Book Review: The Kick-Ass Writer

Book Review: The Kick-Ass Writer

The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, & Earn Your Audience By Chuck Wendig, WritersDigest.com, 2013   This book has been my bathroom companion for many months. The book is broken up into chapters that provide 25 tips about some aspect of writing, publishing and earning an audience. Readers of Wendig’s…

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Thoughts on 2018 Midterms

Thoughts on 2018 Midterms

I wrote this on November 5th and posted it to Facebook. The midterm elections are not a battle that will decide everything about the direction our country will take but will be an indication of how much more work we have to do to defend justice and inclusion and compassion. Based on who ends up…

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My Reading List

My Reading List

Motivated by the desire to spice up my reading life, I’ve been on a mission to diversify my reading list and learn about cultures other than mine from people who live in them. A review of what I’ve read in recent years shows it to be mostly books written by straight, cis white men from…

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Book Review: The End of Patriarchy

Book Review: The End of Patriarchy

The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men Robert Jensen When I first saw this book by journalism professor Robert Jensen, perched provocatively on the library shelf, I thought:  oh great, a white mansplaining about feminism.  I browsed the rest of the ‘new books’ section and came back to its blue cover.  I picked it…

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Book Review: Autonomous

Book Review: Autonomous

In the spirit of full disclosure, I have a crush on the author of Autonomous, Annalee Newitz.  It’s a nerdy crush full of admiration for Newitz’s humor, intelligence and artistic talent. And if that isn’t enough, she’s queer, which is a total bonus on my score sheet. My crush began when I became a devoted…

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On my mind today: Capitalism

On my mind today: Capitalism

I’m thinking about the relationship between capitalism and patriarchy, especially the white male power version we have running on our matrix in this country. Capitalism is a very competitive system. Does capitalism leave room for an individual being satisfied with their success in life? Success is so often described and measured in terms of continuously…

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No, I won’t be civil

No, I won’t be civil

“You libtards can’t even be civil any more.” If you’re on social media, you’ve probably seen some variation of this thrown out when progressives finally get pissed off enough at the barrage of racist, misogynist xenophobic bullshit being spewed all over the Internet to stop trying to have reasoned and polite conversations with people who’d…

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I was on a Podcast!

I was on a Podcast!

I was recently part of a podcast panel discussion on Trans rights and what allies can do to be, well, allies.  The District 34 podcast is hosted by Tina-Desiree Berg (who happens to be one of my brothers’ best friends). The panelists were me, a trans guy; Kayleigh McKee a trans woman and voice-over artist; Wee…

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Thinking About Creativity

Thinking About Creativity

I listened to a podcast this morning called The Writer Files; the specific episode was called The Best of ‘The Writer’s Brain’ Part One: Creativity.  The guest was neuroscientist Michael Gybko and addressed creativity as a brain function.  They also talked about ideas on how a person could increase their creativity. The gist of it…

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