Friday, January 29, 2021

Friday Roundup #1

Today is my first time trying a Friday round up of thoughts and reading. I do a lot of reading through a single week, but I don't usually share what I read. Starting today, I'm gonna try sharing some of the things I read for others as well. And I'll include one callback to an older post of mine on the blog.

-- From the blog --

Moderating Social Networks is a blog post I made several years ago and is still very relevant. Maybe even more so now. After it had been up for a while, someone stumbled on my post and it went mildly viral on Google+ and Diaspora at the time. It addresses the idea of moderation on a social network -- a pretty heavy piece for my blog.

-- From around the web --

This roughly 3-minute read addresses those who claim to be tired of being politically correct and how that might not mean what some think it means. It's pretty on the nose and also sort of compliments my "from the blog" post above.

This 5-minute read is about a Ayana Lage's personal experience of trying to get help and treat her mental illness, while part of a church that was inept at helping her. It mirrors similar experiences to my own, when I discovered I was suffering with mental illness (which would later be determined to be bipolar and anxiety).

This long read deals with something heavy and relevant, white supremacism and law enforcement in America. However, this article was published in 2017. And even more surprising to some, it pulls from an FBI report published on October 17, 2006, during the Bush administration. I stumbled on this article in 2017 and saved the FBI report to my cloud drive for further reading, as a future book in the Mercedes Masterson Detective Stories tackles some of these very issues. If you are interested in this article, might I suggest that it is important as well to read the FBI report they link to -- here is a link to that pdf

Conclusion of Friday Roundup

Being this is the first Friday Roundup, I'm a little fuzzy on the details. I like the resurfacing of some of my old work, but also sharing some of the other things I read during a week. I've been saving articles and blog posts for years using the Pocket app. It's been a treat for me to scroll through and find some of the older ones and read back through them, and then share them with you all. It also gives you a glimpse into the kinds of things I read -- lots of nonfiction content. As a writer, the cliche goes that I'm supposed to be reading lots of books, but I find I read more nonfiction content most (and not always in books). 

This week's roundup brought a look into social network moderating, political correctness as it partained to people who just want to be mean without consequence, mental health and the church, and white supremacism in law enforcement. That's a pretty heavy line up. 

Feel free to sound off in the comments about any or all of the articles and blog posts. And let me know what you think about my Friday Roundup idea. Are you here for it? Do you look forward to more? What would you like to see me possibly add or change? Sound off in the comments.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Monday Music #1: I Can't Hear you no More

Every year I tell myself I'm going to do better about blogging. And sometimes I accomplish that, but every year I always want to do better. So, let's make 2021 no different, I guess. 

Starting today, I'm gonna start working on a schedule for blogging. I'll try to put together at least 1-2 blog posts per week. And starting on Mondays, it'll be simple... let's listen to music together. 


Music is so important to my writing. I listen to all kinds of music because I'm a writer. My tastes are all over the spectrum, but also sometimes I listen to stuff that I don't necessarily like but works for what I'm writing. 

I suspect since I'm currently writing the second book in the Mercedes Masterson Detective Stories series, I'll share a few from there.

I Can't Hear you no More by Helen Reddy

The first song in the Monday Music series goes to Helen Reddy, who we recently lost. This is a song I have in my playlist for Jonah of Olympic, second book in the Masterson series.

So, what do you think of this one? Sound off in the comments. Also, I included both the YouTube and Spotify embeds. I wasn't sure what would work best for international guests to the blog. I know YouTube often blocks other countries from listening to music. So, if you aren't from the U.S., please let me know how the playback goes.

Monday, January 11, 2021

What I'm up to and what I'm hoping for

I officially started writing the next book of the Mercedes Masterson series. The new book is currently called Jonah of Olympic. My plan has been to write the first draft from January to end of July. I'm hoping I can get it all done in there, but recognize I may be off by a few weeks based on my experience with the last book. I've written the first four chapters thus far. The length I suspect will be a little longer than Sweet Sixteen Killer was -- as I will have more plot to unravel than the first book. But I always aim for these books to be roughly the same length (short and sweet). 

I'm very excited to be back at it again, although the start is proving to be similarly daunting as the last book when I started. Struggling with the beginning and American politics are in dismay. This was the same as when I started the first book, as I did so just before the 2016 presidential election. I released that book just before last year's presidential election. And writing tonight was a struggle, but a good one, after the events of January 6 and the assault on the Capital. 


I am hoping I can continue to press on with this book, but I'm also hoping we as a nation can step back and reevaulate. Some of us are hellbent on destruction. Some intently and others blindly. My hope is that those who are blindly led would step back and refocus their vision. 

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