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What I Learned This Year

Last year at about this time I announced my plans to concentrate on short fiction during 2018. How did that work out for me, you ask? Pretty well, all things considered. I had eight stories published this year, and while … Continue reading

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My preferred pronouns

I have a life-long history of mental illness. I spent a lot of time in therapy over the years and have managed to learn behaviours which compensate to the extent that I am able to hold down a job and … Continue reading

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Want a signed set of The Book Of Lost Doors?

It is coming down to the wire for Cirsova.  He wants to raise $5,000 to fund next year’s run of the magazine, and he’s up to just over $3,600 as of this writing, with 6 days to go. Let me … Continue reading

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Metaesthetics viewed as a global discriminatory function for theorem sheafs (Part VI)

VI. Beauty And Truth And All That Jazz Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V A successful metaesthetic formalism has scalar consistency between mechanical, narrative, and thematic elements. Generally when we speak of consistency in fiction we mean … Continue reading

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Metaesthetics viewed as a global discriminatory function for theorem sheafs (Part V)

V. In Which The Audience Is Invited To Participate Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV And now, at long last (I had planned this initially as three essays) we come to the point of the series. Or rather, … Continue reading

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Metaesthetics viewed as a global discriminatory function for theorem sheafs (Part IV)

IV. Aesthetics And Metaesthetics In Practice Part I Part II Part III Aesthetics is the study of the formalism of a means of communication–that is to say the relationship between what is being said to how you say it. Metaesthetics … Continue reading

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Metaesthetics viewed as a global discriminatory function for theorem sheafs (Part III)

III. A Further Note On Linguistic Abstraction Part I is here, and Part II is here. To continue: The disciplines of thought can be characterized by the ways in which the symbols manipulated are parsed. An arithmetical manipulation of symbols, … Continue reading

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Metaesthetics viewed as a global discriminatory function for theorem sheafs (Part II)

II. Graduated Boundaries Of Abstraction And Their Implications In my earlier post I alluded to the process of sensory abstraction as a continuum. In very general terms, a perceived structure may be interpreted as a pattern of color and form, … Continue reading

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Metaesthetics viewed as a global discriminatory function for theorem sheafs (Part I)

I. Preliminary notes and definition of terms. Human beings function by means of symbolic abstraction of the physical universe.  This is inherent in the biological structure of human beings.  We do not experience reality directly, but mediately, through the mechanism … Continue reading

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I was a willow last night in a dream

I was listening to Robert McCammon’s novel Boy’s Life the other day.  In the long introduction he talks about childhood and magic, and how the world is a magical place when we are children and we gradually lose our ability … Continue reading

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