I have been talking about this new series of fiction writing for my blog for a while now and to be honest I am glad it is only one week away from making its debut. I love science fiction but I have been loath to write it because I don’t consider myself knowledgeable enough. Then I thought I could write space opera because it does not necessarily require scientific knowledge so much as being a good teller of tales. George Lucas and Star Wars are a good example.
There are some pretty significant influences on this series. Robert Heinlein is always a guy that dominates my thoughts as I consider him the best science fiction writer ever. I also have to give a nod to the MegaTraveller Role Playing Game for its star spanning world and spaceflight concepts and I will be using a lot of its technological concepts to explain things. I would also have to give a nod to the Aliens series of movies for the feeling or atmosphere I am trying to convey, not necessarily the horror part of it, but the background feel. I probably have borrowed from others on this too but my muddled mind does not always remember where I get things.
I did decide to go with a female main character and it will be she that is telling the story. I like first person point of view when telling a story and I will stick to it. I seem to like having female main characters and to be honest it is because it makes telling the story challenging. Her name is Ayn Jones. I always though Ayn was a pretty name for a girl and Jones comes from the Robert Heinlein book Starman Jones. Have to give a nod to two of my favorite dead people – Ayn Rand and Robert Heinlein. The rest of what you will find out about her will be revealed as the story unfolds.
The universe is completely fictitious. What I mean by that is that there is no Earth or Alpha Centauri. This is a galaxy far, far away like in Star Wars. That basically gives me the freedom to play with the worlds and alien races as I see fit. It also gives me the ability to pretty much do more of what I want to do in general. Freedom people freedom. At the same time humans are still humans so things will feel the same.
Next week will be the first installment around Thursday, so I am excited to begin. Hope you enjoy it.
Blessings and Cheers!!!!
It has been a good week from an exercise point of view. Both of my workouts were long and difficult but definitely I feel much better. The long walks on campus have definitely had their effect on my body as well. It has been good to be out and about and away from the computer for long periods. I still however have a long way to go before I get where I want to be, so this progress is not an excuse to slow down. I need to keep moving forward.
Weight Lifting: I enjoy Beagle Fitness for weights. They have pretty much everything I will probably ever need from a weight lifting point of view. The Leg Press Sled and I are getting well acquainted and I am getting close to maxing out their leg curl and leg extension machines with both legs. If that happens I will switch to one leg at a time and that should keep me busy for a little longer.
Cardio – Lots of walking. In fact I often park my car off campus farther away than I need to just to make the walking a little more difficult.
Nutrition – No time to really eat perfect right now and getting back to lifting I am mostly concerned with keeping things as clean as possible and getting as much protein in my diet as I can.
Flexibility – Hmm. Yoga is still a goal.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
Disclaimer: The subject of this post is human sexuality in the context of Christian belief. It is intended for mature audiences. If you are under the age of 18 you should have your parents read it and judge if it is appropriate for you to read. Parents, lighten up about this with your teens because quite frankly I am trying to undo a lot of Christian mistakes in informing and educating people about sex. You have been warned and encouraged, enter at your own risk. Also, I am by no means a sexual expert, just a guy who has been married to the same woman for 25 plus years and a pastor who has for what ever reason been exposed to a lot of sexual issues during his ministry. If you don’t find your answer here, keep searching there is probably someone out there that has it.
There is really only two paragraphs here of interest in beginning and ending sexual intercourse. The first is that everything leading up to sex should be relaxing and enjoyable. They should enjoy music and food and talk about beautiful things like art and drink wine. It is only when this all leads to an overcoming desire that lovemaking should begin lovemaking.
The second paragraph is about what to do after sexual intercourse and it is actually quite involved. The couple should each wash off and then return to the bed. The man should rub oil on the woman and they should engage once more in pleasant conversation. They should eat things that are enjoyable and sweet. In the end it seems that falling asleep in each other’s company is a good thing.
