My Copy: 9780316204323 (image from bn.com) I've browsed through this writing guide before, and if you get long-winded like I tend to get at times (go ahead and snicker, I'll wait), then this is a great tool to read through. It's got a few exercises to try, but isn't a workbook. How to Write Short … Continue reading How to Write Short: Word craft for fast times, by Roy Peter Clark
I got to thinking about what would make me--in this day and age--get really scared out of my wits and insist on protecting myself in the harshest possible way. I finally figured out the scenarios that scare the willies out of me, but perhaps some won't be all that uncommon or unusual as we might … Continue reading Five scenarios where I might shoot (or stab) first & ask questions later.
(image from phys.org) When the Trolls, Swatters and Instigators Crawl Out of Cyberspace...damn. I wondered how long it would take for this "Fake News" train, the swatting, bullying, virus-spreading the army of Trolls on the internet to lead to deaths. India's finding that out firsthand. There are plenty of examples where what trolls and instigators … Continue reading #076–Blitz Q: How much more trolling & fake news would it take for the social media violence going on in India to happen in the U.S. (or is it already starting)?
My Copy: 9781635653366 (image from rodale books) A lot of what we're seeing in the news today has a lot to do with dangerous personalities, and it's a plus to read a book like this. Now, this 2017 edition does briefly mention a certain political figure, but he's not diagnosing him. If anything, clinicians apparently … Continue reading Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself From Harmful People, by Joe Navarro
I think all plasma donation sites should have this on the home page: if you have veins that like to hide or jump at the elbow and you have a hard time giving blood, don't bother showing up to donate plasma!!! That would've saved some time and made my day better. I tried to go … Continue reading Nurses and needles and veins, oh my! Prepping before donating blood or plasma.
My Copy: 9781594394942 (original cover image from amazon.com) This is a must-have for those who feel intensely vulnerable, and those who want to brush up on basic skills against the not-so-skilled in a fight. In desperation, someone will get dirty and just want to win. And some of them may prove too tough to inflict pain … Continue reading Fighting the Pain-Resistant Attacker: Step-By-Step Survival Techniques, by Loren W. Christensen
My Copy: 9780760727812 (image from goodreads.com) I like Jane Austen a lot. I like her characters and her command of language. I do get lost in it once and a while, but I can find my way back through a bit of careful re-reading. That said, I'm surprised that it took me about three tries … Continue reading Persuasion, by Jane Austen
My Copy: 9780374500016 (image from amazon.com) I've read this thin book several times, but I can't help still taking more than a day to read it. I let the language of the new translation soak in a bit. The style is unique in short memoirs, and you're basically right there with Mr. Wiesel as he … Continue reading Night, by Elie Wiesel
So, the third part of this book is a mixed bag of flavors and tastes. This is where some of that "personal preference" comes into play. but with so much variety there's something for everybody to enjoy:
Am I the only one who gives a distinct visual to their writer's block? Maybe I had too much fun reading the books and all, but now I have to admit, when I find myself with "writer's block" and picture it, that's what it looks like: the 2001 Monolith. I mean, it's there. My Block … Continue reading My writer’s block is a lot like the Monolith