Writing X-rays 1

“Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly–they’ll go through anything.” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World. I’m a writer (or at least I flatter myself that I am), so words are kind of my thing. Every once in a while, I’ll run across something that seriously changes my outlook, or how I think, ...

Reading Rousseau: The Problem With Education

I am currently writing a book, set 200 years in the future, after the near-total splintering of society following the election of a narcissistic, childish, manipulative con man/businessman to the American Presidency. The story takes place in two bordering countries: the remains of the U.S.A., and Bernietopia, i.e. the northeastern part of the U.S. It’s ...

Now What? 10

I’m freeeeeee! Finally, at the age of 51, I’ve graduated from college. Yay me. I’ve spent the last 3 1/2 years busting my butt, studying, reading, thinking, and writing, and it’s come down to this: I got an email the other day saying that they’ve checked, and yep, I’ve completed all the requirements for a ...

The Real Rich Mullins, Shameless Namedropping and the Cult of Personality 104

The Real Rich Mullins, Shameless Namedropping and the Cult of Personality
  This morning I got up, got all the critters fed, and sat down to check my e-mail. Oddly, there were new comments on a post I wrote about my brother Rich Mullins a while back. When I checked the stats on my blog, that post had gotten over 200 views today. Now, that particular ...

Adventures of a House-Husband: Christmas Edition 2

Merry Christmas everybody! Right now, I’m sitting here feeling sorry for anybody who isn’t me. Last night, in an effort to minimize the cooking over the next couple of days, I whipped up another huge batch of Slopbucket; arguably the greatest and deadliest meal known to man (the recipe is in another post entitled “Adventures ...

Cheer Up! It’s Really Not That Bad. Seriously. At Least Not For Most of Us. 3

The fall semester is over, finally. I’ve been looking forward to this forever (at least that’s how it feels). So yesterday, I decided to tackle a job I’ve been putting off; building sideboards for my truck. I need them, not so much for myself, as for hauling a load of clothes and other donations out ...

More Great Movies You Might Not Have Heard Of: Foreign Film Edition 3

Okay, you can breathe a sigh of relief; this post has absolutely nothing to do with politics, religion, philosophy, ethics, or anything important. This one is just about movies. I love movies. All kinds of movies, but especially horror, suspense, action, and comedies. The following movie recommendations are all foreign movies, but from English-speaking countries ...

A Kentucky Courtship: Full Story

A Kentucky Courtship: Full Story
Okay, so here’s the full version of my award-winning story, “A Kentucky Courtship” (yes, I know I’ve beaten that “award-winning” horse to death, but give me a break, it’s pretty much the first thing I’ve ever won. I’ll give it a rest after this.). I know that several have expressed an interest in reading it, ...

A Kentucky Courtship – IUE Tributaries 1st Prize for Fiction 2015 4

A Kentucky Courtship - IUE Tributaries 1st Prize for Fiction 2015
Okay, so I’m pretty excited about this. Tributaries, Indiana University East’s Journal of Creative Writing has finally come out, and my story “A Kentucky Courtship” won 1st prize for fiction. I decided to post part of it here, as kind of a teaser. If you want the whole thing, you can order it from the ...

Things I don’t understand #3: Harry Potter and the Epicization of Everything 4

So I’m sitting in class today, and the professor is telling us about a meeting of the Honors Club that she’d like us to go to. She’s very excited about it, and then drops what she apparently thinks will be the big draw: the subject for discussion at the meeting will be . . . ...
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