"Money was maliciously introduced in ancient times as a tool of enslavement" -
Michael Tellinger

"The present belongs to the future and future generations, and all old laws, religious and other, should be abrogated immediately. Free us!" - Vinay Gupta on Twitter

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - R. Buckminster Fuller

"You find the strangest ways to be positive!" - Diane Duane, Wizards Abroad


Welcome to my world! In November of 2009 I decided to join the millions of other bloggers, in my case not to make a name for myself but simply because I can. For the first time in my life not writing for someone else, or for a purpose that would limit my own expression, but just doing what I want. So I guess this is simply a new, improved way of publishing what we used to call, in old print fanzine days, an egozine. But what improvements and new possibilities we have now! No apologies offered. Read if you like; don't if you don't.

The name: Some people have expressed confusion over the name I gave this blog so for them I will explain it. "Planetbound" just came to me. The subtitle of my blog used to be "stuck in a gravity well" (followed by the rest that's there now) but that was too long and rather redundant (I mean if you're planetbound, you are by definition stuck in a gravity well, unless you're an astronaut, and even then it's not easy to get out) so I cut the part about the gravity well. 

But why do I feel planetbound? I'm a lifetime science fiction reader and fan of science. As a child, I would read Robert A. Heinlein or Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke or The Stars for Sam or The Earth for Sam by flashlight, after lights-out, and sometimes on warm summer nights I'd climb out the window and lie on the lawn under brilliant country stars and dream of the wondrous places and beings that might be out there. At times I would be overwhelmed by a keen awareness that only gravity was holding me here, and if I wasn't careful I could go soaring off into the great beyond and never return. I still get that feeling when confronted by a really good night sky, though it's harder now to find one, on account of light pollution.

I still like science fiction and a lot of my reviews are of science fiction and popular science books. Now that I'm grown up (well, as grown up as I'd ever want to be) I wonder why we still haven't at least established a beachhead for our species beyond this planet -- we could have gone to Mars in the 1980's, for Pete's sake, but we blew it, and now we're still blowing it; Jesus H on a double-dare, what does it take, people? -- and I'm also keenly aware that if we're planning to stay on this planet, we need to take far better care of it. We should have gotten serious about doing that a long time ago. So I guess "planetbound" also expresses a fair degree of frustration with my species, and some anxiety about what will happen to them, stuck here in the mess they collectively have made. I won't be around that much longer, in geological years, but a lot of other creatures including humans will pay a high price.

You'll see echoes of all this in much of the writing here. But here's the rest of the story, the one about the blog and what it's about... (and for an explanation of why I'm on the road with Sita and Gabby, see this page: http://mypersonalblogccm.blogspot.com/p/about-sita-and-gabby.html )

My first aim was to collect and share some of my published book reviews and I still do that, but with more and more side trips into new territory, exploring all the things you can do with a blog. Layout, links, all the rest - it's a candy store and though the trend now seems to be to a more minimal style of blog, I'm not tired of all the shine and colors yet.

In the right hand column of this blog I've put a lot of links and gadgets - and I'm changing these cuties frequently. These are relatively fixed aspects of my life (things going on where I live; links I use myself frequently; stuff like books I'm reading) as well as navigational tools for finding your way around this blog (archives; pages like this one). For example, for months I followed the progress of the movie My Name Is Khan. Now that it's out, I decided to retire some of those links and collected them in a page of their own, which I then retired from view as it seemed outdated. This thing is a work in progress. The links to standalone pages (like this one) appear not far below the banner. Meanwhile, newer favorites and obsessions no doubt will make appearances in that right hand column. (I haven't figured out yet how to index/tag/label these column items, or Page content, so for now some major subjects of this blog don't turn up in the cloud index at the bottom.)

At the bottom is another region of this blog design. There I've put the cloud-tag gadget which shows the indexing terms I've used and offers a handy way to group subjects together. Blogger calls indexing terms "labels." Later, I added "obits" of some people who had mattered to me, to mark their departure from the planet. Then later, something inspired me to explore my astrological sign so that's there too. Why not?

On the left side (this main column) are the actual blog posts, and they have about as much in common as the subjects of the books I've reviewed over the years: not much! Just that they reflect my interests. Warning: after drafting and publishing a post, my editor's hat goes on and I constantly change, update, and edit past posts. Can't help it - I just like to edit. One reason I'm finding that writing this way (in this blog) suits me so well is that nothing is really finished, once it's published; the published writing itself can morph over time as the author pleases. And it pleases me! MWAH - HA - HA! I'm finally free of the printed page and its finality!

As I keep saying (where's that editor's hat?), this is a work in progress, so whenever you come back you'll find changes. I might even change the template again, who knows. Explore all this - I hope you enjoy it - and the archives too, and add your own thoughts as comments, please. (I've fixed problems with the comments feature, so if you were stymied before, give it another try.) As I say, this is a work in progress, and I'm doing it for my own enjoyment, but also to learn because that's part of the fun.

You can also subscribe or follow (see links in the right-hand column). Please do! I'm interested to see what you're doing, too.

[Further thoughts on blogging: http://mypersonalblogccm.blogspot.com/2010/12/on-difference-between-zines-and-blogs.html ]

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