On writing tough things

So I need to get back to writing.  I really do.  I did do some work on Nemesis yesterday, but then got sidetracked into doing a related side-project.  In Nemesis, the main character, Tara, is captured by the US government and is taken to an underground facility.  She has a number of amazing abilities, including the ability to communicate with others through her dreams (which, I realized some time ago, sounds an awful lot like astral projection).

Well, when she’s down there, she is experimented on and observed by scientists.  The side-project consists of the notes and observations written by the scientists.  The side-project is really fun because one of the scientists is a snobby European who is a lot of fun to write.

That scientist also happens to be a sex-addict and a rapist.  This is actually important to the story, I promise, but I don’t want to spoil it.  There are rape scenes, and all of them were pretty graphic, but I toned most of them down, except for the last one.  I felt, and feel so bad for writing them, but on the other hand, why sweep these issues under the rug?  I don’t want people to get off on these scenes…I just want people to see them for the horror they are, I guess.

I’m also scared to let my fellow conservatives read those scenes, if I ever get around to finishing it enough to send it out to beta readers.  And I am definitely kind of scared to let anyone in my family read them (they can’t wait to read the finished novel).  I don’t want to censor myself or chicken out either, though.

Even an Austrian can be completely ignorant

This is kind of late, but I just had to write some kind of response.  It’s been on my mind, off and on, ever since the election, basically.

I’m just going to leave off how I found this.  I just found it, and it bothered me.  Austrian actor and prime Eurosnob Christoph Waltz went on Austrian TV to lament the election of Donald Trump. It is entirely in German, and this blogger was kind enough to offer this translation:  “This piss-stupid insanity

Now note, this is all a translation.  I do not speak or read German, because I’m a hopelessly ignorant American.  I just wanted to respond to some of the comments he made.

G: You live in Los Angeles, which has been and continues to be Democrat, but it borders on Mexico, where Trump plans to build a wall. You live in Los Angeles. Do you personally experience this division in the city?

W: No. Fortunately not. But in California, support for Trump is more in the North-East. At the border to Mexico, it’s solidly Democrat. The wall for me … I don’t know, it remains to be seen. But I can only say that for me personally, the presence of the many Latinos in Los Angeles is fortunate, because they have a completely different way of life, and a much more direct relationship with life, and with humanity.

I have bolded the bit I found offensive.  Why the hell does he even remain in the US if he thinks Americans don’t have a direct relationship with life and humanity?  What is that supposed to even mean anyway?  What, do we use our iPhones too much?  This is typical Eurosnob speak.  Of course, those poor brown non-Americans are so much better than those fat, disgusting pig Yankees who spend too much money and eat too much food.

I am actually Latino, and I guess I should be flattered by this, but I am not.  Instead, I am pissed off.  And another thing – I highly doubt this two-time Oscar winner even has many “Latino” friends and the only “Latinos” he meets are the ones that come around to fix his plumbing or mow his lawn.

Americans want the wall because there are too many Mexicans (and other non-Americans) in this country.  They aren’t just “taking our jobs” – they’re costing the taxpayers billions of dollars every year.  We have to feed them, clothe them, shelter them and educate their children – in their native language no less.  The United States is already in deep financial shit as it is, and these people, who have absolutely nothing but contempt for American laws and cultrue, are not helping.

A great deal of these illegals are also pretty violent, but I’ll get to that later.  Did Katie Steinle’s killer have a more direct relationship with life and humanity, Mr. Waltz?  I’d pay good money to have him answer that one.

G: Much has been said about social networks and the media in the US. There was massive campaigning there, and every one of Trump’s utterances was re-hashed. What is the significance of this? As an actor, you know how important PR is. Did social networks, the media, make Trump even bigger than he already was?

W: Absolutely. Absolutely, because the so-called social networks have, there are now a number of studies about this, they also have a high anti-democratic and undemocratic energy. And I doubt that this piss-stupid insanity would have been able to spread that quickly without the so-called social networks. Because it would always have gone through a bit of a critical filter. As much as one can deplore the degeneration of journalism in the digital age. If there is a critical mind in the background that does not even edit, but just filters, it already looks different. If it needs to be printed or finished for television. On the internet, everyone can spread everything immediately, no matter what it’s based on. And obviously, that makes it much easier to spread negative content, because it’s always like that.

