Will Carnival Survive; I hope so.

With the current situation it is going to take some persuasion to get people back on the boats and planes. Will you be one of them?

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Leaving winter behind, headed for Mexico.

While staring at the same four walls sitting for weeks,  stir crazy is an understatement. I have the pictures I took on my last cruise to keep me company.

In November, I sailed with Carnival to Mexio, Grand Caymen, and Jamaica.  In all sincerity, I have sailed on other cruise lines, and spent a bit more for ‘nice rooms’ and balcony’s. On one cruise, I even had a butler that came with the room.

I say that to moderate this next sentence; I wasn’t expecting much on the Caribbean cruise.  I have never heard anything good about Carnival, so I had low expectations.

It turns out that I never heard anything good because, I was not listening.

A cruise to me is a time when the cell phone does not work; you can have dinner with people who are not looking at their phones and doing things that you would typically not do.  In short, it is a reprieve from life, and allowing someone else to do the driving.

I was more than pleasantly surprised by the accommodations. That was not all that impressed me.

For those who have never traveled with Carnival, allow me to talk about the voyage.

Making my way through the embarkation process, I surrendered the luggage and was pointed in the direction of food.

First things first, we all head to the Lido deck and find that there is plenty of food of all kinds for your enjoyment.  If you follow my blog, you know I have a day job, and I write novels.  I am stressed a good bit of the time.  I sat there with my food in front of me, and I could feel the pressure leave, much like pushing that button on those Insta-Pots; the pressure was vanishing.

The time came that the cabin should be ready.

Outside the door is this little mailbox thing that held my door key and badge, that makes all things possible.

Keep in mind that I usually travel a little more upscale, so, again, I was expecting a small room with an unobstructed view.

The TV was on and in front of the bed.  I forget what was playing, but I suspect it was information from the ship’s crew, something about ‘muster.’

The bathrooms on ships amuse me as they are very efficient.  I am a little bit of a germ-a-phoebe.  This room was so clean and pristine; I quickly dismissed my trepidations regarding its cleanliness.

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The Balcony was my next stop after testing the bed.

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Let me advise you on that balcony door, it is heavy and makes a rather loud noise when you close it.  If you are like me and wish to dampen the sound by not allowing it to slam, be on the lookout where your fingers are.  My thumb was between the door and the frame.  Yep, that smarted, and much like someone with Turrets, I was probably less than polite.  Watch where your hands are.

The Balcony would be adequate for those of us with insomnia.  The sounds of the ocean ‘swishing’ beside the boat as it glides through the Gulf of Mexico were intoxicating.  Sunsets and Sun Rises are a treat on the sea too.  Stargazing was also great as this was during a meteor shower.  I sat out one night and counted many particles of space dust streaking through our night skies as if to punctuate the otherwise beauty of the night sky.

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Never got tired of sunsets or sunrises.

On to muster.

Just do it.  When you are sailing on any cruise ship, it is required by maritime law that you are briefed on where to go, and what to do, in the case of ‘disaster.’ When I say law, I mean, they will not start until they have accounted for every guest.  That means if you try to hide in your room or hot tub, they will track you down before they begin.  We waited close to an hour before they could account for everyone.  Don’t be the ninny that causes tens of hundreds of people to sit and wait, while they hunt you down.

Once everyone is accounted for, the talk is not much longer than what you hear every time your fly.

With that over, your vacation begins.

Once on the cruise, eating, relaxing, and socializing are the main events that you need to think about.  As your eating dessert, plan your next meal.  It is great!

I was super impressed with the Horizons Restaurant.  The staff were terrific, the food was delicious, and the nightly entertainment during your dinner brings happiness to the table and the entirety of the restaurant, as a collective.

Speaking of food, I did have a reservation at Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse.  You might be thinking to yourself, Why TW…all the food is free, why pay for it?

I was with a large party, and it was my birthday.  They were so lovely that I was not going to say anything when they overcooked my steak.  The waiter saw that it was not what he wrote down, and ask me about it after I had eaten some of it.  I told him it was ok, don’t worry about it.  His response was, “It is not ok with me. That is not what you ordered; you are going to get what you asked for.”

Another at my table had the same issue.  This guy bent over backward to make it right.  Not only were they super friendly folks and made sure that my dinner was pleasant and of the quality, it should be but, the chef made an appearance at my table and apologized profusely.

If an overcooked steak is the worst thing that happens, life is grand, right?

The night was magical, and in truth, I just made myself hungry reliving that memory.

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This group was awesome!

There are so many things to see and do while onboard; you will not be bored.  Seek out the smaller venues, as they change personnel from time to time.  From the piano bar to the IMAX Theater, you will notice that the time flies.

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She was fun and had an excellent personality.

As a writer, I am always in need of new experiences.  I came up with an idea for a novel regarding cruise ships while on this last trip.  The idea was a little dystopian, which we are now living through.  Anyways, you will meet many different people, and if you are like me, you will get to know them, and some will remain in your life, as some have for me.

Last night I wrote about Character Arcs, guess what, you need to meet characters to write them.  On the island of Jamaica, I met two that will live with me years to come.  Miss Lola and her sidekick Dr. Lizard.

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Church in Jamiaca built in the 1700’s

They showed me parts of their island and their people that amazed me.

I understand that while in Grand Cayman, there is a place called Hell, and if I had known about it, and gone there, they would have stamped my passport, showing I visited Hell.

This being holey week, one must ask, is there a town called Heaven?

Why am I sharing a small part of my vacation with you?

Folks, we are currently experiencing a speedbump on the road of life.  You can either piss and moan about it, or you can make the best of it.  As a writer, I am doing my best to keep up with you folks, and learning new techniques for the craft of writing.

