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T-ainm an omen: Omen an t-ainm: Would Any Other Name Smell As Sweet?

“... [before] I’m accused of a complicated plot that I’m not mentally capable of thinking up.” — Richard Jeni Philosopher Peter Carruthers [1]  recently suggested that there is no such thing as conscious thought . I’m beginning to lean that direction myself. Our memories are suspect by any applicable measurement. They are suspect both in accuracy [2]  and existence [3] . [4]  There is a good chance that up to thirty-percent of your memories right now are false. Not false as in incorrect , but rather false as in —  never happened . So we have this two-thirds of our memories telling us, ‘ it’s all good, we got this, ’ and we don’t give the rest much thought afterward. As a writer, probably just like you, I give certain elements of my stories a level of focus and detailed attention that other aspects may not receive. These aspects are important to me, personally, and likely why I’m writing the story at all — fiction or nonfiction. For me,  one of those places — though not so element

What Kind of Mood Do You Write In?

Looking across the storyscape, right before I begin to write. Just at the point of visualization (because I have to type). Have to remain present. Keep it loose. Don't let it drag me into a deep morning of daydreams and what-ifs. Won't get anything written then.  There is a tension there, at that balance of the optics. The kind of tension that gets your leg shifting. Gets into the skin. Sizzles. You want to keep it close, but like the eye-candy, this tension needs to be maintenanced for distance and intent. Some things just run off and don't tell you. Don't say a word. Just sulk out the backdoor -- some even leave their key. On the stair. Like it be ritual or something. Like you were watching when they snuck out.  Then you spend three hours searching for the remote because they left it in their room again. You're glad they're gone. Now you can get some sleep instead of being up and down all night looking for them because they didn't say anythin

Running Singing Strand Bird On The Shore

I could sit for hours listening to the “bubbling” of the strand-bird; but that’s because I am melancholy. If I weren’t melancholy I’d hardly like it, I think. The tide’s at ebb and the rock-pools are full of water. Beyond is space—the yellow of the sand and the grey of the sky—and the pipe-note “bubbling” between. A strange, yearning sound, like nothing one hears in towns; bringing one into touch with the Infinite, and deep with the melancholy -- the song and my own . It is not that the day be worse than any other. Heads on necks have their own beats and rhythms which have nothing to do with the day, the year or the hour. Will I ever forgive being who I am? It is my one and lonely success. The truth is, we don't like the Truth. Truth has very few friends, and those are suicides. Bubbling notes and sigh-to-silence the wave reached up on the shore. The pipe-note yearns as it runs along the vanishing foam edge. Then back it runs, having forgotten its watch. Or wallet. On

The Lies of Dr. Peter McCullough

Dr. Peter McCullough Anti-vaccine cardiologist was sued, and now risks loss of board certification . Baylor Scott & White Health is seeking $1 million in a lawsuit filed in July against  Peter A. McCullough, M.D., MPH   for allegedly spreading COVID-19 misinformation under the Baylor name in media interviews. The lawsuit alleges that, since leaving Baylor, he “has conducted dozens, if not hundreds, of interviews in print and video appearances” while appearing to hold titles related to Baylor. In February, McCullough left his position as vice chief of internal medicine for cardiovascular disease at Baylor University Medical Center and agreed “not to state that he is employed by or affiliated” with the health system. [Osborne R.  Lawsuit: Former Baylor Scott & White doctor used Baylor title while spreading COVID-19 misinformation . WFAA News, Aug 26, 2021] A District Court has granted a temporary  restraining order  prohibiting any affiliation with the plaintiffs.  McCullough

When It Feels Right: Emotional Connection

Most of the time I'm exploring the topic of Emotional Connection , it is for writing fiction, and making that connection with the reader -- a connection which will allow the reader to slip into immersion with the story -- what those in Psychology call Narrative Transportation.   I'm caught in both worlds today. I've just completed my novel and in the editing phase, but this novel is being published under my name, not a clients/ghostwritten.  To experience narrative transportation, the audience should experience empathy with the characters. Social psychologists Geoff Kaufman and Lisa Libby argue that when audiences take the perspectives and experiences of the characters in the story they “lose themselves and assume the identity of the character, adopting the character’s thoughts, emotions, goals, traits, and actions and experiencing the narrative as though they were that character.”  As postulated by Green and Brock (2002), imagery indeed seems to play an impor