I just chuckle at this one.  He’s an old man who is terrified of social media – after all, he stated that Facebook is a step towads fascism.  Sigh, yet another person who misuses the word “fascism.”  Look, I’m not that enthusiastic about social media either, but I’m not stupid.  If I read something, I verify it.  Instead of blaming “fake news” sites, he blames it on social media spreading all this “piss-stupid insanity.”  God, he lives in quite the bubble.  Christoph Waltz is a true SJW.  Instead of questioning what he’s read about the election so far, he doubles down.  It’s obviously someone else’s fault.  He, and all the other “moderate” liberals (in another interview, he actually called himself a moderate liberal, which is a laugh, considering how he enthusiastically defended Roman Polanski, of all people) still believe they’re right.

Anti-democratic?  Undemocratic?  Does he not realize that first of all, the United States government is not a democracy?  We are a republic, with democratic elements.  Democracy is nothing more than mob rule.  Note how he does not elaborate on the nature of this anti-democratic nature.  Or what this “piss-stupid” insanity is.  Just that someone on this earth does not think like him, so therefore they must be insane, stupid and anti-democratic.

And he goes to defend the traditional media, because they can shape the message before it goes to print, and that somehow makes it better.  The guy is either deluded or clueless.

G: Does this result in a responsibility for the culture industry or for stars who have hundreds of thousands or even more than a million followers? To call for moderation in social networks and prevent further division?

W: Of course I see a responsibility. But I always see a responsibility. I don’t see more of a responsibility than usual, just because of Trump. I argue that if we had been conscious of this responsibility earlier, then maybe we could have … maybe not changed anything, but maybe at least raise awareness. Because honestly, I see it as a deficit in awareness to fall for this kind of demagoguery.

Here’s where it gets a little scary.  He does not like social media at all, and has absolutely no social media accounts.  That might possibly be due to the fact that he’s no good with computers anyway.

I bolded the part that really concerns me.  And what would that awareness be?  Supporting Hillary?  Once again, he does not elaborate, and the interviewer just lets it go, without pressing him to defend his crazy opinions.

The scary part is that he, like every other liberal Hollywood asshat, feels he has the responsibility to “raise awareness” – also known as “promoting propaganda.”  So he’s apparently totally okay with being a propagandist.  God forbid any American expect our government to enforce its immigration laws.

Oh, but he must be butthurt about all the mean things Trump said.

G: In his first speech, Trump has appeared conciliatory. It was a bit of a change that he went through there on stage. Do we not have to presume his innocence, give him a bit of time and say we have to wait and see, and we judge him by what he actually does?

W: You mean we declare everything he has said so far as unsaid and say forget it, it does not matter? He did not call for torture, he did not say that if one has atomic weapons, one might as well use them, he did not say Mexicans are rapists and drug dealers? I mean, the list goes on forever. We just pretend this has never been mentioned and say maybe he’s actually a fun guy? Why? What has been said cannot be unsaid. And Obama himself said in his meeting with Trump that we have to work on making Trump feel welcome and that if he succeeds, the country succeeds. Really? If Trump succeeds with what he announced during his campaign, then we have reached the end.

Liberals are completely incapable of avoiding hypocrisy.  They are unable to be anything but hypocrites.  He is very much the kind of “subjective morals” kind of guy, especially given that ever since his Oscar-winning turn in Inglorious Basterds, he’s been typecast as a villain.

First of all, no, Trump did not call for torture, did not say that if one has atomic weapons that one should just use them, and he did not say that all Mexicans were rapists and drug dealers.

Question.  Why is it okay for you to automatically write off Donald Trump (and Dick Cheney, who he believes is an “evil” Vice President) as a complex human being, but we’re not supposed to care that Roman Polanski has evaded justice for over thirty fucking years after drugging and anally raping a teenage girl?  Why must I pretend that Polanski has never raped a teenage girl and that he’s a really fun guy?  What Polanski has done cannot be undone.  Why should any of us ignore it?  Because you worked with him?  Excuse me, but no.  Not just no, but fuck no.

Yes, if Trump does succeed, the country will be better off.  Hell, Trump’s not even in office and he’s saved 1,000 jobs.  He’s getting shit done.  Maybe it’s the end for your brand of libertine globalism, but it isn’t the end for America.

G: The first people to congratulate Trump were right-wing populists and despots. They were jubilant and they now expect a boost from Trump’s victory in America. You are what one could call a wanderer between cultures: you live in America, but you also live in London and in Berlin. You know Brexit, you know both those systems. As someone who really knows both sides well, do you think there is going to be this boost for right-wing populists in Europe?