As soon as they find a way to mitigate the effects of this pandemic, I will return to my life, and yes, that means Cruises.  In the meantime, I will continue to work on novels, my craft, and keeping you folks entertained and, in some cases, informed.

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Ships full of oil just sitting in the Gulf. This was November.

Much Love -TW

 

Negative Character Arcs

Hello people, it is I, your humble author reaching out to you once again.  Many of you are writers or authors, and I want to pay it forward.  If you have followed me for any time at all, you know this about me already.

Character arcs are a considerable part of character development, which causes your readers to empathize with them.  Much like the big-eyed boy with the black rim glasses living under a staircase, we all loved him.  Why?  The author did a great job of growing him as well as the other characters around him.

One way we do this is with character arcs.  So, Negative arcs???

I get this question posed to me often.

If you first understand what a character arc is, you know that it is basically the growth or change a character makes during the story.

Your protagonist will probably believe some lie that possibly they learned sometime in their youth.  They have lived a lie, and somewhere in your story, their ‘truth’ is challenged.

A common lie is, they are not worthy of love.  Many go through their whole life because of their upbringing, believing that.  A little secret here, I was one of them.  Shhh, that is our secret, and a lie that I had to overcome.   Those horribly abused children you read about…That was me, and I would have loved the staircase vs. what I went through.

Anyway…

During the plot, they go through twists and turns and discover that their ‘truth’ is indeed false.  This can create a crisis for them, which is fun to write.  This would probably happen during the climax where they ‘shift’ their thinking.  Letting go of the lie and accepting the truth as their new mantra.  Because the lie and reality are probably apparent to your reader, they can empathize with your character, which will engender support for your writing style.

Yeah You!

What about a negative character arc?

There is the same lie, but the truth remains elusive and, the character now embraces their lie even more and spirals downward into less than proper behavior.  Breaking Bad is a perfect example of a negative character arc.

Had I not learned the truth, I dare say that drugs and alcohol might have been my undoing.  That would have been a negative arc.  Death can be part of a character’s negative arc.

In my novel, Presidential Assassins, Kelly’s arc is compelling.  Before going into the military, her stepfather met an untimely demise, after attempting to rape her.  While it appeared as an accident, this action put her on the radar of a group that works outside or above the law.

After her mother re-married…Kelly became a military brat, enlisting as soon as she could to get away from her parents.

She was a pilot in the air force, shot down and tortured by the enemy.  Kelly, unknown to her captures, is a real badass.  She learned as a military brat, at an early age that she had to be tough. When she saved a school friend from being raped by a gang of older boys, she came close to killing them.  Her friend brought her father back to the scene in the nick of time.  He stopped her from breaking their necks.  She had them all down, and now she was going to end their reign of terror, one at a time.

Realizing that he now had a debt to repay, he hatches a plan.  Taking the gangly redhead under his wing, teaching her his ways would benefit her.  As a master of martial arts, he teaches her discipline, among other things.  While some of her talents come from her heritage as a red-headed green-eyed Irish woman, the lethal talents were taught to her by this man.  She became a master.

Fast forward past the war and her time in the exchange program on an aircraft carrier, she finds a job as a reporter.

After an explosion in California, Kelly is sent to research who was responsible.  During her flight, the plane she is on is hijacked.  Guess who kills the hijackers and flies a shot up 737 back into Scottsdale during a storm.

This novel is so full of action you will not be able to put it down.

Kelly has what we call a ‘flat character arc,’ or possibly a slightly positive arc as she does adapt and change to the situations.  I say that because, in reality, she arcs positive, negative, and then just kind of flat because she is who she is.  She is dynamite with a temper to match.

I don’t care what your gender happens to be; you will fall in love with her.

There is a secret organization that controls world leaders, and she is recruited….That is about as much as I can tell you without spoiling it.

A flat character arc is one where the character does not change who they are.  Some examples of that would be Indiana Jones or James Bond. To a large extent, it is Kelly McGuire.

I will put a link to the book here, Presidential Assassins.

If you honor me by reading it, please let me know what you think of it.  This is an adult read. There are sexual situations, some violence, and people Die!

My friends, I hope that you are all safe, and staying inside, away from those who this virus could be fatal.  With 7.4 Billion people affected, and the world’s economy headed for the toilette, we will be talking about this in the history books for some time.

Much Love…Stay Safe…-TW

My COVID Questions

Could this thing be airborne? If so how far can it travel and still be viable?

 

If you have landed here from Twitter, you have no doubt read some of my questions to the administration.

What we don’t know, can kill us.

As a writer of science fiction and yes, some racy novels, don’t let that dissuade you from examining what I put forth.  In some of my tweets, I ask the obvious question.

Can the virus be airborne?

If we were to go to New York or Manhattan where the infection rate is high and set up detectors, what would we find?  My gut feeling is that people shed these viruses at an alarming level.  I would like to understand how long it takes the virus to replicate, and if it replicates logarithmically.  Again my gut tells me that it does.

I am basing that on how long it takes to become ill.

It is possible that even as the virus is compromising its host, the host is shedding it while infecting others.  Why is it more lethal in people with a high BMI or diabetic?  Does it have something to do with sugar or some other nutrient that is higher in fat people or people who are diabetic?

Now, let’s push that theory forward just a little.  This thing is damned tiny, and because of that, much like dust particles can float around for a long time.  If they are not already doing so, they need to have monitoring devices all over the city from the street level to the tops of buildings, counting the numbers of this virus found in a specific period.

Since the prevailing winds would take it offshore in New York, let’s go to New Orleans, where the prevailing winds carry the airborne particulates into the state.  How far?  How far inland do they find it and what is its efficacy?

Houston: same thing.  The prevailing winds carry stench from Pasadena well inland, what about the virus?

