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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Saturday, April 30, 2016

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

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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.

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