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Busy busy

So I haven’t been posting here like I’d like to. I know there are a couple of you out there that actually miss it—and you do my ego good, so thanks. It isn’t that I don’t want to post, it’s just that I’ve barely had the chance to even breathe.

Let me catch you up!

For the last year and a half, I’ve been “commuting” back and forth from Mississippi to Orlando, Florida, where I’m a Creative Writing instructor at Full Sail University. Lots of reasons for the commute, but the main one has been our house in Oxford has yet to sell. Yeah, I know—frustrating. In fact, as I write this, it still hasn’t sold (anyone need a nice house out in the suburbs of the county in Oxford?). But, since Brittany is graduating from high school, we’ve decided to suck it up, make the move, and trust God to take care of it (hope He’s listening right now!).

Still, it’s pretty scary.

I’ve been losing about a day and a half each week of my schedule to travel. Driving is about 12-13 hours (depending on whether I’m traveling east or west…and how many stops I have to make) and I lose about a half day just recuperating. Which means I have to make incredible use of the remaining days. Those of you with families know how challenging that can be sometimes.

Of course, when I can, I squeeze in writing time. I know I promised at the new year that I’d give you some updates—and they’re coming soon, promise. I should have some cool art to show you soon! The other thing is that I just got a top secret graphic novel writing gig—sorry, I can’t talk about it yet even though I want to! I promise I’ll spill the beans when they let me. While that’s great news—it is!—the publisher wants the script YESTERDAY. EEEK!

On top of that, I’m making a move from teaching in the MFA program to the BFA program. I’m excited as anything to be making the shift. Why, you ask? Because I’m getting to teach Writing For Comics and Animation. I mean, HOW COOL IS THAT?

Yep, it’s cool…but here’s the downside: the class is running NOW! I’m barely staying one step ahead of the class with lectures. I don’t EVEN want to talk about grading yet. The good news is that come June, the material will be written for the next class that comes in…I’ll have the opportunity to spell check and work out some bugs with the next class…I trust. I just hope this first class, who know they’re the inaugural class, will be forgiving of all the bumps in the road.

So. There it is…in a nutshell. Thanks for sticking with me…I hope to get back to some semblance of “normal” mid-to-late summer.

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Good Nazis vote NEIN!

I’m publishing this blog out of my normal schedule (yeah, I know, my schedule hasn’t always been “normal”) because today is election day in Mississippi and I’m feeling compelled to blog about one of the items up for vote. Mostly because of some of the spirited debate I read on Facebook. Ha! So, if you’re not from Mississippi, come back next week, as this may not interest you at all. Or, it might.

Proposition 26 reads: “Should the term ‘person’ be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof?”

Pure and simple, this is an anti-abortion proposition, not one about birth-control. Many Mississippians are tired of sitting idly by and watching babies killed. We don’t want to be like the “silent Germans” who sat back and watched the Nazis kill millions of Jews. Of course, if you listen to the pro-abortion folks, they are hot and heavy trying to convince the folks of Mississippi that the amendment will take away their birth-control and their right to have it. This is, of course, not true. But you’ve got to look deep and wide to see that because the “NO” propaganda machine is very, very good.

I’ll go so far as to say this: Those who vote “no” on Proposition 26 are little better than the Germans who turned a blind eye on the Nazis. Wow, some of you have your hackles up, now. Good! Let me explain to you what I mean by that.

The Nazi propaganda machine was also very good. To deny that would be to admit ignorance of history—and there is a lot of that running around in our nation. But I’ll assume anyone reading here won’t deny that historical judgment. That the Nazis killed millions of Jews is historical fact. Are we ready to believe that every single German person hated Jews and wanted to see them exterminated? I don’t think so. I don’t think we’re ready to believe that even a majority of them were simply that evil. The Germans are pretty much like people all over the world.

So the Nazi propaganda machine had to convince the general German populace that the Jews were sub-human, less than human, and far inferior to the German people. By thinking of them as less than human, it was easy to mistreat—and ultimately kill—them. Slavery, as much as it is still a healing wound in the U.S., was pretty much the same. Black Americans were considered less than human and that helped give American justification for their poor treatment, which lasted long after slavery was over. American Indians the same: they were called savages, less than human.

You see what’s happening, right? Those who ran those propaganda machines successfully convinced enough of the population that those people groups really weren’t human at all, therefore it was about the equivalent of kicking your dog.

Now, in 2011, the pro-abortionist propaganda machine has done the same thing. They have, for some time, successfully called the baby in the womb “fetus,” “embryo,” “fertilized egg.” These terms all de-humanize what’s in the womb so that we don’t feel so bad about killing it. Plus, this life is inside another human being and therefore it should be her decision whether to kill it or not. The frequent and consistent use of these terms has made unborn babies less than human.

Have you noticed when women get pregnant, people never say “oh! You’re going to have an embryo! That’s exciting!”

Science helps us out here, too. The heart starts beating at about 18 days, much before the mom or doctor even notices it.

So, go ahead. Be a good Nazi, and vote “no” on Proposition 26 today. I, on the other hand and even though some may curse me, will vote “yes” in an attempt to be a voice for those who have been deemed less than human.

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The idiocy of smoking

One of the things that BJ and I immediately liked about California was its attention to health. It was very rare to see Californians smoking. Oh, not saying they never did, some of the folks I worked with would have been lost w/out their smoke breaks. However, far fewer percentage wise smoked. In fact, when we returned to Mississippi, one of the first things we noticed was how much “smoke” was around us…that, and we’d forgotten how truly hot it is in the South.

Before I go further, though, it should be stated that I have friends who smoke and I respect their right to smoke, I just don’t understand it.

Smoking has never really held any interest for me. That may harken back to the day when, as a first grader, my mother saw me pick up the spent butt of a cigarette just tossed down by our neighbor. I was a kid and I was pretending. Mom decided to let me see what it really was. SO, our neighbor loaned Mom a cigarette and I was forced to “inhale.” Yes, former Mr. President, I did inhale.

And I got sooo sick.

Just a guess on my part, but that could play some role. Regardless, being in smoky places makes my eyes water; and it usually smells horrible inside. Then, when I leave, the smoke smell comes with me because it’s permeated my clothes. Frankly, it just stinks.

I won’t belabor the health risks…seems everybody is aware of them these days. So why do they still do it? That’s the question I just can’t answer. Oh sure, I’ve heard all the responses: driving a car can kill you, too. Sure, sure. But that is an accident. It’s no accident that smoking tars up lungs.

I’m not real fond of riding in the cars of smokers either. They usually also stink; despite the various attempts with car perfumes and those things that dangle from the mirrors. It still stinks. But smokers have lost the ability to smell it anymore. Long time smokers lack the ability to smell smoke at all it seems!

You can always tell a house, too, that has smokers (pets, too, but that’s a piece for another day). BJ and I have looked at our share of houses in the last few years. We’ve been in a few in which stepping just inside the door was enough for us because of the stench of smoke. Once it gets in the walls, it just never comes out. I’ve even seen tar run down the walls in bathrooms during a steamy shower in the former homes of smokers.

I still believe it is their right to do so, but just because I believe they have the right to do it, doesn’t mean I think they have the right to stink up public places like restaurants and such.

But you just have to question why? Why in the world do something like that? The answer escapes me.

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