W: Yes, those right-wing populists are sure to try and benefit from this media hype. That pathetic Brexit person Farage has already presented himself here and has tried to somehow heat up opinions by saying it would be a “Brexit plus plus”. Unfortunately, he was effectively right, there is no arguing with that. But the political systems are so different that it’s impossible to compare one and the other. And Mr Farage would have to explain to me again what organisation it is that the USA want to leave for their own benefit. I know that Trump has announced he would cancel or even just ignore trade agreements, to destabilise NATO if the partners don’t pay – which effectively means that he wants to turn the United States Army into an army of mercenaries. All those things … It is only tempting to make a comparison if one is after a headline.

I suppose that “despot” would happen to be Vladimir Putin.  Fair enough.  But it’s not like Kim Jong-Un is calling Trump and offering his congratulations.  I’ll get to the bolded bit in a minute.  That one also pissed me off real good.

Okay, this bit makes it painfully obvious that he just does not know what he’s talking about.  Waltz does not think that Brexit has anything to do with Trump’s victory.  Uh, yes it does.  The two events have one important thing in common:  the people’s rejection of globalism.  DUH.  How could you not know that?  I’m not saying you have to agree with it or approve of either Trump’s victory or Brexit, but how can you not know what drove these events in the first place?

And he has some bizarre, personal vendetta against Nigel Farage.  He needs to get over it.  Jesus.

So, on to the bolded bit.  Waltz clearly has no respect for the US armed forces.  He is already on record stating that, as far as he’s concerned, the US Marine uniform has the same significance to him as the Nazi uniform.  My advice to you, Mr. Waltz, if you figured out how to turn on your computer and navigate to my humble little blog:  don’t say that shit to any American.  You never know if the person you’re talking to is a veteran, and if they are, and you say that in their presence, they’ll kick your scrawny ass back to Vienna.

But NO, that’s not what Trump meant.  At all.  Trump expects the NATO nations that aren’t actually paying the money they agreed to pay when they joined the pact in the first place to, oh, I dunno, PAY UP.  Are you at all aware of his actual postion on the matter?  The United States is BROKE.  I don’t know how many times I have to say it.  We can’t afford this shit anymore.  We certainly can’t afford the archaic and obsolete NATO anyway, and no, we shouldn’t have to send our troops to go bail out some European country when they aren’t even paying their fair share.  Trump said that until these countries start paying what they promised to pay, we might not bother anymore.  They’ll have to defend themselves.  That hardly makes the US armed forces a fucking mercenary force, you asshole.

And the very last bit – get scared, y’all.

G: One more question to Hollywood: Hollywood is an opinion maker. Does the film industry need to have a stronger and more courageous way of dealing with the topic of right-wing populism?

W: Yes. Absolutely. We all need a stronger and more sensible approach to this topic. We all need to start to carefully think about how we want to shape our community and what we can bring to the table. Hollywood is an opinion maker, but Hollywood is also a multi-billion-dollar business. Hollywood has not been led by responsible opinion makers and critical thinkers for a long time. Instead, it is led by multinational corporations whose accountants and business managers dictate more or less where it’s heading. Now, that sounds worse than it is … Or maybe it is worse than it sounds, I don’t know. In any case, a lot will happen within the so-called independent scene in reaction to this.

Vox Day was RIGHT!!!  SJWs, after they lie, they double down!  They always fucking double down!  This is WHY Trump one!  Or at least one of the many reasons he won!  Nobody but snotty liberals on either coast is interested in Hollywood as an opinion maker.  Of course, opinion making is code for propagandizing.

Okay okay, so in another interview, he complained about people complaining about how the public expects historical films and films based on true stories to be accurate.  He said this mostly during the promotion of the film Big Eyes.  No, Walter Keane did not speak with a nasal Austrian accent, and yet the director, Tim Burton, felt that expecting Waltz to actually speak like an American when playing an American was unnecessary.  Waltz also felt that it was unnecessary to acknowledge that yes, Walter Keane actually did some of his own artwork.

So when he performs in films like Django Unchained and Big Eyes, he’s not making historical documentaries or biographies.  Nah, accuracy be damned, and yet, he now expects film studios to continue to promote the inaccurate garbage they’ve been promoting for decades because there are still people in the US capable of thinking for themselves regardless of what Hollywood has to say about anything.

