February Update Post.

This month has flown by.

Writing/Future Books: I got a good bit of writing on the third book done as well as a lot of research/design/thought into a new civilization that is going to make an appearance. Everything is going well though, and it looks like I’m still on target for this to be a four book series. I also elevated a secondary character from the first and second book to main character status in the third, so that’s been an interesting challenge. Luckily, they basically don’t get along with anyone, so it’s been fun to write about ’em.

Current Books: Racked up some more great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads for West of Prehistoric, still rocking a nice 4.7/5 with 37 reviews. I also personally sold about a dozen more signed copies on the forums that I mailed out last week. I’m going to admit it, it you ask me to write something in the cover without clarifying, you’re probably going to get a cheesy 80/90’s movie quote from Starship Troopers, Tremors, or Big Trouble in Little China. That’s just the way I roll and besides, who needs a knife in a nuke fight?

I also got a nice shout out on the Books of Gab group on GAB, where I recently made an account:

That’s pretty cool, and I’m excited for the book to get passed on to his kid. When I wrote the book, I wanted to make sure it was something that my kids could read, so I specifically kept the swearing to a minimum with no F-Bombs and no sex or anything. And so far, I seem to have done a good job. My nephew and son were both 14 when they first read it, and I got their stamp of approvals.

Current Reading: I’m currently reading What Are the Odds? From Crack Addict to CEO by Mike Lindell…. the MyPillow guy. It’s pretty good so far. My reading this month has dropped off pretty significantly, even though I got a signed hard copy of Gun Runner by Larry Correia and John Brown that is begging me to pick it up. I’m hearing it’s fantastic, so I need to hunker down and get some reading out of the way.

Gun Stuff: I mentioned on the blog I was given a Ruger Bisley Blackhawk in .44 Special by my parents for my birthday back in November. Well, at the time I figured it’d be hard to find ammunition for. Boy, was I was right. Four months later and I still haven’t come across any. But luckily for me, my dad has an awesome dentist who traded him a couple boxes of Blazer JHP for some pistol primers. With any luck, I’ll get out to the range soon and give it a try. I’m pretty excited.

Personal Stuff: Well, I’m about to be 28 days older by the time this month ends. That’s okay. I’ve done a fairly good job of putting those days to work. I wish I had gotten about twice as much writing done though, I feel like the third book is dragging along at a lot slower pace then I originally envisioned. I think I have this whole writing thing backwards… I should get more done during the fall/winter and less done during spring/summer, but it appears to be backwards to how I do it.

Current Political/Social Culture: A few random thoughts…

-There’s gonna be a lot of, “I told you so” to the left for the next four years.

-Also, the left will persecuted you no matter what you say, so you may as well speak the truth.

-‘No – Go Fuck Yourself‘ is not used nearly enough against the left when they demand you conform to their lunacy and immorality.

-My ancestors being compared to current migrants is apples to oranges. My ancestors hacked a life out of the wilderness, building a civilization, while migrants simply crossed a border then demanded the free fruits of my ancestors labor and sacrifice generations later.

-I don’t know how to be ‘less white’ for Coca-Cola, but I do know how to buy more Pepsi. (This is in response to the ‘training’ Coca-Cola did for employees, requiring them to act ‘less white’.)

-If you’re a man who doesn’t own a gun, are you even a man?

The end.

“Talent, on loan from God.”

It’s only been a couple of days, but I already miss Rush Limbaugh.

Of course a lot of people from the left have come out, bashing him. But to be honest, Rush didn’t give a whip about the drive by media and such peoples opinions when he was alive, and he certainly doesn’t now that he’s in Heaven.

And if you can tell the greatness of a man by his enemies, Rush was truly great. We can all aspire to have such enemies as he by the time we expire.

There are millions of us, something like almost 30 million plus, who listened to Rush over the years. And I think we all have stories of how he affected our lives. Stories of how his 3 hour daily radio program brought us hope, brought us comfort, brought us an explanation for things that were beyond our understanding, and did so in an entertaining and easily understood way.

As my dad said yesterday, losing Rush is like losing a family member.

I remember from my earliest years listening to Rush in my dad’s truck while driving around, and later on jobs as I worked Construction through college. And now, as a cubicle monkey, I could read the transcripts of his show on his website during lunch.

In addition to my dad, I think Rush had a lot to do with how I turned out.

Going through college, I was a Criminal Justice Major with a Sociology Minor. The fields tied in nicely together, but where as most of the Criminal Justice professors were moderately conservative, every single one of my Sociology professors were extremely liberal.

Plus college being what college is, I faced a lot of conservative bias and saw the popularity of liberalism. I’ll never forget wearing a shirt that had a picture of a Glock on it that said, “This is my Glock, there are many like it, but this one is mine.” And the girl sitting behind me told me that I shouldn’t wear shirts like that because guns are bad… and we were both in a Criminal Justice class!

So being surrounded by conservative voices, whether it was my dad, or construction co-workers, or Talk Radio, helped offset the pull for liberalism at college. And as Rush used to explain, liberalism is lazy. Liberalism is seeing a problem and instead of figuring out an intellectual solution, you take an emotional stance of, “oh how horrible we must DO something!”

This is what gives the left so much power, because the majority of their voters don’t see the theft of power, the usurpation of freedom and rights, the destruction of Godly traditions and morals… they see a need and they feel emotional about it, and the left taps into that need and weaponizes it for their own goals. Which are, simply put, to consolidate power and crush opposition. (Meanwhile the majority of the right will just whine about unfairness of the left’s tactics without fighting back.)

But conservatism, takes effort. It takes a conscious effort to put aside emotion and focus on results and the morality of how to get them properly with as little as possible interference in people’s lives and freedom’s.

