Not For Covid. That’s a Virus. This Was For For Nerve Pain, Then Bacteria

It was a long time… this isn’t my usual posting genre It’s also been five months since this happened. I should write it down before I forget it!

It all started because I had soreness in my mouth that made it too painful for me to eat or use more than the right side of my mouth. I dealt with this for almost two years (I’m stubborn in things like that) and the area I could use was getting smaller and smaller. I finally went to get it treated. I guessed I had to brace myself for a root canal.

“Fear is the mind-killer” Frank Herbert, Dune

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In the English class of Secondary 2 (Grade 8 outside Quebec), whenever we learned a new verb or tense, I would invent a fragment of a story as practice. Other classmates tried to imitate my concept but failed.

{TANGENT: I wish I still had these. As Robert Heinlein said, “Finish what you start”. I left a lot unfinished then.}

Flash forward to Junior College. I took Creative Writing. Like in English I came up with many unfinished ideas. The teacher praised them.

Based on that praise I enrolled in Creative Writing 2 the next semester.

That was a mistake.


One Word at a Time

Serenity, from Firefly.Ship created by Zoic Studios

The Lockdown from Covid-19 began here in April. I’ve homebound since then. As I write this it’s Aug. 6, 2020.

I’m both a fiction and content writer. You’d think t Check. All days go together?

You’d be wrong.

I’ve been fighting off a lethargic funk caused by it. Lethargy? Living with it. Check.

All days blend together? Double-check.

Does time feel like it has no meaning after so long? Yes. Triple-check.

A major fact made me write again:

This won’t change anytime soon. YOU should change.

I have a blog. I’m here on Medium. I have a mailing list. I’m…

I’ll Attend it This Year… ish

Every issue of my fanzine (The Original Universe) ends with my To-Do list. I always end with the same Someday (Maybe): go to this convention.

It’s like GenCon for gamers, mecca. I’ve attended that twice in the early 1990s, but can’t anymore, due to cost and logistics.

Same things for SDCC. I didn’t think it would ever happen.

If You’re Looking For Homophobia, Go Away

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It’s tough to find pictures of this character in the public domain. The character belongs to the DC Universe…

In this episode, Harley and Poison Ivy declare their love for each other, they kiss, then drive off into the sunset.

I saw video podcasting about the DCU that loved this story. I didn’t, for emotional and writing reasons:

1. The show played it for laughs. HaHa! They kissed out of the blue! HaHa! They blacked out at a party and had sex a few times!

Love isn’t a punchline. It’s not something to just play for laughs.

In the current…

It’s Not My Favorite Color, But it Has Its Own Hints

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First, my apologies for being away for so long. Slow blogging due to lockdown funk. Bad mix.

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Back now:

My favorite color is blue.

Before Picasso gained fame he had a group of realistic paintings called his blue period. Many of my favorite records came from a studio called Blue Note. One of my favorite bands here in Canada is Blue Rodeo. One of my favorite Superheroes in the 1990s was Blue Devil.

Rhapsody in Blue (song), Blue Velvet (movie), the Blue Lanterns (comicbooks), Blue Lagoon (movie), blue M&Ms (candy), Little Boy Blue (nursery rhyme), blue…

This Lost me in Episode 1

Research without glasses on.
Research without glasses on.
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Hollywood makes new books and TV. The problem is: if a single detail is wrong, no matter how small it seems, it can ruin all suspension of disbelief for the project.

There’s a writing rule we’ve all heard:

Write what you know.

Is this rule true? No, and yes.

No, because a good fiction author isn’t restricted from writing a good story because they aren’t an expert in that field. Was Isaac Asimov a roboticist? No, but his stories about robots are so well-loved that even robotic rules were named after him.

Has Julian May ever been to another world…

All my Bullying Left Me a Racist, But I Grew Out of It

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Near the end of high school, comedian John Byner had a comedy show on one of our national Canadian networks called Bizarre. The show featured many now beyond inappropriate routines, one a regular skit called ‘the bigot family’. Every member was of different ethnicity. They would zing each other with ethnic slurs.

I’ve spoken here many times about my experiences of being bullied. With my small group of friends, because we were of many ethnic origins (all Caucasian, however) we reenacted the bigot family. I always did the Polish jokes.

A few years later I realized my bubby was…

I’ve Learned This The Hard Way

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When I was starting a novel in 2013 I tried to crowdsource it on Indiegogo I gained 13% backing and was discouraged. I began my 2nd draft in 2019 and I’m still working on it now in 2020–7 years later.

I’ve created countless creation calendars for blogging. I haven’t kept any of them. As a result, many of my blogs are ghost towns I haven’t touched in years.

See the mistake I’ve made?

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

This is a quote by the late Douglas Adams. Some would call it…

Just a Hero

This article was percolating in my brain since the original Green Lantern Alan Scott was made gay in Earth2 during the not-very-missed New 52 era at Dc Comics.

It was solidified by the announcement that in the MCU film Eternals one of the characters would be gay.

I have a problem with shoehorned ideas like this.

Before anyone protests: I’m not one of those fools who think that the introduction of diverse characters is the end of a franchise. I just have a problem with the idea of shoehorning diversity.

Black Panther is not an example. Stan Lee co-created…

Jeffrey Allan Boman

Determined writer. NaNoWriMo Ace (4 wins in a row) 2002–06. In it until 2011. Many RPG publications too.

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