So,  less comic-book blockbusters and more stupid propaganda like Selma and Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave and Obvious Child and The Butler (especially this one, as the titular character didn’t actually hate the Reagans at all) and all those dreary anti-war films of the Bush era.  There’s loads of films I could list, but you get the point.  There’s so many it’s hard to keep track of them all, and before you freak out about Selma, my grandfather is black and grew up in the segregated South, and even he said that that movie was a load of crap.

He believes that independent films will continue to push the decidedly false liberal narrative and hopefully save the day, or some such nonsense.

One of the absolute worst aspects of American society is how much power Hollywood has, and how overwhelmingly leftist our public education is (from kindergarten all the way through graduate school).  That shit got Obama elected.  That shit also got Trump elected in a way because people are sick of it.

Hollywood was firmly in the tank for Hillary.  They worked so hard to get her elected – for decades now, almost every single female president character was inspired by her.  A great deal of positive political female characters were inspired by her.  Hillary got celebrity endorsements left and right.  Dozens of newspapes across the nation endorsed her.  Hell, fashion magazines like Vogue endorsed her!

And yet it amounted to absolutely nothing.  She lost in an electoral landslide.  You must be a special kind of stupid to think that doubling-down is going to improve your situation.  Spoiler alert:  it won’t.

These people won’t stop.  They won’t rest.  They’ll continue putting out this stupid toxic crap and they’ll attack us and call us bigots who don’t have a direct relationship with life and humanity.  They’ll never learn.  The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.  That’s what Ida B. Wells said.  She’s so right.  This isn’t over, and we’ve got to keep fighting.

Hey snobs – you’re on notice!

One of the things that pleases me greatly about this past election is the complete and utter repudiation of the snobs in our society.  You know.  The ones that live in big cities and on either coasts.  Some of them are Canadians living in Toronto or wherever.  Any cosmopolitan, brightly lit city – that’s where they’re born and bred.

I like cities, by the way.  I don’t hate them but what I do hate is the preening, self-righteous snobbery that some people carry in their black little hearts.

Trump is loud, obnoxious, plain-spoken, boorish, arrogant, etc.  Oh, he’s so awful!  Nobody thought he would win.  I didn’t think he would win.  In fact, I was so scared of the election that I didn’t even watch the results on election night (and I wish I had).  I spent the evening playing Elder Scrolls Online.  I had my iPad with me, and I checked it every now and then, so I knew it was happening, but kept myself distracted.

Anyway, he won and I spent the entire week being completely shocked.  It happened.  It really happened, and all the bullshit slung from the mainstream media and assorted leftist snobs (and the obnoxious NeverTrumpers) amounted to absolutely nothing.

You can sneer at our pro-life avatars, our tri-corn hats and our flag-waving all you want.  At the end of the day, you’re still a loser.  President Trump is our middle finger to you and your delicate sensibilities.  Now go away into obscurity where you belong.  We don’t need your approval.

Why I am self-publishing

Shortly before the election, I found this on Reddit:  Racist YA novel receives backlash.  This was posted at the cesspit known as Oh No They Didn’t, a LiveJournal community dedicated to celebrity gossip.  I used to visit that site frequently but after the 2008 election, I stopped, and I haven’t really missed it since.

I posted this link on a private Facebook group when I first saw it (probably the first few days of November) and we discussed it.  I pre-ordered the book.

I was wandering around Reddit when I saw the dormant thread on the YAlit subreddit, and wanted to know what was up.  Had anything changed?  I had thought that the author’s publisher, HarlequinTEEN would push it back to remove the “racist” crap from it and I was right.  The book is no longer available for pre-order, although the book’s GoodReads page is intact (complete with liberal assholes crowing over this latest “victory”).

The book was called The Continent by Keira Drake.  The blurb:

For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two “uncivilized” nations remain perpetually at war. Most citizens tour the Continent to see the spectacle and violence of battle—a thing long vanished in the Spire. For Vaela—a smart and talented apprentice cartographer—it is an opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast, frozen land.

But an idyllic aerial exploration is not to be had: the realities of war are made clear in a bloody battle seen from the heli-plane during the tour, leaving Vaela forever changed. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, she has no illusions about the true nature of the danger she faces. Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home—but first, she must survive.

