#TheTriggering : Finding the Truth(Poem + ANNOUNCEMENT!)

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Today, I’m writing a very special poem, for a very special group of snowflakes known as Social Justice Warriors, who, if you have come across them online (and are of a rational mind), are some of the most bigoted people across social-media.

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Let’s Talk About Our Planet, Pt. 5 – The Coffee Crisis

Let’s Talk About Our Planet, Pt. 5 – The Coffee Crisis

First, I want to apologize for the infrequency posts the past few weeks.

There were a few things beyond my control that occurred. Some things that were in my control too, but I lacked the mental capacity to deal with them at the time.  Among a few other things, the most destructive to my mind was losing a good friend to a battle with cancer. I’m not looking for sympathy. I’m simply looking for some understanding as to why I needed to take a break from any serious posts. Frankly, for the past few weeks, I didn’t care – and that’s ok. We all need to be apathetic once in a while; in healthy doses.

Despite that, I did manage to publish a new story that relates directly to the topic at hand. If you like my climate change series, I certainly recommend checking it out. You can find the link on Amazon here, and if you enjoy it, or have any comment, be sure to leave me a review and tell me what you think:

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(Spoilers) Star Wars : The Force Awakens – Review + Rant

Review:

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WARNING: There will be spoilers in this article. If you have not seen Star Wars : The Force Awakens, and do not want it spoiled, I advise you to save this article in your favorites, and come back after you’ve watched it. If you don’t care about spoilers, then, well, you do you.

I also go on a rant refuting a few of the negative and ridiculous points I’ve seen since the movie came out.  Read on to find out.

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Not very long ago, on a planet we’re all familiar with, a torch was passed, and a franchise was saved.

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A New Cycle (Holiday Poem)

A New Cycle

Snowy white, the wall blows in,

Blanketing the earth for another season,

A time to reflect on what has been,

A time to find solidarity; a time to find reason,

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Stop Contributing To Terrorism!

Stop Contributing to Terrorism!

Get your attention?

Good, because I want the message of this blog gets across nice and strong.

Since the Paris attacks, well over 50 Muslims, and countless others across the world, have been wrongfully attacked for simply being a part of the faith, or in some cases, for simply being middle-eastern. I don’t like to use the phrase Islamophobia, as I feel it shuts down any conversation that could lead to a peaceful reformation of Islam. I do think one should be able to criticize the doctrine, along with any laws or motivations that come from it. But when it comes to physically attacking and harassing people, then you have gone well beyond acceptable critique.

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Let’s Talk About Our Planet – Pt. 4 : Ocean Acidification

Ocean Acidification:

Ocean acidification is the main cause to most marine issues, and a major factor in the rising sea levels. I discussed a bit of ocean acidification in my last article on Coral Reefs, which you can read here.

Today, I will go into a few more of the details of ocean acidification, in hopes to give you a better understanding of what it is, and what it does.

First, what is ocean acidification?

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership : Yes, It’s Bad.

I’m not sure how to open this article, due to its complexity and the public’s lack of understanding on the issue. There are quite a few who have never even heard of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). So I suppose the way to open, is with a question.

What do you know about the TPP?

Ask yourself this, and try to answer it as honestly as you can, then ask how much you really know about it.

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Let’s Talk About Our Planet, Pt.3 : Coral Reefs – Function and Destruction

Let’s Talk About Our Planet, Pt.3 

Coral Reefs : Function and Destruction

In today’s world, headlines of news articles, blogs, and magazines seem to dominate as the main context to inform the general public. This is to say that when people see a headline of something they don’t fully understand, but don’t have the time to, they tend to go directly with the headline, and move on without reading the article.

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Wood

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Wood

That’s what makes up the fibers of the desk at which I sit. My thoughts rampant, as I’m left staring at the light brown textures; forever lost within their sporadic rings. Trapped.

The outside world is fading from my mind, as events and tribulations overwhelm my being. Question, fired by the fuel of doubt, is embedded in the forefront of these conceptual images.

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Friday The 13th and Islamophobia

Friday The 13th and Islamophobia

I’ll be honest, I’m not even sure how to start this article…and I guess that’s about as good a way to begin as any.

The attacks on the people of Paris were a horrific act that left over 140 people dead, and many more injured. It was only one of the many terrible things that happened on November 13, 2015.

To highlight them all, so we can pay them all proper condolence, here they are:

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Let’s Talk About Our Planet – Pt.2 : WTF Is Climate Change?

Let’s Talk About Our Planet Pt.2 : WTF Is Climate Change?

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Hey guys!

The last time I did this series, I debunked some of the more common misconceptions about Climate Change. If you’d like to read that article please click here.

      Debunking silly misconceptions doesn’t really explain much, though, does it?

I mean, it tells us that some of these arguments against Climate Change are wrong, and I certainly made the past article with a more humorous approach.  This time, and from this article on, I’ll be doing more to explain what Climate Change is, how it affects us, the implications of those affects, some possible solutions, and so on. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Our Planet – Pt.1 – Refuting Common Arguments Against Climate Change

Climate Change is Real. We Need to Do Something About it

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My title should state the obvious, in telling you what today’s topic is. Climate change is, indeed, a real and devastating issue we face right now.

