Category Archives: Social Matters

The Father I Will Be

Parenting is a sacred task.

dad and baby

It’s a permanent commitment, and the most important job a person could ever undertake; more important than building a house or governing a country. It’s more than full time, it’s 24/7. And like any other job, some don’t qualify for it. Continue reading

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True Family

Lately, I’ve been writing a semi-autobiography about the past 10 years with my best friend Mitch. Writing this book has got me thinking a lot about what true family is. Mitch, and even the rest of his family, truly feel like my own family. He and the rest of them have been my greatest support throughout my teenage-adult years. Hell, his father even took the time to teach me how to drive, whereas my adoptive parents didn’t want to. I’m not related to Mitch by blood, but I would still say that he is undoubtedly the closest thing I have to a true brother. Continue reading

Dissent Is Healthy and Important

I am a liberal, and I am not shy about my disdain for conservatives. I even believe, and once wrote an article explaining, that conservatism is morally wrong. But despite this, being liberal is technically a side of the political spectrum, and I do believe that there needs to be an opposite side to balance the spectrum.

Lately, I’ve been seeing articles and videos talking about how corporations and media outlets are targeting right-wing commentators, pushing them to lose their means of income for “advocating hate-speech.” Continue reading

Pride is a Virtue, Not a Sin

I’ve wanted to tackle this topic before. For several years, actually. Truth is, I haven’t written an article about it because there is so much I want to say, with such a tremendous desire to say it correctly. I still don’t think I’m prepared to do that, but I’ve chosen to create this article anyway, because achieving perfection is impossible. Weeks ago, I reached a breaking point where I feel I need to speak my mind on this, and you’ll see why. Continue reading

The Best Part of 2016

Despite being one of the people who cracked jokes about how awful 2016 was, it wasn’t all that bad for me. Of course, it could have been better (it can always be better or worse), but it certainly wasn’t my worst year ever. It probably wouldn’t have even counted on my list of top 5 worst years ever. Hell, I’ll list the worst years of my life right now, leaving everyone wondering what happened those years and not explain it until a future date! Sounds good. Continue reading

A Father and Daughter Love Story

The first two novels of my Remnant series are about a father and his daughter. One of the ways I pitched the story to myself, years ago before I started writing it, was me asking myself, “Why do all love stories have to be the same? Why do all love stories have to be about romance?” There are more types of love than romantic. Love is the most powerful, and the most defining, feeling that humans feel. It comes in different shapes and sizes. The only kind of love story that I think is truly interesting, and truly worth anyone’s time when it comes to fiction, is not two people falling in love and living happily ever after, it’s the love a parent has for their baby. There are many father and son, mother and daughter stories out there, but I don’t often come across father and daughter stories. The only one I can really think of is the 2005 movie War of the Worlds, but that was more about survival than about the characters. I wanted to do something different. Remnant and Resurrection are about survival, but are more about the characters. Continue reading

Writing Is Just As Hard As Any Other Job

In my experience, it seems most people think that writing is too easy to qualify as ‘work.’ And that is unfortunate, because it seems the only way to prove how wrong these people are, is by having them become a writer themselves.

Writers, whether they are novelists or short story writers, or even just poets, have to abide by a whole list of basic rules. Everyone, including and especially non-writers, hold writers by these standards: Continue reading