According to some GoodReads reviewers that have actually read advanced reader copies of the book, the “uncivilized” nations are dark-skinned people whose cultures are heavily inspired by Native American culture.

Insert eyeroll here.  These are fictional characters — fictional lands, fictional cultures, fictional history, fictional language, etc.  FICTION.  Note the bit about the so-called uncivilized nations being at war with each other:  “uncivilized” is in quotation marks.  What does that say to me?  It says that the main character will start out with the notion these nations are uncivilized, but that when she meets people from these nations, her original opinion will be challenged.  I mentioned this as much in my own “review” on GoodReads (the book was available on NetGalley, but is no longer available), even though I had not read it.

And now the publisher has decided to scrub it of anything these ridiculous SJWs deem “racist” or otherwise “problematic”:  HarlequinTEEN’s statement on The Continent by Keira Drake.  For some odd reason, their statement is a JPEG image.  Weird.

The big five publishers, and others, are run entirely by whiny asshole SJWs.  They’re going to censor this chick’s debut novel because of a bunch of whiners who can’t handle the words “savage” and “uncivilized” — people who cannot handle history and the truth.  I have absolutely no intention of publishing my novel with any of these clowns.  I am going to self-publish.  Of course, I need to actually finish my book first (and how pathetic am I; I actually whipped up a cover for the book – it’s my third cover for the book.  Jesus.).

I did read one review that was actually decent and fair.  It doesn’t sound like a book I’d really like, but that’s not really the point.  The point is that the publisher and the author crumbled before the hysterical nonsense of the SJWs.  If they don’t want to read the book, then don’t.  But why censor the book to please these brats?

I read through this whole affair, noting that it happened merely days before the election, and I thought, “well, no wonder Trump got elected.  There goes yet another reason for his popularity.”

These people are beyond parody.

Happy Thanksgiving

I am grateful to be an American.  I am grateful to have been born in this great country, and I am grateful to live here.

I have Native American ancestry on both sides of my family, and I still feel this way, regardless of what happened in the past.  No nation has a perfectly peaceful, unselfish history.  Every nation on Earth has had a checkered history, and the US is no different.

Even after all the sad things (the unintentional genocide of Natives, which happened largely because the white settlers brought diseases that the natives had absolutely no immunity to; slavery, discrimination, etc), this country is still the best thing to have happened to the human race.  I am absolutely sure of it.  This country is at least one of the first to declare that we are born with many rights, and that they are not granted to us by some earthly king or emperor.  That’s amazing.  That’s pretty much all the reason I need to love this country, really.

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the US, and the favorite pastime of all liberals is to bitch and whine about how “Thanks(taking)giving” – in other words, completely and utterly trash the US, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the War for Independence, the Bill of Rights, and white people in general.  It’s fucking racist and I’m sick of it.

Furthermore, the notion that white people of today have native blood on their hands is absolute and abject nonsense.  Not every single white person living today have ancestors that even lived in the original thirteen colonies.  Many white people’s families emigrated to the US long after this nation was founded, including our President-elect Donald Trump (his grandfather was from Germany).  No white person living today needs to feel bad over what someone else’s ancestors did three hundred years ago.  The same goes for the direct descendants of the people that settled this lands during the colonial era and the nation’s earliest years.

So today, I am going to sit at the dinner table with my family and do what we usually do – pray, be thankful, talk about the good times, and eat way too much food (especially dessert; we have a nine layer chocolate cake and I can’t wait to have a slice).  My Native American side will not be angry at my white side for “taking” land that was never mine in the first place, me having been born long AFTER the so-called invasion.  My black side is not going to be angry at my white side, or any other white people because of slavery, something I did not have to endure because it happened long before I was even born (and hell, was ENDED long before I was born).  As for my white side (I guess I have some white ancestry, since I have Spanish blood on both sides of my family)…well, my white side won’t be racist or whatever.  Point is, I respect history but I am not going to take it personally.  None of that shit happened to me.  Why hate white people for it?  I don’t get it.

Anyway, if anyone is reading this, I hope you have a fabulous and tasty Thanksgiving.

So it begins

Alrighty then.  After moping about my horrible week, I decided to do some reading.  After all, it’s a much needed distraction given all the drama that’s going on in my life at the moment.

