Post-Darwinian Evolution or what does it mean to be human?

08/23/2009 at 5:54 pm (Personal Opinion) ()

Humans?  Who are we?  What are we?  Perhaps, the answer is far more interesting than most of us think.  Let’s start close to the end of our speculation.  What if, as suggested in the X-Men movies, Neanderthals did not simply die out, but disappeared from the face of the earth because they mated with Cro-Magnons and what remained were hybrids?  Seems like an almost reasonable hypothesis.  Well, if so, let’s look back over the 4 – 6 million year history of humanoids on this planet.  Would it be so outlandish to suggest that such proto-human sub-species, as Australopithecus, who also vanished from the terran landscape, ‘died-out’ becaused they bred themselves out of existance by mating with other humanoid sub-species to create Homo-Sapiens?  Once again, an idea which doesn’t seem to violate any dictates of biological theory (ie. closely-related species can successfully breed — produce live, and reproductive, offspring).  If we continue to follow this train-of-thought (assuming it hasn’t already derailed), where to now?  What else might we, reasonably, be able to suppose?

Well…. Could it be possible that other species also had bipedal ancestors, like maybe felinoids (curiousity), lupoids (we are pack-animals, after all), reptoid (why some humans kill with impunity and without conscience — it is refered to as ‘killing in cold-blood’, after all), insectoid, avoids (why humans need to fly) or even katoids (whales and dolphins)?  If so, could it not be possible that at an earlier time in the history of this planet, say 1 – 10 million years ago, DNA was less diferentiated (ie. more common elements) and, just maybe, the various oids successfully mated (that’s an alternative explanation for why there is reptile, bird, cat and dog DNA in our (human) genome)?  Some thoughts and theories to throw against the wall, to see what sticks.

Time for the final step.  And here it is.  What if someone (possibly even ‘Natural Selection’) figured out a way to trigger those oid segments in our DNA?  And, what if that same someone, or maybe just Mother Nature’s quirky sense of humor, figured out how to make a person transition from a humanoid to a bipedal felinoid (2-legged cat) and back again (a metamorph, for lack of a better term)?  What would that individual look like, act like, be like?  And, perhaps most importantly, how would that individual be treated by others in society?  Would they be treated like everyone else?  Or would they be treated like a freak?  Would be locked up?  Would their mother even be allowed to bare them?  Or would they be seized by the government?  Or would the mother be forced to abort the fetus, by order of the state (the abortion issue would be set asisde by even the most religious, as the resulting child must be an abomination)?

Basically, in the end, all of this is fundamentally about asking ‘what is it that makes us human?’  Maybe, the bible is sorta right, we do not have dominion over all the beasts but, in fact, we are all the beasts.  Just a few thoughts for your consideration.  I believe that no idea is so outlandish, that it should not be considered.  A very long time ago, someone told me, “A closed mind, is a lonely mind.”  I also think that to be truly alive one must learn, and the first step in learning is to accept that we, as a species, do not know everything.  And the second step in learning is to consider that everything is possible, and therefore nothing is impossible.  And, gentle reader, if you’re not asleep yet, think about the preceding and then write a comment in the space provided.  All comments are welcome, even outright dismissal.  And now, until the morrow, I’ll bid you adieu.


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Why read my novels?

08/13/2009 at 10:11 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

What makes the Guardian Angel Saga different from other suspense thrillers?  Well, first of all Guardian Angel has both fantasy (characters which are Immortals) and science fiction (a character which is a sentient computer program, a Non-Corporeal Cybernetic Organism – a NiCCO, basically an android without a body) elements.  Second, it’s set in the current era (with all that implies).  Thirdly, the situations have political implication (including the possibility of cover-ups and spooks galore).  Oh, and then there’s the matter of several characters being lesbians.  And the last, and most important (to me, at least), difference is that in the Guardian Angel Saga, like all my series, the characters drive the action, rather than the other way round.  All of these things make my novels unique, however, the characters (including the NiCCO, Lisa, Jazz’s daughter), and the stories, are extremely relateable.

That gentle reader, is the why my novels deserve to be read, which means they need to, first, be published.  So, while is aimed at literary agents and publishers, I have received input from many average people (aka the book-buying-public) which has proved to be helpful in making the site much more attractive.  Enjoy your reading experience.

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Lost in the hinterlands

08/10/2009 at 5:53 am (Uncategorized) (, )

A couple of weeks ago I builta new website on Windows Live Small Business site.  I discovered yesterday that it could not be found by searching on Google, Yahoo!, or even Microsoft’s new Bing search, not even under my name or the name of the site.  All because to build the site, I use tools, rather than HTML and I didn’t know about the Search optimization section of Page Properties.  So I change the tags infor and the descprition.  We’ll see.  However, in the not to distance future, I’m going to choose a host where I can build the site from the ground up, Meta Tags and all.

