Tuesday, July 21, 2015


You know, the very first blog I started back in '06 was called Musings About Writing.  Thought I was pretty unique there - until I saw how many other people were 'musing'.  :shrug;  That became The Writing Spectacle.  Cuz, hey, it's all a spectacle.  And my first book's tentative title at the time was Spectacle.  (Yeah, vague and unspecific title there.  It's now called Fear Itself.)  The blog title stuck and there we are.

Ahem.  That wasn't what I was musing about when I started this post.  And somewhere between YOU and ARE in that paragraph, I lost my train of thought.  Be nice, I haven't had nearly enough coffee yet.

One thing I was musing about first thing this morning, pre-coffee, is how something that ticks me off and made me very ranty, passed pretty much unnoticed in the real world.  Funny how that happens. Some issue that has a limited number of people up in arms one way or the other, really isn't all that important to the rest of the freakin' world. As in, you know, normal people. Kinda puts things in perspective.  Kinda gives me hope that since it really isn't all that important, it will be ignored and perhaps will pass into not even a hiccup in history.  Time will tell.  If only all such nonsensical issues would pass so easily into obscurity.

Of course, there's the other chance - that something big will happen because of it and no one will have noticed until we're all without another little bit of freedom.  Again, time will tell.  Since my underlying passion is what I call 'speculative fiction' - wherein one speculates about the future in novel form - I tend to see the long term possibilities in all their horror and/or glory.

Think Twilight Zone.  The original one with Rod Serling.  That show was awesome and I suckled at it early - which is probably why I am the way I am. 

Of course, I also read books like Fahrenheit 451 and Anthem and Brave New World and Atlas Shrugged and 1984 during my formative years.  If those don't give you some insight into possible futures and make your mind wander down those paths, I don't know what will.

I guess, I could also point to the show Quantum Leap there, too.  One man, jumping around the time thread of his life, fixing things that can be fixed. 

Anyway, point me toward a book, movie, or show that explores the trail mankind could take, and I'm so there.

And now my musings have wandered as far a field as I want to let them this morning.  The coffee's starting to kick in and the brain is turning back into something a little more solidified. So I'll leave you with one last thought from Back to the Future III

The future isn't set in stone and it is what we make of it.  So make yours the best you can.


  1. 1) Love Fear Itself as a title
    2) Now you've got me wondering what thing happened...
    3) I loved Quantum Leap -- esp. the Stevie King one

  2. I read Atlas Shrugged many years ago before I knew the term speculative fiction. It's one of those books I feel like I should reread but don't know if I can bring myself to do it. I loved Quantum Leap too.

    You've got me thinking though. After the recent hacking of the dating site for cheaters (I had no idea these things even existed!) what about a future where we were all required by law to be matched with a mate through a complex computer program system? What if it was illegal to get married for love? What if the penalty for cheating was death? Hum...the possibilities.

  3. Yep, me to - love Fear Itself as a title & Quantum Leap. In fact I liked QL so much that when Star Trek Enterprise came out I just couldn't get with it. It was just too weird to see Sam as Captain and I kept expecting him to look in the mirror and see someone else.

    Oh and, like Karyn, I had no idea a website existed to hook up cheaters. I don't know the title or who the author was, but in one book I read marriage was a contact signed for an initial period of 5 years, after which you could cancel with no hassle or sign up for another 5 years.

  4. If history is any indicator, things happen in tiny events, building into mountains of change we never anticipated.

    This time though events are being shoved head first via social media in sound bites that come off an awful lot like noise.

    Social media is a bastard. It amplifies the crazies. Worse yet, it gives them power they never had before. Kinda scary really.