The beginning stages can already be seen in the increase of natural disasters and extreme weather around the globe, along with mountains of scientific evidence all pointing to the conclusion that, yes, the earth is getting much warmer. And yes, emissions from industrial pollution play a huge role.

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Aggression

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Let’s rant.

People seem to respond to aggression differently, and they seem to have different perceptions of what being aggressive is.

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“If I Can Do It, So Can You” – REFUTED (Thursday Thoughts)

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Another social stigma to debunk. Yay!

This has been done before, but I’m tired, cranky, and I’ve been on Facebook (the cesspool/breeding ground of more recent social attitudes – bad and good), so I’m going to do it again.

Recently I saw this quote posted from a friend, who I won’t name, that was trying to be inspirational to some extent. I respect him for that. The intention is certainly well meaning, although the message is mucky. Perhaps they don’t understand why that is, so I hope this blog will educate them. Hope it also educates others who either believe in this nonsense, or have been told it by someone else. Continue reading

Combating Ignorance : Anita Sarkeesian, ISIS, and Muslims.

Combating Ignorance : Anita Sarkeesian, ISIS, and Muslims.

Heads up people, as this blog post is going to seem pretentious to some of you. As a disclaimer, I will say up front that I am no better, or no worse than anyone else, in the sense of being partially to blame for some of the ignorant behavior I’m going to be talking about, and refuting. I also want to say that though I may have participated in some of this at one point or another, I’ve grown past it and have learned what kind of indirect damage some of these things can cause, and the truth behind them. Due to the length of this article, I won’t be able to use too many examples, but enough for you to get the picture.

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Listen America, About Your Guns…

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Canada already has decent gun regulation. Our background checks are far more thorough, we have psychological and safety testing for our long-guns, and further testing and permits for our hand-guns and more lethal firearms. Canada, is doing OK for gun control.

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The Disposable Man

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The Disposable Man

A shadow walks beside its host,

 Suspending conversation in the dead air.

Expressing thoughts he hides the most,

Dead memories of a life unfair.

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Toxic Relationships

Toxic Relationships

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Ok, here we go…I’m going to open up a little bit about relationships. Mainly because I need to get some crap off my chest, but also to help anyone else dealing with a similar situation, because, let’s face it, other people’s experiences or thoughts can help us gain perception on our own.

During the past couple of weeks I found this to be quite true, as I looked to forums and other public sources for a type of reinforcement behind the decision I made…Even when I knew that I made the right choice for the good of my health. It’s funny (in a terrible sort of way) how our emotions tend to push against what’s really best for us.

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Writing Tips: Logic, Science, and the Unknown

Writing Tips: Logic, Science, and the Unknown

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This writing blog is controversial, as people tend to have very different beliefs on the origin of life. Personally, I believe in logic, and what science tells us.  You may believe in a God or some other type of spiritual being, or you may have other beliefs.

That’s fine.

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Writing Tips: Studying Other Arts

                              Writing Tips: Studying Other Arts

Many writers say that writing is the purest art of them all, and although it’s one of the main components of art, it was the last form in a complex web of different evolutionary changes. If you think about telling stories around the campfire, and how natural it is, it makes one wonder just how long we’ve been doing it. That’s something science would have a very difficult time proving Continue reading

Writing Prompt and Internet Troubles

“How do you know?”

“I saw it when I was driving by his street, seen him carrying it. Maybe my eyes decieved me, they are getting a little bit dusty in their age, but a person don’t usually forget somethin like that.”

“No. People usually don’t.”

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Writing Tips : Show and Tell

Writing Tips: Show and Tell

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Time for show and tell! I hope everyone brought their favorite toys or adventures to share with the class!

OK, well, maybe we’re not doing that kind of show and tell, but hey I thought it was a good opener.

The differences between showing and telling with writing are summarized in the basic form of their words. Showing, ultimately, means that you are presenting something, in detail, to someone else, in order to convey a certain message, story, innovation, etc. They can see it, feel it, and come up with their own idea of what your presenting. Continue reading

Writing Tips : 5 Don’ts of Writing

Writing Wednesday: 5 Major Don’ts of Writing

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I know what you’re thinking…My God, he’s doing another list blog. I will admit that I’m running short of ideas (I’d love to hear your suggestions), and this list was the best out of three I could come up with.

Trust me…You don’t even want to hear about the other two.

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Writing Tips : British Words and Phrases

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The American English vocabulary we know and love today originally came from England, and neighboring European countries that learned King’s English. But there is still a monumental amount of difference between terms used in the U.K, and the ones used in western culture. If you look at some of them, you’ll see they could cause misunderstandings, and create embarrassing situations. They will also make a writer look like a complete idiot when trying to interpret King’s English and put it into their story. If you’re a writer, it’s a good idea to know these terms, so that you don’t use them incorrectly whenever introducing a British character or setting.