You’d think I’d have figured out about the compromises inherent in using a hosting service’s tools, after all I did have a site on Geocities, and it attracted almost no attention either.  Oh well, gentle readers, Now that I have some experience under my belt, with hosting services,  and I’ve learned how to use HTML, XML, DHTML, XHTML, and JavaScript, I guess I oughta build my next website, the right way (for me), program it from the ground up.  Either it works, or it don’t.  If it don’t I fix it, cause at least I can see and manipulate the actual code that makes it work.

For what it’s worth, I think of websites, computer software, CGI kinda like the Wizard of Oz, What’s behind the curtain, in other words the actual code that makes it work, is far more interesting than the actual illusion of order.  I was a hell of a lot of fun at a magic show as a kid, I just had to figure out what made it work.  And it was the same whether it was the universe at large, or DNA, and everything in between.

And the lesson for today, never be frustrated by how things are, figure out how they work, and learn to fix it yourself.  And at that I will bid you, my readers, adieu.

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To Blog or Not To Blog

07/24/2009 at 6:13 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

Hello Gentle Readers.  Well, here we are, the new home of my blog.  I hope this will enlarge my readeship, and hope you, my Editorial Board, will check out my website at: and pass on your comments and criticisms.  Almost a decade ago, when I finally began writing my first novel, Point of Convergence, I thought that actually writing the novel wouold be the hardest part.  Then I started editing my novel.  Editing it was a whole lot harder than writing it.  Well, a year and a half later, I’d written my second novel and finished editing my first.  So, I figured it was time to look for an agent, and, ultimately,  a publisher.  And, more than 200 submissions, and 6 or 7 years, later, I’m still looking.

What I wonder, after reading some of the offerings from the new crop of writers, what’s wrong with my novels.  I realize my stories don’t easily fit into nice neat genre headings but, no editor, nor publishers rep has ever even asked to read more than the query letters I send them.  Not to be overly immodest, I honestly believe that if these people actually read my manuscripts, they’d enjoy them.  And I also believe that there is a sufficiently large audience out there to make the books profitable, all that’s required is a little marketing.  Oh well, if anyone out there can tell me what I’m doing wrong, I’d really appreciate it.  Well, that’s my contribution to cyberspace for today, Gentle Readers.

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Building a Website and an Audience

07/24/2009 at 4:44 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

I’m not sure how this thing;’s suppose to work but, my name’s Jessica (JJ) Erskine.  Among other things, I write novels.  Specifically, I write psychological/political suspense novels.  My novels are, as yet, unpublished.  And so….

     Early yesterday morning I launched my new website, a replacement for a geocities site.  The exercise taught me that building the physical site is easy.  However, contenting my site has proven somewhat problematic.  Finding just the right tone, as writers (like me) say, finding my voice is harder than I had hoped, harder than it was for my novels.  I’m still trying to find that ‘voice’.  Oh yeah, the site address:  I welcome any input through the “contact us” page of the site, as the site is a work in progress.

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Darwin and the Evolution of a Voice

07/24/2009 at 4:40 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

Well, today’s Wednesday, and, gentle readers, some of the reviews are in, my new website needs work.   Well, d’uh.  Actually, the input of my ‘Editorial Board’ (my friends and associates, and any of you who wish to comment) is extremely important to me.  I mean, we all want to believe the work we show to the world is perfect, profound possibly, perhaps even brilliant but, the truth is, as a writer, I’ve learned that I’m capable (on most days) of telling a good story (great one, only after many good days, and a few great ones).  On the other hand, most days is sounds better in my head, than what spits out of my computer (even after it’s spellchecked).  And the reason is simple.  Writing is skill.  Like designing buildings, painting a porrait or a landscape, or pitching a no-hitter in the 7th game of the World Series.  And like those other skills, it requires some tallent, a lot of pratice, and a little luck.  The same is true of my website.  I’m still new at designing and building effective (and efficient) websites.  However, with input from my ‘Editorial Board’, and a lot of practice, I might, one day, be considered a professional.  By definition, a professional is someone who is paid for something they do (hopefully well), and that’s where I’d like to get to with my novels and movie scripts (I write those, too).  I’ve been writing screenplays off-and-on for nearly 30 years.  But then, I wrote stage and radio plays, short stories, and poetry before that, going back 4 decades or so (ah hell, I’m getting old).  I must be off so, continue to check on the evolution of my site, and continue to comment on the content, and, of course, the look and functionality of the site.

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Hello world!

07/24/2009 at 4:05 pm (Uncategorized)

Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

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