Archive for September, 2011

This Is Life: Jack Palms 2

Friday, September 30th, 2011

This Is Life by Seth Harwood

This is the life. Jack Palms is getting his well deserved sequel in Seth Harwood’s up and coming book This Is Life. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this book. To recap, Seth Harwood came on the scene with unique marketing efforts and the book Jack Wakes Up. In that book, Jack, the one time action movie hero, finally recovers from curve balls in his life that include a divorce and substance abuse. He finds his old friend Ralph has gotten into trouble deep enough to end up dead. You, the reader, get to watch Jack wake up from a hazy nonexistance and untangle the details related to Ralph’s depth which takes Jack further down the rabbit hole into the world of criminal elements. This Is Life takes off from there, I presume. Here’s a blurb from Harwood’s site about that:

In This Is Life, Jack Palms finds himself caught in a working relationship with none other than the San Francisco police. When one of their own gets killed and corruption invades the Hall of Justice, Sgt. Mills Hopkins hires Jack to poke around. Is Jack ready for his own brand of police work? Is San Francisco?

Follow Jack Palms as he tries to figure out if the life of a Private Eye fits him, hunts a cop-killer, and tries to solve a series of murders that leads him into the heart of San Francisco’s sex trade.

Don’t forget Young Junius if you haven’t checked into it already. It’s a kind of Jack Palms’ preview that fleshes out the background of a key Jack Wakes Up character. It’s Harwood’s second full length tale.

Seth Harwood offers additional Kindle format short stories for more glimpses into his sordid world. Stay tuned for those reviews.

Harwood is finishing up a Kick campaign to secure funding for his publishing efforts. You can join into that until October 8th. There are some neat thank you gifts included some hard to get hard copies of some of those short stories.

When’s the last time you saw a good author on the ground floor of getting his story to readers everywhere? Just saying.

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That Time My Parents Did Something Well

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

I’ve got a lot of complaints about a lot of things because I can be a critical perfectionist. But, my parents did one thing apparently really well judging from my peers and my opinion of their parents. My parents did a good job building an environment where I got comfortable expressing myself almost without regard to what the topic was. I’ve argued many points with my parents. I feel like I’m often from a different political world than they are. I’ve been outraged by them. And I never once got the feedback that the problem was in the fact that I communicated. The problems are the problems and the communication is infrastructure that everyone needs.

Communication is a big topic and not every way was good. It still isn’t good. I still don’t understand them as much as I wish I could in some alternate world. Some of my friends have enviably amicable and easy relationships with their parents. In the one part of communication which is sort of first amendment-ish where the right to start the conversation and keep going until you feel the issue has been expressed, my parents deserve platinum stars. Not everybody was raised to value that and I feel like it shows in the modern political environment.

The people who don’t treat expression like I do tend to do it for sensible peace making reasons. But I think ultimately it leads to a less desirable world where all the same disagreements are happening in people’s heads quietly leading to pathology. Put a disagreement into words and find the shape of the difference like it’s a science and revel in a world which produces support (and misguided belief) for so many different views. You gotta love reality or hate it in general. I hate certain behaviors, but I’m comfortable with different viewpoints. That’s one part of reality even I don’t pretend I can change.

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Ten Commandments Vs The First Amendment

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

So the Ten Commandments went up in a school in Giles County, VA because the staff there are morons. Don’t worry, I intend to substantiate this proposition with some clever reasoning. Let us consider how the Ten Commandments would fare if they were offered up as laws given that we already have the First Amendment.
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