For decades, I’ve had a Blogger hosted Blog titled “Idle Thoughts” and since I’ve started this site, with it’s own internal blog, (The title of this posting bothers me, because it looks grammatically incorrect, although it isn’t.)

I’ve been divided about where to post new content. Is that the excuse I can use for not posting much for the past couple of years? Probably not. In any case, I’ve just migrated the whole of Idle Thoughts into this site, effectively merging the two blogs. So, for now, there’s a LOT more content here that there was before. Typing something in that search field on the right sidebar will likely bring something up.

Trip logs, product reviews, and of course many idle thoughts are all there for quick access. Have fun.

Today, I’d like to talk to the kids. So if you have a youngster in your household who reads and writes, then this is for them.

I’m a writer, who has written hundreds of short stories and more than a couple of dozen books that anyone can buy on Amazon. So, I have some idea of what I’m talking about.

Right now, we’re in interesting times. The point I want to make is that, in addition to all the disease precautions and possible danger, this time is an adventure. This is a time that your parents haven’t seen before. Hopefully, you’ll never see a time like this again.

So, it is very important that the memories you make right now aren’t lost. The best way is to write them down.

I’ve read a story recently about a reporter who had the diaries of his grandmother, who had lived through the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. Those saved memories became national news.

If you have a diary, write your experiences, and maybe someday they will be nationally important as well.

And it doesn’t take a hundred years for things you write to be important.

A dozen years ago, I had an adventure. I was down in Galveston as Hurricane Ike hit the island and caused enormous damage. I wrote my experiences down, and took pictures. When I read the story I wrote a couple of days ago, it brought back vivid memories. And being a writer, I’ve used many of those memories in my books. Take a look at what I mean. Follow the links to the story and the picture gallery.

If you write in a diary, that’s great. Do you have a blog, that’s great too, and I’d like to know your link so I can read it too. And sometimes just writing down your thoughts on school notebook paper is what you really need to do.

In any case, here’s what I’m saying. You are having an adventure. It’s not the same as what everyone else is doing. You are unique. So write it down, and save it!

If you’re a private person, keep that diary or whatever in a safe place, because you’ll want it again when you’re older. If you blog or post, then share the link, and maybe some old gray haired writer might just love to know your experiences.

Let me know.

Small Press Bookwatch: April 2018

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief

Midwest Book Review

278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Power of the U’Tanse

Henry Melton

Wire Rim Books

9781935236696, $14.99, PB, 266pp,

Synopsis: The only other race that had rebelled against the Cerik, the Delense, had been totally exterminated, but they had left a legacy in the form of their technology and a hydroelectric plant that had allowed the Free U’tanse to live and flourish. But when it was damaged, Joshua’s people were without a source of energy to run their vehicles and filter their air.

There was only one way to get the power they needed to survive — take it from the Cerik. But how could they do that without bringing down the wrath of the planet’s top predators?

“Power of the U’Tanse” is part of science fiction author Henry Melton’s generation-spanning Project Saga which examines humanity’s destiny, both in the Earth Branch where a nearby supernova destroyed our civilization and we were forced to rebuild with powerful new technologies, and in the U’tanse Branch where a psychically-gifted splinter of humanity, taken away as slaves, make their way on a world that can never be their own.

Critique: Written by an author with a genuine flair for narrative driven storytelling and a master of the science fiction genre, “Power of the U’Tanse” is an extraordinarily imaginative and entertaining read from beginning to end. While very highly recommended for community library science fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated science fiction fans that “Power of the U’Tanse” is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).