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Writing Tips : Your Writing Space

Writing Wednesday: Your Writing Space

There’s an interesting dilemma with writing in terms of where you write, and how it affects your work. Some people are less influenced by this, and can write almost anywhere, but some are flaunted by the smallest inconsistency at their desk. Some people don’t even know that they’re work is being affected, especially those who are just beginning. The smallest, teeny-tiniest thing could be getting to you, and you may not even realize how much it affects your writing.

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Writing Tips: Sharpening Your Mental Pencil

Writing Tips: Sharpening Your Mental Pencil

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“I am approaching the heart of this book with two theses, both simple. The first, is that good writing consists of mastering the fundamentals (vocabulary, grammar, the elements of style) and then filling the third level of your toolbox with the right instruments. The second is that while it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of  a merely competent one.”   -Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

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Would You Like Another Whiskey? – A Short Story By Adam Gainer

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Have you ever felt like you were losing control?

The character in the story I’m about to tell you certainly has. His whole life has been flipped upside down, and it seems the road he’s on is full of side roads, and junctions, yet he refuses to turn off. There’s something powerful keeping him in the seat, and it binds him; forcing him to tag along on a journey that once was his own. Continue reading

Writing Tips : Creating Your Characters

What makes a good book?

Is it plot line, or prose? Is it funny or smart anecdotes along the way?

It is, and it isn’t, all of these things, plus a bit more. You need a good plot, and you need to have a decent prose. At the least, you should be able to write good enough to know the basic rules. Adverbs are hell, personification is to be used lightly; dialogue tags should be simple – and all that other jazz you hear people discuss. Continue reading

Thursday Thoughts: Curse Words

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As far back as we modern society can recall, the languages used have always had a certain set of words that are considered offensive, vulgar, or downright despicable to use in public. Continue reading

Writing Tips: Writer’s Block – Getting Through It

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Writing Tips: Writer’s Block

This wouldn’t be a writing blog if this topic wasn’t discussed at one point or another. This is a question all writers tackle at one point in their careers, but everyone who has been doing it for long enough has found their own ways to avoid it, or at least manage it. Today I’m going to go over some of my own ways to combat writer’s block, and some other suggestions I’ve come across in discussion groups.

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Writing Tips: Why Should You Print Your Work?

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Should you always print out your work?

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Writing Tips : Handling Multiple Projects – 6 Tips On Keeping Your Mind Straight

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Let’s talk about writing.

How many projects are you working on right now? Are they small, big – somewhere in between?

How do you organize these projects, and remain efficient in your every day schedule?

The last question is one I’ve asked myself, at least a dozen times over the course of the past year. Within the year, I came up with a few tips on how to manage multiple projects, with, at the least, some success (the success will depend on how hard you are willing to work).

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New Edition of Spettra, a 5 Star Reviewed Thriller is Live!

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After a week of having been dead on social media, and locked away in my office-bedroom, the final edition of Spettra is complete. I say the word, final, because I believe this is the last edition the title will see, for quite a long time.

Primarily, I went over the book for grammar errors. As mentioned in an earlier blog, I made the mistake of trying to rush out my earlier works, and shoo’d away the idea of getting a proper editor, proofreader, or betareader. By doing this, the original edition ended up with quite a few errors, that have now been fixed.

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Writing Tips : 5 Common Writing Mistakes

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Hey, how’s everybody doing today?

Though I haven’t finished the final edits to Spettra, I decided I would take some time to write up my Writing Wednesday Blog (publishing on Friday, so I guess that eliminates the Wednesday part). The edits are near completion, and I believe the new edition of Spettra will be released early next week. It’s looking sharper, with illustrations drawn up by yours truly, new scenes, as well as an all Continue reading

Writing Prompt, March 18, 2015

Hey!

It’s Wednesday, and I’m here to deliver your weekly writing prompt. Use it as you wish, so long as you share this page so others can enjoy my stories, writing advice, and the other cool stuff my page has to offer.

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Writing Tips : 5 Common Misused Words and Expressions

Do-not-think-it-meansThe English language is complex and tricky to grasp. With tons of word variations, slang, and new phrases being coined every year, a person can have a tough time keeping up with it. Quite often, we see people using expressions, or words, incorrectly.

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Free Right Now: The second edition of ‘Hello Stranger’

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My second release of ‘Hello Stranger’ is live on Kindle, and is free today until the end of the weekend.

A blizzard is nature’s devastating icy claw. Forcing people indoors, it twists their minds as well.

Much like Jack Reed.

This thriller provides a new twist on telepathy, inside of a violent, powerful story about good, evil, and the grey area in between.
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Writing Tips: Making Mistakes, Betareaders, Self-editing, and Re-Releases

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Hey, how’s it going? Pull up a chair, grab a coffee (or tea, beer – Hell, have a whiskey if you really want), and let’s talk. I have something to tell you. Continue reading