A South Carolina couple was arrested yesterday for having sex inside a display shed at a Home Depot.Emily Craig, 20, and Shaun Bowden, 31, were nabbed after cops were called to the store in North Charleston around 8:40 AM.
During subsequent questioning of the duo, “it became apparent that they were engaged in sexual intercourse within the shed.” Clearly not ALL fifty shades of gray were involved here.
Half Life has been a challenging novel because it's science fiction -- and dare I say, a unique science fiction story in a genre that seems to be populated with the same sort of story with a twist. Writing Science fiction is more difficult for me than writing stories like White Powder which is only partially fiction and is based on actual characters. One friend of mine who served with CIA in Viet Nam read White Powder and he told me that it caused him to flash back and have disturbing dreams. I took that as a distinct compliment.
Unlike the world of White Powder (Laos circa 1960), Half Life is set in the future when humans are still generally the same, but the situation has changed as it always does in Science Fiction. One of the challenges I'm facing with Half Life is that of writing a young lady (who is not wholly human) into the story. Opus #6 has read some of the early chapters in Half Life and suggests that its some of my best writing. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. The reader decides whether my writing is worth anything or not.
Bloody Mexico, The Old Whore and the yet to be completed third book in the Cartel Wars trilogy all have elements of fact blended with the plot in much the same way as White Powder and The Black Scorpions Novella Series do. I've been working on a Spanish translation of Bloody Mexico (cover below) and doing that right with a translation that holds water both culturally and factually has been more work (than it's worth) than I thought it would be. That project is on hold.
The Black Scorpions Novella #2, Electric Butterknife , is all but done and only requires me to make another pass before sending it off for editing. I would have completed that before now, but for Half Life that has me in its odd grip. I literally dream about the characters in Half Life, which sounds odd unless you're a writer and you're into your own characters. Where I relied on real people for my other stories, Half Life draws from a different wellspring. It's important to step out of your comfort zone when you write (my opinion only) to see what comes of it, if for no other reason.
Writing is difficult. Writing a book is difficult such that it genuinely holds together. And you never know whether that is the case or not until others read it and decide whether THEY like it or not.
As of January 1, 2017 this blog began to receive anonymous posts. I try not to delete them, but if you want to be taken seriously here, you need to identify yourself, if only by some sort of cryptonym.
Welcome to Virtual Mirage
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad," asked Alice?
"You must be," said the cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
Virtual Mirage - What's on the other side of the mirror? Ask Alice how deep the rabbit hole really goes.
This blog is an extension of MY JOURNEY because sometimes my journey needs more explanation, and sometimes there is more to be said than can be expressed on one ordinary blog.
Sometimes it's politics (very serious), sometimes I address the human condition with a dose of humor, and other times it may seem as if the track is headed in a unique direction. I can be a complicated guy at times.
There are a few things you'll find I consider:
* Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
* Sometimes the questions are complex but the answers are simple.
* Love is the only condition where the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
* Steers do not sign treaties with meat packers. (think on that)
* Taxes are NEVER levied for the benefit of the taxed.
* The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no victory possible in defense.
WHITE POWDER (Novel)
There is something intoxicating about a secret.
THE OLD WHORE (NOVEL)
In the peculiar culture of the Central Intelligence Agency, "old whores" are people who will do whatever it takes to get the job done, irrespective of the cost.
EXILES FROM EDEN (NOVEL)
Sparks fly as two star-crossed lovers meet. He runs toward trouble as she yearns for something missing. And it ends in a flight from and toward justice.
Today, I balance work and play as much as anyone can. All things remaining equal, play is more important. Life is short - it's important to make every day count for something, if only to yourself.
I'm a former tinker/tailor/soldier/sailor who has now decided that maybe it really wasn't all done for nothing.
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