The rest of this part of the Kama Sutra’s is about the different kinds of quarrels that can erupt from different combinations of lovers. I find this interesting in the part that is also about basically setting a mood for both before and after sex. It is also one of those times where lovers in a very relaxed and open state can say things in conversation that will cause a fight. So there is advice not to speak about a lover’s rival and if any other thing causes a quarrel it should be reconciled quickly or the lover should leave so the quarrel does not get worse.
This advice is very sound and I like in particular the afterglow of sex portion of cleaning up but then coming back together to talk and be in each other’s company. This of course can put you in the mood for more sex but then again that might be the aim. Still there is no greater feeling than after sex to fall asleep in each others arms. A Christian married couple can learn a lot from the advice given here.
It must be said at this point I am going to end the discussion of the Kama Sutra and Christianity. Mostly because after this point the book turns almost completely to relationships and does not offer much in the way of sexual advice. This however has been an interesting trip into a culture that takes lovemaking seriously in the context of a balanced life. We can definitely learn a lot here.
My oh my, we three-fourths through 2015 already. It seems just like yesterday that we started this thing known as 2015. With the year’s end fast approaching I suppose it is good to take stock of where we are. This will be post 1874. It is quite possible by year’s end we will be approaching our 2000 post. I am getting close to 2000 followers again but my main interest in followers is WordPress followers. which is actually approaching 900. I don’t know how many of them are still active but it is nice to see writers liking my little pub. I guess we will see what happens.
This month’s writing has been somewhat complicated by me going back to school and so I have had to abbreviate my writing schedule a bit and change the way I do things but I have still managed one post a day. I find it a welcome relief from all the other writing I am doing for school.
Top Ten for September 2015:
#10 – The Bible and Nakedness – Part 7 – Women’s Breasts and the Old Testament Poets
# 9 – My Bodybuilding Crossfit Life – Body Image, Nudism and Health (Part Two)
# 8 – The Bible and Nakedness – Part 15 – A Biblical Definition of Nakedness and the Issue of Public Nudity
# 7 – My Bodybuilding Crossfit Life – Body Image, Nudism and Health (Part One)
# 6 – Naked Before God – Part 10 – Naked Fellowship
# 5 – Rabyd Philosophy – The Non Aggression Principle and Just War Theory
# 4 – The Bible and Nakedness – Part 13 – A Biblical Definition of Nakedness
# 3 – Naked Before God – Part 4 – Naked Prayer
# 2 – Looking at Constitutional Amendments – Part 1 – Introduction
# 1 – Marriage and the Bible – Part 21 – King David, His Wives and Concubines
All of these are old posts that just get a lot of traffic. There was also no change in the most liked posts list. It was a good month overall. The only real change was I moved my blog off my personal Facebook and onto a page of its own. Lost some followers but most of them were not reading anyway. The One’s that have liked the new page are probably more representative of my Facebook friends that are actually reading.
As always, thanks for reading you are what makes this blog great.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
Anyone who is long time reader of this blog will know that I like the two sexes just as they are. For instance, I really have a problem with the idea of a woman becoming a better woman by being more masculine in her approach to things. I don’t think our creator created two sexes accidentally and it really is a good thing that we are different. I hear the idea of celebrating diversity on campus all the time but the one area this seems to be avoided is celebrating the differences between men and women. Both sexes have their strengths and weaknesses. I think design presses us toward the idea of complimentary opposites that are supposed to be working together with strengths covering the other’s weaknesses. The idea that we are supposed to stand alone does not seem to fit with he idea “it is not good to dwell alone.”
Right now I am doing some of the ground work for my science fiction serial and the one real decision I am struggling with is should the main character be male or female. I thought of using a couple and going back and forth as well but I am not really sure. I have created the setting and the situation but my real problem is who should I drop into it. I have a couple of weeks so I need to think about it more. Your thoughts gentle reader would be appreciated.
The other thing in writing is the fact that I am doing more technical writing and assignment writing at school. I am having a real problem with some of it because I really hate the style of most non-fiction writing. There is a reason I like to tell stories and that is because I think it is far more interesting to read and actually has more influence on society. I mean when is the last time you were excited to read a non-fiction book.
The Soul Rundown:
Writing: The blog and other things are changing over quite well. My writing for school I struggle with because some of it is really not my style and so it seems much more like work.