We know that damned thing has a ‘shelf life’ much longer than we would like.  I suspect that UV from the hot Texas sun will kill it once it is airborne but, how long does it take to do that? Is that why the flu and other virus-related diseases are seasonal?  Exposure to UV kills them and stops them from spreading?

Speaking of UV light, I happen to know that tanning beds put out copious amounts of UV light.  Why not put PPE stuff into tanning beds to sterilize them?  Not a doctor, but I did work around some of the giants in the industry, not too many years ago.

Summary:

Airborne particulate detectors, to learn if the virus is airborne and how far it travels from a hot zone.

If I am right, we need to figure out a new strategy to keep civilians safe.  That might be going inside and staying there.  Hepa air filters might also be a good idea inside your home.

The hell of it is, we don’t know what we don’t know.  We need to assign someone the task of learning the efficacy of the virus once airborne, and how far it can go and …how long it can ‘live’ just waiting for a host.

While I am trying to write, the thoughts of what so many of you are dealing with, wreak havoc on my creativity.  From the loss of a job, to a loved one just breaks my heart.  Stay safe and stay inside.  We need to encourage our governments to think outside the box and not leave any stone unturned. If this thing is airborne as I suspect it can be, that adds a whole new dimension to the problem.  We need to know, yes or no.  I pray, I am wrong.

Much Love -TW

 

 

 

Russia set to liberate the US from Bernie Sanders and his Comrades. Film at 11

This sounds like a political blog, it’s not really. I am poking fun at communism and those who think it is a good thing.

This sounds like a political blog, it’s not really. I am poking fun at communism and those who think it is a good thing.

Would Russia have to stop an out of control Communist from taking the world’s economy down?

Do you realize that the world is tied together by its economy?  If ours were to fail, the worlds’ would fail.  Is that what the billionaires of the world are secretly up to?  Destroy the economics of the world as a whole to force a one-world government?  Millions would die, but they might actually pull it off.

Soros did single-handedly break the bank of England in 1992.
Perhaps that explains why Occupy and Antifa and other militant groups are funded by the likes of the boogie man. What would he gain by destroying the world’s economy?

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction.  As a science fiction writer, I think outside the box, and I must tell you that if you wanted to create a one-world government; that would be one way to do it.  A nasty man-made virus that killed off tens of thousands would be a nice distraction in the meantime, thank you China.

‘never let a crises go to waste…’

Look at the markets currently with just production in China being affected.  What would it take to change every country in the world? Only a few infected people who were on a mission from ‘God.’…Hop on a busy aircraft, and your job is done.

In this hyper-partisan rhetoric that we see on just about every news blast from CNN to MSNBC, they must think that we care.  Is she really part Indian?  Did Putin put in the fix?  Is there a difference between Socialism and communism?  Who was Lenin? What was that Marxist stuff anyway, what about more money for less work?  Why not pay everyone to just stay at home and play video games?  How much free stuff do I need to promise you to get your vote?

I am not a product of our current educational system.  Thank God!  I realize from speaking with people half my age, they were cheated in college, or they cheated their way through it.

With current examples of Socialism in the news, one would think they might know it is not a good thing.  These same people are trying to tell each other that there is a difference between Bernie’s idea of Socialism, and what is going on in Venezuela.  Yes, they are that deluded.  If you want to stock up on toilette paper, don’t worry about the coronavirus; worry about Bernie actually winning.  Worry about a bunch of entitled creatures who were taught they deserve everything, without lifting a finger to get it. Or, they deserve it if you worked for it because of some non-existent bias that you are accused of.  It is justified for them.

Worry about more paid protestors gumming up the works like they did in 2012.  Worry about people with billions of dollars to buy the white house, actually succeeding.

If Bernie wins, you will want Toilette paper, whiskey, and cigarettes because that will be what the currency will look like, until old Vladimir comes to the rescue.  Even he knows that Capitalism is the only way for a country to succeed.

Wouldn’t that be one for the history books? If the Russians have to come to save the USA from the likes of Bernie and his Antifa goons. Don’t laugh it off too quickly; there are radicals out there that think Capitalism is evil as they text each other on their thousand-dollar smartphones.

When Hitler was elected those Brown Shirt dudes were already there much like those Antifa dudes are lurking in the hallowed halls of disinformation.

I am going to assume that there are fewer of them, than those who have at least cracked open a history book, or possibly know people who have fled from countries like Venezuela. Think I am kidding, peruse Twitter.  Ignorance abounds.

So, listen up candidates, here is what we need from the government.

Firstly we need you to keep those with that virus out of the states or contained until such a time they are not a risk.

We need you to stop all the name-calling. We need you to calm down the hostility that you and your ilk have created in this country.  Go put on the gloves, hop in a ring, and the best two out of three is the Democratic candidate.  Be careful of Mike, he will hit below the belt, not that he means to, he is just vertically challenged. My money is on Tulsi, if she will stoop to your level.

Do you realize that a contest of this type would get more ratings for your propagandist networks, than all the debates to date? Hell, I would even watch. What would a boxing match between geriatrics look like?  Pink gloves and warm milk after they managed to climb into the ring?

For the real candidates, here is a punch list of what we need.

Keep the country safe from all forms of terrorists, both domestic and foreign.

Provide a fair and equitable tax code that allows anyone with the will to try, to have a reasonable chance to succeed.

Any government services that you provide, DMV for one, fix it, so it works.  I would actually make it private, so they would actually care about taking care of their clients.

I don’t think the government should be in the health care business period.

Provide infrastructure that allows products and people to get from point A to B in one piece.  Again toll roads seem to get built-in weeks and government projects take lifetimes.  Maybe you should buy the kind of cement the toll road people use or better yet, privatize the whole damned mess.  The one thing the government is efficient at is inefficiency.

Force Term limits on all politicians.  Once out of DC, they are no longer allowed to be active in politics, and that includes as a lobbyist.  Their one vote is all they get after that.

