Does wanting affordable health care make me a Democrat?

No, and yes.  Wanting a national healthcare policy stems from my paying attention to rising costs and exclusionary techniques used by the health insurance industry.  I have a better than average health care plan that will last as long as I live, if I can make the payments.  If I fail to make those very reasonable payments, of course, I’ll lose my health care plan and be forced to find a new provider. Both my wife and I have pre-existing conditions (because we’re in our fifties, because I broke my back while ditching my plane). Several pre-existing conditions.

So, I’m currently without a paycheck because I’m a public servant, and the Republican Party is out to make sure I pay for my pre-existing condition, no matter how much my provider wants to charge, and because barring that, they want to pretend that downsizing me out of a job will make enough difference to the national debt that the can re-balance the budget.  Forget or ignore the fact that only a Democrat has managed to balance the budget in my lifetime. Remember that the Republican party has never allowed any national health care plan to reach a floor vote, even though some of them have proposed or cosponsored national health care plans.

AARP has endorsed Obamacare, and I’m assured that this makes them an arm of the Democratic party.  I’m not so sure.  I think they’ve recognized that A Plan is better than No Plan.

WebMD has also answered some questions about Obamacare in a positive light.  Does this mean they’re also a bunch of commie Democrat sympathizers?  Probably only on the issue of health care.

I’m registered as a Dem, even though I have unregistered guns in my house and don’t intend to stop.  Perfectly legal in my red state.  If the Republican party ever came up with a comprehensive health care plan more inclusive than “Nooooo……” then I might register with them to support a specific candidate.

But for now, I’ve had my life saved by my health care program.  I want everybody in the nation to have that buffer against disaster, and I’m willing to call availability of health care a right, and not a privilege of wealth.  I guess that wanting everybody to have affordable health care has made me a Democrat.

I’ll probably be jumping parties when the issue at the top of my agenda becomes gun ownership.  But until everybody has health care, and can afford it, I won’t know, because that will the top, middle, and bottom of my political agenda.

Affordable Health Care is possible, and can be done by this generation.

Certain people are paying large sums of money to front the bald-faced lie that health care should not be available to every person in the U.S.

Time to remember why we are fighting for Affordable Health Care.

Here’s one reason: Prescription Medicine.

Here’s another, more personal story.

Medical indigence.  Interesting term.  It applies to millions of people who work more than one job.

Here’s a look at several more issues.v

It isn’t a question of whether the Democrats or Republicans have the moral high ground. It’s a matter of making sure that my children can have a health care plan even when they don’t turn out to be millionaires.  About 15% of Americans have no comprehensive health care, and the percentage climes each year.  We start fixing it with this generation, or it will be 30% of us without a plan in the next generation.

And the politicians who tell me that it can’t be done, or that it will bankrupt the country, or that the time isn’t right, are either lying or just plain wrong. I’m voting for lying, because they are politicians, and they are moving their lips. It can be done, and it can be done by this generation.

Last night, I watched a presentation on web-presence

I’m re-invigorated!  I’ll have this web-thing down pat and kicking money my way by this time next month!  Well, I’ll take a meeting with a bright woman who thinks she can get me moving the right direction.

In other news, we’re going to WorldCon in London next year.


Into the Dark

Just got back from Star Trek Into the Dark.  It was the only thing the four of us could agree we wanted to watch.  Still a lot of fun, and still, IMO, pulls off the recollection of Revenge of Khan pretty well.  Pretty damn well.

But I’m not as satisfied with the whole Martian Flat Cat thing, or the “you have to bring Khan back alive,” when there are like, 72 other corpsicles to to pick from, if you need a sample.

Still, it’s pretty high entertainment.  I’m gonna give J.J. a pass on this, but I hope he gets a better continuity editor for next time.

Interview on TMV Cafe

They have great shows like After Rot: Cookies and Zombies and comics, oh my! Tonight after After Rot, I’ll be interviewed on Free Pie night. 10pm Eastern, or 6 pm Alaskan. Come on over and listen to the interview, but keep the link. This is great internet radio, and you might hear almost any sort of music, almost at any time.

