By “falsity” I mean this: within a fiction story the distinct elements of the plot need to have some anchor in reality – in the world we actually live in. Even if a story is set in outer space or deep into the future or in the made-up fantasy world of Middle Earth, there needs to be a sense of reality and truth, such that this event or place or action could have happened somewhere that is real.
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Dragon Award winner Nick Cole and I wrote a book that came out over a year ago. People loved it. It was lauded and applauded. It got 117 reviews and maintained a 4.7 star average in under two months of publication.
In our worldview, we help one another without going through a “middle man.” For example, we have a healthcare fund that is there to help if someone needs it, and we give money regularly that goes into the fund for that purpose. If someone needs something, we all pitch in. If someone is sick and needs help on their homestead, we all pitch in. If someone needs a fence built, we all pitch in. And we do it because we are all benefited by it in so many ways.
When you have a few friends over for the weekend and the world decides to go off a cliff…
Just what are you anyway? Are you a “prepper?” Are you a “survivalist?” Maybe you consider yourself a “prudent-planner-aheader.” Are you a an “off-gridder,” a “plain person,” a “homesteader,” “back-to-the-lander,” “agrarian separatist,” a “foil-hatted bean-butter-and bullet buying whack-a-doodle”??
That’s something you have to think about in this life – another thing that makes life deliberate – you can’t just flip a switch and expect light to miraculously appear. Light is something you have to think about beforehand.
Late last year I was asked to write a story for a Crime Fiction short story anthology. Don’t laugh. I knew it was, on the surface at least, completely out of my normal genres. But the thing that attracted me was that it was crime stories based on Outlaw Country songs. Outlaw Country? That’s right […]
In the middle of last week I was informed by my good friend and the producer who is spearheading the Pennsylvania film project that I won’t be writing the screenplay any more.
The idea that there are political answers to broad moral and social problems assumes that by corporate action good can be imposed upon evil in a lasting and permanent way without the recognition that, as Solzhenitsyn said, the thread of good and evil runs through every heart.
My new serialized novel Hell and the Sea has some people in a tizzy. Ok… that may be exaggerated. It has a few people in a tizzy. Ok, maybe two people.
I didn’t write this tale and I don’t know who did, but it is in my book Surviving Off Off-Grid. A new reader sent me some comments on it, so I thought I’d cast it out there again for funsies… MB Some years ago, about 1900, an old trapper from North Dakota hitched up some […]