Jerry

  • What’s With These UAPs, Really?

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    I’ve seen some pretty convincing arguments that debunk the recently released UAP phenomenon as simple lens effects or glitches in the imaging devices that recorded the video. If it weren’t for the first hand accounts from believable people, who keep their story very consistent, I would tend to lean toward the debunking.

    Yet, I don’t. The stories the eyewitnesses are telling about translucent spheres enclosing diamond shaped objects, backed up by multiple videos, is so strange and mind boggling that it’s scary. And they’re seeing them everyday from jet fighters and even from the decks of ships.

    Military ships.

    I find it hard to believe it’s space aliens. I suspect it’s something coming from much closer to home. Here’s two scenarios that, while still outlandish, I think are actually more plausible.

    It’s Our Own Tech

    How would it be possible that these physics-defying devices are actually made by humans? The answer could be that it’s not designed by humans, but by some top-secret AI that has cracked the code of space/time and we are building and testing them without actually understanding how it works. It’s been widely predicted that this will eventually happen, so what is the stretch in believing it already has, and — because it’s military in nature — it’s being kept top secret? And also because it’s military in nature, it’s being used for military purposes. This would explain why it’s being tested around our own military.

    It’s Alien Tech Under Our Control

    Akin to the previous scenario, perhaps all the stories about Roswell and Area 51 are true, and that we’ve been reverse-engineering alien technology for the past 75 years. This seems very unlikely, maybe even silly, but then again … what the freaking heck are these UAPs? They’re unlikely too, but from what we’re told, they’re real. I think it’s plausible that a UFO did indeed crash, as was originally reported by the military, but then everything was hushed up and made top secret because, you know … weapons development … and now what we’re seeing is our own experiments with this technology. And I feel this is more realistic than these being alien craft flying around because of where they are and how they’re acting. They’re acting like devices being tested, and they’re being tested specifically around our own military.

    Now, my speculations are focused entirely on the videos and information that’s being released, and I’m not taking into account all the other stories and sightings that have happened dating back into history. As far as I know those are just stories. They may have originated from some truth, but there’s no in-our-face evidence of it like there is with these UAPs. But what if we do have extraterrestrials routinely visiting us?

    If They Are Actual Space Aliens, Then They Are Among Us Now

    I don’t say this lightly, and I really don’t believe it. But an extraterrestrial race advanced enough to slip in and out of our atmosphere at a whim, and defy known physics as if they have the Komani code to reality itself, would no doubt have the ability to do just about anything including replicating human bodies and controlling them. If they want to study us, or control us, the best way to do it is to be right here with us. And maybe they’re not in human form. Maybe they’re cats, or dogs. Maybe that stray cat that we sometimes adopt and who is so mellow and hangs around with us all the time … that could be a peripheral to their information gathering network.

    But why would they do this?

    If they were here to destroy us, they would have already done it. It would be so easy. One well-crafted virus would do the trick. They wouldn’t need ray guns or xenomorph infantry. All those Hollywood alien invasion scenarios are ridiculous (except maybe for Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Invasion is the last thing I’d be afraid of if extraterrestrials are actually here. It’s more likely we’re their entertainment. We’re their reality show. If they’re doing anything nefarious, it is more likely they’re the ones stirring us up and turning us against one another, because it’s fun for them to watch.

    But I don’t believe that. I think it’s either we have their technology from a single crashed ship, or we developed it on our own with the help of super-advanced AI. Or…

    It’s all part of one of the biggest hoaxes in history.

    That, for me, would be the hardest scenario to believe. But it’s just as possible.

  • Experimenting with Fediverse Comments

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    My blog “MojoWriter.com” is now connected with the Fediverse, and so these posts will appear in Mastodon (etc.). Now I’ve opened up the comments to see if Mastodon responses will show up on the blog. Supposedly they should, but I had the comment settings set fairly strict, and I think that blocked them. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP TEST, simply leave a comment to this post on Mastodon and let’s see if it shows up on GroovyMojo.com MojoWriter.com. Thanks!

    (That was a typo. GroovyMojo.com is another one of my domain names, but not connected to the Fediverse.)

  • I Have Joined the Fediverse

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    I was a huge fan of blogging on a site called Xanga, back in the days before Facebook. It was a bunch of people who liked to communicate. Lots of interesting characters and boisterous conversations. Alas, when Twitter was a new thing, Xanga got Twitter envy. And also it began compartmentalizing, splitting itself into subject-oriented subsites. It ruined everything and Xanga died. Nowhere else have I found a substitute that had the same rogue air of pure communication that wasn’t jam-packed with spammy fluff until now. So far, Mastodon has that old Xanga feel to it, full of people communicating just to communicate, and that’s why I pulled this website off of Tumblr, converted it to WordPress, and attached it to the Fediverse so it could be part of the rough-and-tumble glorious mayhem I’ve discovered in Mastodon.

  • As a Writer You are IMMORTAL

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    Writing is one of the oldest and most important skills that humankind has ever developed.

    As a specie on this planet it’s enabled us to game Nature’s systems to the point where we’ve become the ultimate overachievers. The ability to accumulate knowledge over the centuries, and even accelerate that accumulation, is supernatural in scope.

    And yet we take it for granted.

    As other species plod along through evolution, slowly storing up success stories in their DNA, we’ve leapfrogged them in a manner akin to putting on a red cape and hurling ourselves over tall buildings. We can now easily know something that someone else has learned, and yet we have never done.

    Think about it.

    Here’s a question for you: Do you believe in telepathy?

    Mind reading? Think it’s a myth?

    No, we do it every day.

    Writing is the pure magic act of taking our actual thoughts and encoding them into symbols which, when someone sees them, the writer’s very thoughts are transcribed into the reader’s own mind.

    Think it’s not magic? Let’s take a closer look at the process.

