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A long, in-depth interview with…moi! (Trigger warning: includes questions about religion and politics)

Recently Everitt Foster over the blog A Natural Reaction asked me to answer some questions for an online interview, one of a series he's been conducting with authors who have been early adopters of the new social media platform Gab, a would-be Twitter rival. (My handle over there is ewillett.) You can read the interview over there, or you can read it right here, if you want to know more about me than you probably actually want to know about me. I even talk about religion and politics. Quelle horreur! Tell me a little about how you were raised. What was your family like? Did they encourage reading, writing and artistic pursuits from a young age or we’re ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:47, December 5th, 2016 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Pondering perfection in an imperfect post

Here’s a rather metaphysical question for you: why do we strive for perfection? Cold logic tells us that perfection is impossible. As a writer, I know perfectly (sorry) well that I will never in my life write something perfect. In fact, I know logically that it’s impossible to even define what a perfect piece of writing would look like, because there are always multiple ways to write anything, from a simple action to a complex character’s internal monologue, and you can never be certain there might not have been another way to do it that would be better than the way you chose: another way that’s a little bit closer to ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:12, December 12th, 2012 under Blog, Writing and Editing | 2 Comments »

Christmas and me

I like Christmas. I like the traditional songs, the lights, the trees, the food, the presents, the getting together with friends and family, all of that stuff. I like A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Carol (Muppet, Mickey Mouse, George C. Scott or Alistair Sim versions, or all four). I even like the snow...well, for that two or three weeks of the year. But I’ve never been someone who worries about the commercialization of the season, which might seem odd, since I grew up the son of a preacher and church elder...until you understand that I grew up in the Church of Christ, and Christmas (as I’m ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:38, December 3rd, 2012 under Blog | 1 Comment »

My favorite author thinks I’m stupid: the perils of Internet pontification

The great thing about the Internet is the way you can find out way more information than you ever used to about your favorite authors, actors, singers, etc. Or not. Because here’s the thing: most people don’t agree with you. Oh, don’t feel bad, they don’t agree with me, either. Sure, you can find people who agree with you about lots of things. If you’re really lucky, that person might even be your spouse or child...but even people who agree with you about lots of things don’t agree with you about everything. Used to be, even when I was a kid, you just didn’t know much about what your favorite authors and performers thought. You ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:01, November 27th, 2012 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

And we’re off! 2011 and beyond…

So...Happy New Year! If you're going to build readership on a blog, you have to post regularly. Everyone knows that. I know it; you know it. And periodically I've attempted it, never with any great success. But you know what? Hope springs eternal, and with the start of a new year, I've got another chance to do several worthwhile things: lose weight, write more, and blog more...beyond simply plugging my latest book or pointing out reviews. I read quite a few blogs, political blogs, science fiction blogs, science blogs, and more. Perhaps I would get more readers if I were to focus on one particular topic land stick to it. But my interests ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:57, January 5th, 2011 under Blog | Comment now »

What I’ve Just Read: By Schism Rent Asunder

By Schism Rent Asunder is the second book in David Weber's new series that began with Off Armageddon Reef. Before I read it someone warned me that they thought it didn't really work as a stand-alone novel: it's very much a bridge between what happened in the first book and what's going to happen in the next (which, thankfully from my point of view, is due out in mid-2009).I think that's a fair criticism, but on the other hand, so what? If you were as hooked by Off Armageddon Reef as I was, you'll devour this book just to see what happens next; and ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:38, December 13th, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

A new review of Lost in Translation…

...has popped up at the blog Bibliophagic. Brazilian blogger Adiel Mittman gives it four stars out of five (and says it reminded him of Asimov's Foundation series!) but he does have some thoughtful caveats.A few highlights:This book is a good read. The author’s idea of translators is an interesting one...If translating between human languages is not easy, what can be said about translating between languages from different species?...When reading this book, more than once Asimov’s Foundation series came to mind. Asimov created the Mule, a man who had thought-projecting abilities, in order to insert an unpredictable element to stand in the way of the Foundation’s plans, and also described the people from the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:52, December 3rd, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

Jesus was on to something (well, duh!)

According to the Mayo Clinic, forgiveness is good for your health:Holding a grudge appears to affect the cardiovascular and nervous systems. In one study, people who focused on a personal grudge had elevated blood pressure and heart rates, as well as increased muscle tension and feelings of being less in control. When asked to imagine forgiving the person who had hurt them, the participants said they felt more positive and relaxed and thus, the changes dissipated. Other studies have shown that forgiveness has positive effects on psychological health, too.

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:26, January 4th, 2008 under Blog | 2 Comments »

Jesus was on to something (well, duh!)

According to the Mayo Clinic, forgiveness is good for your health:Holding a grudge appears to affect the cardiovascular and nervous systems. In one study, people who focused on a personal grudge had elevated blood pressure and heart rates, as well as increased muscle tension and feelings of being less in control. When asked to imagine forgiving the person who had hurt them, the participants said they felt more positive and relaxed and thus, the changes dissipated. Other studies have shown that forgiveness has positive effects on psychological health, too.

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:26, January 4th, 2008 under Blog | 2 Comments »

Sermons from my father

When I posted my eulogy for my father, James Lee Willett, for Father's Day, I neglected to provide one important link: many of Dad's sermons are online as MP3 files. You can download them here.My previous post reminded me!

Posted by Edward Willett at 1:07, July 4th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »