Many thanks to Jon Mollison for his thoughtful analysis of optimism and message fiction. Optimism was exactly what I was going for with both of my short stories, "Dolus Magnus" and "Equality." Optimism in America, what America stands for, and our future is exactly the note that we wanted to strike. Regular readers of this… Continue reading Chicken soup for the MAGA soul – take two
Stories about making America great again, optimism for the future, great characters that act and think like most of the hardworking people in fly-over country (you know the ones) and thought-provoking essays, all in one sweet little package. And just in time for the holidays. Time to celebrate and be grateful for America, the last bastion of freedom, of liberty, in today’s screwed up world. Order the Kindle version or the print version NOW.
The news in brief, in case you’re confused…
The new anthology released November 8th, is available for sale in e-book and print. Called MAGA 2020 & Beyond, the anthology focuses on a brighter future and pokes some fun at our brothers and sisters from the other side of the aisle. My short story, The Last Hippie is the third one in, but don’t just stop there. Have fun with some cool stories by Brad Torgeson and Monalisa Foster, to name two of my favorites.
Second, Working Stiffs will be released by a new publisher, with a new cover, on December 12th. The e-book will be release day priced at $2.99, so if you’ve been holding off because $5.99 was too much, now’s your chance to grab it. Working Stiffs was honored as a Finalist in the American Book Fest: Best of 2017 in the Science Fiction category.
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We just wrapped up our author roundtable discussion of MAGA 2020 & Beyond. It's available for replay here.
We've all heard the saying that "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away." On the historic date of Feb. 25th, 2036, Libby's life changes when she is thrust on the road to empowerment and self-reliance by a gun-toting "ammosexual" granny.
The idea that good fences make good neighbors isn’t as old and outdated as some people would like you to believe. In fact, go to any counselor, advisor, or group for advice about dealing with hurtful people and eventually the subject of boundaries comes up. It’s common sense too. We don’t leave our doors unlocked. We don’t post our passwords on social media. As good as things are in our America, it is not utopia, and it’s populated with flawed human beings, not angels. My friend and co-author, talks about the inspiration for her first (and, I think, excellent) short story called “Auntie’s Magnificent Bricks.” #MAGA2020
I wanted to tell you a bit about my first story. “Auntie’s Magnificent Bricks” was written specifically for the MAGA 2020 anthology. I took a good look at the call for entries and said to myself, “Sure, I can give that a shot!” Here’s what the call for entries said:
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. Create a Utopian future that was brought to us by President Donald J. Trump. How big will the wall be, and will it make things better? Will the UN & NATO be replaced by something better? Will Russia & China become our new allies, help us destroy ISIS, and get Iran & North Korea in line? Under Trump will we colonize in space, will The Smithsonian divulge secrets of ancient cultures, will the celebrities move out of the USA, or will we see Hollywood lose its grip on America?
TRUMP HATERS NEED NOT APPLY. Looking for…
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My friend and co-author, Marina Fontaine blogs about her upcoming story, Exile in the soon to be released MAGA:2020 & Beyond. When I first heard of a pro-Trump anthology intended to show the bright side of Trump’s election, I was curious about the concept, but had no thought of contributing. For one, stories of a… Continue reading A Russian immigrant’s musings on utopia
There is nothing quite like being able to condense an idea—especially a profound one—into a few memorable words or a single line. Some time ago I started collecting memorable quotes, and from time to time, I use them for inspiration, not just for my writing, but for life. Among my favorites is Robert A. Heinlein's… Continue reading Coming Nov. 8, 2017…Equality
The first time I heard the term, GIGO, was in my machine language class—no, we weren't using abaci or slide rules (we'd given those up the year before). It's an acronym that stands for "garbage in, garbage out" and it's meant to convey the simple idea, that no matter how good your algorithm, if the… Continue reading Coming Nov. 8, 2017…Dolus Magnus: The Great Hoax
I'm very happy to announce that two of my short stories will be included in a new anthology put out by Superversive Press. Coming November 8th, 2017. http://www.superversivesf.com/2017/09/12/cover-reveal-news-maga-2020-beyond/