When Will The Shooting Stop…by Shawn William Byrd…Fiction

Of the many things in the news, Shawn Byrd has noticed the Second Amendment fights, the gun debate, and all the tin foil hat stuff. There is the Adam Lanza thing, which nobody seems to be able to get their head around. What if, and I’m just going out on a limb, but what if this world was just like The Matrix? It would then all make sense, right.

Imagine, nobody is really hurt or dead, because it is a simulation in our brain. There is no disease or famine, no pain or suffering. Even the bullets are simply the simulated nerve signals, and our brain believes them to be real. It was an intriguing movie, and if true, all the questions of life would be answered.

However, Shawn thinks that we would now have to explain the reality before the simulation. So maybe this is the pre-simulation part of the story, and all this pain and fighting is real.


Happy 4th of July!

Today is the independence day celebration for the United States. Regardless of the state of the union, freedom still reigns. At least we have the ability to express our thoughts without too much difficulty. Some places don’t allow any expression.

We should pay homage to those who provided this country’s founding ideals, such as personal liberty (it is often forgotten that means not infringing on others), as well as general respect to beliefs not of our own. That also doesn’t mean acceptance of those beliefs, just a willingness to acknowledge differences. If those differences cause problems, we also have systems set up to resolve those issues.

This is not a treatise or opinion on any one item, but just a gentle reminder that freedom is fragile, and we should think of the root cause for wanting it.

Time for Famous Quotes and Books!

Well, how about making a movie about something not-so-well-known, from a book that was written by a famous author (Dr. Seuss), and selling the crap out of it? It’s the Lorax! Not to say that it is a bad book or anything, but the lengths people will go to make money is astounding. I bet sales on Amazon for books like The Lorax that can be downloaded to the Kindle have skyrocketed. Amazon.com must be doing amazing business, not only for The Lorax, but also for any book by Dr. Seuss. His quotes, stories, and even related authors are probably hot right now.

He has written very entertaining stories, both for children and adults. There are some lessons there that we could all learn. His quotes seem to be timeless, and his books are illustrated in such a fun way, what is there not to love? So, who gets the money from the Dr. Seuss books and movies, now?

How Books/movies Parallel Current Events

Often movies and books influence current events. Other times, the events themselves are novelized, and made available as a more adventurous or palatable substitution for the actual history. Self-fulfilling prophecy comes to mind when these books or movies are compared to the events that eventually follow, and when life mirrors the fictional devices, well…That is how some people become known as fortune-tellers or harbingers of truth. There really is no way to tell.

Either someone wants to write about relevant ideas and events, or the things about which they write are compelling enough to make real, and tangible. It is human, after all, to want the novella that illustrates life in the best of ways, or weaves the richest picture, or provides for the outcome that can be altered in the way a writer can. History shows us how the past was not glamorous, but we can re-write it, and put that version into our imaginations, or true practice.

Help Me, Sherlock! I Love Books!…Fiction

So, I love quotes, I love Facebook, and I love books. My repository includes e-books on my Kindle. Sherlock asked me one day, “Why do you write so much about so little?” I replied, “Love is a many-splendored thing.” To which he exclaimed, “What is love?” I immediately went to Facebook to find out. I take all my serious thoughts from love quotes. “Romeo, wherefore art thou?” See, I need information, where “art” it? I have this book, really it’s a manual I got from my Kindle that I printed, on how to navigate on Facebook. Guess what? I ran out of memory, so now I have no more quotes or love.

Book or Kindle (E-book Readers, Love ‘Em?)

Who is of the new or old generation? Do you have anything made of paper, like a book? Or, do you have your eyes glued to a Kindle, checking Facebook constantly? Do you love quotes from dusty tomes, or does your inquisitive, Sherlock mind browse the web and Facebook for love quotes and such; trying to impress others with your wit or wisdom?


Sometimes, a book is easier to access than something on Kindle. Why? You can flip through hundreds of pages quickly, dog-ear them, jot down a love quote or two, and surf on Facebook. The modern era is making books seem like moving pictures, like movies about Sherlock Holmes (there are remakes & new versions). A 2-hour movie is easier to “read” than either a book or Kindle. Gotta love visuals!

Don’t Quote Me, For the Love of Sherlock!

How many times have you wanted quotes to add to your conversations, only to get a book and pore through it because you “just can’t remember?” You might need to act like Sherlock, and get digging! There are quotes for practically everything. There’s love quotes, helpful hints, and snippets that convey a general flirty attitude. Of course, instead of a book, try looking on Facebook. I bet there are profiles dedicated to quotes. If you have a Kindle or other reader, just download your favorite love quotes and woo your significant other. You could even quote Sherlock, as in “It’s elementary!” or “No @$%!, Sherlock!”. Same meaning, different crowd. Love it or hate it, just don’t get too obscure.