Theft

At the very moment I am writing this, someone is stealing from me. That website I mentioned in the last post – the one that was using my work without permission? Still doing it. Despite cease-and-desist letters and DMCAs to webhosts, a big chunk of my work is still there. Some of my stuff was removed, after…

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What The Fuck Was That All About?

You could probably ask that question of 2016 in general, and that’s a really big, long, nasty answer. But I can tell you what happened with me.  There’s one entry on this blog in the last 5 months: my pizza dough recipe. Back in July, I was boasting about a book I had written. So what happened? Where’s the…

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Checking In

What a summer that was! Between the most bizarre presidential election I’ve seen, featuring the two candidates with the lowest favorability ratings on record, and my own trip down the rabbit hole, Summer 2016 sure was… memorable. Yeah, let’s go with “memorable”. How about “remedial” too, as in again paying tuition to learn a lesson I…

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A Quick Note On The Election

I wrote this earlier and decided to let it sit for a while since I was a bit miffed when I wrote it – it started as a Facebook 2-liner that took on a life of its own, a classic sign of writing with rustled jimmies. Then later this evening I read another post just…

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The 10 Lbs of Shit & 5 Lb Bag Conundrum

Somehow, it’s both one of the most widely known and widely ignored informal rules for scriptwriting: You can’t put ten pounds of shit into a five pound bag. There’s a bit of a conflict for me in this and it’s a familiar one for anybody who creates media. On one hand, I believe I have…

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Still Here – Just Quiet

March 12, 2016 – Heading off to announce kickboxing and/or impersonate Michael Douglas in Falling Down After my headstrong re-entry into blogging late last year, things kinda petered out towards the end of December and stayed that way through January and February until, well… now. This wasn’t according to plan. In my master design, I was to spend…

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A Hysterical Scold’s Guide To Muslim Indoctrination

While the rest of my generation seems to be engaged in a collective SQUEEEEE over the new Star Wars film, I’m at home banging away on the ol’ laptop. Putting together letters to form words that make phrases which grow up to be sentences and go out into the world to express ideas is not…

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The Trump Effect

Great. Another person on the Internet with an opinion on Donald Trump. Just what you wanted to read, right? On the off chance you actually do want to read my opinion on Trump, it’s in this footnote. But more insightful writers from across the political and cultural spectrum have produced reams of opinion pieces on…

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Paris, Refugees, & Despondence: Fear At Work

Just a week since the Paris attacks, we’ve hit that point in the discussion totality where pretty much all the points have been made; over and over again, with and without ALL CAPS, on social & mainstream media, and in those ubiquitous pictures with a caption in Impact that have reached a motivational poster level of…

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Words About Politics. Yay.

Earlier this week, the putative Republican presidential candidates had another clusterf…er, event alleged to be a debate. I’ve been doing my best to not stare slack-jawed at slow motion trainwrecks, so I didn’t watch. Here in Iowa, we get an early and prolonged dose of the stupid with the first presidential nominating event, a caucus – don’t…

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