What does it mean to be a writer?

If you have never taken the time to make a list of all the roles you use to describe yourself (parent, friend, executive, professional soccer player, etc.) do it right now. It’ll only take a minute or two to rattle off a list of the primary roles you use to describe yourself. Within that list there are likely levels of importance associated with certain roles. Some are common among the general public, some maybe more unique, and even a few uniquely specific to you. One way you can approach this list is to consider if these roles represent who you are, or just what you do. There may be some overlap, but most will be one or the other, probably. I don’t know. That’s not the topic of this post. I’d like to ponder what it means to be a writer.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince January of this year I have decided to respond to the question “what do you do for work?” or some variation of it, with “I’m a writer” instead of “I’m looking for a job.” Both are true; I am looking for traditional employment while I employ myself as a writer and work to establish a career of it. Last Friday I read an article at Ned’s Blog (I’ve mentioned Ned and his blog here before, I highly recommend his work) about the “alternative” lifestyle of writing. Ned points out some of the insecurities that writers sometimes have when declaring themselves to be writers. One of these is the weight of the social perception that writing isn’t a legitimate career choice… Continue reading

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Considering Organized Religion Part III

Here is the third installment for my organized religion theme. If you haven’t seen the first or second post, go read them first.

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In Conclusion

I tried to present the arguments for and against organized religion without my personal bias expressed, but that is probably impossible. While I can understand the logic behind the arguments against organized religion, I do not believe the argument at all. I attend a very well organized religion every Sunday, and while I am not perfect, there has never been a time when I claimed to be. This does not excuse impropriety, but it does remove the label of hypocrisy. Sometimes the people at church teach something they haven’t quite mastered yet in life. This is no hypocrisy. It is good to believe in principles of better living and hope to achieve them in practice, while still struggling to do so. This is what a good church can do for you, it can help you to realize the good principles in practice. Continue reading

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Monday Morning Make Me Laugh 13

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Considering Organized Religion Part II

In my last post I began a theme considering organized religion. I presented an argument against organized religion. This post offers the argument in behalf of organized religion. My next post will sum it all up with my personal feelings on the subject. If you missed the last one, read it here, then read this post and comment below with any thoughts you have on the subject. Thanks!

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Considering Organized Religion Part I

English: Religious symbols from the top nine o...

English: Religious symbols from the top nine organised faiths of the world according to Major world religions From left to right: 1st Row: Christian Cross, Jewish Star of David, Hindu Aumkar 2nd Row: Islamic Star and crescent, Buddhist Wheel of Dharma, Shinto Torii 3rd Row: Sikh Khanda, Bahá’í star, Jain Ahimsa Symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The so-called “organized religions” of the world sometimes get casually dismissed. For the purpose of this article (includes three separate posts), organized religion means a group of people voluntarily associating as a congregation with a common belief structure adhered to and common tenets of faith practiced, organized by one name with a central leader. This could be at the global level with Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, for example, or local by denomination – such as Baptist or Catholic – temple, or mosque. There are many reasons not to align with a church, just like in the minds of others there are many reasons to do so. It is simply an individual decision to make whether you will or won’t affiliate with a specific denomination or faith.

In this post I will present an argument against organized religion. The second part to this theme will present an argument for organized religion, and finally I will share my personal feelings on the subject in the third post.

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It’s like Twilight, but with Zombies

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Hanging out @ Melbourne Zombie Shuffle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few months ago I was reading a post on Ned’s Blog, one of my favorite places for intelligent, thought provoking commentary. Oh, and humor, I like it for the humor as well. My review for a book that doesn’t actually exist was posted on March 21st. That’s the same day I invented the flux capacitor, and also the same day I had a conversation with a friend regarding topics for me to write a book about. My friend suggested a psychological approach to explaining the trendy fascination with zombies. I’m pretty sure that has been done. But it started me thinking about the popularity of Twilight and wondering if the same story could be told with zombies instead of vampires. The next day I read Ned’s post and I knew what I had to do.

It started with a comment on Ned’s post, to test the waters of the internet with my idea. If a zombie approach to Twilight would be successful then I would know by the response I received from one other adult male who had just written a spoof book review on the subject. The response was positive so I started writing. Initially I expected it would only take me a week to write a full parody of Twilight with zombies instead of vampires, but that was way too optimistic. Continue reading

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Monday Morning Make Me Laugh 12

box seatsEarly this year I added the comic gallery page to my blog. At first I was just updating the page whenever I came up with a new comic. Then one day I realized that when I updated the comic gallery there wasn’t any notification sent to anyone that an update had been made. Another realization came to me, along the lines of the old “if a tree falls in the woods and no one is around…” bit; I realized that if no one knew my comic page was updated then no one would see my comics and they simply (figuratively speaking) wouldn’t exist. So I started the Monday Morning Make Me Laugh series. Due to my original formula for posting comics, not all of my comics made it into a Make Me Laugh post. Continue reading

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The Un-Involved American

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This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 26th week, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There was a time when the people living in the U.S. were involved. This time was primarily before the U.S. even existed. Do you think that is a fair claim? Okay, maybe it wasn’t primarily before 1776, but as the pendulum swings, I think involvement by the American citizenry was more pronounced in that time frame than it is today. We’ve swung away from citizen involvement.

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Where the road not taken crosses the calf path

Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken", ...

Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”, 1874 – 1963 (Photo credit: Tony Fischer Photography)

Is it safe to assume that most of us are familiar with Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken? Safe or not, that is the assumption I am going to make. Let me refresh your memory:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference

In Frost’s poem he tells the story of a traveler who faces a decision regarding what path he will follow in the woods. The traveler chooses the less frequented path and declares that it made all the difference in his life having done so. What does this mean? Is the unknown path better than the well trodden thoroughfare? Continue reading

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