Stop talking, start doing.

You do your jobs, so we can do ours.  When the news comes on, I don’t want to hear about what politician is sleeping with whom, or how much they hate the other guy. In my book, you are all one step above pit vipers, and I am not too sure of the one-step. Stop wasting tax dollars on el toro de caca!

Guys, we work hard for that money. To watch you piss it away like it was foam on cheap beer is disgusting!

People, if you give the government more power, just think about every service they are in charge of now running like the DMV.  Spending days in line to get your damned driver’s license renewed only to finally get there and find you did not dot some I or cross some T.  Do you really want to turn that kind of inefficiency loose on health care, or Mike’s version of health care, which is ‘go home and die?’

This sounds like the stuff for a horror movie…

Yes, Bernie loves communism, and for the record, Pete’s father was a Marxist.   You would be better off with Mike than those two.  I, for one, would like to see Tulsi win.  I don’t agree with everything she says, but she is a patriot and not a Russian spy.  Pffft

A small update from Tuesday..

WTF?

Someone needs to write a blog about communism.  Nothing is free.  Someone pays for it and no, it is not the government.

-Cheers

Bloggers or Boogers?

“What If?”

This is a short blog post on just something I noticed. It is the ‘What if’ that I told you was coming.

Over the years, I have developed a nice following of people such as ‘yourself’ who read what I write, some of you comment and most of you hit like.  When I take the time to go and look at your blogs I find that we are more alike then we are different.

Let me say that again, we have more in common than we do that divides us.

Years and years ago, my uncle piqued my interest in Amateur Radio.  I was five at the time when someone he was talking to was told that I was there visiting with him.  When they mentioned my name telling me hello from ‘New York.’ I was amazed.

I was five.  I had no clue where New York was.  All I knew that it was not anywhere close to Minnesota, where he was at the time.

I remember with crystal clarity the scent of freshly cut hay.  His radio tower was in a field.  The afternoon sun was sinking, and the shadows from the trees to the west crossed the field like vast swathes of darkness over an otherwise golden vista.  As soon as the shadows hit you, the air-cooled off several degrees.  For a child of five from Texas, it was magical.

We listened to many different people that afternoon when we picked up some fellow from Australia.  His accent was so awesome I knew I had to get into this.  I was five.  I know I am repeating it because it is crucial to the story.

At eight, I had taught myself basic electronic theory and by thirteen had my first FCC issued license.  In those days we used tubes and the test was not multiple guess.  You had to know Morse code and oh, by the way, many built their own equipment.

The transmitter I built from old TV parts scavenged from garage sales and a borrowed crystal from a local radio club.  Yes, I got shocked a few times but I am here to talk about it. Hobbies like this are not just for boys.

Also, in those days, there were countries we could not legally talk to its citizens, if we were in some war the Feds could tell you not to use your transmitter.  Our speech was restricted to technical things about the hobby and weather.  ( I think it still is, however, I hear politics all the time.) We could not discuss politics or other things that might tip the enemy off…

The enemy…think about that.

I got into radio to meet you, or people like you, who were like-minded.  I did.  I talked to the kings of countries, which are no longer countries. I have spoken with people from all walks of life from surgeons to bricklayers.

Here on this blog, I speak with many who have a love of writing or reading and telling a story.

Many of you who follow me, are from countries that I would love to visit, Russia being one, Ukraine is another. India is another, which I would love to visit one day.  I cannot mention all of the countries that people live in who read this blog, or write to me, rest assured those communications are probably monitored by all kinds of secret spies looking for Boris Badenov or Natasha.  You will not find Moose and Squirrel on this blog.

If you read my sci-fi books you will find the technical details for building a ‘matter anti-matter bomb.’  You will also learn how to time travel and get from one galaxy to another in months.  Under Roswell holds all the secrets to some of the most powerful weapons of the century.  BWAHAHA!  God, I hope some government buys it just to find out that the computer of the ship is into controlling humans for its own deviant enjoyment.

If you want to learn how to cure cancer, I have that for you too in Saga of the Starduster.  I also tell you the fate of the Earth with the knuckle draggers in charge.  Want to see into the future if we don’t change our ways?  Read my number one bestseller.  Oh, and you also find that you are running around the galaxy in a ship full of nude aliens.

My point and the ‘what if’ is this.  Those of us on this blog, if we could all be in one room together; what do you want to bet we would all get along famously?  I don’t care what country you are in or where you grew up.  I don’t care what race you are or gender.  You might even identify as a gender not created yet, but, I would bet money we would all get along.

It is the ‘megalomaniacs’ of the world that stuff it up.  They stuff it up so they can control the herds.  As long as you perceive the other guy as bad, that is all they need.

Those craving power by controlling the masses with lies, and whatever other leverage they have, are the ones who screw up society as a whole.  The media is their accomplice and you have to wonder what hold they have over them to lie to the world.  Someone tells them what to say, and they all repeat it like reading some damned script.  They even use the same words.

What if…an alien race came and monitored our radio and video.

What would they think?

Do you suppose they would want to be ‘friends’ with us and share technology?

I think they would come closer to exterminating us and taking the raw materials for their own use.

I don’t think the world as a whole is immature and backward but, I do think there are some knuckle draggers who make the human-race look like an ant colony might to aliens. Pests.

For the record alien dudes, if that is your plan, I promise you there are people on this planet that are not mere troglodytes for the ‘elite.’  Some of us actually think.   Start with the followers of this blog.

That is my ‘what if’ that I promised you earlier.

#bloggersunite

In the blogosphere and seemingly on other social media we are relatively free to say what we want.  I wish all countries had this freedom.  I think you would be pleasantly surprised that once we dispelled the lies that we grew up with, that the people of the world could unite in ways that would astound you.

