Friday, September 18, 2009


Earlier this month, I had a comment on one of my blog entries saying that she (Kate) wished that she could give it a simple thumbs up like we do on facebook (without having to leave an actual comment).

And I understood exactly what she was saying. There are times I wish that option was available also.

I have a friend whose blog I have quit commenting on because he wants comments, and good comments at that: no repeating what other people have said, constructive and insightful comments. I rarely comment on his blog simply because of time schedules, I am like the twentieth comment (and it is hard work to come up with something that he will tolerate from me). He hates (or maybe loathes) what I am about to suggest to my own readers.

If you want to give me a thumbs up, but do not want to leave a full comment, just say "RAEBNC."

For those people who have never been a member of an amateur press association (APA): RAEBNC is shorthand for "Read and enjoyed, but no comment."

Interestingly enourgh, the same APA that I picked up an appreciation for RAEBNC is the same place that my friend picked his hatred for the term. But in all fairness, we were at different places in our development as writers when we were members of that APA (Phoenix---a science fiction/fantasy APA).

Go ahead and RAEBNC me; I won't be insulted.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Fringe version of September 11th

Last night, I was watching the rerun of the first season finale of Fringe. And I realized that 9/11 played out differently in the Fringe alternate universe (the one where Bell is located).

The Twin Towers are still standing in that universe. So what target got hit and destroyed? The White House.

The newspaper on Bell's desk said that the Obama family was moving into the new White House. I realize that this is old news to everyone else who is a Fringe fan (I forgot to tape this particular espisode, so this is only the second time that I saw it).

Nevertheless, it was freaky watching this rerun the day before the anniversity of 9/11.