    Consciousness itself is magical. No one truly understands it, but it happens to us constantly. A writer takes these ethereal, magical objects we call thoughts and assembles them into physical codes. Particles of light carry these codes into our eyes, where they are reassembled back into thoughts.

    Seriously, ponder this for a moment. It’s mind blowing when you really realize what’s going on between a writer and a reader.

    Now, if that wasn’t amazing enough, here’s an even deeper layer of magic. The thoughts you’re receiving via someone’s writing reach out across time itself.

    Long dead ghosts still talk to us through their writing.

    Your thoughts that you write can be experienced in the minds of people across vast expanses of time, hundreds or thousands of years later.

    Writing is so magical it can even cheat death.

    Now let’s talk about story. Story goes hand in hand with the ancient art of writing. It’s even older, going back to the origins of language itself.

    But, what is story?

    Storytelling is the art of making your thoughts interesting to other people.

    Basically, that’s what it is.

    It relates the storyteller’s experiences so others can experience them, and learn from them. Stories themselves, like ideas, are living things. They propagate from one person’s mind to another. They evolve. They split and become more than one story. They merge to become a different story. A story that goes from one mind to another is actually a child of the original, because the original still lives in the teller’s mind, and a slightly different version now lives in the listener. The listener then becomes the storyteller, and that story’s children are implanted into the minds of new listeners.

    Like seeds.

    Before written language stories were in constant flux, handed down from one generation to another through oral traditions. Each teller of a tale would either inadvertently, or perhaps purposely, alter the tale to fit the current circumstances. But then came written language, and the art of writing.

    This made it possible to make identical copies of a story, and being that early stories carried important information for survival, this was humanity’s secret weapon against Nature herself. It was the Konami code to beat the elements.

    And also, of course, it served as pure entertainment.

    But the craft of storytelling inherently carries a message, either overtly or subconsciously – whether the writer realizes it or not. And you, as a writer, are that which from the message springs.

    So, are you a writer? Do you tell people you’re a writer, or do you say you want to be a writer?

    Here, let me tell you something: if you write things, you are a writer.

    Period. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

    As writers – all writers – we improve with practice. Practice is in the form of writing. The more you write, the better you get. If you enjoy the act of writing, then you’ve got it made. Just keep doing what you enjoy, and learn as you go.

    You don’t need a certificate saying you’re a writer. You don’t need a license. You don’t even need other people’s approval. All you need to do is write, keep writing, and never stop writing.

    That makes you a writer.

    As a writer, it’s a good idea to practice all sorts of different techniques so that you learn them, and then later make up your own. But then again, writing and storytelling are not like mathematics. There is no one true answer. Two plus two in math always equals four, but in storytelling two plus two can equal five*, just like one plus one can equal eleven.

    Ultimately as a writer, you will find your own way.

    Just keep writing.

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    *bonus points if you get that reference

  • I asked the Midjourney AI to design me a batch of late 1960’s inspired science fiction book covers. It did not disappoint.

  • Today I’m celebrating my 30th anniversary of becoming a professional writer. On this date back in 1992 I sold A science-fiction short story 12 paid professional magazine. What an awesome feeling that was.

    https://www.groovymojo.com/p/30-years-ago-i-received-this-message

  • My character, the witch Eva Parker

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    Spending my lunchtime playing with #Midjouney AI again. This is a pretty spot-on rendering of my character Eva Parker, the witch from “No Such Thing as Mermaids.”

    https://www.amazon.com/No-Such-Thing-as-Mermaids-ebook/dp/B08F36P63S

  • The Sandman – Video Series

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    Sandman starts on Netflix right now. This minute. Here’s our first review to show up. It may contain spoilers. And it also contains bad news for any of you who had planned to skip episode 5…

    I am enjoying Sandman so much that I stopped binge-watching on purpose because I don’t want it to end so soon.

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

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    So, what did I think of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney plus?

    I just finished it. It took a while because I struggled to maintain interest through the first few episodes. Friends had to encourage me to keep going. “It gets better!”

    It did get better. The bond between “Old Ben Kenobi” and young Princess Leia hooked me. As it progressed I saw how they were building Leia’s character toward the one we’re familiar with. Having Darth Vader merge into the story was good.

    Some things that happened made zero sense, but you can say that about all the movies. I enjoyed it nonetheless, but it left me a bit disappointed. It took a while for me to figure out why.

    Here’s what it needed:

    It needed George Lucas to come in and do the final edit and cut it down to three episodes. Compared to the Lucas movies, these episodes plodded along at a painfully slow pace. The part where they were on the refugee ship that was being pummeled by the star destroyer dragged on and on. They should have been dead a dozen times over. It’s like the battle stopped cold so they could have their moments.

    It wasn’t until the last part of the last episode did it actually feel like Star Wars.

    As much as I enjoyed The Mandalorian, it suffered the same uneven pacing, but the Mandalorian was more charming and didn’t feel like Star Wars, so it didn’t matter. It was a spaghetti western in space. Obi-Wan was Star Wars, and it needed that fast-cut Star Wars pacing.

    Disney needs to study the new Sandman series on Netflix to learn how to make a TV series that doesn’t feel like a TV series.

  • Poetry Teaches Better Writing

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    I’m often shocked by how vehemently some people react to poetry, and I mean in a negative way. It’s like you’ve asked them to eat spider soup, or drink rat gut beer.

    I think poetry is terribly misunderstood by the majority of would-be readers — and also writers, I might add. All writers should write poetry, specifically structured poetry, because it teaches you how to say more with less and how to make word pictures that are more vivid and immediate. That’s a skill that can improve any other type of creative writing.

    Sometimes if I’m having a hard time putting a scene together, I’ll outline it as a poem. That works for me like adding lighter fluid to a fire.