By Any Other Name

I have found myself watching a lot of football lately.

Many of my readers will know the game I’m referring to as soccer.

As you can see, I’m getting better at calling the game by the name used by the rest of the world, particularly when I’m in an international setting such as cyberspace. But, don’t misinterpret: amongst my friends and familiar cast of characters, I still call our version of football by the name we all grew up calling it.

Borussia Dortmund

For the uninitiated, there are four version of football that I watch:

American rules football
This game’s roots in the game of rugby are obvious. Although this game is more structured and there is a stoppage of play after every ‘down’ to allow both the offense and defense to call a new play, it is highly strategic and features furious bursts of energy.

Canadian rules football
Based on American rules football, but with a longer and wider field, three downs instead of four, and a few other odd variations.

Everton

Australian rules football
This game has the non-stop action of ‘global’ football and the collisions that you see in rugby / American football.

Global rules football
This is the most widely played game on this planet. Also referred to by the aforementioned name of ‘soccer.’ I’m not sure anyone else uses the term ‘global,’ and I’m not expecting it to catch on, but it is the term I use in my fiction writing.

NOTE: I did not include Arena football, mainly because I really don’t watch it…but it does somewhat resemble some of the games my friends and I played in basketball gyms and abandoned buildings.

DC United

I run into and interact with a lot of people who truly don’t see my need to be this ‘politically correct’ about referring to soccer as football.

Personally, I would be OK if they would see my move as ‘diplomatic.’

But that’s not truly my reasoning, either. I’m being mindful of my environment, which I see as being defined by the fact that I am a citizen of Earth…which is a realm so much larger than one mere country.

Now…considering that I write science fiction, I am more accurately a citizen of a realm so much larger than one mere planet.

Regardless of my logic, people are going to call the games whatever they want to call them, and I’m probably going to confuse people when I keep switching from ‘soccer’ to ‘football’ to ‘American football’ to ‘soccer’…etc. But, the only important thing that matters is: do we enjoy any of these games?

I definitely do. And, with my increasing fanaticism with Global rules football, I have an entire planet of leagues and teams to entertain me.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Smashwords Discontinues Distribution Relationship with Flipkart

I’m posting this for those who like to keep track of what’s going on in the publishing world. It somewhat affects me, since my Smashwords-published e-books are distributed to Flipkart. Although…looking at my sales page, I see that I’ve not sold one story via Flipkart. I will, though, miss the potential of sales from that outlet.

Smashwords founder Mark Coker believes this event is a victory for Amazon and a continuation of the erosion for the indie authors’ future options. Read his blog post…

Smashwords and Flipkart to End Distribution Relationship – Amazon Scores Victory

…and draw your own conclusion.

As I’ve said before, I like the potential of many outlets for my stories. While Flipkart’s inability to follow through with their contractual agreement removes one of those potential outlets from my field of play, I’m concerned there will be many more potential markets taken away from me…and other indie authors just like me.

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Because They’re There

There are a number of libraries within striking distance of where I live. I visit one of them at least once a week for no other reason than they’re there.

“Why do we even need libraries anymore?” is one of the dumbest questions a person can speak out loud. Simple as that.

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COMPLETED! AGAIN! Venom Infinitum

Simply put, I decided I didn’t like how “Venom Infinitum” read, so I took it out of circulation, tweaked it a bit, and reentered it into the submission fray this afternoon.

Are there any benefits to being vengeful? Somebody seems to think so. And somebody else showed up to learn about it.

Hopefully, I’ll have more good news about this story later this summer. But, if it doesn’t sell, I will not act like my main character did when he was dissed.

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PROGRESS REPORT – All the Time in the World

Yeah, yeah, yeah…it seems like it’s taken me all the time in the world to get this story as far as it currently is.

  • I’ve still got a few apparent inconsistencies with my temporal concepts to flesh out.
  • I’ve got a bit more reading to do concerning alternate time line theories.
  • I’ve been enhancing my main character’s psychological profile. And, since that sort of work leads to new and improved ideas of how to really screw up your character psychologically, I’ve been given him a few obstacles to climb through. I’m even in the process of choreographing a ‘fight’ scene for him to deal with.
  • But, I’m not completely unmerciful. I gave my main character some playmates. One wants to rewire his ‘faulty’ neurology, and the other attempts to sell him out every chance he can.

Yep…if my main character were real and standing right here, he would no doubt try to kick my ass.

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Manufactured Impromptuism

I read an article the other day that suggested the average person creates fewer revelational—or even renovational—ideas while confining themselves to their desk or other standard place of work. In other words…great ideas are more likely to ‘come to you’ while you’re mowing your lawn or taking a walk or partaking in any other number of activities where you’re habit-bound towards turning your mind off instead of letting it breathe and expand.

I already know how this works, and it’s the reason I carry a digital audio recorder with me.

But, I’ve noticed lately that this ‘tendency’ doesn’t happen as often as I would like it to. So, naturally, my next move was to ask myself: is the scenario of having ideas materialize out of nowhere a condition I can create as I see fit? As it just so happens, I’m approaching my four consecutive days off part of my schedule, so I’m thinking about using one of those days to hop on my bike, carrying pens, paper, and maybe something to munch on, and pedal someplace I’ve never been to.

My only concern with this plan is: considering that I’d be ‘manufacturing’ the condition, it’s possible that my subconscious will see no difference between sitting at my desk with the express purpose of writing and sitting under a tree or on a park bench with the express purpose of writing. Ergo: I could end up blocking the very impromptu thoughts I’m looking for.

But it’s not going to stop me from conducting this experiment. At the very least, I should get a good bike ride out of the deal. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

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Bike Bits

I’ve mentioned this before: I’ve rediscovered my love for bike riding.

I’ll let you decide for yourself how far I’ve taken it.

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I have recently acquired a second used 26” mountain bike. In its original form, this bike was a higher performance bike than what I currently ride, except that this thing has been sitting out in the elements for (from what I’ve been told) the past 3+ years. I could tell immediately. Both gear shifters are stuck, the rear brake doesn’t work at all, the seat adjuster is jammed, and the air stem caps crumbled to pieces between my fingers. I’m still convinced it will be a good bike once I get it back into shape, but it might take a while.

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If I’m going to play the part of a bike refurbisher, I’m going to need the parts. Well, as it just so happened, the last time I was in a bike shop, I saw a stand that is used to fork on bikes. Obviously, the shop itself wouldn’t sell the stand to me, so I’m considering getting one for myself…shortly after I get all the tools I need.

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My current total of bikes at my house stands at three (in varying states of operability)…and yet I’m making plans next week to pick up a few more.

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There will no doubt be a follow-up to this post at some point.

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