Science Fiction snob culture

Some people, like myself, enjoy science fiction for its forward-thinking spirit of imagination, adventure and excitement, as well as its potential for examining human nature from a perspective other genres can’t. I also love the escapism of it–you know, fun. We used to be allowed to have that. For some insufferable people, it’s a chance to smugly rattle off random tidbits of knowledge gleaned from … Continue reading Science Fiction snob culture

Why do we gravitate towards things that are bad for us?

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 was in a cult.

When I was 21, I took a year off college to join up with a missionary program I’d heard about through church. I thought it seemed fun–a year of classes, and a year in the field, assisting established ministries. Figured I’d use it as an opportunity to see the world. Long story short, I get there and it’s textbook fundamentalist brainwashing. The people running the … Continue reading I was in a cult.

A lesson in empathy Vol. 5

Imagine you came to America and jumped through all the requisite hoops you have to jump through to attain US citizenship. You even speak English, but you still speak with your family and friends in your common native language. You worked damn hard to get where you are, and you bust your ass every day to feed your family. Now, imagine a cranky old white … Continue reading A lesson in empathy Vol. 5

A lesson in empathy Vol. 4

Imagine that you’re dirt poor. You don’t have shit. You feel downtrodden and disenfranchised. Nobody is speaking for you. Everyone’s out to get you. And yet they tell you that you’re “privileged” because you’re white. Nobody tells you what that phrase actually means, so you take it at face value because the only explanation you get is screeched insults from androgynous weirdos with blue hair … Continue reading A lesson in empathy Vol. 4

Somebody’s gotta feel this

Back in the (very) early 2000’s, I read an interview with Kid Rock in Spin Magazine. He was talking about the success of his 1998 breakout album “Devil Without a Cause,” and how he’d approached writing the lyrics to that album with the mindset that he was already a multi-platinum megastar, even though he’d only enjoyed moderate regional/underground success up to that point. Throughout the … Continue reading Somebody’s gotta feel this

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The Act of Laughing Evan Barnes and his wife Audrey have just moved into their dream home, located in the exclusive gated community of Blackwell Estates. As they begin to delve deeper into the lives of their strange and somewhat eccentric neighbors, however, dark secrets are uncovered that will quickly transform their dream into an unimaginable nightmare. Grave Concerns Vampire astronauts. A court-imposed speech regulation … Continue reading TWO FREE BOOKS, TODAY ONLY