The Journal: I Enjoy a Good Chunk of Irony

In today’s Journal

* Irony of the Day
* I’m on Best Deals
* Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”
* Alternatives to Google Earth?
* Of Interest

I do so enjoy a good chunk of irony, especially when it has to do with the Constitution or its amendments, and especially (because I’m a writer) the first amendment. So here’s the

Irony of the Day

“We need to have a grownup conversation about how to deal with threats to our national security and that’s not what happened here. I’m not going to be silenced.” Nina Jankowicz, former director of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board after the Board was “paused indefinitely” and she resigned amid citizens’ “concerns about impinging on free speech.”

All I can say is good for her, not wanting to be silenced. And neither do we.

I’m on Best Deals Somehow

I must be living right or something. Yesterday around 9 a.m. my wife emailed me. Her message was short: “Look what I ran across.” That was followed by a smiley-face icon and a link.

When I clicked the link, I started grinning too. If you want to see why, take a look at

If any of you are responsible for this, thank you.

If you notice a novel titled Yours Affectionately, Jane Austin, that was writtem by Sally Smith O’Rourke, an excellent writer. I copyedited that book for her.

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

From the 1440 Daily Digest “Etcetera” section, you can “listen to an eerie Shirley Jackson recitation of her famous short story, ‘The Lottery’.” There’s also an excellent article about Jackson at the link.

Alternatives to Google Earth?

I’m currently exploring some alternatives to Google Earth (and GE Pro). Zoom Earth stacks up fairly well, and Marble does all right too. Plus, Marble includes maps of Luna which interests me since I have two colonies there in Arzachel Crater (grin).

If you check out these or any other alternatives, I’d appreciate you letting me know what you think.

Talk with you again soon.

Of Interest

See “The ‘twin paradox’ shows us what it really means for time to be relative” at A wonderful thought experiment.

Disclaimer: In this blog, I provide advice on writing fiction. I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. To be crystal clear, WITD is not “the only way” to write, nor will I ever say it is. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among myriad other topics.