I know we are being lied to because I have ways to communicate with people in other countries.  The trick is how do we get the truth out to the masses?  How do we get our respective governments working for the people again, and not their own effing bank accounts?

The answer is we take the power away from the government, and give it back to the people.  That sounds easy but just wait until you try.

Much love people and thanks for the follows.

Comments are always welcome as long as they are civil.

TW

Orwell or Conspiracy?

As a writer of all things fiction, I cannot help but notice the news articles slowly creeping out from different agencies.

Today we learned that the FCC had been investigating wireless carriers for selling data acquired from its users to third parties.  The data just happened to be your location.  Where you went and when you went.

Google was already busted for this.  Even with the phone in airplane mode, it still captured your every movement. Also, if you climbed stairs or your elevation from getting into and out of a car.

Smart speakers, TV’s and anything connected to the internet could indeed be a spy for the Chinese.

Alexa, Apple, and Google smart devices could very easily be listening to your every word.  Even that smart remote could be collecting data for someone.

Information is power.  Who benefits most from knowledge?  That depends on the information gathered.  It is not surprising to me as a writer that I find advertisements for things I just happen to be talking with someone about on the phone. Coincidence?

I had installed security cameras in my home as I travel.  One day I happen to notice the camera was not focused on what it was supposed to be but rather a door to the bathroom that I very often leave open.  I have since changed companies and cameras.

The American government has grounded Chinese drones used in different services.  Wonder why?

While all of this might make excellent fodder for novels like my novel Presidential Assassins the truth of it is, we are probably being spied on.

Do you have a right to privacy?

The laptops, desktops all in one computer’s phones and Alexa units with a screen, have built-in cameras and microphones.  Is your image on some server somewhere?

Unless you want to live like Fred Flintstone, using pre-historic birds to deliver your mail, just possibly we need to give up on privacy.

From the porn scanners at the airports to the cameras on every light pole that you see, someone somewhere is watching.  With all of these smart devices, someone or something is listening as well.

Your purse or wallet is littered with RFID tracking devices built into your credit cards.  As you pass by specific scanners, it would not surprise me in the least for them to be collecting data on which cards you have with you.

Toll tags not only make an easy way for you to pay for roads that your tax dollars might have contributed to, but they also give us that traffic data on the map which can be used for good or for evil.

Who controls the puppet masters?

Those government agencies that are responsible for oversight of entities like this seem just as flawed as the DMV totally bereft of any loyalty of who they work for and who pays them.

As the progressive left lobbies for free this and that I cringe thinking about what it would be like for those that run the post office and the DMV to be in charge of my health, my security, and so on.  We saw it with Veterans hospital and that was just the tip of the iceberg.

As the allure of free everything, causes you to think that maybe an old white guy who lies for a living has all the answers, think again.  The art of winning the political game is to lie to the masses in an obscure convincing way while blaming the other side for your poor decisions.

History is rife with examples.  Millions upon millions die when people like that get into power.

Vote for you who like, just remember, you can vote your way into socialism but, you will need to fight your way out. That will be with real bullets, not sticks and stones.  If you are disarmed, prepare to have numbers tattooed on your arms and learn to eat insects for food.

Giving up rights for promised security is foolish, and the stuff of novels much like mine.  Read history before that too is expunged from the records of life.  Unless you know what has been, you will repeat it.

Megalomaniacs live in DC and in other ivory towers around the globe.  That ass wipes that know better than you have armed guards. They will toss you and yours to the dregs of humanity as those are their useful idiots.

My novel Presidential Assassins is worth the read.

Check it out and leave me feedback.  As always, I love to hear from you.

Cheers from the wintry south!  Tomorrow night 28, the next day, ‘summer.’  Stay tuned!

Much Love -TW

Goliath Must Die!

The impeachment is a distraction, but from what? Read on!

Not that many years ago, when asked about government, many could not tell you what the three branches of government were, much less what they were for.

When asked what they thought of Sarah Palin as Obama’s running mate, more than most were ‘cool with it.’  In fact, very few actually corrected the interviewer, regarding who was who.  These were mostly college students in the ‘woke’ community. These are the same geniuses who think Socialism is a good thing.

When the 2016 election was ‘in the bag’ for Hillary, the cocky shoo-in for the office did not even go to critical swing states as her election was ‘in the bag.’

Late in the evening or early the next morning, the ‘shoo-in’ did not have the decency to go speak to her loyal followers, sending Podesta instead to not concede, but to lie to them, telling them it was too close to call.  Hillary had already in fact, acknowledged the loss before Podesta left to speak with them.  Bill probably did not have a good night, as he was not going to get more interns.

Clandestine elites, worthy of one of my novels were busy in the dark of night trying to cover their tracks as their protector, who they had gone to bat for, was no longer able to protect their subversive behavior.  Indeed the actions of some in high power offices were now in danger of exposure as the real house of cards, built by power brokers in DC, and elsewhere, were in danger of the Class five hurricane now headed for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The battle lines were quickly drawn, and artillery pieces were set with strategic pinpoint accuracy.  The lines of defense were deeply ensconced in all of the branches of government.

Those with the most to lose used their pawns as their first line of defense.  The pawns are the propagandist.  Smear, lie, distract, and take the offensive, even though they should have been lawyering up. Even today, they are doubling down spreading more lies, attempting to control the narrative which is falling apart.

One lone bastion for the American People stood firm, waving the flag, much like Crocket at the Alamo.

That bastion came under attack from all sides.  Assaulting their supply lines, causing internal strife from within, the defender transformed and came back stronger than ever.  New generals became the face of reason and sanity.

While the pawns continued to gin up their base, those that have more than just a few neurons firing could see through the subterfuge.  Goliath, the swamp god, was now on notice that the smelly Walmart people, the irredeemable deplorable middle class, who is the group which funds the elite, who were thought to be too stupid to vote; have awakened.

