Friend Asked: How to Find an Agent

Recently, I got a message from a friend. He told me a relative was 30,000 words into a novel and wanted to know how to find an agent.

Now, this is a perfectly legitimate question, but the timing was wrong. No agent or editor will show any interest in a … Continue reading

Unpublished Op-Ed on the Slide Fire and Climate Change

During the worst stages of the Slide Fire, I had written the Arizona Republic on the connections between global climate change and the predicted increase of severity of wildfires in the western United States. The slide Fire and climate change, is there a connection? They are apparently not going to … Continue reading

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot

West Virginia Representative David McKinley is a Republican, and drinks the Party Line Kool Aide. In this case, it’s an extremely foolish and short-sighted amendment to a budget bill for the Department of Defense.

The DoD has already begun planning for climate change, but that could end. The McKinley … Continue reading

Slide Fire

Several days ago, when the Slide Fire first broke out, I sent out a tweet predicting it to become a very dangerous major fire. By this morning, the fire was expected to be as large as 8000 acres, with almost 850 firefighters working hard to get some containment.

Oh no. … Continue reading

Pushing the White Male Out – Part Deux

Yesterday, I had a discussion with a person I shall not name. After seeing many of the same same social media statements that I saw, this person asked how I came to my conclusion that this was celebration about inclusion, and not about exclusion.

That’s a very good question, because … Continue reading

Pushing the White Male Out

With the recent Nebula Awards ceremony now in the past, I’m reflecting on the chatter in social media about the fact that no white males won a voter-selected award this year. In fact, one tweet cheered in nearly those exact words: No white males!

Hopefully we’re beyond blog excerpts now … Continue reading

Politics Trumps Science

Politics Trumps Science

There has been a lot of climate change news with the recent issue of yet another climate change report underscoring the dangers of anthropogenic climate change due mainly to release of CO2 into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels. Short-sighted politicians swayed by even shorter-sighted … Continue reading