Browsing Archive: April, 2021

HOLY MOLELY!

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, April 30, 2021, In : books 

IN a recent 30 April 2021 CNN opinion article by Chandran Nair entitled “The Covid disaster in India shows that the future is biological, not digital” that little artificial mole I mentioned in yesterday’s post abruptly reared it’s legs! Nair aptly places emphasis on the importance of preparing for COVID-20, -21, -22 and so on, rather than depending solely on technology to protect us. In my world, I took this as a call for fundamental infrastructure change. Be it government, ethics, f...


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THAT LITTLE MOLE THERE…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, April 29, 2021, In : books 

I’VE always been curious why many consider a little mole here or there particularly erotic. And it isn’t just a contemporary custom, though it’s consistent with the rash of tattoos people seem to be getting. I personally don’t find tattoos interesting or erotic, though they did, at first, clearly border on the exotic.


Facial moles seem to have been the rage in sixteenth century France, when discrete moles on the face, neck, shoulders, pectoral or other “hidden” areas were conside...


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HI! I’M RAYMOND, AND I’M AN…

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, In : books 

OKAY, you probably guessed that I’m an author, at least, I hope you did. There’s definitely more than twelve steps to authorship, and, with over sixty publications, I feel as though I’ve successfully trudged my way through every step so far.


Raymond Gaynor is the multi-award-winning thriller pen name of reclusive author-artist-photographer-videographer, Daniel S. Janik. Gaynor, in his own words, “lives and breathes” San Francisco. Under the pen name Raymond Gaynor, I’ve co-author...


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WRITING ERRORS AND OTHER SUCH NONSENSE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 26, 2021, In : books 
I was approached the other day by an “authoring influencer” and asked what errors fledgling as well as longtime authors commonly make and should avoid. The question was, I think, meant to be a superficial one simply to help promote a business targeting young authors. My first reaction was:

Write whenever you can from your own experience;

However, avoid writing in the first person/present tense until you’ve 40 years writing experience under your belt, unless you’re presenting the story a...

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ARTIFICIAL FOOD ANYONE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, April 25, 2021, In : books 

ARTIFICIAL FOOD ANYONE?


SHADES of Soylent Green (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green)! But I’m not here to post on a dystopian future where people eat their dead. Rather I’m concerned about the continuing intrusion of “artificial” substances into our foodstuffs. Okay, so a good chemist (which I am) would say that EVERYTHING’S “artificial” in that it is built of chemical atoms and molecules, whether created geologically or biologically. “Better Living Through Chemistry...


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LIVING IN TODAY’S “VIRTUAL” WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, April 24, 2021, In : books 
THE world of today isn’t the same as the world of the previous quinquennium. When I started authoring there were no artificial satellites in orbit, no streaming movies on demand, no cell phones, not even any word processors. But if I were asked to, in one word, characterize the biggest change during the last five years, it would be “virtual.” Back at the beginning of this five-year period, in the B.T. (before Trump) years, virtual meant that nether world of non-corporeal existence where...

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IN DUE DEFERENCE TO PLANTS

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, April 23, 2021, In : writing/authoring 

YESTERDAY I offered a rather unique post entitled, “Do Plants Like Vegetarians?” Today, I’d like to follow it with a bit of an ode to those stalwart lifeforms upon whom our lives solely depend and much more. Yes, they provide oxygen, clean drinking water and food simultaneously, and, yes, we thank them by systematically harvesting them for that biggest illusion of humankind: lucre. And by applying a worldwide pogrom consisting of purposeful, selective genocide. Go figure.


And while it...


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PLEONISM, EPIZEUXES AND SEMANTIC SATIATION!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, In : writing/authoring 

WRITING writings; carefully wording one’s words; creating creative stories — it’s all about judiciously avoiding the irreverent epizeuxis, pleonasm and, God(dess) forbid, semantic satiation. And doing it without losing the occasional congenial, sometimes gratifying occurrence of alliterative consonance or onomatopoeia. Rat-tat-tat went the machine gun. Quack said the duck. Forsooth mouthed the itinerant forsoother.


In truth, as an author, I do enjoy employing semantic variety — a sor...


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WILL ANYONE SMILE IN THE FUTURE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

A simple smile: “A pleased, kind, or amused facial expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed.” Surprisingly physically close to but opposite in meaning from a grimace. A social expression of the face learned very early in infancy, used to further bond the infant to caretaker and vice versa.


In a utopian future, it is often assumed that everyone would smile; in a dystopian future, it is often assumed that everyone would grimace, an assumptio...


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Author/Actor Daniel S. Janik (aka author Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine) A retired physician turned author, actor, dancer, educator, naturalist, former publisher, Daniel S. "Dan" Janik has plenty to say.

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