The middle class is, in fact, tired of being tread on, and Trump became their David.

Democrats, even to this day, are too isolated in their own ivory towers, along with the likes of the Hollywood elite who only need the middle class to adore them and admire their ability to emote on screen, are getting a wakeup call.  It is not the ‘woke’ that they would like.

Around the globe, the Walmart shoppers of the world are once again rising up, demanding that the elites of the world take notice!  From Brexit to the heartland, we the people have a voice!

Goliath must die!

Those responsible for the strife and division perpetrated on the ‘deplorable’ everywhere, must be held to account.  While many who know too much seem to hang themselves or commit other forms of suicide, it is time to hold the demigods’ feet to the proverbial fire.

Civil wars have been fought over less than what we have witnessed in the last few years.

Those in their ivory towers, casting stones or ‘crumbs of cake’ to the deplorable, should take notice.

Twitter and other tech giants might be the vestibule for scud missiles, but even the most asleep drone among us, cannot dismiss the fact that our economy is the best it has been in decades.  Unemployment is the lowest it has been in over 50 years, and not only are the deplorable better off but, even the sheep who follow and pay homage to the god of the swamp, Goliath, is doing much better under this president than ever before.

Those elite, who are in fact, parasites on the backs of the deplorable, are the people in jeopardy of losing their ability to control the sheeple.

The ‘woke’ are not those who preach the PC culture but instead are those who now know what the three branches of government are, what they do, and soon will understand why the swamp must be drained, and the Goliaths must be held to account.  Our President cannot, or will not, be bought! That is why ‘Impeach Barney Fife’ was the mantra of those parasites who saw him as the clear and present danger that he is, to the swamp!

When you look at the cities under the control of the swamp monsters, you can easily see why they are indeed part of the swamp.  Their cities are in decay and under siege by criminal elements, not unlike the swamp monsters, like many dogs they are ok sleeping with fleas. The swamp monsters feel comfortable around those that cannot spell ‘law.’

This recent impeachment is a political stunt to distract the sheep from a bill passed that has 1.4 trillion tax dollars going to fund crazy things like the war in Afghanistan. Politicians get into office by granting political favors, and some of those are funding wars in ‘shit-hole’ countries, so big business can sell both side’s weapons, and other goods and services.

What they should have been debating is what was in that spending bill.  Instead, they are doing their best to drag ‘David’ through the mud, in hopes that some of it will stick, while repaying their radical base and donors with what they desire most.

This distraction is just that, a slight of the magician’s hand to show you the public the bright and shiny object, so you don’t notice the magician pulling out a fifth ace from his sleeve.  The impeachment is, in fact, a complete farce and the Democrats know it. The political stunt will backfire, but not before 1.4 trillion of your tax dollars go to the Gods of the Swamp monsters!

It should come as no surprise to anyone anywhere that the irredeemable-deplorable who shop at Walmart, are the losers no matter how this plays out.  The Goliath, our David who Goliath is targeting, has its own gods.  The swamp creatures are puppets on strings for the real, great and Powerful OZ’s.

The chess masters using their pawns will now spin more Pravda worthy fecal matter at the proverbial wall to see what they can make stick in the minds and hearts of those who still think Socialism is a good thing.

Stalin said that the printed word is the sharpest weapon in his arsenal, and the pawns, purveyors of yellow journalism, and all other matters worthy of the putrid swamp will continue to regurgitate their fetid vomit on the 24-hour news cycle; further dividing a country under siege.   It is time for the sheep, much like the French Sheep who have developed a backbone of late, to wake the hell up!

If you have not hit follow yet, why not?

As a writer, I often offer pearls of wisdom, and yes, on rare occasions, I offer commentary, as many who are too busy to pay attention might actually believe the verbiage disseminated from the drones taking their script from the Wizard.

Much Love -TW

 

 

Another Life…A Shift too far!

I wanted to like this!  I really really did!  I know this is piss poor writing, but this is dialogue, right?

I digress…

I stopped watching halfway through Episode 8.  I don’t know if the writers were stoned, high or just sophomoric but…it was too much!

In the first episode, I had to force myself to allow the writers their agenda on Climate Change and Gay Pride.  None of which has any place in this Sci-Fi.   When we write and put in details like that those details need to be germane to the story.

I have written about climate change before. If you read my blogs, you know that our ‘climate’ in large part is controlled by the amount of ‘BTUs,’  that reaches the earth from the sun.  Go check out that blog if you are curious.

LGBT stuff.

I personally am not gay.  I have friends that are, I champion them but, I don’t want to see men or women kissing or…for that matter I don’t want to see men and women kissing and so on.  I am confident that there are streaming services where one could watch all of the porn, gay, straight, or otherwise, that they could handle.

Had they implied it, I would have been ok with it.  The subtle implication of the little girl’s shirt was enough.  I don’t need to be bludgeoned with your feelings on homosexuality!

I gave them the little girl wearing the shirt.  I allowed the ‘doctor’ to be Trans.  I tried to overlook the absolute lunacy of putting psychotic people in space while in charge of such a critical mission. I even looked past the Gilligan’s Island in space trope.  Lastly, I tried to dismiss the ‘but fortunately,’ syndrome that these writers employ.  (That is the mark of piss poor writing BTW.)

As writers, we must know our audience.  SCIFI is not the audience for LGBT heavy-hitting writing or acting.  I would love to know who is in charge of allowing this kind of writing to guide the industry.  Not only did I stop watching halfway through E-8, but I also find little redeeming programming on Netflix as a whole.  I understand that Disney will soon be releasing its streaming service, which will include Hulu.

I don’t watch much so when I do…I want quality programming, and Netflix seems to be missing the mark.  We vote with our feet or in this case our remote or pocketbook.  I will be ending my multi-year relation with Netflix very soon.