My novel, Nemesis, deals with a lot of themes.  One of them is sexual abuse.  I am sorry if the topic bothers you, and normally I do not bother with trigger warnings, but I will for right now, because people I respect actually need them (and not the silly special snowflakes that think they’ve been sexually assaulted simply because some fat burly dude whistled at them — NO, that is not sexual assault).  The main character endures both physical and sexual abuse while in captivity, and the subject of pedophiles versus ephebophiles comes up.

Which brings me to this op-ed I read in the New York Times, – a revolting rag of a newspaper.  I don’t read it often, but I was poking around r/The_Donald and saw this op-ed.  It is called “Pedophilia:  A Disorder, Not a Crime“.  Yeah, tell that to the victims of pedophiles.  Go ahead and read it (it is hosted at archive.is, so that you don’t have to deal with their “you can only read a few articles for free per month” thing, and so that they don’t get any traffic).  I don’t even want to quote the author’s words.  They’re revolting.

The only thing I could possibly agree with is that yes, we need to find a way to deal with pedophiles that haven’t actually acted out their desires.  I still do not buy that they cannot help themselves, but if someone is honest enough to admit that they have these feelings, we should be able to “fix” this person before they actually act out.

But consider the arguments in the op-ed.  Consider the language and rhetoric about these so-called “virtuous pedophiles” – sound familiar?  I bet it does.  Oh, they live in fear of losing their jobs, etc.  Oh, they’re afraid they’ll be shunned by society.  I won’t say any more, though.  I think you understand what I mean anyway.

The author concludes her op-ed by insisting that this will actually help prevent kids from being molested, and that it won’t be easier for pedophiles to plead insanity, etc.  But that’s not the point.  The point is that opinion pieces like this (and the one that appeared on Salon’s website not too long ago) are designed to ease pedophilia into the mainstream by drumming up sympathy for them.  State that it’s something they cannot help – in this case, it’s a mental disorder – and then generate some crocodile tears by lamenting how difficult the lives of these poor widdle souls are, but reassure people that the pedos won’t get away with harming anyone.

Of course, all they need is the sympathy.  Making it okay for pedophiles to act out their sick desires will come later, once they’ve convinced society that pedophiles need to be protected from “hateful bigots” or something.

They said the slippery slope didn’t exist.  They said that anyone that dared to even mention the slippery slope was a hateful bigot, and yet, here we are, still merrily sliding down the Slippery Slope of Doom.

It’s not like I’m advocating violence against anyone, because I am not.  I am not advocating discrimination against anyone, nor am I advocating for the “removal” of their “rights.”  I’m just pointing out the obvious, is all.  The key difference with pedophiles and the kind of ephebophiles that like screwing underage teens is that these people truly hurt children.  I can live with all the rest of it, but allowing pedophilia to be mainstreamed?  No, that’s where I draw the line.  I refuse to live in a world where diddling little kids is okay.  It isn’t, no matter how badly these “virtuous pedophiles” feel about their sick sexual desires.

The past two days have been awful

Wow, the past two days have been pretty horrible.  I don’t want to get into the details because frankly, it’s humiliating (and has nothing to do with politics…at least, I don’t think so).  I know I need to work on my book but I just have no motivation or confidence in myself anymore.

“Arrival” was surprisingly pro-life

I saw the movie Arrival last night, and overall I liked it.  A couple of things kind of bugged me (this sequence where a couple of soldiers are listening to some Alex Jones type of “anti-government” show – it inspires them to do something bad.  I won’t spoil it, though), but the end was amazing.

I don’t want to spoil it for you.  It was just awesome, and it made me think about my own novel, of which will be pretty pro-life, in addition to having some other themes.

I actually did do some work on the novel yesterday, and I plan on doing some more work today.  In all honesty, it is pretty much finished.  I am adding stuff to it, and that might not be a good idea, but I think the additions make it stronger.  Plus, my writing needs a lot of work.

Whew

I’ve been meaning to do this forever, and I’ve finally gotten it done.  FINALLY.  Now I have a personal blog, at this domain I’ve been paying for forever, and I’ve even added a page with the summaries of the three books I am currently working on.

Now comes the long, arduous work of learning how to create my own WordPress theme.  I already have the basics of web design down, so this should be interesting, and hopefully not too challenging.  Sigh.  I have a lot of work ahead of me.

As for my novel…Nemesis is nearly done.  Well, the first draft was finished a few months ago.  Now I am working on the second draft – adding more scenes, cleaning up some of the others, and watching out for misspellings and other errors.  I don’t feel satisfied with it, and I do not know what else to do with it right now.