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Tig Carson has given "Still With Eyes Closed" another 5 star review.
Why are readers giving this book 5 star reviews? Read it to find out why.
The only 4 star review was posted by a close friend who wants to be a writer and before she left her review she told me what she intended to say but started off by telling me "If I had wrote it".
She thought the idea was good and expressed if she had had the idea this is what she would have done. So she left 4 stars based on that feeling. She also skimmed/skipped some parts.
Others who have left feedback left it on the value of the author and story and they left 5 stars.
So buy, read and enjoy.
"There's a lot of post-apocalyptic novels out there. Most are quite typical. "Still with Eyes Closed" was the first one that made me think, hope, and fear for the future.
The book starts out in present day. Jim, and his terminally-ill wife Jennifer, spend their days waiting for the inevitable. Hope of a cure has worn them out. Eventually, Jim decides life without his true love was no life at all. Preparations are made. Then... a break through in science!
Without giving too much away, Jim and Jennifer agree to become part of a exciting new project. An experiment. And soon enough, Jim finds himself in a confusing new world. At first, 2080 is wonderful to Jim. No crime, no pollution, and a stable environment brings hope to Jim's heart. Maybe the future wasn't so bleak after all? But Jim decides to peek a bit closer. It seems all these 'good things' come at a price, a price Jim finds much too high.
I loved following Jim on his journey for truth. Like bread crumbs through the forest, I followed along, cringing with each new discovery. Jim knew the truth would be grim, but like the reader, he didn't want to believe it. Life seemed so much better in the future. Jim also knew his wife Jennifer was soon to wake up and join him in this Brave New World.
I really liked how Jim was thrown into a corner - looked upon by his fellow man as the savior of the world, but shunned and feared by those who truly brought the new world to fruition.
Dewayne Watts did a fantastic job weaving together a complicated, and quite suspenseful story. I often spent my spare time thinking about what I would do in Jim's situation.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian stories. It will make you question what you would be willing to give up for the 'good' of mankind."
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In the last issue of Scientific American Mind was an article about domestic abuse. The author focused only on women being the abused. She did so to such an extream that it appeared to me that she felt women never abused. It was so bias that I wonder if she had proper training. As my readers are aware I suffered abuse at the hands of many men, but also women, as I read her article I could see why the justice and support centers neglect or disbelieve men when they attempt to get help for abuse.
I wrote a letter to the editor and in the current issue they quoted me and noted that I was not the only reader who felt the author was bias. Other readers also pointed out serious flaws in her approch to helping victims of abuse, flaws that if followed could get the victim killed. I feel that the author of that article should transfer to a field better suited for her and leave treating victims of abuse. I scanned the reply and have posted it.
I was thinking about black holes this morning. When matter approaches a black hole time is altered, sped up. So of a human were able to survive a close approach to a black hole, time would speed up for them, while remaining the same for everyone else.
With that in mind, what if black holes "pull" spacetime forward across the entire fabric of time? Suppose that black holes including the super ones at the center of galaxies, are evenly spaced in the entire Universe? And suppose that that spacing is enough to "pull" the fabric of spactime forward. Something is pulling time forward otherwise we could go backward. So since the pull of black holes is so strong and since time is severely dilated by that pull, could it be that black holes are pulling time in one direction, forward?
Years ago I was doing some research into time dilation and people. Einstein touched on this but I decided to expand it.
Time Dilation from the human standpoint.
When we were young and in school our teachers taught us that two people could not be in the same place at the same time. That is true, as is the statement two people can not be in the same time at the same time.
Einstein proved that space and time are one in the same, spacetime, as such we have to understand that we stand apart in time.
As an example.
Two people are watching the exact same event, either side by side or behind and in front of each other. But lets use the latter.
Jim is standing just in front of Bob and the two are watching a basketball game. Jim sees the game FIRST and then Bob sees the game second. While watching the game Jim is seeing into Bob's future and Bob is seeing Jim's past.
This principle remains true regardless if Jim and Bob are standing next to each other, angle of light.
This time dilation effect also explains why two people CAN'T see the exact same event, the time dilation (although small) between the two has altered the event.
Therefore two people cannot be in the same time at the same time. So how distant are people apart in time, about .008 seconds if memories serves (I wold have to reread some physics books). However the the distance of time remains the same as long as gravit is a constant, but gravity is not a constant.