Someone somewhere must be producing quality programming that does not shove a myopic view of the world down our throats. I don’t go to baseball or football games for political bullshit, and I don’t spend good money on programming that inundates me with a way of life I don’t practice. What you do in your bedroom is your affair and none of my business.  In public, you should behave in a manner which is congruent with societal norms.

Speaking of Disney, I was there with my daughter.  Gay Pride week was the following week, a few days after my scheduled departure.  Escorting my young daughter around the park, two men approached us on a bridge over some muddy water.  Seeing us, they quite deliberately embraced each other. Blocking our path, they began a display of pure eroticism, where we were held hostage to their demented ideas of ‘sticking to the system.’

In this case, the system was a young girl, and myself. They were using their sexuality as a weapon, and they were beating up a little girl, not to mention myself. It is hard to win the hearts and minds of the masses when you are a bully. I do not believe they speak for the LGBTQ crowd.  They were just assholes!

For those of you, who fault me for expressing my opinion, thinking ill of me for daring to say anything negative about LGBTQ stuff…You’re wrong, and it is your problem, not mine.

Read most any of my novels, and you will see that for yourself.

In this country, we can express how we feel about anything, including Trump!  This is not Russia or China. I can dislike a person who happens to be of color, without being a racist.  I can abhor two men kissing without being a bigot or homophobe.  I can love another person of the same sex without being gay.  I personally detest labels, and I wonder why the gay community does not.

We need to not be cowed by those that would silence us, and I for one will stand up for those principles.

Yes, the LGBTQ stuff pushed the plot way past the point where I could enjoy, or try to enjoy the writing.  It was not science fiction; it was pushing an agenda much like those two men on the bridge. Had it just been myself, I dare say they would not have done that, or at the very least; my reaction would have been much different.  I don’t tolerate bullies! I think the two of them would have been in the muck under the bridge, had it just been myself.

Care to guess why Kelly McGuire in Presidential Assassins is a kick-ass Ginger?  Don’t mess with a redhead!

One of my favorite novels, which I wrote, is called Diamond Joe.  There, I champion the rights of the LGBTQ.  If you pick it up, you know that it is a romance between two women.

Much love -TW

 

Netflix Another life continued.

‘But Fortunately’ Should not be in a writers tool box.

But Fortunately!

AHHH!  This story could be so much better.   Netflix, hire a consultant from NASA, would you?  Hire Michelle Thaller, she could assist you in making this a little more believable.

After yesterday, I wrote about the miserable failure of this series and then I slept on it.  Things like this trouble me.  Much like working for someone else, I will give no less than my best, and I expect my employees to do the same.

Today I watched a few more episodes during my lunch and dinner break.

I must say that they seriously need to hire a technical advisor, as anyone with a brain in their heads would know better than to do the stupid shit that they do.  Not only are there mistakes like this but also while they are supposed to be on the other ship, the camera clearly pans past stuff that is from the ship she is on.

Oh, we have a contagion, we must all step into the airlock and be jettisoned into space.

Nevertheless, fortunately, we discover a cure at the very last second.

However, unfortunately, there is not a source of gamma radiation strong enough on this star.

But, Fortunately, there is Gamma radiation on another star, so we are all saved but…We are now all sterile.  Oh no!

We are all going to die because we are drinking recycled urine and the food is running out, but fortunately, there is a moon in the goldilocks zone, which has all the stuff of life.

Oh isn’t this flower pretty let me inhale its alien pollen and sit back and chat with my friend.

Oh, let’s suck up thousands of gallons of alien water and just fill up our water supplies on the ship, which makes perfect sense.

I do have an observation that I cannot resist sharing.  Who in their right mind designed the engineering area to look like some steampunk submarine engine room complete with gauges from the fifties?  Oh and with grease.  They are using tools that would actually fit the era of the submarine.  Is that the best you can do?

The little girl is still adorable, the witchy boss is hateful, and that reporter is just…hmmmm.

The scene in the bar playing trivia did not fit anywhere.   The acting was sophomoric at best. Just possibly, you should consider borrowing some flying sharks.

Ok, I need to say something nice.  It is so hard….

I am glad the bitch died.  She needed to die a horrible death saving the mission and true to the end, she wants the credit for doing so. Much like the wicked witch of the west she just melted….

Please don’t misunderstand that I am glad the character died, she was a bitch.  I loved the actress and I hope they bring her back.

The writers are ‘arcing the characters,’ which I noticed…

The person with the alien bug in his head will probably be the next Dr. Smith, and they should leave his ass on a planet…I digress.

Here is the truth of it.  There is barely just enough to entice me to watch episode seven at a future date.  This is not the kind of thing that I would binge-watch.  If my hands are busy feeding my face, I will watch something.

Note to writers…But Fortunately should not be in your writing. Find other ways to craft your story, where there is not magic beans and happenstance to save their assess.  Have them act, as professionals would be a good start.   You can still have the drama but gees…if this is what future humanity sends into space, we are screwed and will go the way of the T-Rex.

That is my official post on this series…Lol

If you want a good read my novel Earth’s Tipping point is on KU.  It is a shame as it only puts money in Bezos’s pockets but, it is still a good read.

Cheers -TW

They Don’t Care!

Identity politics are tearing the country apart and they don’t care!

It has been a while since I have blogged.  Sorry about that.  I recently re-wrote Under Roswell.  Complete with graphics at the beginning of each chapter.  That took some time to get it published both in e-book and paperback.

Some of my followers have asked me for my opinion on what is going on in DC.  Truly I tell you that I have to limit my exposure to it, as I get damned mad which is counterproductive for a creative.

