Category Archives: The art and craft of writing

Fuzzy Logic | Just another blogger blogging

Here is a great description applicable to me and likely most folks who blog about current events. This, from the Award-Winning Fuzzy Logic:

but what’s been happening has left me enraged, so much so that I simply wasn’t able to formulate even a rant. Imagine! I’m calm now, and ready to write, but it turns out that I’m too late (day late, dollar short. Yet again. Heh.). There are loads of far better writers and thinkers out there who’ve said what I would have liked to have said or what I meant to say or what I would have said if I’d blogged sooner,

via Fuzzy Logic | Just another blogger blogging.

Her stuff is really good to read.

Latest reveiw on Amazon nails my intent with By Force Of Patriots

woah. it rocks. packed with information and action.

That’s the headline from a review by a reader in Texas. He went on to say:

this book is not a quick read, nor for the faint of heart. the author brings up everything that either pissing you off, or making you wonder what the hell is going on in this country. mos def not PC. set in the coming years after the “next four” obama years, it paints a picture of americans who were too sleepy to understand the issues, while diving deep into those issues, and still has some space for action scenes. if you wondered what is getting people excited, this well written book has got it’s finger on the pulse of the real america. i recommend!

That pretty much sums up my intent and great effort in writing the story.

So, I made the following comment after his review:

Thank you kraemertwinz, your review has accurately captured my intent and my efforts. I did not delve into Marbury v. Madison, the District of Columbia v. Heller, Wickard v. Filburn, Roe v. Wade, Democracy and Distrust, Liberty and Tyranny, and various inane federal regulations with the hope that people would call this story an easy read.

Instead, what I tried to do is build an exciting story of human struggle around the very constitutional issues tearing at our republic. And in that, I tried to put my finger, as you say, on the pulse of those Americans who feel somewhat betrayed by a country they see slipping away.

I also note with interest a growing number of readers from Texas…

Spell chequer – Eye halve a spelling chequer…

My editor and soon-to-be co-author Kip Allen put me on to this. After he had found about the fifth or sixth misspelling in my articles for American Thinker, errors that remained even after I used spell checking software, he sent me this:

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a quay and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
It’s rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
It’s letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

Poetry – Martha Snow – Spell chequer – Eye halve a spelling chequer.

Still working on Alinsky Rule 14 article…

I’m big into the revision process. It seems I can always make it a little better…

My bosses at law firms often were pretty upset with me, as, by the time they got back to me on a draft, I’d already rewritten it and was standing at their door with a new version…

What was I supposed to do? Not revise it when I had the time? Wait for long periods while a boss took off early to golf?