I really thought I would survive 2020 unscathed. No matter what lunacy or travesty this cursed year brought, they proved no more than a nuisance. The nettlesome news from the pandemic front never did more than scratch the surface of my stoic's disdain for all the hysteria produced 24/7 by so-called experts with mega corporate … Continue reading A Sorrow-laced Season of Joy
There is a lot to the business side of being an independent writer. With the gatekeepers out of our way, it behooves us indie writers, those of us who would like to make a living writing, to treat the business end of writing as seriously as we do the craft end. Of late I have … Continue reading Writer’s Update
DECEMBER 2, 2020 BY JMSMITH Muscular Christianity “Only a week ago he made a young man wade up to the neck in a creek because he had his Sunday clothes on.” Fort Worth Daily Gazette (April 16, 1890) It was a man by the name of Stevens who had such an enmity for the Christian religion that he … Continue reading Muscular Christianity
Considering the dismal year that is 2020, seeing this conjunction will be something like Samwise Gamgee spotting the star of Earendil in Mordor.
A Good Omen for the New Year!
NASA officials say this “great conjunction” won’t be seen again until 2080
As Christmas nears, astronomers are urging citizens to look to the sky in a few weeks to witness something not seen in almost 800 years.
From Earth’s viewpoint, Jupiter and Saturn are getting very close to one another and will look like a double planet when they appear to nearly collide on Dec. 21 — the date of the winter solstice — forming a rare phenomenon known as a “Christmas star.”
“Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to be to one another,” Patrick Hartigan, an astronomer at Rice University, toldForbes.
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To start again on the right foot, I agree that books are commodities subject to market forces. An equally vital observation is that writers don't produce books; publishers do. (Some may object: "What about self-published writers?" Note the dual job description. When an indie writer writes, he's a writer. When he publishes what he wrote, he's … Continue reading What Price, Art?