Know Jack #45

Good news on the writing front looks like Tiwaz Press is going to use The Wallet in an upcoming Christmas anthology. I got back some editorial comments on Monday and will be working on those so I can get it back to them by week’s end. While working on The Wallet, I did get a little sidetracked from the two books I was working on. I found I hit a roadblock when going back to Lady on the Edge with some help that is back on track today and with an improved storyline.

I am going to put Roads of Battle on hiatus until next year. I have a new short story and a probable novel-length story that I want to get to and it’s going to be a while before Trails of Trouble, the original for which Roads is the sequel, will be ready for print. Did I mention lately that I’m retired? I have a couple of tweaks to make to my retirement, but I highly recommend it.

I will be going to Texas this weekend so I plan to post Sunday’s installment of Lost Crusader before I leave on Friday. This blog will be back as usual on Monday. The following weekend will find me on my way to Idaho. I’m still working on how that will go as far as getting things posted. Later in August, I plan on attending the Oregon Bigfoot Conference in Troutdale. Yeah, no rocker for me yet.

I have a fairly busy schedule for an old guy. One thing I take time to do every day is read. Like the old slogan goes, “Reading is Fundamental.” I don’t say that because I write and want to sell books. Before I was a writer, I was a reader. Almost daily I am surprised by people who are excited to be full of “new discoveries” or feel “woke” to new thinking and philosophies. I’m surprised because the information they have to share has been lurking in books since…forever.

Solomon once wrote that there is nothing new under the sun, and so it is. The things that most profoundly affect us have been thought about and written about since men began scratching on clay tablets and painting on cave walls. 

Don’t get me wrong modern science has its place. However most of the time I find it serves only to confirm information for those resistant to ages of anecdotal records. Seems to me like a waste of time to spend years of studying and countless MRI scans to prove that positive thinking rewires the brain, when Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism have been telling us that for centuries. Whether science, philosophy, or religion the conclusions are a matter of faith to be individually applied.

I guess what I am trying to say here is that reading is the shortcut to knowledge. Be a reader.

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