Recently I was asked if I appeared in the movie “The Outsiders”. Of course the answer was no, but it was “Rumble Fish”. Long ago I had posted a clip of my tiny part on YouTube and it did not take long before the clip sored in views, then came the messages. I was being asked to “make” appearances and for my address. I did some research and learned that the movie “Rumble Fish” had formed a cult following, similar to “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. This of course concerned me so I deleted that video and that YouTube account. I thought since the question came up again I will tell the story here on my blog. I can’t find the clip in my computer files so I will see if I can clip it again.
The year was 1982 and I was all of 15, my sister was 13 about to turn 14 and she was in love with the young actor Matt Dillion. I had no idea who he was but my sister learned that he was to play in a movie that was being filmed in Sapulpa. But that would not get her close to him, it would take something else to get her on the inside and my mom held the key. My mom’s cousin owned a furniture store on the corner across from the Rexall Drugs and the second floor of that store was an apartment building at one time. In fact it had remained unchanged and unused since the 1950’s, Francis Ford Copula wanted to use it for Matt’s character’s apartment. My mom spoke to her cousin about my sister meeting Matt and arrangements were made, and it involved me.
She was to meet him at night after shooting a scene; my mom wanted me to go along as “protection”. We arrived on set about 9pm and were escorted to the video monitor room, where we waited and waited. I watched the monitors and the same scene over and over, until I thought I would die of boredom. Around 2am Francis was at last happy with the scene and we were then taken out into the furniture store where my sister met her love Matt Dillion, all covered in fake blood. I took some photos of her with Matt and I thought that was it, but Matt asked if we could come back later in the day. Of course my sister said yes. We went home and got some sleep, around 10 or so we walked back over to the set and were given passes. We were then given a complete tour, by Matt’s agent and later by Matt and my sister had her camera snapping. In 1982 some of the photos would have been embarrassing for the young actor, but his agent allowed us to continue. Several hours later we left and that was supposed to be the end of the matter, BUT NO!
My sister took the film to an overnight development place and the next morning we both ran to the photo store to get the photos, but there was a serious problem, they “lost” the negatives. My sister was horrified and asked me to do something. What was I supposed to do? I knew there was mild concern for some of the photos, so I told my sister we have to tell Matt. We ran back to the set (it was on the streets of Sapulpa) and were not allowed entry. ARG! So I did what any boy of 15 who was being nagged by his sister would do, I crashed the set. I ran into the middle of the closed street hollering at Matt. Security was right behind me, but Matt and his agent waved them off when they heard what I was screaming, “they stole the negatives.” Frances called for a break and after I caught my breath I noticed that Matt, his agent and several other people were around me. I explained what happened and Matt’s agent told security to go to the photo lab and get the negatives. Meanwhile my sister and I were given back our passes and we ate a fried chicken lunch with Matt and crew. By the time we got done eating security was back WITH the negatives in hand and returned them to my sister. Again I thought that was it, but my sister and I were asked if we would like to be in the movie, YES! We were to sit in the back of Rexall Drugs at a table acting like a teen couple having lunch. In the scene the waitress approaches the table. I sat at the table staring at a burger and fries that I could not eat and my coke had to be refreshed every few minutes, ice kept melting. Here was what the camera saw.
Matt was outside crossing the street, he stops, and does a hand in hair turn, during that 1 second turn in the background through the glass of the Rexall you can see me and my sister sitting at the table. If you did not know it was me and her you would never know.
We got to stay on set the rest of shooting and I was more interested in Francis and his directing. In all it was an experience that I still value. At the time I was not impressed with meeting movie “stars” like Matt or the nephew of Francis Ford Copula, Nicolas Cage, who changed his last name from Copula to Cage so no one would realize that his role in “Rumble Fish” was a pity give by Francis. I would still not be impressed to this day, they are people just like me, just had a foot in someone’s door.
So that’s the story of my 1 second of fame and I never want any attention like that again.
DeWayne Watts: I started out writing short stories and poetry. Some of which was published in the 1980's. I have parts of 5 novels written and have completed 2 novels. I have been married over 25 years and raised 2 wonderful sons who have been a great addition to the human family.
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The 3 Novels/Books Written By DeWayne Watts
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