Everyone stop what you’re doing now and start watching Dark, the German TV series involving the sins, dark past, lies, and secrets of a small town named Winden; a nuclear power plant; and time travel. Excellent viewing with the plot twists and intricacies involving life and time you would expect from the people who gave us Nietzsche, Einstein, Hermann Hesse, and Thomas Mann. Two seasons, a total of 18 episodes, are on Netflix now.
More info can be found on Wikipedia and Imdb. I would give you the links, but I have a crappy cell phone. Dark is in German but is subtitled.
- Think “Lost” if the scriptwriter had been Franz Kafka.
On October 18, I posted a comment on the “Writer’s Digest” article “How to Write a Science Fiction Novel” by Robert Lee Brewer published on August 19, 2019.
The article is well written and gives some good places for a novice to start exploring writing a sci-fi novel and coming to know its trials and travails. However, I had to throw in my two cents about writing science fiction and writing in general, because I started out reading books on how to write, but it helped me little. The thought that kept going through mind was that if the author of this book on writing was a great writer, why haven’t I heard of him? Why isn’t he making a living just writing fiction? Why does he need to write books like this. Yes, Stephen King wrote a great book on writing, but it’s hard to find another famous author who has.
The key for me to learning how to write has been to read great writers, read their comments on how to write, and to learn everything I can about English grammar (here I have an advantage over most because I have a verifiable knack for linguistics and have college credit in about six languages). The two books that have helped me more than all the others are The Elements of Style by Strunk and White and Webster’s New World Guide to Punctuation. Both are very concise and very short and inexpensive. I recommend them highly. Most importantly though is to WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! and READ! READ! READ!
Anyway, here is a link to the “Writer’s Digest” article for your edification and/or entertainment. My comments are currently awaiting moderation, but will hopefully be up soon. It will be interesting to see the responses I receive.
As soon as the comments come up, I will update this article.
Murray Arviso, 2019
Today, I received a link via email about a former (as of August) co-worker of mine named Murray Arviso. Murray is in the Maintenance Division at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, where he has worked for around twenty years. Murray is in a bad health situation and will not be able to walk for a while. His family needs financial help to build a ramp for his wheelchair. Ironically, under normal circumstances, Murray is quite capable of building a ramp. Now that he needs one himself, he is not physically capable of doing it. A ramp is inexpensive compared to a lot of medical needs, so anything you can give will go a long way.
If you would like to help out, follow this link to Murray Arviso’s GoFundMe page, which explains the situation. This condition started a few months ago and has been worsening. Donating even a little bit will help. Here is the note that came with the link:
I thought you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe, https://www.gofundme.com/f/expenses-for-home-ramp-amp-home-medical-supplies?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet.
Even a small donation could help Colleen Arviso reach their fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.
Thanks for taking a look!
If you can’t help out financially, at least spread this word to as many people as you can.