Not with a Whimper, But with a Bang

This week’s post will be all over the map. Buckle up, y’all. The language will be profane and definitely not appropriate for children, work, or those who are bothered by swearing. If that’s not your cup of tea, then perhaps move along to a different post.This week’s title refers to the political unrest we’re facing.... Continue Reading →

The Failures of Binary Thinking

In my last post, I mentioned that the speculative/SFF community is grappling with a swirling shitstorm of allegations about sexual abuse, misogyny, and/or racist behavior. Many of the writers or industry leaders who are being called out are among some of the better known in the community.In the two weeks since I last posted, that... Continue Reading →

A Story About My White Privilege

I’ve been thinking a lot about the white privileges I have. And I remembered an incident from years ago in Tucson.My spouse and I were struggling college students at the time. We had started delivering newspapers, desperate for some extra income.Our newspaper route had us folding and delivering our papers very early in the morning.... Continue Reading →

Fears, Urgency, and What Comes Next

I’ve said before that I don’t want my blog to become “all COVID-19, all the time,” but that’s hard to avoid. We’re in the middle of what many experts are calling the worst pandemic since 1918. Avoiding the topic completely isn’t possible.And right now, I’m really struggling to think about anything except the crisis.I live... Continue Reading →

A Rambling, Shambling Post

I’m having a tough time figuring out what to focus on in today’s post. I don’t want to write about sheltering in place again this week. Partly because I don’t want to become an “all COVID, all the time” broadcast. Plus, not everyone has the luxury of sheltering in place. And a lot of people... Continue Reading →

Lengthening Shadows

Here in the U.S., we’re rolling into Labor Day weekend. In a lot of communities, Labor Day marks the end of the summer break for children and teachers. Many call this weekend “the end of summer,” and it will be the last big weekend for travel, hanging out at the beach, and cookouts. While summer... Continue Reading →

The Cruel Times We Live In

Today’s post will be my most political in a while. Effective today, April 12, 2019, the Trump Administration bans all transgender people from serving in the U.S. Military. (GLAAD debunks GOP myths about this ban here.) According to GLAAD, the LGBTQ media resource group, over 13,000 troops currently on active duty will be affected by... Continue Reading →

Checking In

I haven’t posted about politics in a while. Some readers may be relieved, while others might miss my ranting. I’ve avoided the topic as an act of self-preservation. Since November 2016, I’ve been angry, depressed, terrified, and disgusted in equal measures. The world is burning, Nero is fiddling, and the one percenters just want the... Continue Reading →

Comfort Zones

I’ve been thinking a lot about comfort zones recently. About routines, habits, patterns. I think all of us are drawn to what’s comfortable. That will vary from person to person and situation to situation, but comfort is often what we seek. We’re creatures of habit, repetition, and routine. Scientists studying human decision making find that... Continue Reading →

Hot Enough for Ya?

A couple of nights ago, I tagged a few prominent billionaires in one of my tweets and criticized them for what I feel is their parsimonious behavior. Some random woman decided to call me out for my comment, and I doubled down by citing things I think show that the three men in question are... Continue Reading →

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