Parables in The Age of OUTRAGE!

Parables. Childhood lessons. Their simplicity is their genius, and their genius is that although they are meant to instruct children, they are also meant to be imprinted on our collective brains so inherently that the lesson remains into adulthood. Or, at least, that’s how it used to work. Remember the Boy Who Cried Wolf? Sure you do. A young man in charge of looking after … Continue reading Parables in The Age of OUTRAGE!

Thank the Force for Rian Johnson

What can I say? I hated “The Last Jedi”. Not an uncommon take, I know, but it also made me appreciate other aspects of my life in an almost existential sort of self-reflection. However, if you think I’m some sort of Juanito-come-lately that isn’t a true Star Wars fan who’s just riding the current Last Jedi Sandcrawler of Hate, allow me to submit: Exhibit A: … Continue reading Thank the Force for Rian Johnson

You’re Not a Computer (So Stop “Thinking” Like One)

Do you like cake? Sure you do, cake is awesome. Now, imagine you’re on your way to a friend’s party and decide last minute to get a cake. You stop at a small bakery, go to the counter to pick one out. You want white and blue frosting. You want it yellow and custard flavored for just the right moistness. And round, it has to … Continue reading You’re Not a Computer (So Stop “Thinking” Like One)

“Going Gone” – The First Chapter

What is this anthology all about? Well, the following is just a starter to whet your appetite. A bit of forewarning, though, if you choose to take the plunge: It’s not all political intrigue and shadowy assassins.  It’s much more than that. Don’t get too close anyone.  Your favorite protagonist may not make it. The stories are all related, but they aren’t all just stories.  What I … Continue reading “Going Gone” – The First Chapter

The Joys and Heartaches of Short Stories

As I continue finding ways to promote my anthology, I keep being reminded of why I’ve always enjoyed both the writing and the reading of short stories. I remember as an elementary student reading short stories such as “Leiningen Versus the Ants” and “The Cold Equations”, as well as short excerpts of longer stories like “The Hobbit”. As my love of reading began to grow … Continue reading The Joys and Heartaches of Short Stories

10 Most Offensive Names in Nature that Need to be Updated

The Animal Kingdom. Majestic. Breathtaking. Also, masogonistic and racist and outdated. Even the name, Animal Kingdom, amirite? It should at least be the Animal Hierarchy, or, better yet, the Animal Republic. Aside from that, however, are scores of animals saddled with horribly white male-centric naming conventions and embarrassing references to the whims of early explorers. There are hundreds of animals that should be renamed for … Continue reading 10 Most Offensive Names in Nature that Need to be Updated