Posts by T.L Mumley

Silicon Valley and Star Wars

Don’t tell Silicon Valley, but Star Wars still thinks technology is useless. George Lucas’ Star Wars was notoriously disenchanted, even critical, of technology’s ability to improve the world. That is, the technology used as a weapon. The Death Star in A New Hope stood in for our own Atom bomb. It was a product of the Empire’s Manhattan…

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FAMILY CAMPING TRIP: SUMMER 2020

“Keep close to nature’s heart and break clear, once in a while, climb a mountain, or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”~ John Muir Every year, my immediate family, which consists of my husband, son, and myself, take wide-ranging trips together. We travel across the country, including to New England to…

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Mindless Metaphors: Don’t Militarize Covid-19

With the constant research that goes into writing my “MASKS”-themed trilogy, I recently read an article in Scientific American titled, “Military Metaphors Distort the Reality of Covid-19.” It was written by Adina Wise, M.D., and neurology resident of Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. And although this was one of many profound…

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The Silicon Valley Son

If the caption under this photo doesn’t cause every American concern today, it should. Especially given that the number one cause of the recent rise in homelessness in Silicon Valley and across the nation has been linked to the disparity of our huge spending on “defense” versus homelessness and other social causes to begin with.…

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The Myth of the “Good War.” (WWII)

Writing my novels takes a lot of time, especially research. For every chapter written, likely over ten hours of research goes into the efforts, even more time than getting the words on paper. One thing I’ve grappled with is how our nation and others involved with WWII, forever use the narrative that WWII was “necessary”…

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Introspection from an Author Protagonist

Under the Masks “The human spirit must prevail over technology.” ~ Albert Einstein As many of you know, I am the main character of my novels: Caryssa Flynn. Yes, the author is the protagonist. Although heavily fictionalized, the story in Masks of Morality and Monster behind the Masks is based on my real-life experiences. I…

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Summer Family Trips: A “Slice of Life.”

Hello Readers! I believe an author’s blog should be about the author, not just promoting her books or sharing articles related to those novels. I’d like to share a few photos and snippets of family trips this past summer. Keep in mind that “summer” lasts longer in California than many parts of the nation, so…

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Technology surpassing Spirituality

This is a link to an excellent article describing how in America, the “grave consequences” that Eisenhower warned about in 1961 have all come into fruition today. Our self-destructive military-industrial complex is tearing apart our nation just as he cautioned, eating its way into every corner, including our churches. I’ve seen this myself while attending…

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The Problem with “Show Don’t Tell.”

Over the past eleven years of writing novels, I’ve learned a lot and work continuously on honing the craft. I especially appreciate the improvements I’ve made by attending weekly meetings with the Berkeley Writer’s Circle. The most frustrating law of the literary world for me, going hand-in-hand with the deep “point of view” rule I…

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