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Watcher of Weasels — Nominations March 21 2013

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:43 pm - March 21, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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Of Chapter Twelve & the Basque Language

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:40 pm - March 19, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Random Thoughts,Writing

It seems that on one day for each of the past six or seven weeks, I have become convinced that I will return to my old dissertation return and start blogging more. I’ll scribble some notes, as I did yesterday, for a few blog posts, save a few links and consider a few titles.

But, then, I’ll find as soon as I start writing, the words that come out are not those for the blog, but from the novel. I’ve been sensing for a couple months now that I’ll have to devote even more time to the book than I have since I started writing seriously in December — and realized that this weekend when I, having committed to sharing Chapter Twelve with a friend who was coming over at 3:30 Sunday afternoon, devoted nearly every minute of my free time to editing that chapter, wanting to get it right even as I knew I’d have to revise it yet again when I finish the first draft of the book.

And starting tonight, I expect to begin my studies of the Basque language, given its similarities to Old Dwarvish. In short, I am just not finding the time to blog as I had hoped I would. I am beginning to wonder if this is more draining than writing a dissertation because it involves more creative energy. And if it takes more out of me when I dip into my own memory to pull out images and ideas which have been simmering there since even before I began graduate school. I made my first stab at writing this six months before I submitted my application.

It’s not so much that I’ve forgotten about politics, but perhaps that I recognize that politics is not the be-all and the end-all. It is not the reason for living, but for creating an environment where we can live freely and in (relative) harmony with our fellows.

Watcher of Weasels Ides* of March Nominations 2013

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:24 pm - March 14, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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Watcher of Weasels–First Nominations of March 2013

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:45 pm - March 7, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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Watcher of Weasels Nominations — 02.21.13 Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:38 pm - February 21, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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To the true conservative, politics is of secondary importance

I had thought that once I found my stride writing this novel, I would start blogging once again, perhaps not at the pace I did during the election, but at least more often than once every blue moon.

And yet, finding my stride (again) as a writer of fiction has changed me in ways that I had not even anticipated when I started writing.  I find that certain things, don’t bother me as once as they used to.  I take them more in stride.

Except when I feel the bite of bad government policies, I don’t feel the same rage at the arrogance of the liberal elites as I normally do, those who would dictate to us how we run our own lives.

Perhaps this is because for those of a truly conservative disposition, politics is not the primary focus of our lives.  By and large, we don’t see it as a source of meaning.  We find meanings in other endeavors.  We understand that government should serve, as Mr. Jefferson understood, to protect certain inalienable rights.

We often regret that we have to get involved in the messy business of politics to block policies which infringe upon our liberties and our ability to pursue happiness.

More on this anon.  Perhaps.

Meatless Monday & The Great Steak Dinner Bet Payoff
Monday, Feb 25 in Glendale, CA

Dan did a post a few days ago, but I wanted to re-invite our friends in the Los Angeles area to join me and him for “Meatless Monday” by enjoying a hearty steak dinner at Outback Steakhouse in Glendale, Calif. The official event invite is here on Facebook.

And since I’m also new Vice Chair of GOProud, I’ll be talking about our new efforts at chapter development and outreach.

For those not familiar with “The Great Steak Dinner Bet,” here’s the video from CPAC 2010.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

Watcher of Weasels Nominations — Valetine’s Day 2013

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:44 pm - February 14, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas,Holidays

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Watcher of Weasels –1st Nominations of February 2013

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:18 pm - February 7, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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Watcher of Weasels–last nominations of Jan. 2013

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:50 pm - January 31, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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Writer’s Quarantine Coming to an End?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:00 pm - January 29, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Literature & Ideas,Writing

Now editing the sixth chapter of my fantasy epic, I am beginning to find the flow that should make it easier for me to write on a routine base — and have time for other pursuits.  Just last night instead of sketching out notes for the next chapter, as has been my wont while finishing one chapter up, I found myself mapping out the next four — and finally getting the main characters out of the fortress city of Nah-nathas and onto their adventure.