The Nanonovella and public reading

I started my NANONovella on time, and wrote for some days, and am now hopelessly behind schedule. Then I got up this morning, and started with a headache and growing sense of malaise, which I’ve always associated with laziness more than any sort of illness. But the headache keeps getting worse, and my stomache is… Never mind. I’m going to the pharmacy rather than the office, and then I’m going to go to bed. Then, maybe, I’ll work on the Nanonovella. Why a Novella? As far as I’m concerned, 50K words isn’t a novel. However, I committed to a YA, and so it might very well be complete at 60K or so.
I committed reading in public last night. Nanonovella and public reading tie together more completely than you might think. I like reading from my book, and doing the reading out loud causes me to skip words and phrases that I love in written form, but that clearly slipped in while I was under the influence of my inner editor. Write in passion, edit at leisure. Fine. But when you edit, keep that passion in the front of your mind, and don’t let Strunk and White meddle with character voice. Or narrative voice, for that matter. Strunk and White aren’t going to get credit for your book, and if you’ve made your book bland in search of Strunkly and Whitely approval, you may as well not publish. Strunk and White aren’t going to approve, because they’re dead. English is not Latin, and the rules didn’t freeze in 1918. There is a lot of argument that the language has changed more quickly since the onset of rapid communications and information dissemination.
Still, I’m now recognizing that when I go to read the book for an audiobook, I’ll need to make some changes, even in a book that was always designed to leave the narrative voice ringing in the mind’s ear. Simplify? Not at all. But last night, with Jake’s voice ringing in my head, my actual words were sometimes different from the words on paper, and I found myself falling back to word choices I made during the first draft.
So, what does this have to do with the Nanonovella? The Nanonovella is entitled Armagedon’s Son, and is set in the Zook Country universe. I guess that world still has more stories to tell. But if I don’t get on my tuckus and start typing, this is another year when NANOWRIMO is just an extended form of novel planning. Since the story isn’t even remotely about motorcycle gang members, I may decide to change the title. Maybe I won’t. Armageddon’s Son rings for me.
Last night did something else for me. When I was planning how to introduce myself, I was using the “About the Author” formula, which is biographical and formulaic. If comes from the heart of all those letters I’ve written to publishers, agents, and editors, where the biographical information explains why my life made me the best person to write this book. That’s great stuff, if I’m writing about running while pregnant, and I’ve actually done that. Not so great if I’m fighting zombie hordes. There are no zombie horde survivors, for various reasons. I write because I have a passion for writing. I use models from my life when they fit, because that adds verisimilitude.
My wife said, “Start with, ‘I’m a lifelong fantasy and science fiction fan.'” She was right, but on a deeper level than she realized. I needed to remind myself of that. Yes, I have the military background that makes Jake and Gary credible as disgruntled veterans, but I also have passion for books in my chosen genres – including my own. I have a couple thousand of them in my basement library, and I had shelves installed so that I could alphabetize and find them. My library. My passion. How many other Alaskans have libraries this size in their houses? None that I know of. My shelves are filled with old, beaten up, often reread paperbacks, for the most part. I’m happy with that, and if I have to get rid of books, it will the clean and crisp ones, because those are the books I haven’t reread.
My inner writer is much closer to my inner fan than my dirty old editor is. My inner editor has been getting far too much sway, and I’m going to shut him down. For the rest of Nanonovella November, anyway.

The Pain of Creation (NANOWRIMO angst)

I guess I already announced this on LiveJournal, but I’m going to commit NANOWRIMO, again.  I’ve tried several times, and it hasn’t worked well.  This time will be different.  Why will this time be Different?

Well, I guess one reason might be that I have flesh and blood friends trying it with me, and we’re actually going to meet.  Maybe that will keep me off of FB, LJ, rec.arts.sf.composition, and other forms of malcontent lurking.  Lately I’ve spent more time endlessly searching my junk filters than writing, and something has to give.

But, to start a new novel?  To concentrate on the requested sequel? To work on one of my other solid starts?

If you don’t know what NANOWRIMO is, you’re probably lucky.  If you think you might want to torture yourself, look at  Start on 1 November, write 50K words during November, and Bob’s your uncle. Where does that that expression come from, anyway?

Coming down to the wire.

So, we’re about to elect a new president, and I haven’t convinced the world to vote the way I want them to. I just discovered that I don’t agree with my chosen candidate as often as I do with the green candidate. And I think that my choice to share political viewpoints through social media has alienated my most likely readers. I don’t have the “right” political correctness – I just write good novel.

I think I’m going to start posting my short stories to Amazon, see if building up Bleeding Edge’s visibility will encourage people to buy Zook Country. Would anybody be interested in reading a science fictional love letter?