If I say that something sucks, that leaves the subject open to debate. If I instead say I don’t like that thing, I’ve stated a fact, and it cannot be disputed. My personal preferences cannot be challenged by anyone else. My reasons can, but I’m not obligated to provide any. Conversation over, no more questions. OPINION: Most cops are assholes. FACT: I tend to strongly … Continue reading Can’t argue the facts
When I was in fourth grade, way back in 1987, My family and I took a trip to Florida. While there, we visited Kennedy Space Center. We always stopped and checked out sites of historical significance while traveling, and I was absolutely thrilled to finally be visiting this one, which I’d read so much about. I was really into space. Most likely this was sparked … Continue reading The future I still dream
In the Star Trek episode Day of the Dove, the crew of the Enterprise is pitted in mortal combat against the crew of a Klingon ship by a mysterious parasitic entity that feeds on hatred. The entity takes away their phasers and disrupters, providing them instead with swords, ensuring maximum negative energy. It resuscitates the dead so they can get right back up and continue … Continue reading Life lessons from Star Trek
I’ve got to stop paying such close attention to the news and current events. I can’t handle it. It’s accomplishing nothing but making me perpetually pissed, and it’s affecting the way I treat my wife and also others who are far less important to me. What good does it do me to pore over the comments on news stories and anger myself? I can’t make … Continue reading I will not fight.
I’ve been watching the crows who live in the trees near where I park on my lunch. Sometimes I toss them some crackers, and one of the bolder ones will hop over, make a noise at me and run off with it. Just now I saw a baby crow take flight, flapping its wings furiously against the merciless onslaught of the dust storm that’s blowing … Continue reading Just watching the birds
In the Star Trek episode The Enemy Within, a transporter accident splits Captain Kirk into two Captain kirks, each representing half of his personality. “Good” Kirk is too docile and timid to make decisions. He lacks confidence and the ability to assert himself. He has no teeth, so to speak. “Bad” Kirk, on the other hand, storms into McCoy’s office demanding liquor and proceeds to … Continue reading Our enemy within
I sometimes have a hard time sitting back and being entertained by a book, movie or TV show. All I can think about the entire time is writing and creating. Even when I’m halfway paying attention, I’m still pausing to do random nonsense like this: However, I recognize the necessity of refueling one’s creative tank, and in that spirit I’ve been re-reading The Chronicles of … Continue reading Why do we gravitate towards things that are bad for us?
I woke up Friday morning with the knowledge that my dad was going to die that day. He’d been unconscious and on a ventilator for two weeks, and was showing no signs of improvement. His heart was weakening, and he was developing blood clots. Nothing good was going to come out of any of this, and it was decided that later that afternoon we’d be … Continue reading COVID-19 took my dad
I don’t know how to write sci-fi the way that people tell you you’re supposed to write it. Fortunately, there’s no one correct way to do anything, so it’s not a concern to me. I feel comfortable writing within the universe established in Effugium and Anshar, because it represents a vast playground of unlimited possibilities. It provides me an escape, and when it provides readers … Continue reading My-Fi
Moon Garden is a collection of fanciful and speculative stories that live somewhere between science fiction and fantasy. Grave Concerns explores the darker side of life and the human psyche. Download them both to your Kindle Library for free January 25th! Continue reading “Moon Garden” and “Grave Concerns” both free today