Between a Rock and a Facebook

We’ve probably all heard by now about how Mark Zuckerberg, founder and head of Facebook, admitted to a US Congressional committee that Facebook will not fact-check political ads, opening the floodgates for smear campaigns that will stagger the imagination. It is a decision born of greed, and – dare I say it? – evil. Couple…

American Gods: Wandering in the Desert for 30 Years

Warning: might contain spoilers. Like many people, I thoroughly enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. It was a fantastic journey through mythology and how the ideas humans worshipped grew and changed over centuries and millennia. When the television series of the book was announced, I was thrilled. I looked forward to meeting what the filmmakers and…

Valuing Your Own Work

I recently came across a post somewhere — sadly, I’ve forgotten where it was and who wrote it — about valuing one’s own work. The context was self-published books, and while I don’t have a vast amount of experience with this, I do have some, and I’d like to share my experiences with you. The…

Toxic

Saw a Facebook post the other day from an acquaintance in the Steampunk community, about a backhanded compliment he’d received on his looks. I commented to the effect that I thought he was a very handsome man – possibly one of the handsomest men I know. I wasn’t kidding. After posting, I immediately started to…

Pushy Marketing

I recently ordered a few household goods online, and I’m already regretting that decision. First of all, I needed some new compression stockings. The prescription type generally look like crap, so I was in the market for something a little nicer, even if the compression factor wasn’t as strong. I have edema, so my feet…

Health Issues, Ahoy!

*Warning: discussion of health issues and bodily fluids will ensue. You’ve been warned.* So I have a health issue known as Edema. My body swells up with excess fluid. I take a drug daily to help me pee out the excess liquid, but lately it’s not as effective as it once was. After I take…

Declaring War on Disney

IN a shocking development, there’s a debate raging on the Internet — I know, right? Anyway, a group of self-entitled fanboys are trying to raise money to REMAKE The Last Jedi. The Star Wars movie that JUST CAME OUT a couple of months ago. Disney apparently did it wrong, according to these folks. The first…

Asshole Culture

As if the title weren’t obvious enough, this post contains harsh language and depressing themes. Be warned. ***** It occurs to me that, more and more, Americans (and possibly the world) revel in being complete jerks to other people. Cries of “He speaks his mind.” or “She tells it like it is!” seem to be…