The Novels

Economics 101, a Novel (Rough Draft) -- My first sustained attempt at a novel, two-thirds finished in rough draft, and heading a little too far south.
What would you do if you and your study partner, with whom you had been seriously discussing marriage, suddenly found yourselves all alone together on a desert island? Study economics?
Sociology 500, a Romance (Second Draft) -- The first book in the Economics 101 Trilogy.(On hold.)
Karel and Dan, former American football teammates and now graduate students, meet fellow graduate students Kristie and Bobbie, and the four form a steady study group.

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Sociology 500, a Romance, ch 1 pt 1 -- Introducing Bobbie

TOC Well, let's meet Roberta Whitmer. Bobbie entered the anthropology department office and looked around. Near the receptionis...

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Economics 101, A Novel, Rough Draft -- Index (redirect)

[JMR201703111240: resurrecting URLs.]

Playing fancy games with URLs, and I end up with too many dead links to this page, so I'll bring the URL back and put the link where it should have pointed here.

The page you might think you want, the table of contents for the rough draft, is here:

As of the eleventh of March 2017, enough of the rough draft is complete to cover the first two parts of the trilogy. But the template I'm using in blogger is not meant for this much text. It's supposed to be a catalog of pictures. So it bogs down.

And that became part of the incentive to move the novel where it belongs, over to my fantasy economics blog. But, instead of just moving it all over as it is and continuing on it here, I seem to have decided to start the re-write for the second draft. Thought it would save time, maybe.

Which I suppose means that the first draft chapters of the third part will end up over there, where the javascript weighs everything down, unless I decide to grab it all and move it over here anyway. Something to think about in the middle of the night when things always seem easier than they are.


I never thought I'd have this much to say in this novel.

Anyway, I'm muddling along with it. The table of contents for the re-written first part of the trilogy is here:

And I'm in the process of changing jobs again because Japanese law militates against short term contracts turning into long term contracts.

That is, if the company (or school in this case) wants to keep you more than three years, they have to overcome this huge hysteresis threshold -- hire you as a permanent full-time employee with all the from-now-to-the-grave guarantees and other benefits and perqs. So, if you are like me and never got certified while it was logistically possible (because something seemed more important than making the family really, truly eat dirt and go naked for the year and a half needed to get the master's degree and the teaching certification ...), the company has a policy against hiring you as a full-time regular employee, and, no matter how good you are at your job, you're out the door at the three-year mark.


Which also means all the full-time teachers have been through the same certification mill that puts blinders on them about what teaching a foreign language really means.

This is the way of the world. There is an influence that wants to steal everything of value away from us by making us all fit into the standard holes that were defined years ago and no longer have anything of value left in them.

Quit pioneering!!!

Get Certified!!!

Become Mediocre!!!

It's safer that way, you know.
Making anything of value is always dangerous. 
Don't do that!!!!

Whatever. It motivates me to write novels, even though I won't be able to continue at the previous pace. The only question is whether I can ultimately learn to tell the story well enough to make writing novels put food on my family's table.

[JMR201703111240: end resurrecting URLs.]

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

This is a test - ignore it.

Pardon my dust. I'm playing around with permalinks.


Okay, blogspot permalinks do not provide alternate (aliasing) urls. You have to choose your permalink before you post, or it's chosen for you.


It would have helped me convert this blog to a more general publishing medium.

So maybe I actually do have good reason, if I can ever afford it, to run my own server. For now, I'll have to re-think whether/how to move my first novel, indexed at, to this blog after all.

Maybe those page thingies will help.

More tests are necessary.



Friday, April 1, 2016

Economics 101, A Novel, Rough Draft -- Index

Economics 101, A Novel

written by Joel Matthew Rees
(Copyright established 2016, Joel Matthew Rees.)
All rights reserved.

Initial Draft


This is now the backup of the table of contents before the cleaned up table of contents for the first draft, which you can find here:

You probably aren't interested in what is here, it's mostly edit record. You are probably more interested in the cleaned up rough draft, which I am working on at the above link.

I will be changing the links here to point to the backups/edit records instead of the cleaned up first draft, a little at a time.


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And you were both faithful followers of a religion that frowns on being married without getting married.
And you were both faithful followers of a religion that frowns on behaving as if you're married without actually getting married.


Perhaps I should be consider it assumed, but I should note that the characters of this story will be talking about matters of sexual nature from time to time, including histories of rape and abuse.
Perhaps I should be consider it assumed, but I will note that the story includes some discussion of matters of a sexual nature.


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[JMR201803031329: edit]

(Perhaps it should be considered implicit, but the characters of this story will be talking about matters of sexual nature from time to time, including histories of rape and abuse.)
(Perhaps I should be consider it assumed, but I should note that the characters of this story will be talking about matters of sexual nature from time to time, including histories of rape and abuse.)

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I'm trying to set up a simplified discussion of economics in the form of a novel.

I'm not sure how successful I will be, but this is the index page, to make it easier to get to.

[JMR20160614: I'm beginning to put the almost-final draft together. The table of contents is here:]


Except that I have put the almost-final draft on hold:

The rough draft is pretty much complete, now, with the chapters as listed below. 

No, I did not intend the prologue to be chapter 42. Pure chance. If I had planned it that way, of course it wouldn't have worked. I had intended to write a few chapters getting their hut built, and move them out of the tent before what ended up as chapter 40, in case anyone is curious. I just ran out of time. 

(Which may be just as well, because I was also thinking about having them jump a shark or two in the process. :)



For some reason, it's surprising to me how quickly the story gets mushy. I did not intend to write one of those pulp romance novels, here. I guess, since the simplification requires two people, and since human nature in the equations required that to be a male-female pair, it shouldn't have been surprising.
It was also surprising to me that I ended up including some rather frank discussion of matters relating to sex. To those who choose to continue reading, I apologize in advance.

[JMR201608011221 -- I have forgotten to correct something:

I am writing two versions of each chapter I will try to warn you in advance ] where the discussion turns that direction, so you can avoid the discussion if you want. I do draw the curtains at certain points that are not our business. But you'll know that the curtains are drawn, and why.

It seems that the the tension can't really be completely removed without destroying both the economic models and the plot.

If you choose to continue reading, please be aware of that.


[The table of contents of the second draft of the characterizations chapters (chapters 02 to 9) of this novel is here:]

Here are the chapters, in order. As new chapters are completed, I'll link them here.