Why am I reading this?

Because we’re gonna have fun! The main reason people read Newsletters and Blogs is that they like to connect. Blog readers are fascinated by glimpses into different lifestyles, homes, hobbies, and points of view. Blogs offer insight into everyday lives, how it feels to be that person, and to live that life. Besides: “A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.” Roy H. Williams.  You can count on me to expose my…mistakes. So, let’s connect! I’m Terry Gene, a writer of novels and short stories. You can get specifics on the tabs above. But, why do you want to read this newsletter? Mostly for the fun of watching a quirky mind at work. Of course, there will be giveaways, aka bribes. I’ll post stuff like: Curious findings from my

Unremitting #Hate

A sad day. Yesterday I blocked someone. This was the first block on any social media in at least five years. This runs counter to my belief system, and it saddens me. Well, not completely true. I block #porn slingers. Not as much for moral reasons, but for boredom. Sorry, boys and girls, you’re wasting my time, especially in the load time for your fave wannabe pics. This time, the person has been on a hate-tear for about a year, devolving to proof-by-meme, ad hominem, and answering all replies with the same rubber stamp. I enjoy alternate discussions, emphasis on ‘discussion.’ The more different from my beliefs, the better. As long as it’s a discussion. Unremitting hate is too much.

How President Clinton improved my posture.

How President Clinton improved my posture. Occasionally I get comments on how ‘erect’ my posture is in group photos. When I stand in a group, I interlock my thumbs behind my back. When my shoulder joints aren’t acting up, I clasp each hand to the opposite wrist. This is a habit going back to the 1990’s, and it’s uncomfortable.  It wasn’t until the #metoo meme campaign did I remember why I stand erect like a cigar store Indian in group shots.  (I’ve got to slip some of this material into my short stories.) Epiphany! I started to grasp my hands behind my back in response to the Clinton groper-in-chief stories.  Yes, I’m aware of the current allegations about other Presidents, but this is about my posture and my motivations for changing it. When you are pushed together, you touch each other. It’s unavoidable. I didn’t want to put up with

Exorcising the Killer Critic

Photo Credit: https://www.instagram.com/luxemakeupgoals/ Buried in your psyche, so deep that you don’t even know it, is a demon critic. This is a person, a circumstance, or life event that declared your lack of creativity. For me, it kept me from writing fiction for decades. Subliminating, I scratched that itch by writing technical works. In the Army, I wrote Technical Manuals. In AT&T’s Bell Labs, I contributed to juried proceedings. Later, I spoke at international, NGO, and standards symposia and conventions. All told, I published over 30 non-fiction works. Before you go on, I recommend that you click on and read this: The Killer Critic within. This is one of many essays on how an early critic gets into your head. Judging by the number of recent writings, this is a critical issue for creative types. The reason could have been that that person had had a bad month of putting up

#Slush Pile

#goodtogo. Pulled the trigger. Stomped on the fire. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. Where’s the beef. Sorry, a little fun. Made my #amediting  schedule of finishing edits of #scifi Matryoschka Sarah, the last set of 2974 line edits to work over. Today, I’m contributing to that phenomena of nature, the slush pile. Any agent who’s reading pile is below eye level, contact me. 29 September 2017 Update: Nice note from Baen. Sorry, but does not meet our marketing. 15 September 2017 Update: Decided that a look-see by a Psychologist-Editor would be appropriate. I write about people whom I’ve known. There, I’ve said it. The characters are composites, but largely based on someone I met decades ago.  Major re-work on the female protag in work. I’m bringing in the chief supporting character as a narrator. 23 August 2017 Update: 22 new rejections Hired a WKE (well known editor)

#Marshall, the Movie

You don’t see me recommending movies. “Marshall,” released this weekend, is the rare exception.  I’ve read uncomplimentary Critic reviews on the acting and direction. Ignore that if you want a) a great team-up in a tension movie and b) a clean interpretation of history. Like the movie Malcolm X, it gave me hope that the individual affects history as much as the reverse. Unlike the Malcolm X movie, it doesn’t spend the last 10 minutes literally shouting at you, telling you what the movie was about because you are obviously too stupid to “get it” without the shouting. However, also like Malcolm X, what you get out of it says more about who you are than what the movie is. I’m already seeing political spins that highjack the movie to foster despair. What is the obsession by people to create negativity, using any source? This is a hopeful movie and