You are what you write. Illusion and Reality...I reside in between. Where are you?
UNDERSTAND THAT REDIRECTING CIVILIZATION is a major undertaking. You can write volumes about it and who will listen? But the energy that goes for that purpose cannot be withdrawn. You know that.|
I always felt those Fridays the thirteenth were kind of special.
Today is part of the first week of the Caribbean high season---cruise ships and thousands of tourists. AND IT IS RAINING, like a lot.
The ocean is filled with small churning storms that blow in with drenching rain and then move on. Rough waves and cool for this time of year. No ships here, but they are out there somewhere looking for tropical paradise.
For some folks, the thirteenth might be considered unlucky.
My work is canceled today because of the rain, so I look at it as a holiday!
At WYRM we are running the annual GAUNTLET competition. The Gauntleteers are into their third round. We’re seeing some really exceptional writers this time.
As the United Nations gears up for its next international conference on climate change in Paris next month, a scathing white paper released by a society of French mathematicians calls its fight against global warming “absurd” and “a costly and pointless crusade”.
Here’s some little news items that sort of back up that idea:
>>> NASA Shock Study: Antarctica Is Growing Not Shrinking
Antarctica is growing not shrinking, according to the latest study from NASA. Furthermore, instead of contributing to rising sea levels, the still-very-much-frozen southern continent is actually reducing them by 0.23 mm per year.
>>> Up to 13.5-feetof snow is currently forecast to fall on 14,411-foot Mt. Rainer in Washington state in the next 3 days. That huge snowfall total is due to an atmospheric river that will be “slamming” into Washington this weekend.
>>> Greenland is blowing away all records for ice gain this year. They have gained almost 200 billion tons of snow and ice over the past two months, which is more than 50% above normal. The surface of the ice gained more than 200 billion tons during the previous 12 months.
>>> 2015-2016 Winter forecast along with early snows across Europe, N.E. USA and strange bird migrations from Russia.
Submitted by IWB, on October 14th, 2015
>>> Ice in Hudson Bay this year extending into late August was so thick that emergency delivery by ice breaker to coastal communities by Canadian Coast Guard was activated.
>>> wo major snow storms in Fairbanks combined to make last month the city's second snowiest September in the past 102 years of record keeping. September 2015 recorded 20.9 inches of snow. Only September 1992 has experienced more snow, with 24.4 inches falling that year.
And it’s all your fault!...Stay warm. >>>iggy
Should we stop teaching critical thinking? Is it to linear to with the twenty first century world? What are your thoughts about how children are taught today? What about creativity, are children encouraged to think outside the box?
Australian philosopher John Passmore said half a century ago:
If being critical consisted simply in the application of a skill then it could in principle be taught by teachers who never engaged in it except as a game or defensive device, somewhat as a crack rifle shot who happened to be a pacifist might nevertheless be able to teach rifle-shooting to soldiers. But in fact being critical can be taught only by men who can themselves freely partake in critical discussion.
I think critical thinking involves finding evidence when considering an issue and weighing up the value any conflicting evidence before forming your own opinion. What could be wrong with teaching students how to do that?
So much time, money and effort is spent on Standardized Tests, which frustrate students, teachers, administrators and the legislators who created the mess in the first place. The pressure to pass the test drowns out any other kind of thinking.
One of the issues in today’s world is computer literacy. How to find information, How to find the evidence. It goes way beyond the card file at the local library, which is now computerized.
Many students simply cannot read beyond a third or fourth grade level, and for millions, English is not their first language.
In a world that works, teachers would have students track patterns in information forcing them to look at the information as a process instead of simply information to be memorized and that would help them develop skills of recognition and prediction.
What happened at your school? >>> iggy
What a question. Just using (those initials) in the title sets a red-flag for the ‘watchers’ to take notes. Pay attention to what Mr. Snowden says.
That is a question that is too dangerous to even speculate about why they might come to your door.
Because I write science-fiction and fantasy, I live in an alternate or fantasy world most of the time. In my world there are no agencies with ominous letters for their name.
However my second novel was set in Iran, and I wrote about the people there. Science fiction, but a real place. The Apex Project is out there for all to read. (Amazon, Lulu, iTunes, etc.) That could bring men in black suits to my door. Except it’s only a hatch, since I live in a sailboat.
Illusion is the game, and isn't that what THEY are all about?
Isn’t life interesting? >>>iggy
Do you ever feel like an imposter when you read other writers here on WDC? How do you handle that insecurity that strikes us all?
Learning to write is a very difficult and life-consuming process. I don’t think you ever stop learning. Excellent or good writing is not a secret, it’s all around us, everywhere we look. I believe one of the best ways to learn about writing is to read the best authors. And then read some not-so-good authors and analyze why they are not up to standard. Insecurity should be replaced by an insatiable curiosity and desire to learn.
Then the horror part---read your own writing and compare!
If you read enough, study enough, analyze enough, you will begin the make sense of it all---as it applies to the words you set down. You are not frozen in a state of constant inadequacy, but it requires effort and dedication to move to competency.
Learning to express yourself in a blog is one kind of writing. Story-telling in a short story or novel is a more involved application of learned skills. Technical writing, straight news reporting, and journalistic investigative writing are more variations and each require experience, background and a learning curve. Theatrical play writers, movie script writers and game and animation creators are more branches of the writing world.