Reading: I am actually a good chunk into Atlas Shrugged. I have other motivations for doing it which involve firstly politics and exposing myself to more libertarian ideas of political science class, but also I am looking to what I am going to read next. I have long put off the Harry Potter Series mostly because I have a tendency to shy away from things that are popular. I do want to do kind of a read a book watch a movie thing with this. Given that I have not read a single word or watched more than a half hour of the first movie, I should be able to give it a fresh perspective.
Finances: I made the decision to have a political science major but I need to be more specific as far as direction and money is a big part of that like it or not.
Family: My baby girl just turned 22. She is a great young lady and is turning into a fine mother.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
I have often dwelt on the quote above from Socrates and I can tell that there is some absolute truth to it. I have taught and preached for many years and honestly I don’t think I have actually taught anyone anything. What I hope I have done is caused them to think about what I am saying. In thinking I hope they themselves have learned how to think and judge for themselves. I would rather get people to think than teach them any day now. In thinking they will change themselves.
I look some leaders that have this notion that they can change people’s minds and that what they know or think they know is so important it must be imposed on others. This is absolute folly ultimately. You can control behavior but it is impossible to control thought. You can force people to listen to propaganda but in their mind they are free. Only the man or woman who has decided not to think is truly imprisoned.
I am not against teaching stuff that is information, but it more important what we do with the stuff we know and how we apply it thoughtfully that matters. I have known many knowledgeable individuals that never achieved anything. I have also know many people who others thought were ‘ignorant’ that achieved great things because they knew how to think.
As I watch the inside of a classroom these days I sit and see the struggle in the younger generation. In the case of freshmen when I see a professor that challenges their thinking, the pain is actually visible on their face. They have been taught stuff and how to regurgitate that stuff to others for approval. Very few have been taught to think. Now the strain is visible on their faces. Upper classmen don’t seem to have this particular problem but they are like people who have just learned how to do something and are getting ahead of themselves. They can think but their thinking skills are still being developed.
Me? Well lets just say that my math classes are dusting off areas of my mind that are not just used for math. More challenging for me is that I have learned to think for myself and that means I kind of cut against the grain many times in class. But I find this is far more enjoyable than when I just went along with what everyone thought.
Learn to think and think for yourself.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
I always think people get these two verses wrong. I hear a lot about how repetition in our prayer life is the wrong way to do it and the problem is I don’t think ‘repetition’ is the key word here; it is ‘meaningless’. It is the meaningless prayers that Jesus is trying to instruct against not repetitious prayer itself. The point is to make prayer have meaning; to make it have purpose.
Much of the time what makes prayer meaningless is our own attitude toward it. In large part we do not come to God with humility in prayer but we also don’t seem to understand its purpose. We enter the throne room of our Master and Lord but we somehow think prayer then is about telling our Lord and Master what to do. Humility in prayer calls for a different understanding of prayer as far as purpose. The purpose of prayer is petition but the first petition we should be concerned about it ask God for our marching orders. It is about his Kingdom and will first and then our own lives as it fits within that purpose and our needs.
I have watched as a pastor as many people are frustrated in prayer because they not understand the basic concept that the purpose of prayer is not about us. By understanding this simple concept the purpose changes radically and our purpose in it. It becomes something that is about something greater than our own small little world. Now it is about God’s purpose.
The last line says a lot more than just a statement about God’s knowledge, but it is also about what our priorities should be in prayer as it relates to purpose. If our Heavenly Father already knows what we need, why is it that what we need is what we always talk about in prayer? it seems if I trust my Father in heaven, then what I should be doing is asking his perspective on my life and what I need to do to change it and what he thinks I need not necessarily what I think I need. The priority should be God’s purpose, understanding and will and not our own so much. Oddly enough God, who created us as we are, seems to fit our desires with his own but that often requires us adjusting our purpose and priorities.
The choice is always clear. We can recognize that God’s purpose and the priorities that go with that purpose are more important than our own or we can come to God in meaningless repetition with prayers that we think will get God to work our will in his name if we just keep praying them over and over again. The choice is yours.