When respected authorities disagree, what is the proper response? To suspend judgment. The worst response is to double down on your perceived certainty, and castigate those who believe differently.

In my reading on this issue, it's too soon to draw conclusions with "certainty."

Not sure if you're talking about the books or the movies, but I thought the movies did a much better job of portraying the love between Aragorn and Arwen, and also the plight of Eowyn.

I've read Silmarillion, and it's not an easy read. Mostly telling not showing. Very compressed. So if parts of it could be expanded into full stories, that sounds like a worthy project.

By the way, I think it has a better creeation story than any religion I'm familiar with.

I'm wondering if my 1995 Ford Explorer will last for the rest of my life, so I don't have to worry about any of this baloney.

Regarding Apple: I'm still using an iPhone 6S and a 2013 MacBook Air. I've found Apple products to be durable and long-lived.

I just read the report from the US Air Force documenting the unidentified objects shadowing our aircraft. "Unexplainable. Beyond our technological capabilities."

My first thoughts:

- The government did not try to hide this from people.

- People were not panicked. They ignored it.

- Worst of all, if this turns out to be real alien contact, it will screw up my science fiction stories. This is the biggest hazard for a sci fi writer.

Let me give you some downsides to a lifestyle business:

- No time off. No vacations. You work all the time, 24/7. A key rule: the better people you have working for you, the longer vacations you can take.

- No help. You wear all the hats, even the ones that dont fit. You do things you're not good at (bookkeping? sales?) and neglect the things that bring the most value to the company.

- No innovation. You're so busy with your nose to the grindstone, you have no bandwidth to create new things.

- No strategic planning. If it's…

My novels are written first person. My heroine is the narrator of her story. Occasionally she says, "Dear Reader, I've got to explain something to you." or "I'm sure you [readers] have seen these stories about me in the tabloids." I think this works if I don't overdo it.

I had a direct ancestor who was on the Sultana when it exploded. If he hadn't survived, by swimming to the shore, I wouldn't be here. He was a Union soldier who'd been a prisoner of war of the Confederates

I've heard women refer to groups of other women as "guys," so for some at least it has become gender neutral. "Come on, guys, let's go get lunch."

I look in my closet at all the clothes and shoes I haven't worn in the past year. If I removed them, there'd be about three things left, and they'd all be pullover or pull up. I've been wearing tennies and sandals so long I couldn't get my feet into my dress shoes.

Mike Van Horn

I have 3 identities: 1. Science fiction writer. 2. Small business advisor. My sci fi is a hell of a lot more fun! 3. Lonely politics — not right, not left.

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