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Repository for my Zanier Ideas... on writing, and life.
Welcome to my Abode! This collection of dusty thoughts and the like shall gather, perhaps... if inspiration should strike!



Answer to, "How to be Christian."
December 15, 2017 at 2:11pm
Disclaimer: from someone who sees himself as largely Pagan. I am no reverend or biblical scholar, at any rate. For questions, I refer you primarily to the Source, and tangentially to those who make a scholarly study of such matters. My version: 1. Ignore agnosticism as irrelevant. Just as I could be an AI that happens to pass the Turing test, so God could be a figment—so could you. Yet we don't mention it, so why single Him out, pester Him about this? 2. Give God and Jesus permis... [Read more]
My Take on Fluid Gender and related
April 4, 2017 at 8:29pm
I was reading a newspaper op-ed article about how sex (Male or female) isn't something we made up. And, well, I hate to disagree with her. At a fundamental level, she's more right than wrong. The differences are real things. Yes, they vary, with some correlations being less than 100 percent, but they do correlate, on an overwhelming basis. To the extent that anything is real and not made up, that any idea has validity, this has construct validity. Nothing has pure construct validity... [Read more]
Coinfall (hidden)
November 24, 2016 at 4:26pm
Every moment the chance of impressing Lauren slips through Jack's fingers, even here, alone as he steps out of the shower. He picks up his pants to put them on. Coins fall out of the pocket. They clatter on the linoleum, announcing his clumsiness to the cat, to the neighbors, to his fiancée. The urge to vent rose in his throat. Such passions are not allowed in his new world, and he choked them down. He closed his eyes and shook his head. In a calm, albeit pained, voice he says, "Real... [Read more]
Writing Prompts: A Gallery of Magical Detritus...
November 8, 2016 at 10:27am
Seven Useless Magical Artifacts... Usually, magical treasure is a thing either of wonder or danger. These are remnants, vexing, intriguing, distracting or just plain useless. These are something else entirely. They may be red herrings, booby prizes, or just... blessings in disguise, a tool of power which will reveal its purpose in the dramatically appropriate moment. The Wand of Butterflies This magic device reliably conjures butterflies, of any color or species known (or, perhaps, ima... [Read more]
A matter of some delicacy
October 21, 2016 at 6:59pm
One does wonder what about the 'damage' done by putting a masher into the White House, I suppose. Not that it hasn't been done before, but the case can be made that this is a different game. This man flaunts his arrogance. Young boys might get the message that they are wanted when they are not. They might get the idea their attentions are desirable or, if not, it is for some shallow reason that they are rejected: the size of their wallet or the color of their Ferrari. ... [Read more]
Fiction Post: On being a man.
August 3, 2016 at 11:52am
A voice comes over the loudspeaker. "Welcome to the Alchemy Lounge. The change is set in motion and soon, you will be a man. Nothing can be done to reverse the situation. "You need to prepare yourself for the experience of male privilege. No longer will people hit on you when you want them to stop. Or when you don't. The job will entirely be yours. You will not be valued solely for your body any longer. You won't be valued for your body at all. Or your thoughts and feeling... [Read more]
How to contract Novelism
June 8, 2016 at 4:30pm
<parable>Once upon a time, Jack was a baby. Jack noticed that all the people around him could move around on two feet, rather than on all four. He tried it and fell. He did this many, many thousands of times before he finally got the knack. Then when he was twenty he read a lot. He wrote and found that his writing wasn't as good as he'd hoped. However, he reasoned that there could be a knack to get, much like when he learned to walk; so he wrote many thousands of pages. In time, ... [Read more]
Today...
