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March 6, 2012
Posted at 12:02 am
 

The return of Clara, and Fox News

A bit of a transitional chapter, now that Alex has left New Orleans, he has time to reflect for a change. The focus of the story changes and everyone has a chance to consider some new theories about Alex's abilities. But the biggest change is the return of someone we haven't seen for a while, Clara, and where Clara goes, so goes the return of Fox News in the story.

Now I've said this before, but I think it's necessary to say it again. I don't write this story to advance any political agenda. I occasionally let my own feelings show through, but I'm simply interest in writing a good story, not in convincing anyone to think any particular way.

I'm not picking on Fox to make a point. It was simply the only organization I could think of that was likely to take offense over the idea of an atheistic angel. I can't see any established church caring, especially since he (Alex) has actually said anything, but Fox would be likely to jump on the topic as part of a perceived attempt to 'insult Christians'. I used Fox the same way I've used McDonald's or the iPad, it's a story prop. If I was going to invent anything that could misconstrue the network, I'd simply transform it into a fictional entity and no one would worry about it. But that's not what I'm doing. Instead I'm simply using Fox in the story for something that Fox is known for. I'm not inventing anything about them, I'm not insulting them and I'm not creating a fictional story where I allege they did anything unethical.

So, if you have any objections about my use of them in my story, feel free to tell me why you feel slighted. But frankly, unless you show me something I haven't seen when I wrote it, I'm unlikely to be convinced. I've got no problems with changing the story to be clearer or to correct mistakes, but trying to dictate what I'm allowed to write isn't a way to convince anyone of anything. You can't legislate morality and you can't bully understanding.

That said, I'm always interested in feedback, either positive or negative, and I'll respond to anything you say, as long as you give me an e-mail address I can respond to. Feel free to tell me anything you have problems with or what you think about the story.