Website of Daniel Boyd – Author and Blogger
There is only one thing of potential interest here... my blog. Formerly I was preparing a teaser page for my then upcoming sci-fi novel, but I have suspended all work on that project and currently have no solid plans for what project to pursue next. For now, please take a look at my blog posts and comment if you wish.
Recent Blog Posts
I am 10,000 words into my book now, oh, I didn’t mention my book before? I know, I haven’t mentioned it, sorry, but I had to open this post with something interesting. I signed up for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) event about halfway through November, which was kind of silly, since the goal of the event is for people to craft 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Yes, that is 1,667 words a day, a somewhat challenging goal for anyone who is not a professional writer or seasoned veteran of journaling (my spell-check tells me that is not a word, but I know some of you do it). The idea is not so much to have a “finished” work by month’s end, but to have that pile of 50,000 words to mold and shape into something potentially publishable. The event is in its 13th year if I count correctly and has produced many published novels including Water for Elephants, a best-seller.
I am not so egotistical that I think that I will have a best seller (although that would be ultimately cool). I realize that probably 7,500 of those 10,000 words are either passively rendered, misspelled, repeated too often, or just bad prose, but I am plugging on in hopes that I can at least say I tried.
So, I am 10,000 words into my book/novel/whatever. I have pieces of several chapters, but no completed chapters. My goal for the end of the month, since there is no way I can achieve the 50,000 word goal of NaNoWriMo is to have at least once chapter completed with all scenes in place. As I am a complete beginner at this and have no real idea what I am doing, the book I am writing is constantly morphing. I see where I am overly descriptive and bog down in details. So I edit and move and cut and modify so that the novel fits my new mental framework for it each day. If I don’t finish the manuscript it will be because I never quit editing or I get so tired of editing that I finally give up the goal of writing a book. My attention span is not my strongest character attribute, so I hope that this project gives me a challenge and teaches me to stay with a task until it is complete.
No sneak previews of my book right now. I will tell you the (working) title is “Opposition” and it is a suspense, thriller, action novel (not sure how much of each will survive the edits) set in present time. Maybe I will post a snippet of one of the chapters in December. That is pretty dangerous to do since it could all change before/if it gets published!
So wish me luck on my book if you don’t mind. I will need it.
I really suspected that I would be posting my old articles from my other site here first, but I have been unable to commit myself to converting those articles as yet. I will, in time, but first I have to comment on our benevolent dictator-in-chief’s latest attempts to wield power in a unconstitutional manner. President Barack Obama’s executive orders are a direct circumvention of the proper way to establish law in this country. If he were to bother to recall any of that U.S. history I am sure he was required to know at some point, he would remember that there are three distinct branches of the U.S. government and his branch is NOT the law-making branch. Each branch is set up to maintain a group of checks and balances on each other that is intended to insure that the will of the people is expressed and exercised through their elected representation. Congress creates law, not the president, and this latest, desperate attempt to curry favor from his shrinking pool of supporters is dangerously close to impeachable action. It displays not only a disregard for the way our government works, but it also displays a complete ignorance of the actual function of our government.
Our government exists to protect us. It does not exist to make sure we have a job, or to ensure that everybody gets “their fair share”, nor does it exist to bail out failing businesses. Our capitalist economy, when left alone as possible by government, will ensure that those businesses which provide a product for which there is a demand and that demonstrate good business practices will not only stay afloat but will thrive. It is not the government’s job to determine which businesses fail and which ones don’t. There is no such thing as a business that is “too big to fail”. If a business does not observe good business practice, or does not sell a product for which there is demand, it SHOULD fail. All governmental attempts to prevent this failure makes that company a negative influence on economic health. The bank and automotive bailouts were a BAD idea and set a disturbing precedent. And yes, I realize that these were not all BHO’s ideas. That doesn’t make them any better in my eyes.
But the fact that Congress will not pass this new jobs bill fast enough, if ever, apparently rubs BHO the wrong way enough that he is willing to attempt to side-step Congress and push his progressive, Marxist ideas through executive orders. What does that say to the American people and to their elected representatives? And how does he expect us to respond? I can’t answer this last question, but to the previous question I can assure you that he thinks he is smarter than we are and he is giving us the metaphorical finger.
Now back to your practicing! “Heil, BHO!”
The proverbial first post. Silly. Mostly useless. “Hello, world!” and all that jazz. I am in the process of moving my current website to here on blogger.com. It will take a while to do that as I cull through the posts I made there to bring over only the ones that are still pertinent and possibly useful to someone other than me. I will also be editing them for content and concurrency so that they make sense transported to this new site.
I hope to be more prolific here on blogger.com since I have many more ways to post and share here than I do on my current site. Keep an eye out for new posts, whether old or new content and let me know what you think in the feedback area.
Thanks for reading and I’ll post more soon!