February 21, 2016 at 3:54pm
Today, I am a novelist. For the first time in my life, I can say that I have a completed draft of a novel. I have done many partials. I am sure there are many holes in the plot, places where I fishtailed and got confused about which thing had happened. But my hero has done what he set out to do. After landing on the planet Larrikesh, and getting stranded there, he has fixed the largest social ill plaguing the planet, retrieved his confiscated starchaser, and set a course for the wild black. ... [Read more]
Tragedy of Guinevere
April 28, 2016 at 1:23pm
Why senseless worship is as demeaning as outright contempt. Set aside your modern day life and imagine what it's like to live in the beginnings of Camelot under the aegis of the greatest king in history. This man Arthur used his charismatic zeal to draw the best men in the land -- emphasis unfortunately on men. When they arrived to serve, he informed them in no uncertain terms that simply being the best would not suffice. He called them to him because he wanted people who could uphold... [Read more]
Why Jabba the Hutt was not any kind of Misogynist
February 9, 2016 at 1:17pm
Don't get me wrong. Jabba's attitude, the one that made him order Leia put in that slave outfit, was hostile, objectifying and demeaning, but not toward females specifically. In fact, for all we know, Jabba came from a Matriarchy. Further, that gigantic slug may have been a female. All we know for sure is we didn't see any hutt females dancing for their lives. Yes, she was chosen for her looks, and possibly for her pedigree, like the animals we are in his eyes. The only thing he care... [Read more]
Troll theology: third-grade-style theological debate
February 5, 2016 at 6:01pm
"Thinking a Magical Sky Fairy will come and fix your problems is a problem in itself." I don't just believe in a higher power. That's a mathematical necessity, by the way; either there is a Higher Power or you're it. I also believe in a living God, one that hears our prayers and cares about what we think. Our thoughts and feelings have impact on the world, or at least, on our life. The thing is, if God exists, reality is either Him or His judgment. Whatever is going on in ... [Read more]
Yin and Yang: Which one do you need?
January 12, 2016 at 3:52pm
Fear and relief. Arousal and calm. There is an optimum level of arousal that works for everything. The amount of stress hormones that are needed to be in an optimum running state are different from the ones needed when you are playing golf or doing surgery. A great many problems have been caused for me, a lot of lost performance, happened when I adopted the idea that I simply wasn't electrified enough. Kelly McGonigal stated that stressful events aren't dangerous unless you beli... [Read more]
Counter Indications
December 6, 2015 at 9:17am
Alright, I admit it: the previous blog post (which though meaningful, is poorly put across and unconvincing) was speculation. That's what Self Help authors do, I think. The better-intentioned ones, at least. Granted it's not always the most helpful process, but it has it's selling points. That said, I did try it for a while, and it worked, to a degree. It did inspire creative points of view and that motivating bite of discontent, which often instantly converted to a pleasant m... [Read more]
Magic word of ... Discipline!
January 12, 2016 at 3:18pm
As a young fan of fantasy stories, ranging from the technologically-enhanced Star Wars and Krull all the way through Dark Crystal, I have been a lover of magic words. Of course, the reality of things usually is a little less glitzy than the stories, for good reason. But it's really almost as wondrous, if you think of it that way. There is a single word, that in itself conveys a complete thought, even perhaps an array of thoughts, and has the potential for causing a great deal of magic - ... [Read more]
The Blacksmith Reforging Ruined Work
October 21, 2016 at 6:36pm
"When thinking about life remember this: no amount of guilt can solve the past and no amount of anxiety can change the future." How much time do you spend thinking about the past: if only, what might have been, if I had just made one different decision how different would my life be now? Or how much time do you spend worrying about the future and things that haven't and may not even happen yet? The quote was a great reminder that both of those actions take away from the joy of today... [Read more]
Inner Peace, Outer Peace
September 22, 2015 at 6:05am
Prompt “When one does not complain … one pays for outward calm with an almost unbearable inner struggle.” Charlotte Brontë Do you agree with Charlotte Brontë? In what ways do you think venting works? Prompt Borrowed from By Of course I have experienced the phenomenon to which she refers, and could reproduce these results at will. She errs, however, in the description of her action. If she stopped all complaint, if she did not rehearse her grievance in the privacy of her skull ... [Read more]
Payback as Response or Reaction
September 5, 2015 at 12:45am
When the reader hears the word 'payback,' the first thought usually tilts toward the negative. Somebody reacted badly, and decided to pay the offender in kind. This involves dwelling on the event, magnifying the pain involved, and then scheming ways to make the guilty party feel the same. Yet, the same process can be used for kindness. Think of things that people have done for you, how wonderful they are. Each time you think of them, emotionally it's as if they've been done a... [Read more]
Compelling Goals
August 25, 2015 at 4:39pm
Prompt: “A person can write the most beautiful, lyrical sentences (as James Patterson will be the first to tell you, he does not), but if the story doesn’t grab a reader by the throat, and—having grabbed on—hold her there, none of the rest may matter all that much.” Joyce Maynard in her article on Patterson --- in Observer What kind of stories capture your imagination so you may keep on reading? Only one kind of story captures the imagination: one that is vivid and excitin... [Read more]
Smoking Mirror
August 24, 2015 at 11:48am
I found an inspiring blog prompt used in , and I wanted to give my own thoughts on this quote. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson The future and the past have no relevance on our day to day feelings, emotions, or character. Yes, I can track back to where I've gotten ideas or learned habits. I continue to plague myself with habits and traits that I learned in second grade — habits which define me... [Read more]
For the love of evil...
