So You Think You Can Write

You’ve done well.

Hidden Temptation

I wish I could write like you, they would say to me. I would tell them, you could, just write, it was easy.

That was before I attempted to write my first novel, Hidden Temptation. Oh, it is so much more, let me tell you. Just because you can tell a good story doesn’t mean you can write a story well. It is so much more difficult then writing a short story. In a short story, you have a character that you take from beginning to end. It’s easy to go back and add little hints once you know the story ends. Now try to do the same thing with writing a full-length novel. You may have seventy-five pages and want to add a nervous tic that will work well to identify a certain character later. That’s going to take time and patience lots of patience to fill in those gaps.

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How to Visit the Mythical City of Chichen Itza

Everywhere Once

Chichen Itza, Kukulcán Pyramid, Mexico

Once one of the largest cities in the Mayan world and quite possibly one of the seven mythical locations of human origin, the ruins of Chichen Itza lies within a totally day-tripable 2 hour bus ride from Cancun. That proximity to cruise-ship central also makes it one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico.

With that in mind, we planned our visit with the intention of arriving early enough to beat the hordes. So we booked a room at the Villas Arqueologicas Chichen Itza; a hotel located within walking distance of the less-utilized southern entrance to the park.

We found the hacienda-style hotel quaint, comfortable and clean. The only downside is that dining options in the area are limited to the handful of similar resorts located on this side of the park. We checked out a few other options but ended up eating every meal in the hotel’s poolside courtyard…

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Islam and the Conquer the World Scenario

Beyond the Cusp

Many editorialists, theoreticians, futurists, politicians and ordinary concerned and new aware individuals have spoken to their public or close friends or coworkers or family and any combination thereof about the approaching probability of a World War III starting and in the near future more than a distant probability. Many such people are sure as grass is green (except if I water it) and the sky is blue with clouds some shade of grey from the purest white to the darkest grey, which some claim turns a green tint when tornadoes are definitely possible, that such a conflict is near. What very few will be likely to point out is that there is one person on the planet who might end up proving he had the ability and came with the tools at the perfect time to end the threat of a world war being started by Islamic violence and use…

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The Islamization of Britain in 2015

The Muslim population of Britain surpassed 3.5 million in 2015 to become around 5.5% of the overall population of 64 million, according to figures extrapolated from a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe. In real terms, Britain has the third-largest Muslim population in the European Union, after France, then Germany.

Islam and Islam-related issues were omnipresent in Britain during 2015, and can be categorized into five broad themes: 1) Islamic extremism and the security implications of British jihadists in Syria and Iraq; 2) the continuing spread of Islamic Sharia law in Britain; 3) the sexual exploitation of British children by Muslim gangs; 4) Muslim integration into British society; and 5) the failures of British multiculturalism.


January 7. The British-born Islamic extremist, Anjem Choudary defended the jihadist attacks on the offices of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. In an opinion article published by USA Today, Choudary wrote:

“Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone. Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people’s desires.

“In an increasingly unstable and insecure world, the potential consequences of insulting the Messenger Mohammed are known to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. So why in this case did the French government allow the magazine Charlie Hebdo to continue to provoke Muslims, thereby placing the sanctity of its citizens at risk?”


Moral Relativism vs Israeli Clarification

Beyond the Cusp

Moral relativism dies a death of a clarifying reality where there truly are absolutes which obliterate the fuzzy thinking which equates all views into some squishy warm fuzzy amalgam which is presumably harmless. In Israel one lives the inequalities between different cultures and political battles over the land and the different peoples, religious beliefs, virtues and the way all of these interact producing a state where reality becomes one’s teacher. This reality comes home every time on waits for a bus or is in any decent sized crowd as your eyes will peer outward scanning the immediate area for vehicles speeding towards the group. Even when one is walking alone there is the need for situational awareness where one knows all that is occurring within an area of relative proximity looking for someone acting at all different, possibly hands in their pockets appearing to be hiding what they are holding…

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Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

David Cameron is off to the Swiss resort of Davos after PMQs today. But the Prime Minister won’t get much time to enjoy the alpine slopes, as he is planning to use this week’s World Economic Forum to work on winning around EU leaders in the hope of securing a deal next month, which he can then swiftly put to the British people in a June referendum.

The Prime Minister’s team is nervous about letting the referendum renegotiation drag on, fearing that the “optics” of a further migration crisis this summer – with scenes of bodies being washed ashore or fences being torn down – on television news could boost the ‘out’ campaign. And their fears are already coming to pass, with a major migration battle brewing that may leave Nigel Farage feeling like he has just been given a late Christmas present.

Brussels is now trying to force more new arrivals on the UK, with Jean Claude-Juncker preparing to end its ability to deport thousands of failed asylum seekers by tearing up the “Dublin” rules that dictate asylum seekers must stay in the first European country they step foot in. Europe’s border controls are already under severe strain, as thousands of migrants arriving every week, leading European Council head Donald Tusk to warn that the Schengen zone could collapse within weeks. “We have no more than two months to get things under control,” he warned. In order to ease the pressure, Cameron is expected to call on EU leaders to relax trade rules with Jordan to spark economic growth and help “hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees across the region to work”.

Meanwhile, Labour’s Eurosceptics are on the march, with the “Labour Leave” campaign launched today. Six MPs – including Kate Hoey and Roger Godsliff – have written to the Telegraph today urging Britons to back Brexit, and called on Jeremy Corbyn to “challenge” the renegotiation. Might he be tempted to do so at PMQs today? The Labour leader has previously surprised with what he chooses to tackle the Prime Minister on across the despatch box, last week choosing to grill him on housing, rather than the junior doctors’ strike. Major party donor John Mills has also piled on the pressure, calling on Corbyn to allow his MPs to campaign for Out. He said shadow ministers were among those who wanted to exit the union, and that they should be given the freedom to speak out publicly. In campaigners have fired a shot across Labour Leave’s bows, with former TUC chief Brendan Barber saying: “Working people – the people the Labour Party represents – are stronger and better off in Europe.”

The Prime Minister isn’t just relying on Davos in his final push to secure support for renegotiation, with talks set to be held at a conference on the Syria conflict in London early next month. Eurosceptics are waiting to see what he secures, with Chris Grayling – the Leader of the House who is poised to play a leading role in the Out campaign – telling reporters: “It will be for everybody in Cabinet to judge and for the country as a whole to judge because ultimately we are only one vote – it is for the country as a whole to judge.” The Prime Minister’s work won’t be over when he gets a deal, of course, as he’ll have to spend months persuading voters to back it.