What's the word at the Reliable Narrative blog?

  See what I have been writing about - M. R. Bailey

Here is a great way to see what you're writing about from a high altitude cloud perspective. Wordles are 'word clouds' that emphasize words in proportion to their frequency of use in text. Here’s a Wordle of mrbailey.net taken on April 16, 2012. Though more generic terms rise to the top, there is a diverse array of topics over recent months.



2010 Year of the Tiger - Tx2

There is no clear connection between the world's endangered wild tiger population and creative writing. Not yet, anyway. While developing my next novel project, the thought occurred: what if a story could succeed in bringing some small measure of the majesty of the wild tiger and the immediate peril it faces to the page? Not sure such a project, even if it were accomplished literary writing, would be viable in the current publishing market. The economic imperative reflects the larger problem for tigers and we writers quite neatly.  Still, wouldn't it be an accomplishment if someone could create a story that helped us five-sense the issues? Recognize the moment? Understand the life-and-death choices that we must make?

Happy Birthday, Internet!

The first message transmitted between two networked computers occurred on Oct 29th, 1969 at 2230 hrs. when Leonard Kleinrock and Charley Kline sent a LOG IN message from UCLA (Westwood, CA) to Stanford Research Institute (Menlo Park, CA).  Leon Kleinrock tells it like it was here.  NPR also produced a 'Lo' And Behold: A Communication Revolution tribute to the Internet's 40th Anniversary. Forty years.  Amazing.  The blink of an eye...

Happy Birthday to you, Internet!

To Teens, Knowledge is Infinite

Child is Father/Mother...

Despite the rancor at town hall meetings across an increasingly stressed America, there is some very good news coming from a hopeful source: high school students and rising college first-year students.  While so many adults are indulging in anti-social rage against change, their children are quietly learning, preparing, observing and developing their personal life plans.  From the look of things, they are choosing change, seeing promise in lifelong learning, knowledge as infinite, and following discovery where it leads as long as it results in good - for themselves, their families, their communities and their planet.

In a related article by Tamar Lewin about the rapidly diminishing importance of textbooks in high school education, there is an intriguing subtext that made me sit up and pay attention - students are relating to the world they are inheriting in a productive way that contrasts with their elders' approach.  If you get a moment, read In a Digital Future, Textbooks Are History (NYT, 9 Aug 2009).