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Baby goat sticking its cute head out between fence boards at the local zoo

Photo by Lisa Marie Mercer © 2014

Yes. I’ve been missing entirely from this blog for half a year.

You will note that period includes the height of idiocy back in the US with government shutdowns, crazy “defund Obamacare” repeated attempts to get different results from the same headbanging, and other general lunacy. If I had tried to really express what I thought about all that, my blood pressure would pop.

I’ve also been working, building up our web and social media biz, writing, and ranting in shorter spurts on social media. The short-hits do less to the blood pressure than longer, organized essays. You can find most of my other haunts from my profile on this page, and all the rest of them from my About.me profile. I invite you to debate, comment, follow, throw tomatoes, or otherwise engage with me at one or more of them.

Some more work done on Falling Off the Hemisphere the book, though not where I expected to be. Of course, a major point of that memoir and cultural commentary is that you shouldn’t expect nor plan so much about where you expect to be. I’m finding that this oddball part-memoir of a Great Recession survivor, part-social-critique, is being driven more by events and less by memory, and may well totally revamp concept as to what it should become.

As to the SF story, I am busy jettisoning what I find of “first novel syndrome” so as to avoid putting every single good idea I’ve ever had for a story into that one novel. (more…)

Here’s a first draft of a chapter fragment. Immune Response. Hopefully gives you an idea of what “Falling off the hemisphere” means. Hint: Your world is not what you think it is. If you’re from the so-called “First World” of the Global North (which includes you guys in New Zealand and Australia too, even though you’re Down Under with me in the Southern Hemisphere geographically), you need to de-program yourself in order to heal yourself.

Because you are ill. So was I. So are we all. Our countries are ill… (more…)

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