Peter Rodman lives in Sacramento, California. He is generally considered to have more bad habits than good points. This need not be a concern, as you are welcome to read his stuff without ever actually meeting him.
Please review what you read, whether you like it or not. Even a bad review is more helpful than silence.
Who are your favorite authors?
I would like to write as well as Margaret Atwood, but I can't. I admire her prose style, her skill at description and characterization, and her ability to tell a story. Other authors I am always willing to pick up and read, or re-read, are: Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, and James Tiptree Jr.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I believe Spot the dog was chasing Puff the cat, and Sally was upset. Then I think Dick and Jane tried to calm Sally down. I was appalled. Even at six years old I knew that was garbage and that stories could be better. I wondered just how stupid people thought kids were. Over the years I've learned that most adults think kids are very stupid.
Sure I love my country. After all, I was born here. Or I emigrated here and became a citizen. Or I invaded your country because my country's needs are more important than any rights you think you have. Why wouldn't I love my country?
Published: September 28, 2015.
Essay » Political, Essay » Legal
What if a simple change would allow the individual taxpayer to influence the US government at the highest level while blunting the influence of the wealthy, the political action committees, and multinational corporations?
What if the system has been in place and working for decades?
Seventy humor essays about life in general, originally published in The Suttertown News in the last century.
"Cats are deceptive animals, and while it may not be good for a cat to be shaved before it is named, it's probably a good idea to at least wet it down good to see what it looks like under all the hair. "
from Shave Your Cat
Is a person's decision to kill himself always wrong? Is his thinking irrational? Who has the right to stop him?
This is a continuation and expansion of David Hume's essay with the same name.
A modern-language version of David Hume's essay follows. A link is provided to the original essay.
Two suicidal, but functional, people try to keep one another from killing themselves. Their friendship disrupts their personal lives, even while it preserves them. Their mental illnesses drive them apart, even while they bind them together. Contains vulgar language and scenes resembling sexual encounters.
1) I have to compliment Mr. Coker for his hard work on a project he obviously loves.
2) I had a whiny complaint about using MS Word as a format instead of the more universal .rtf format, but given the detailed instructions he provides for a fairly commonplace program, I withdraw the complaint. No, the instructions don't need to be updated to the latest version of Word, because Microsoft's sole reason for updating the blasted program is to get more suckers to buy it again, and again, and again.
3) I use Ubuntu Linux. I write on LibreOffice. However, I had an old disk of Word 97 from when I abandoned Microsoft. Ubuntu comes with WINE, a Windows emulator. I loaded Word 97 on my box, WINE opened it, and it worked perfectly using Mark's instructions. Although I have published stuff on Feedbooks.com using their system, and also use Calibre to produce ebooks, Mark's system is quite handy for books with drawings and photos, and the free ISBN alone is worth using the system.
4) I especially appreciated his suggestions for avoiding Word's pitfalls, such as the table of contents and auto-formatting garbage. Even when I use the blasted program I turn all that crap off.