized nation.
If this were attempted in the U.S., I hope we’d see people imprisoned for kidnapping.

Instead of tying self in logical knots defending state preventing treatment of a child, why not admit you’re a horrible person and move on?
And please stay away from the health care debate.
It is really rather scary that a bunch of left-wing sociopaths want to control something so important.

If it’s President Trump and Senator Kid Rock, the obvious path forward for the GOP will be all B-list celebrities.

No one is actually against capitalism, but there are some extremely dedicated poseurs.

Trump is playing three-dimensional chess. It only looks like he’s losing two-dimensional tic-tac-toe to a chicken.

“The Jedi have been lying to you, Anakin.”
“You’re right!”
“You should go their temple and murder all the kids there.”
“Um.. sure, why not?”

Actually would be nice if there was a scene where Anakin proudly tells the Emperor he killed all the younglings and the emperor is horrified.
“I murdered the younglings!”
“What? I never said to do that!”
“I’m embracing the dark side.”
“You’re a psychopath!”

“Doesn’t this all seem rather contrived to you?” -me in the universe of any show aimed at preschoolers

Imagine if Trump stopped tweeting and we just had to imagine what nonsense was going on in his head. Sounds terrifying.

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Preserving the Present at the Expense of the Future

We have this engine that takes things that start out as luxuries for the rich — indoor plumbing, electricity, televisions, computers, cellphones — and then make them so cheap even the poor can afford them. And that’s what’s been pretty much been banned from the field of medicine since people just don’t like the idea of profit-making where people’s lives are at stake.

Now, we’re not quite to single payer, but it’s starting to seem inevitable. We’re in this weird area where we definitely don’t have a functional free markets — no one even knows the prices of things — but we’re not in complete government control either. But how much longer are we going to tolerate this mess? So there are two directions, head to free markets or to complete socialism. The only thing is, I don’t see anyone in the major two parties really even arguing the first, so all that seems left is to slouch toward the latter at different speeds.

Now, people will die from the decision to go to single payer — millions, potentially — but in ways that don’t make people fill icky, such as cures for certain diseases taking years or decades longer to exist. Because that’s what socialism is — it’s trying to preserve the present at the cost of the future. Socialism is this false guarantee you’ll always be able to live at the current level you’re used to and the price is the destruction of innovation since the profit motive is gone. It’s very attractive to wealthy, fearful nations who are more scared of losing what they have than hopeful of having things even better. And we’re a very wealthy, increasingly scared country.

I wish I had some hopeful words to say how we could stop this slouching toward socialism, but I don’t really have an idea how to make free markets popular again. They have what should be an ironclad record, but they’re scary. So my only comfort is that I’m usually very wrong at predictions.

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The Increasing Pointlessness of Politics

I remember the constant “But… but… SCOTUS!” when people complained about how cartoonishly horrible Trump was during the campaign. And, hey, that gamble paid off. We got a really good SCOTUS pick.

But apparently that’s about it from a Trump administration and a Republican controlled House and Senate. It really seems like the Republicans were caught completely off guard by Trump winning and had no plans beyond being an opposition party. I mean, this health care stuff, people have been talking about that for a while. Like years. They probably should have had some sort of plan ready. But nope. I’m a little more hopeful they can come up with something on taxes… but not that hopeful.

So, so useless. It’s why I just can’t get in these partisan fights anymore. What’s the point? Is there any chance of anything being accomplished?

But on the plus side for the Republicans, attack ads will be hard. “We have to stop these radical, extremists Republicans from… not doing anything in particular.”

So what’s the path forward here? What’s the rallying cry for 2018? Neither the Democrats or the Republicans have a particularly good case to make about anything. Best slogan I can come up for them is “Embrace irrelevancy.” I kinda like that. If the government were more irrelevant and we just paid it less attention, that’s a good thing. And, frankly, I’d kinda like to talk about something other than Trump one day.

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