Then there are poets and song writers and advertising writers, ghost writers, biographers, historians, and of course the clever folks who write all the propaganda. Do you realize how many kinds of writers contribute to our world?
There’s no limit, find your niche...>>> iggy
Prompt: Think of your blog as a mirror. What does it reveal? Blog name, theme choice, design, bio, posts.... What does each element say about you?
iguanamountain blog >>> the name of my blog is my handle on WDC.
by iguanamountain (28) Rated: E >>> No cute names, just my handle. And the E rating says open to all and not too sexy. The picture is an iguana from a painting I did after I moved to Belize. The name of the blog is also on the picture.
You are what you write. Illusion and Reality...I reside in between. Where are you? >>> my by-line for the blog. I write Science Fiction and Fantasy so that part of me is in the illusion. But I am concerned about the state of the world and the reality of truth. I like the question that sort of challenges the reader.
At the top of my blog home is the statement:
UNDERSTAND THAT REDIRECTING CIVILIZATION is a major undertaking. You can write volumes about it and who will listen? But the energy that goes for that purpose cannot be withdrawn. You know that.
>>> I won’t make a big change, but here and there, once in a while---I increase a reader’s awareness about some critical truth that could change their lives, or how they perceive something. I usually say, “Research and learn---hear the silence.” The energy of doing that is always positive. I believe directing civilization is a human-collective process. We have to choose to contribute toward that end.
Next I have the WYRM Signature, the Blog City image, and the Talent Pond Blog Harbor where I’m moored. Mostly because I actually live in a sailboat (yacht) so it’s really like a mirror!
I’ve just added OCEAN where I do more reviewing. Also part of the mirror as my real boat is moored in the ocean.
How’s that for a blog mirror? >>> iggy <----Sailboat, get it? OMG! I have a theme!
Prompt: What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in a terrifyingly dangerous situation? Could you keep your calm? What would be the first reasonable thought to occur to you?
First of all, every situation is DIFFERENT. The reaction, the decisions depend on what the danger is. Being in an automobile going 90 MPH with an out of control driver is different from the Swat police trying to break down your front door at 3AM.
Some things happen so fast there is no reaction time. I think guns and automobiles lead that list. I understand that many times being taken to a hospital is a terrifyingly dangerous situation. Some folks go voluntarily, calm as can be.
There is a survival mode in humans that pushes them to avoid dangerous situations if possible. Risk comes in case there are children or a spouse or parents or good friends in danger.
Enough about this topic. I find it depressing.
Peace and Love...>>>iggy
Prompt: Where do you think fear of failure comes from? Was there ever something that you had feared you’d fail at but didn’t?
A very big, painful, topic that touches almost everyone from childhood through old age.
How about unsuccessfulness?
or more serious kinds of failures: abortion, miscarriage, breakdown, stillborn. or a simple malfunction.
Then there’s a mistake, a fiasco, a mess,
Or in showbusiness we have a turkey, a flop, a bomb, a washout, a boxoffice disaster! (I think ‘Pan’ just had one this weekend.)
The fear of failure drives all humans to try, hope, wish...to avoid all the above plus about a thousand other kinds of failures.
Little things like: out of gas, dead battery, parking ticket,
Microsoft’s blue screen or a dead black screen. Our highly technical world lives with failure every day.
In other parts of the world a hungry child is a kind of failure, or a hundred-thousand refugees, or a million homeless.
Brace up folks...>>>iggy
My phone is a Blu with Android OS. It lost the brightness function is so dim that I cannot read the screen in the daylight.
I have to go in a dark room, or deep shadow to see it at all.
When it rings, I can answer the call most times. To call someone I have to seek the darkness. Not very practical. But it looks cool when I carry it. Our Wi-Fi signal is so flaky here that I’m not in a hurry to replace it.
The phone service company calls to tell me when I’m going to run out of money on the time charge. I get all the ads for great buys on new phones. Plus some wrong-number calls from some guy trying to reach some lady in Spanish. Go firgure.
Just for a minute imagine that mystery drawer....you know the one that collects everything under the sun, we all have one. Without opening, tell us what is in there and why? Do you really use the things that are there? Once you've written what you think, go peek... are you right about what lingers in that mystery drawer.
Some of my friends have kitchens full of drawers that are mystery drawers and usually three or four of everything. Also have you checked those refrigerator door narrow shelves? And in the back of the freezer compartment? On the sailboat, I have two drawers under my bed. The top one has receipts zip-locked by the month, a air-tight container for pens and pencils, leads & writing tools. Also the hair cutting sicissors, bagged. Thank God for ziplock bags. Sea air causes rust and mildew. And the termites love the paper things.
The second drawer has art supplies, Tempera, acrylic paint, brushes. There’s a package of Citronella candles and some marking pens. There is no space for mystery things.
The kitchen side of the compartment does not have drawers, only deep shelves with high lips so things won’t slide out when the boat hits the waves.
The few paper files and documents that we all must have are in a water-tight lock box. It is amazing what we don’t need, but have the intense desire to keep anyway. I think I’ve gotten over that urge and keep only essentials now.
Keep less & make room for more stuff...>>>iggy