But I digress…

Rush will be missed.

Greatly.

After the death of Walter Williams last Dec, Rush this month, and Thomas Sowell turning 91 this year, the conservative effort is in great need of new young bloods stepping up to take the reins.

I just wish I had 25% of their intellectual power, sadly – I think I’m closer to 15% so I’ll stick to writing books and piddling around on this blog with occasional political and social commentary.

Luckily, Rush will still be with us to some degree. His books are still being published, the EIB network is turning into a museum of Rush, his words, speeches, and radio will still be in print and audio, and the world keeps turning.

I leave you with his wife’s announcement of his passing:

Today is my ten year anniversay.

Did you know – Once upon a time, my wife and I were both underwear models(but she went pro while I stayed a college amateur)?

All day long, people have been saying, “Wow, you’ve been married TEN years on THIS VERY DAY! What’s the secret to your super happy and always fun marriage?”

The answer is, “Because we were both underwear models.. duh.”

And humor.

Humor helps.

Happy TENTH Anniversary babe, I’m blessed to have you by my side. And super lucky that you get hotter every year! ❤ Here’s to next 100+ years together!

“I, Erik, take you Meredith, to be my beloved wife, to have and to hold you, to honor you, to treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and joy, sickness and in health, in the good times and in the bad, and to love and cherish you always. Where you go I will go and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. I promise you this from my heart, for all the days of my life.”

Back Book Cover Text for the Sequel.

In order to get all my ducks in a row for the publisher to pick up my sequel, I wrote the Back Book Cover Text.

This is always hard for me to do, because you essentially need to boil down a 100,000+ word novel into a sub-250 word narrative that will intrigue a potential buyer without revealing too much information. It’s a delicate balance. If the front cover gets you to pick up the book, the back cover seals the deal.

But, I think this one turned out better than the first.

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After retiring from outlawing, Jedidiah Huckleberry Smith just wanted to be left alone in Wyoming with his guns and regrets.

But then he discovered an entrance to a lost world, a place full of grand adventure, as well as spectacular dangers from both prehistoric dinosaurs and a race of savage apes intent on conquest.

Now, a new fort has been established on the other side, and a strange civilization of humans and dinosaurs have been located. The people are descendants from another time, long trapped in prehistory, and with them a fragile alliance is created.

But will it be enough as Jed faces vengeance from enemies both new and old?

Will his savagery and cunning keep him and his love alive?

Or will they die, on a mountain of fired brass, amidst the guttural bellows of barbaric apes and roars of monstrous dinosaurs?

Jed doesn’t know, but he’s always willing to shoot first and figure out the rest afterwards.

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Just to brag a bit…

West of Prehistoric has now passed Man Corn: Cannibalism and Violence in the Prehistoric American Southwest in number of reviews and ratings on Amazon.

May not seem like a big deal, but if you search for ‘West of Prehistoric’ on Amazon, that book always pops up below it.

So, yay beating people eating!

In other news, my dad sent me this article a while back and I just got around to reading it. It’s a short article, so I’ll post it in it’s entirety, with some BOLD emphasis added by me for those who like to skim. Growing up as a voracious reader, often reading many years ahead of my ‘educational’ level, I agree with all of what was found. (I think I read Beowulf in 6th grade or something.)

Here’s the article:

Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind

Research has already suggested that opening a book may help improve brain functionreduce stress, and even make us more empathetic. Now, a team led by Joanna Sikora of the Australian National University is looking into the benefits of growing up around a book-filled environment; as Alison Flood of the Guardian reports, the researchers’ expansive new study suggests that homes with ample libraries can arm children with skills that persist into adulthood.

The 2019 study, published in Social Science Research, assessed data from 160,000 adults from 31 countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Turkey, Japan and Chile. Participants filled out surveys with the Programme for the International Assessment of Competencies, which measures proficiency in three categories: literacy, numeracy (using mathematical concepts in everyday life) and information communication technology, (using digital technology to communicate with other people, and to gather and analyze information).

Respondents, who ranged in age from 25 to 65, were asked to estimate how many books were in their house when they were 16 years old. The research team was interested in this question because home library size can be a good indicator of what the study authors term “book-oriented socialization.” Participants were able to select from a given range of books that included everything from “10 or less” to “more than 500.”

The surveys, which were taken between 2011 and 2015, showed that the average number of books in participants’ childhood homes was 115, but that number varied widely from country to country. The average library size in Norway was 212 books, for instance; in Turkey, it was 27. Across the board, however, it seemed that more books in the home was linked to higher proficiency in the areas tested by the survey.

The effects were most marked when it came to literacy. Growing up with few books in the home resulted in below average literacy levels. Being surrounded by 80 books boosted the levels to average, and literacy continued to improve until libraries reached about 350 books, at which point the literacy rates leveled off. The researchers observed similar trends when it came to numeracy; the effects were not as pronounced with information communication technology tests, but skills did improve with increased numbers of books.

So, what are the implications of the new study? Take, for instance, adults who grew up with hardly any books in the home, but went on to obtain a university degree in comparison to an adult who grew up with a large home library, but only had nine years of schooling. The study found that both of their literacy levels were roughly average. “So, literacy-wise, bookish adolescence makes up for a good deal of educational advantage,” the study authors write.

Further research is needed to determine precisely why exposure to books in childhood fosters valuable skills later in life, but the study offers further evidence to suggest that reading has a powerful effect on the mind. And so home library size might be important because, as the researchers note, “[c]hildren emulate parents who read.”

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So, pretty cool. Teach your kids to read and instill in them a love of reading, and they’ll never be bored, and you’ll be more likely to have a ‘Honor Student’ bumper sticker on your car. Also your kid will turn out better.