Gen X in the Modern World

I am a member of Generation X, that often forgotten group between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials. It’s a strange place to be in regards to the Information Age. We are old enough to remember what life was like before the Internet, yet young enough to be...

Truth vs. Fact, A Battle Royale

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am deathly allergic to politics. I hate thinking about them, I hate talking about them, and I go out of my way to neutralize any conversation that veers towards them. Why? Because I refuse to waste my time hurling logic...

A Year of Calisthenics: The Verdict

This time last year, I was having a fitness crisis. (A bit melodramatic, but still.) I hated the gym. I grew weary of fitness classes, team sports, and endurance challenges. In short, I started to hate keeping in shape. But, succumbing to inertia wasn’t an...

Why I Watch Soccer Instead of Football

For the most part, mentioning that you are a Premier League fan to an American will garner some confused looks. Further clarification that you are a football fan will garner a brief flicker of camaraderie before they realize what you actually meant: soccer, i.e....

The Murky World of Newsletters

Before I get into the meat of this post, know that I am fully aware that authors are divided on this subject. You can find well-written articles on either side of the spectrum, all with valid and demonstrable points. I am not arguing for my side, just explaining my...

Gusty Winds May Exist

Douglas Adams has been my favorite author since childhood. I celebrate the man’s entire library and I am always in the mood to revisit the eccentric worlds of Arthur Dent or Dirk Gently. I even dedicated my novel Max and the Multiverse to his memory. In fact, my...

How Many Edits Does It Take?

Ah, the age old question. How many edits does it take to get to the center of a good manuscript? As with everything else in writing, the answer is crisp, clear, and concise: it depends. I hope you enjoyed reading this useless post and I look forward to your frustrated...

Good Writing Does Not Equal Good Ideas

Kind reader, I come to you with unfortunate news. There is a fallacy of thought that has gained momentum in recent times. Those of us who recognize it face an ugly and exhausting battle. Those of us who don’t are in danger of slipping into alternate realities full of...

Conspiracy Theorists, A Plague of Stupid

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a billion times: the Internet is simultaneously the greatest and worst thing to ever happen to humanity. It opened the floodgates of information, allowing people to connect with each other around the world and break free...

Rage Against the Dying of the Light

When I was in college, a few friends and I attended Lollapalooza 96 at the Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina. Little did I know that this particular show would turn into one of the scariest experiences of my life. First, a little backstory. I was a concert fiend...