If you flip through the cable news channels many of the networks are now moving off the Russia fiasco as there was no collusion, to find another crime.  This is mob mentality.  It is why we left England years ago as we objected to the way the KING did things.  Serving a general warrant against his foes, the mob destroyed them while digging into their lives and all who he or she knew, until they could concoct a reason to publicly castrate them.

The mob mentality is the same mentality that was used during the witch trials, and if they haven’t burned all the history books yet, you can find it all the way back to the early church.   Americans and I suspect those in the UK where there is still a quasi-free press, are inundated with lies.  Our press, most of it is in the pocket of someone.  ‘Who’ is the real story?

Facebook and Twitter are acting as publishers, while only allowing the news that promotes the leftist agenda to proliferate among the citizens. The press was created to be that check and balance to our elected officials.  Currently, they lead the mob and are heating the tar and getting the feathers ready for conservatives.

“You cannot rely on the media for the truth.  You need to pay attention to what is actually happening.”

Anytime you want to know what is truly going on in the world of politics, follow the money.

The major flaw in our system is politicians are always working on getting re-elected. ALLWAYS!

The one exception to that, of course, is if they are retiring.

To run for office, you need money, lots of it.  How do you get big corporations and the ‘fat cat bankers’ to give you money?

“You threaten them!”

In 2008 and 2012 President Obama went after the ‘fat cat bankers.’  He threatened to disrupt their predatory loan practices.  “wink wink”

This threat did two things, first, it created the optics or illusion that he cares about you.  More importantly, it sent a message to the fat cat bankers to talk to the folks on Ave K and make sure they donated generously to his re-election campaign.

How did his threats work BTW?  Payday loans went from 471% APR to 900%.  The class of people hurt the worst by his deception, were those in the lower middle class and the people living in poverty.  And yet people still love him… Why?  They don’t care to follow up to see what the man actually did.. He screwed you!  I sure hope he kissed you afterward.

AOC and Bernie are now using that page from his playbook before other candidates seize upon it.  Now Bernie looks like he cares, and AOC steps into the limelight as something other than ‘totally nuts.’

Tucker Carlson even commented on it.  Tucker, surely you can see that this is a ruse.

The Dems don’t hate the NRA, they want money from them as well. Obama was the best thing in the world for gun manufacturers and the NRA.  I would love to follow that money trail.  One would probably have to start in the Caymans.

Gun sales were through the roof when he threatened to ‘get the guns.’

Politicians are loyal to themselves first, and themselves second, and themselves third.  When someone spends 19 million dollars of their own money to possibly get elected to a job that pays $174K a year, even the most doltish among you should see through the smokescreen of the green curtain.  They are mostly all frauds, and you buy their garbage. Yes, the wizard is all-powerful and will promise you anything!

Trump won because 63 million of you don’t buy their garbage.  He won because he named the enemy.  While he is not the smartest man in DC, he surrounds himself with smart people. Any good tank commander finds the best people he can to cover his ass.  Trump knows this.

It boggles my mind why he is doing this.  Why is he not taking a paycheck?  Why is he allowing this constant trashing of his character and reputation?  “Is there money involved?”

On its face, he appears very altruistic, is he? If he is truly doing this for the reasons he puts forth, we should put him up for sainthood.  My skepticism runs deep, however.

Politicians, (most politicians) don’t care about you.  I don’t care what they say, they don’t give a shit about you.  All they want is your vote and will say anything they have to, to get it. Politicians use identity politics and any other emotional issue they can come up with, to secure your vote.  If they stir up some crazies who take their gun and shoot up some people, to quote Nancy Pelosi, it is (collateral damage.)  They don’t care!

Politicians live in gated communities, security guards with guns,  have nice houses and are leeches.  Most of them.

Term limits… Why?  At least in their second term, they would be more concerned about what they ran on, versus getting elected. Make it a law that they cannot be lobbyist after their term.

The absolute farce taking place in DC today is a political distraction to damage Trump.  Everything about this investigation flies in the face of the constitution.  The FBI has been severely tarnished by this travesty, and one has to wonder what the difference is between China and the US, truly…

We need a disruptor in DC.  We need someone to change the way things are done.  AOC is not the answer.  She is a lightning rod for the Dems, saving Maxine Waters, Feinstein and the rest from their own crap.

What they did to Kavanagh was disgusting beyond the pale.  Are they sorry?  The only thing they are sorry for is that it did not work.

I challenged some voters on social media as to why they were voting liberal.  “We need checks and balance in DC.”

FFS!  Trump had the house, and Senate, and could not get it done with his own party.  Why???  They only care about themselves, which is it.  As long as there are politicians in DC, and the counties around DC are the wealthiest in the country, you can be sure that the American people come dead last, where their lawmaking is concerned.  (Mostly)

Uncle Joe is not the answer BTW.

I personally like the man.  He has however been infected by the crap that goes on, and would certainly elevate those other countries while destroying this country in the process.  People in DC are out of touch and Bernie and AOC are prime examples of the fruitcakes that make the laws you and I have to abide by, while they and their ilk do not.

Presidents come and go, they have term limits.  Both parties know this, and the lawmakers most probably all drink beer together in a smoke-filled room while trying to outmaneuver Trump.

I would not trust any of them.  Truth told we are in a very dangerous time right now as there are unstable governments who actually think that nukes are the answer.  Trump has his hands full and what are the Dems and to some extent the republicans doing?  Distracting him with absolute shit!  They not only hate this man but, they hate you as well.  Not only do they not care about you but, they loathe you.  They will kiss your baby, and probably your ass at election time but, then it is onto who will give me what to pass this legislation or award this military spending contract?

Disagree?

Tell me why, and keep it civil.

Now that this is off my chest, possibly I can get into a better place and write fiction again.  BTW, thanks to those of you who have purchased so many of my novels.  Yes, I still have a day job but, one day it is my fervent hope that I can just write fiction.

-Best

TW