I noticed that I seemed to need less coins to make change in Malaysia than I did in Canada. Canada, like its counterpart the US, uses the following coins for values under $1: 5, 10, and 25 cent pieces (under $1, so not counting the loonie or twoonie). While Canada does technically have a 50-cent coin, it’s not widely circulated and can be hard to spend or receive as change. Malaysia has the following coins: 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents. Canada, like Malaysia, no longer has a one-cent co
Writers live an die by the words they write. Invariably, they die by word counts.
Lately I’ve been setting myself writing goals for a novel I’m working on, Tau Ceti. Each month I project where I want the story to be at both the end of that month and the next. Unfortunately, missing those targets can be incredibly deflating. In July I missed my word count goal, and again in August. My story got stuck around 73,000 words and didn’t seem to go anywhere.
Katatura, Namibia - the expected visual narrative when discussing Africa.
In May 2013, a scandal broke out in South Africa over a private jet landing at the top military base. At the time, none of the statements being made by the government made sense, and they often contradicted each other. I wrote the following to draw attention to them and to ask that some journalist step up and actually challenge these "facts."
About six years ago, I wrote a short blog post about the need for a way to end a conversation, be it in email, texting, or Whatsapp. Simply put, I think people should start putting NRN, standing for No Reply Needed, at the end of their last intended message.Of course this brilliant* idea was ignored... ;-( The full original post is reposted below:
Once, in the 1980s, I started writing a story, called The Key to Alexandria, about angels, demons, magical crystals, time travel and a modern-day hero named Jeffery Kard. In this story, our protagonist gets slowly drawn into a mythical realm that overlays our reality. He learns of three crystals and a battle by two warring factions, angels and demons, each intent on unifying the crystals for their own purposes.