It’s the guns

One mass murder after another, and so-called leaders spout the same old crap and pitiful excuses for their continuing failure to prevent gun violence.

Anything short of banning the civilian ownership or use of weapons of war will be the result of cowardice, another failure to protect children and all of the rest of us.

Call your U.S. senators and representatives and demand the ban.

If you think this infringes on your right to bear arms, get back to me with proof of your current membership in a well-regulated militia (WRM). I hear a WRM is necessary to the security of a free State. Unregulated gun ownership is not.

Sign of a sick society, addicted to guns and violence

Writing, blocks and deadlines

I caught part of an interesting discussion on The Content Wrangler the other day about technical writer’s block. As something of a writer’s block skeptic, I was reminded (again) about the importance of defining terms.

A highlight for me in Overcoming Technical Writer’s Block was host Scott Abel’s perspective on having to meet deadlines when he worked as a journalist. As another guy whose writing career started at a daily newspaper, I could relate. Writer’s block? A reporter who can’t meet deadlines probably isn’t a reporter for very long. I think the same applies to other writers who need to finish assignments on time.

Another type of block. Image by Foundry Co from Pixabay

I’ve read various takes on writer’s block and accept it is a real thing in people’s lives, but it can mean quite different things in different circumstances. Much depends on how you define the words you use. Take what you mean by writing and deadline, for example. Here’s what those terms mean here at The Smith Compound:

Writing – A process for creating prose, poetry or another collection of words for any purpose. It is not an act. The writing process begins with an idea. In the news business, it often begins with an assignment to be finished by a deadline. Gathering information is part of the writing process. Figuring out how to tell a story is part of the process, too, whether the writer is hiking in the forest or fishing or riding a bicycle. Sitting in front of a computer screen or other device to put words in a certain order is part of the process. Doing any of those things while struggling to come up with an idea of what to write may indicate the existence of writer’s block.

Deadline – An unmovable target for completion of a project, writing or otherwise. If the target date can be changed, it might be a goal – or a suggestion, or maybe wishful thinking – but it isn’t a deadline. There are consequences for missing deadlines.

Write on, my friends.

B.J.

Strive to be antique

Image by Darkmoon_Art from Pixabay

Strive to be antique.
Your value is already
considerable.

B.J.

A look inside

A streaky windshield refuses to be clean. Windows in the condo fog the view on sunny mornings, in sunsets hot or cold.

Dusty desert air makes windows in a new house look old, always dirty, dreary. Generic lens wipes and sprays and cloths leave smears and smudges and gloom.

Something is to blame.

Blurry view through a car windshield at night.
Pixabay image

Then surprise, a light comes on. Headlights dazzle in the night.

Look inside yourself. Is it the eyes? Is it?

There may be light. We shall see.

B.J.