August 24, 2015 at 11:26am
So many words and not a thing to say. WHy am I even here, on this page at this moment? Is there anything I have to say which might be of use to any person, I wonder. The thought does not last long. I realize that of course, even the most bizarre ramblings might be of value to some person, might provoke something of value in the mind of another human, even if it is only the joy of superiority. Yes, there is something productive in revealing our wounds and failures to another. People need ... [Read more]
Why can't I Finish My Outline
August 21, 2015 at 11:40am
The other day I was outlining a chapter in a novel. I have a method which is ordinarily very good at producing surprising results, involving answering four questions or filling in four blanks, to whit: What do I (the persona) want to achieve? (I wanna ________) What do I do? (So I ____________) What do I fear will happen as a result? (Fearing ______________) What do I hope will happen? (Hoping ____________) What happens instead? (Instead ________) Of course these questions... [Read more]
Does it make a difference?
August 19, 2015 at 12:23am
What do you know now, that would have made a difference? I know that I am powerful. Not necessarily in a good way. My words and actions have consequences, unforeseen. There are things that I can do. I can hurt people's feelings. I can win friends, influence people, even bend their destiny. I can derail a person's work situation. I can win a heart. The point is that these are all things that seemed beyond me, which I have done unwittingly. As a result, I have not always been keen ... [Read more]
Mystery of Success
August 16, 2015 at 2:20pm
Allow me to introduce you to a strange young man named James, who, even as today, at the time read too many books and thought too much about the mind and the things in the world. Let me tell you a story about him, a bit of everyday witchcraft that he discovered. Walking to the store James spied a tree by the path, about three car-lengths away. He chose to do an experiment, and set his course straight toward the center of the tree. He planned to walk straight ahead, toward the tree - but he d... [Read more]
Humility
August 15, 2015 at 3:32pm
Humility. There are parts of it that I believe in, and others that I forsake. In particular, I tend toward the vices of humility. In particular I have often found myself eager to search for signs of wrongness and weakness in myself. I thought this would make me wiser and better. I let it get to the point that I could no longer tolerate any actual criticism for I was full-up from that which I had foolishly absorbed though it was meant for others. In turn, this has created a rift between me ... [Read more]
Path to Freedom
August 13, 2015 at 11:46am
Tears. My own. Ordinarily, as a man, this is a subject I would prefer not to talk about — even to know about. But a great insight has come to me recently. I have recently been reaching beyond my accustomed place in life. Progress has been stalled for years, and I have had no clue as to what held me back. I know that what I have put my attention to I have achieved - with varying levels of speed and success, but still. In these things, I have failed to hold my attention long enough to... [Read more]
Emotional Vocabulary.
August 9, 2015 at 9:48am
Whether writing, reading, or living, emotions affect us far more than one might imagine or wish. The difference between two essentially same emotional states can have tremendous impact. Some peoples use one word for sadness, anger, rage and depression: all the sense that a desire is being thwarted, I suppose. Yet, who can deny the tremendous difference between rage and determination - both urgent drives to action? Rage tends to destroy things and cause pain and suffering even when under rest... [Read more]
Liven Up a Scene
April 19, 2015 at 4:03pm
One of the people I was reviewing had a scene that had all kinds of latent conflict, falsely resolved conflict, and foreshadowed conflict, (Maybe that's one thing, but she did have a LOT of it) but NOTHING in the present moment. Just some people having a great therapy session. So I came up with a way to brainstorm things for a dull scene. Imagine that the character is reflecting on how well things went, let her rant about how things should go. Let her go on. Fill in the blan... [Read more]
Taxonomy of Magi
December 5, 2014 at 11:32am
Hexmasters, magisters, witches and sorcerers? Oh, my. Some questions a writer must answer about a mage: How did he come into power? What does he feel about his power? How well does he want to understand his power? How does he use his power? How does his power affect him socially? World-building: How did he get the power? There are two classical kinds of magic: the native and the educated. In your world, you must decide if magic is something that a common person could l... [Read more]
Magical Legislation: It didn't just happen that way.
March 15, 2015 at 12:40pm
Precept One: Our universe started out the same as my fantasy universe, and somebody had to work to change the rule. Precept two: The new rule stays the same until forced to change. Precept three: Changing natural laws requires great effort. The greater the change, the greater the effort. Therefore, greater changes require deeper motives. Now- Why use these precepts? They help us to select ideas that make sense, and suggest which ideas naturally fit with our favorites. Then they can be used to... [Read more]

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