It has been an interesting process and I’ve been trying to take notes about it.  At first, it was kind of overwhelming to find a story that had been kicking around in my head coming together as a written narrative I can share with others and possibly publish.  And as I realize how much of a commitment I am undertaking as I begin to appreciate how much work is left to be done, even with the six chapters that are now “presentable.”

Unlike the time in the 1990s when I made the choice to write my first novel, this time I know that just following through on the inspiration, writing the story that just comes to you (and even manages to move others), is not enough to sell the book.  This time, I am aware that I could succeed at a writing a novel, but fail at earning a living from it.

Still, the story is there and continues to come to me, like old memories suddenly rediscovered when dipping a pastry into a cup of tea.  I finally understand why the dragon is not doing as the Dark Lord would have her do when he summoned her, why she threatens to frustrate his schemes to extend his domination over this imaginary world that exits within my mind — and now increasingly on my computer (and in the hands of friends).

As the novel emerges, as the characters find names and create relationships, I do find myself thinking again about politics — and expect to start blogging at a more regular pace, though perhaps not the same pace as I had before I started finding a means to share this story.

Watcher of Weasels — 01.24.13 Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:18 am - January 24, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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Introducing Kurt–a new occasional blogger

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:00 pm - January 20, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging

Sometime later today, our frequent commenter Kurt will be posting a piece here at GayPatriot under his own name.

This past summer, shortly after meeting when I passed through his adopted hometown, he and I started up a correspondence.  I found myself seconding many of the observations he made .  From time to time, I did disagree with him, but always found he offered thoughtful insights.

I expect I will share many of the sentiments he offers here, but that doesn’t mean I will agree with his every post — or his every thought.  And I daresay, Bruce, Nick and Jeff will stand in similar stead.  :-)

Tomorrow (01/20/13)–GayPatriot Miami Brunch

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:39 pm - January 19, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Travel

Just a reminder about our brunch tomorrow, January 20 in South Beach.

Drop me a note to RSVP and for details

Watcher of Weasels Weekly Winners 01/18/13

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:36 pm - January 19, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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Watcher of Weasels Nominations — Mid-January 2013

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:57 pm - January 16, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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Miami Brunch Sun.,. Jan. 20th; Steak Dinner Mon. Jan., 28

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:21 pm - January 16, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Freedom,Travel

Just a reminder about our brunch in Miami this coming Sunday, January 20th.

And a Monday night steak dinner on the 28th in honor of the LA City Council’s declaration of Meatless Mondays.

Drop me a note to RSVP and for details.

Passing ‘Round The Tin Cup

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:47 pm - January 9, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging

Hey folks.  I haven’t talked about it much, but last year I made a career change to consulting & full-time blogging/conservative punditry.

So, unfortunately, that will require asking for donations throughout the year.   This is one of those times.

If you like the things we do here at the GayPatriot blog and enjoy my ridiculousness on Twitter, please DONATE to our GayPatriot PayPal Fund.

I should also mention I am available for speaking engagements and my official business website (political & social media consulting) is HERE.

Much appreciated.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

Slow blogging/Another epic edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:42 am - January 9, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Random Thoughts,Writing

As I, in returning from my family vacation, return to work on my fantasy epic, I am trying to work out a schedule similar to that I “effected” when I was writing my dissertation, spending the early part of the day and into the afternoon, “dissertating” and the late afternoon and part of the evening “blogging.”

While the dissertation seemed to require more work than does the novel, it didn’t drain me as this sometimes does.

Perhaps, I just need to get used to writing fiction again — or perhaps I find this writing draining because I am drawing from images that have been stirring in my “subconscious” (and conscious) mind for over a decade.  And in the current chapter, I am providing much background information, notions and images that have been continuously simmering for sometime.

Or that creative writing is in itself more draining.  Or that my sense of being drained is just my psyche seeking rest to allow the images to settle and then emerge. . .

Not sure what it is — but to hope again to restore the balance I enjoyed when I was writing my dissertation.

Until then, I have encouraged ILoveCapitalism to blog a little more regularly than we had initially asked him to blog.  :-)

Watcher of Weasels’ Nomination–Richard Nixon’s Centennial Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:25 am - January 9, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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