Filming at Bonterra Farm - Aubrey, Texas Beside writing books, I walk in other creative spheres. I was blessed to have met the wonderful people at The Bleak Empire, a Texas based Indie film group. We all gathered last March to begin a journey together. Although COVIDs put us back a bit, we now have… Continue reading My hobby – Writing a Crime Drama. The Ladybug Files #thebleakempire #texasactors #inproduction #texasfilmakers #IndieFilms #Indie
This past weekend our little film family had some fun with students and making a project for an upcoming film festival. It was the first of us together working collaboratively as a group and so much enjoyment. Hopefully we can entice them back for our web-series Lucifer's Dead Lady Bug Files. Location in downtown Dallas… Continue reading Filming #TheAuction – Short film with #TheBleakEmpire
Between studying for comp exams and research, writing, and publishing, sometimes I get to step out and do something totally different. Part of my spiritual journey this past year has been the acknowledgement that there are so many issues involving children that need attention. Who better to help than those who write for children? At… Continue reading #JorgeBaldor and Fannie C. Harris Youth Center/ Docu-Series with #TheBleakEmpire
She was a lonely woman who lived on the highest mountain above the village. Very few saw her, or spoke with her. Some nights there were stories which men told at the tavern of seeing a figure standing out on the crumbling structures of metal and concrete, the form illuminated by the moon. Her flowing… Continue reading The Talisman
Man: Why do you keep watching those videos? You can’t bring them back. Woman: They were so beautiful…I’ve got to try to save them. Man: How do you propose to do that little one? Woman: I’m going back in time. I like that one…he reminds me of the Tin Man – gotta find a heart.… Continue reading The Tinman’s Heart
Today I ran across a great tune by Keith Urban, God whispered your name. It reminded me that even in all of our troubles, sometimes just a little miracle can pull us through the toughest times. God's favor isn't always fair. I heard this a year ago. It's been a part of my motto. Some… Continue reading God’s favor isn’t always fair…
Some interesting thoughts on digital methods in History and research.
In my last post I reviewed the provocative book, The History Manifesto. Written by history academics Jo Guldi (Brown University) and David Armitage (Harvard), it is a call to historians to turn their work towards investigating long periods of history (the longue-durée) in order to address the big issues affecting humanity such as inequality and climate change. I set aside one chapter in that review for special attention. In this post I consider chapter four, ‘Big questions, big data’.
There are many ways that technology can be used by the historian The ‘Big Data’ chapter in The History Manifesto discusses the use of topic modelling tools to highlight the type of language most often used and the topics most widely discussed in the past. Guldi and Armitage also recognise the potential for digital tools to uncover…
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I've always paid attention to my dreams. They are like motion movies, in color and sometimes very action packed. Two dreams are what gave me the outline and story concept for the Legends of Green Isle Series. They have also given me insight into problems, and in some instances a brief glance into possible future… Continue reading Dreams: A Connection to the Cosmos