I was at our local hospital’s imaging center a few days ago for a couple of CT scans. I’ll spare you the reasons at this time, because that’s not the point of this post. If it becomes something worth talking about, you can rest assured that I will. My wife and I were sitting in […]Read more "Don’t Touch That Dial (Or, a brief digression about waiting room televisions, HGTV, and the reasons why the pursuit of knowledge is more fun than knowledge itself)"
According to Psychology Today, the term cognitive dissonance is defined thusly: Cognitive dissonance is a term for the state of discomfort felt when two or more modes of thought contradict each other. The clashing cognitions may include ideas, beliefs, or the knowledge that one has behaved in a certain way. I’ve been aware of the […]Read more "Cognitive Dissonance (or: a brief digression about God, the Scientific Method, a family history with alcoholism, and a belated requiem for The Cars’ Benjamin Orr)"
You like movies? I like movies. Some movies, anyway. Stories told through the medium of motion pictures tend to be memorable because they engage the senses of the person watching them. Sight and sound, certainly. These are the two obvious senses engaged. But, I think I can make a case for the other senses as […]Read more "Cinematic Perspective (Or, a brief digression about sensory engagement in movies, writing dialogue and narrative POV)"
This is the quadmonthly happiness report for June 2022. Our belief here at FirewaterCorp is that happiness is defined as always having something to look forward to. In our world, choices in entertainment play a huge role in this pursuit. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.” […]Read more "Looking Forward (June 2022 Update): Are You Not Entertained?"
When I was a child, Saturday morning cartoons were kinda my jam. I went to kindergarten and the first grade in Puerto Rico, where my father, who was in the Navy, was stationed for a while. We came back to the States before I began second grade. We lived with my maternal grandparents for a […]Read more "10-List: 21st Century Animated Series I’ve Enjoyed"
Like so many of you out there, I’ve used the term “guys” when referring to groups of people comprised of both sexes. I never once thought the word would make anyone feel excluded. In fact, I’ve always considered it a gender-neutral term. It’s not, however. The first Merriam-Webster definition of guy is “MAN; FELLOW.” While […]Read more "“Hey, Guys!” (Or: a brief digression about gender-neutral terms and how an old dog can learn a new trick)"
My real name isn’t Firewater. Shocker. I know. What’s more, it’s not even close to Firewater. You’d be hard put to deduce my given name from my chosen nom de guerre. What I’m saying is my real name isn’t Fred Waterman or Sapphire Waters, or anything that could be twisted into Firewater like some funky […]Read more "What’s in a Pen Name? (secret origin of Firewater)"
During the last six months of 2021, I managed to get 10,000 words written of a novel-length story idea that’s been percolating in the back of my head for more than twenty years. Since I average 250 words per printed page (double-spaced, 12-point type), that’s forty pages. Not a bad start. These forty pages are […]Read more "A Story is Born (or: a brief digression about fiction writing, idea generation, and Gilmore Girls)"
This is the quadmonthly happiness report for February 2022. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.” “Read” Since the October 2021 update, the following books were completed: Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, by Keith R.A. DeCandido (urban fantasy/media tie-in) Big Damn Hero (Firefly #1), by James Lovegrove […]Read more "Looking Forward (February 2022 Update): New Year, Same Pathology"
This bit of tangential thinking was forced upon me by the word “nonplussed.” Which reminds me (a tangent of a tangent—I should coin a word for this definition), of Sesame Street, a show that existed even when I was young, kids, only with more Big Bird and no Elmo. The show would always announce that […]Read more "Nonplussed about Unpaired Words (or: a brief digression about problematic words, Euclidian geometry, and Sesame Street)"