Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Shamanism and the Job Jar

A seriously gorgeous jar.
Since my last post, I have been struggling with the usual pests--fear of poverty and procrastination--but also with a sense of mortality, my own and that of my parents.

.... so funny. I started this post, maybe, two years ago, and I am still stuck in the same drama. Want to write, worry about money, feel sad about the mortality of me and everyone else, and need to be a shamanic practitioner.

However, I have made a few discoveries:
  • I am a shaman. In a small way, but still. Not just a practitioner. I actually help others. My community may be tiny, but I have one.
  • I am a writer. I choose to be one, I will learn to be a better one. Dammit.
  • Money. You can always make more. And I will.
  • I am a bookstore owner. I should start acting like one.
  • I love my family like crazy. 
So, I am working on putting all my writing into an electronic format. Dreams, shamanic journeys and insights, essays, novels, everything. No more handwritten journals. I am a child of the technology age. In pursuit of that, I am recommitting to this blog, to Read (Think) Books' website, to the Duke Barkin sites, and to my new/revived private blogs. I can attach images, audio and whatever to each one.

I also plan to bring my portfolio, scribd site, facebook page, and linked in page into the fold.

The job jar is overflowing... shamanism is the best thing my brain has found to make my life work since dream work. Which is still part of the stuff. Yeah.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications

I'm not sure what gets into me, sometimes.

I was browsing around The Internets and noticed that the DI Style Manual, the CIA's guide to excruciatingly precise writing, has been made available by the legal nonprofit National Security Counselors, following a Freedom of Information Act* request.

 So I OCR-scanned it and posted it to Scribd.

My action wasn't Snowdenesque, that's for sure. There's nothing in there that's gonna get me chased around Europe, or cause any stirrings in any of the government alphabet soup--after all, this document has been available for over a year.

I did it for my fellow writers. While you can find this kind of totalitarianism in any style guide, from the MMoS (Microsoft Manual of Style) to the CMoS (Chicago Manual of Style), there is something sweet about realizing that as a well-educated writer and editor, you probably could have worked for the CIA.

In addition, for those of us in the trade who sometimes wonder if there's a precedent for the proper spelling and capitalization of 'hover craft' (only if it is really a Hovercraft, otherwise, no caps and two words) or whether to capitalize the word 'war' in an undeclared war versus a declared one. (No and yes, except the Iran-Iraq war, which while declared, for some reason is uncapped by illogical convention.)

Hey, I don't make the rules, I just quote 'em!

So, for militant editors everywhere, I bring you the Directorate of Intelligence Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications.

Enjoy.

*Government in the sunshine, for us Floridians. I hope the government doesn't burn up.