Why We Blog

I think most people blog for selfish reasons. Don’t take that wrong. If no one knows you exist, then how else can you tell them? Go door to door, showing off your poems, photos, recipes, indie news reports? I don’t think I want to sell my novel that way.

But I want to sell my novel: Virtual Silence. It’s about a huge corporation taking over the world, our governments, our lives. It’s only a little far-fetched. Less and less so these days, I think.

It has romance, like Harry and Callie. Simon and Morgan have a great romance. Or they could, if one of them would just say something to the other one.  A little tap on the shoulder and say, “Hey, I think I love you.”

Garrison and Janna have a great romance, once they both get fired. And they meet Obadiah and Ruby, who have a fantastic romance, thanks to all the times they were nearly shot. And don’t forget Kitty and Ronnie. He launders money to buy American slaves back from a Mexican drug lord.

You have an evil villain, Tim Dank, who uses people and runs someone over in his Mercedes, but doesn’t stop. He’d own the whole stinking company if not for that fact that he talks about his illegal business dealing in his sleep, and Miami Anderson wrote it all down.

Everyone is trying to find their way, including the taxi driver, whose brother fell off a window washing scaffold, and yelled at the people below to get out of the way so he wouldn’t hurt them when he hit the pavement.

Maybe all of us can be heroes.

The Book of Dissent


I like the idea of this book. Haven’t read it.

My thing about the Occupy movement is that I don’t believe in the 99% versus the 1%. There’s a small group of very wealthy people who control an inordinate portion of the world’s resources, but they are a heck of a lot smaller than 1%. They are maybe 1% of 1%.

I don’t believe that 99% of the world (or this country) wants or needs to protest anything. The disadvantaged and disenfranchised people of the US are more like 25 – 30%.  Maybe another 30% are underemployed, stuck; but otherwise reasonably well-off and mostly healthy. So a good 40% of the US is happy, healthy, and well-enough to-do.

Americans are still very well-fed, on the whole.

Maybe it’s harder to market terms like The 30% or The .001% as the primary players in your drama.

But that’s the real conflict in my opinion.