Writing Fiction in a Time of Genuine Crisis, by Patrick S. Tomlinson

Briefly showing up during my hiatus to post this, because I suspect many of us are still reeling from the shitstorm in Washington.

Strange Currencies

A funny thing happened to me one year ago today. A random tweet throwing shade at the typical right-wing response to police brutality put me in touch with an editor for The Hill. Today is the anniversary of adding paid political commentator for a national platform to my other job titles of sci-fi author and stand-up comic. Many, many articles have followed, and I’ve added bylines in other venues such as The New York Times.

Which has given me a unique perspective on how to keep writing about spaceships and ray guns while Rome seemingly burns around us.

First of all, Don’t Panic. We are facing a crisis of a kind our nation has not seen since 1861 at the dawn of the Civil War, but no one person is doing all the work. If the Women’s March taught us anything, it’s that the resistance is massive, unprecedented, organized, and…

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Going on Hiatus and Photos

It’s time for a break from the blog. Gotta recharge the batteries. It’s also summer in Florida, which means it’s hot and humid. People tend to stay inside a lot during the day to avoid the excessive heat, which means I’m not taking as many pictures right now.

I’ll leave you with a few final photos until I return in August.

I spotted this gorgeous stained glass window at MN’s RenFest a few years ago. It was in a vendor’s booth, and I was drawn to it immediately. Looking at it makes me feel cool and refreshed. I wish I’d had enough money to buy it.  Continue reading

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Photos: 6.30.17

I have resolved, when it becomes possible, to explore farther afield this summer, though brutally hot temps and high humidity preclude strolling around in most wildlife areas. So we’ll see what we can do.

In the meantime, places close to home often yield attractive photos. Here is a snowy egret, hunting in the shallows. 

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Photos: 6.26.17

In the lanai, a rosemary plant happily shares pot space with a pathos. It recently bloomed. Such tiny, delicate little flowers!

I frequently stop by the nearby lake to see if I can spot the ‘gator currently hunting there. I’ve been told ducks have vanished at an alarming rate. When they’re gone, the ‘gator will no doubt move on.  Continue reading

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Photos: 6.23.17

I am unbelievably frustrated when it comes to shooting backyard birds from inside my house. The problem? The lanai is screened. Ever try to shoot through that stuff? You can almost do it if it’s that fine screening for windows, but the stuff on the lanai is heavy duty and thick.

If I drag a chair out to the big tree behind my place, the birds get shy and won’t come in to feed. I even bought some camo cloth to drape over me in an attempt to fake them out. Hasn’t worked so far.

I’m still working on a solution to this problem. In the meantime, I did attempt to shoot through heavy screen, and this is the best I came up with. You can vaguely see the screen markings on his head and wings. This is unacceptable, but I did like the bokeh effect. 🙂 For those of you unfamiliar with the term: In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.” Imagine how good this pic would have been if I could have gotten past that damn screen!  Continue reading

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